New Zealand vs India Highlights, 5th ODI: India recovered from 18 for 4 in the 10th over to post 252 all out before restricting New Zealand to 217 to win the fifth ODI by 35 runs in Wellington on Sunday. India won the five-match series 4-1 and this victory will be sweet revenge after the batting flop show in Hamilton on Thursday. Kiwis suffered several setbacks early in their chase. Mohammed Shami, who had been rested for the fourth ODI, came back to rock the Black Caps. He and Pandya struck to reduce New Zealand to 38 for 3 in the 11th over. The early blows included the wickets of Henry Nicholls, Colin Munro and the dangerous Ross Taylor. (CRICKET STREAMING – IND vs NZ 5th ODI) (SCORECARD)
HIGHLIGHTS IND vs NZ, 5th ODI at WESTPAC STADIUM
15.25 IST: Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma, says he feels good especially after the Hamilton loss. States his team showed great character to bounce back. Reckons the partnership between Vijay Shankar and Ambati Rayudu was the turning point. Credits the way Pandya batted towards the end. Appreciates the way they bowled and defended this total in tough conditions. Mentions he would have batted second if the series was on the line but they wanted to test themselves. Ends by saying they have the right balance in the bowling department and beating New Zealand in their own backyard is a big achievement.
15.23 IST: Man of the Match, Ambati Rayudu, says it was very tough against a quality bowling attack. Mentions at 18 for 4, he wanted to take his time and focus on not losing wickets. He was more keen on playing out the 50 overs. States the Hamilton performance was a one off game and they proved they are a good enough side here today. Credits the way his bowlers defended the total.
15.14 IST: In pursuit, New Zealand lost Henry Nicholls cheaply and after throwing his bat around for a while, Colin Munro’s lucky stay in the middle also got over. When Ross Taylor departed, it looked like India will run through their batting order but the pair of Kane Williamson and Tom Latham steadied the ship with a valuable stand. The hosts were well on course after that but the Men in Blue never lost hope. The magic arm of Kedar Jadhav brought them the breakthrough and the Indian bowlers capitalized from thereon. The wickets started to tumble at regular intervals and in spite of the required run rate not too demanding, the lower half didn’t show enough patience. James Neesham and Mitchell Santner did try their best but once the former was run out by MS Dhoni, the writing was on the wall.
15.10 IST: Excellent win for India! They have bounced back brilliantly after suffering an embarrassing loss in the previous ODI. Earlier it appeared that the script of Hamilton will get repeated here as well when they were 18/4 but this time around, they kept their cool and did well to form partnerships in the middle overs. Efforts of Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav put them in a good position and then Hardik Pandya’s cameo powered their score beyond the 250-run mark.
15.04 IST: OUT! India (252) beat New Zealand (217) by 35 runs to win five-match series 4-1. All over! India win by 35 runs and take the series 4-1! Kumar bangs in a short delivery outside off, Boult throws his bat at it in an attempt to slap it through the line but it takes the top edge. Flies in the air and Shami takes a simple catch at third man. The players are shaking hands in the middle now. Neesham 44, Chahal 3/41, Shami 2/35
15.03 IST: SIX! Back-to-back sixes from Henry. New Zealand 217/9 in 44 overs, need 36 runs to win vs India (252-all out)
14.59 IST: OUT! Pandya gets his second, Santner departs for 22. That is probably the final nail in the coffin. Santner stands there in disbelief. A tad unlucky he is you can say. That was a boundary delivery. A half volley on leg stump. Santner flicks it fine, there is just one fielder there. The skipper, Rohit Sharma, takes it easily at short fine leg. Once again the bowling change works wonders. India a wicket away now. New Zealand 204/9 in 43.1 overs, need 49 runs to win vs India (252-all out)
14.53 IST: FOUR! 200 up for the hosts. Lines up the bowler there. Shami delivers it full and outside off, slower in pace, Henry hangs back and smites it over the bowler’s head for a boundary. New Zealand 201/6 in 42 overs, need 52 runs to win vs India (252-all out)
14.47 IST: OUT! Chahal picks up his third, Astle departs for 10. Three reds and no. 8 goes down. Astle walks back and takes New Zealand’s only review with him. The googly does the trick for Chahal and he strikes in his first over of his new spell. It pitches around off and it turns back in. Astle misses the sweep and hits him on the pads. An appeal follows and the umpire raises the finger. Astle signals the ‘T’, more in hope though. Replays roll in and they show, Astle is stone-dead. India two wickets away and New Zealand need 59 from 55. New Zealand 194/6 in 41 overs, need 59 runs to win vs India (252-all out)
14.46 IST: Todd Astle is a goner! He has been given out LBW. He though has reviewed. Only an inside edge can save him here.
