Amit Mishra five-fer spins India to series victory
India 269-6 (Sharma 70) beat
New Zealand 79 (Mishra 5-18) by 190 runs
Fifth One-Day International in Visakhapatnam
Amit Mishra picked a five-wicket haul as New Zealand were bowled out for their lowest total against India allowing the home side to win the fifth One-Day International in Visakhapatnam by a massive 190 runs to claim the series 3-2.
India won the toss and elected to bat first. Ajinkya Rahane (20) and Rohit Sharma (70) added 39 runs for the first wicket before the former was caught at short midwicket off James Neesham (1-30). Sharma continued to score boundaries and he smashed the first six of the innings past the long off fielder.
With a six and a boundary in the 18th over, Sharma reached his fifty and also brought the 50-run partnership with Virat Kohli (65). He was handed a reprieve by Ross Taylor in the 21st over but failed to capitalise on it as he was caught at deep midwicket in the very next over.
MS Dhoni (41) promoted himself to number four again and looked positive from outset. Kohli reached his 38th ODI fifty but India lost Dhoni and Manish Pandey (0) in successive overs.
Ish Sodhi (2-66) picked Kohli for the second time in the series. With support from Kedar Jadhav (39 not out) and Axar Patel (24), India managed to reach 269 for six in the 50 overs.
In their chase, New Zealand lost Martin Guptill (0) early. Tom Latham (19), Kane Williamson (27) and Taylor (19) got starts but failed to carry on.
However, once they fell, the rest of the batting was blown away by Mishra (5-18) as from 63 for two, New Zealand were dismissed for 79.
The 190-run victory allowed India to win the series 3-2. Mishra bagged both the man of the match and also the man of the series awards.
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