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IND VS NZ 5th ODI: India Registers A Historic Series Win By 4-1 At Wellington

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| February 3 , 2019 , 16:02 IST

India won the final ODI by 35 runs and registered a historic win over Kiwis on Sunday. Fantastic result for the Men in Blue as this is the first time India have won 4 matches in an ODI series in New Zealand.

The Kiwis have lost the home series for the first time since the series against Australia in 2004/05.

Opting to bat first, Indian openers failed again which resulted in India bundled out for just 252 runs. Rayudu and Pandya's heroics helped India to put a fighting total before Kiwis.

In reply, Kiwis failed to resist Yuzvendra Chahal's magic and bowled out for just 217 in 44.1 overs. Chahal (3/41 in 10 overs) and Shami (2/35 in 8 overs) shared bulk of the spoils.

James Neesham scored 44 runs in 32 balls was the highest for New Zealand.

Chasing a challenging target of 253, New Zealand lost their top four batsmen, including skipper Kane Williamson (39) and Ross Taylor (1), when they only touched 100-run mark.

Opener Henry Nicholls(8) was the first to go off  Shami. Tom Latham (37) trapped leg before in the 29th over and Santner went for 22.

Rayudu became Man of the Match for his outstanding 90.

Earlier, Indian team scored 252 runs in 49.5 overs against New Zealand in the last match of the five-match ODI series at the Westpac Stadium.

India opted to bat first after winning the toss but the openers failed to give a positive start to the team as captain Rohit Sharma departed after scoring just 2 runs in 16 balls. Dhawan also got out on a score of 6 runs in 13 balls.

Shubhaman Gill, playing his second ODI, had a good chance to prove his worth but he failed again and became Henry's second victim. He scored just 7 runs in 11 balls.

After the top order collapse, Dhoni also followed them as he got out for 1.  Raidu(90), along with all-rounder Vijay Shankar (45), took the lead and made a crucial partnership of 98 runs for the fifth wicket and brought his team out of the tricky situation.

Rayudu missed his well- deserved century by just 10 runs. After Vijay's dismissal, Rayudu and Jadhav made 74 runs collectively. Jadhav scored 34 runs in 45 balls.  Pandya's quickfire helped the Indian team to achieve a good total of 252 in 49.5 overs.

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He scored 45 runs in just 22 balls with 5 sixes and 2 fours. He also hit three back to back sixes in Todd Astle's over.

Matt Henry took 4-wickets, highest for his team. Boult also bowled well and got 3 wickets.