Virender Sehwag hit a quick 125 of just 74 balls including fourteen fours and six sixes to guide India to an 84 run win by the D/L method against the Kiwis on Wednesday.
India won the series by winning this match and now lead the five match ODI series 3-0 with one match still to go. This was India's first ODI series win in New Zealand and also their first series win against New Zealand after 44 years.
Last time India had won a series against the Kiwis was in 1945 under the captaincy of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. But it was a Test series.
Today the Kiwis won the toss and chose to bat first. They put a total of 270 in 47 overs and India were to chase a total of 280 in 47 overs under the D/L method.
The Kiwi put up a fairly good batting performance today.
The opening pair of Brendon McCullum (77 off 95) and Jesse Ryder(46 off 57) added 102 runs for the first wicket. After that there was a shake in the innings as Ryder, Taylor (5) and McCullum got out and the Kiwis were 155 for three.
Jacob Oram (1) also got out and the Kiwis were 156 for 4 in 34.1 overs. Martin Guptill chipped in with a slow 25 but the main job was done by Peter McGlashen (56* of 42) and Grant Elliott (35* of 27) and the Kiwis reached 270 for 5 in 47 overs.
The Indian bowlers did not do a good job as they gave away too many runs. There were no maidens bowled and only one bowler had an economy rate of under three. Even off-spinner Harbhajan Singh gave away 50 runs in just 8 overs.
India were off a great start. Virender Sehwag started hiting as soon as he came on strike and India were 83 for no loss after 10 overs. India took the batting powerplay in the twelfth over and they were about to finish 20 overs of cricket when rain interrupted play. But soon the play resumed and the Indians made 201 for none after 23.3 overs after which rain again interrupted play.
The Kiwi bowling was very poor as all the six bowlers used gave away too many runs with two bowlers having an economy rate of over 10. The lowest economy rate recorded was 4.50 by Grant Elliott who bowled just two overs.
The D/L rule was applied and the Indians were declared as winners by 84 runs. Virender Sehwag was awarded the man of the match award for his classy performance.
Virender Sehwag recorder the fastest 100 by an Indian in ODIs and Sehwag and Gambhir's 201 run partnership is the second fastest double century partnership in ODIs.