Final ODI in series slips away from NZ

Final ODI in series slips away from NZ

Final ODI in series slips away from NZ

Rayudu, dropped by Trent Boult on 60, had eight fours and four sixes in his innings and a century in his sights when he was caught off Matt Henry, New Zealand's most successful bowler.

"The wicket got flat at the end, but at one point it looked an easy chase. If the series was on line, we would have played with two spinners and three seamers and Kedar being there, but with the series won, we wanted to try out combinations", he said.

Rayudu and Vijay Shankar shared a 98-run fifth-wicket partnership but the latter was run out for 45 looking for a quick single, only to be stranded at the non-striker's end by Colin Munro's underarm throw. India have already sealed the series by winning first three ODIs.

Latest update: WICKET! Santner can not believe it, this has been such kind of a day for New Zealand.

Rayudu rescued India from a disastrous start when the visitors were four for 18, steering his side to 252.

"Yeah, he walked past me and asked, 'what do you reckon, and maybe it's too high, and maybe it's umpire's call, ' and unfortunately it's one of those things that we move on [from]". Kohli took to Twitter to share his feelings with the team, saying: "Great come back from a tough situation early on to make it 4-1".

Latham, who seemed good in the middle, was the next batsman to depart.

"We saw some chances, maybe the odd mistake which is nice if it goes your way, but for the large part they were able to soak up that pressure and take the game to a stage where then they could knock some hard runs. As he was going so nicely there was that hope and that partnership with him and Santner", Williamson said.

With the three-match T20I series vs New Zealand ahead and also the ICC ODI World Cup 2019 round the corner, India will have to address this weakness to ensure that their much-vaunted batting doesn't crumble on an odd day when the condition aids swing bowling in English conditions. Shubnam Gill failed to impress on his ODI debut, but the 19-year-old is likely to get another opportunity to prove himself.

- The last time before the fifth ODI Ross Taylor was dismissed for a single digit score was back in January, 2018 against Pakistan at Hamilton when he was dismissed for 1 run. A lot of people put their hands up and got us through.

- This was only the fourth time that New Zealand lost four or more matches in a bilateral home ODI series.

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