India went down by 87 runs to New Zealand in the fifth and final ODI at Wellington to lose the series 4-0. Catch all the highlights from the game, as it happened: (Scorecard | Commentary | Match Report | Match Pics)
QUOTES from the presentation ceremony:
Brendon McCullum after series win: This is the best series we've won. The manner in which we've sealed it is fantastic. Guys have worked really hard and are looking forward to Test series. Henry came in and bowled outstandingly well. We saw Hamish Bennett, Corey Anderson do well and some old hands in Ross Taylor do well. The Ross Taylor-Williamson partnership has allowed us to set totals we've wanted to. It's credit to Ross' hardwork that he puts in. Kane has gone from strength to strength for his age.
Dhoni after 4-0 series loss: I think throughout this series, NZ played very good cricket. Their new-ball bowling has been fantastic. They have taken games away from us in the middle-overs batting. They've done it in each and every game. For us it is important to improvise and adapt quickly. We are lacking in some areas. We don't need to worry about talent but need to back ourselves. It will be an interesting Test series. It will be a big test of characters for us. Good challenge for the batsmen.
Man of the Match Ross Taylor: "Its been a great series all-round, very consistent bowling and batting. The way Kane Williamson has played is brilliant, five fifties in a row is not easy. He's been outstanding. 300 on that wicket was going to be competitive and we bowled well. The way Henry's come in and bowled well is great. Four wickets on debut is no mean feat. The Test series will be a different ball game."
FACTOID: India's biggest ODI series losses:
5-0 against West Indies in October-December 1983
5-0 in WI in March 1989
4-0 in South Africa in November-December 2006
4-0 in New Zealand, Jan 2014
15:13 (IST) That's it! All over as Varun Aaron is the last man out, who is bowled after missing a yorker by James Neesham. India go down by 87 runs and lose the series 4-0. India manage 216 in 49.4 overs. Virat Kohli top scores with 82 and MS Dhoni struck 47, apart from that, Indians disappointed with the bat. Matt Henry was the best Kiwi bowler, taking 4 for 38 on debut. Kyle Mills and Kane Williamson took two wickets each. Earlier, Ross Taylor's 102 took the Kiwis to 303/5 and Williamson scored 5th consecutive fifty.
14:08 (IST) WICKET! Matt Henry takes his fourth wicket as Bhuvneshwar Kumar gives a simple catch to keeper Luke Ronchi, after miscuing a hook shot. India go 9 down with 89 needed of 6 balls!
13:58 (IST) 200 is up for India as tailenders Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohd Shami and bat out the full fifty overs. India need 104 more off 20 balls.
13:49 (IST) WICKET! Dhoni is gone and is that the final nail in the coffin? Trying to clear mid-off, Dhoni attacks Williamson but mistimes it totally for James Neesham to take the catch. Williamson has a second wicket. Dhoni made 47 from 72 balls with the help of 3 fours.
13:45 (IST) Dhoni waging a lone battle here as he runs out of partners. India 178/4, need 126 off 42 balls.
13:37 (IST) Another Wicket! Ravindra Jadeja is out, caught by Martin Guptill at the sweeper cover fence off Kyle Mills. Jadeja made 5. The left-hander stepped out to take the aerial route, had no timing on that shot, meaning a simple take for Guptill. India 174/7, need 130 more off 48 balls.
13:31 (IST) WICKET! R Ashwin walks back to the hut as he misses an off-break of Kane Williamson and is bowled for 7. India 167/6, need 137 more from 58 balls.
13:26 (IST) Nathan McCullum finishes his spell - brilliant figures of 33 for 1 and that big wicket of Kohli. By far the best spinner on either side in the series.
13:21 (IST) Dhoni hits it hard but is dropped by Brendon McCullum, a simple chance by his standards.
13:16 (IST) BIG WICKET! Virat Kohli falls for 82, off 78 balls. Kohli tried to clear long on but found substitute fieldsman Peter Young-Husband. Nathan McCullum gets just reward for tidy bowling. India 145/5, need 159 from 13 overs.
