Hamilton : A listless Indian cricket team slumped to its worst ODI series defeat in New Zealand, going down 0—4, after the Black Caps hammered them by 87 runs in the inconsequential fifth and final one-dayer in Wellington on Friday.
Going into the match trailing 0—3 in the five-match series, the famed India batting came a cropper once again, bundled out for 216 in 49.4 over’s by New Zealand, while chasing 304 at Westpac stadium here.
India had lost 2—5 to New Zealand in a seven-match ODI series in 2002—03. The last time the Indians failed to win even a single match in New Zealand was in 1975—76 and 1980—81, losing 0—2 in both the two-match series.
For India, Varun Aaron (2—60) was the most successful bowler, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1—48) and Mohammad Shami (1—61) provided decent support. Virat Kohli took the only other wicket to fall, while the spinners, R Ashwin (0—37) and Ravindra Jadeja (0—54) went wicket-less