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Five of India's top six registered single-digit scores.

India's shambolic display with the bat in the fourth ODI against New Zealand was at the centre of their biggest loss in the 50-over format in terms of deliveries to spare. Making his displeasure felt with the kind of application displayed by the top order, stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma termed it as one of India's "worst performances with the bat in a long, long time".

The absence of Virat Kohli (rested for the latter half of the series) and MS Dhoni (nursing a sore hamstring) put the spotlight on the likes of Ambati Rayudu, Shubman Gill, Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik, who all had a golden opportunity to prove their prowess with the bat. However, five of the top six in the Indian batting order didn't even manage to get into double digits, with their lack of discipline in swinging conditions proving to be their downfall as Trent Boult ripped through the line-up to finish with figures of 5 for 21.

While coming down heavily on India's batting display, Rohit credited the New Zealand pacers for utilising the conditions to the fullest. "One of our worst performances with the bat in a long, long time. Something we didn't expect," Rohit said at the post-match presentations. "You got to give credit to the New Zealand bowlers. It was a magnificent effort. Something to learn for us. At times, you need to absorb pressure (batting in swinging conditions). We need to blame ourselves for it.

"Thing were looking good at that stage. It was about applying ourselves. Once you get in, things will start to look easier. We played some bad shots as well. It's always challenging when the ball is swinging. Everyone knows what went wrong. There will be times when it swings and we need to deal with it. When you are playing for your country, you try to give your best. Good teams usually keep ticking the boxes and today we didn't tick the right boxes," he added.

For New Zealand, who had already lost the series, it was a welcome change to register their first victory in this series. That the victory also happened to be the biggest for any team against India (in terms of deliveries remaining) was the icing on the cake, and a surprise one at that. A pace-friendly wicket with plenty of movement on offer wasn't the kind of surface New Zealand expected, according to home-team skipper Kane Williamson who was pleased that the bowlers could put India under some pressure unlike the previous games.

"We didn't expect the surface to behave like this. Nice to restrict them to a 90-odd total. It stood up a little bit and nipped a bit. It spun as well. One of those days, things went well. Credit to the areas guys bowled. We always wanted early wickets, to be able to that was a real step at the right direction. It was swinging, that was a weapon we wanted to use. Because we were able to put India under pressure, we were able to pick regular wickets," Williamson said.

"We exploited really well and chased down nicely as well. We always play to win and today was an outstanding performance. We'll be on a different surface at Wellington. Cricket will be different. Great to have a win today, Against a team like India, it's going to be a strong challenge. He (Henry Nicholls) played beautifully, it was challenging. [Martin] Guptill whacked it around and other guys chipped in as well. An opportunity to play against best team in the world - great opportunity to improve," the New Zealand captain added.

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