Blackcaps vs India: Trent Boult topples tourists in Hamilton heat

Seam bowler Trent Boult has confounded an understrength Indian batting order to help his Blackcaps dismiss the tourists for just 92 runs in their fourth one-day international at Hamilton.

And the NZ batsmen knocked off that paltry target in less than 15 overs to win by eight wickets and record their first win over India this summer, with Ross Taylor unbeaten on 37 off 25 balls. 

Boult captured his fifth ODI five-wicket bag in taking 5/21 off his 10 overs, swinging the ball viciously in the humid conditions.

He found a willing ally in all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, who captured 3/26 in his spell, exposing an Indian line-up that sorely missed captain Virat Kohli and former skipper MS Dhoni.

India narrowly missed setting an unwanted for their lowest score against New Zealand, set at 88 in 2010. 

Number 10 batsman Yuzvendra Chahal, a specialist spin bowler, emerged as his team's unlikely leader with an unbeaten 18 - only three others reached double figures.

Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma seemed set to continue where they had left off in three previous outings - all easy Indian victories - when they plundered 11 runs off Matt Henry's second over.

But both were back in the pavillion by the eighth over, removed by Boult. Dhawan was taken on the pads in front of his stumps, while the bowler took a return catch from Sharma, captaining his side in his 200th ODI, in his next over.

India lost their next four wickets for just two runs in a middle-order collapse, as de Grandhomme chimed in.

Boult repeated his caught-and-bowled effort against teenage debutant Shubman Gill, caught Kedhar Yadhav in front and had Hardik Pandya caught behind by wicketkeeper Tom Latham.

India's best partnership came from Chahl and Kuldeep Yadav, who compiled a mere 25 runs for the ninth wicket. 

Recalled spinner Todd Astle looked menacing in capturing Yadav's wicket, while Jimmy Neesham ended the rout, when he bowled tailender Khaleel Ahmed in his first over.

The capitulation left New Zealand plenty of time to knock off the required runs before the scheduled tea break. Martin Guptill seemed in a hurry to finish the job, hitting six-four-four, before holing out on the fence with the fourth ball of the innings.

Captain Kane Williamson nervously edged to the wicketkeeper for just 11, but Taylor and promoted opener Henry Nicholls (30 not out) looked assured in steering their team home.

With the series already lost, Williamson won the toss and sent India in to bat first. In the process, he named a team that included three all-rounders (de Grandhomme, Neesham and Mitch Santner) and two spinners (Santner and Astle), and relegated out-of-form opener Colin Munro to the side-lines. 

The rivals teams will wrap up their five-match ODI series in Wellington on Sunday.


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