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Tendulkar steers India to victory

Third ODI, Christchurch:
India 392-4 (50 overs) beat New Zealand 334 all out (45.1 overs) by 58 runs
Match scorecard

India batsman Sachin Tendulkar
Tendulkar looks to the heavens after recording his century

Sachin Tendulkar hit his 43rd one-day international century to help India seal a 58-run victory over New Zealand.

The 35-year-old fired five sixes and 16 boundaries in his 163 before retiring hurt with an apparent stomach injury as India posted a target of 392-4.

Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum put on 166 for New Zealand's first wicket but quick wickets undid their good work, and the hosts were dismissed for 334.

The win gives India a 2-0 lead with two games left in the five-match series.

The match produced a total of 726 runs, the second-highest aggregate in one-day cricket internationals, beaten only by the 872 runs scored by Australia and South Africa in 2006.

India took full advantage of the short boundaries at Lancaster Park as they hit a record-equalling 18 sixes on the way to their large total.

And their 392-4 was their second-highest total in one-day internationals behind the 413-5 they scored against Bermuda in 2007.

It was Tendulkar's innings that stole the show, as he claimed the second-highest individual total in a one-day international in New Zealand.

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying: "It's a pleasure to watch Sachin's innings in the way he paced it.

"He took a balls up front then later on he knew what kind of shots he could play. He's an amazing batsman."

However, Dhoni was not impressed with his side's bowling effort, saying: "Our bowling was not up to the mark.

"When the ball is old and not reversing it's very difficult to bowl yorkers and that's the time you have to use all your experience to bowl in the right areas."

India did not make the best of starts with Virender Sehwag (three) and Gautam Gambhir (15) being removed cheaply.

But India got the impetus they needed during the batting powerplay when Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh hit 69 runs in the five overs as they moved from 121-2 to 190-2.

Yuvraj went for 87 after getting an inside edge to Peter McGlashan off the bowling of Grant Elliott.

McGlashan missed the chance to stump Dhoni, who went on to make 68 off 58 balls for his 30th one-day half-century.

Tendulkar seemed to injure a stomach muscle in the 44th over when attempting another big shot and lasted just another over before being forced to retire.

Dhoni's innings eventually came to an end in the penultimate over when he top edged to McGlashan to give Kyle Mills his second wicket.

New Zealand got into the Indian bowlers early on with Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum putting on a first-wicket partnership of 166.

McCullum, who was dropped on 38, was eventually run out for for 71 when Ryder opted unwisely to take a quick single.

The dismissal started a batting collapse with the hosts slumping from 166-1 to 218-7, only Ryder (105) making a significant contribution.

An 85-run partnership from Mills (54) and Tim Southee (32) gave New Zealand a fright late on but Yusuf Pathan and Praveen Kumar struck to seal victory for India.

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