Spinners Lead Indian Rout Of New Zealand
India 107-2 (Patel 56no, Yuvraj Singh 42no) beat
New Zealand 103 (Ashwin 3-24) by eight wickets
Fifth One-Day International, Chennai
India's spinners shared seven wickets as they dismissed New Zealand for just 103 on their way to a crushing eight-wicket victory in the fifth and final One-Day International in Chennai.
New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat before slumping to their lowest score in ODI cricket against India, who then raced to 107 for two in 21.1 overs to seal a 5-0 series clean sweep.
Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin returned three for 24, left-armer Yuvraj Singh two for five and Yusuf Pathan two for 11 as India dominated throughout the innings.
They lost their first wicket - that of Martin Guptilll - before they had scored a run when he edged Praveen Kumar to wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel and Ashish Nehra then struck twice to dismiss Brendon McCullum for 14 and Ross Taylor for nine.
The spinners then took over, and after a partnership worth 43 for the fourth wicket between Jamie How (23) and Scott Styris (24) New Zealand collapsed from 71 for three to 103 all out.
How was bowled by Yuvraj as he missed a delivery that clipped the off bail before Styris was trapped in front by Ashwin, who went on to return career-best figures in one-day cricket by having tail-enders Kyle Mills (4) and Tim Southee (0) caught to end the innings.
After Grant Elliot was trapped in front by Yuvraj, Pathan struck twice to have Daniel Vettori (9) caught by Yuvraj at slip and Nathan McCullum caught by the same fielder - although the ball came off his arm, not his bat - for one.
New Zealand, left with no choice but to attack from the beginning of India's innings, struck quickly when Nathan McCullum had Gautam Gambhir caught behind by brother Brendon to leave on nought for one.
And when Vettori had Virat Kohli (2) caught by Taylor at slip, the home side slipped to ten for two and a remarkable comeback was briefly on the cards.
However, despite a few more close calls and some spirited New Zealand bowling - particularly from Styris and Vettori, India weathered the storm and eased to a comfortable victory.
Leading the way was Parthiv Patel, who stroked an unbeaten 56 in 70 balls, with six fours and a six while Yuvraj made an unbeaten 42 in 46 deliveries, hitting six fours and two sixes.
The defeat was New Zealand's 11th in a row.
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