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India vs New Zealand, 4th ODI: How the action unfolded at Seddon Park

Trent Boult bagged a five-wicket haul as India were bundled out cheaply for 92 runs in the fourth ODI against New Zealand at the Seddon Park, Hamilton on Thursday.

India vs New Zealand, 4th ODI: How the action unfolded at Seddon Park
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Trent Boult bagged a five-wicket haul as New Zealand defeated India by eight wickets in the dead-rubber fourth ODI of the five-match series at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday.

After being asked to bat first, India--which were missing the services of their regular rested skipper Virat Kohli-- fell like a pack of cards to eventually bundle out cheaply for 92 runs in 30.5 overs.  

Boult finished with brilliant figures of five for 21 followed by Colin de Grandhomme's three for 26. Todd Astle and Jimmy Neesham also picked a wicket each. 

In reply, the hosts chased down the target in just 14.4 overs.

Here are the highlights: 

# New Zealand beat India by 8 wickets to win fourth ODI!

Colin de Grandhomme

# Chahal bowled an expensive over, conceding 15 runs to New Zealand including two sixes to Taylor. The hosts now require just 14 runs from 37 overs. New Zealand 79/2 (13 overs)

# New Zealand 64/2 (12 overs)

# 11 runs off the last two overs. Making good use of the swing of the full-length delivery from Pandya and hit the ball away to the fine leg for his first six. The hosts are just 42 runs away from victory. New Zealand 50/2 (9 overs)

# Wicket! This time Bhuvneshwar delivers a length ball with a bit of width and Williamson inadvertently gets an edge after he pulls the bat away and hands a simple catch to Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps. New Zealand 39/2 (7 overs)

# Ross Taylor is the new batsman for New Zealand!

# 14 runs off the last three overs, including three boundaries. Williamson and Nicholls are batting at their respective scores of 11 and 13 as New Zealand require just 54 runs in 44 overs to win the match. New Zealand 39/1 (6 overs) 

# New Zealand 25/1 (3 overs)

# Skipper Kane Williamson comes to bat No.2 !

# Wicket! Bhuvi gives the breakthrough to India. After starting New Zealand's chase on a brilliant note with two boundaries and a six, Guptill gets a leading edge in the fourth delivery of the first over and is caught at point by Hardik Pandya.  New Zealand 14/1 (1 over)

# Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls to begin New Zealand's chase. Bhuvneshwar Kumar opens the attack for India. 

# Innings Break! 

# Wicket! Jimmy Neesham caught India's last wicket of Khaleel Ahmed (five) as the Men in Blue bundled out cheaply for 92 runs in 30.5 overs. India 92 (30.5 overs) 

# Wicket! Astle strikes for New Zealand to remove Kuldeep Yadav for 15 runs. Astle bowls a length delivery outside off and Kuldeep plays a rash sweep, gets a thick top-edge to hand a simple catch to Grandhomme at deep backward square. India  87/9 (30 overs)

# 16 runs off the last four overs. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are currently batting at the crease at their respective scores of six and 12 as India struggle to even cross the 100-run mark. India 71/8 (26 overs)

# Meanwhile, Trent Boult has become just the seventh New Zealand player to clinch a five-wicket haul against the Men in Blue in a one-day international. It is also his fifth five-wicket haul for New Zealand in ODIs, thus equalling the record of legendary cricketer Richard Hadlee.

# India 55/8 (22 overs)

# Wicket! After scoring a few boundaries, Pandya too went back to the pavilion cheaply for 16 runs to hand Boult a five-wicket haul. Pandya fends a delivery outside leg stump and the ball brushes the gloves and straight towards Latham behind the stumps. India 55/8 (20 overs)

# Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav are now batting at the crease! 

# Wicket! It is turning out to be a disastrous day for India as they have lost Bhuvneshwar for one. The Kiwi bowler angles one ball back in and the Indian batsman attempts to drive but the ball sneaks between bat and pad and hits the stumps.India  40/7 (17 overs)

# Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes to bat for India! 

