Player of the Match
Player of the Match

8.00 pm Early finish from Vizag as India's players line up behind a sign that says "Champions." Thank you for joining us. If you haven't had enough of this game, Karthik Krishnaswamy has a treat for you in this report. Arun Venugopal, who was at the ground, will be scrambling to pen his own thoughts. So look out for them later. This blabbermouth though is outta here.

"One of the best performances by the bowlers. This was one game where the spinners bowled with a lot of assistance. Before this when we bowled firs,t the wicket was always better to bat in the first half. Exceptional performance in this game, there was a bit of dew. But the pace the spinners bowled was perfect," MS Dhoni says, "Mishra's beauty is he bowls slow, so as a keeper you have time to recover the ball to stump batsmen. And in tandem with Axar, who bowls flat and quick, it was very good. I think Virat was superb with the bat, we got off to a decent start. When Rohit got injured, the message was if you think you can't carry on, just play your shots. Once he got out, he gave us some momentum. We felt it was a difficult wicket to freely rotate. That's when we decided to play the big shots. We felt 270 was par-plus but considering the dew factor that was necessary. Glad we could rest some key players, with some big Test series coming up. Happy with our performance. I feel the batsmen down the order, like Kedar Jadhav, Axar Patel and Manish Pandey gained a lot of experience. It is difficult to get the complete product in international cricket so the new players should be given time to develop. There are few ways to approach the game. The IPL way, you keep hitting and chase down but in international arena, you fail and that's when you become more calculative. It's not necessary to win in 40 overs. You can do so in 50 as well"

"Without a doubt the total was a lot above par. India have played really well throughout the series. It's very hard to look past today's performance for us, you expect to put up a good performance whether we win or lose and today we were terrible," Williamson says. "We expect a lot more of our batting, and losing 8 for 20 or whatever it is is unacceptable. Playing against one of the best sides in the world, there is room to learn. A lot of comes on the back of losses, so tough lessons. But it's important we take them in. The disappointment is very fresh after a performance like this though. Positives - Test series was extremely tough, coming into this one-day series, after heavy defeats, we fought hard in some tricky surfaces. That was a good effort. We pride ourselves on learning game to game, and today we didn't show that. There was number of individuals who did their reputations good. Someone like Tom Latham with the bat and Mitchell Santner's all round work"

7.50 pm Amit Mishra is the Man of the Match and the Man of the Series as well. He has taken 15 wickets at an average of 14.33, by far the most successful bowler among either side. "It's great for the team if I perform like this, they've supported me during tough phases. At the start, I was a little tense, but Dhoni told me to calm down, bowl at the wickets, and thanks to that, all went well. There was bounce and spin in the pitch, so bowling slowly, bowling normally worked for me. Anil Kumble also talked to me about it before the match, to trust my strength, to trust the flighted balls. Axar Patel has also been doing well, and if newcomers keep doing well like this, it will be good for India. Very happy with the way I am bowling, hopefully I can continue. All credit to my coaches, MS, Kohli, Ajinkya, everyone."

7.30 pm A veritable demolition job, led by Amit Mishra's 6-2-18-5. His efforts have forced New Zealand to be all out for 79, their lowest total against India and having lasted only 23.2 overs, it is also their shortest completed innings in ODIs.

The series was 2-2 coming into Visakhapatnam. Both teams have had issues with their middle-order batting. In this game, India's showed some improvement, scoring 70 runs in the last 10 overs, most of which was played without either Kohli or Dhoni at the crease. In contrast, New Zealand, the moment Williamson fell, lost seven wickets for 16 runs to lose this match by 190 runs and the series 2-3.

It is India's first bilateral ODI series win in India since 2014 (although in between that win over SL and this one over NZ, there has only been one series that they lost - SA). Their success was set up by a 65-ball 70 from Rohit Sharma: "Good to get some runs. It was important for one of the top batters to bat as long as possible because the wicket was not as good as we thought. Unfortunately, I pulled my quad a little bit and I had to play the big shots after that. We played some IPL here as well and I spoke myself about how to bat here, it's not a typical wicket as we've seen over the years. Had to play myself in, get through the initial phases and then click on from there. My and Virat's partnereship was crucial then Jadhav and Axar did well in the end. Disappointed with my series returns, I didn't play more than 20 balls in the first four games, but here that's exactly what I did and I got a better idea of the wicket and played my shots accordingly. Winning the series was very important, and hats off to Mishra as well, he's been bowling brilliantly throughout the series"

"Very proud to represent the country, and with my mother's name on the back, very special," says Jayant Yadav, the debutant. "My Mom Lakshmi is no more. I want to give a special mention to my adopted mother Jyoti, there was a mix-up with the names, you are always here [points to his heart]. Initially was nervous, but I knew it was gripping a bit and I got better as I bowled more"

Anchal Badariya: "My mom forced me to bring bread and veggies so I went at 60 for 2, I just came to know its all over. Surprising!! "

Neel: "With the likes of Ashwin, Mishra, Jadeja, Shami, Bumrah, Umesh and Bhubhneshwar the bowling arsenal is looking more dangerous than our batting strength"

Supradeep: "Somebody during the Indian innings spoke about due setting in after 8 pm. This match has been wrapped up by the Indian spinners even 7.30 pm local time."

