New Zealand vs India 5th ODI: Rayudu’s 90 helps India win series 4-1

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Ambati Rayudu struck eight boundaries and four sixes during his knock of 90

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Ambati Rayudu scored a crucial 90 to not only lead India to a 35-run win over New Zealand in the fifth ODI in Wellington, but a 4-1 series win as well.

Electing to bat first, India got off to a disappointing start as stand-in captain Rohit Sharma was clean bowled by Matt Henry for two runs.

Shikhar Dhawan, who opened the batting with Rohit, only scored six runs before he was caught by Henry at third man off the bowling of Trent Boult.

Shubman Gill was the next to go as he was caught by Mitchell Santner at cover off the bowling of Henry for seven runs.

Things went from bad to worse for India when MS Dhoni was clean bowled by Boult for one run.

With India reeling at 18/4, Rayudu and Vijay Shankar came to the rescue with a 98-run partnership before Shankar was run out for 45.

Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav kept the runs flowing with a 74-run stand before Rayudu was dismissed by Henry for 90, which came off 113 balls and included eight boundaries and four sixes.

Jadhav went on to score 34 before he was clean bowled by Henry, while Pandya smashed a 22-ball 45 before he was caught by Boult at short fine leg off the bowling of James Neesham.

Boult then sent Bhuvneshwar Kumar packing and ran Mohammed Shami out the very next ball as India were bowled out for 252.

Henry was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Boult snapped up three and Neesham chipped in with one.

Chasing 253 to win, New Zealand lost opener Henry Nicholls in the fourth over as he was caught by Jadhav at short midwicket off the bowling of Shami for eight runs.

Colin Munro, who opened the batting with Nicholls, scored 24 runs before he was clean bowled by Shami.

Ross Taylor failed to have an impact with the bat as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Pandya for one run.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Tom Latham stabilised the innings with a 67-run partnership before Williamson was caught by Dhawan at deep midwicket off the bowling of Jadhav for 39.

Latham went on to score 37 before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Chahal.

Colin de Grandhomme fell shortly after as he suffered the same fate as Latham after scoring 11.

Neesham and Santner added 41 runs to the score before Neesham was run out by Dhoni for a 32-ball 44.

Todd Astle mustered 10 runs before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Chahal.

Santner went on to score 22 before he was caught by Shami at short fine leg off the bowling of Pandya.

New Zealand ended up being bowled out for 217 when Boult was caught by Shami at deep third man off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Chahal was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Pandya and Shami took two wickets apiece. As for Kumar and Jadhav, they claimed one wicket each.

Rayudu was named Man of the Match.

4 thoughts on “New Zealand vs India 5th ODI: Rayudu’s 90 helps India win series 4-1

  1. Much needed inning for India as well as Rayudu as his previous matches performance makes his selection doubtful. Hardik and Kedar Jadhav also played well. Returning of Hardik makes middle stronger.

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