India defeated New Zealand comprehensively to take a 2-1 lead in the third match of the five-match ODI series. Virat Kohli led from the front as he scored 151 runs. Kohli was helped by skipper MS Dhoni who scored 80 runs. The two put up 151 runs for the third wicket. He was then joined in the middle by Manish Pandey with whom he put up 97 runs.
Tom Latham (61) and James Neesham (57) played pivotal roles in New Zealand’s total as they overcame a middle-order batting failure at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium.
The show was dominated by right-hander Kohli, who hit 16 fours and a six as he and Manish Pandey (28) shared an unbeaten 97-run stand before taking India home.
It was a day of records for Dhoni, who not only became the fifth Indian to complete 9,000 ODI career runs during his 61st fifty but also became the first wicket-keeper to effect 150 stumping dismissals.
In between Kohli too struggled but stayed on after being given a reprieve by Ross Taylor at slip off pacer Matt Henry delivery when the Indian was batting on six.
The duo of Kohli and Dhoni played fluently. Mixing caution with aggression, they plundered boundaries at regular intervals to ease the run rate pressure.
Dhoni smashed six fours and three sixes during his 91-ball innings and when he got out — a catch by Taylor at short cover off Henry delivery — his team was in a strong position with 94 runs required from 16.1 overs.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) 23 October 2016
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 23 October 2016
What a chaser is King Kohli.
Truly incredible. Once in a generation chaser.#indvsnz
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 23 October 2016
Mind boggling batting in all formats by @imVkohli this year — and two months still to go!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) 23 October 2016
This is as well as Dhoni has batted. Very positive, taking on the bowling.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 23 October 2016
India and New Zealand now travel to MS Dhoni’s home town Ranchi to play the fourth and penultimate ODI. India need to win the series 4-1 to move up the ICC ODI rankings to third position.