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Blistering Sehwag century puts India in Tri-Series final as England prepare for Pakistan.
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2010 07:38 GMT
Sehwag hit 110 off just 93 balls [AFP]

Virender Sehwag smashed 110 off 93 balls to carry India to the final of the one-day Tri-Nation final with a comprehensive 105-run win over New Zealand.

Sehwag stood tall as wickets fell around him, smacking 16 fours and a six to take India to a total of 223 after they had lost their first four wickets for 66 runs having chosen to bat first.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (38) helped Sehwag add 107 for the fifth wicket before New Zealand bowlers once again pitched into the Indian batting line up to capture four wickets for eight runs and dismiss them well under the 50-over mark.

New Zealand began their run chase poorly, losing Martin Guptill for a duck to the second ball of their innings and they slumped to 53-8 before some lusty hits from number nine Kyle Mills carried them over the 100 mark.

Mills put the top order to shame, reaching his second one-day fifty off 35 balls with three sixes and seven fours out of New Zealand's total of 118.

Praveen Kumar (3-34) and Munaf Patel (3-21) were the pick of India's bowlers on Wednesday.

India will meet Sri Lanka in the final on August 28.

England examination

Meanwhile England will undergo another searching examination at the hands of an increasingly potent Pakistan attack in the final Test starting at Lord's on Thursday.

Pakistan, who drew 1-1 with Australia earlier in the season, can level the four-match series 2-2 if they win at Lord's after twice exposing the England batting in their third-test victory at the Oval last week.

England captain Andrew Strauss accepted on Wednesday his side was guilty of mistakes in the third test, and said he and his teammates "want to put those right this week".

"I think there is a really nice determined atmosphere about the group because we feel we may have a point to prove again, and that's a good state of mind to be in," Strauss told Sky television.

Inevitably, the series is being viewed in the context of England's Ashes defence starting in Brisbane on November 25, although conditions in Australia will bear no resemblance to the autumnal weather predicted for Lord's in the last Test of the summer.

England's priority will be to win at a venue where they have won or drawn nine consecutive tests since losing to Australia in 2005.

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