Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 154 India helped India take a lead of 2-1 in one day series of India Vs New Zealand. Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and Manish Pandey help the team romp over New Zealand’s 285.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson admits they could have used more runs on this good surface. Also admits that the Indian batsmen took the game away from them after the early wickets. He laughs away Ross Taylor’s drop of Kohli, but you know who is going to be asked to sit in the corner in the Kiwi dressing room tonight.
India captain MS Dhoni is happy his men did not have a hangover from the previous game, praises the bowlers (surprise package Kedhar Jadhav, about whose eerie ability to get wickets Dhoni has no clue), but calls for better finishes. Says he came higher up the order so he could express himself better. That he did, he did.
Man of the Match Virat Kohli sympathises with Taylor, hails his luck, and lauds the partnerships he shared with Dhoni and Manish Pandey on a not-so-flat wicket, says Kohli.
Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were involved in a stand of 151 runs — India’s second highest for the third wicket vs New Zealand in ODIs next only to the 158 between Mohinder Amarnath and Navjot Singh Sidhu at Sharjah on March 27, 1988.
The above partnership is the first century stand for the third wicket for India in ODIs at Mohali.
Virat Kohli has received his 22nd Man of the Match award in ODIs — his second against New Zealand — his first MOM award vs New Zealand was for scoring 105 at Guwahati on November 28, 2010. Virat’s 26th century in ODIs is his third vs New Zealand. Only three batsmen have managed more centuries in ODIs — Sachin Tendulkar (49), Ricky Ponting (30) and Sanath Jayasuriya (28).
Dhoni’s 80 is his second highest score vs New Zealand in ODIs next only to the 84 not out at Napier on March 3, 2009. Dhoni’s sixth fifty vs New Zealand is his 61st in ODIs.