4th ODI-India NZ match review

India Bundled out for just 92, New Zealand won the match by 8 wickets

India already won the series 3-0 with two matches to spare but Indian team wanted to continue their dominance in the series. Where on the other hand New Zealand wanted to come back on the track after losing a series. Indian team rested captain Virat Kohli for last two ODI and 3 matches T-20 series so Vice-captain Rohit Sharma was leading the team. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl first. New Zealand made four changes in the team as they added Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Matt Henry & Todd Astle in place of Colin Munro, IshSodhi, Lockie Ferguson and Tim Southee. Where India made the forceful change as Shubhman Gill making his ODI debut and playing in place of Virat Kohli and Mohammad Shami was rested and Khaleel Ahmed was taking his place in the playing eleven. This was a 200th ODI match for Captain Rohit Sharma.

India wants a good start from opener Shikhar Dhawan and captain Rohit Sharma. Dhawan hit six and four in consecutive balls against Matt Henry but he struggled against Trent Boult. In 6th over India lost the first wicket as Shikhar Dhawan got out for 13. In 8th over India were 2 for 23 while both opener in the pavilion. After losing two experience batsman in 8 overs Indian team was feeling pressure. On the other hand, Trent Boult using conditions as he was swinging the bowl in both sides. India were 6 for 35 in 13.1 overs. It looks like Indian team playing with some other team when we compare Indian’s team performance in last 3 matches and today’s match. Now it was interesting to see how Hardik Pandya and lower middle order face New Zealand bowling attack.

Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme bowled 10-10 over in a row. That was difficult for any bowler in hot and humid conditions. Trent Boult took his fifth wicket in his last over of the spell. This was his 5th 5-wicket haul in ODI cricket. Then Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra  Chahal added 25 runs for 9th wicket the highest partnership in the inning and India all out for 92 in 31st over. For New Zealand, Trent Boult took 5 for 21 and Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle and Jimmy Neesham support him by taking wickets. Yuzvendra Chahal (18*) was the high scorer for India.

92 wasn’t a big total to defend so fans were interested to see how many overs will New Zealand chase the target. Martin Guptill started the inning with a six and he hit two consecutive fours against Bhuveneshwar Kumar. Martin Guptill was looking in hurry but on the 4th ball he got out for 14. Then Bhuveneshwar Kumar took his second wicket as Williamson got out for 11. After losing two wickets in 6th over Ross Taylor was in attacking mood against Yuzvendra Chahal. As he scored not out 37 runs in just 25 balls. Then opener Henry Nicholls (30*) and Ross Taylor (37*) added 54 runs in 50 balls as New Zealand chase down the target in 15th over and won the match by 8. This was the biggest victory for New Zealand with 212 balls to spare. Trent Boult awarded by Man of the match for his 5 for 21. The final of the series will be played at Wellington on 3rd Feb.

Shantanu Kulkarni