Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul fail after India collapse to heavy defeat in New Zealand

first_imgThe last last day of the first month of 2019 has not been kind to Indian batsmen or Indian batting in general. The Indian national team were bowled out for their lowest total in ODIs in New Zealand as Trent Boult wrecked havoc in Hamilton. Back home, in Thiruvananthapuram, India ‘A’ were dismissed for 121 by the England Lions on Wednesday.KL Rahul was bowled by Lewis Gregory for a golden duck, as his return to cricket after the Koffee with Karan controversy took another hit.Rahul’s opening partner, Himmat Singh, was dismissed for a paltry 3 runs as skipper Ankit Bawne was too sent back for a duck.Rishabh Pant, who was too was returning to cricket, after a rathr successful tour of Australia, was sent back for just 7 runs from 14 balls by Jamie Overton.If not for some resistance offered by Siddhesh Lad, India were staring down the barrel. All-rounders Deepak Hooda tried to stay put at the crease but it was fellow all-rounder Axar Patel who made fighting 23.Of the Chahar brothers, Deepak made a run-a-ball 21 while Rahul could only mister up eight runs.Young pace sensation Avesh Khan was unbeaten on 6 as India were bowled out by the all-round English bowling performance.Incidentally it was the pair of Rahul and Pant who had seen India through to a comfortable 6-wicket win in the 4th unofficial ODI on Tuesday.Ben Duckett, with an unbeaten 70, was the star of the tense chase from England Lions as they got home in the 31st over with 1 wicket to spare.advertisementRahul and Deepak Chahar picked up 3 wickets each as Axar Patel took two.But it wasn’t enough to restrict the England Lions as they ended the five-match unofficial ODI series at 1-4 with a consolation win.A thumping 8-wicket win for New Zealand in the 4th ODI. Series 3-1 with one final ODI left to play #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/quqQzhUDJaBCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019In Hamilton, Rohit Sharma-led Team India succumbed to their seventh lowest ODI total and lowest ever in New Zealand. It was also India’s second lowest total in ODIs against New Zealand, having somehow managed to surpass the 88 scored at Dambulla.Indian middle oder batsmen, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik were dismissed by Colin de Grandhomme for ducks, as Rohit made 7, debutant Shubman Gill made 9 and Kedar Yadav scored 1.Only four Indian batsmen — Shikhar Dhawan (13), Hardik Pandya (16), Kuldeep Yadav (15) and Yuzvendra Chahal (18 not out) — posted double digit scores.While chasing, New Zealand completed the formalities in 14.4 overs with eight wickets in hand. India, in turn, suffered their heaviest defeat while defending a total as the the hosts won with 212 balls to spare.Also Read | Rohit Sharma on 4th ODI defeat: One of our worst batting performances in a long timeAlso Read | Shubman Gill was nervous on debut but he has a future with India: Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more