Sharma proud of India response to Hamilton hammering

Sharma proud of India response to Hamilton hammering

"When you want to win games, you need a right balance, especially when Bumrah is not here. I knew there was some moisture on the pitch", Rohit said after India beat the home side by 35 runs. We showed a lot of character. BlackCaps pacer Trent Boult wreaked havoc the Indian pacers. India, in comparison, had all their frontline bowlers chipping in with Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal taking nine each, Kuldeep Yadav eight, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar seven. New Zealand, however, is likely to miss out opener Martin Guptill who suffered a back injury during practice.

Ambati Rayudu made 90 to help India recover from 18-4 to post 252 in Wellington, with his 98-run stand with Vijay Shankar proving crucial. As it turns out, he was not out - the ball would have gone over the stumps, but he decided not to review, leaving another rebuild for Kane Williamson to lead.

He said it was important in such conditions to understand "what will be a fighting total". "We've seen throughout the series".

A mix-up saw Shankar depart for 45 after he called wait and Rayudu took off.

"They (India) were able to pick up wickets at key moments which made life a little bit hard".

"He is a real good talent, with just two odd games, you can't judge". Both would hope they are as sharp with the bat and the ball in the fifth ODI.

But their attempts at restraint counted for little and after 10 overs they were four for 22 runs, a considerably worse performance than the previous match when they were three for 33. "We needed to get together as a team", said Sharma of India, who won the first three matches.

This time, a half-tracker from part-timer Kedar Jadhav enticed a heave over mid-wicket, and he was caught on the mid-wicket rope, for a limp 39 off 73 balls. Indian bowlers once again impressed everyone as they bowled out the Blackcaps for 217. "So there was none of that". Kiwis captain Kane Williamson also made a change in the playing Xi. Ball-tracking later suggested the ball would have bounced over the stumps.

"I heard about that not long after I got out which is extremely frustrating. I couldn't ask for more", he added.

Already 3-1 down in the series after big defeats in the opening three matches, New Zealand came up short once more in Wellington on Sunday.

The duo had 15 seconds to challenge the decision but with no indications from Williamson, Taylor walked back to the pavilion. Rayudu at the other end began to play his strokes and hammered Colin de Grandhomme for two consecutive boundaries to bring up his 10th ODI fifty.

"We wanted to test ourselves".

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