India thrash Kiwis by 58 runs in Christchurch ODI

March 8th, 2009 - 4:39 pm ICT by ANI  

Sachin Tendulkar

Christchurch, Mar 8 (ANI): India on Sunday registered a 58 run victory over New Zealand in the third One Day International here.

India has now taken a two nil lead in the five-matches ODI series.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, India put up a massive total of 392 for the loss of four wickets.

The visitors lost opener Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir 65 runs.

But, thereafter, Sachin Tendulkar (163 retd. hurt of133 balls) and Yuvraj Singh (87 runs off 60 deliveries) took Kiwis to the cleaners.

After Yuvraj departed, Tendulkar added 138 runs with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who made solid 68 off 58 deliveries.

Tendulkars 43 rd ODI century included 16 fours and five sixes.

This score is Indias second highest against in one-day internationals. It had earlier scored 413-5 against Bermuda in 2006.

Sundays total was the ninth highest by any country in ODI cricket.

The Indian batters hit 18 sixes, which is also a record for Test-playing nations.

Chasing the huge target, New Zealand batted to score 334 runs in 45 overs.

Kiwi opener Jesse Ryder made 105 of 80 deliveries with 12 fours and four sixes.

The stand-in captain Brendon McCullum added 166 with Ryder for the first wicket.

McCullum was run out after scoring 71 runs.

The Kiwis lost eight wickets for 251, but the tailenders took the team to 334.

For India, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan took two wickets each. (ANI)

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