New Zealand vs India Highlights, 4th ODI: Pacer Trent Boult’s carnage with the ball helped New Zealand outsmart India by eight wickets in the fourth and penultimate One Day International match here on Thursday. Although the hosts had already lost the five-match ODI rubber but this moral boosting victory over the visitors in under three-and-half hours, might help New Zealand in the preparations for the ICC Cricket World Cup. Electing to field, Boult’s five-wicket haul and Colin de Grandhomme disciplined bowling wrecked havoc on India’s batting line-up to bowled them out for 92 and then batters applied themselves to overhaul the target in just 14.4 overs. Boult’s 5/21, his fifth five-wicket haul, is the second best figures for New Zealand against India in the limited overs format. Previously it was pacer Shane Bond (6/19) in 2005 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Chasing 92 runs, New Zealand lost their first wicket in the fourth delivery of their innings. Martin Guptill (14) slammed two boundaries and one six in his four-ball stay. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed the New Zealand opener.

11.08 IST: Earlier in the day. Trent Boult wrecked havoc with the ball and his 5-wicket haul along with Colin de Grandhomme’s 3-fer bundled out India for 92 setting up an easy chase for the Kiwi batters. Man of the Match, Boult, says it was good the ball was moving around and he made the most of it. He is happy that they chased the score easily. Admits he is quite satisfied with his performance. Mentions it was a group effort and says he was well-supported by Colin. Informs today’s plan was to bowl it full and target the stumps. Ends by saying the series has been a poor one so far and they are happy they have won one here.

11.04 IST: It was a walk in the park for the New Zealand batsmen in the second innings chasing a under-par score of 93. Guptill started the innings with a six and followed that up with two consecutive more boundaries. He was dismissed in the 4th ball of the first over. India got the wicket of Kane Williamson but it was just a mere consolation as Henry Nicholls and Ross Taylor did a professional job and finished off the game. There was nothing much the Indian bowlers could have done. Defending 92 in a 50 over game was always going to be an impossible task. Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up the two wickets India got.

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10.57 IST: FOUR! Shorter around off and Taylor cuts it through backward point to finish the game. NEW ZEALAND WIN THE MATCH BY 8 WICKETS. New Zealand (93/2 in 14.4 overs) beat India (92-all out) by 8 wickets in Hamilton, Taylor 37*, Nicholls 30*

10.56 IST: SIX! Ross Taylor is doing it in style here for the hosts. Tossed up on middle and leg, Taylor heaves it over mid-wicket and into the stands for a maximum. Just 4 runs required now to wrap up this game. New Zealand 89/2 in 14.3 overs, need 4 runs to win vs India (92)

10:40 IST: After 10 overs, New Zealand are 51 for two, 42 runs away from the target. Henry Nicholls (19*) and Ross Taylor (6*) keep the hosts in a commanding position.

10:35 IST: New Zealand reach half-century! Ross Taylor takes the single to reach 50 in 8.4 overs

10:29 IST: SIX! After three dot balls, Henry Nicholls knocks Pandya’s fourth ball for a six. New Zealand are now 45 for two in 7.4 overs.

10:27 IST: Hardik Pandya comes into the attack.

10:26 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar completes a maiden-wicket over. India could use a few more of these right now, to be honest.

10:15 IST: FOUR! A picture perfect shot by Kane Williamson. New Zealand are now 35/1 in 4.5 overs, need 58 runs for a profound victory.

10:07 IST: FOUR! Another boundary by Henry Nicholls. He lifts up the full-length delivery by Khaleel Ahmed.

10:04 IST: FOUR! Henry Nicholls hits a beautiful boundary. The black caps are in no hurry here. Taking it nice and slow.

10:01 IST: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson makes his way to the crease.

09:59 IST: WICKET! After three consecutive boundaries, Martin Guptill loses his wicket to Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 14. New Zealand are 14 for one in 0.4 overs.

09:55 IST: Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls are out in the middle to start New Zealand’s chase of 93 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to open the attack for India.

09:45 IST: ALL Out! Khaleel Ahmed is dispatched and that brings an end to the first innings. Visitors are all out for 92. India’s problems against swing has once again be exposed here, they have been blown away for their second lowest score against the Kiwis who are led off the field by the star for today, Trent Boult. He walks off to a huge ovation from the crowd here.

09:37 IST: WICKET! Todd Astle strikes to break the crucial stand. Kuldeep Yadav departs for 15 runs. India are 80 for nine in 29.1 overs.

