Hamilton: New Zealand bounced back hard on team India in the 4th ODI at Seddon Park after losing 3 ODIs in a row on Thursday. New Zealand restricted the team India to 92 runs and chased down a target of 93 with eight wickets to spare after a bowling master class by Trent Boult.
Trent Boult lit up Hamiltonn with a bowling spell for the ages. Delivering 10 overs on the trot, Boult went on to pick five wickets that didn’t just draw him level with Richard Hadlee on most five-fers for New Zealand but also briefly left India in danger of folding inside 54 runs, their lowest ever ODI total.
India were bowled out for 92 in 30.5 overs, which happens to be their seventh-lowest total in ODIs. Colin de Grandhomme’s timely strikes ensured that India never got the time to recover from Boult’s relentless assault at the other end, the highlight of it all being his double-strike to get rid of AmbatiRayudu and Dinesh Karthik, and a whole lot of hope for India, almost immediately after Boult had sent back ShikharDhawan and Rohit Sharma.
Putting the visitors in to bat, the hosts stuck early with Trent Boult dismissing both openers inside the first Powerplay. India’s innings never got any momentum as they were bundled out for 92 inside 31 overs with Boult picking five for 21 and Colin de Grandhomme supporting him with figures of 3 for 26. The hosts chased it down with 212 balls to spare and eight wickets in hand, with Ross Taylor top scoring with a 25-ball unbeaten 37.
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