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Virat Kohli's 154 inspires India to seven-wicket victory

Virat Kohli played another blinder of innings
Virat Kohli played another blinder of innings
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India 289-3 (Kohli 154no) beat
New Zealand 285 (Latham 61)
Third One-Day International in Mohali

Virat Kohli smashed a colossal 154 while skipper MS Dhoni supported him with a fluent 84 as India chased down 286 against New Zealand with seven wickets in hand in the third One-Day International in Mohali.

Earlier, Umesh Yadav and Kedar Jadhav picked three wickets apiece to bowl out New Zealand for 285 in 49.4 overs.

India won the toss and elected to field first for the third time in the series. They went with an unchanged side while New Zealand replaced Anton Devcich with James Neesham.

Martin Guptill (27) and Tom Latham (61) gave a brisk start of 38 runs in the first six overs for New Zealand. Yadav (3-75) provided India the much needed breakthrough trapping Guptill LBW. New Zealand ended the first powerplay at 64 for one.

Jadhav picked the prized wicket of Kane Williamson (22) in the 13th over by the end of which, New Zealand were 80 for two.

A 73-run stand between Latham and Ross Taylor (44) brought New Zealand back on track with the former completing yet another half-century, needing 59 deliveries this time. At the halfway mark, New Zealand were 132 for two.

However, Amit Mishra (2-46) and Jadhav picked two wickets each in the next four overs to dent New Zealand's momentum as they lost Taylor, Corey Anderson (6), Luke Ronchi (1) and Latham.

New Zealand looked down and out at 199 for eight after 39 overs but Neesham (57) along with support from Tim Southee (13
) and Matt Henry (39 not out) took the Black Caps to 285 before they were bowled out in the final over.

The Indian openers failed once again with Ajinkya Rahane (5) and Rohit Sharma (13) getting dismissed inside nine overs of the chase. Kohli (154 not out) had an early reprieve when he was dropped by Taylor in the fifth wicket.

Dhoni (80) promoted himself up the order at number four and looked positive at the outset.With a six in the 17th over off Mitchell Santner (0-43), the Indian captain completed 9,000 ODI runs and in the next over he brought the 50-run stand with Kohli.

The Indian vice-captain reached his half-century with a boundary and by the halfway mark, India needed 156 runs to win. The 27th over of the innings saw Dhoni going past Sachin Tendulkar in the scoring the most sixes for India in the 50-over format. In the process he also completed his fifty off 59 deliveries.

India looked comfortable needing 127 runs in the final 20 overs with eight wickets in hand. New Zealand made a brief comeback when they dismissed Dhoni, Kohli with an unbeaten 87-run stand for the fourth wicket with Manish Pandey (28 not out) ensured India reached home in 48.2 overs with seven wickets in hand.

With three boundaries and a six in the 48th over, Kohli also completed his 150 in style. The win has given India 2-1 lead in the series while Kohli bagged the man of the match.

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