Patel to Santner, OUT, that's it. The ball keeps low. And India have won the series, with more than half the overs to spare in this game. Axar comes into the attack, fires it in quick on off stump, Santner went back to push it into the covers, but the lack of bounce does him in

MJ Santner b Patel 4 (18m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Vijay: "NZ just made my daughter's day -- she loves the song about the 5 little ducks!"

23 | 3 Runs | NZ: 79/9 (191 runs required from 26.5 overs, RR: 3.43, RRR: 7.07)

  • Trent Boult1 (5b)
  • Mitchell Santner4 (9b)
  • Jayant Yadav4-0-8-1
  • Amit Mishra6-2-18-5
J Yadav to Boult, no run, looped up just outside off, defended
J Yadav to Santner, 1 run, flatter delivery outside off, cut to deep point

Abhas Mukherjee: "I hope Kohli plays Ashwin, Jadeja, and Mishra together against the Englishmen. I do not see England having any chance against these men. England beware!!!!!!"

J Yadav to Santner, no run, drilled into the covers
J Yadav to Boult, 1 run, gets down the track and whips a flighted delivery from outside off to long-on
J Yadav to Boult, no run, flighted outside off, whipped towards short midwicket

Slip, short leg and leg slip surround Trent Boult

J Yadav to Santner, 1 run, shortish and outside of, pushed through the covers

22 | (wicket maiden) | NZ: 76/9 (194 runs required from 26.5 overs, RR: 3.45, RRR: 6.92)

  • Trent Boult0 (2b)
  • Mitchell Santner2 (6b)
  • Amit Mishra6-2-18-5
  • Jayant Yadav3-0-5-1
Mishra to Boult, no run, googly just outside off, Boulty shimmies forward and blocks
Mishra to Boult, no run, flighted just outside off, defended gingerly

Jack Ward: "Bring back Baz!!!" he'd be pleased with this field Dhoni has. Three slips and a short leg. To a legspinner!

Mishra to Sodhi, OUT, he has five! The dressing room is up on their feet. Mishra is lost in a huddle, hiding away from the spotlight until Kohli pushes him out into the open and he breaks into a big smile. It is only his second five-for in ODIs and it came as he tossed the ball up outside off and lured Sodhi into playing a slog sweep across the line. Top edge is caught safely by slip moving to his left, behind the wicketkeeper

IS Sodhi c Rahane b Mishra 0 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

There were two slips and a silly point before this ball. Now it is two slips and a short leg

Mishra to Sodhi, no run, stays back to defend a very full delivery on off stump
Mishra to Sodhi, no run, flighted onto off stump, defended
Mishra to Sodhi, no run, flighted just outside off, defended

Shanker: "Mishra improves fitness and fielding = impossible to leave off team" I'd be tempted to include him despite that. A legspinner as skillful as him is an asset more often than not. His efforts here could mean New Zealand's lowest allout score against India in ODIs - the previous was 103

21 | 2 Runs | NZ: 76/8 (194 runs required from 26.5 overs, RR: 3.61, RRR: 6.68)

  • Mitchell Santner2 (6b)
  • Ish Sodhi0 (1b)
  • Jayant Yadav3-0-5-1
  • Amit Mishra5-1-18-4
J Yadav to Santner, no run, short and outside off, punched to short cover
J Yadav to Santner, no run, good length ball on middle and leg, defended
J Yadav to Santner, 2 runs, slices a length ball to third man. And he was very lucky to do so, considering this was flat in trajectory and it came on with the arm. Could easily have been bowled

Shortest innings


No. of overs in which NZ got all-out, is their shortest innings in ODIs. The previous shortest was 24.4 overs against Pakistan in Singapore in 2000.

Mishra's top-series


Previous highest wickets by a bowler in a bilateral ODI series vs New Zealand - by Warne, Gough and Narine. With Southee's wicket, Mishra has gone past them.

Low total


Average first inns total in the 5 ODIs in Vizag, before this. The last 4 ODIs here have been won by the chasing teams.

Efficient Santner


Last time a NZ spinner had economy of 4 or less in an ODI series bowling 45 or more overs - Vettori in tri-series in SL. Santner conceded at 4 an over this series.

Slowed down


Runs scored by India in the overs 36th to 40th. They also lost two wickets in those overs.

Kohli's productive venue


Runs scored by Kohli in three ODIs in Vizag, before this match - the most by him at any venue in India. His scores: 118, 117 and 99.

Rohit gets going


Runs accumulated by Rohit Sharma in the first 4 ODIs of this series, with highest of 15. He has scored more than that in this match.

Nothing big at top


No. of consecutive home ODIs for India without a 50+ opening stand, including this match. The last 50+ pship was 62 v SL in Hyderabad in 2014-15.

India in Vizag


Win-loss record for India in ODIs in Visakhapatnam, before this. Their only defeat had come in the last complete game here, vs West Indies in 2013-14.