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India seal whitewash over New Zealand in one-day series

Fifth one-day international, Chennai: India 107-2 (21.1 overs) beat New Zealand 103 (27 overs) by eight wickets
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India celebrate in Chennai
The final one-day international lasted barely 48 overs in total

India completed a 5-0 whitewash in the one-day international series against New Zealand after winning the final match in Chennai by eight wickets.

The Kiwis were bowled out for 103 in 27 overs, Scott Styris top scoring with 24, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 3-24.

India lost Gautam Gambhir third ball but Parthiv Patel hit his second ODI fifty, sharing 97 with Yuvraj Singh.

Yuvraj hit six fours and two sixes in 42 as India won with 173 balls left.

It was a second one-day series whitewash in succession for New Zealand, following their 4-0 humiliation in Bangladesh and they have now gone 11 matches without a win.

After skipper Daniel Vettori elected to bat first, New Zealand saw the bulk of their batting dismissed within six overs.

Martin Guptill edged behind fourth ball, Brendon McCullum hit three fours in five balls before he walked across his stumps and was lbw to give Ashish Nehra his 150th ODI wicket.


Nehra struck again when Ross Taylor was surprised by a quicker ball and gloved an attempted pull to wicketkeeper Patel.

It might have been even worse for the Kiwis had Styris not been dropped on six by Yusuf Pathan at short extra cover, but Ashwin removed him in his fourth over when he misjudged a sweep and was plumb lbw.

The 24-year-old spinner, in only his 14th ODI, struck twice in three balls to end the innings as the New Zealanders succumbed to their lowest total in one-day internationals against India.

The home side fielded a second string team to rest their leading players ahead of the tour to South Africa, with wicketkeeper Patel returning after an absence of six years.

New Zealand opened with their spinners and had immediate success when Gambhir edged Nathan McCullum to brother Brendon behind the stumps, while Vettori removed Virat Kohli, who was caught at slip in the fourth over with only 10 on the board.

Yuvraj got off the mark with a streaky edge for four, while Patel had some testing moments early in the innings but recorded his second successive half century.

Man-of-the match Yuvraj had the power to top-edge a six off McCullum, before later adding an effortless maximum off Grant Elliott over mid-off, while Patel ended the match with a pull to the mid-wicket boundary.

"We were not expecting the ball to turn early on, though we expected it to happen later in the day," said acting India captain Gambhir, who won the man-of-the-series award after scoring two centuries.

"Our bowlers did a fine job and the team was professional. This was a young team, everyone was hungry and wanted to contribute in the wins."

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