Auckland: New Zealand bowlers restricted the Indians to a disappointing 149 in a match reduced to 43 overs-a-side due to afternoon rain. Only two batsmen managed to cross 40, a sea change from the previous ODIs where they had dominated proceedings.
The Indian innings came to an end in just 36.3 overs as Rohit Sharma (43) was left stranded at the crease. For New Zealand, Jesse Ryder (3-29), Jacob Oram (2-21) and Ian O"Brien (2-43) did most the damage in gloomy conditions that helped swing bowling.
Once again Virender Sehwag gave Indian an explosive start but could not continue for long as Jacob Oram struck twice in two overs. The hard-hitting batsman took the walk back to the pavilion after scoring 40 off 27 balls that included three hits to the fence and three into the stands. He was dropped at first slip early in the innings but could not capitalize on the extra life.
Indians were stunned when Ryder clean bowled India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (9) and Yusuf Pathan (0) in the same over. Both Dhoni and Pathan were trying to accelerate the scoring and in the process lost their wickets.
Ryder took his first wicket when he had Yuvraj (11) caught behind by wicket keeper Peter McGlashan to put India at 88/4 in 18.5.
Earlier, India had lost Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina in quick succession after the visitors, riding on the swashbuckling Sehwag, had gotten off to a flying start getting past 50 in just the eighth over.
India had won the toss and decided to bat first at Auckland in a game whose start was marred by the rain interruptions.
India went in with an unchanged squad while for the hosts New Zealand, Ewen Thompson made way for Scott Styris. The fifth and final ODI of the series was reduced to 43-overs-a-side contest. Therefore, only 3 bowlers could bowl 9 overs each and 2 bowlers 8 each.