4th ODI (D/N), Hamilton, Mar 11 2009, India tour of New Zealand
(23.3/23.3 ov, target 118)201/0
India won by 84 runs (D/L method)
player of the match

And guess what. It's raining again. The players rush away to the pavilion.

If we lose three overs due to this latest rain break the target would be 197, which India have already achieved. Oh well. So we might not see any more play. Let's wait and see what happens. But it's not official yet. So hold on..

And yes India have won the game. Sehwag: "I know how the wickets are here. I hit two hundreds last time. This time around the wicket is so flat." About the short boundaries, he simply said ,"I love it!"

Rajesh, our stats editor, explains the victory margin: "The par score after 23.3 overs was 117. India were 84 ahead of that par score, which explains the result margin. When the game was stopped for the last rain interruption, India were still chasing 220, and they hadn't reached that target yet. Hence they didn't actually achieve the target with ten wickets in hand, they were only ahead of the par score at that stage by 84 runs, which is why the margin of victory is 84 runs, not ten wickets."

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Oram to Sehwag, 1 run

leans forward to push for a single

Oram to Sehwag, SIX runs

The end is nigh. 200 of the partnership is up in style. It was a short delivery, Sehwag pulled it off the front foot and over deep midwicket and the ball sailed towards raucous fans

Oram to Gambhir, 1 run

yorker around the leg stump line, off the pad to the leg side. Did he get an inside edge there?

end of over 235 runs
INDIA: 193/0CRR: 8.39 RRR: 2.07
Virender Sehwag118 (72)
Gautam Gambhir62 (66)
Grant Elliott 2-0-9-0
Jacob Oram 4-0-35-0
Elliott to Sehwag, no run

overpitched delivery and creamed but straight to covers. That was traveling, had it been a foot away from the fielder, it would have fled to the boundary

Elliott to Sehwag, no run

length delivery outside off, mistimes a drive to covers

Elliott to Gambhir, 1 run

it was a short of length delivery on the middle and Gambhir opens the bat face and plays a deft late cut to third man

Elliott to Gambhir, no run

leans forward to defend to point

Elliott to Gambhir, FOUR runs

Don't imagine that Gautam will just keep rotating the strike. This was a full delivery and he swung it over wide mid-on region

Elliott to Gambhir, no run

leans forward to push a length delivery to point

end of over 2211 runs
INDIA: 188/0CRR: 8.54 RRR: 2.28
Virender Sehwag118 (70)
Gautam Gambhir57 (62)
Jacob Oram 4-0-35-0
Grant Elliott 1-0-4-0
Oram to Sehwag, SIX runs

The first six after resumption in play. Sehwag has lofted a full delivery over long-off. What can you say but 'furious frivolity returns'

Oram to Gambhir, 1 run

slightly short in length and short-arm jabbed to deep square leg

Oram to Gambhir, no run

on the off stump line, dabbed to backward point

Oram to Sehwag, 1 run

places the left leg outside leg stump and drives the full-pitched delivery to long-on

Oram to Gambhir, 1 run

fullish, outside off, driven sweetly to deep cover

Oram to Gambhir, 2 runs

another slower one, Gambhir ends up dragging the ball past midwicket

end of over 215 runs
INDIA: 177/0CRR: 8.42 RRR: 2.86
Gautam Gambhir53 (58)
Virender Sehwag111 (68)
Grant Elliott 1-0-4-0
Jacob Oram 3-0-24-0
Elliott to Gambhir, 1 run

leans forward to drive to long-off for a single

Elliott to Gambhir, no run

turned to the on side

Elliott to Gambhir, 1 wide

high bouncer at Gambhir and it has been called a wide . Harsh call.. not too high I thought ..

Elliott to Sehwag, 1 leg bye

slower one, short in length this time and it runs off the pad to short fine-leg region as Sehwag missed connecting with his glance shot

Elliott to Sehwag, no run

banged in short and Sehwag ducks

Elliott to Gambhir, 1 run

short in length, cut away to deep point

Elliott to Sehwag, 1 run

slower one, full and on the middle, Sehwag adjusts, taps it to the off side for a single

India need a further 48 runs from 96 balls