# Wicket! Boult completes a four-wicket haul by dismissing Jadhav for one run. The New Zealander bowls a very full and swinging delivery to Jadhav in the 14th over and the ball ends up hitting the batsman on the front pad. India go for a review and it confirms the dismissal. India 35/6 (14 overs)

# Hardik Pandya comes to bat at No.7! 

# Wicket! Boult is on a roll today as he clinches his third wicket of the match by removing debutant Shubman Gill for nine runs. India  33/5 (12 overs)

# Kedar Jadhav is the new batsman in! 

# Wicket! Colin de Grandhomme strikes twice as India lost Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik in quick successions. The New Zealander first bowls a length delivery outside off and Rayudu hits it hard but ends up handing a catch to Martin Guptill at short cover. Grandhomme then delivers a length ball around sixth stump line, but Karthik gets an outside edge to give Tom Latham a regulation catch.India 33/4 (11 overs)

# Ambati Rayudu is the new batsman in! 

# Wicket! Boult strikes again. India are in a bit of trouble now as Rohit Sharma departs for seven in his 200th ODI after the New Zealand bowler grabs a good return catch in his final delivery of the eighth over. India 23/2 (8 overs)

# Debutant Shubman Gill comes to bat at No.3!

# Wicket! Boult gives the breakthrough to New Zealand as early as in the sixth over by removing Dhawan for 13 runs. The Indian opener attempted to play one across the line but ended up misjudging the line completely and was hit on the pads. India 21/1 (6 overs)

# Henry bowls an expensive third over as he concedes 11 runs to the Men in Blue, including a six and a boundary to Dhawan. Subsequently, Boult bowls a good tight over and gives away just two runs, a single each to the Indian openers. India 19/0 (4 overs)

# India make a decent start to their innings, notching six runs of the opening two overs. While Sharma got off the mark by hitting gently towards mid-off for a quick single, Dhawan also opened his innings with one run by tapping the fourth delivery of the first over away to deep point. India 6/0 (2 overs)

# Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have walked down the crease to open the batting for India. Matt Henry to begin proceedings for the hosts. 

# For New Zealand, Tim Southee, Colin Munro and Lockie Ferguson have been dropped from Playing XI, while Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls will open the batting.   

# Rohit Sharma will lead the Men in Blue in his 200th ODI in the absence of rested regular skipper Virat Kohli. Meanwhile, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will once again miss out as he has failed to recover fully from his hamstring injury. Shubman Gill makes his debut, while Khaleel Ahmed is in for Mohammed Shami.

# Lineups:

   India's XI: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Khaleel Ahmed

   New Zealand's XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Mathew James Henry, Trent Boult

# New Zealand have won the toss and opted to bowl first against India! 

# 19-year-old Shubman Gill has received his Test cap from former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. 

# Stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma is having a look at the pitch ahead of the fourth ODI. 

Having already secured the ongoing five-match series against New Zealand with a thumping seven-wicket win at Bay Oval, India will look to continue their dominance when they take on the hosts in the fourth ODI, a dead rubber, at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday. 

The Men in Blue will head into the match without their star skipper Virat Kohli, who has been rested for the remaining ODIs as part of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) workload management. 

In his absence, India's regular vice-captain Rohit Sharma will lead the side in the remaining ODIs as well as subsequent T20I series against New Zealand. 
 
The Indian opener, who holds a good record as stand-in skipper, will aim to deliver another solid performance against below-par New Zealand at Seddon Park in what will be his 200th appearance for the national side.

If India manage to take a 4-0 lead against the Kane Williamson-led side, it will be their biggest-ever series win across all formats in their 52 years of touring New Zealand.

The Black Caps, who have struggled against India in all the departments in the first three ODIs, will look to avoid some embarrassment by clinching the remaining matches of the series.

As far as Playing XI is concerned, Mahendra Singh Dhoni--who missed the third ODI due to a hamstring injury--is most likely to make a return being seen training in the nets earlier today. 

Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami can be rested for the upcoming matches as he has been playing continuously since the start of the Test series against Australia. He could be replaced by Khaleel Ahmed or Mohammed Siraj.

Meanwhile, India's fielding coach R Sridhar said that though India would like to continue their winning habit in the upcoming matches, they want to give their reserves enough game time with just seven matches remaining before the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in England and Wales. 

"See, winning is a habit which we would obviously want to continue. When you are up by 1-0 or 3-0 against a team, you want to continue with the form. You do not want to let down the intensity. At the same time, we also need to give game-time to our reserves. There are just seven games remaining for us before we play our first World Cup game. We should not end up in a situation where the main XI has played and the reserves have not got enough game time and then they suddenly have to play an important crucial game in the World Cup," Sridhar had told on Wednesday. 

For New Zealand, all-rounders Jimmy Neesham and Todd Astle have been recalled to the squad as replacements for Doug Bracewell and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi. 

The two cricketers were deemed unfit to be a part of the squad for the first three ODIs following a knee injury for Astle and a hamstring strain for Neesham. However, they have now been drafted into the squad after proving their fitness in domestic cricket. 

The two squads are as follows: 

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shubman Gill, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Ravindra Jadeja.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, and Ross Taylor.