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Part-time bowler and big-hitting batsman Jesse Ryder stood out as New Zealand's champion in an eight-wicket win over India in the fifth and final one-day cricket international here Saturday.

Ryder took three for 29 with his miserly bowling and then belted the Indian attack into submission with 63 off 49 balls as New Zealand cantered home with nearly 20 overs in hand.

The consolation win saved New Zealand from the embarrassment of a whitewash as India took the series 3-1 with one game abandoned.

After rain delayed the start and reduced the match to 43 overs each, India were still unable to go the distance and were all out in the 37th over for just 149 after Ryder ripped out the middle order.

They still felt they had an inkling of a chance, when New Zealand's reply stumbled in the third over with Brendon McCullum bowled by Praveen Kumar.

But McCullum's departure brought Martin Guptill to the crease and the game quickly disappeared from India's grasp.

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