New Zealand beat India by eight wickets in 4th ODI

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New Zealand beat India by eight wickets in 4th ODI

However, India are 3-1 up in the five-match series as they won the first three matches to seal the ODI series win in New Zealand. And sometimes, it's embarrassing losses like this one which are a blessing in disguise in the long run. But, of course, no worldwide team can afford to let a performance like this slide.

In the absence of Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian batting unit found the going tough against the Kiwi bowling attack and lost wickets regularly to slump to their seventh lowest ODI total.

The Indian top six could barely breathe as they were plucked out by Boult and de Grandhomme and scored only 35 runs which is the lowest for India ever in ODI history.

"Trent Boult ensured New Zealand had to be involved in the fourth ODI at Seddon Park, Hamilton for just about three and a half hours", their report said. This shock defeat was a collective failure. Only four Indian batsmen managed to get to double digits, while two batsmen whose main job is to be middle order linchpins, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik fell for ducks.

Where has this pressure been applied, you may ask?

A short delivery outside leg stump from the 29-year-old came off Hardik Pandya's glove and saw him was caught behind as Boult completed his five-wicket haul in his final over, with the away side eventually falling to 92 all in only 30.5 overs. You need to grind it out at time but we failed to do that today.

"It was frustrating and disappointing to start the series the way we did, we know we have the skills in the tank and plans that are good enough for anyone on a day, so very satisfying", he said. It was about applying ourselves. Quite simply because the trend has been quite the opposite, in terms of overall results.

It was a stunning collapse after India won the first three ODIs.

While talking to teammate Yuzvendra Chahal in a short interactive programme uploaded on bcci.tv, Kuldeep credited the team's strict fitness programme for his rapid growth in global cricket. The constant effort is to try and cover all bases. Especially since the World Cup countdown has already begun.

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