New Zealand vs. India, 4th ODI: Video Highlights, Scorecard and Report

Ben BlackmoreFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2014

New Zealand's Ross Taylor, right, pulls a ball to the boundary in front of India’s MS Dhoni in the second one-day International cricket match at Seddon Park in Hamilton, New Zealand, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford) NEW ZEALAND OUT
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New Zealand beat India by seven wickets to take a 3-0 lead and seal victory in the One Day International series between the two countries on Tuesday.

Chasing a total of 279 to win, New Zealand reached the figure with 11 balls to spare (highlights here). Victory sees them claim a first series win at home in five years, if triumphs against the lesser examinations of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are discounted.

Cricket journalist and statistician Mazher Arshad highlighted how good New Zealand's ODI form has been:

Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum put together a partnership that yielded 92 runs in 55 minutes to leave the Indians reeling and the eventual outcome was extremely comfortable.

The match was ended in a manner befitting of the series, with McCullum hitting a six for New Zealand.

India innings: 278-5 (50 overs)
BatsmanRunsBalls
RG Sharmac Ronchib Williamson7994
V Kohlic Neeshamb Southee210
AM Rahanec Southeeb Mills38
AT Rayuduc Ronchib Bennett3758
MS Dhoni*†not out7973
R Ashwinc Bennettb Southee53
RA Jadejanot out6254
Extras(lb 4, w 7)11
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
KD Mills102421
TG Southee101362
HK Bennett90671
JDS Neesham80590
NL McCullum100440
KS Williamson30261
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New Zealand innings: 280-3 (48.1 overs)
BatsmanRunsBalls
MJ Guptilllbwb Mohammed Shami3527
JD Ryderb Aaron1918
KS Williamsonrun out (Jadeja)6082
LRPL Taylornot out112127
BB McCullum*not out4936
Extras(b 1, w 3, nb 1)5
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
B Kumar100620
Mohammed Shami80611
VR Aaron6.10511
RA Jadeja102330
R Ashwin100410
STR Binny1080
AT Rayudu30230
Cricinfo.com

After dismantling India for 278, New Zealand set about a brilliant run chase that saw them reach 54 for 0 in seven overs and then 182 for 2 in 33 overs.

Kane Williamson made his fourth half-century in as many matches in this series, while Taylor enjoyed a stunning innings, hitting a century in style, before finishing on 112.

There was also good support from McCullum who claimed 49 off 36 balls and Martin Guptill who opened with 35 off 27 before departing lbw.

Kane Williamson has been in fine form for New Zealand.
Kane Williamson has been in fine form for New Zealand.Phil Walter/Getty Images

India, who grabbed a thrilling last-ball tie in the third ODI in Auckland, didn't build on the momentum gained, even with their No. 1 position in the rankings on the line, and could only manage 278-5 in their 50 overs.

They dropped Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu from the lineup—an admission that they must shake things up to progress—before batting first.

India have been in disarray during their ODI series against New Zealand.
India have been in disarray during their ODI series against New Zealand.Ross Setford/Associated Press

The form of New Zealand bowlers Tim Southee and Kyle Mills kept them in check though, with the duo taking three wickets, bowling three maidens and conceding a paltry 78.

Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni top scored with 79 apiece, while Ravindra Jadeja hit 62 off 54 balls.

This tweet by ESPNcricinfo illustrates just how bad things have got for India:

World champions India now have one game remaining to save some face in Wellington, after being outplayed across the four other ODIs.

The latest result puts Australia back at No. 1 in the ICC ODI rankings with 117 points to India's 115 and leaves the visitors with some big questions to answer before the ODI World Cup.