India defeated New Zealand by 35 runs in the 5th and final ODI at the Westpac stadium in Wellington to win the ODI series 4-1.
The hosts were bundled out for 217 runs in 44.1 overs. The early strikes by Mohammed Shami helped India take control early in the match. Hardik Pandya then removed Ross Taylor when the scoreboard read 38/3. Kane Williamson and Tom Latham then put up a fighting 67-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Williamson was dismissed for 39 off 73 balls by Kedar Jadhav. Following the quick dismissals of Williamson and Latham, it was James Neesham who looked dangerous to take the game away from India's grasp. But it was a brilliant presence of mind by wicket-keeper MS Dhoni who inflicted a run out after an LBW appeal against Neesham was turned down by the umpire.
Following the wicket of Neesham, the New Zealand tailenders failed to add much to the total. Earlier, India recovered from 18/4 to score 252 runs with the help of Ambati Rayudu's 90 and a quickfire 45 by Hardik Pandya towards the end. Rayudu and Vijay Shankar shared a 98-run partnership for the fifth-wicket.