WELLINGTON: New Zealand defeated India by 87 runs in the fifth One Day International (ODI) here at the Westpac Stadium to seal the series 4-0, ARY News reports on Friday.
India won the toss and chose to field first. A decision which proved to be costly later in the match.
Batting first, New Zealand posed a total of 303/5 in their 50 overs. Ross Taylor scored his second consecutive ton as he made 102 runs for the black caps. Kane Williamson contributed a solid 88 runs to the score whereas James Neesham made 34 runs for the Kiwis.
Indian pacer Varun Aaron took 2 wickets whereas Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwer Kumar and Virat Kohli dismissed a batsman each.
In reply, Indian batsmen were bowled out on 216 runs in the last over. Only Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni could provide any resistance to the Kiwi bowlers. Kohli scored 82 runs whereas Dhoni made 47 runs for the team.
Debutant Matt Henry took 4 wickets in the match whereas Kyle Mills and Kane Williamson shared two wickets each. James Neesham and Nathan McCullum also dismissed one batsman each.
Ross Taylor was named the man of the match.
The two teams will now face each other in the first test that starts on 6th February, 2014 at Eden Park, Auckland.