India vs New Zealand 5th ODI: India fail again against Black Caps
A Ross Taylor-inspired New Zealand crushed India by 87 runs in the fifth and final one-day international in Wellington on Friday to extend the tourists' miserable run against the Black Caps.
India could manage only 216 in reply to New Zealand's 303 for five, slumping to a 4-0 series loss despite a battling 82 from Virat Kohli.
Veteran batsman Taylor blazed his second successive century to set India the imposing run chase before seamer Matt Henry skittled the world champions' top order in a dream debut, claiming four for 38.
The result completes New Zealand's best one-day winning streak against India in 33 years and provides a huge psychological boost ahead of a two-Test series next month.
Meanwhile, India's failure to perform against modest opposition has seen them ousted from top spot in the one-day rankings by Australia, and will raise questions about their form away from home ahead of next year's World Cup.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the result was disappointing but showed opposition teams were targeting India because of their recent success.
"It's a phase that we're going through but what will be crucial is what kind of solutions we have got, how we plan to get out of it," he said, adding that he was determined to stay positive despite the defeat.
Taylor, fresh from an unbeaten 112 in the fourth match, laid the foundations for victory with a commanding 102, receiving able support from Kane Williamson (88), who has posted a half-century in every match of the series.
Dhoni urged his pacemen to "use their brains" after losing the fourth match on Tuesday, and the new-ball pair of Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar initially responded to the challenge.
Shami began with two maidens, while Kumar showed improved accuracy as the New Zealanders were restricted to just 10 runs in the first five overs.
The hard work paid off when Jesse Ryder (17) snicked an outside edge from Kumar to Ajinkya Rahane at gully and Martin Guptill was out for 16 after hitting the ball straight to Shami, who took the chance after a nervous juggle.
That brought the in-form partnership of Williamson and Taylor together and they immediately lifted the glacial run rate, scoring more boundaries in their first three overs at the crease than New Zealand managed in the previous 12.
They brought up their third century partnership of the series in 108 balls, with Williamson reaching his fifth consecutive 50 in the 30th over.
Taylor notched his own half century a few balls later as the pressure India had painstakingly built early in the innings dissipated.
Williamson departed on 88 when he sliced a Varun Aaron delivery to Rahane at point and was replaced by Brendon McCullum, who provided a useful 23 off 18 balls before he was caught at cover trying to drive Kohli.
Taylor brought up his 10th ODI century after 105 balls with a boundary hit through mid-wicket, but was out next ball attempting to belt Shami over the boundary.
Jimmy Neesham contributed an unbeaten 34 off 19 balls to take New Zealand past 300, a mark that India's batsmen reached only once in the series.
India's top order again threw away their wickets cheaply, with Rohit Sharma dismissed for four by Kyle Mills and Henry coaxing an edge from Shikhar Dhawan (9) in his second over of international cricket.
The Canterbury seamer then followed up by trapping Rahane lbw for two and had Ambati Rayudu caught at gully for 20.
India's run chase effectively ended when Kohli holed out charging Nathan McCullum in the 37th over, with skipper Dhoni (47) the only other batsman to fire.
New Zealand were easily the best team as they sealed the five-ODI series 4-0.
In the final ODI India failed to chase a huge target of 304 before losing by 87 runs.
Kiwis bowlers were up to the mark hardly giving the Indian any room to score at ease. Virat Kohli top scored with a gritty 82 while skipper M S Dhoni made a significant 47.
For the winners, Matt Henry claimed four wickets while Kyle Mills and Kane Williamson took two each.
Earlier, Ross Taylor scored a fine century and shared a huge 152-run stand with Kane Williamson (88) as New Zealand posted 303 for five in the allotted 50 overs.
James Neesham provided some late fireworks with a 19-ball 34.
For India Varun Aaron claimed two wickets.
Neesham takes his first wicket with a beautiful yorker. India 216 all out in 49.4 overs.
V Aaron b Neesham 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6)
Kumar goes after making a small contribution for a lost cause. Ind 215-9 in 49 overs.
B Kumar c Ronchi b Henry 20 (25b 1x4 0x6)
India are 202 for 8 in 47 overs.
New Zealand take another wicket and just need another two to sweep the series. 182-8 in 44.1 overs.
MS Dhoni c J Neesham b K Williamson 47 (72, 3x4, 0x6)
R Jadeja goes without troubling the Kiwis much. He just managed five before offering a high catch in the deep. Ind 174-7 in 41.5 overs.
Here comes Ravindra Jadeja. He is a good finisher. India will hope he does it today as well.
Ashwin departs. He is bowled by Williamson. Ind 167-6 in 40.2 overs.
R Ashwin b Williamson 7 (11b 1x4 0x6)
Dhoni batting on 40. He has a Herculean task ahead. Looks very difficult but such situations are not new to the Indian skipper. Ind 166-5 in 40 overs
A big blow for India. Kohli departs and Dhoni will have an additional responsibility. Kohli did well to reach 82 but missed another chance of getting to a century. Ind 145-5 in 37 overs.
