5th ODI India vs New Zealand: Once again it looking an almost repeat telecast of the fourth ODI as Kiwi pacers – Trent Bould and Matt Henry rattled the Indian batting unit with some fiery pace and unplayable bowling. However, Ambati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar put their hands up and stemmed the fall of the wicket by knitting a crucial 98-run stand for the fifth wicket. (India vs New Zealand – 5th ODI Live Cricket UPDATES) Also Read - India vs Australia 2020 ODI Series: Gautam Gambhir Feels Vijay Shankar Cannot Match Hardik Pandya's Impact While Batting at No. 5 or 6 For Team India
But, the real star of Indian innings appeared to be all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who played a match-defining cameo of 45 runs off 22 balls to lift the team to a competitive total. At the mind-boggling strike rate of 204.55, Pandya’s innings included five huge maximums and two boundaries. Coming in to bat at no. 8, the 25-year old hardly put a foot wrong during his knock and decided to take the fight against Kiwi bowlers from the word go. Also Read - India vs Australia 2nd ODI 2020: Team India Missing MS Dhoni - Michael Holding Points Out Difference After Defeat in 1st ODI vs Australia
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It was a great recovery from India! They were struggling on 18/4 at one stage but then Shankar and Rayudu revived the innings. 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.