India Won the Series against New zealand

March 12, 2009

At an individual score of 97, Sehwag danced down the pitch and hit a Daniel Vettori delivery over the bowler’s head to bring up his hundred in the 18th over of the rain-truncated match to better Azharuddin by two balls. India Won the series.

A former Indian captain, Azharuddin’s 62-ball 108, had incidentally come against New Zealand in Baroda in 1988. Sehwag finished 125 not out from 74 ball and Gautam Gambhir was 63 not out as India reached 201 without loss in 23.3 overs, replying to New Zealand’s 270 from 47 overs in a rain-affected match. India’s unbroken opening partnership was the largest to win a match in one-day international history. Sehwag had earlier smashed a 69-ball century against the Kiwis in Colombo in 2001. The Indian now has the seventh fastest hundred in ODI history, with Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi topping the chart with his 37-ball 102 against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996.

is time the pitches are so flat and good to bat on.” Sehwag blasted 14 fours and six sixes in an innings which, around three rain interruptions, occupied only 139 minutes. He rushed to a half century from 31 balls and helped India reached 100 in 54 minutes from 69 balls. Sehwag passed his century in 87 minutes with 13 fours and four sixes, adding his second 50 from only 29 balls.

Two rain interruptions during New Zealand’s innings left them facing only 47 overs and they seemed to have achieved a competitive total of 270 for five. Brendon McCullum made 77 in an opening partnership of 102 with Jesse Ryder (46) then, after a middle order collapse which saw five wickets fall for 73 runs, Peter McGlashan and Grant Elliott added 95 from 61 balls in an unbeaten stand for the sixth wicket.

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