India vs New Zealand, 4th ODI: India’s Disastrous 92, NZ Win by 8 Wickets

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India vs New Zealand 4th ODI
India were bowled out for 92 in the 4th ODI. Image Source: Twitter

The New Zealand cricket have thrashed India by 8 wickets, winning the 4th ODI by a huge margin. Riding on the back of Trent Boult’s fiery spell of 5-21 in his 10 overs off which 4 overs were maiden, the Indian team was bundled out for a mere 92 in 30 overs. New Zealand chased down the total in under 15 overs with 8 wickets in hand.

This was India’s lowest total in New Zealand and they surely missed the batting of Captain Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni in the 4th ODI as Rohit Sharma was incharge.

 

19-year-old Shubman Gill made his debut in the game. He played at number 3 which is the position of Kohli but Gill couldn’t make the given opportunity count.

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India’s innings

Batting first, India looked good early on but Trent Boult wrecked havoc immediately. He dismissed Shikhar Dhawan for 13 (20) and the stand-in captain Rohit Sharma for 7 (23). All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme got rid of Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik in the same over for 0.

Boult claimed the wicket of the debutant Shubman Gill. He made 9 (21). Kedar Jadhav too couldn’t last long. He made 1 (7). Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya was looking good but Boult got the better of him. He was caught by Latham when he was on 16 (20). The Indian team was looked like it would bundle under 50 but the spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal added 25 runs together. Yadav made 15 (33) while Chahal was the highest scorer of India. He made 18 (37).

 

Trent Boult picked up 5 wickets for 21 runs while Colin de Grandhomme claimed 3 wickets for 26 runs. Todd Astle and Jamie Neesham picked up a wicket each as the Indian team was bundled out for 92 in 30 overs.

New Zealand Innings

New Zealand chased 92 under 15 overs. Martin Guptill 14 (4), Kane Williamson 11 (18) were the only wickets fallen, both were taken by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Henry Nicholas made 30* (42) and Ross Taylor made a quick fire 37* (25).

India has already won the series. Now, the series stands at 3-1 with a game left.

Speaking at the post-match presentation, Rohit Sharma said, “One of our worst performances with the bat in a long, long time. Something we didn’t expect. You got to give credit to the NZ bowlers. It was a magnificent effort. Something to learn for us. At times, you need to absorb pressure (when asked about how to bat in swinging conditions). We need to blame ourselves for it.”

” Things were looking good at that stage. It was about applying ourselves. Once you get in, things will start to look easier. We played some bad shots as well. It’s always challenging when the ball is swinging. Having a good run in the limited formats for a number of series. Everyone knows what went wrong. There will be times when it swings and we need to deal with it. When you are playing for your country, you try to give your best. Good teams usually keep ticking the boxes and today we didn’t tick the right boxes,” Rohit added.

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Gaurav Kadam is a young sportswriter and journalist who is a huge cricket enthusiast. He is a bibliophile and a movie and American TV series buff, who is completely addicted to Netflix. Gaurav is liberal in thoughts and agnostic in deeds.

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