14.43 IST: Powerplay 3 time. India can have a maximum of 5 fielders outside the ring now until the end of this match. Doubt that Rohit will do that. He has his field up and not allowing any easy runs at the moment. 64 needed off 60 balls. The equation looks simple but New Zealand have only 3 wickets left. New Zealand 189/6 in 40 overs, need 64 runs to win vs India (252-all out)
14.35 IST: FOUR! There is no protection in the deep on the off side. Flighted and full outside off, Astle gets forward and drives it superbly through covers for a boundary.
14.28 IST: OUT! The brilliance of Dhoni, James Neesham departs for 44! Wow, take a bow, MSD! The danger man departs and India inch closer to 4-1! A flighted ball landing outside off and skidding back in. Neesham tries to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. They appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Impact is outside off. The ball then deflects behind the stumps and James comes out of the crease having no idea where the ball is. Dhoni is quick to react to the situation. Immediately picks up the ball and flicks it onto the stumps. MS is running in celebration as the square leg umpire goes upstairs to check for the run out. The replays find the striker well short of the crease. New Zealand 176/7 in 36.3 overs, need 77 runs to win vs India (252-all out)
14.23 IST: SIX! That’s outta here, Neesham is increasing the tempo of Kiwi innings. 10 from the last two balls and 13 from the over. The momentum has shifted towards the Kiwis. Once again it is right in the slot. Length and it is coming into the batter. Neesham picks his spot and clips it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. New Zealand 175/6 in 36 overs, need 78 runs to win vs India (252-all out)
14.22 IST: FOUR! Neesham looks in wonderful touch here. Runs leaking at the moment. On his pads, not somewhere you want to bowl. JN flicks it through square leg. It is in the gap and a boundary results. NZ 169/6 in 35.5 overs vs IND (252-all out)
14.17 IST: FOUR! Lovely hands! Shami offers width outside off, Neesham rocks back and muscles it square of the wicket on the off side for a boundary. He is the danger man as far as India are concerned. NZ 158/6 in 34.4 overs, need 95 runs to win vs IND (252-all out)
14.12 IST: SIX! All the way! That is Neesham’s favourite zone and Pandya just delivered the length he wanted. Slightly full and around off, Neesham whips it over the mid-wicket fence and it goes all the way. New Zealand 152/6 in 34 overs, need 101 runs to win vs India (252-all out)
13.57 IST: OUT! Chahal removes de Grandhomme for 11. Beautiful bowling by him. He has been flighting his deliveries but on this occasion, he bowls it a touch flatter. Also, it appears to be the flipper which has not been picked by de Grandhomme. He tries to draw forward in defense but misses the ball completely. Gets rapped on the pads, the Indians appeal and up goes the finger. Dead in front. Wasn’t picking Chahal at all and eventually, Colin falls to the leggie. NZ 135/6 in 31 overs, need 118 runs to win vs IND (252-all out)
13.53 IST: FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! This one is over mid-wicket. De Grandhomme is making good use of the angle here. Is is on middle, Colin shuffles inside and then whips it over mid-wicket. Can he now make it three in a row? New Zealand 130/5 in 30 overs, need 123 runs to win vs India (252-all out)
13.43 IST: OUT! Y Chahal Removes Tom Latham for 37. Chahal has trapped Latham in front! A flighted delivery, landing around middle and leg, Latham tries to sweep but misses and is rapped on the pads. They appeal and the umpire agrees. Tom Latham walks up to his partner and has a chat but then decides not to take the DRS. A big breakthrough for India again and now two new batsmen are in the middle. 134 needed off 129 balls. Also, the replays now show it was a good decision not to review as Hawk-Eye reflects three reds. New Zealand 119/5 in 28.3 overs, need 134 runs to win vs India (252-all out)
