Martin Guptill's strokeful 72 helped New Zealand notch a series-levelling 19-run win over India but the Kiwi opener said it wasn't a fluent knock as the conditions were tough for batting once the ball got old at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.
Guptill's innings set the platform for New Zealand as they posted 260 and then bowled out India for 241 in 48.4 overs to win the fourth ODI in Ranchi.
"It wasn't as fluent as I would have liked. But at the end of the day, I'll take 72 any day of the week. It was tough," the senior New Zealand opener said in the post-match news conference.
"Early on the ball came on a bit more and you were able to hit through the line better but once the ball became a bit softer the scoring became a lot tougher and you had to work for your runs, you had to grind it out a wee bit. I was happy to get through that little period."
Guptill hit 12 boundaries in his 84-ball innings to match his score in the third and final Test in Indore and he said that's his style of play.
"It's just the way I've played my one-day cricket in the last one year to 18 months. I enjoy hitting the ball over the top when I can. So I just tried to make use of the hard ball when it was hard and I got away with it," he said.
Guptill said opening the batting was the toughest place to bat.