India won the final ODI against New Zealand by 35 runs to seal the series with a 4-1 scoreline in their favour, proving the heavy loss at Hamilton was an aberration. The crucial Half centuray of Ambati Rayudu helped India in overcoming the damage caused by the early wickets.
At 18 for four, India were heading towards another sub-100 total before Ambati Rayudu (90 off 113) and Vijay Shankar (45 off 64) forged a 98-run stand to ensure India ended with a fighting 252. All rounder Hardik Pandya's 45 off 22 balls also went a long way in India posting a challenging target and his two wickets, later on, showed why he is such an important member of the team. Fast bowler Henry was the standout bowler for the hosts, taking four wickets for 35 runs while Trent Boult picked up three for 39.
Talking aout the New Zealand, the batsmen including skipper Kane Williamson (39), squandered their starts in the chase but the home team remained in the contest until Jimmy Neesham (44 off 32) was dismissed in the 37th over. Indian bowler Yuvzendra Chahal took three timely wickets for India, conceding just 41 runs in 10 overs.