Hamilton: Sehwag's sensational century helped India to win their maiden ODI series win in New Zealand after routing the hosts by 84 runs (D/L) in the rain-truncated 4th One-dayer in Hamilton.
Sehwag reached three-figures off 60 balls with a six over long off achieving the milestone off just 60 balls making it the 7th fastest century in ODI history. It is the fastest century scored by India. Sehwag tore apart the New Zealand bowling to become India"s fastest centurion of all times. He broke Azharuddin who scored century in 62 balls.
Sehwag whose final score read 125 off 74 deliveries which was studded with six thunderous hits into the stands and 14 shots that rolled into the fence.
India were declared the winners by 84 runs (D/L method) and they now have an unassailable lead of 3-0.
Chasing 281 (47 overs) for a 3-0 series lead against New Zealand, Sehwag and Gambhir gave India the perfect possible platform.
Gambhir who played an achor role in the game scored 63 runs of 67 deliveries provided perfect support to Virender Sehwag.
India were earlier set to chase 281 in 47 overs but after the third rain interruption, the target was revised to 263 in 43 overs according to the Duckworth Lewis method.
A significant sixth-wicket partnership of 95 runs between Peter McGlashan (56) and Grant Elliot (35) helped New Zealand finish with a competitive total of 270-5 against the formidable Indians in a do-or-die contest for the hosts, the fourth one-day international of the series at Seddon Park here on Wednesday.
Young wicketkeeper batsman McGlashan, playing in his hometown, impressed with his innovative strokeplay, shuffling around the crease and hustling the quick singles and twos. He cracked his maiden half-century after being promoted up the order by skipper Vettori.
Kiwis opener McCullum played superbly for his 95-ball 77 with the help of 7 fours and 2 sixes. Zaheer Khan trapped McCullum plum infront of the wicket.
The last over of the innings saw 16 runs slammed off Harbhajan Singh – giving the fans at Hamilton a lot to cheer about.
Fast bowlers Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan helped India claw back into the contest after Brendon McCullum threatened to take the game away from the visitors. McCullum played superbly for his 95-ball 77 with the help of 7 fours and 2 sixes. It was Zaheer Khan who trapped McCullum leg-before wicket to curtail New Zealand innings.
The fifth and final ODI of the series will be played at Eden Park, Auckland on March 14.