India vs New Zealand: India wraps up series 4-1

Yuzvendra Chahal returned with three wickets as India successfully defended 252, to win the fifth and final ODI by 35 runs.

Ambati Rayudu made a fighting fifty in testing conditions.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Key highlights from the fifth and final one-dayer between India and New Zealand.

  • India wins 4-1! Bhuvneswar Kumar wraps up the series for India, dismissing Trent Boult with a short ball outside off that flies off the top edge and straight to Shami at third man. New Zealand is all out for 217 and India wins by 35 runs.

  • WICKET - Chahal gets his third wicket as Todd Astle is out LBW. The batsman reviews but replays show the ball crashing into middle and leg stump. New Zealand 194/8, needs 59 runs to win.

  • WICKET - James Neeshan is run out by Dhoni and New Zealand is now at 176/7, needing another 77 runs to win with 4 wickets in hand.

  • WICKET - Chahal traps Grandhomme plumb in front to leave New Zealand struggling at 135/6.

  • WICKET - Another one bites the dust and it's Chahal who traps Latham in front. Latham and Neesham have a brief chat over using the DRS but decide against it, and India has bagged its fifth wicket. NZ 119/5.

  • WICKET - Williamson is out to a nothing delivery from Kedar Jadhav. Jadhav bowls a long-hop with no pace on it, and Williamson ends up hitting it straight to Shikhar Dhawan in the deep. Jadhav breaks a nagging stand and we have a match on our hands! NZ 106/4 after 24 overs

  • Williamson and Tom Latham have now added 47 for the fourth wicket as India's search for another breakthrough continues. Spin from both ends with Chahal and Jadhav operating in tandem for the visitor. NZ 85/3 after 21 overs.

  • WICKET- Hardik Pandya traps Ross Taylor - rather unfortunate as the ball was missing the stumps - but the umpire raised his finger and Kane Williamson was against a review. New Zealand three down.

  • WICKET- Mohammed Shami strikes again and Henry Nicholls drags a short and wide delivery on to his stumps.

  • New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson walks in.

  • WICKET - Mohammed Shami strikes and dismisses Henry Nicholls. Short delivery and Nicholls ends up hitting straight into the hands of Kedar Jadhav at mid-wicket. 

  • Colin Munro and Henry Nicholls give New Zealand a steady start with Munro smashing Bhuvneshwar Kumar over the deep mid-wicket for a maximum. India needs an early breakthrough.

  • Run out and that's the end of India's innings. New Zealand bowl out India for 252.  After a top-order collapse, Ambati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar put up an rescue act and Hardik Pandya teed off since arrival. Rayudu was unfortunate to miss out on a century but not to forget the contribution from Kedar Jadhav. However, the Indian top-order struggled once again in testing conditions and it needs to find a solution, rather quickly.

  • 250 up for India and it didn't seem when the visitor was reeling at 4/18.

  • WICKET - Hardik Pandya departs for a brilliant 45 and has given India a fighting chance. Tow boundaries and five sixes and an entertaining knock comes to an end.

  • Hardik Pandya is playing a gem of an innings and his pull off Trent Boult has given India the much needed impetus.

  • WICKET - Soft dismissal as Kedar Jadhav drags on to his stumps. India needs a late flourish and the onus lies on Hardik Pandya.

  • Hardik Pandya is at the crease and these six overs will be crucial for India.

  • WICKET - Ambati Rayudu departs and misses out on a well-deserved century. He falls for 90.

  • Six more and this time over the mid-wicket. New Zealand bowlers have lost their sting, to be more circumspect Ambati Rayudu is batting well.

  • Brilliant from Rayudu. Employs the slog sweep and deposits one into the stands. He is in good touch.

  • 150 is up for India and the pitch has eased up considerably. Important for both batsmen to kick-off from here. 11 overs remaining.

  • Trent Boult back into the attack.

  • Fifty for Rayudu - After a couple of failures, Ambati Rayudu finds form with a patient half-century. He is now aiming to up the ante with Kedar Jadhav in company.

