Visakhapatnam: India humble New Zealand by 190 runs in final ODI with Amit Mishra picking up five wickets; hosts win series 3-2.
New Zealand had lost their openers at the end of the sixth over when Jasprit Bumrah had Tom Latham caught at mid-on after a leading edge. The score at the moment was 28 and it was New Zealand’s second wicket.
From there, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor added 35 runs for the third wicket. Once Williamson fell in the 15th over at the team score of 63, the remaining seven wickets could only add sixteen runs as the Black Caps surrendered the match to India.
In the end, India won the match by a massive margin of 190 runs and with that sealed the five-match one-day international series 3-2.
Amit Mishra led the bowling attack with his five-wicket haul to run through the New Zealand batting and bowl them out for just 79 runs in the 24th over, the lowest played by the visitors in a completed innings. Axar Patel picked up two wickets while debutant off-spinner Jayant Yadav picked a wicket as well.
Umesh Yadav began the damage for New Zealand when he picked up opener Martin Guptill for a duck in the first over of the second innings with a peach of delivery.
Earlier, opting to bat first, India have scored 6-269 in.
Rohit Sharma top-scored with 70, including five fours and three sixes, with Virat Kohli hitting 65.
The Indians, who usually like to chase in limited-overs cricket, won Saturday's toss and made a sedate start.
Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane (20) needed more than nine overs to put on 40 for the first wicket.
James Neesham (1-30) provided the breakthrough with Rahane caught at short midwicket.
Kohli and Sharma then put on 79 for the second wicket, Sharma reaching his 29th ODI half-century off 49 balls in the only period of the Indian innings when runs flowed easily.
He was caught at deep midwicket off Trent Boult (2-52), a short ball doing the trick. MS Dhoni (41) then came to the crease and added 71 for the third wicket with Kohli.
However, the run rate dropped as Mitchell Santner (1-36) applied the brakes. He also trapped Dhoni lbw in the 38th over, as India lost momentum.
Ish Sodhi (2-66) had dropped a return chance from Kohli on 8 and the vice captain went on to score his 38th ODI half-century off 62 balls.
He held the innings together, even as Manish Pandey played a poor shot and holed out at deep midwicket for a duck.
The big moment came in the 44th over as Kohli was caught in the deep off Sodhi.
Kedar Jadhav (39 not out) and Axar Patel (24) then scored 46 off 39 balls to nudge India past the 250-mark in the 49th over.
Both hit a six before Boult bowled Patel in the last.
India - 269 for 6 (Rohit 70, Kohli 65, Boult 2-52)
New Zealand - 79 (Mishra 5-18, Axar 2-9)
Result - Indiw won by 190 runs
MOM and man of the series - Amit Mishra (India)