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Trent Boult skittled through India with 5/21

That Dhoni's 'ugly' is the beautiful India need has never been more obvious. In conditions ripe for swing, Trent Boult lit up Seddon Park in Hamilton with a bowling spell for the ages. Delivering 10 overs on the trot, the left-arm seamer went on to pick 5 for 21 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, but India were still shot down for 92 in 30.5 overs, a total New Zealand chased with 35.2 overs to spare in a eight-wicket win. The series now stands at 3-1 in favour of India.

Sunil Gavakar, not too long after India's series-sealing win in the third ODI, had queried Bhuvneshwar Kumar, in jest of course, if bowling to the Indian batsmen in the nets was a greater challenge than bowling to New Zealand in the middle. Cricket, perhaps, didn't take too kindly to the humour. Five of India's top six batsmen registered single-digit scores today, with Yuzvendra Chahal top-scoring for them with 18 -- the highest score by a No.10 since Javagal Srinath's 43 against Pakistan in Toronto, 1998. That's how dire it was. The next highest score was Hardik Pandya's 13 followed by Kuldeep Yadav's 15, and India's World Cup auditionees, Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu, collected ducks.

Boult wittingly mixed his scrambled seam deliveries, that usually don't swing, with the ones that do, and wreaked havoc through the top order, who couldn't distinguish its head from the hind and crumbled to 35 for 6 inside 14 overs. Both Dhawan and Rohit fell to inswingers inside 10 overs, leg-before and caught-and-bowled respectively, and the dismissals of a left-handed and a right-hand batsman to a like-behaving delivery is all the proof you need for Boult's skills on display today. He didn't have the greatest of support to start with. Matt Henry, brought in for Doug Bracewell, was expensive at the other end, conceding 23 runs in his first five-over spell in contrast to Boult's then-figures of 2 for 8.

New Zealand had the early strikes they have fetishized about this series, but two-down at the end of 10 overs happens in cricket. That's where Colin de Grandhomme made it punishing from worse. If you lose two more wickets in the 11th over, good luck. De Grandhomme complemented Boult with his late swing and delivered three wickets, never allowing India to recover from Boult's relentless assault at the other end. Starting with a warm-up wide outside off, he bowled anything but that thereafter as Rayudu and Karthik crumbled to the pressure, falling inside four balls to metaphorically dry up India's hopes of a stabler middle-order at World Cup out of a petri dish.

That's usually when Virat Kohli comes into his own, rescuing India en route to a big total - something we have to come to take granted in recent times. But with Kohli rested for the game, and 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 looked surprisingly settled on debut until Boult pinged him on the badge with a short ball. Plays-and-misses followed outside off, and so did inside-edges as Boult superbly manoeuvred the bowling angles, sometimes twice in an over, until Gill caved in. He offered a return catch to Boult, much like Rohit did.

Boult's next over, and the 14th of the innings, saw Kedar Jadhav desperately trying to hang in as India's last recognized batsmen but the DRS referral for LBW returned three reds. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar also falling to de Grandhomme in the meanwhile, Pandya had no option but to attack. He carted Boult for three boundaries in one over, but it all came around to a poetic conclusion when he became the fifth wicket for Boult in his last over.

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav bailing the team out must be the last thing on India's mind this morning, and on everyone who tuned in but that's how it was. The duo survived 9.3 overs, sometimes fiendishly playing and missing outside off-stump, to drag India's score from 55 for 8 to 80 for 8 . Yadav fell to Todd Astle's first delivery and Khaleel was dismissed nearly thrice in the five balls he faced. James Neesham had to bowl only five deliveries on comeback to pick India's last wicket, and it looked like a foregone conclusion once India set a very modest target of 93 runs. And these weren't even violent bowling conditions.

New Zealand lost two in pursuit of the target, the more dramatic wicket being that of Martin Guptill. He picked Bhuvneshwar for a six, four and four off the first three deliveries before getting caught off a leading-edge at backward point. Kane Williamson atypically fell to an edge outside off-stump, again to Bhuvneshwar, but a 54-run stand between Henry Nicholls and Ross Taylor ensured that New Zealand finally had a win after three shattering losses. Now onto the last ODI in Wellington. Dead rubber, you said?

Brief Scores: India 92 in 30.5 overs (Chahal 18; Boult 5-21, de Grandhomme 3-26) lost to New Zealand 93/2 in 14.4 overs (Taylor 37*, Nicholls 30*; Kumar 2-25) by 8 wickets

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