Inswinging conditions, Trent Boult pitched in with a memorable performance for New Zealand in Hamilton, bowling ten overs on the trot and troubling the Indian batsmen with his nagging accuracy and pace in the fourth ODI. 

The left-hander ended with figures of 5 for 21 and constantly had India on the backfoot, even putting them in danger of folding inside 54 runs – their lowest ODI score.

The visiting team were shot out for mere 92 runs in 30.5 overs – a target that was chased down in only 14.4 overs with eight wickets in hand.

The Indian batting were in tatters in the game, with five of the first six Indian players managing only single-digit scores, with Yuzvendra Chahal top-scoring with 18 runs. The next highest was Hardik Pandya’s 16, and his three boundaries off a Boult over were the highlight of the innings.

But the man of the moment was Boult, who varied his deliveries perfectly, sending down deliveries that didn’t swing with the ones that did. His inswingers were hard to navigate as India succumbed to 35 for 6 within 14 overs. Both the Indian openers were dismissed by inswingers and even though Matt Henry at the other end was expensive upfront, the early strikes had one enough to put the pressure on the Indians.

Colin de Grandhomme then got into the act, forcing India to lose two wickets in the 11th over, as he troubled Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik with his late swing bowling, to see their backs within four balls.

India direly missed the services of Virat Kohli – resting after a tough few months on the circuit – and MS Dhoni – out injured – and even though Shubman Gill looked settled in his short innings, it was too much to expect the 19-year old to rise to the occasion in his debut game. He was felled by a short ball that came in with an angle and India had lost the plot by then.

Boult’s next over, the 14th of the innings, saw Kedar Jadhav trying hard to hang in there and restore some pride but a DRS decision led to his downfall. Bhuvneshwar Kumar had no answer as well, while Pandya looked to attack and was out in the process.

The batters who somewhat rescued India were Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who batted for 9.3 overs to drag India’s score from 55 for 8 to 80 for 8. They played and missed outside off regularly but were the only ones who managed to frustrate the opposition side.

In turn, New Zealand lost two wickets in their pursuit of 93, but a 54-run stand between Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls finally took the Kiwis over the line and the series to 3-1.

Brief Scores: India 92 in 30.5 overs (Chahal 18; Boult 5-21, de Grandhomme 3-26) lost to New Zealand 93/2 in 14.4 overs (Taylor 37*, Nicholls 30*; Kumar 2-25) by 8 wickets

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