Hamilton: Ross Taylor struck his ninth ODI century to enable New Zealand seal the five-match series against India -- winning the fourth game here Tuesday by seven wickets and taking an unassailable 3-0 lead.
For India, it was their second successive ODI series loss away from home. They had lost in South Africa 0-2 in the three-match series last month.
In a must-win encounter, India, batting first, put up a competitive 278 for five in 50 overs.
The Indian batsmen were led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who remained unbeaten on 79 off 73 balls while Ravindra Jadeja scored 62 not out off 54. Opening batsman Rohit Sharma made 79 off 94.
In Image: New Zealand's Ross Taylor, center, and Brendon McCullum, right, walk together after their series win over India