Kiwis thrash India by 8 wickets in final ODI

Published: Saturday, March 14, 2009, 14:03 [IST]
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New Zealand beat India by 8 wickets

Auckland: New Zealand beat India by eight wickets in the final ODI to register their only victory in the five-match cricket series here on Saturday.

India won the series 3-1. The second game of the series in Wellington was washed away.

Ryder's whirlwind 63 from 48 balls and another classy cameo from new test opener Martin Guptill -- who made a smooth 57 from 50 deliveries -- ensured New Zealand made quick work of overhauling India's meager 149.

The consolation victory, achieved with a massive 118 balls to spare, ends a run of five ODI defeats for New Zealand and represents the first time in seven attempts this summer they have bowled India out.

However, the triumph was ironically welcomed by a minority of a 21,285 crowd that appeared, and sounded, almost exclusively Indian.

Despite the series having already been settled when India took a 3-0 lead in Hamilton, New Zealand at least claim some winning momentum heading into the three test series.

Ryder, who followed his maiden ODI ton at Seddon Park with a 38-ball half century, also indulged in an interesting psychological battle with fiery left arm quick Ishant Sharma as the Indian's unravelled in the field.

Ishant took exception to some heavy-handed treatment, a verbal altercation followed and after the umpires intervened Ryder made his point with a broad bat.

He reached his second ODI half century by thudding an Ishant half volley into the construction site at mid-wicket -- his fourth and final six.

Ishant, who took an expensive one for 63 from 7.2 overs, had some satisfaction when Ryder chopped on to his stumps.

Earlier New Zealand bowlers restricted the Indians to a disappointing 149 in a match reduced to 43 overs-a-side.The Indian innings came to an end in just 36.3 overs as Rohit Sharma (43) was left stranded at the crease. For New Zealand, Jesse Ryder (3-29), Jacob Oram (2-21) and Ian O"Brien (2-43) did most the damage in gloomy conditions that helped swing bowling.


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