India vs New Zealand 4th ODI: Apart from India’s horrible batting collapse against New Zealand during the fourth ODI in Hamilton, there was another highlight during the dead-rubber which caught everyone’s attention. At the fall of Hardik Pandya’s wicket, all eyes turned to India’s pavilion as Yuzvendra Chahal walked out to the crease. Much to everyone’s surprise, the tailender walked out to the middle carrying a bat with the ‘iconic’ MRF sticker.
Tyre-maker giants – MRF is known to have some glorious associations in the past with some of the legends of the gentlemen’s game. From Sachin Tendulkar to Brian Lara, AB de Villiers to Virat Kohli – MRF has always endorsed the brightest of the talents in the sport. While playing with the MRF logo on his blade, the 28-year old Chahal not only
caught fans attention but also ended as the top scorer for Team India in the fourth ODI versus Black Caps.
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The Twitter world also went into frenzy as they saw carrying Chahal the wielding willow with a MRF sticker on it. Many fans also believed that Chahal put the MRF bat to good use as he scored the highest runs for India. His particular shot of Colin de Grandhomme’s bowling was the highlight of Indian innings. He pulls it through square leg to score his second boundary.
However, India seemed shorn of their aura in the absence of talismanic skipper Virat Kohli as New Zealand pulled off a stunning eight-wicket win in the fourth cricket one-dayer to halt the visiting side’s domination on Thursday.
With run-machine 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 (5/21) dished out a deadly opening spell.
It was also the lowest total posted by any side on this venue, the previous lowest of 122 also against India’s name.
With the series already out of their grasp after India won the first three games, Boult wreaked havoc with the new ball and in Colin de Grandhomme’s (3/26) company utilised the swinging conditions at the Seddon Park.