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Sachin ton fires India past Kiwis

SACHIN Tendulkar made 163 from 134 balls before retiring hurt to spur India to a 58-run win over New Zealand in yesterday's third one-day international at Christchurch.

Tendulkar's ton helped India to 392-4, and it then bowled out New Zealand for 334 in a match that included 31 sixes - the most ever in an ODI.

Tendulkar reached his 43rd ODI century and 91st century for India in all forms of the game, before leaving the field in the 45th over with an abdominal injury.

In reply, New Zealand's Jesse Ryder scored 105, including a century from 72 balls, in a 166-run opening partnership with Brendon McCullum (71) to put New Zealand ahead of the demanding required run rate at the start of its innings.

The duo gave hosts faint hopes of victory, given the flat pitch and short boundaries, but those were all but extinguished when seven wickets fell for 52 runs between the 22nd and 34th overs.

New Zealand had slumped to 251-8 in the 38th over before Kyle Mills smashed 54 from 32 balls and Tim Southee 32 from 20 in an 83-run ninth-wicket stand which briefly revived the threat.

Ordered out

Seam bowler Munaf Patel was ordered out of the attack by the umpires after he bowled two high full tosses in the 45th over. Off-spinner Yusuf Pathan bowled out Patel's uncompleted over and captured Mills' wicket, hastening New Zealand's dismissal for 334.

The match produced a total of 726 runs, the second-highest aggregate in ODIs, eclipsed only by the 872 runs scored by Australia and South Africa in 2006.

"Frankly, before starting I thought 390 or 380 could have been a not inappropriate score," India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.

"Our bowling was not up to the mark. When the ball is old and not reversing it's very difficult to bowl yorkers and that's the time you have to use all your experience to bowl in the right areas."

Tendulkar's innings included 16 fours and five sixes or 94 runs from boundaries and helped India to the highest total in an ODI in New Zealand, surpassing the Kiwis' 350 against Australia.

Tendulkar put on 138 for the third wicket with Yuvraj Singh who made 87 and a further 138 with Dhoni (68).

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori did not play so he could be with his wife for the birth of their first child.


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