Virat Kohli produced another breathtaking effort as his superbly crafted unbeaten 154 enabled India to cruise to a seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the third ODI at Mohali. Kohli's 134-ball knock was ably complemented by MS Dhoni's 80 off 91 balls, as the duo forged a 151-run partnership off 163 balls. Kohli was then joined in the middle by Manish Pandey. The two put up 97 runs for the fourth wicket and and chased down 285 run total with with 10 balls to spare. India, thus, take 2-1 lead over New Zealand in the five match series. (Source: PTI)
New Zealand's innnings had got off two a strong start with the top four batsmen forging significant partnership. After 24 overs, the visitors were 153/2. Kedar Jadhav, Amit Mishra and Umesh Yadav were the ones who took out the New Zealand top order.
Ross Taylor (44) fell and New Zealand were 153/3. This triggered a middle order collapse. and New Zealand were reeling 199/8 in the 87th over.
Tom Latham (61) and James Neesham (57) played pivotal roles in New Zealand's total as they overcame a middle-order batting failure. (Source: AP)
India's run chase had gone off to a shaky start. Ajinkya Rahane spooned a simple catch to cover off Matt Henry before Rohit Sharma failed to pick a slow off-cutter from pacer Tim Southee. (Source: AP)
Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 154 off just 134 deliveries. This was his 26th ODI century. His 154 is also the highest score in Mohali; he surpassed MS Dhoni's 139 that was made against Australia in 2013. (Source: AP)
On the way to his first half century in 11 innings, MS Dhoni (80 from 91 balls) completed 9000 ODI runs. He is only the fifth Indian to reach the milestone after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Azharuddin. He also surpassed Tendulkar to be India’s leading six-hitter in ODIs. Dhoni's 91-ball innings had six fours and three sixes. He also became the first wicket-keeper to effect 150 stumping dismissals. (Source: PTI)