13:11 (IST) McClenaghan comes back with a tidy over this time, cramping both Dhoni and Kohli for room.
13:05 (IST) An expensive 11-run over from Mitchell McClenaghan is followed by a 2-run over from Nathan McCullum. India still very much in the game with Kohli on 81* and Dhoni on 24*. 163 more needed from 90 balls.
12:56 (IST) India's best partnership today - Kohli and Dhoni - bring up 50-run stand, in 9 overs.
12:53 (IST) Kohli, after dispatching McCullum for four through mid-wicket in the previous over, Kohli thrashes James Neesham over extra cover for another thunderous four. India 123/4, chasing 304.
12:50 (IST) Kohli is beginning to gain momentum in the innings, trying to get one boundary every over. With in-form MS Dhoni settling down, it is boiling down to be a thrilling chase from now on.
12:45 (IST) Another milestone! Virat Kohli reaches his 30th half-century in ODI cricket. he reached it with a streaky four off James Neesham. India 108/4 (30 overs), need 196 from last 20 overs.
12:39 (IST) India have scored 17 runs in the last 5 overs and lost one wicket. India 92/4 (212 runs needed from 22 overs).
12:34 (IST) MILESTONE! Dhoni becomes fourth fastest batsman in ODI cricket to reach 8000 runs, in 214 innings. Only Soarav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara had reached the landmark faster than him.
12:27 (IST) WICKET! A third for Matt Henry, who removes Rayudu, caught by Kane Williamson at widish gully. Rayudu made 20 off 40. In comes Dhoni.
12:20 (IST) SIX! First of the innings and it is Virat Kohli, who dances down the track to James Neesham and cracks it over long-off. India
12:15 (IST) Spin for the first time, Nathan McCullum into attack. Rayudu finds the much-needed boundary as he rocks back and cuts it late past short third man for four.
12:10 (IST) New Zealand's fourth seamer is on now - James Neesham. But, starts off poorly with one bowled down the leg side and Kohli tickling it fine past long leg for four. Last ball of the over and Kohli drills it straight past mid-on for four. India 49/3 (18 overs), chasing 304.
12:05 (IST) Mitchell McClenaghan starts well after the drinks break, bowling it tight. India 41/3 (17 overs), chasing 304. India's run-scoring rate is yet to breach the 3-per-over mark in this chase.
12:00 (IST) FACTOID: MS Dhoni is one run away from registering 8000 ODI runs. If he reaches it today, he will become the fourth fastest batsmen in ODI history to reach 8000 runs, leapfrogging Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara.
11:55 (IST) Matt Henry is making an impact in his first ODI as skipper Brendon McCullum has three slips in place for Rayudu, who is facing the debutant. India 39/3 (16 overs), chasing 304.
11:45 (IST) WICKET! Matt Henry gets his second! Ajinkya Rahane plays a horrible across-the-line stroke and misses. The ball thuds on to the pads and umpire raises the finger. Rahane made 2 off 10. India 30/3 (13.2 overs)
i am willing to wager that new zealand has the best crop of fast bowlers in the world today. australia maybe but not beyond those two- Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 31, 2014
Left unchanged, the present team will struggle to defend the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.- Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) January 31, 2014
11:30 (IST) WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan c Nathan McCullum b Matt Henry (9 off 28 balls, 1x4). Matt Henry gets his maiden international hundred.
11:25 (IST) Debutant Matt Henry gets a ball. He is a 22-year-old right-arm pacer from Christchurch, Canterbury. Shows nerves first few balls as he digs it in short and Kohli latches on to it, cracks it for four through mid-wicket. India 19/1 (8 overs), chasing 304.
11:20 (IST) FACTOID: Ross Taylor's hundred today is the 5000th hundred in international cricket, across all formats.
