New Zealand needs to chase a target of 270 in 50 overs to win the 5th ODI in Vizag and clinch the 5 match series 3-2. If New Zealand manages to pull off the game in their favour, it would be their first ever series victory against India in India. Indian bowlers, on the other hand, would be happy to see a low and slow, turning track. Axar Patel might be the key to this game for India, considering his accuracy.
India got off to a decent start as Rohit and Rahane looked settled on their way to 40 runs in the first 9 overs before the latter offered a dolly to Tom Latham at short mid off. The pitch had already shown the signs of slowing down in the 10th over. Although, it did not deter Hitman Rohit Sharma from taking on the Kiwi bowlers as he raced to 70 of 65 balls before getting out. coming in at no 4, Captain M S Dhoni then formed a good partnership with Virat Kohli, as the both added 71 runs for the 4th wicket before Dhoni was trapped in front of the wicket trying to sweep Ish Sodhi. Manish Pandey soon followed suit as he tried to slog Sodhi but found Trent Boult at mid on.
Kedar Jadhav joined Kohli for the last 10 overs as the pitch was beginning to get worse. Jadhav and Kohli added 25 before the latter eventually perished to Ish Sodhi while he was trying to hit him over mid off but found Martin Guptill at long off. Axar Patel and Kedar Jadhav then came together in the slog overs to add 46 runs in 6.3 overs, before Patel was played on in the final over. India finished with 269/6 at the end of 50 overs.
New Zealand will now have to deal with a slowing pitch and out of form batsmen. If New Zealand has to win, Captain Kane Williamson will have to take the mantle of being the pillar around with the Kiwi batting revolves. Ross Taylor too is long due for a big score and considering these are the two best players of spin in the NZ team, their presence will be required for the longest time if they intend to win the match.