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India set massive 393-run victory target for Kiwis

The much anticiapted series between India and New Zealand has lived up to all its expectations. The only drawback has been the weather, that has been a disrupting factor so far. But today the weather gods looked quite pleased as they gave out a bright sunny day with clear skies for perfect playing conditions.

New Zealand without their skipper Daniel Vettori today were being captained by Brendon McCullum. They won the toss and elected to field first.

The Indian innings got off to a poor start as the in form Sehwag was dismissed early. He was soon followed by an edgy Gautam Gambhir, who is yet to find his feet on this tour. Sachin Tendulkar was looking as solid as ever as he quickly adjusted to the conditons and was playing elegantly. He was being well supported by Yuvraj Singh. India were 105/2 after 20 overs.

The pair of Tendulkar and Yuvraj took the batting powerplay and made full use of it. The pair adding 69 runs to the total. Yuvraj smashed the ball all over the park as he was demolishing the NZ attack. Tendulkar too joined the party as he was picking the attack with ease. India were 190/2 after 27 overs.

87 from 60 balls, this was the score of Yuvraj Singh at the time of his dismissal. The powerhouse left hander punished the New Zealand attack without any remorse as he and Tendulkar took India past the 200 mark. Yuvraj then got an inside edge and was smartly taken by the keeper. India were 206/3 after 30 overs.

Sachin Tendulkar, smashed his 43rd ODI century to keep India moving in the third ODI. India were racing along at 250/3 in 36 over.

It was just a run riot by the Indians at Christchurch. Sachin Tendulkar, was toying with the New Zealand attack as he went past 150. Dhoni too had got his eye in and was all power and cleared the ball easily over the boundary. India were 328/3 after 44 overs.

India finished on a mammoth 392 for 4 in their 50 overs to put some serious pressure on the black caps. Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni put the New Zealand attack on the blade and carved their way through, with Tendulkar retiring on a splendid 163 after he pulled a stomach muscle. Dhoni too scored another 50, but then got a top edge and was dismissed on 68.

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  1. March 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    I cannot believe that India lost, we were hoping for a clean series win.

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