13.32 IST: OUT! Kedar Jadhav removes Kane Williamson for 39. In the air… taken! Kedar Jadhav gets the big fish! Is this the game? We will have to wait and watch but it is surely a big moment in the game. The way the Indians are celebrating it just shows how crucial this wicket is. Nothing great about the delivery. It is short and outside off. Williamson looks to pull, he does hit it well but it is not right off the middle. Now due to the lack of pace on the delivery, it is Williamson who has to generate all the power. He fails to do so and holes out as Dhawan takes it at the mid-wicket fence. End of a 67-run stand and Williamson departs 11 short of a half ton. New Zealand 106/4 in 25.4 overs, need 147 runs vs India (252-all out)
13.26 IST: 100 up for the Kiwis. Williamson now strokes it through mid off and gets to the other end. This is a good partnership and the game is nicely balanced at the moment. NZ 100/3 in 24 overs, need 153 runs to win vs IND (252-all out)
13.11 IST: FOUR! Chahal drags his length short and gets the punishment. Tom Latham picks it very early, pushes his weight on the back foot and pulls it hard and flat over mid-wicket. New Zealand 76/3 in 19 overs, need 177 runs vs India (252-all out)
13.04 IST: FOUR! Consecutive boundaries! This is even better than the last one. Full and on middle, Williamson plays it with a straight bat through mid on and it races away. 8 from the over already. NZ 68/3 in 17.3 overs vs IND (252-all out)
13.03 IST: FOUR! Poor ball and it has been put away! Short and width on offer outside off, Williamson loves it there as he cuts it through point for a boundary. A good start to the over, they though would want to make it count.
12.56 IST: Drinks break. Great going from India. They have not let the Kiwis off the hook. The new-ball bowlers have done their job and the likes of Pandya and Shankar are also doing a commendable job in the middle overs. The current partnership holds the key for New Zealand in this chase. New Zealand 54/3 in 16 overs, need 199 runs vs India (252-all out)
12.51 IST: FOUR! Williamson not in any control though. Pandya bends his back and delivers a sharp short ball on middle. Williamson tries to pull it across the line but it flies off his gloves and goes over Dhoni for a boundary. New Zealand 49/3 in 15 overs, need 204 runs to win vs India (252-all out)
12.42 IST: Latham almost drags it on! Pandya making things happen here. He lands it around off, Latham tries to drop and run but he ends up getting a bottom edge which goes over the stumps. NZ 42/3 in 13 overs vs IND (252-all out)
12.30 IST: OUT! LBW! Ross Taylor does not bother the scorer a lot and Hardik Pandya strikes in his very first over. Did it with the bat and now starts off brilliantly with the ball. Also, this is a huge wicket as Ross Taylor has been in excellent form. He though gets a very good delivery here. It is pitched on a length around off, jags back in sharply. Taylor does not account for the movement and fails to put bat on the ball. It strikes him on the pad. An appeal follows and the umpire raises his finger. He starts walking back but Williamson stops him and has a word. Rosco though continues walking back as he feels he is a goner. NZ 38/3 in 10.2 overs, need 215 runs to win vs IND (252-all out)
12.21 IST: OUT! Mohammed Shami removes Colin Munro for 24. Munro runs out of luck! Shami speeds in from ’round the wicket and serves a short and wide delivery outside off. Colin tries to slap it through the line with zero footwork and to his bad luck, it catches the inside edge and cannons onto the stumps. Second wicket for Shami and Munro’s poor run of form continues. Got a start today but failed to convert it into a big score. NZ 37/2 in 9.1 overs, need 216 runs to win vs IND (252-all out)
12.15 IST: FOUR! In the gap! However, Munro would have had his heart in the mouth for a while. It is on the pads, Munro flicks it uppishly. There are two fielders in the deep but it is between the two and into the mid-wicket fence.
