The Delhi blaster produced the fastest hundred (60-ball) by an Indian batsman, the seventh fastest in ODI history, as India galloped to 201 for no loss in barely 24.3 overs, before the game was abandoned due to rain.
- Virender Sehwag's unbeaten 125 is his third ODI hundred in New Zealand, where he averages more than in any country in which he has played more than one match. In 11 games there he has hit three hundreds, for an average of 55.80 and a strike rate of 100.90. He is the only Indian to score more than one ODI century in New Zealand.
Virender Sehwag pulverized the New Zealand attack with a 60-ball century as India clinched their one-day international series with victory in Hamilton on Wednesday.
Sehwag celebrates his century with New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori in the background.
India, chasing a New Zealand total of 270 for five in 47 overs, won the rain-shortened match by the Duckworth-Lewis method after reaching 201 for no wicket in just 23.3 overs.
It gives them an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the best of five-match series which has been marked by exciting batting from both sides, but in particular the tourists, who were winning a one-day series in New Zealand for the first time.
Sehwag and his fellow opener Gautam Gambhir set about their task with relish as they chased what looked on paper to be a challenging total.
Sehwag finished unbeaten on 125, outscoring his partner Gambhir who, by comparison, played steadily for his 63.
The 30-year-old, renowned for his attacking style, pounded 14 boundaries and six sixes in the seventh-fastest century in one-day cricket history.
Earlier, Brendon McCullum made 77 in an opening partnership of 102 with Jesse Ryder (46) as the New Zealanders also scored quickly on a small ground.
But it needed an unbeaten stand of 95 for the sixth wicket between Peter McGlashan and Grant Elliott to restore order after a middle order collapse.
The final match of the series takes place in Auckland with India having won two of the three earlier matches with one washed out.