New Zealand vs India 5th ODI: Taylor’s second consecutive century hands New Zealand 4-0 series win

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New Zealand celebrate following their 4-0 thrashing of India

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor smashed his second consecutive ODI century to hand the Black Caps an 87-run win over India in the fifth and final ODI in Wellington and a 4-0 series win.

Taylor was well supported by fellow batsman Kane Williamson, who scored 87 runs and took two wickets, and debutant Matt Henry, who ripped through India’s batting line-up with four wickets.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first as New Zealand opening batsman Jesse Ryder was caught by Ajinkya Rahane at gully off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 17.

Ryder’s opening partner, Martin Guptill, failed to last much longer as he was caught by Mohammed Shami at mid-on off the bowling of Varun Aaron for 16.

However, everything changed from this point on as Williamson and Taylor amassed an outstanding 152-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Williamson was caught by Rahane at point off the bowling of Aaron.

Williamson’s fantastic knock of 88 came off 91 balls and included eight boundaries and a six.

Taylor and captain Brendon McCullum kept the runs flowing with a 50-run partnership before McCullum was caught by Rohit Sharma off the bowling of Virat Kohli for 23.

Taylor ended up registering his 10th ODI century, but failed to convert it into a bigger score as he was caught by Shikhar Dhawan at deep midwicket off the bowling of Shami.

Taylor’s superb innings of 102 came off 106 balls and included 10 boundaries and a six.

Thanks to James Neesham’s quickfire 34 off 19 deliveries, which included three boundaries and two maximums, New Zealand finished on 303/5 at the end of their 50 overs.

Aaron was the pick of the Indian bowlers with two wickets, while Shami, Kumar and Kohli all chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing a tough target of 304 to win, India got off to a horrid start as Sharma was caught by Taylor at first slip off the bowling of Kyle Mills for only four runs.

Dhawan did not do much better as he was caught by Nathan McCullum at second slip off the bowling of Henry.

Henry struck again just a few overs later when he trapped Rahane lbw for just two runs.

Ambati Rayudu managed to score 20 runs before he was caught by Williamson at gully to become Henry’s third victim of the match.

Kohli and Dhoni stemmed the bleeding with a 67-run partnership, during which Kohli brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Peter Younghusband, who was the substitute fielder, at long-on off the bowling of Nathan McCullum.

Kohli’s brilliant knock of 82 came off 78 balls and included seven boundaries and three sixes.

Ravichandran Ashwin only made seven runs before he was clean bowled by Williamson.

Ravindra Jadeja failed to have an impact with the bat as well as he was caught and bowled by Mills for five runs.

Dhoni ended up making 47 runs off 72 balls, which included three boundaries, before he was caught by Neesham at long-off off the bowling of Williamson.

Kumar scored 20 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Henry.

India were put out of their misery when Aaron was cleaned up by Neesham for a duck.

India were bowled out for 216, leaving them 87 runs short of their target.

Henry was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Williamson and Mills snapped up two wickets apiece and Neesham and McCullum picked up one wicket each.

Dhoni was extremely disappointed and embarrassed to have been crushed 4-0 by New Zealand, and said: “Throughout this series, they’ve played very good cricket. Their new ball pair have been very good but where they’ve taken the game away is in the middle overs batting which set up their charge late in the innings, picking up 80-90 runs consistently.

“From the talent point of view these are the players. They have to back themselves to play their strokes but the execution is what is lacking. It’ll be a bigger test of character in the Test series and it will be good for our younger players.”

McCullum was ecstatic to have beaten the top ODI side in the world by such a convincing margin, and said: “The boys worked very very hard to pull this off, especially against a tough one-day side like India. We saw Matt Henry comes in and take to it outstandingly, there was Hamish Bennett and Jimmy Neesham and the emergence of Corey Anderson as well.

“It’s been pretty pleasing to see Kane and Ross score all those runs. In all the time I’ve seen him play, Ross hasn’t been as good as he’s looked in this series. For a guy who’s young, Kane’s become one of our experienced lads and has been moving from strength to strength.”

Taylor was named Man of the Match for his scintillating century.

“The wine cellar’s looking very good,” he said. “The way Williamson’s batted, five fifties in a row, [he] has done a wonderful job for us. We play different games. I scored a little quicker and then he caught up later and 300 was always going to be difficult to score. It’s a good sign that the new players come in and do well. Henry has a good future after this performance. India will come back hard in the Tests and we’ll be ready for them but we will enjoy this victory tonight.”

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