With the series already won, captain Virat Kohli sat out the dead-rubber fixture and MS Dhoni was sidelined with a hamstring strain. Every time India plays a bad knock, questions are raised over the issue of captaincy and this time too it was no different.
Seamer James Neesham and leg-spinner Todd Astle claimed the final two wickets as India were bowled out in 30.5 overs for their lowest score in New Zealand and sixth-lowest in ODIs.
Boult, who bowled his 10 overs in one go, was ably supported by Colin de Grandhomme's (3/26) as the duo created havoc in swinging conditions.
India's Ambati Rayudu, left, and Dinesh Karthick celebrate at each other after their third one day worldwide cricket match against New Zealand at Bay Oval, Tauranga, New Zealand, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.
The Indian Cricket team just suffered a defeat against New Zealand in the 4th ODI.
Sharma took the skipper's armband for what was supposed to be a celebration of his 200th ODI but Black Caps' paceman Trent Boult crashed the party to take five for 21. He also appraised the bowling skills of New Zealand. "Something we didn't expect", Rohit said at the post-match presentations.
"There is something to learn for us, when conditions are not easy what to do as a batting unit".
"We never expected something like this but sometimes these games can happen", he said. You need to grind it out at time but we failed to do that today. "It was an outstanding performance", said New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.
"Nice to see the ball moving around, made the most of it", said Boult, who was adjudged man of the match for his stupendous performance.
When India entered New Zealand to play a 5-match ODI series, a lot of cricket fans predicted the Kiwis side to give the Indian team a run for their money. Credit to the areas guys bowled.