India wins toss, bats in 5th ODI vs. New Zealand
- Author: Steve Townsend Feb 03, 2019,
Feb 03, 2019, 19:24
India's middle-order, which has been under scrutiny, delivered under pressure after the visitors were left gasping at 18 for four. He ran towards the ball, picked it up and fired a direct-hit to send back Neesham.
With the three-match T20I series vs New Zealand ahead and also the ICC ODI World Cup 2019 round the corner, India will have to address this weakness to ensure that their much-vaunted batting doesn't crumble on an odd day when the condition aids swing bowling in English conditions.
The first T-20 will be played on Wednesday. Hotstar will stream the game live in the Indian subcontinent while Sky Sports NZ will telecast the match in New Zealand.
Unperturbed by the fall of Nicholls' wicket, Munro and skipper Kane Williamson (39) played sensibly and punished the bad balls. He became the first Indian batsman to be dismissed in 90s in ODIs in New Zealand.
The dismissal happened in the 37th over of the innings bowled by Kedar Jadhav. However, a run-out ended his fighting essay at 44 off 32 and with that New Zealand's hopes as the tail caved in shortly afterwards.
In contrary to his previous record as a batsman with extra responsibility to lead the side as well, Rohit Sharma could not mesmerize the audience with blistering batting display in the fourth ODI.
Dhoni (1), who missed the last ODI due to a hamstring injury, faced only six balls and was dismissed by Boult to have the scoreboard read 18/4 in nine overs. India soon found themselves reeling at 17/3 and it was all down to the experience of MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu to stick around in the middle after the departure of the top three.
Williamson may well be inclined to have a more urgent conversation with Taylor next time. After the partnership crossed the fifty mark, Rayudu managed to break the shackles, with a four and a six off de Grandhomme in an over, but he was treading a risky line with his shot selections.
A mix-up saw Shankar depart for 45 after he called wait and Rayudu took off.
New Zealand, meanwhile, had done a good job of keeping India's scoring rate in check as Rayudu brought up an 86-ball half-century. Put down by Boult in the deep off Munro, Rayudu capitalised as he employed the slog six for a couple of sixes and also found the ropes regularly before falling to Henry.
During the innings, he smashed Todd Astle for three sixes on the trot, a feat he repeated for the fourth time in his worldwide career.