09:21 IST: A much-needed boundary for India! Kuldeep Yadav knocks the fuller delivery by Colin de Grandhomme for a four.

09:13 IST: Matt Henry with a maiden over here as the pressure builds on the Indian cricket team, who are 55 for eight after 22 overs.

09:03 IST: WICKET! Pandya dispatched. 5-for for Boult and the last recognized batsman for India walks back. Short and on the body, Pandya tries to fend it away but the ball hits his glove and lobs towards the keeper.

08:56 IST: India reach 50. Trent Boult bowls a short-pitched delivery and Hardik Pandya pulls it on the back foot over the mid-wicket for a boundary.

08:50 IST: Wicket! Bhuvneshwar Kumar gone. Third for Colin de Grandhomme and now India’s lowest score which is 54 against Sri Lanka just might be under threat.

08:45: Time for drinks.

08:34 IST: WICKET! Kedar Jadhav is dispatched through LBW. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the new man in.

08:26 IST: WICKET!  Shubman Gill gone for just nine runs. Brilliant spell by Boult. Full on middle and off, the ball jags back in after pitching. Gill looks to play it straight but ends up hitting it straight back at Boult. Who takes another catch off his own bowling.

08:19 IST: WICKET! Colin de Grandhomme claims his second wicket in the same over, dispatches Dinesh Karthik for no runs. Two in the over for Colin. Just the start he would have wanted on his return into the team. Once again it is the swing that gets the better of the Indian batsman.

08:16 IST: WICKET! Martin Guptill takes a great catch as Colin de Grandhomme dismisses Ambati Rayudu for zero.

08:14 IST: After 10 overs, the Men in Blue are 32 for two and look a little rattled since losing the opening wickets.

08:04 IST: WICKET! Caught and bowled! Trent Boult dispatches Rohit Sharma for seven in his 200th ODI for India.

07:52 IST: Outswing, Outswing and then the third one comes back in. Dhawan falls in the trap. It is full and on middle, the ball jags back in. Shikhar loos to flick it across the line but misses it. The players go up in appeal and the umpire has no hesitation and raises the finger.

07:45 IST: No run, Shorter in length, Shikhar once again cuts it square to the fielder at backward point. That concludes a great over by Boult, just the one run from it.

07:40 IST: SIX! It’s that man Dhawan again. He looks like he is in his groove again today…

07:39 IST: First boundary of the day and it’s a great hit by Dhawan for the four runs.

07:33 IST:  3 runs off the first over for the Indian cricket team. A win for the Men in Blue will make them the first-ever Indian side to achieve a score of 4-0 in New Zealand and it will also take them one step closer to a clean sweep.

07:30 IST: And they’re here! Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are in the crease to open proceedings with the bat for Team India.

07:24 IST: These two will take to the crease in five minutes…

07:03 IST: TOSS! The Blac caps win toss, opt to bowl in Hamilton. Indian cricket team are playing with two changes – Shubman Gill comes in place of Virat Kohli and Khaleel Ahmed replaces Mohammed Shami.

06.45 IST: Hello and Welcome to our live cricket coverage of the fourth ODI between New Zealand and India from the beautiful Seddon Park in Hamilton.

Brief Preview:
After back-to-back clinical victories, the Men in Blue have sealed the five-match One Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand and will take to the field against the hosts for the fourth time on Thursday, in a bid to keep their momentum running. The Indian cricket team have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead and will now be led by stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma as Virat Kohli has been rested for the last two matches.

The team displayed a dominant performance in all the departments so far and will aim to do the same at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.

The Indian opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit will once again lead the Indian batting attack and the duo have been the leading run scorers of the rubber with 169 and 160 runs respectively.

Both the openers have been in fine form with two fifties in three games and will try to replicate their past performance. In the absence of Kohli, the middle order responsibility will be on Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav.

All the batsmen have done well in the series. However, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s participation is under the scanner as the stumper suffered a ‘rare’ injury, pulling his hamstring.

In the bowling department, the spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been the major threat for the Kiwi batsmen. The two have been successful in picking up wickets at regular intervals and have also been economical.

In the pace attack, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami have been equally impressive.

On the other hand, Ross Taylor has been New Zealand’s key run-scorer in the series with 139 runs and has scored a century in India’s previous meeting at this ground. Also, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson has shown some resistance against the Indian bowling attack.

A lot will also depend on openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill, who have failed to click so far. (Read Full Preview Here)

Here are the squads for the India vs New Zealand 4th ODI:

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (Captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (Wicket-keeper), Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Matt Henry

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, K Khaleel Ahmed