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India vs New Zealand 5th ODI Star Sports Live Streaming

India vs New Zealand 5th ODI Star Sports Live Streaming

The Indian top-order struggled again in testing conditions before Ambati Rayudu and Hardik Pandya powered the visitors to a fighting 252 in the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand here on Sunday.

After the award ceremony, the Indian cricket team could be heard screaming and asking one question - "How's the josh?" The ODI series versus the Kiwis was supposed to be a ideal opportunity to test the bench strength and possibly find out the winning concoction and the victory at Westpac Stadium in Wellington possibly did just that.

When you want to win games, you need a right balance, especially when Bumrah is not here. The bowlers got crucial breakthroughs at critical moments. Then they put the pressure back on us - it's a lesson for us.

He scored 45 runs off 22 balls and hit three consecutive sixes in 47th over of Todd Astle making sure that there are enough runs on the score board for the bowlers to defend.

The Hamilton match was an eye opener where Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik failed to prove that they can stand up and be counted if Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan fail on a given day with Kohli not around.

For India, Yuzvendra Chahal scalped three wickets while Mohammad Shami and Pandya took two wickets each. After some umpiring blunders in the penultimate over - no-ball not being called for a high bouncer and Pandya's failure to ground the bat not being spotted initially - Pandya's blitz came to an end as India finished with a touch above 250.

Despite the regular fall of wickets, Rayudu was playing sensibly at the other end but lack of support hampered India's scoring rate.

India requires a dynamic batsman in the middle and a quality extra bowling option. India's most experienced ODI player - Mahendra Singh Dhoni - was out with hamstring injury during the last two matches and his return into the India playing 11 couldn't have been timed better after their inexplicable collapse for 92 in Hamilton. Munro was dropped in the previous match due to his poor form through the series while Guptill himself has been short of runs lately.

India, who romped home in the first three matches in the series, were looking to bounce back from an eight wicket hiding in the fourth. In response, New Zealand lost wickets at regular intervals but they were boosted by a blazing knock from James Neesham.

But what happens when Bumrah comes back? That is a matter of conjecture.


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