Leg-spinner Amir Mishra picked up his second five-wicket haul in the one-day international as India thrashed New Zealand by 190 runs in the fifth and final match to seal the series 3-2 at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.
Chasing a competitive target of 270 to win their first ever ODI series on the Indian soil, the Black Caps lost fourth ODI man of the match award winner Martin Guptil in the first over of the innings, when he was bowled on the bowling of Umesh Yadav.
Kiwis lost their second wicket at the score of 28 in the sixth over, when in-form opener Tom Latham was dismissed on the bowling of fast-bowler Jasprit Bumrah.
Captain Kane Williamson then joined experienced Ross Taylor, as the duo started their push for the revival of the possible chase.
However, in the 15th over, left-arm spinner Axar Patel removed captain Williamson, which opened the flood gates for the hosts to cash-in, and that’s when leggie Mishra came into the scheme of things and destroyed Kiwis batting line up on slow and turning pitch.
The 33-year-old, who was just playing 36th ODI for the Men in Blue, produced his second best figures in the 50-over format, as he finished the match with the figures of 6-2-18-5. His spin partner Patel picked two, whereas debutant Jayant Yadav picked one wicket for the hosts.
For New Zealand, skipper Williamson finished the day with the top score of 27, whereas eight batsmen could not reach the double figures.
Earlier, Indian captain Mahendra Singh (MS) Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat first on the slow looking pitch for the decider on Saturday.
Opener Rohit Sharma, who had a horrid time in the series so far, finally delivered for the hosts on the big stage, and scored a timely 70 off 65 balls, in which he struck five fours and three massive sixes.He along with star batsman Virat Kohli scored 79 crucial runs for the second wicket to give hosts a platform for score in excessive of 300 at one stage.Once Rohit got out, Kohli then combined with skipper Dhoni as the two took India closer to the 200-run mark in the 38th over.However, after the dismissal of the captain, the Men in Blue lost momentum as they failed to score quick runs in the last part of the innings due to some accurate bowling from the visitors.
For Kiwis, left-arm pacer Trent Boult and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi picked two, whereas all-rounder Jimmy Neesham and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner picked one wicket each.Leg-spinner Mishra for his outstanding bowling performance was awarded the man of the match and the best player of the series award.