India completely dominated the fifth and final one-day international in Visakhapatnam as the spinners ran through the New Zealand line-up to win the match by massive margin of 190 runs and seal the series 3-2. After posting a total of 270 runs for New Zealand, India top the advantage as Umesh Yadav got Martin Guptill in the first over of the second innings. Nothing went New Zealand’s way thereafter as Indian spinners ran through the middle order. Amit Mishra was the star with the ball as he picked up five wickets for 18 runs in his six overs. Debutant Jayant Yadav also picked up a wicket while Axar Patel picked up two wickets. India won the match by 190 runs and the series 3-2.
ALL OVER! India win the match by 190 runs, series 3-2
Mitchell Santner is bowled by Axar Patel and India win the match by a massive 190 runs. Big win this for captain MS Dhoni in his last ODI this year
WICKET! Ish Sodhi c Ajinkya Rahane b Amit Mishra 0
That will be the five-wicket haul for the leg-spinner. He completely deserves it. Sodhi plays the shot but it gets the top edge and goes up in the air. Rahane takes the catch
An over without a wicket. Jayant Yadav bowls the 21st over without a wicket. But only two runs from it. New Zealand are 76 for the loss of eight wickets
WICKET! Tim Southee st MS Dhoni b Amit Mishra 0
Dhoni is very confident of the dismissal and that will be curtains for Southee. Flight from Mishra and Southee makes room for himself but it turns away from him. The back-foot is up in the air. He has to go
WICKET! Jimmy Neesham b Amit Mishra 3
What a ball from Mishra! Leg-spinner’s delight. Drift to take the ball away from the left hander and then it grips of the pitch to turn back a long way, through the gap between bat and pad. Bowled.
WICKET! Corey Anderson LBW b Jayant Yadav
Pretty ordinary from Corey Anderson! Playing down the wrong line and Jayant keeps it straight. Plumb in front. New Zealand 94 for the loss of six wickets
Off-spinner Jayant Yadav will bowl the seventeenth over for India. He is making his debut for India. The Haryana offie has had some decent outings for India ‘A’ side
WICKET! BJ Watling b Amit Mishra 0
Superb bowling from the leg-spinner! Pitched at good length and it comes back into the batsman and Watling has failed to read the googly. Castled and New Zealand are 66 for the loss of five wickets
WICKET! Ross Taylor c MS Dhoni b Amit Mishra 19
Bit of extra bounce for Mishra and it spins away from Taylor. He flashes at the ball but gets an outside edge. Umpire gives no signal but Taylor walks. They check for no-ball. Close but it is okay. New Zealand 66/4
WICKET! Kane Williamson c Kedar Jadhav b Axar Patel 27
Williamson tries to go over the top and manages to clear the in-field. But the chip is not good enough to clear the boundary. Caught in the deep
End of the 14th over and New Zealand reach 62/2. Amit Mishra and Axar Patel bowling in tandem.
FIFTY up for New Zealand in the 12th over. The have reached 50 with two wickets lost. Taylor and Williamson at the crease chasing 270 runs
Amit Mishra will replace Jasprit Bumrah for the 12th over. New Zealand are 47 for the loss of two wickets after 11 overs
A couple of mix-ups between Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor in the last two overs but they have survived them. New Zealand are 46 for the loss of two wickets after 10 overs
MS Dhoni brings on his spin option. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel comes on to bowl in the ninth over
New Zealand 38/2 after eighth over
Consecutive boundaries from Williamson after the fall of the wicket. Excellent shots from the New Zealand captain. One through covers, other from the point region
WICKET! Tom Latham c Jayant Yadav b Jasprit Bumrah 19
The pitch playing it again! Latham gets a leading edge as the ball holds up after pitching. Latham is already into the shot and it flies straight to Jayant at mid-on
Kane Williamson and Tom Latham have done well to not lose their wickets on this pitch. The slowness of the wicket is making it difficult for the batsmen to play their shots
Guptill bowled Yadav 0 (4)
GONE! That’s a gorgeous delivery by Umesh and New Zealand lose their first wicket in the very first over. My that was good. Pitched middle and left the right hander ever so slightly to kiss the pad and go on to hit the stumps.
Well that was a quick break. Martin Guptill and Tom Latham are in the middle to begin New Zealand’s 270 run chase and Umesh Yadav has the ball.
And the final ball goes for a double. Played down the ground by Jadhav and they get two runs. Final score of 269/6 with Rohit Sharma scoring 70 and Virat Kohli 65.
