Last chance for Ryder to fire before IPL auction

18:58, Jan 30 2014
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Ishant Sharma, right, celebrates with teammates Virat Kohli, centre, and Suresh Raina after taking the wicket of Jesse Ryder.
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Jesse Ryder of New Zealand bats during the ODI at Seddon Park.
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An Indian fan looks the part at the ODI between NZ and India.
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Martin Guptill bats for the Black Caps at Seddon Park.
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar of India bowls as Martin Guptill looks on.
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Kane Williamson of New Zealand bats as MS Dhoni of India looks on.
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Jatinda Singh with the $100k cheque from DB Breweries for his one-handed catch.
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Tim Southee of New Zealand celebrates after taking the wicket of Rohit Sharma.
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Virat Kohli celebrates his half century as Nathan McCullum looks on.
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Mitchell McClenaghan, right, celebrates with Ross Taylor after taking the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane.
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Martin Guptill of New Zealand misses a catch.
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Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi congratulates Mitchell McClenaghan (right) and Brendon McCullum after dismissing India's Ajinkya Rahane.
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Corey Anderson launches into a big shot in the third ODI at Eden Park.
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Martin Guptill acknowledges the crowd after scoring a century in the third ODI at Eden Park.
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Luke Ronchi lofts the ball down the ground in the third ODI at Eden Park.
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Ross Taylor (left) and Martin Guptill celebrate a wicket in the third ODI.
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Luke Ronchi (left) and Corey Anderson celebrate a wicket in the third ODI.
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A shot from MS Dhoni beats the field in the third ODI.
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Ravindra Jadeja led India to the brink of a miraculous win in the third ODI at Eden Park.
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Brendon McCullum leads the New Zealand team from the field at the conclusion of the third ODI at Eden Park.
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MS Dhoni launches into a big shot in the fourth ODI in Hamilton.
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Kyle Mills bowls during the first innings of the fourth ODI against India in Hamilton.
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Ross Taylor his century in the fourth ODI against India at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

It's a measure of how New Zealand's top order batting has fired that Jesse Ryder has barely warranted a mention in this victorious one-day series against India.

For New Zealand's hopes of a 4-0 scoreline, and Ryder's of making a decent splash at the Indian Premier League auction next month, today's fifth ODI is timely for the sleeping giant to awaken.

With licence to attack, Ryder has looked as comfortable as ever against India's pacemen but scores of 18, 20, 20, and 19 are all he has had to show for it in the same month as his 104 off 51 balls against West Indies.

New Zealand's players can say what they like about sealing the series 4-0, an estimable goal which would cap an outstanding fortnight against the world champions and set them up well for the two-test series.

But in this cricketing world, personal goals also count and of today's squad all but Kane Williamson and Hamish Bennett have their names in the mix for the IPL bidding war.

Ryder's fitness is good and he's understood to have attracted interest from more than one IPL franchise. A typical blockbusting knock on the sluggish drop-in surface would be a timely reminder to potential suitors.

Spinner Nathan McCullum is also in the IPL mix and acknowledges it's in the back of players' minds today, even if the team goal of a 4-0 sweep is at the forefront.

"The majority of that sort of thing [which players IPL franchises want] is going to be done and dusted unless you do something freakish. People know the kind of players people are. We've got some fantastic players, but sometimes fantastic players don't get picked up," he said.

"It's a bit of a side thing and guys will have that personally and individually. We're fully focused on what's going on here. When you're winning your performances stand out a bit more as well."

New Zealand cleared one major hurdle in Hamilton with their seven-wicket win chasing 279. With the series beckoning they nailed it in a cool-headed performance, something they haven't always been known for.

Now in a dead rubber contest the challenge is to keep their standards high and for individuals to star with the pressure off. Consistency is the team's buzzword, and to send a message to opponents a year out from the World Cup on home soil.

"I guess they [India] are probably surprised with how consistent we've been. They've still played some fantastic cricket. We've seen a great one-day cricket series and that's exciting for international cricket. They're probably a bit hurt with how we've taken the game away from them at times. But they're not far off performing to their best. They have to give us a little bit of credit as well because we've had some fantastic performances through the whole series," McCullum said.

New Zealand will rest Tim Southee ahead of the test series and were last night considering whether to do the same with all-rounder Corey Anderson. He sat out Hamilton and is still battling general soreness, so the safe option is to keep him on ice for the tests and give Jimmy Neesham another chance. Mitchell McClenaghan will return for Southee, so late callup Matt Henry is an unlikely starter.

India might be tempted to give test seamer Ishwar Pandey a run, along with legspinner Amit Mishra, on the slow surface.

Key India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja said morale was still high among the tourists.

"There is no confusion. We reached 314, we have been reaching 280, 290. It is just that we panic a bit and we have to reduce that percentage, those little errors. I don't think there is any major problem why we are not clicking in batting and bowling.

"We are all very positive. We do not need to bother about anything. We are making little errors. We need to focus on our basic cricket and back ourselves."

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RUN OF OUTS: Jesse Ryder is bowled by Varun Aaron in the fourth one-dayer in Hamilton.

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