India had a shaky start of their 104-run chase against New Zealand in the fifth and final ODI, as Guautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli fell in quick succession in Chennai on Friday.
Earlier, Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed three wickets as New Zealand were bundled out for 103 off just 27 overs in the fifth and final one-day international against India.
The off-spinner, playing at his home ground, finished with figures of 3-24 off eight disciplined overs as the Black Caps were bowled out for their lowest total in one-day internationals against India.
India, eyeing their first one-day series whitewash at home since a 5-0 win against England in 2008, lead the five-match rubber 4-0.
Nothing went right for New Zealand after captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and elected to bat in the day-night game at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Fast bowler Praveen Kumar struck in the first over, removing Martin Guptill with his fourth delivery before left-arm paceman Ashish Nehra dismissed Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor in successive overs.
India's spinners then got into action, accounting for the rest of the seven wickets to fall.
The New Zealand batsmen struggled in overcast conditions with a 43-run stand by Jamie How (23) and Scott Styris (24) being the only decent effort.