New Zealand defeated India in the fourth ODI by eight wickets to open their account in the five-match ODI series. The Men in Blue put up a flop show in the absence of batting stars Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni at Seddon Park, Hamilton. They got all-out on a below-par total of 92 runs.

Yuzvendra Chahal top-scored for India with 18 runs. Trent Boult finished with brilliant figures of 5/21. The pitch assisted seamers unlike the first three ODIs and New Zealand bowlers exploited the conditions beautifully. Indian batsmen were guilty of playing some poor shots.

At the post-match presentation, India’s stand-in-skipper Rohit Sharma said, “One of our worst performances with the bat for a long time. It’s something we didn’t expect. You got to give credit to the New Zealand bowlers. It was a magnificent effort. Something to learn for us.”

“At times, you need to absorb pressure. We need to blame ourselves for it. Things were looking good at that stage. It was about applying ourselves. Once you get in, things will start to look easier. We played some bad shots as well. It’s always challenging when the ball is swinging,” he added.

India sealed the ODI series at Bay Oval when they gained an unbeatable lead of 3-0 in the series.

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