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Trent Boult scythed through India’s batting line-up with a five-wicket haul to help New Zealand waltz their way to an eight-wicket win in the fourth ODI in Hamilton.
India’s loss was their largest in terms of balls remaining as New Zealand triumphed with 212 balls to spare.
Choosing to bowl first, New Zealand got an early breakthrough as India opener Shikhar Dhawan was trapped lbw off the bowling of Boult for 13.
India stand-in captain Rohit Sharma, who opened the batting with Dhawan, only scored seven runs before he was caught and bowled by Boult.
Colin de Grandhomme joined the party by removing Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik for ducks, while debutant Shubman Gill was caught and bowled by Boult for nine runs.
India continued to lose wickets at an alarming rate and with Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav scoring 18 not out, 16 and 15 respectively, the tourists managed to reach 92 before they were bowled out.
Boult was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while De Grandhomme snapped up three, and James Neesham and Todd Astle chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 93 to win, New Zealand lost opener Martin Guptill on the fourth ball as he was caught by Pandya at point off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 14.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson mustered 11 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Kumar.
Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls finished things off for New Zealand as they forged an unbeaten 54-run partnership.
Taylor ended up making 37, which came off 25 balls and included two boundaries and three sixes, while Nicholls remained undefeated on 30, which came off 42 deliveries and included four boundaries and a six.
Kumar was the only bowler to take any wickets.
Boult was named Man of the Match.