Paceman Trent Boult inspired New Zealand to bounce back in the fourth ODI at Hamilton bowling Indian National Cricket team for a paltry 92 runs. However, the men in blues have already sealed the five-match series winning the first three games.
Meanwhile, both the sides went into the game with a flurry of changes. India left out Mohammed Shami, who had a wonderful time in New Zealand to slot in Khaleel Ahmed. In addition to, they also handed the India cap to youngster Shubman Gill in place of Virat Kohli. Moreover, MS Dhoni was still unfit to return to the playing XI.
India got off to a steady start after Kane Williamson decided to put India to bat on a windy Hamilton. Shikhar Dhawan started off a possitive note while Rohit Sharma, who is playing his 200th ODI game took some time. The southpaw smashed Matt Henry for a four and a six in the third as India quickly reached 20 for none in the first five overs.
Experience fast bowler Trent Boult provided the breakthrough in the very next over removing Dhawan. It was the start of the collapse for India, who lacked their talismanic Virat Kohli in their ranks. Rohit Sharma went back soon too after a fine return catch from Boult to have India at 23 for 2. Colin de Grandhomme then joined the party to dismiss Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik both for ducks in quick succession to put India into real trouble.
Boult picks a fifer
While Grandhomme was wrecking havoc from one end, Bolt was more heinous from the other end. The left-arm pacer removed Shubman Gill (9) in the next over to send half of India’s batsmen back to the pavilion. However, Hardik Pandya tried to counter-attack hitting four boundaries but he lacked support from the other end. Eventually, he also holed out to Tom Latham giving Boult his fifth wicket of the match. The express fast bowler bowled 10 overs in a trot to return with figures of five for 21 including four maiden overs.
Since then, the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav made valiant efforts with the bat 25 runs but once finally, Kuldeep departed to Todd Astle. Jimmy Neesham finished off the proceedings rattling Khaleel Ahmed’s stump to set a target of 93.
Here are the Twitter Reactions:
This spell from Trent Boult is, in one word, sensational. What a bowler!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 31, 2019
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) January 31, 2019
Ten overs on the trot. Fiver. What a spell! #TrentBoult
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) January 31, 2019
— Akash patel (@Akashpatel233) January 31, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 31, 2019
RCBian destroying India along with boult. #NZvIND
— Pradhyoth (@Pradhyoth1) January 31, 2019
Oh man i'm in love with trent boult! What a match for him! 5 wickets.#NZvIND
— Bhawana (@bhawnakohli5) January 31, 2019
India have lost 7 wickets in 18 overs after scoring just 52 runs in total. Trent Boult was the leader of the pack for the kiwis picking up four wickets #NZvIND
— ChepaukSuperGillies (@supergillies) January 31, 2019
— James Gould (@thenamesgould) January 31, 2019
— THE UGLY TRUTH (@pradeepsingh83) January 31, 2019
Pandya playing like this is a Champions Trophy Final. #NZvIND
— Manya (@CSKian716) January 31, 2019
Whose mobile number is this? Don't count. Pure 10 hai😂😂
— 💞Abhipsa 🇮🇳🏏💞 (@Ap_0718) January 31, 2019
First game of this series I haven’t watched and we are nailing it so far. I may be the jinx. #NZvIND
— Mike Wilson (@mikewilsonnz) January 31, 2019
Dhoni dhoni Mat karo jo gaali dete they continue karo 😒 #NZvInd
— Happy birthday Rinu🎂🍰🧁💕 (@forever_rishu) January 31, 2019
Hardik Pandya raises India’s collective bat as he raises an unlikely half century for the nation.#NZvInd
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) January 31, 2019