File photo of Rohit Sharma. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
India failed miserably as only two batsmen, Shikhar Dhawan (13) and Hardik Pandya (16), managed to reach double digits.
India's stand-in captain Rohit Sharma Thursday said the performance against New Zealand in the fourth ODI was one of the worst performances with the bat.
Electing to field, Kiwi pacer Trent Boult displayed a phenomenal spell of bowling and clinched five wickets while Colin de Grandhomme's disciplined bowling wreaked havoc in India's batting line-up to bowl them out for mere 92.
Despite having a long batting line-up, India failed miserably as only two batsmen, Shikhar Dhawan (13) and Hardik Pandya (16), managed to reach double digits.
It was the lower order chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (15) and leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal who contributed with the bat and scored 15 and unbeaten 18 runs respectively to raise the target.
Speaking after losing the game, Rohit said, "One of our worst performances with the bat in a long, long time. Something we didn't expect. You got to give credit to the NZ bowlers."
"At times, you need to absorb pressure (when asked about how to bat in swinging conditions). We need to blame ourselves for it. Things were looking good at that stage. It was about applying ourselves," he added.
"We played some bad shots as well. It`s always challenging when the ball is swinging. Having a good run in the limited formats for a number of series. Everyone knows what went wrong. When you are playing for your country, you try to give your best. Good teams usually keep ticking the boxes and today we didn't tick the right boxes," Rohit concluded.
India were reeling at 55/8 when Kuldeep and Chahal forged a small but crucial 25-run partnership. Chahal was also the top-scorer for India.
The host chased down the target in just 14.4 overs to end their losing streak. The five-match series is now 3-1 with the last ODI being played on Sunday.