Ind vs NZ 3rd ODI Highlights : Kohli, Dhoni power India to 7-wicket win to give 2-1 lead

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Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni powered India to a 7-wicket win in the third ODI at Mohali on Sunday to help the hosts take a crucial 2-1 lead in the 5-match Paytm ODI Cup 2016.

It was a 26th ODI century from Virat Kohli who scored an unbeaten 154 while Skipper MS Dhoni came good with 80 as India chased down 286 with 10 balls to spare at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.

Asked to bat first after losing the toss, New Zealand were going great guns with Martin Guptill in the mood to play the big shots. However, a sharp inswinger from Umesh Yadav cut short his innings to a 21-ball 27 in the seventh over.

New Zealand Skipper Kane Williamson scored 22 from 27 balls before he missed a sweep off a Kedar Jadhav delivery that straightened after pitching to have an lbw.

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Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli

At 80 for 2 in 13 overs, NZ got through with a 73-run stand for the third wicket between the in-form Tom Latham and Ross Taylor. The partnership was broken by an Amit Mishra turning leg break around leg, which defeated Ross Taylor (44 from 57 balls) to have him stumped out by MS Dhoni in the 29th over.

The Kiwis got their launchpad at 153 for 3 but lost their way to find themselves in trouble at 199 for 8 by the 38th over.

Corey J Anderson started the slide by smacking a juicy full toss from part-time off spinner Kedar Jadhav to mid off for 6. Amit Mishra then produced another loopy turning leg break to have Luke Ronchi stumped out.

Opener Tom Latham departed after a 72-ball 61, when he drove Kedar Jadhav into the hands of short covers.  Mitchell Santner was caught off a leading edge in Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling while Tim Southee dragged a pull off Umesh Yadav onto his stumps.

India failed to deliver the knockout punch as Jimmy Neesham with 57 from 47 balls (with 7 fours) and Matt Henry with 39 not out from 37 balls provided the Kiwis with a dream finish. From 199 for 8, the New Zealanders posted a highly competitive 285 all out.

Umesh Yadav picked up three for 75 while Kedar Jadhav was the surprise package taking 3 for 29.

India’s run chase was pegged back by the early wickets of openers Ajinkya Rahane, caught driving early off a Matt Henry delivery for 5, and Rohit Sharma lbw to a slower off cutter from Tim Southee for 13.

Skipper MS Dhoni walked in at no.4 surprisingly and the move paid off for the Indians as he sealed the chase with a third wicket partnership of 151 with Kohli.

New Zealand had only themselves to blame as Ross Taylor at slip dropped a sitter of a catch offered by Virat Kohli when the latter was only on 6. Kohli punished the Kiwis after that, smashing his 154 not out in just 134 balls with 16 fours and a six to get the Man of the Match award.

MS Dhoni looked quite fluent with his 80 coming in 91 balls with 6 fours and three sixes straight down the ground. Manish Pandey was very calm in finishing the match with an unbeaten 28 from 34 balls.

The teams now move on to Ranchi, MS Dhoni’s home town for the fourth ODI on Wednesday.

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