12.10 IST: FOUR! Once again the pickup shot gives Munro the desired result. A length ball on middle, Munro lofts it over mid-wicket and bags a boundary. Bowling too straight to him is bowling to his strengths. Needs to be on the off pole. New Zealand 28/1 in 6.2 overs vs India (252-all out)
12.08 IST: Williamson nearly chops it on! Has got out once in this manner in this series. Shortish and outside off, Kane tries to cut but gets an inside edge past the stumps to fine leg. A couple taken. NZ 24/1 in 6 overs, need 229 runs to win vs IND (252-all out)
11:55 IST: OUT! Mohammed Shami removes Henry Nicholl for 8. A short delivery by Shami, angling in, Nicholls tries to pull but mistimes it uppishly to wide mid on. Kedar Jadhav makes no mistake and Shami draws first blood. 235 needed off 279 balls. New Zealand 18/1 in 3.3 overs vs India (252-all out)
11:53 IST: SIX! All the way!Munro may have decided to hit himself into form here. The ball though was in his zone, full and on middle, Munro picks it up and sends it sailing over the mid-wicket fence. New Zealand 18/0 in 3 overs vs India (252)
11:48 IST: FOUR! Nicely timed! A length ball has been slanted into the batsman around off, Nicholls just brings a straight bat down and strokes it past the diving mid off fielder.
11:44 IST: First over gone, it is New Zealand 3/0. Mohammed Shami comes into the attack now.
11:41 IST: Welcome back for the second innings. The Blac caps openers have taken to the crease, it will be Colin Munro, who’ll take strike alongside Henry Nicholls. Bhuveneshwar Kumar will commence proceedings with the ball for India
11.10 IST: STAT ATTACK – The last time before this series India were bowled out in two consecutive ODIs was against Bangladesh in Mirpur in June 2015 – their first two ODIs after WC 2015.
11.04 IST: Great recovery from India! They were struggling on 18/4 at one stage but then Shankar and Rayudu revived the innings with a 98-run stand. The former was unfortunate to get run out after a mix-up but the latter continued and added yet another useful stand with Kedar Jadhav. New Zealand bounced back towards the end by picking wickets at regular intervals but Hardik Pandya’s 22-ball 45 cameo helped in pushing India’s total past the 250-run mark. Once again it was a brilliant start by the Kiwi opening bowlers. Matt Henry and Trent Boult set the tone but the back-up bowlers didn’t manage to create the same kind of impact.
10.56 IST: OUT! India 252-all out in 49.5 overs vs New Zealand in Wellington. Run out! Full and on middle, Chahal pushes it back and Shami comes out of the crease in search of a run. Boult collects the ball and runs at his end to break the stumps. Shami has no way back. Rayudu 90, Pandya 45, Henry 4/35, Boult 3/39
10.54 IST: OUT! Bhuvneshwar Kumar falls for 6. Well caught by Ross Taylor! A fuller length delivery on off, Bhuvneshwar reaches out for it with the intention to go over the infield. Hits it well but not well enough to take it over Taylor at the edge of the circle. Rosco goes down to grab it safely. India 252/9 in 49.4 overs vs New Zealand in Wellington
10.51 IST: OUT! Pandya misses out on his fifty, he departs for 45. He is dismissed of a full toss. Also, a lot of credit has to be given to Boult as he has taken an absolute blinder. A full toss on the pads, Pandya swings but ends up getting a top edge in the square leg region. Boult at short fine leg runs towards the ball and takes it with a dive forward. Neesham however, is asking him to throw it back as there is a doubt of it being a no ball. India 248/8 in 49 overs vs New Zealand at Westpac Stadium
10.49 IST: FOUR! Feel bad for the bowler there, that delivery did not deserve to go to the boundary. A yorker on off, Pandya manages to jam it out past the fielder at short third man and into the fence. 15 from the over with a ball to go. Can he end it with a bang?
