Hyderabad: Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag cracked scintillating centuries to propel India to a huge 353 for five in their allotted 50 overs in the TVS Cup triangular series cricket match against New Zealand in Hyderabad on Saturday.
Electing to bat, Tendulkar set the packed Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium ablaze to notch up his 36th One-day International century with a 91-ball 102 before Sehwag took centrestage to record his highest One-day score of 130 in the do-or-die match that will decide the finalist for the November 18 summit clash against Australia on Tuesday. After Tendulkar and Sehwag had battered the hapless Kiwis, Rahul Dravid launched a savage assault to score a quickfire unbeaten 50 off just 22 balls to steer India beyond the 350 mark.
Fired on by the determination to make it to the final, India toyed with the bowling attack that lacked the sting to pose much problems for the hosts. The Kiwis, without the services of their captain Stephen Fleming who was ruled unfit due to an abdominal strain, are now left with the difficult task of scoring over seven runs per over for a victory.