In the fifth ODI in Wellington, the Indian team has set a target of 253 runs against New Zealand. The Indian team batted first with 252 runs in 50 overs in the 50 overs due to the finest innings of Ambati Rayudu, Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar.
Great recovery from India! They were struggling at 18/4 at one stage but then Shankar and Rayudu revived the innings with a 98-run stand. The former was unfortunate to get run out after a mix-up but the latter continued and added yet another useful stand with Kedar Jadhav. Rayudu missed out on his century and New Zealand bounced back towards the end by picking wickets at regular intervals. But Hardik Pandya's 22-ball 45 cameo helped India cross the 250-run mark.
Earlier, the Indian captain, Rohit Sharma decided to bat first before winning the toss, but his decision proved wrong. Like the fourth one-day match, the Indian innings also suffered badly in this match. The team's 4 wickets fell on just 18 runs.
Captain Rohit Sharma 2, Shikhar Dhawan 6 and Shubman Gill were dismissed by 7 runs. MS Dhoni, who is returning to this match, also became clean-bowled on a very beautiful ball of Trent Bolt. They just scored 1 run. Once again, the Indian team would be out on very low scores but Vijay Shankar (45 runs, 64 balls, 4 fours) and Ambati Rayudu (90 runs, 113 balls, 8 fours, 4 sixes) scored 98 runs for the fifth wicket.
Took the best part of the innings and took charge. Rayudu, along with Kedar Jadhav (34 runs, 45 balls, 3 fours) also made a wonderful partnership of 74 runs for the sixth wicket. In the end, Hardik Pandya (45 runs, 22 balls, 2 fours, 5 sixes) gave the quick-paced innings to a respectable score. New Zealand's Trent Boult took 3 and Matt Henri picked up 4 wickets.