Axar b Boult 24 (18)
Its an off cutter and it is into the block goal and Axar plays it on. Gently kisses the leg stump and he’s gone. India are 266/6
SIX! Trent Boult with the final over of the inning. Rolls his fingers over the ball and Jadhav reads it. Sends it soaring over long on
SIX! Axar stands up and thumps an off cutter straight down for a maximum. Read that well and it hits the sight screen. Much needed hit!
Lovely bit of variation work by the Kiwi seamers in the closing stages. Changing things up and making things difficult for Kedar Jadhav and Axar Patel
India are 247/5 after 48 overs. No boundary for three overs now. Not the thing you want in the death overs
Last four overs left in the Indian innings with score at 236/5. Axar and Jadhav in the middle and it is Tim Southee with the ball. Boult has two…
MISSED! Kedar Jadhav tries to steal a single with Jimmy Neesham coming straight down on his run up. Was a bad decision but with Jadhav half way down the track, Neesham misses all three stumps.
Virat Kohli c Guptil b Sodhi 65 (76)
This time Kohli can’t go on to make a 50 into a 100. He’s frustrated with his choice of shot and India needed him more than anyone else to continue the stay in the middle. Came down the track to Sodhi and tried to clear the mid off fielder but fails to do so.
FOUR! Smashed down the ground by Kedar Jadhav to Tim Southee. The Kiwi bowler almost hit back there but he pulls his hand away at the final second. No chance for the field at mid-off.
FOUR! Kedar Jadhav is quick to bounce back on the back foot and create space for himself on the off side and cuts it hard to find the gap between the short third man and the backward point
Last ten overs of the Indian inning remaining and the score reads 199/4. Looked so much better in the 10-20 overs and 30-38 overs period. All changed significantly with those two wickets
Pandey c Boult b Sodhi 0 (5)
Manish Pandey hadn’t started comfortably and didn’t allow himself time to settle in on a slow pitch. Goes for a slog sweep on the turn and is taken at midwicket. India with two wickets in as many overs. Talk about inviting trouble. India are 195/4
MS Dhoni lbw Santner 41 (59)
MS Dhoni goes for the sweep on a straightening delivery and he’s got the front pad. Shout and the umpire raises his finger. India are 190/3
FIFTY! Virat Kohli keeps his love affair with Visakhpatnam going with a single that brings up his fifty. Calmly played inning this. 50 from 62
India are 183/2 after 35 overs with Virat Kohli on 45 and MS Dhoni on 40. How many do you think India will get?
FOUR! A ball after MS Dhoni survives a difficult catch for Anderson, the Indian captain places the ball smartly on the leg side for a four. Talk about rubbing salt on wounds!
Almost a game of cat and mouse going on here between the Indian batsmen and the Kiwi spinners. There’d be close shaves with near beats and misses and then there’d be strongly struck boundaries and sixes right back
FOUR! This time Dhoni is on the charge. Much flatter from MS though and it crosses the line on one bounce.
SIX! This has been rather slow by Kohli – until now. Jumps down the track to Ish Sodhi for a six straight down and India are one away from the 150. Cleanly struck and it was played on the spin
Rohit Sharma c Neesham b Boult 70 (65)
Rohit Sharma had narrowly survived a ball earlier in his pull to Boult’s short delivery. It was fielded on two bounces after being in the air for a fair bit of time. This time it is a bit squarer and straight into Neesham’s hands. India are 119/2
DROPPED! Ross Taylor puts down a relatively simple catch and Rohit Sharma survives. Earlier Ish Sodhi dropped Virat Kohli and now Ross. They may hurt the Kiwis later as it did in Mohali.
FOUR! Kohli joins the act in adding boundaries in the second ten overs. Offcutter by Anderson and the Test skipper sends it through the covers for a boundary. India cross 100 runs in the 19th over
SIX! Slog sweep by Rohit Sharma is into the crowd and he may be impaired to steal quick runs but he can definitely smack the ball with some panache
FOUR! Rohit Sharma with a late slash cut behind point to bring up his fifty. Quick to go on the backfoot and stay inside the crease for a four.
