Bemoaning an embarrassing eight-wicket defeat against New Zealand in the fourth One Day International match on Thursday, India's stand-in captain Rohit Sharma said the performance was one of the worst with the bat. The 31-year-old opener blamed the dismal batting display after the visitors were bowled out for a meager 92 run.
India scored their seventh lowest total in ODI and second lowest total against New Zealand in the absence of Virat Kohli, who has been rested for two matches.
“One of our worst performances with the bat in a long, long time. Something we didn't expect. You got to give credit to the NZ bowlers,” Rohit said after the match.
After Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and put India into bat, the top order batsmen were spineless against paceman Trent Boult, who scalped a five-wicket haul.
Boult claimed crucial wickets of Sharma (7), Shikhar Dhawan (13), debutant Shubman Gill (9) and all-rounders Kedar Jadhav (1) and Hardik Pandya (16). Yuzvendra Chahal’s 18 was off 37 balls was the highest total scored by an individual in the team.
Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav’s partnership managed to add 25 runs before being bowled out for 92 in the 30.5 overs.
India’s lowest total in the ODIs is 54 against Sri Lanka at Sharjah in 2000.
For Black Caps, Henry Nicholls (30) and Ross Taylor (37) maintained a concrete second-wicket partnership to wrap up the show in just 14.4 overs.