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Trent Boult bagged a five-wicket haul to bowl India out for 92

That Dhoni's ugly is the beautiful India need has never been more obvious. In conditions ripe for swing, Trent Boult lit up Hamilton with a bowling spell for the ages. Delivering 10 overs on the trot, Boult went on to pick five wickets that didn't just draw him level with Richard Hadlee on most five-fers for New Zealand but also briefly left India in danger of folding inside 54 runs, their lowest ever ODI total. Hardik Pandya's three boundaries in an over ensured otherwise, watering down the bowling figures a little for Boult who still finished with 10-4-21-5.

India in turn were bowled out for 92 in 30.5 overs, which happens to be their seventh-lowest total in ODIs. Colin de Grandhomme's timely strikes ensured that India never got the time to recover from Boult's relentless assault at the other end, the highlight of it all being his double-strike to get rid of Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik, and a whole lot of hope for India, almost immediately after Boult had sent back Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.

Sunil Gavakar had asked Bhuvneshwar Kumar in jest after the third ODI if bowling to the Indian batsmen in the nets was a greater challenge than bowling to New Zealand batsmen in the middle. Perhaps cricket didn't take too kindly to it. Five of India's top six registered single-digit scores in the fourth ODI in Hamilton. Boult wittingly mixed his scrambled seam deliveries, that don't swing, with the ones that do, and wreaked havoc through the top order. Both Dhawan and Rohit fell to inswingers; while Rohit popped it back to Boult, Dhawan was pinned leg-before in the front. Amidst all the hue and cry about New Zealand's inability to pick early wickets, they had two inside ten overs today.

That's usually when Virat Kohli comes and does his thing. But with him rested for the remainder of the tour, the onus was on Shubman Gill. And it was always going to be too much to ask from a 19-year-old, who had surprisingly settled on debut until Boult pinged him on the badge with a lifting short ball. Plays-and-misses followed outside off, with Boult superbly manoeuvring the bowling by changing the angles from over to round, sometimes twice in an over, and Gill caved in. Like Rohit, he was out to a return catch.

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav bailing the team out must be the last thing on India's mind this morning, but so it was. Chahal even went on to top-score with 18, the highest score by a No.10 since Javagal Srinath's 43 against Pakistan in Toronto in 1998. The duo lugged the score from 55 for 8 at Pandya's dismissal, when Boult finished his spell, to 80 for 8 before Yadav fell to Todd Astle's first ball. But that they could bat for 9.3 overs, sometimes fiendishly playing and missing outside off-stump, must have given India some time to think of the things that went wrong. Very wrong.

Brief scores: India 92 (Chahal 18; Boult 5-21, de Grandhomme 3-26) vs New Zealand.

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