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03-Feb-2019 09:55:00 GMT
NZ v Ind - 5th ODI, Wellington

Rayudu, Pandya and Vijay secure India 4-1 finish

Wellington: India bowled out New Zealand for 217 after setting them a target of 253 runs to chase to pick up a 35-run in the 5th ODI in Wellington.

With the win, the men in blue took a 4-1 win in the series, which is their biggest series victory in New Zealand. Yuzvendra Chahal shined with the ball, picking up two wickets, while Hardik Pandya contributed with both bat and ball.

Chasing 254, New Zealand lost three wicket inside the Powerplay overs, and after that the imperative match of Kane Williamson and Tom Latham to turn in the range of 17 conveyances.

Henry Nicholls (8) chipped the returning Mohammed Shami to midwicket, Colin Munro quickly indicated looks of former batting structure in getting to 24 preceding he hauled Shami onto the stumps and Ross Taylor (1) fell lbw to Pandya's second ball when a sharp in-shaper had him beaten for development.

Williamson toiled 73 balls for 39, and was out to a brilliant piece of field arrangement by Dhoni, who when Jadhav was bowling motioned to profound midwicket to move over.

Out ventured Williamson to hang Jadhav, and the mis-planned hit settled in that equivalent defender's hands. Latham made 37 from 49 balls while more than once clearing, and it was one such shot off Yuzvendra Chahal that saw him out lbw.

Pursuing 254, New Zealand lost three wicket inside the Powerplay overs, and after that the indispensable combine of Kane Williamson and Tom Latham to turn in the range of 17 conveyances.

Henry Nicholls (8) chipped the returning Mohammed Shami to midwicket, Colin Munro quickly demonstrated looks of former batting structure in getting to 24 preceding he hauled Shami onto the stumps and Ross Taylor (1) fell lbw to Pandya's second ball when a sharp in-shaper had him beaten for development.

Williamson worked 73 balls for 39, and was out to a shrewd piece of field position by Dhoni, who when Jadhav was bowling motioned to profound midwicket to move over. Out ventured Williamson to hang Jadhav, and the mis-planned hit settled in that equivalent defender's hands.

Latham made 37 from 49 balls while more than once clearing, and it was one such shot off Yuzvendra Chahal that saw him out lbw.

Chahal included Todd Astle, likewise out clearing and Pandya came back to get Santner flicking directly to short fine leg and Bhuvneshwar Kumar finished the amusement when he had Trent Boult cutting to third man.

Brief scores:
India 252 (Rayudu 90, Pandya 45, Shankar 45, Henry 4-35, Boult 3-39) beat New Zealand 217 (Neesham 44, Chahal 3-41) by 35 runs

Earlier, India had scored 252 runs in 49.5 overs with the help of a 90-runs knock from Ambati Rayudu. Pandya also scored 45 runs in 22 balls to take India past 250.

Trent Boult and Matt Henry swung the ball at express pace and shared two wickets each to leave India reeling at 18 for 4 in seven overs.

Rohit Sharma (2) was outdone by a beauty from Henry, the one that moved away from the middle stump line to dislodge the off-stump.

In the next over, Shikhar Dhawan (6) slashed one hard to be caught at third man while the young Shubman Gill (7), getting his second game of the series, scooped a simple catch to the cover fielder in the very next over.

Dhoni (1), playing after the missing the last two games due to injury, was bowled by Trent Boult, a peach of a delivery that swung back sharp and late to take the Indian wicketkeeper's off-stump.

Rayudu (90 off 113) and Vijay Shankar (45 off 64) then shared a 98-run stand for the fifth wicket to lead India's recovery. Shankar however, missed out on well-deserved fifty as he got run out after a mix-up with Rayudu.

Rayudu at the other end began to play his strokes and hammered Colin de Grandhomme for two consecutive boundaries to bring up his 10th ODI fifty.

Pandya took the centrestage after Rayudu's fall and once again showed what he brings to the table late the innings.

Pandya's brute power was on full display when he whacked leggie Todd Astle for three sixes in as many balls. The all-rounder did not even spare the in-form Boult, pulling him over midwicket for another maximum. His cameo included two fours and five sixes.


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