10.47 IST: SIX! Help yourself! A gift there for Pandya, a full toss on the pads. Pandya shuffles across and then whips it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. 10 from the first two balls. IND 243/7 in 48.2 overs vs NZ
10.45 IST: SIX! How has he pulled that one? Was in no position. Boult digs in a short ball, angling into the batsman, Hardik jumps on the back foot, loses his balance a bit but still nails his pull shot over mid-wicket for a maximum. India 233/7 in 48 overs vs New Zealand
10.41 IST: SIX! That’s enormous! Three in a row! He just loves spinners. A leg spinner landing around leg, Pandya clears his front leg, sits down on one knee and smokes it over cow corner. India 223/7 in 47 overs vs New Zealand at Westpac Stadium
10.38 IST: SIX! That should get Pandya going! Slightly short and Hardik makes the bowler pays the price. Rocks back and pulls it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. India 211/7 in 46.2 overs vs New Zealand
10.35 IST: OUT! Henry picks up his fourth, Jadhav goes for 34. Plays it on! Soft dismissal that! The slower one on off, Jadhav at first looks to dab it down to third man but then seeing the line he tries to work it on the leg side. Is done in by the pace, gets an inside edge onto his pads and then onto the stumps. Henry gets his fourth and all four have been crucial wickets. This one also as the Kiwis are now into the lower-order. 250 looks a touch farfetched. All depends on Pandya now. India 203/7 in 45.3 overs vs New Zealand at Westpac Stadium
10.32 IST: FOUR! Jadhav spoils the over just a little bit, still a good one though. Just 5 from the 45th. Another tossed up ball outside off, Jadhav lofts it over cover-point, beats the dive of the fielder in the deep and into the fence. Also 200 up, 5 more overs to. 250? Possible but they will have to go at 10s. India 202/6 in 45 overs vs New Zealand
10.25 IST: OUT! Henry gets the revenge as Rayudu throws his wicket away at 90. India 190/6 in 43.3 overs vs New Zealand
10.23 IST: FOUR! Just not learning here is Henry. He once again goes short and pays the price. Rayudu gets on top of the bounce and pulls it all along the ground and into the backward square leg fence. Into the 90s. India 190/5 in 43.1 overs vs New Zealand
10.17 IST: FOUR! It is in the gap! Excellent shot. Not a great delivery knowing that the short boundaries are the square ones. Short and on middle, Rayudu pulls it in the gap in the square leg region and a boundary results. IND 178/5 in 41.2 overs vs NZ
10.12 IST: SIX! Second maximum of the over. Rayudu is turning the heat on here @ Westpac. Top over for India, 15 from it. Once again it is the slog sweep which gives Rayudu a maximum. It is right off the middle again, this one though has more height than the last one but also the distance. India 168/5 in 40 overs vs New Zealand
10.10 IST: SIX!Rayudu has picked the bones out of that one! Brings out the slog sweep, hits it right off the meat and it sails over the mid-wicket stand. 9 from the over till now, 2 balls to go. India 162/5 in 39.4 overs vs New Zealand
10.04 IST: Rayudu DROPPED BY BOULT! Full and angling into the batsman, Rayudu tries to clear long on but fails to get enough meat behind his shot. Boult rushes forward from long on, tries to catch it with a dive but spills it. Ambati gets a reprieve. They cross for a run to end the over.
