result
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
12y
• The Bulletin by Siddarth Ravindran

Sehwag powers India to series win

Virender Sehwag blasted India's fastest one-day hundred as India swept to a comprehensive victory and secured their maiden one-day series triumph in New Zealand

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Scorecard summary
New Zealand270/5(47 overs)
India201/0(23.3 overs)

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."

This is Sriram Veera signing off. Thanks for logging on. Ta Ta!

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23.3
1
Oram to Sehwag, 1 run

leans forward to push for a single

23.2
6
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

23.1
1
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: 2.08
Virender Sehwag118 (72)
Gautam Gambhir62 (66)
Grant Elliott 2-0-9-0
Jacob Oram 4-0-35-0
22.6
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

22.5
Elliott to Sehwag, no run

length delivery outside off, mistimes a drive to covers

22.4
1
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

22.3
Elliott to Gambhir, no run

leans forward to defend to point

22.2
4
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

22.1
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: 2.29
Virender Sehwag118 (70)
Gautam Gambhir57 (62)
Jacob Oram 4-0-35-0
Grant Elliott 1-0-4-0
21.6
6
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'

21.5
1
Oram to Gambhir, 1 run

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

21.4
Oram to Gambhir, no run

on the off stump line, dabbed to backward point

21.3
1
Oram to Sehwag, 1 run

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

21.2
1
Oram to Gambhir, 1 run

fullish, outside off, driven sweetly to deep cover

21.1
2
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: 2.87
Gautam Gambhir53 (58)
Virender Sehwag111 (68)
Grant Elliott 1-0-4-0
Jacob Oram 3-0-24-0
20.6
1
Elliott to Gambhir, 1 run

leans forward to drive to long-off for a single

20.5
Elliott to Gambhir, no run

turned to the on side

20.5
1w
Elliott to Gambhir, 1 wide

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

20.4
1lb
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

20.3
Elliott to Sehwag, no run

banged in short and Sehwag ducks

Best performances - batters
Virender Sehwag portrait
V Sehwag INDIA
125 runs (74)
14 fours
6 sixes
Control72%
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
31 runs
2 fours
2 sixes
081567252143
Brendon McCullum portrait
BB McCullum NZ
77 runs (95)
7 fours
2 sixes
Control73%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
23 runs
2 fours
1 six
55420195415
Best performances - bowlers
Ishant Sharma portrait
I Sharma INDIA
O
8
M
0
R
57
W
2
ECO
7.12
YK Pathan player pic
YK Pathan INDIA
O
5
M
0
R
14
W
1
ECO
2.8
Match details
Seddon Park, Hamilton
TossNew Zealand, elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of New Zealand
Season2008/09
Player Of The Match
Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag
Series resultIndia led the 5-match series 3-0
Match numberODI no. 2824
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30 Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45
Match days11 March 2009 - daynight (50-over match)
ODI debut
Ewen Thompson
Ewen Thompson
Umpires
New Zealand Image
Gary Baxter
South Africa Image
Rudi Koertzen
TV Umpire
New Zealand Image
Evan Watkin
Reserve Umpire
New Zealand Image
Chris Gaffaney
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Ranjan Madugalle