India’s dominant show in the first three ODIs, with the series won, was undone by New Zealand in the fourth ODI at Seddon Park in Hamilton. India got out cheaply at just 92 runs.
India had a horrible start and none of the middle order batsmen failed to make the most of the opportunity. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal stitched a stand worth 25 runs – highest in the Indian inning – to ensure somewhat respectable total. Once Kuldeep went, Khaleel, coming in for Mohammed Shami perished too. India were eventually bowled out for 92 runs for their seventh lowest ODI total and second smallest against New Zealand.
New Zealand had the job done to win by 8-wickets and make the series 3-1.
Chasing 93 runs to win, despite losing early wickets, New Zealand went on to win with Ross Taylor scoring a quickfire 37 runs from 25 balls to take his side home.
Rohit Sharma in the post-match ceremony: “One of our worst performances with the bat for a 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 apply pressure. We need to blame ourselves for it. Thing 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. We need to keep ticking the boxes.”