India humbled New Zealand in the fifth and final ODI of the series at Visakhapatnam, bowling out the visitors for 79 runs within 24 overs. New Zealand fell short of the target of 269 runs set by India by 190 runs and lost their last seven wickets for 16 runs.
With this victory India won the series 3-2. The batting order collapse was orchestrated by Amit Mishra who took five wickets on the day. With his series tally of fifteen wickets, Amit Mishra was declared man of the series along with getting the man of the match award.
Umesh Yadav began the damage for New Zealand when he picked up opener Martin Guptill for a duck in the first over of the second innings with a peach of delivery.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma scored 70 and Virat Kohli scored 65 runs to propel India to 269/6. MS Dhoni also chipped in with 41 runs. Axar Patel and Kedar Jadhav added crucial 46 runs for the seventh wicket to help India cross the 250-run mark on a slow Visakhapatnam pitch.
For New Zealand, Ish Sodhi and Trent Boult picked up two wickets each while Jimmy Neesham and Mitchell Santner picked up a wicket each. India needed to win the series 4-1 to move up the ICC ODI rankings. While that wasn’t possible, this emphatic victory in Visakhapatnam established India’s superiority over New Zealand, incidentally the team that is placed above India and the one that the hosts were set to overtake if they had won at least oall but one match in the series.
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Amit Mishra’s sensational performance earned him unanimous praise from all quarters. Here is how Twitterati reacted to the leg spinner’s spell and India’s performance in general:
Wonderful spell of leg-spin bowling from Amit Mishra. What a collapse ,last 8 wkts for 16 runs. Great Diwali gift.#INDvsNZ
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 29 October 2016
Pace scares you, spin embarrasses you. That’s exactly what has happened in Vizag. Spin to Win. #IndvNZ
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 29 October 2016
New Zealand have imploded. And how! One can safely say, well played India, Diwali mubarak!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) 29 October 2016
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 29 October 2016
Congratulations Team India for winning #indvsNZ cricket series. Timely Diwali and Kali Pujo gift . We are proud of you
The five ducks in New Zealand innings today are the most for any side on the Indian soil, also the joint-most vs India in any ODI.#IndvsNZ
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) 29 October 2016
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 29 October 2016
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) 29 October 2016
This was also the day when the Indian team played with the names of their mothers on the back instead of theie regular jersey names. The move earned the team and the BCCI unanimous praise.