4th ODI: India 92 after Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme run riot
Trent Boult held two return catches during his spell of 5/21. (Image: @BLACKCAPS)

India were brutally exposed by the swinging ball in the fourth ODI at Hamilton’s Seddon Park, where Trent Boult delivered a searing spell to rival the best seen in New Zealand to have the touring team six down inside the Powerplay overs. In the most favourable conditions for swing bowling all series, India lost six wickets for 14 runs to be 40/7 in the 17th over, and a record low was only averted by Hardik Pandya, the innings’ second-highest scorer with 16, who became Boult’s fifth wicket in a rare unbroken ten-over spell. (FULL SCORECARD: INDIA vs NZ, 4th ODI)

They made it as far as 92 in 30.5 overs – their seventh-lowest ODI total ever – which owed to a ninth-wicket stand of 25 between Kuldeep Yadav (25) and Yuzvendra Chahal (18*).

The absence of Virat Kohli, given a break from the tour, and MS Dhoni, still not 100% fit, told as India’s middle order subsided.

Put into bat by Kane Williamson, India’s batsmen were subjected to a terrific new-ball spell of left-arm pace from Boult which was backed by some nagging medium-pace from the recalled Colin de Grandhomme who struck twice in his first over with just a fraction of away movement. (LIVE UPDATES: INDIA vz NZ, 4th ODI)

An opening stand of 21 was ended in the sixth over when Boult thudded a sharp inswinger into Shikhar Dhawan’s pads. Swing also did for Rohit Sharma, who was deceived by inwards movement and chipped a catch back to Boult. India’s openers, so vital to a 3-0 scoreline, were dismissed in eight overs.

Matt Henry’s struggles to locate his radar saw Williamson summon de Grandhomme, and his gentle outswingers proved too challenging for Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik. Both fell without scoring; Rayudu drove a catch to Martin Guptill at catching cover, Karthik steered to Tom Latham behind the stumps.

Colin de Grandhomme added to India’s woes with 3/26 in ten straight overs. © AFP

Shubman Gill, the 19-year-old on debut, wore a bouncer to the helmet and struggled against Boult’s inswing all through his 21-ball stay, which produced nine runs before he became the quick’s third victim. A series of dot balls forced Gill to drive on the rise and pop back a catch to Boult.

That wicket-maiden over gave Boult figures of 6-2-8-3, and a fourth came off the first ball of his next over when Kedar Jadhav was hit in line with the stumps. Once again, the accuracy and movement inwards off a full length did for the batsman, who was dumbfounded by the inswing.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was bowled for 1 by de Grandhomme, and at 40/7, India’s lowest ODI total of 54 appeared in danger of being broken but Pandya averted a total disaster by counter-attacking. Consecutive high-elbowed punches down the ground for four off Boult were followed by a meaty pull over square leg, but the resistance did not last long. Boult used a short ball to get Pandya fending off the hips to Latham, bowing out with figures of 10-4-21-5.

Kuldeep, channeling Yuvraj Singh with some expansive cover-drives and twirling flicks, combined with Chahal to get India to 80 before he swung the legspinner Todd Astle to de Grandhomme at deep square leg. Chahal was left on his ODI best when Jimmy Neesham bowled Khaleel Ahmed.

Brief scores: India 92 in 30.5 overs (Boult 5/21, de Grandhomme 3/26) vs New Zealand