The Black Caps have bounced back from three convincing losses to India to claim a big win of their own in the fourth one-day worldwide.
New Zealand got on the board in the five-game ODI series against India in spectacular fashion in Hamilton on Thursday, defeating India by eight wickets after dismissing the visitors for 92. Makeshift opener Henry Nicholls made an unbeaten 30 off 42 balls while Ross Taylor raced to 37 not out off 25 deliveries.
The Kiwis in reply, lost the wickets of Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson inside 7 overs but Henry Nicholls and Ross Taylor ensured that no more wickets fell as they raced to victory in the 15th over.
# Rohit Sharma will lead the Men in Blue in his 200th ODI in the absence of rested regular skipper Virat Kohli. Shikhar Dhawan was lbw by Trent Boult at 13 while debutant Shubman Gill was bowled and caught by Trent Boult for just 9 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was expected to provide some support to Pandya, but he was bowled by Colin de Grandhomme, who picked up 3 wickets for 26 runs in his spell of 10 overs.
But it was not to be as wickets kept tumbling with Boult ripping apart India's line-up, dismissing both Jadhav and Pandya in quick succession. Indian bowling pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami has been a hard nut to crack for the New Zealand openers.
Northern Districts batting all-rounder Daryl Mitchell and Central Districts seam bowler Blair Tickner have been called up into the Black Caps' squad for their upcoming Twenty 20 series against India. "You've got to give credit to the New Zealand bowlers; after losing three matches to come out and bowl like that was a magnificent effort".
"We're still looking to keep our options open with selections at this stage and ensure we continue to learn as much as we can about our players". At times, you need to absorb pressure (when asked about how to bat in swinging conditions).
"We shouldn't be in a situation going into the World Cup where the main XI has played and the reserves have not got enough game time when (it might happen that) they have to suddenly play a crucial game during World Cup. Something we didn't expect", Rohit said at the post-match presentations. Following Kohli's effusive praise, Shastri and Sharma might just give Gill a go and check if he can also be an option at No 4, where Ambati Rayudu has done a decent, if not spectacular, job so far.