New Zealand cricket team
Trent Boult took 5/21 to set up a big win (AFP Photo)

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson didn’t expect the Hamilton strip to offer extra assistance to his bowlers, especially the pacers as they blew away a strong India batting line-up on Thursday. (ALSO READ: One of our worst performances in a long time – Rohit)

After winning an important toss, Williamson opted to field and his strike bowler Trent Boult led a carnage, reducing India to 40/7 inside 17 overs before eventually skittling them for 92 in 30.5 overs.

“We didn’t expect the surface to behave like this. [It was] nice to restrict them to a 90-odd total. It stood up a little bit and nipped a bit. It spun as well. One of those days, things went well. Credit to the areas guys bowled,” Williamson said at the post-match presentation.

Early wickets set up the match nicely for New Zealand bowlers who ran roughshod over India batsmen. Boult was the star performer, finishing with 5/21 while allrounder Collin de Grandhomme supported with 3/26.

“We always wanted early wickets (and) to be able to that was a real step at the right direction. It was swinging, that was a weapon we wanted to use. Because we were able to put India under pressure, we were able to pick regular wickets. We exploited (conditions) really well and chased down nicely as well. We always play to win and today was an outstanding performance,” Williamson said.

New Zealand have already conceded the series but the win in the fourth ODI will serve as a balm after they were steamrolled by India in the opening three fixtures.

The 28-year-old acknowledged the importance of the win saying the challenge of facing a top-team presents them with an opportunity to improve.

While Indian struggled, the home team faced no trouble with the top-order sealing an easy win. Opener Martin Guptill (14) started the chase with a six off the first ball and followed that with consecutive fours before a leading-edge ended his bright start.

After Williamson’s dismissal for 11, Henry Nicholls (30*) and Ross Taylor (37*) saw through the chase, sealing a comfortable win. “Great to have a win today. Against a team like India, it’s going to be a strong challenge. He played beautifully, it was challenging. Guptill whacked it around and other guys chipped in as well. An opportunity to play against best team in the world – great opportunity to improve,” Williamson said.