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Virat Kohli Blitz Give India Lead in ODI Tournament against New Zealand

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Virat Kohli Blitz Give India Lead in ODI Tournament against New Zealand

October 24
14:32 2016

New Delhi, Monday, October 24 – It seems that the Men In Blue learned a useful lesson from the latest defeat they faced against New Zealand that probably motivated them chase a challenging total while chasing the target at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali. Steadily, the ground became occupied as fans made sure to turn up and be a part of exciting contest.

The keenly awaited 3rd match of the One Day International series between India and Kiwis was played on Sunday, October 23 and came to an end with Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side being on the leading note. Dhoni guided his team from the front. Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah were in the Playing XI. Those in extras were Dhawal Kulkarni, Mandeep Singh, Suresh Raina and Jayant Yadav. Team of the opponents had Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Luke Ronchi, James Neesham, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult and Tim Southee. The players to sit on bench were Doug Bracewell, BJ Watling, Anton Devcich and Ish Sodhi.

The series of winning the toss once again continued for India, who decided to bowl first. The rivals anyhow managed to have a good start and not to be at the back foot in order to set foundation for team’s robust position after 50 overs. Quick batting collapse was experienced in Delhi ODI but that was avoided to a certain extent this time in view of the fact that opening batsmen were eager to give their squad a confident start. Martin Guptill showed his natural play but in parts as he was unfortunate to lose his wicket in Yadav’s over thanks to a wonderful delivery. Before leaving the crease, he made sure to hit two biggies that traveled long distance. His knock of 27 runs in 21 balls also included a couple of boundaries.

The moment Kane Williamson arrived on the pitch, he wanted to utilize the kind of start given by the openers. Latham carried on maintaining an ideal form. Three boundaries came from the bat of New Zealand captain before he was lbw by Jadhav at a score of 22 in the 13th over. Ross Taylor’s 44 runs in 57 balls, together with four 4s and a six, gave desired support to Latham who was eying someone to stay on the pitch for a bit long. A timely stumping by Dhoni in Mishra’s over changed everything for Taylor, bringing his stint to an end when he was on the way to pocket another fifty. Next two wickets fell in speed when Corey Anderson was dismissed by Jadhav at a score of 6 (4 x 1) and Luke Ronchi by Mishra on a single as a result of good show by Dhoni behind the stumps. It was now time for Tom Latham to go back to the dressing room when Hardik Pandya took a catch the moment Jadhav was brought back on attack. 61 runs from the opening batsmen included three 4s and a six.

James Neesham was ready to showcase his ability to bat. The New Zealand all-rounder was hitting the ball hard, giving a clear indication to team India that the tourists are in no mood to succumb to pressure that early. But same wasn’t displayed by Mitchell Santner who lost his wicket to Bumrah while playing at an individual total of 7 runs. Tim Southee even though struck a couple of shots but could go further beyond getting 13 runs since Umesh got his wicket when Kiwis were about to touch the mark of 200. But for remaining two wickets, India had to wait for long. These were attained during last few overs of New Zealand batting. Umesh pocketed another wicket owing to a catch by Jadhav that dismissed the 26-year-old Neesham at a score of 57 (4 x 7). The Kiwis were all out in 49.4 overs as Trent Boult did not know how to beat the bowling excellence of Bumrah. He scored 1 run off 3 balls. Matt Henry was impressive being not out at 39 runs, which consisted of four 4s and a six.

Good amount of runs from the lower batting order made New Zealand players pocket a score that could make India feel the heat. Yesterday’s match was about taking the lead. Not to forget that Indian squad won the first ODI by 6 wickets, while the Black Caps logged victory in second ODI by six runs. If truth be told then fielding of India wasn’t spellbinding and sharp yesterday as it is usually on another day. A few mistakes made Kiwis total extra runs, making the ball to touch the boundary line. Indian side is considered a squad full of talented players. Bumrah also hurt his shoulder while attempting to save a boundary. But thankfully, he returned to bowling action.

Yadav and Jadhav got three wickets each and Bumrah and Mishra got two wickets each. Pandya and Patel did not get any wicket. In the mandatory powerplay, New Zealand scored 285 runs for the loss of 10 wickets. Chasing is never easy but India are good at it. However, not everything began on a solid note for the team batting second as first jolt was received early since Ajinkya Rahane lost his wicket to Henry at a score of 5 (4 x 1). Rohit Sharma hit two fours but could not make his innings big after getting his legs before wicket on a delivery by Southee. The opener departed at a score of 13. But 151-run stand by Virat Kohli and Indian skipper changed all dynamics.

The wicketkeeper-captain played an impressive knock of 80 runs in 91 balls, with the help of six fours and three biggies. Henry broke the partnership, giving Kiwis a hope that things may still go well given that the hosts were yet 94 runs away from the victory. Nevertheless, it was the last time New Zealand would have gotten happy as Kohli was still on the crease. The talented Delhi boy played a not out knock of 154 runs in 134 balls. His innings was studded with 16 boundaries and a six. Manish Pandey gave him desired support, scoring 28 runs in 34 balls, together with three 4s. Virat once again proved how to pour hundred percent efforts in the game. He outshined amid others, getting better and better after each game. His innings will motivate teammates, certainly.

If truth be told, the final outcome exhibited solid show of the Indian boys on the field against a team that bounced back in the ODI tournament by defeating India in the nail-biting contest that held recently at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. On more than a few occasions, it was apparent that match may swing in favor of any of the two playing XIs. But in the last part, it was India that made Indian supporters in Mohali ground go home with happy faces, winning the match by seven wickets and turning 4th ODI, which is slated to take place at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi the do-or-die for the visitors. Kohli was declared Man of the Match.

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