Virender Sehwag's blitzkrieg has really singed the Kiwi psyche, so much so, that a vexed Daniel Vettori conceded that if the Blackcaps do not find an answer for the ravishing opener's pyrotechnics soon, India would walk all over in the rest of the series.
He could not find a good enough explanation for Wednesday's 10-wicket defeat.
"I can't explain it better. But we haven't found an answer to Sehwag and that is going to be the difference between the two sides. We are pretty inept with the ball when we come up against him."
"Sehwag creates a momentum at the top of the order and is such an aggressive player that he can take the game away quite quickly. A lot of our emphasis is on him. If we contain him, it would be handy," Vettori had said at the start of the series.
Sehwag did just that at the Seddon Park, leaving the Kiwis to lick their wounds even after they had posted a challenging 270 for five.
The Delhi blaster produced the fastest hundred (60-ball) by an Indian batsman, the seventh fastest in ODI history, as India galloped to 201 for no loss in barely 24.3 overs, before the game was abandoned due to rain.