Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 154 helps India to victory over NZ
An unbeaten 154 off just 134 balls by Virat Kohli helped India secure a seven wickets victory over New Zealand in the third one-day international in Mohali to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match One-Day International (ODI) cricket on Sunday.
New Zealand were left to rue a drop chance of Kohli when he was on just six. Ross Taylor was guilty of putting down the chance.
Having lost the toss and put into bat first, New Zealand enjoyed a decent start. At one stage the visitors were 142/2 but the Indian spinners Kedar Jadhav (3/29) and Amit Mishra (2/46) had other plans. The Kiwi batting line-up once again crumbled against the spin attack. They lost their next six batsmen for just 45 runs.
James Neesham (57) and Matt Henry (39 not out) added 84 for the ninth wicket to prop up New Zealand after the touring side had been reduced to 199 for eight following a middle-order collapse. Opener Tom Latham top-scored for New Zealand with a 61.
In reply, India lost openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane early. Kohli and Dhoni took control of the chase, finding boundaries and rotating the strike. Together they compiled a serene 151-run partnership to guide India to victory with 10 balls to spare. The fourth ODI will be played on October 26 in Ranchi.