Playing their first match of the Compaq Cup tri-series, India beat New Zealand by 6 wickets and ensures a place in the final against Sri Lanka. India also the jinx at the Premadasa Stadium where the team batting second lost the last 13 ODIs played.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat and were skittled out for 155. India made 156 for 4 in 40.3 overs on a slow wicket to clinch the issue.
Sachin Tendulkar, back in the squad after skipping the West Indies tour, scored 46 valuable runs before skipper MS Dhoni (35 n.o.) and Suresh Raina (45 n.o.) finished the game
With this win, India has gained the top in ICC’s ODI rankings.