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PHOTOS: Five-star Boult fires New Zealand to victory

Last updated on: January 31, 2019 12:08 IST

Trent Boult

IMAGE: Trent Boult celebrates after picking up the wicket of Rohit Sharma. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Fast bowler Trent Boult wreaked havoc with the new ball as he picked up five wickets to help New Zealand hammer India by eight wickets in the fourth One-Day International in Hamilton on Thursday.

With captain Virat Kohli rested after the side claimed an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, India's much-vaunted batting was dismissed for its seventh lowest ODI total -- 92 in 30.5 overs here -- after Trent Boult dished out a deadly opening spell, picking up five for 21 in 10 overs.

 

It was also the lowest total posted by any side on this venue, the previous lowest of 122 also against India's name.

Boult along with Colin de Grandhomme, who took three for 26, utilised the swinging conditions at the Seddon Park perfectly.

"Never expected this to happen. (But) games like this happen...We have got ourselves to blame for this," said India's stand-in captain Rohit Sharma.

IMAGE: Ambati Rayudu is caught by Martin Guptill. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

In the absence of Kohli and an injured Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian batting unit found the going tough against the Kiwi bowling attack on a livey pitch.

India's lowest ODI total is 54 against Sri Lanka at Sharjah in 2000. It was also India's second lowest total in ODIs against New Zealand, having somehow managed to surpass the 88 scored at Dambulla.

"I don't think we expected this much. But the guys bowled well. It was nice to bowl them out for 90 odd. It was just one of those days. It was an outstanding performance today," said New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.

Bowling his 10 overs at a stretch, Boult troubled the Indian batsmen with both ways movement to return with impressive figures of 5 for 21, while Grandhomme gave him perfect support from the other end after New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl.   

"Nice to see the ball moving around, made the most of it," said Boult, who was adjudged man of the match for his stupendous performance.

IMAGE: New Zealand's players celebrate after Trent Boult, centre, dismissed Shubman Gill. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

While chasing, even though New Zealand lost Martin Guptill (14) and skipper Kane Williamson (11) early to Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/25), the hosts completed the formalities in 14.4 overs to win with more than 35 overs to spare.

Henry Nicholls (30 not out) and Ross Taylor (37 not out) completed an easy victory for the Kiwis courtesy of their positive approach. Taylor, in particular, took on leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, hitting him for three sixes in two overs.

Earlier, the pitch didn't seem unplayable but the Indian batsmen failed to apply themselves against the swing bowling of Boult and Grandhomme.

Only four Indian batsmen -- Shikhar Dhawan (13), Hardik Pandya (16), Kuldeep Yadav (15) and Yuzvendra Chahal (18 not out) -- posted double digit scores.

Dhawan's search for big runs continued and he was the first to depart, caught plumb in front of the wicket by Boult in the sixth over.

Rohit, who is leading India in the last two matches of the series in the absence of Kohli, didn't have a happy outing on his 200th ODI and was caught by Boult off his own bowling an over later.

IMAGE: Ross Taylor hits out. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Grandhomme then joined the party and dismissed both Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik for ducks in a span of four balls in the 11th over.

A lot was expected from debutant Shubman Gill (9) but pressure got the better of him as he got out like Rohit, caught by Boult off his own bowling.

Reeling at 33 for 5, India desperately needed the experience of Kohli or Dhoni to bail the team out but in the duo's absence, the onus was on Pandya and Kedar Jadhav to do the repair job.

But it was not to be as wickets kept tumbling with Boult ripping apart India's line-up, dismissing both Jadhav and Pandya in quick succession.

Struggling at 55 for 8, Chahal and Kuldeep shared 25 runs for the ninth wicket to take India close to the 100-run mark before being shot out in 30.5 overs.

The fifth and final ODI of the series will be played in Wellington on Sunday.

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