Timely Taylor knock continues hot summer

19:05, Jan 28 2014
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Ishant Sharma, right, celebrates with teammates Virat Kohli, centre, and Suresh Raina after taking the wicket of Jesse Ryder.
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Jesse Ryder of New Zealand bats during the ODI at Seddon Park.
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An Indian fan looks the part at the ODI between NZ and India.
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Martin Guptill bats for the Black Caps at Seddon Park.
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar of India bowls as Martin Guptill looks on.
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Kane Williamson of New Zealand bats as MS Dhoni of India looks on.
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Jatinda Singh with the $100k cheque from DB Breweries for his one-handed catch.
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Tim Southee of New Zealand celebrates after taking the wicket of Rohit Sharma.
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Virat Kohli celebrates his half century as Nathan McCullum looks on.
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Mitchell McClenaghan, right, celebrates with Ross Taylor after taking the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane.
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Martin Guptill of New Zealand misses a catch.
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Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi congratulates Mitchell McClenaghan (right) and Brendon McCullum after dismissing India's Ajinkya Rahane.
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Corey Anderson launches into a big shot in the third ODI at Eden Park.
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Martin Guptill acknowledges the crowd after scoring a century in the third ODI at Eden Park.
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Luke Ronchi lofts the ball down the ground in the third ODI at Eden Park.
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Ross Taylor (left) and Martin Guptill celebrate a wicket in the third ODI.
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Luke Ronchi (left) and Corey Anderson celebrate a wicket in the third ODI.
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Ravindra Jadeja led India to the brink of a miraculous win in the third ODI at Eden Park.
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Brendon McCullum leads the New Zealand team from the field at the conclusion of the third ODI at Eden Park.
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MS Dhoni launches into a big shot in the fourth ODI in Hamilton.
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Kyle Mills bowls during the first innings of the fourth ODI against India in Hamilton.
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Ross Taylor his century in the fourth ODI against India at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

Ross Taylor's timing was close to perfection last night and he hopes his second child follows suit in the next few weeks.

Taylor guided New Zealand to a coveted one-day international cricket series win over India with a game to spare in Hamilton, scoring 112 not out to usher in a seven-wicket victory chasing 279.

His ninth ODI century earned him man of the match and continued his golden summer of runs, as the Black Caps go to game five in Wellington on Friday with an unbeatable 3-0 lead.

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LEADING TO VICTORY: Ross Taylor scored his century in the fourth ODI against India at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

Taylor is no certainty to play a full part in the rest of India's tour as he and wife Victoria await the arrival of their second child which is due during the second test in Wellington, starting on February 14. Jesse Ryder is in the test squad as cover for Taylor, should he have to dash away to be at the birth.

"I'm just taking it day by day. Victoria's best friend just had a baby three weeks early. We'll just have to wait and see. Hopefully if it plays ball it can come between the first and second test, that'd be really good," Taylor said.

Taylor's focus didn't waver on the park in a technically high class knock as he kept the ball on the carpet at Seddon Park, with cut shots making up a high proportion of his 15 boundaries.

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The trademark slog-sweep over mid-wicket has barely been sighted this summer but he hoped to unveil it again with the World Twenty20 looming in March.

"It's taken 29 years I think [to get rid of the slog sweep]. I've been working at it for a while, just trying to work the top hand. I wouldn't say I've lost it but I'm starting to go back to it as there's a big tournament in a few weeks time.

"I'm starting to bring it out at training. It's nice to hit to other areas and give the opposition teams something to think about."

Taylor paid tribute to Kane Williamson who helped him add 130 for the third wicket and effectively seal the match for New Zealand. They endured tough batting conditions where the ball turned and they had to be watchful against India's gun spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin.

"I don't think we laid bat on his first couple of overs. I've played a few years in India and in New Zealand it doesn't usually turn as much. Kane's a very good player of spin and we knew if we could negate them we could put pressure on their fifth and sixth bowler."

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