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  • Kedar Jadhav is the new man in.

  • WICKET - Against the run of play and India loses its fifth wicket. Comedy of errors as a miscommunication sees Vijay Shankar falling short of his crease. It was a needless one and a delayed reaction from Ambati Rayudu ends the partnership that bailed India out of trouble.

  • Ambati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar have steadied India with a 78-run partnership and both batsmen look settled. The duo need to carry on the good work and build the innings.

  • Both batsmen are solid in defence and are finding the odd boundaries but most importantly rotating the strike. Arresting the slide.

  • Ambati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar are doing the repair work after Trent Boult and Matt Henry ripped through the top order.

  • Vijay Shankar is the new man in. India 22/4

  • WICKET - Trent Boult strikes and knocks off the off sump of MS Dhoni. Serious pace and Dhoni is late to react. India in deep trouble.

  • MS Dhoni joins Ambati Rayudu and this partnership will be crucial for India to avoid a collapse.

  • WICKET - Gone! India in deep trouble as Shubman Gill departs. Matt Henry takes his second wicket and Mitchell Santner takes a clean low catch at cover. Three down.

  • Ambati Rayudu is the new man in.

  • WICKET- Trent Boult strikes and Shikhar Dhawan's poor form continues. Looked scratchy from the start and India loses its openers. Goes for the upper cut but fails to clear third man and Matt Henry swallows an easy catc. India in trouble.

  • Shubman Gill is the new batsman.

  • WICKET- What a ripper from Matt Henry. Cleans up Rohit Sharma. Full, outswinging delivery, straightens up, Rohit is late to react with no feet movement, beats the bat and castles the off stump. What a beauty!

  • Trent Boult is continuing from where he left and the Indian openers are being tested. There is swing and movement.

  • First runs on the board as Rohit Sharma cuts towards point and India is off the mark. India 1/0 after one over.

  • Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are at the crease. Rohit to take strike. Matt Henry will start proceedings for New Zealand.

  • India won the toss and elected to bat first. MS Dhoni and Mohammed Shami are back in the side and Kuldeep Yadav has been rested.  Vijay Shankar gets a game.

  • India XI: Rohit Sharma(C), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(WK), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal.

  • New Zealand XI: Henry Nicholls, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(WK), James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Matt Henry, Trent Boult.

 

  • Rohit Sharma at the Toss: We are looking to bat first. Seems a good pitch, might have some moisture but we want to test ourselves in such situations. After the humiliating loss the other day, we want to put up a bigger show. We have got three changes. M.S. Dhoni is back in the side and Dinesh Karthik sits out. Mohammed Shami for Khaleel Ahmed and Vijay Shankar for Kuldeep Yadav. We had a few training sessions and it's not like the guys haven't been in such situations earlier. If we had got about 180-200 last game, things would have been different. We admit we made mistakes and boys are determined. Important to assess conditions these days in the first 6-7 overs and take it on from there. If we bat well, we might get a good score.

 

Teams:

India (From): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Khaleel Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Siraj

New Zealand (From): Henry Nicholls, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson

Preview

Pushed out of its comfort zone by some incisive swing bowling in challenging conditions, a jolted India will gain confidence from Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s return as its aim to finish the five-match series against New Zealand on a high.

India’s most experienced ODI player was out with hamstring injury during last two matches and his return couldn’t have been timed better after the team’s inexplicable collapse for 92 in Hamilton.

A 4-1 margin will look much better than 3-2 but it will be easier said than done at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

The windy condition here could just be the shot that Trent Boult would need as he again marks his run-up. And that’s where Dhoni’s presence will be a factor in that middle order which still isn’t rock solid if skipper Virat Kohli isn’t around.

Assistant coach Sanjay Bangar confirmed that Dhoni is fit and available for the game. Dhoni’s calmness in anchoring the innings will be priceless and young Shubman Gill might make the way in the playing XI as the World Cup preparations hit full swing.