India's Virender Sehwag plays a shot during the first ODI against New Zealand on Tuesday.
Sehwag blasted 77 off just 56 balls with 11 boundaries and a six to give India a blistering start.
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More importantly, he was involved in two crucial partnerships that gave the Indian innings the momentum and solidity it required.
Sehwag put on 69 runs in under 10 overs in an opening wicket stand with Sachin Tendulkar (20) and then featured in a 52-run partnership with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (84 not out) for the second wicket.