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New Zealand belted their way to a seven-wicket win over India in an explosive Twenty20 cricket match here Wednesday that produced a record number of sixes.

India, world champions at the shortest form of the game, fired from the start when they were sent into bat first in their New Zealand tour opener.

But they lost wickets at regular intervals and were 162 for eight at the end of their innings.

New Zealand, with Brendon McCullum carrying his bat through their innings, replied with 166 for three, the winning runs coming from a six over the cover boundary by Jacob Oram.

It was the 24th six of the match, played on a ground with short boundaries, easily surpassing the previous record of 20 set by Australia and India in Durban two years ago during the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup.

Virender Sehwag started the six fest, clouting three off consecutive balls in the first over as India raced to 25 in the first 11 balls.

But their rollicking start was shortlived with Iain O'Brien removing both openers in consecutive balls.

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