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    Thumbs up Sehwag scores India's fastest ODI ton




    Sehwag gets there. He now has the record for the fastest hundred in ODIs for India. He has bettered Azhar's 62-ball hundred against New Zealand at Baroda in 1988. This now stands 7th in the all time fastest ODI hundreds which is of course dominated by Afridi at number one and Boucher at number two.



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    List of fastest ODI hundreds:


    Afridi - 37 balls vs Sri Lanka,
    Boucher 44 balls vs Zimbabwe,
    Lara - 45 balls vs Bangladesh,
    Afridi - 45 balls vs India,
    Jayasuriya 48 balls vs Pakistan,
    Jayasuriya - 55 balls vs Bangladesh,
    Sehwag - 60 balls vs New Zealand, 4th ODI, Hamilton, March 11, 2009
    Azhar - 62 balls vs New Zealand


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    Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir provided their by-now-familiar imperious start to set India on their way to a maiden one-day series win in New Zealand. Sehwag was the dominant partner, using a combination of swats and drives to pepper the leg-side boundary and sprint to his half-century off 31 balls. Gambhir was more subdued, making most of his runs through two of his favourite methods - the quick single after nudging the ball around, and the booming drives after dancing down the track. New Zealand had just turned to the key weapon in their bowling armoury, Daniel Vettori, after the end of the first Powerplay when rain stopped play.

    47 overs New Zealand 270 for 5 (McCullum 77, McGlashan 56*) v India

    Two substantial partnerships at either end of the innings helped New Zealand to a competitive total in their must-win match in Hamilton. Daniel Vettori chose to bat on a pitch offering some early assistance to the bowlers and the openers justified the decision by providing yet another solid start. It was the perfect base for New Zealand but with Ross Taylor and Jacob Oram failing to fire again, India were able to scrap their way back into the game. Peter McGlashan, who made an inventive half-century, and Grant Elliott were unfazed by a couple of rain breaks and cobbled together 95 runs off the last 10 overs to leave India needing 281 to secure their first one-day series in New Zealand.


    Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder had hammered 165 in 18 overs in their previous ODI in Hamilton, but their effort today was less frenzied. Ryder started off with a couple of boundaries in the first over - a trademark cover drive and a french-cut - but there were no more for New Zealand till the eighth over.

    Ryder did much of the early scoring, but had a torrid time against the new-ball bowlers. Praveen Kumar's away-swingers had him fishing outside offstump and also struggled to cope with Zaheer Khan's indippers.

    At the other end, McCullum made a serene start: content to leave anything outside off, and always on the lookout for the tip-and-run single. At one stage, he was 3 off 20 deliveries. However once he got his eye in, he picked up the pace. A characteristic slash over covers off Zaheer got him going. A rusty Ishant Sharma was edged over third man for six, and the next ball was despatched to the same region with more control. He saved his best for Praveen though, slamming him for three consecutive boundaries, and the doddering run-rate began to move towards a respectable six per over.

    India's part-time spinners were brought on to stem the runs, and Yuvraj Singh and Yusuf Patel did their job. Yuvraj was unlucky not to have dismissed McCullum - Mahendra Singh Dhoni botching a simple stumping chance - but got rid of Ryder, a slog-sweep swirling to Suresh Raina at square leg.

    Taylor gifted his wicket - pulling a short delivery down the leg side to square leg - soon after and the scoring-rate took a hit. With Martin Guptill not finding any fluency, it was left to McCullum to push the tempo. He punished Yuvraj whenever the offspinner dropped short, and New Zealand moved steadily to 153 for 2 after 33 overs.

    A drizzle prompted the home side to go for the batting Powerplay, which made India bring back their fast bowlers. Zaheer despatched McCullum with a legstump yorker in the first Powerplay over, and three balls later Oram gloved a short delivery off Ishant to the keeper. Guptill's scratchy innings ended three overs later, and New Zealand had slid to 175 for 5.

    It was left to McGlashan and Elliott to rectify the damage. McGlashan showed off his repertoire of sweeps - orthodox, paddle, and reverse - even against the quicks to keep the runs flowing, while Elliott adopted a more orthodox approach. Fifty-one runs came off the last four overs after the second and final rain break; Elliott taking a leaf out of the McGlashan book and unleashing some powerful sweeps to help set a target that will provide a stern test for India's batting might.

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    Ind: 169/0 (19.2 Ovs)

    Rain Intervention - India need 94 runs

    Rain reduced game (43 overs)

    Target revised to 263 in 43 Overs D/L suks

    This hasn't yet qualified as a complete game, another four balls required to fulfil the criteria. Daniel Vettori was aware of the fact, he just looked at the ball, tossed it in the air and had a look at umpire Gary Baxter. That expression was enough. The Indians would have loved to block the remainder of the over, need not hit them out of the park even. 20 overs make a complete game as you all know.

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    Interestingly Sehwag's hundred is also the fastest on New Zealand soil beating the previous record of 67 balls by Craig McMillan versus Australia at Hamilton in 2007

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    The Match will begin at 07:55 GMT. It is now going to be a 36 over affair with India needing 220 runs to win the game. So effectively, India need 51 more runs to win in 16.4 overs. PS: WEATHER PERMITTING...

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    Well friends, a lot of calculations going into this result now. As per the Duckworth-Lewis Method, the par score for India at this stage is 117/0. And since India has knocked down 201 in 23.3 overs, it makes them 84 ahead of their required target. So thanks to the D/L Method magic, India have won by 84 runs.


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    Virender Sehwag is the Man of the Match: This time the wicket is so flat. When asked about the short boundaries he said," I love it."

    With this win, India have won the series 3-0 with one game to spare.


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    thanx for sharing ..


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    All Clear Newzealand.....!!!!!!!!!!

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    It was like watching 10dulkar in ninties... Great Batting Sehwag.....

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