Breaking the momentum of the visitors, New Zealand beat India by eight wickets on Thursday in the fourth One Day International (ODI) at Seddon Park, Hamilton to level the five-match series to 3-1 score.
Chasing an easy target of 93 innings, the hosts went to mark their first win in 14.4 overs by losing just two wickets. Despite losing early wickets, the Kiwis, with Ross Taylor scoring a quickfire 37 runs from 25 balls took home the long-awaited victory.
Winning the toss, New Zealand impressively opted to bowl first. As the openers failed to give India a speedy start, Trent Boult took a fifer and Colin de Grandhomme picking three, to leave India in tatters.
Even the middle order batsman failed to put up a decent performance, with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal saving the team’s face stitching a stand worth 25 runs, highest in the Indian innings.
The total of 92 runs in 20.5 overs India scrapped in the 4th match is seventh lowest ODI score and second smallest against New Zealand.
Henry Nicholls remained unbeaten on 30 in the company of Ross Taylor (37).
Meanwhile, for India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/25) picked up both the wickets.
The fifth and final ODI scheduled to be held at Wellington on Sunday.
A quick peek at the scorecard:
India: 92 all out in 30.5 overs (Yuzvendra Chahal 18 not out; Trent Boult 5/21, Colin de Grandhomme 3/26).
New Zealand: 93 for 2 in 14.4 overs (Ross Taylor 37 not out, Henry Nicholls 30 not out; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/25).