India defeated New Zealand by 35 runs in the fifth and final match of the series played at the Westpac Stadium here on Sunday, on the spectacular display of their bowlers. With this win, India got their name from the series 4-1. This is the fourth time when New Zealand has lost a bilateral series in their home country.
India, recovering from the humiliating defeat of the fourth one, has made a great comeback here. He batted first by winning the toss and scored 252 in 49.5 overs and then resumed the hosts New Zealand 217 in 44.1 overs. Following the target of 253 runs from India, the New Zealand team kept away from the target due to losing wickets at regular intervals. James Neesham top scored with 44 runs. He hit four fours and two sixes in 32 balls.
Apart from Neesham, Captain Kane Williamson (39), Tom Latham (37), Colin Munro (24), Mitchell
Shami man of the series
Ambati Rayudu, who played a superb innings of 90 runs in the match, got Man of the Match award. At the same time, India’s fast bowler Mohammed Shami was awarded Man of the Series award for nine wickets in the series.
52 years wins biggest series
This is India’s biggest series victory in New Zealand in 52 years. India first visited New Zealand in 1967. In that tour, India won the Test series 3-1 (4). India beat Kiwi 3-1 (5) in the ODI series in 2009. This is the first time that Team India has won 4 matches in a series.