New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner admits the hosts were thoroughly outplayed in the first three ODIs, but they will look to arrest that trend when both sides meet in the fourth game against India at Seddon Park, Hamilton on Thursday.

“I think the plans have been pretty solid, maybe the execution’s been off at times. If we can get two wickets in the top 10 (overs), or even the first five,” said Santner said on the eve of the fourth ODI.

“Every game they’ve got off to good starts, we haven’t seen much of their back end. The key for us is to keep taking wickets through the middle, keep being aggressive,” he said.