By BV Swagath
New Zealand humiliated India by 87 runs to complete a 4-0 domination in the ODI Series. Chasing 304, none of the Indian batsmen barring Virat Kohli (82 from 78 balls) got going. They either got out early or wasted too many balls to have the equation completely out of control.
The start for India was dismal with Rohit Sharma falling in the 5th over edged out by Kyle Mills. Shikhar Dhawan failed as well, edged out in the slips by debutant pacer Matt Henry leaving India to 20 for 2 in 9.5 overs.
Ajinkya Rahane and AT Rayudu struggled to get going to have the visitors in a big hole at 78 for 4 in 24 overs. Both were consumed by Matt Henry with Rahane lbw playing right across the line and Rayudu slashing one to point.
Virat Kohli and Skipper MS Dhoni got together with a tall mountain to climb with not many overs left. Both managed to save India from an otherwise bigger embarrassment through a 67-run stand. Kohli went down fighting after scoring 82 from 78 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes. Both he and Dhoni got out holing out in the deep to the Kiwi spinners. Dhoni scratched around to score 47 from 72 balls.
India was bowled out in the final over for 216 with debutant Matt Henry helping himself with excellent figures of 10-1-38-4. The Man of the Match was Ross Taylor his century in the first half.
Update on New Zealand inngs: Another strong batting show from the Kiwis has India facing a stiff target of 304 in the last ODI at Wellington. Ross Taylor scored back to back centuries while Kane Williamson once again missed out on a century in this series. However, the Kiwi pair dominated the Indian bowling yet again with a partnership of 152 runs.
It was a slow start for the Kiwis though as Bhuvneshwar and Shami got the ball to nip around in both the directions. Jesse Ryder fell early as usual, this time slashing Bhuvneshwar to gully in the 8th over. Martin Guptill fell in the 13th over chipping Varun Aaron to mid on.
India missed out in making further inroads having pegged back the Kiwis to 41 for 2 before Williamson and Taylor got going. Williamson scored 88 from 91 balls with 8 fours and a six. He was dismissed in the 38th over smacking Aaron straight to point. Skipper Brendon McCullum with an 18-ball 23 and James Neesham with a 34* from 19 balls helped Ross Taylor to give a sound finish to the innings.
Ross Taylor scored his 10th ODI century and got out two overs left in the innings with a knock of 102 from 106 balls with 10 fours and a six.
Toss and Teams: MS Dhoni has incredibly gone onto win the toss for the fifth time in a row and has opted to bowl first in the 5th and final ODI at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
New Zealand have made two changes with Tim Southee and Hamish Bennett getting rested. Their places have been taken by Mitchell McClenaghan and debutant fast bowler Matt Henry. India have made one change with Shikhar Dhawan coming back in the place of the unlucky Stuart Binny.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (C), James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (WK), Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan, Matt Henry
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, AT Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron