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India win rain-affected one-dayer

First one-day international, Napier:
India 273-4 (38 overs) beat New Zealand 162-9 (28 overs) by 53 runs by D/L method
Match scorecard

Mahendra Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Dhoni hit 84 not out from 89 balls

India beat New Zealand by 53 runs in the rain-interrupted first one-day international at Napier on Tuesday to take a lead in the five-match series.

India made 273-4 from 38 overs after their innings was halted for two-and-a-half hours because of rain.

New Zealand were set a revised target of 216 to win off 28 overs after their reply was also interrupted by showers.

However, the hosts could only manage 162-9, losing by 53 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method.

India captain Mahendra Dhoni top-scored with 84 not out from 89 balls while opener Virender Sehwag blasted 77 from 56 and Suresh Raina 66 from 39.

Martin Guptill led New Zealand's reply with a solid 64 but their hopes of winning were destroyed when Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh captured three wickets in four balls.

The second match of the series takes place in Wellington on Friday.

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