Hamilton, Jan 28 IBNS | 6 months ago

India lost the series to New Zealand after losing the fourth One Day International (ODI) match to the home side at Seddon Park here on Tuesday.


Chasing India's 278 for five, the home side scored 280 runs by losing only three wickets in 48.1 overs.

Ross Taylor remained the top scorer for New Zealand with his 112 not out knock and skipper Brendon McCullum remained unbeaten at 49.

Taylor scored his ninth ODI century which helped New Zealand comfortably reach the target. He hit 15 boundaries in his 127 -ball knock.

He also engaged himself in two crucial centuries, first 130 runs partnership with Kane Williamson (60) and then an unbeaten fourth wicket partnership of 92 with skipper McCullum.

McCullum smashed a six in the fist ball of the 49th over to reach the target and help his side take a 3-0 lead against India.

New Zealand had made a dashing start as Martin Guptill (35) and Jesse Ryder (19) added 58 runs on the opening stand. Reaching 50 in seven overs gave the home side the perfect momentum to chase down such a competitive total.

However, they lost two quick wickets of Guptill and Ryder within a span of five balls to give a jolt to the 'Black Caps'.

New Zealand lost the wicket of Williamson in the 35th over but the rest managed to reach the target quite easily at the end.

Earlier, India posted 278 for the loss of five wickets in their 50 overs.

MS Dhoni played a gutsy knock of unbeaten 79 off 73 balls to help his side post a competitive total on the scoreboard. He hit six boundaries and three sixes in his knock.

Ravindra Jadeja continued his good form in this match and remained not out at 62 while opener Rohit Sharma contributing 79 runs earlier in the innings.

Dhoni and Jadeja added 127 runs in the sixth wicket partnership.

Tim Southee picked up two wickets for New Zealand.

New Zealand lead the five-match series 3-0 with one more match remaining to be played.

Dhoni said,"Bowling was a quite disappointing."

(Posted on 28-01-2014)