India vs New Zealand 2019: Trent Boult’s Five-For Helps Kiwis to Clinch Hamilton ODI
Finally, India vs New Zealand 2019 series has witnessed some contest from the hosts, and that too, with a bang. Kiwis speedster, Trent Boult was the wrecker-in-chief with the ball, who bagged five wickets for 21 while bowling straight ten overs. It has been the performance the Black Caps were looking for after being thrashed in the first three One-day Internationals (ODI) of the five-match Netmeds series.
The Men in Blue batters have no answers whatsoever as the visitors were rattled at 92 in 30 overs.
As many as seven Team India batters couldn’t manage to go past the double digits which is enough to reveal how Kiwis bowlers have had bowled in the penultimate ODI.
Moreover, the hosts didn’t have a good start, but at the same time, they were chasing the paltry target of 93. The hosts overhauled the target in 14.4 overs by losing two wickets in the form of Martin Guptill (14) and skipper Kane Williamson 11.
The swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the only highlight with the ball. He bagged two wickets for 25 runs in five overs. Khaleel Ahmed alongside Hardik Pandya bowled three overs each, as Yuzvendra Chahal send down 20.4 overs.
Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls guide the Black Caps with the bat:
The senior campaigner Ross Taylor remained unbeaten on 25-ball 37, whereas, his partner Henry Nicholls, who opened the innings alongside Guptill remained not out on 30 off 42 deliveries. Nicholls, who looked out of sorts in the previous ODIs, smashed four boundaries and a maximum.
However, during his knock, Taylor smashed three sixes and two fours to his name.
Earlier, Williamson won the toss and asked India to bat first. Rohit Sharma led the Indian unit in the absence of Virat Kohli, who’s enjoying his much-need break. Kiwis made as many as four changes, whereas, India made to changes in the playing XI which included a forced change.
India vs New Zealand 2019 – India 1st innings – Hamilton ODI:
In the swinging conditions, it took hosts 35 balls to bag their first wicket. But what unfolded after that saw many praising Boult’s sensational spell skittling out visitors cheaply.
The left-arm pace sensation Boult has claimed the wickets of both the openers in the form of Shikhar Dhawan (13) and Rohit Sharma (7).
And then, he went on to bag the wicket of debutant Shubman Gill by taking an excellent catch in his followthrough.
Colin de Grandhome delivers with a ball:
On the other side, Colin de Grandhomme equally supported the 29-year-old Rotorua-born Boult. The prominent all-rounder de Grandhomme was playing his first game of the series. He bagged three wickets while giving away just 26 runs in his quota of ten overs.
Moreover, bowling all-rounder Jimmy Neesham alongside leg-spinner bagged a wicket each. However, Matt Henry, who started off proceedings with the ball went wicketless while conceding 30 runs in eight overs.
Interestingly, at the tally of 33, India lost as many as three wickets. Thereon, it eventually saw the hosts tightening the grip on high-flying India.
In Indian innings, Yuzvendra Chahal was the top-scorer with 18 off 37 deliveries. Hardik Pandya followed him with 20-ball 16 runs. In addition to, Kedar Jadhav scored 15 off 33 balls.
As the competition has witnessed some performance from hosts, the series scoreline read as 3-1. The fifth and final ODI is scheduled to be held in Wellington on February 3 (Sunday).
Brief scores: India vs New Zealand 2019 – Hamilton ODI
Men in Blue: Yuzvendra Chahal 18 (37), Hardik Pandya 16 (20) – Trent Boult 5 for 21
Kiwis: Ross Taylor 37 (25), 30 (42) – Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2 for 25
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