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

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New Zealand vs. India, 4th ODI: Video Highlights, Scorecard and Report
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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)
Batsman Runs Balls
RG Sharma c Ronchi b Williamson 79 94
V Kohli c Neesham b Southee 2 10
AM Rahane c Southee b Mills 3 8
AT Rayudu c Ronchi b Bennett 37 58
MS Dhoni*† not out 79 73
R Ashwin c Bennett b Southee 5 3
RA Jadeja not out 62 54
Extras (lb 4, w 7) 11
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
KD Mills 10 2 42 1
TG Southee 10 1 36 2
HK Bennett 9 0 67 1
JDS Neesham 8 0 59 0
NL McCullum 10 0 44 0
KS Williamson 3 0 26 1

Cricinfo.com

New Zealand innings: 280-3 (48.1 overs)
Batsman Runs Balls
MJ Guptill lbw b Mohammed Shami 35 27
JD Ryder b Aaron 19 18
KS Williamson run out (Jadeja) 60 82
LRPL Taylor not out 112 127
BB McCullum* not out 49 36
Extras (b 1, w 3, nb 1) 5
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
B Kumar 10 0 62 0
Mohammed Shami 8 0 61 1
VR Aaron 6.1 0 51 1
RA Jadeja 10 2 33 0
R Ashwin 10 0 41 0
STR Binny 1 0 8 0
AT Rayudu 3 0 23 0

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.

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Kane Williamson has been in fine form for New Zealand.

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.

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

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.

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