11:15 (IST) A good over from Kyle Mills, just three from it as Kohli flicks it through mid-wicket to run the three runs.
11:10 (IST) First boundary of the Indian innings, courtesy a flick drive from Shikhar Dhawan off McClenaghan through mid-wicket. India 12/1 (6 overs) , chasing Kiwis' 303/5.
11:05 (IST) WICKET! Rohit c Taylor b Mills (4 off 13b). India 8/1 (4.3 overs)
11:00 (IST) McClenaghan gets Dhawan to edge one and is almost caught by Nathan McCullum at third slip. Umpires check it in replays and it shows that McCullum took it on the half-volley. India 6/0 (4 overs)
10:55 (IST) Mitchell McClenaghan to bowl the second over, starts off with decent pace late 130s (kmph). Three runs off his 1st over. India 3/0 (2 overs)
10:50 (IST) Identical start to the innings with the first over being a maiden from Kyle Mills. India 0/0 (1 over)
10:45 (IST) All set for the start of India's chase. Rohit Sharma to face most experienced ODI bowler Kyle Mills.
FACTOID: Kane Williamson, today, became the second player in ODI history to register 5 consecutive fifties in a bilateral 5-match series. Last player to do so was Pakistan's Yasir Hameed, who hit five back-to-back fifties against New Zealand in 2003.
FACTOID: Out of the 17 times India have bowled in ODIs from October 2013, they have given 300-plus runs on 9 occasions.
i wonder, the next time amit mishra is picked, whether he can ask the selectors if he really needs to bring his kit along- Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 31, 2014
10:05 (IST) Kiwis finish at 303 for 5 in their 50 overs. A total of 53 runs came in the final five overs. Ross Taylor, with a second hundred vs India, again remained the lynchpin of the batting. Kane Williamson continued his brilliant run of form and missed out on a hundred after reaching his 5th consecutive fifty.
10:03 (IST) James Neesham shows why he was promoted up the order to No.6 instead of Ronchi by hitting Mohd Shami's first three balls of the final over for 6, 4 and 4 and Kiwis have 300 on the board.
09:58 (IST) Luke Ronchi scores crucial boundaries back-to-back fours straight down the ground, off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. NZ 286/5 (49 overs)
09:52 (IST) Taylor departs immediately after hundred, caught by Dhawan off Shami. Taylor made 102 from 106 balls with the help of 10 fours and a six. NZ 274/5 (48 overs)
09:51 (IST) Century for Ross Taylor, gets it with a four off Shami in the 48th over, it has come of 105 balls and his second ton vs India.
09:46 (IST) Aaron also keeps it tight as just 6 runs come off it. NZ 261/4 (47 overs).
09:41 (IST) Good over from Shami, goes for just 5 as Ross Taylor closes in on a back-to-back ton.
09:36 (IST) WICKET! Brendon McCullum falls for 23 off 18 balls. Out caught by Rohit Sharma at extra cover and Kohli takes a wicket. NZ 243/4 (44 overs)
09:34 (IST) Taylor bring out the slog sweep off Kohli and believe it or not, hits his first six of the series. Next ball, he gets between square-leg and mid-wicket for four.
09:29 (IST) Mohd Shami drops a sitter at deep long-on and McCullum gets a reprieve. NZ 230/3 (43 overs).
09:28 (IST) Ravindra Jadeja into attack and Brendon McCullum gives it the treatment, hits it over deep mid-wicket for four.
09:23 (IST) Virat Kohli, bowls a decent over in his second spell -just four from it. NZ 220/3 (42 overs)
09:18 (IST) Impressive speeds there by Varun Aaron in the 40th over - last three balls clocked - 149, 146, 147 (KMPH). NZ 212/3 (40 overs)
09:14 (IST) SIX! IPL-style batting this from Brendon McCullum who pulls Varun Aaron for six over deep square-leg fence. Reminds of that belligerent 158 in 73 balls he hit for Kolkata Knight Riders in the opening match of the inaugural season.
