India entered into the 4th ODI at Hamilton as the favorites but what happened next was just unbelievable of a side which has been at its very best for a while now. The Men in Blue were being led by Rohit Sharma without two of their most dependable players- V.Kohli & MS Dhoni. Things started going awry right from the time of tosses which the Indians lost forcing them to bat first.
New Zealand had brought T.Boult coming into the game and with the series already lost, the Black Caps had nothing to lose. Boult made full use of the conditions wreaking havoc across a strong Indian batting and ended with figures of 5-21 in his allotted quota of overs and joining him in the part was Colin De Grandhomme who took 3-26 in 10 overs.
New Zealand bowled a total of eight maiden overs and gave just six extra runs. Except for H.Pandya, Y.Chhahal and S.Dhawan no other Indian batsmen could manage double figures. India couldn’t bat out the entire 50 overs and were skidded out for a paltry 92 in 30.5 overs. Today’s performance once up opens the debate on whether India is over-dependent on Kohli and Dhoni.
New Zealand romped home easily with 8 wickets to spare in just 14.4 overs. They lost opener M.Guptill for 14 and Skipper Williamson for 11. It was then Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls who took charge and ensured that New Zealand achieve the modest target with ease.