New Zealand defeated India in the 4th One-day International by 8 wickets played at Hamilton. New Zealand after winning the toss decided to bowl first and completely dominated India with their bowling. India was bowled out for a very low score of 92. None of the Indian batsmen understood the conditions perfectly and even they couldn’t manage to cross the 100 mark. It was one of the worst batting from India in the recent years. Trent Boult and Colin De Grandhomme crushed the Indian batting. Boult took 5 wickets and was the man of the match too. There was a little swing in the pitch as well which benefitted Grandhomme and he took 3 wickets.
Boult gives a bolt to India
It was a masterclass from Trent Boult as he picked up 5 wickets in the match and gave just 21 runs in his 10 overs. In his spell, he bowled 4 maiden overs too. He was swinging the ball beautifully and caused a lot of trouble for the Indian batsmen. He first got Shikhar Dhawan out by lbw on 13. Then the skipper Rohit Sharma in Kohli’s absence got caught and bowled by Boult. Boult dipped the ball in front of him and Rohit gave a simple catch to him. The debutant Shubman Gill too couldn’t hang on out there in the middle. Gill showed great class at the crease and was looking good too. He became another prey of Boult and gave an easy catch to him. The middle order had a huge job in their hands for the first time in the series but hey failed.
Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik both went for a duck. Both of them played soft shots which wasn’t the need of the hour. They must have tried to stay out there in the middle and build a partnership. Martin Guptill took a magnificent catch at short cover to dismiss Rayudu. Karthik nicked a ball bowled by De Grandhomme to the wicket-keeper Tom Latham. Kedar Jadhav was dismissed by Boult for just one run. India was struggling at 35 for 6 and it was looking that they might not even reach 50 too. India’s lowest ODI score is 54 which came against Sri Lanka in 2000. But thanks to Hardik Pandya who helped India to cross their lowest score by playing some big shots. Pandya decided to take charge and he attacked the bowlers. Pandya got out on 16 by a bouncer bowled by Boult and nicked the ball to Latham. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav made some fine contributions of 15 and 18 respectively at the end to take India to 92.
An easy job for the Kiwis
It was a very easy target to chase for New Zealand. They were aggressive from the very first over of their innings. Martin Guptill smashed 6,4,4 off the first three balls of the first over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He got Guptill out on the fourth ball by a leading edge and a simple catch for Pandya. Kane Williamson got a ball nicked to Dinesh Karthik bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Henry Nicholls and Ross Taylor, the in-form batsman remained not out on 30 and 37 respectively. They helped New Zealand chase down the target in just 14.4 overs. India absolutely felt Kohli’s absence in this match and also the experience of MS Dhoni.