09:10 (IST) Taylor gets an easy four here and Shami bowls down the leg side and the batsman gets it fine past the fielder inside the circle. NZ 203/3 (39 overs)
09:04 (IST) WICKET! Williamson misses out on a hundred and falls for 88 off 91 balls, goes for a drive, a bit of lazy shot and Rahane leaps at backward point to take the catch. Varun Aaron has a second wicket. NZ 193/3 (37.3 overs).
09:00 (IST) FACTOID: Kane Williamson now has gone past Nathan Astle's New Zealand record for most runs in a bilateral series - 351.
08:55 (IST) Taylor and Williamson making full use of the batting powerplay here. First, Taylor brings out his trademark across the line hoick over mid-wicket and gets four for it. Two balls later Williamson glides a short ball over Dhoni's head for four. The 150-run stand is up between the two players. Williamson 87*, has brought up his highest score of the series. NZ 191/2 (37 overs)
08:50 (IST) SIX! What a shot this from Williamson, just an extension of an off drive and it goes deep into the straightish extra cover boundary. An Indian spectator drops the catch or he would have won 100,000 USD.
08:45 (IST) Williamson showing his class here again as he goes inside out over extra cover off Jadeja to get another four. NZ 170/2 (35 overs).
08:40 (IST) Kohli continues and drops it short this time only for Williamson to latch onto it and smash it for four through the leg side. NZ 163/2 (34 overs).
08:35 (IST) Ross Taylor joins the party with another fifty, his 27th overall. He also brings up the 100-run stand with Williamson. NZ 149/2 (31 overs)
08:30 (IST) Kane Williamson hits his fifth fifty in-a-row and 11th of his career. NZ 139/2 (30 overs)
08:25 (IST) Second over for Kohli, who is this time dealt with easily from Taylor and Williamson.
08:20 (IST) Jadeja bowling to Williamson and Dhoni is says to the bowler: 'Isko zyaada time nahi denge' (Don't give him lot of time to play). NZ 125/2 (27 overs)
08:16 (IST) Decent start from Virat Kohli with the ball, gives away just one run from his first over. NZ 121/2 (26 overs)
08:12 (IST) After his hundred took Kiwis to series win in the previous game, Ross Taylor revealed their secret of success against Indian bowlers in the series. Read here.
08:08 (IST) Taylor this time cuts Ashwin wide of short third man and gets four, Kiwis get to hundred. NZ 101/2 (22 overs)
08:04 (IST) Varun Aaron gets the treatment for bowling short and wide, a loose ball from him and Taylor thrashes it over backward point for four.
07:59 (IST) Williamson and Taylor are the two top scorers in this series so far.
07:55 (IST) Kiwis have batted well in the last five overs, going in at 7-an-over. This partnership between Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor has yielded 37 runs. NZ 78/2 (19 overs)
07:51 (IST) Williamson gets down the track and takes the aerial route against Ashwin to get four over mid-on. NZ 76/2 (18 overs).
07:46 (IST) A fiery over there from Aaron, who is hitting speeds in excess of 145. However, Taylor hit through the line on one occasion to find the gap at extra cover for a four.
07:41 (IST) Williamson and Taylor feeling comfortable against Ashwin here. NZ 61/2 (16 overs)
07:37 (IST) Shades of previous game there as Ross Taylor shows his class by hitting Varun Aaron for two fours via point and covers. NZ 56/2 (15 overs)
07:31 (IST) Spin for the first time and R Ashwin gives two runs from his first over. NZ 43/2 (14 overs)
07:29 (IST) Loud appeal for LBW against Ross Taylor by Varun Aaron, but umpire Rod Tucker says not out as he had got little inside edge on that. NZ 41/2 (13 overs)
07:25 (IST) WICKET! Martin Guptill c Mohd Shami b Aaron (16). NZ 41/2 (12.2 overs).