V Kohli c sub (P Young-Husband) b N McCullum 82 (78b 7x4 3x6)
India need 163 runs from 90 balls. Looks a tough task but with both Kohli and Dhoni going fine at the moment, iIt's not impossible task for India. Ind 141-4 in 35 overs.
Kohli is on 49 and a lot will depend on him. India need 208 in 21 overs. Ind 94-4 in 29 overs.
Henry is on a roll here gets Rayudu's wicket to make it three wickets on his debut. Ind 78-4 in 24 overs
A Rayudu c Williamson b Henry 20 (40b 2x4 0x6)
Kohli is in a great form. He is on 33. India need 246 from 30 overs.
India losing the plot here. Rahana has to go after being trapped in front by Henry. Ind 30-3 in 13.2 overs.
A Rahane lbw b Henry 2 (10b 0x4 0x6)
Dhawan is gone. Similar way as Rohit Sharma offering a simple catch in the slips. Ind 20-2 in 10 overs.
S Dhawan c N McCullum b Henry 9 (28b 1x4 0x6)
Kohli looks positive. A fine pull from him to the boundary. Ind 19-1 in 8 overs.
Indian openers adopting a cautious approach as Kiwis pacers look to be on fire. Ind 6-0 in 4 overs.
Rohit Sharma and Shkhar Dhawan have a big task on hand as Kyle Mills prepares to bowl.
NEW ZEALAND INNINGS
A brilliant last over for New Zealand as Neesham ensures Kiwis cross the 300-run mark. NZ 303-5 in 50 overs.
Taylor is out the next ball as his great knock comes to an end. NZ 274-5 in 48 overs.
R Taylor c Dhawan b Mohammed Shami 102 (106b 10x4 1x6)
Taylor reaches to his century in style pulling for a boundary. A composed innings to put NZ in a fine position. NZ 274-4 in 47.5 overs.
McCullum goes after a brief cameo. Kohli does the trick. NZ 243-4 in 44 overs.
B McCullum c Sharma b Kohli 23 (18b 1x4 1x6)
A six immediately after Mccullum arrived should make Indian bowlers uneasy. If he stays for long then NZ can be assured of a big total. NZ 212-3 in 40 overs.
India finally manage a wicket. It's been frustrating for the bowlers. But credit to Williamson for having played a super knock and put the Kiwis in good position. Unlucky for him to have not got his century. NZ 193-3 in 37.3 overs
K Williamson c Rahane b Aaron 88 (91b 8x4 1x6)
Williamson gets his first six in his innings that takes him to 82. Partnership is 139. NZ 180-2 in 36 overs.
Taylor is not behind and he gets it immeditaley with a tap for a single off Jadeja. Two classic boundaries in the same over from Williamson. NZ 149-2 in 31 overs.
That's 50 for Williamson. His second in the series. NZ 139-2 in 30 overs.
Spinners have not been able to do much to India's cause. Both batsmen looks like are there to stay. NZ 121-2 in 26 overs.
Both Williamson and Taylor look to be in the comfort zone as runs come comfortably. NZ 93-2 in 21 overs.
Wwillamson and Taylor steadily settling down in the middle. They can't afford to lose further wickets. NZ 56-2 in 15 overs.
Dhoni brings in spin. Ashwin prepares to bowl. Ind 42-2 in 13 overs.
Indian pacers continue to impress as Aaron removes Guptill. NZ 41-2 in 12.2 overs.
M Guptill c Mohammed Shami b Aaron 16 (35b 2x4 0x6)
India could have had another but a Aaron drops it at mid-on. It's good to see the Indian fast bowlers dominating after quite a long time. NZ 31-1 in 10 overs.
Ryder was looking good but Kumar keeps the pressure on the openers and he earns their first wicket. A good catch from Rahane in the slips in the second attempt. NZ 22-1 in 7.4 overs.
J Ryder c Rahane b Kumar 17 (26b 1x4 1x6)
Shami is bowling a fantastic spell here. He's got three maiden's from his four overs and given away just three runs. NZ 17-0 in 7 overs.
Scoring has been difficult with India pacers bowling with purpose. They are not giving any room for the Kiwi openers and that's a good start for India. Ind 10-0 in 5 overs.
Another good over for India. Just two runs of Bhuvneshwar Kumar's first over. Ind 2-0 in 2 overs.
Shami begins with a maiden over. That's what India will be looking for. To contain the hosts from going on a scoring spree. Ind 0-0 in 1 over.
Guptill and Ryder open as Mohammed Shami prepares to bowl
Dhoni says hopefully his team can pull off a win after having won the toss. "The wicket might do a bit for seamers early on."
McCullum is determined to walk with the series with a sweep. "Not the worst toss to lose. There's a green tinge and it's hard
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, Luke Ronchi, Nathan McCullum, James Neesham, Matt Henry, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan
India: Shikar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneswar Kumar, Varun Aaron, Mohammed Shami
India will look for pride as they play the last ODI against New Zealand in Wellington.
The hosts have outsmarted India in every department and will be keen to finish on a high with a series sweep.
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