Sehwag’’s record-breaking century guides India to maiden ODI series win in New Zealand

March 11th, 2009 - 4:25 pm ICT by ANI  

Hamilton, Mar 11 (ANI): Virender Sehwag on Wednesday blasted the fastest century by any Indian to help India clinch their first ever series win in New Zealand.

The flamboyant opener scored his century of just 60 deliveries and India won the match by 84 runs (Duckworth Lewis method).

Indian has now taken a three nil lead in the five-matches ODI series, with one more match to go.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, New Zealand put up a respectable total of 270 in 47 overs for the loss of five wickets.

Kiwi openers Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum gave a great start to their team by scoring 102 runs for the first wicket.

Ryder made 46 of 57 deliveries while McCullum played a fine inning of 77 runs of 95 balls.

Wicketkeeper Peter McGlashan, who was playing his second ODI game scored 56 of 42 balls with six fours and one six.

Grant Elliott supported him very well in the slog overs, making 35 of 27 deliveries with three fours and a six.

Chasing the revised target of 281, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir gave the desired start to the Indian innings.

Sehwag hit six sixes and 14 fours in his 74-ball innings of 125, while Gambhirs knock of 63 came off 67 deliveries and contained six fours.

Rain interrupted Sehwags fireworks and the target was again revised to 263 in 43 overs after the second time rain played spoilsport and then to 220 in 36 overs after the rain Gods obliged again.

India did not need to bat again after the fifth rain interruption because they had already crossed the 197-run mark that would have been the final target. (ANI)

Sehwag was declared Man of the Match for his record-breaking century.

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