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India won by 9 wickets.

India vs New Zealand

Gambhir sinks Black Caps

Opener hits another ton as India coast to series victory

Gambhir: Back-to-back tons

India wrapped up a series victory against New Zealand with a commanding nine-wicket victory in Vadodara putting them into an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Stand-in captain Gautam Gambhir led the way for the hosts with his swash-buckling 126 not out firing India to 229-1, after his bowlers had reduced the tourists to just 224-9 from their 50 overs.

Gambhir's century was his second consecutive hundred and his 114-run stand with Virat Kohli saw India coast to victory with 10.3 overs to spare.

Zaheer Khan, Yusuf Pathan and Ravi Ashwin claimed two wickets apiece and, barring James Franklin (72 no), no other Kiwi batsman was able to break the shackles.

Left-arm seamer Zaheer gave India a rousing start after winning the toss by claiming opener Brendon McCullum for a duck and then Ross Taylor for 11.

Run out

Martin Guptill was run out off a direct throw from Gambhir and local boy Munaf Patel trapped Kane Williamson lbw for 21 in his second over and at the end of 16th over the visitors were tottering on 50-4.

Scott Styris scored 22 off 35 balls but was very scratchy throughout his innings. The right-hander finally departed to a brilliant catch at leg slip by Yuvraj Singh off Ashwin.

With wickets falling at regular intervals, and Munaf in the middle of a miserly spell, Franklin tried to drop anchor and helped the Black Caps to reach 89-5 after 26 overs.

Daniel Vettori went for just three and new batsman Gareth Hopkins followed his captain to the pavilion for just six to hand Pathan a double breakthrough.

With New Zealand floundering on 106-7, Franklin and Nathan McCullum put together a crucial partnership for the eighth wicket before McCullum's brilliant 53-ball knock of 43 was ended when he fell to Ashwin.

Franklin remained unbeaten on 72 and Kyle Mills scored a quickfire 15 to make sure the tourists at least batted out their overs, but the target looked well below-par.

Response

And so it proved, as India openers Gambhir and Murali Vijay started confidently and scored at a rate which was well above that required and brought up their 100-run partnership inside 15 overs.

The stand-in captain hit a hat-trick of boundaries off Andy McKay en route to his 22nd half-century, which came in just 30 balls, and included nine hits to the fence.

Vijay unnecessarily ran himself out trying to steal a non-existent single, but Kohli came to the crease and looked equally as assured as his skipper, and they quickly moved towards victory.

Gambhir cruised to his ninth century in only 88 balls after stealing a single off a fumble from Vettori as wickets eluded the Kiwi bowlers.

Gambhir and Kohli executed a flurry of big shots in a bid to seal an early victory and the duo added 114 runs in 125 balls to take India home with 10.3 overs remaining.

Gambhir, who scored an unbeaten 138 in Jaipur, smashed 16 boundaries in his unbeaten 117-ball innings while Kohli, who hit his 10th half-century, had six fours and two sixes against his name in his 70-ball innings.

Match Details

Date
4th Dec 2010
Toss
Venue
Vadodara
Umpires
R A Kettleborough and S K Tarapore

india BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Vijay run out 30
Gambhir not out 126
Kohli not out 63
Extras 5w, 5lb 10
Total Close, 39.3 Overs 229 - 1
Full Batting Card

new zealand BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Mills 6 0 39 0
McKay 6.3 0 42 0
Franklin 4 0 34 0
Vettori 9 0 41 0
McCullum 8 0 36 0
Styris 6 0 32 0
Full Bowling Card