Trent Boult got the ball to move both ways, and gave India the kind of match they’d want to brush aside as a ‘one-off’ or a ‘bad day’, setting up an easy eight-wicket win in the fourth ODI in Hamilton.
The left-arm pacer returned with stunning figures of 10-4-21-5 to bowl the visitors out for 92 in just 30.5 overs. The Blackcaps chased it down in 14.5 overs, the entire game lasting only 3.5 hours.
In the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli and an injured MS Dhoni, the Indian batting unit found the going tough against the Kiwi bowling attack. Seven Indian batsmen were dismissed for single-digit scores, unable to tackle the moving ball.
Also, in terms of balls remaining (212), this is India’s worst defeat in the ODIs.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the match:
Disappointing day for Team India today, they can learn to adapt and absorb the pressure better in conditions that are conducive for swing bowling. It was also an outstanding 10 over spell from Trent Boult who exploited the conditions well and bowled beautifully. #4thODI
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 31, 2019
Not india’s day today but was really happy to see Shubman make his debut. He’s definitely one for the future.#NZvIND
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) January 31, 2019
See what happens when a team don’t have there best batsmen in.
— Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) January 31, 2019
Easy-peasy for NZ. 92 too shallow a score to defend. Twice that may have been competitive on this pitch. Given their performances in the oast year, this match can be seen as a one-off disaster. No Kohli or Dhoni too. But India must guard against complacency
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 31, 2019
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) January 31, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 31, 2019
Newzeland given a wake up call to Indian team.They moved the ball and got https://t.co/UrV7jTOD4x of the main batsman should have stayed till the end got fighting total.
— Madan Lal (@MadanLal1983) January 31, 2019
When Trent Boult is in full flow, few sights better in world cricket. #NZvIND
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) January 31, 2019
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) January 31, 2019
Rohit Sharma: "One of our worst batting performances in a long, long time."#NZvIND
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) January 31, 2019
— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) January 31, 2019
Lowest ODI team totals in New Zealand. #Cricket
73 – NZ v Sri Lanka
74 – NZ v Australia
74 – PAK v New Zealand
89 – ENG v New Zealand
92 – IND v New Zealand
93 – BAN v New Zealand
94 – NZ v Australia
105 – NZ v Australia
108 – IND v New Zealand
108 – IND v New Zealand
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) January 31, 2019