| GEO Sports|
| New Zealand beat India by 8 wickets|
| Updated at: 1426 PST, Saturday, March 14, 2009|
AUCKLAND: Riding on two splendid half-centuries by Guptill (57) and Ryder (63), New Zealand thrashed India by 8 wickets in the 5th ODI at Auckland.
Ryder performed well in the bowling department too, fetching three crucial wickets - Yuvraj Singh (11), MS Dhoni (9) and Yusuf Pathan (0) and was named Man of the Match.
Defending a mere total of 149, India managed to clinch just two wickets. Pacer Praveen Kumar struck early to remove Brendon McCullum for just 2 runs while lanky Ishant Sharma removed Jesse Ryder's bails to give his side some relief.
But the efforts weren't enough as Ryder, who did the damage for India with the ball, hit 2nd fifty of his ODI career to add on to visitor's woes. While, Martin Guptill hit 3rd fifty of his ODI career to destroy India's hopes of revival.
Ross Taylor (28 off 33) supported Guptill well till the end to finish off the match with 118 balls remaining.
In the morning, early shower at Auckland delayed the match between India and New Zealand.