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Kiwis thrash India for consolation win in ODIs

JESSE Ryder made a half century and took three wickets as New Zealand beat India by eight wickets with almost 20 overs to spare in the fifth limited-overs international in Auckland yesterday.

Ryder took 3-29 as New Zealand dismissed India for 149, and he then scored 63 as the hosts surpassed India's total in 23.2 overs.

Martin Guptill was 57 not out and Ross Taylor unbeaten on 28 in a match reduced by rain from 50 to 43 overs per side.

The win was consolation for New Zealand, which lost the five-match one-day international (ODI) series 1-3, with one match washed out.

Rohit Sharma made 43 not out and Virender Sehwag 40 as India stumbled to 149, batting first after winning the toss. Yuvraj Singh, who made 11, was the only other Indian batsman to reach double figures and extras, which provided 18 runs, were the third highest score.

Ryder ripped through the India's middle order, dismissing Yuvraj and bowling both Mahendra Singh Dhoni (9) and Yusuf Pathan (0). After Sehwag had guided India to 69-2, taking his 40 runs from 27 balls with three fours and three sixes, the tourists' last eight wickets fell for 80 runs.

Jacob Oram took 2-22 from nine overs, including Sehwag's vital wicket, and Iain O'Brien survived an early battering to take 2-43.

The win gave New Zealand some confidence heading into the three-test series which starts at Hamilton on Wednesday.

"India thoroughly outplayed us in the series but we're glad to come here tonight and get one back," New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said.

India captain Dhoni said his team was looking to build on its series victory in the five-day games.

"We're disappointed to have lost the last game, we could have done better," the wicketkeeper said. "But the test series will be great."


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