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Weather Forces Draw In Third Test, India Win Series 1-0

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Wellington, April 7 NZPA - The third and final cricket test between New Zealand and India has ended in a weather-affected draw at the Basin Reserve here today, preventing the tourists from securing a 2-0 series win.

India required only two wickets when rain swept the ground shortly after lunch when New Zealand were on the brink of defeat on 281 for eight, chasing 617 for victory.

Captain Daniel Vettori was on 15 and Iain O'Brien 19, prolonging the inevitable when forecast showers came to the rescue at 2.08pm.

An prospect of play was finally abandoned at 4.31pm. There were 57.3 overs to be bowled before the scheduled close of play.

India won the series 1-0, their first test series success in New Zealand in seven attempts since they first toured here in 1968.

India also won the five-match one-day series 3-1 while New Zealand won the tour-opening Twenty20 contests 2-0.

New Zealand resumed on 167 for four today and lost Ross Taylor for 107, James Franklin for 49 and Brendon McCullum for six before lunch.

Tim Southee then departed for three in the 6.3 overs bowled after lunch before the weather closed in.

Offspinner Harbhajan Singh took four for 59 from 33 overs while part-time spinner Sachin Tendulkar took two for 45 from nine.

Gautam Gambhir, who scored 167 in India's second innings, was named man of the match.

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