India bowled out New Zealand for 217 runs in 44.1 overs on Sunday after setting them a target of 253 runs to chase to pick up a 35-run in the 5th ODI in Westpac Stadium of Wellington, New Zealand.

Marking the biggest series victory for the country against New Zealand, the men in blue took a 4-1 series win.  Ambati Rayudu was adjudged as the Man of the Match while Mohammed Shami was presented with the Player of the Series award. 

While spinner Yuzvendra Chahal picked up three major wickets, Hardik Pandya contributed with both bat and ball.

Outclassing the host by 35 runs in the final One Day International, the team rode on Ambati Rayudu’s 90 and a quickfire 45 off just 22 balls by Hardik Pandya towards the end.

New Zealand’s James Neesham scored the highest for the team with 44 runs off 32 balls. The batsman got run out at the hands of MS Dhoni, bizarrely. With seven wickets down at the score of 176, New Zealand was in deep trouble.

The hosts got their seventh jolt when Chahal picked up middle-order batsman Todd Astle, who was playing at the score of 10. Two overs later, Pandya struck again and sent Mitchell Santner (22) back. The final man to depart was Trent Boult who was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. 

Rayudu-Vijay Shankar partnership which bailed India out of the troubled start it witnessed. Meanwhile, with a strike rate of 204.55, Pandya hit a hat-trick of sixes out of spinner Todd Astle’s balls.

After winning the toss, the Indian Team Captain for the match Rohit Sharma had opted to bat.

Earlier in Napier and Mount Maunganui, India had won the three consecutive ODIs.


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