Rohit Sharma is receiving treatment after going down earlier to slide in for a run. Looks like the dry surface may have something to do with it. Then he goes on to limp while completing a run. Patrick Farhart, the team physio, strapping up his right thigh
SIX! Rohit Sharma with his second six and this time it is hit straight down the ground for a 76m smack to Ish Sodhi. Played on the spin to a fuller delivery and its safely beyond the boundary line
DROP! Virat Kohli sends the ball screaming right back at Ish Sodhi and the bowler drops it. Wasn’t much of a chance with the ball travelling.
DRINKS! India are 71/1 after 15 overs. Rohit Sharma on 35 and Virat Kohli on 8. The pitch is slow and the ball is spinning fairly well. Could do much for Amit Mishra and Jayant Yadav
Spin being introduced at both ends then with Ish Sodhi coming into the attack and the first slip being retained
SIX! Rohit Sharma decided to go the aerial route and brings up the 50 for India with a fine hit. Jimmy Neesham with an off cutter pitched short and Rohit Sharma climbs on top of it to thump it just over the boundary line for a maximum – the first of the day
CLOSE! Rohit Sharma is squared by Santner and a decent shout for lbw. But replays point out that it had pitched outside leg even if it was going to hit the stumps. Nice bowling to start with
10 over powerplay comes to an end and India are 45/1. On comes Mitchell Santner with the spin and there’s a first slip in place.
New man in is Virat Kohli. His numbers at Visakhapatnam: 4 innings and 335 runs at an average of 111.
Ajinkya Rahane c Latham b Neesham 20 (39)
And once again India don’t get much from the opening wicket despite early promise. ‘Jinx’ chips it straight to Latham at short midwicket and that was a routine catch. India are 40/1 in the tenth over
FOUR AND WIDE! More runs coming in the over. Boult bowling around the wicket to Rahane sends the ball down the leg side and BJ Watling can’t get to it as the ball goes running to the boundary. 12 runs from the over for India. Hosts are 35/0 after 8 overs
FOUR! Relief for the opening duo with boundary coming in in the 8th over. Boult with a slower ball that is way outside off and Rahane is quick to latch on to it and sends it over extra cover
Six overs gone and it is 19/0. A slow and cautious start for India despite the wicket more suitable for the batsmen. However there is some swing on offer early on and Trent Boult has used that well.
FOUR! Rohit Sharma has slammed it over mid off for a four. Easily cleared the in-field and the conditions look fantastic to bat in
Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane to open once again. It hasn’t been happy start for India so far this series. Let’s see if that changes today. Tim Southee opens proceedings and concedes five runs – including a first ball four – and Trent Boult from the other end who also concedes a four. India are 9/0 after two overs.
INDIA: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi, BJ Watling, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
INDIA: Jasprit Bumrah is fit, Jayant Yadav is a debutant
NEW ZEALAND: Corey Anderson comes in for Anton Devcich
TOSS: MS Dhoni led India have won the toss and are batting first.
Sunil Gavaskar: It feels a flat surface and a very hard track. I think this will be the most run producing ODI in the series.
Simon Doull: If you bat first, anything above 280-290 is absolutely necessary.
Worth remembering that we’ve not had a 300+ score in the series. Are we set for some Diwali fireworks?
Last match of the series but plenty to play for
It has been a long and arduous tour for New Zealand. It has panned a month-and-a-half and has seen the Kiwis fly the length and width of the country while clocking 7524.4 kilometres on Air Miles to their names. And after what has been a topsy-turvy tour, the players were a bit more comfortable and casual as they practiced on Friday in Visakhapatnam with culmination of series just around the corner.
But for the New Zealand side, led by Kane Williamson, a historic occasion is on the line: winning a bilateral series on Indian soil.
New Zealand started the tour with 3-0 whitewash in the Tests with India running away with all three of them. There was little competition on offer in the second and third Test.
Then came the ODIs and the Kiwis got better. The wins in the second and the fourth ODI highlight that. But then again, all might be forgotten if the Kiwis don’t come good in Visakhapatnam.
It might pave way for a much needed momentum with Pakistan calling in less than three weeks at home before Australia and South Africa come knocking.
From an Indian perspective, the focus will be on the middle order to do a good job after a harrowing show in Ranchi. Moreover, if put to chase, pressure will also be on the chasers to justify the tag if Virat Kohli also doesn’t click. It has long been claimed that without Kohli, India are unable to chase and that was evident in Delhi and then Ranchi.
Further pressure will be on MS Dhoni from multiple avenues. ‘MS’ has to prove his critics wrong with the bat and in a possible chase. Additionally, this is his last international match of the year and a wrap with a series win would be nifty for the skipper.