5th ODI: India beat New Zealand by 35 run to win series 4-1
India outclassed New Zealand by 35 runs in the fifth and final One Day International at the Westpac Stadium to clinch the five-match series 4-1 on Sunday.
Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal claimed three wickets as India bundled out New Zealand for 217 in 44.1 overs.
James Neesham top-scored for the hosts with 44 runs off 32 balls.
Mohammed Shami is chosen the Man of the Series. Ambati Rayudu is adjudged the Man of the Match.
Earlier, riding on Ambati Rayudu’s 90 and a quickfire 45 off just 22 balls by Hardik Pandya towards the end, India were bowled out for 252 runs in 49.5 overs.
Pandya hit a hat-trick of sixes to spinner Todd Astle in the 47th over when India’s score was 205 for 7.
With a strike rate of 204.55, he hit five sixes and two fours taking India to a respectable total.
Ambati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar stitched together a 98-run stand for the 5th wicket when India were tottering at 18 for 4 following MS Dhoni’s dismissal.
Vijay Shankar made a morale-boosting 45 runs that included four boundaries.
Following his dismissal, Kedar Jadhav joined his CSK teammate Ambati Rayudu as the duo added another 74 runs taking India close to 200 when Rayudu was dismissed for 90.