10.02 IST: FOUR! Cracking shot! Munro with his pace is on the shorter side outside off and it’s asking for trouble. Rayudu camps back and whacks it through backward point. India 143/5 in 18 overs vs New Zealand at Westpac Stadium
09.52 IST: 10th ODI FIFTY FOR RAYUDU! Back-to-back boundaries! Rayudu brings up his fifty in style and what a time to score one, his team was in dire straits at 18 for 4 but he rose to the occasion, weathered the storm early on and now is getting into his own. He needs to continue though. Coming to the ball now. Rayudu again uses his feet, it is bowled on his hips, Rayudu pulls it once again and this one races to the square leg fence. Two boundaries to end the over, the second better than the first. A good one for India as 9 comes from it. India 129/5 in 35 overs vs New Zealand
09.51 IST: FOUR! The wicket has fallen but India will continue to look for the boundaries. Rayudu dances down the track, Colin though is smart enough to bang it short. Rayudu though is smarter as he pulls it all along the ground, through backward square leg for a boundary. IND 125/5 in 34.5 overs vs NZ
09.38 IST: Shankar run-out for 45. What a mess this was, NZ got the much-needed breakthrough. The last thing India would have wanted. That is probably the only way this 98-run stand could have been broken. Timely for New Zealand as the two were looking to up the ante now. Also, they will be delighted to see the back of Shankar as he was really playing well. A huge mix-up has brought about his downfall. Munro lands it on middle, Shankar pushes it towards mid-on. India 116/5 in 31.5 overs vs New Zealand
09.31 IST: SIX! All the way! Releases all the pressure that was building in this over. Rayudu uses his feet and gets it in his arc. He swings, connects well, it goes high up in the air and over the mid-wicket fence. India 109/4 in 29.4 overs vs New Zealand
09.28 IST: FOUR! Shakar plays a late cut shot to bring up 100 for Team India. Poor delivery and punished! Santner is on the shorter side with his length. Shankar gets deep inside the crease and cracks it through point. IND 103/4 in 29 overs vs NZ
09.18 IST: Good stop, Taylor! A loopy one, full and outside off, Rayudu tries to loft it over covers but it spins away and catches the outside half of his bat. Flies over backward point and Taylor from short third man gives the chase. Pulls it back near the fence and they take two. India 89/4 in 26 overs vs New Zealand
09.07 IST: A FOUR and a SIX off Rayudu’s bat, he’s taking the attack to opposition now. This is what he tried in de Grandhomme’s previous over but missed. Has nailed it this time. Looks good when they come off. A touch short and around middle, Rayudu wears his skates to run down the track and towers it over the bowler’s head for a maximum. 8 from the over, 15 in the last two. India 78/4 in 23 overs vs New Zealand
08.57 IST: FOUR! Streaky one! Colin gets a short delivery to jump onto the batsman. Shankar is taken aback, tries to fend at it but misses. It goes off helmet and runs behind for a boundary. Given as runs by the umpire. IND 57/4 in 20 overs vs NZ
08.49 IST: FOUR! Shankar seems to be very strong on his pads. Neesham bowls a cross-seamer, it’s full and on the pads, Vijay leans across and flicks it behind square leg for a glorious boundary. India 48/4 in 18 overs vs New Zealand at Westpac Stadium
08.40 IST: Drinks are on the field now. This is a repeat telecast of the last ODI. The ball has swung and seamed, which meant that Boult was in business. He had a red hot opening spell and this time, had Henry to back it up as well. At 18/4, things looked much worse but Shankar and Rayudu have weathered the storm just a bit. Still a long, long way to go though. India 40/4 in 16 overs vs New Zealand
08.32 IST: Four leg byes! Again free runs for the men in blue. Neesham bowls a gentle loosener, it’s full and angling down the leg side. Shankar fails to flick but it clips his pads and runs wide of the diving keeper for a boundary at fine leg. India 37/4 in 14 overs vs New Zealand
08.27 IST: FOUR BYES! Well left by Shankar. A 143.5 kph shorter one around off, Shankar leans back at the last moment and drops his wrists to allow it through. It just keeps on shooting off the surface and Latham has no chance of collecting it, even with a jump. Bonus runs for India. IND 27/4 in 12 overs vs NZ
08.18 IST: FOUR! This will give him immense confidence. A good length ball on middle, Shankar doesn’t commit himself too much forward and just uses his wrists to work it past the diving short mid-wicket fielder for a boundary. IND 22/4 in 10 overs vs NZ
