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Kohli And Dhoni's Absence Cost Humiliating Loss For Team India At Hamilton

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| January 31 , 2019 , 13:43 IST

Kiwis displayed some excellent all-around skills to beat India in the 4th ODI at Hamilton by 8-wickets on Thursday.

The man of the match went to Trent Boult for his performance. India leads the ODI series 3-1.

New Zealand won the toss and invited India to bat first.

The whole Indian team were bundled out for 92 in 30.5 overs. Yuzi Chahal's 18* in 37 balls was highest for team India. Rohit and Dhawan made just 7 and 13 respectively. 

Kiwi batsmen quickly achieved the target in 14.4 overs. Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the best of the pick as he picked up the only two New Zealand wickets in the game - Martin Guptill (14) and captain Kane Williamson (11). Ross Taylor, who played brilliantly in the previous match, scored 37 runs.

Earlier, NZ proved that it was the right decision to put India in to bat after winning the toss in the fourth ODI between India and New Zealand in Hamilton.

Rohit Sharma, playing in his 200th ODI captained the Indian team in Virat Kohli's absence, who has been rested for the remainder of the tour with an eye on the upcoming World Cup.

During the presentation, Rohit said, " it was one of our worst performances with the bat in a long, long time. Something we didn't expect. You got to give credit to the NZ bowlers. It was a magnificent effort. Something to learn for us."

"We need to blame ourselves for it. There will be times when it swings and we need to deal with it. When you are playing for your country, you try to give your best. Good teams usually keep ticking the boxes and today we didn't tick the right boxes," he added. 

Earlier, After being asked to bat first by the Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson, India’s top order collapsed against seamer Trent Boult.

With a late partnership from Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, India managed to go from 55/8 to 80/9 before being bowled out for 92 in the 31st over.

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This is India’s seventh-lowest total in the ODIs and second-lowest total in the format against New Zealand, only after 88 runs scored by India in Dambulla, Sri Lanka in 2010.

India’s lowest total in the ODIs is 54 against Sri Lanka at Sharjah in 2000. It is for the 7th time in history the Men in Blue have failed to cross the 100-run mark in the 50-overs cricket.