While Mandhana smashed her fifth ODI hundred, a sensational 119 off 123 balls studded with 13 fours and two sixes, Kaur had 10 hits to the fence and two maximums in her 107-ball 109.
India played right into New Zealand's hands and now have just 24 hours to right the wrongs before the West Indies clash
Raj has expressed the same concern after the win against Pakistan in India's campaign opener when the lower order made up for the faltering top order.
New Zealand, who have dominated the Indians throughout this summer, didn't let anything change in a familiar script by first scoring a healthy 260 for 9
The only positive for India was the way Harmanpreet batted. The Indian vice-captain maintained a strike rate over 90 for a better part of her innings and teed off after crossing her fifty.
Verma, who was dismissed for a duck in the opening game against Pakistan, hasn't exactly done well for the past few games.
With this win, India registered their first win of the series, but the White Ferns took the ODI series 4-1.
Having lost all matches played here so far, including the lone T20I, the Mithali Raj-led faces the ignominy of a one-sided series defeat days ahead of the World Cup.
Over the four ODIs, India have conceded above 270 thrice — twice while defending — and gave over nine runs per over in the 20-over encounter on February 22.
India suffered a second successive three-wicket loss to hosts New Zealand in the third game to concede the five-ODI series.
India suffered an 18-run defeat in the lone T20I before losing the three ODIs on the trot to concede the five-match series to New Zealand.
Openers Sabbhineni Meghana (61), Shafali Verma (51) and all-rounder Deepti Sharma (69 not out) scored half centuries for the visitors.
Diana Edulji wants to drop Shafali Verma for the next game with Smriti Mandhana expected to return after completing quarantine.
The New Zealand tour is very important to India as the ICC women's ODI World Cup is set to begin there in March.
Amelia Kerr played a brilliant unbeaten 119-run knock to lead the home side to victory with an over to spare.