Mishra takes five as Black Caps crumble to series defeat
Amit Mishra ripped through New Zealand with a devastating five-wicket haul as New Zealand slumped to a 3-2 one-day international series defeat after suffering an almighty batting collapse.
The tourists were 63-2 in reply to 269-6 in Visakhapatnam on Saturday, but were skittled out for 79 after losing eight wickets for 16 runs in less than nine overs to suffer a crushing 190-run defeat.
Spinner Mishra starred with figures of 5-18, while Axar Patel (2-9) took the key wicket of captain Kane Williamson (27) to spark an astonishing capitulation from the Black Caps.
Rohit Sharma (70) and Virat Kohli (65) made half-centuries on a slow pitch and India's total proved to be more than enough to win the series decider at a canter.
Boundaries were hard to come by for India after MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first, but opener Rohit and Kohli put on 79 for the second wicket after Jimmy Neesham (1-30) had Ajinkya Rahane caught at short midwicket.
Rohit failed in the first four matches but delivered under pressure, lofting Neesham for six over mid-off and giving Ish Sodhi (2-66) the same treatment.
He dispatched Sodhi over the ropes again after bringing up his half-century, but was on his way after being dropped by Ross Taylor when he top-edged a Trent Boult (2-52) bouncer and was caught by Neesham.
Kohli was put down by Sodhi off his own bowling when he had just eight runs to his name and was happy to rotate the strike before upping the run rate.
Dhoni (41) looked well set, but a 71-run partnership was ended when the skipper was trapped before by Mitchell Santner (1-36) and Manish Pandey went without scoring in the next over from Sodhi.
Kohli soon followed to leave India 220-5 in the 44th over, but Kedar Jadhav (39 not out off 37 balls) and Axar (23no from 18) put on a quick 46 after the Test captain's departure
Umesh Yadav (1-28) cleaned up Martin Guptill in the first over of the Black Caps' run chase and they were 28-2 when fellow opener Tom Latham (17) also missed out.
Williamson and Ross Taylor looked to be steadying the ship, but New Zealand fell to pieces after the skipper holed out to Patel. Taylor fell in the next over and the game was over in a flash from there.
The tourists had no answer to India's spinners and Mishra took advantage, taking two wickets in an over as BJ Watling and Corey Anderson were among five batsmen to fall without scoring - the latter dismissed by Jayant Yadav (1-8) on a humiliating day for New Zealand.