07:17 (IST) Varun Aaron into the attack and he too starts off well, bowling straight to new-man Kane Williamson. NZ 33/1 (11 overs)
07:11 (IST) Almost a second for Bhuvneshwar, who bowls it short of length to Guptill, who brings out the pull. It goes to mid-on who drops what looked like a sharp chance. R Ashwin the culprit.
07:04 (IST) WICKET! Ryder c Rahane b Bhuvneshwar (17). Bowling from round the wicket, Bhuvneshwar gets Ryder to drive and it wide of the slips towards Rahane at gully, who takes the catch diving to his right, had almost spilled it. NZ 22/1 (7.4 overs)
07:00 (IST) A get out of jail shot by Ryder this time, goes over mid-on off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
06:58 (IST) Mohd Shami bowls his third maiden today, his first maiden to Jesse Ryder, who looks all tide up. NZ 17/0 (7 overs)
06:55 (IST) SIX! first of the match, Jesse Ryder goes big, over square leg off Bhuvneshwar Kumar - first boundary of the game.
06:51 (IST) Disciplined start from Indian bowlers so far after end of five overs. NZ 10/0.
06:47 (IST) Bhuvneshwar has attacked the stumps mostly. Remember Ryder has been bowled four times in the series. NZ 7/0 (4 overs).
06:43 (IST) First forcing shot from the batsman - Jesse Ryder finds the gap between point and cover, picks up two off Bhuvneshwar.
06:41 (IST) Back-to-back maiden overs for Shami, who has not given any room to Guptill. NZ 2/0 (3 overs)
06:38 (IST) Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets two balls to prodigiously move away from Martin Guptill who was beaten all ends up. Two runs off Bhuvi's 1st over. NZ 2/0 (2 overs).
06:35 (IST) Shami starts off with a maiden. NZ 0/0 (1 over)
06:30 (IST) All set for the start as players take their positions. Mohd Shami to bowl to Martin Guptill.
06:25 (IST) Ambati Rayudu, ahead of the game says: "We are all determined to do well. This is a must-win game. It is very important for me to get runs."
06:20 (IST) Brendon McCullum: "Not the worst toss to lose for us, there's green tinge to the pitch and it's quite hard. If we can follow the blueprint we've had going, we should do well here."
06:15 (IST) Team News: Shikhar Dhawan replaces Stuart Binny in Indian XI. Mitchell McClenaghan back for Kiwis and 22-year-old pacer Matt Henry makes debut. Hamish Bennett, Tim Southee sit out.
06:10 (IST) MS Dhoni wins toss and India opt to field.
New Zealand will go 'full throttle': Nathan McCullum
Having captured the series, New Zealand's Nathan McCullum has said that the hosts will go 'full throttle' in the final ODI and try to finish the series 4-0 at Wellington. He also said that he was thrilled by his team's ability to surprise ODI heavyweights India and warned his team of a backlash from the reigning champions. (Read)
Criticism from all over
Following their third loss in the series at Auckland, NDTV expert Sunil Gavaskar blasted the idea of a couple of changes that were made in the game. He felt that using Virat Kohli as an opener was ridiculous and went on to say that this side will not be able to defend their world cup a year later. Ex-Kiwi pacer Simon Doull too questioned India's reluctance to change and said the desperate moves in the previous ODI did not work out well. Meanwhile, Indian skipper MS Dhoni has lashed out at his fast bowlers, asking them to use their heads in conditions suitable to their style of bowling. (Read here)
Playing for pride
After conceding the five-match ODI series to New Zealand 3-0, MS Dhoni-led India will play to salvage some pride and find their first elusive victory on the tour in the fifth and final ODI before plying their trade in white flannels. Despite Jadeja's efforts in the third ODI at Auckland to help India secure a tie and keep them alive in the series, they lost the fourth in Hamilton to give the hosts an unassailable lead. In the fifth ODI at Wellington, India will walk out in the hope to get off the mark in the series. (Read Preview)