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India ready to test bench strength in future ODIs, says Sridhar

That Dhoni's "ugly" is the attractive India need has never been more obvious.

New Zealand's Trent Boult bowls during his sensational spell against India.

India vs New Zealand 4 ODI will be played at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday. As they have humbled the hosts in the first three games of the five-match series, the remaining two matches are a dead rubber. Cricket, perhaps, didn't take too kindly to the humour.

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Meanwhile, World No.5 DeChambeau fired a four-under 68 in the third round to take a one-shot lead over defending champion Li Haotong .

Wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal then fought hard and stitched a 25-run partnership for the ninth wicket which ensured that India didn't get bowled out for its lowest score in ODIs against New Zealand, which is 88. That's how dire it was.

In the bowling department, the incisive Trent Boult has lacked support and Lockie Ferguson is far from a finished product. Probably, the complacency got to them after winning the series. And the acting skipper's 200th ODI turned out to be a nightmare as Kiwi pacer Trent Boult ran riot to finish with figures of 5/21 from his 10 overs, including 4 maiden overs. Starting with a warm-up wide outside off, he bowled anything but that thereafter as Rayudu and Karthik crumbled to the pressure, falling inside four balls to metaphorically dry up India's hopes of a stabler middle-order at World Cup out of a petri dish. MS Dhoni would be back while Virat Kohli would fly back to India and take some welcome rest for the reminder of the ODI series and the following T20I series. While batting, Ish Sodhi scored run-a-ball 12 before being one of the three victims of Mohammed Shami. He offered a return catch to Boult, much like Rohit did. While the diminutive batsman did take the DRS, but that was more a formality than anything else as he was the last recognized batsman. He also castled Bhuvneshwar Kumar to make sure the tail didn't wag. The duo survived 9.3 overs, sometimes fiendishly playing and missing outside off-stump, to drag India's score from 55 for 8 to 80 for 8. And these weren't even violent bowling conditions. Martin Guptill, an otherwise unsafe player, has also not been able to survive the new ball.

Skipper Kane Williamson fell for 11 as NZ got to 51-2 off the opening 10 overs but Nicholls and Ross Taylor rapidly ended matters before the scheduled tea break. Dead rubber, you said? Now onto the last ODI in Wellington.



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