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Hardik Pandya's blistering 45 off 22 lifted India to 252

Neesham blitz:

Neesham has led a brilliant counter-offensive to get New Zealand back on track. With a flurry of boundaries, he quickly moves into the 40s to take New Zealand to 175 for 6 after 36.

Chahal bags another:

A short outing for Colin de Grandhomme, who after scoring two fours off Pandya is trapped in front by Chahal. New Zealand are 135 for 6 after 31.

Set pair depart:

Quick wickets have derailed New Zealand's chase. Williamson departs for 39 after pulling a Jadhav straight to Dhawan at deep mid-wicket while Latham follows soon after, trapped in front by Chahal. New Zealand slip to 119 for 5 in the 29th over.

Williamson, Latham rebuild:

It has been a good partnership between Williamson and Latham, who have scored at a decent rate in their half-century stand which has helped New Zealand to 100 in the 24th over.

Taylor departs:

Pandya bags the key wicket as India strike twice in two overs. Taylor was stuck to the crease to an incoming delivery and was trapped in front, leaving New Zealand at 38 for 3. Did Williamson advise Taylor against taking a review? If yes then it's a wrong call as replays revealed that the ball was going over the stumps.

Shami gets Munro:

Shami has another one, and it's Comin Munro, who's been worked over by changes of pace by Bhuvneshwar from the other end. A bit of width, Munro goes after it and chops on. New Zealand 37 for 2 after 9.1 overs.

Early wicket:

Mohammed Shami provides the breakthrough by sending back Henry Nicholls. He was late into a pull and the ball went to mid on where Jadhav took a sharp catch. New Zealand 20 for 1 after 4.

India finish with 252:

Fireworks from Hardik Pandya as he strikes three successive sixes off Todd Astle in the 47th over before clearing the fence off Boult and Neesham. Meanwhile, the umpiring has been poor: the leg-umpire not signalling a wide for a bouncer that went well over Pandya's head. The straight umpire failed to spot Pandya not grounding the bat at the non-striker's end. But after the replay was shown on the big screen, he called it one short. Pandya is eventually dismissed for 45 off 22 deliveries. Bhuvneshwar falls in the final over, giving Boult his third wicket while Shami is run out as India finish with a total of 252.

Henry strikes again:

The bowler picks up his fourth wicket after Jadhav misses a flick and is bowled for 34. India are 203 for 7 in the 46th over.

Rayudu falls for 90:

Looking to carve a Henry delivery over extra cover, Rayudu doesn't get the timing right and hands a catch to Munro.

Chance goes down:

India really need to get a move on here and Rayudu, having registered a fifty off 86 balls, attempts to do that, but only miscuing it towards long-on where Boult puts down a catch to deny Munro a wicket. To add insult to injury, Rayudu slog-sweeps Munro for a couple of sixes in his next over. India are 168 for 5 after 40 overs. How many can they get in the death?

Run out ends promising stand:

The partnership ends two short of the century mark after a mix-up between Shankar and Rayudu. Shankar departs for 45, leaving India at 116 for 5 in the 32nd over.

100 up:

In the 29th over as Shankar cuts a Santner delivery past point for a four. He has shown good technique against both the pacers and spinners while Rayudu has fought it out despite looking a bit ugly with some of his shots.

Half-century stand is raised by the fifth wicket pair. It's still been slow going for India, especially Rayudu. But he manages to ease some of the pressure with a four and a six off de Grandhomme in the 23rd over. India are 78 for 4.

Shankar, Rayudu rebuild:

Vijay Shankar and Ambati Rayudu have done a good job of keeping the New Zealand bowlers at bat. They have had it slightly easier with James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme operating in tandem. Shankar has been a bit more proactive than Rayudu, who has scored at a strike rate of less than 20. India are 50 for 4 after 19.

Dhoni departs:

A quick inswinger from Boult gives New Zealand their fourth wicket as the former India captain, without any footwork, is bowled for 1. India in deep trouble yet again.

New Zealand lose a review:

It looked very close for the naked eyes when Dhoni was struck on the pad by Henry. The onfield umpire ruled in favour of the batsman and was justified in his decision as New Zealand lost a review. Replays revealed that the ball was sliding down the leg.

India lose two more:

Shikhar Dhawan fails in his attempt to upper cut Boult, finding Henry at third man to depart for 6. Shubman Gill is sent back to the hut in the following over by Henry after he failed to keep the drive down and was caught by Mitchell Santner at cover. India slip to 17 for 3 after 7 overs.

Rohit departs early:

A beauty from Matt Henry sends back Rohit Sharma early. A full delivery that came in and held it's line a bit outsmarts Rohit, who attempts a push only to see the stumps shattered. India are 8 for 1 in the fifth over.

This is the first time in 11 ODI series that Rohit Sharma has failed to score a hundred, informs Deepu. The last time he failed to score a century in the series was against New Zealand at home in 2016.

Close shout:

Trent Boult raps Rohit Sharma on the pads in the second over and goes up in a big shout. The ball struck his front pad after Rohit missed a flick and the onfield umpire ruled in favour of the batsman. Fair call that, with the ball tracking revealing it was umpire's call. But there is some early swing on offer for the New Zealand bowlers. Can the Indian openers see off this spell?

Toss and teams:

Rohit Sharma wins the toss and opts to bat. Three changes for India - Dhoni returns and replaces Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami in for Khaleel Ahmed while Kuldeep Yadav is rested and replacing him is Vijay Shankar. Only one change for New Zealand - Colin Munro replaces an injured Martin Guptill.

What'll be the combination?


Hello and welcome to the Live Blog for the fifth and final ODI of the series between New Zealand and India at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Having already clinched the series in the third game, and with Virat Kohli being rested for the remainder of the series, it was an opportunity to test out India's bench strength. There was also no MS Dhoni, who was nursing a sore hamstring. But a bowler friendly pitch, a moving ball and a fired up Trent Boult reduced India to their first total of below hundred in eight years.

Rohit Sharma termed it as one of India's worst performances for a long time while Kane Williamson was pleasantly surprised with the way the pitch behaved at Seddon Park. But that's history now and India will look to quickly get back to their dominating ways as they seek a 4-1 finish. With Dhoni set to return for this game, it remains to be seen what India's combination will be. Meanwhile, New Zealand are likely to miss the services of Martin Guptill, who injured his back during practice. His absence might give Colin Munro another opportunity at the opening slot while Doug Bracewell might come in for Mitchell Santner. Toss and teams in a while, stay tuned.

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