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India-New Zealand ODI series: Kiwis win 4th ODI and series

Hamilton: New Zealand sealed a one-day series win over India by recording a seven-wicket victory on Tuesday, with Ross Taylor hitting an unbeaten 112 to lead the hosts to a seven wicket win with 11
India TV Sports Desk January 28, 2014 15:10 IST
India TV Sports Desk
Hamilton: New Zealand sealed a one-day series win over India by recording a seven-wicket victory on Tuesday, with Ross Taylor hitting an unbeaten 112 to lead the hosts to a seven wicket win with 11 balls to spare.
  
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Taylor's ninth one-day international century, compiled from 110 balls with 14 boundaries, comfortably steered New Zealand past India's total of 278-5, and gave New Zealand a 3-0 series lead with one game remaining.
  
New Zealand has recorded consecutive series victories over the West Indies and India, boosting its hopes of a strong showing in next year's World Cup, which it co-hosts with Australia.
  
Taylor shared partnerships of 130 with Kane Williamson (60) and 92 unbroken with captain Brendon McCullum (49 not out), who hit a six off the first ball of the penultimate over to complete the win.
  
New Zealand had made a dashing start, racing to 50 in seven overs with 10 fours and a six but the loss of openers Jesse Ryder (35) and Martin Guptill (35) in the space of five balls threatened to derail its run chase.
  
Taylor and Williamson consolidated and also saw off spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, who loomed as a major threat on a slow and turning pitch at Seddon Park. Both batsmen have been in rich form this series -- Taylor added his century to two half centuries in previous matches while Williamson has made scores of 71, 77, 65 and 60 in his four innings.