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Sehwag stars as India romp to win

Fourth ODI, Hamilton:
New Zealand 270-5 (47 overs) lost to India 201-0 (23.3 overs) by 10 wickets (D/L)
Match scorecard

New Zelaand captain Daniel Vettori and India opener Virender Sehwag
Sehwag's century was the seventh fastest in one-day history

Virender Sehwag smashed an unbeaten 125 as India beat New Zealand by 10 wickets in a rain-affected match to win their one-day series 3-0 with one game left.

Brendon McCullum top scored with 77 as New Zealand amassed 270-5 off 47 overs.

But Sehwag compiled the fastest one-day ton by an Indian, in 60 balls, to lift the tourists to 201-0 when rain stopped play for a fifth and final time.

Sehwag hit six sixes and 14 fours, with Gautum Ghambir 63 before Duckworth-Lewis came into play after 23.3 overs.

India were always ahead of the par score according to Duckworth-Lewis with Gambhir, and Sehwag in particular, blasting a woeful Black Caps attack to all corners of Hamilton's Seddon Park.

Iain O'Brien, brought in to replace Tim Southee, conceded 12 runs an over while Jacob Oram and Ewen Thompson were also expensive at 10 runs an over.

Even captain Daniel Vettori did not escape as Sehwag brought up his century with a massive six straight down the ground.

But the rain, which had already reduced India's target to 263 off 43 overs and then to 220 off 36 overs, returned for a final time to rob a capacity crowd of the chance to see more of Sehwag's clean hitting.

Vettori said: "We got a good old-fashioned hiding.

"We didn't really get ourselves in the game, we were a little bit short with the runs and then Sehwag and Gambhir played outstandingly to take the game away from us."

Jesse Ryder (46) put on 102 for the first wicket with McCullum, but he top-edged Yuvraj Singh to Suresh Raina at square leg.

The middle order failed to capitalise with Ross Taylor lasting just 13 balls, and Oram scoring just one.

McCullum fell inbetween the two, leg before to Zaheer Khan, to leave the home side 156-4.

But Peter McGlashan (56 not out) and Grant Elliott (35 not out) steadied the innings, adding 95 in a sixth-wicket partnership that spanned two rain delays.

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see also
India win rain-affected one-dayer
03 Mar 09 |  International Teams
India in New Zealand 2009
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