4th ODI: Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme set up consolation win
Five star: Trent Boult claimed 5/21 in ten straight overs. (Image: @BLACKCAPS)

A fourth successive ODI loss at home was avoided thus avoided by New Zealand – who last suffered that fate in 2004 – as they completed a stunning consolation win over India in Hamilton on Thursday.

India were brutally exposed by the swinging ball in the fourth ODI at Seddon Park, where Trent Boult delivered a searing spell to rival the best seen in the country to help bowl out the visiting team for 92 in 30.5 overs. The Blackcaps completed their chase of 93 in 14.4 overs, meaning that the entire match lasted less than 50 overs.

In terms of balls remaining, this is New Zealand’s joint fifth-biggest win. (FULL SCORECARD: INDIA vs NEW ZEALAND, 4th ODI)

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. 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.  (AS IT HAPPENED: 4th ODI)

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. (READ MORE: India’s lowest ODI totals)

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. (READ MORE: How five-star Trent Boult jolted India in a flash)

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.

Guptill began the chase by lofting Bhuvneshwar over cow corner for six first ball and then clipped consecutive fours, only to edge the fourth ball to Pandya at point. Williamson stood tall to force two exquisite boundaries into the offside before he tried to get too smart and steered Bhuvneshwar to Karthik on 11. Those two wickets put Bhuvneshwar on top of the wickets table for 2019 with 14.

Henry Nicholls – promoted to open with Colin Munro dropped – made 30 of 42 balls in a partnership worth 54 with Ross Taylor who scored hit three sixes in his 25-ball 37.

Brief scores: New Zealand 93/2 in 14.4 overs beat India 92 in 30.5 overs (Boult 5/21, de Grandhomme 3/26) by eight wickets