Well, who's surprised. 92 on board doesn't win you too many games. New Zealand lost two wickets early but the partnership between Nicholls and Taylor ensured that they got home with 8 wickets to spare. The series now stands at 3-1 in favour of India, and it's largely thanks to Boult's menacing five-wicket haul that came in one ten-over burst. Chahal was India's top scorer. "One of our worst performances with the bat for a long time," Rohit summed it up for us.
It could have been over much earlier but Chahal and Kuldeep defied the hosts brilliantly for a while. Boult was superb with his five-for, and Chahal finished on 18, the top score in the innings. Only once before a No.10 has top-scored for India in an ODI - Javagal Srinath (43) in 180 vs Pak, Toronto, 1998. That's how dire today was. A short break before the chase gets underway.
Five for Boult:
He equals Richard Hadlee for most five-fers in ODI cricket for New Zealand. And gosh he's deserved it. Bowls ten overs on the trot and finishes with 10-4-21-5. You could say that Pandya ruined his figures a bit in the last over, carting him for three fours, but in what was quite a redemption, Boult got Pandya. Bangs the ball short, Pandya cannot get out of the way and it's a catch off the glove.
A word on Gill:
I don’t think one should judge a young talent like Shubman Gill on the basis of his first international innings. Also, this was a tough match for India, young players like him need some time out there. He should and most probably he will get another chance in the 5th ODI against New Zealand. This will be a great chance for him to prove his talent.
Double strike for De Grandhomme:
Early wickets, you asked? India in tatters here Colin de Grandhomme's first ball was a warm-up wide ball, but he's got the ball to swing and accounted for Ambati Rayudu. Caught at cover for a duck. Karthik's wicket fell off the last ball of the over -- outside edge to the keeper -- and what a huge miss it is for DK. Could have been the day he finds his feet in this Indian side. Not to be. Not today.