08.15 IST: OUT! Jaffa from Boult and MSD is out of here. Death rattle! Dhoni is on his way back to the pavilion and it’s a body blow to India. Beaten for pace and movement. An inswinger around off at 143 kph, Dhoni maybe tried to take his pads away from the line and then block it. But his willow comes down late. The ball sneaks past his defense and breaks the stumps and a million of Indian hearts. India 18/4 in 9.3 overs vs New Zealand
08.07 IST: OUT! Gone! Boult strikes with a short ball, Dhawan departs for 6. One apiece for the Kiwi opening bowlers now. It’s outside off, Dhawan tries to play the upper cut probably but it flies in the air towards third man where the fielder is quite square and catches the ball safely. Matt Henry never looked like dropping that one. Both the openers once again back in the hut without doing much damage. India 12/2 in 6 overs vs New Zealand
07.57 IST: OUT! BOWLED ‘EM! What a ripper to get rid of the Indian captain. He though can be blamed for the lack of foot movement but take nothing away from the delivery. Henry goes fuller this time, it starts around the middle and then begins to shape away late. Rohit with his feet rooted to the crease looks to put bat on the ball. He ends up playing inside the line, the ball whizzes past the outside edge and hits the off pole. Big wicket this and New Zealand strike early. Just the start they would have wanted. Back-to-back failures for the Indian skipper. India 8/1 in 4.1 overs vs New Zealand
07.52 IST: FOUR! Boult errs in his line. Serves it down the leg side and Dhawan easily nudges it to fine leg for a boundary. First of the match! IND 8/0 in 3.2 overs vs NZ
07.35 IST: A single to end and India are off the mark! Could have been a lot more had it not been a good effort in the by Nicholls. Slightly short and there is width on offer outside off, Rohit stands tall and slashes at it. It goes to the left of the fielder at point. The fielder there dives to his stronger side and makes a half-stop. The man from third man mops up. A single taken. Good tight over to begin with by Henry, however, not a lot of movement for him. He did not get a lot in the last game as well though. India 1/0 in 1 over vs New Zealand
07.30 IST: We are all set for the action to begin! The Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan make their way out to the middle. Matt Henry has the first new ball in hand and he will be bowling to the Indian skipper. Two slips in place. Here we go…
07.23 IST: Pitch report – Sunil Gavaskar and Scott Styris standing near the playing area inform that the boundaries on the sides are shorter than the straighter ones so the teams will probably bowl fuller than shorter. Scott mentions the grass on the pitch has been trimmed a little and he reckons that it looks a good one to bat on as there should be a medium bounce on this surface. Ends by saying there won’t be a lot of swing here and hence, the wicket should suit the batters. India
07.10 IST: TEAMS
New Zealand (Playing XI): Henry Nicholls, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal
07.01 IST: TOSS – India win toss, elect to bat against New Zealand in Wellington.
06.56 IST: STAT ATTACK – Kane Williamson is the leading run-getter in ODIs at this venue with 434 runs at 72.33. Ross Taylor averages 73.00 here while Guptill’s average reads 50.25. Pacer Tim Southee is the leading wicket-taker at thie venue with 25 wickets from nine ODIs at 17.92 including his career best of 7/33.
06.45 IST: New Zealand have lost their last three ODIs at the Westpac Stadium – against Australia in 2016, against South Africa in 2017 and against England in 2018.
06.35 IST: Hello and Welcome to our live cricket coverage of the fifth and final ODI between New Zealand and India from the beautiful Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
A brief preview: Team India were at the end of a thumping defeat by the hosts on Thursday following an incisive display of swing bowling in challenging conditions. The Men in Blue will now aim to make amends for a lowly performance which also be boosted by the return of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as they aim to finish the five-match series against New Zealand with a 4-1 triumph at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
India’s most experienced ODI player was out with hamstring injury during last two matches and his return couldn’t have been timed better after their inexplicable collapse for 92 in Hamilton. The windy condition here could just be the shot that Trent Boult would need as he again marks his run-up. And that’s where Dhoni’s presence will be a factor in that middle order which still isn’t rock solid if skipper Virat Kohli isn’t around. (Read the full preview here)