Trent Boult bowled his quota of ten overs at one go returning figures of 10-4-21-5.
Trent Boult bowled his quota of ten overs at one go returning figures of 10-4-21-5.

When on song there aren’t many better fast bowlers than Trent Boult in world cricket today. In December last year, the New Zealand quick was in top-form claiming six wickets in just 15 deliveries against Sri Lanka in the second Test at Christchurch. He went on to register his best Test figures of 6/30 during the spell. (LIVE: New Zealand vs India Live Score – 4th ODI)

Roughly a month later, Boult produced a similar devastating spell of fast bowling on Thursday – this time against India in the fourth ODI – claiming his fifth five-wicket haul in the format, equaling the great Richard Hadlee for most five-for a New Zealander in the ODIs. (ALSO READ: India subside to seventh-lowest total of all time, 92 in 30.5 overs)

Boult bowled his quota of ten overs at one go returning figures of 10-4-21-5.

India, without regular skipper Virat Kohli, were put into bat in bowling friendly condition at Seddon Park, Hamilton and got off to a steady start, scoring 21 runs of the opening wicket in 5.5 overs. After that Boult took over, and thundered on.

Here’s how Trent Boult jolted India:

5.5 – Trent Boult to Shikhar Dhawan. out, OUT! Boult draws first blood. Excellent set up by him and Dhawan walks back to the pavilion. Outswing, Outswing and then, he gets the third one to come back in sharply. Dhawan falls in the trap. It is full and around off, the ball jags back in quite a bit. Shikhar looks to flick it across by planting his front foot right across. He misses the ball and it hits his pad. The players go up in appeal and the umpire has no hesitation and raises the finger. Dhawan has a brief discussion with Sharma and then decides not to review. He could have as the ball did come back in a long way, maybe it would have just about clipped the leg pole. Hawk Eye is not shown as of now.

7.6 – Trent Boult to Rohit Sharma. out, OUT! The skipper departs and Boult strikes again. Full on middle and leg, the ball comes back just a bit after pitching. Sharma tries to drive it straight but is taken aback by that little swing on it. He ends up chipping it straight back to the bowler. Boult does well to hold onto that one. A soft dismissal for the skipper and he looks disappointed with himself. Both the openers are now back into the hut, India in a spot of bother here.

11.6 – Trent Boult to Shubman Gill. out, OUT! The debutant departs. Brilliant spell by Boult. Full on middle and off, the ball jags back in after pitching. Gill looks to play it straight but ends up hitting it straight back at Boult. Who takes another catch off his own bowling. He looked confident to begin with but it looked like his confidence was dented after being hit on the helmet. New Zealand well on top here and India now have their backs to the wall with half their side back to the hut.

13.1 – Trent Boult to Kedar Jadhav. out, OUT! Three reds, that is absolutely plumb. A waste of a review there by Jadhav. He though had to take it right? Another inwinger gets the better of an Indian batsman. It is on the fuller side, it comes back in late. Jadhav just like Dhawan, has his front foot planted way too across. He can’t adjust and gets hit on the pads. An appeal follows and the umpire raises his finger straightaway. Jadhav then after a chat with Pandya reviews. Hawk Eye shows the on-field call is the right one. Boult gets his fourth and the Kiwis are now into the lower-order.

19.4 – Trent Boult to Hardik Pandya. out, OUT! In the air… taken! 5-fer for Boult and the last recognized batsman for India walks back. Short and on the body, Pandya tries to fend it away but the ball hits his glove and lobs towards the keeper. Latham takes a couple of steps ahead and takes it.