New Zealand and India faced each other in the fifth and final ODI at Basin Reserve, Wellington on Sunday (February 3).
Riding on Ambati Rayudu’s 90 and a couple of 45s from Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya, India posted 252 on the board in 50 overs.
The hosts started off the chase badly, losing wickets at regular intervals. Black Caps’ last hope was the partnership between Santner and Neesham, who were attacking the Indian bowlers and had brought the required run rate below six at one point.
However, Neesham had a moment of brain fade in an over against Jadhav, who bowled one wide of off stump and appealed for LBW, as the ball thudded into the pads. The ball went behind the batsman and Neesham left his crease to steal a run; though Santner had his hand up telling him no.
For some reason, Neesham stayed out of his crease long enough and MS Dhoni noticed it and dislodged the stumps with an accurate throw. Replays confirmed that Neesham was well short of his crease and he went back to the pavilion for 44 off 32 balls.
Here’s Dhoni’s sharp work behind the stumps: