Series Winners India Slip to New Zealand Pace Battery in Hamilton in 4th ODI

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New Zealand earned their first victory at the Seddon Park in Hamilton in the 4th One Day International versus India on Thursday.

New Zealand beat India with 8 wickets remaining overcoming a meagre target of 92 in 14.4 overs.

Team New Zealand with this victory earned it with a record maximum number of balls (212) to spare.

New Zealand pacer Trent Boult rattled the top 3 of the Indian batting line-up with Rohit Sharma as the stand-in captain. Boult scalped both the Indian openers along with debutant Shubman Gill in place of Virat Kohli.

Colin de Grandhomme along with Boult wreaked havoc on a swinging pitch and gave India their lowest score total (35) at the loss of 6th wicket in ODI in 13.1 overs.

The absence of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli hurt the Indian team team very badly. Team India played like dancing on a fire of hot coal bed. Wickets fell in quick succession and James Neesham doing the honours bundling out the Indian team in 30.5 overs.

Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma said on behalf of the team’s performance, “One of our worst performances with the bat in a long, long time. Something we didn’t expect. You got to give credit to the New Zealand bowlers.”

Ross Taylor of the New Zealand team top scored with 37 runs, ending the innings with a boundary and pacer Trent Boult for his fifer was announced ‘Man of the Match’.

Earlier, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl first.

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