Black Caps secure ODI series win

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Ross Taylor finished 112 not out for the Black Caps (AP) Ross Taylor finished 112 not out for the Black Caps (AP)

Ross Taylor hit an unbeaten hundred as New Zealand defeated India by seven wickets in the fourth one-day international to secure a convincing series win.

Taylor finished 112 not out alongside captain Brendon McCullum (49no) after Kane Williamson's 60 had helped set the Black Caps well on their way to their 279 victory target.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (79no) and Ravindra Jadeja (62no) had given the tourists a fighting chance with an unbroken 127-run stand after coming together at 151 for five, but it was not enough to stop the hosts taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Taylor's knock continued his fine winter form, his ton coming off 110 balls and including 14 fours. McCullum offered a chance on 43, but Jadeja and Ambati Rayudu collided and comically dropped the catch.

New Zealand made a flying start to their chase as Martin Guptill and Jesse Ryder went on the attack from the outset, bringing up their half-century stand with the last ball of the sixth over when Guptill hit the first six of the innings.

However, two balls later Ryder was out, playing a ball from Varun Aaron on to his leg stump having scored 19.

Then, when Mohammed Shami changed ends after conceding 26 runs from his first three overs, he snared Guptill leg before wicket for 35.

Williamson and Taylor put their heads down and played themselves in, though, and went on to add 130 runs at just under five an over.

Taylor passed 50 off 62 balls with seven boundaries and Williamson followed soon after off 67 balls with two boundaries and two sixes.

Their partnership ended when Williamson called a single off Jadeja but did not take the bowler's athleticism into account and found himself run-out for 60 with New Zealand on 188.

Taylor and McCullum got the home team over the line with 11 balls to spare, though.

Dhoni and Jadeja had earlier pulled India back from the brink after joining forces with one ball short of 17 overs left and the tourists just past the 150 mark.

The skipper's innovative knock included three sixes and six fours, while Jadeja backed up his effort in Saturday's tied match with a 46-ball fifty.

Virat Kohli was first to be dismissed after India had opted to bat first, attempting a pull shot off Tim Southee only to top edge the ball to mid-wicket for two.

He was followed soon after by Ajinkya Rahane, caught at long leg by Southee off the bowling of Kyle Mills.

Rohit Sharma looked most dangerous of the top order, despite having an easy chance off Southee dropped by Taylor at first slip on 14, and went on to bring up a half-century off 72 balls including four sixes.

Sharma and Rayudu added 79 runs in taking the score on to 101 before Rayudu departed for 37, caught by Luke Ronchi off the bowling of Hamish Bennett.

Then at 142, Sharma (79) attempted to blast another ball, from Williamson, only to be caught behind thanks to the superb reflexes of Ronchi.

R Ashwin fell nine runs later, caught at third man by Bennett off Southee, and that brought Dhoni and Jadeja together in the middle.

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