India beat BLACKCAPS by 53 in series opener

India have won the rain-affected opening one-day cricket international against New Zealand by 53 runs at McLean Park here tonight.

Set a revised target of 216 from 28 overs after a second rain delay, New Zealand were 162 for nine at the close.

India posted 273 for four in their innings, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni top scoring with an unbeaten 84.

Harbhajan Singh took three wickets in four balls as New Zealand collapsed. The spinner ended with figures of three for 27.

The second match of the five-game series is in Wellington on Friday.

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