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March 09, 2009 15:24 IST
Last Updated: March 09, 2009 19:29 IST

Sachin Tendulkar [Images] was ruled out of the fourth One-Day International against New Zealand [Images] to be played in Hamilton on Wednesday after failing to recover from his abdomen injury suffered during the third match.

Tendulkar, who retired hurt after belting a stunning 163 in the third ODI, underwent an MRI scan at a local hospital in Christchurch on Monday.

India have taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the five-match series in which the second ODI was abandoned due to rain.

The 36-year-old batsman had been among the runs in all the three ODIs played so far, bettering his 20 at Napier with a 61 in the rained-out match at Wellington.

Interestingly, while Tendulkar and team doctor Nitin Patel were at the hospital, the rest of the team had a day out in the hills adjoining Christchurch.

They went for a mountain drive, rollicking up an down the bumpy slopes in six-wheeled vehicles. Later, they had a swell time, speed jetting at the Waima waters.

Having earned a good outing for outstanding shows on the field, the team moves to Hamilton on Tuesday.

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