The left-handeder notched up his sixth Test century, his second successive one in the series, and his fifth in the last six months.
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As at Napier when he dropped anchor for 642 minutes for a match-saving 137, Gambhir batted close to six hours and was the hub around which the Indian innings revolved.
He was involved in two significant partnerships -- 170 for the second wicket with Rahul Dravid and 106 with VVS Laxman for the fourth -- after India resumed the day at overnight 51 for one in pursuit of their 100th Test win.
With his second century of the series, Gambhir finished with an aggregated of 445 runs in the three-match series.
Gambhir, who has garnered 1556 runs in 22 innings since making a return to Test cricket in July last year, was finally out trapped in front by Iain O'Brien.