India have a firm grasp on the final one-dayer at Chennai and are well on their way to effecting a whitewash against New Zealand after bundling the visitors out for 103 runs in 27 overs. Ashwin lead the destruction of the visitors' innings with 3/24, while Nehra, Pathan and Yuvraj each picked up two wickets.
New Zealand got off to an unusual start, partly aggressive, partly disastrous. Praveen Kumar drew first blood by getting Martin Guptill caught behind for a duck. In next over, the other opener Brendon McCullum, counterattacked by getting Ashish Nehra away for three boundaries, one over midickwet, one throuh point and one over extra cover.
But Nehra returned in his following over to send back McCullum for 14 off 10 balls. New Zealand were in trouble at 14/2 in 3.3 overs. Taylor tried to wrest back the initiative with a couple of fours, but he had played one shot too many when Nehra had him caught behind for 9 off 9 balls. New Zealand were tottering at 28/3 in 5.4 overs. A stabilising stand was in order with Jamie How and new batsmen Scott Styris at the crease.
In the 9th over, Nehra would have broken the partnership if Yusuf Pathan had not put a catch down off Styris at short extra cover. The pair did a suitable job rebuilding, knocking off one four in each of the 10th, 11th and 12th overs to move past 50. Spinner R Ashwin who was introduced in the 13th over, bowled a maiden straight up. But How and Styris began rebuilding well, reaching 66/3 in 15 overs.
Just when it looked like a recovery was in progress, Yuvraj bowled How for 23 off 42 and New Zealand were in shambles at 71/4 in 17.5 overs. James Franklin, the hero of New Zealand's last innings, was the next man to take guard. Then Ashwin came to the party, getting Styris lbw for 24 off 45 and New Zealand's middle order was going down with the score at 73/5 in 18.4 overs.
The new batsmen Grant Elliot, departed without troubling the scorers when he was given leg before to Yuvraj. New Zealand looked a desperate side at 74/6 in 19.4 overs. Captain courageous Daniel Vettori and James Franklin began picking up the pieces, but they were stopped short of their objective when Yusuf Pathan accounted for Vettori's wicket, with New Zealand in ruin at 91/7 in 23.1 overs. Seeing just one option left for him, Franklin took a six off Ashwin in the 25th over to take the score to 98/7.
But the resistance was short-lived. Yuvraj struck again in the 26th over to send back Nathan McCullum for 1, while Ashwin in the subsequent over, polished off the tail, getting Mills for 4 an Southee for a duck. This has been New Zealand's worst showing in the series and the visitor's leave India with a meagre total to surpass.