Player of the Match
Player of the Match
1095dThe Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Kohli, Dhoni join forces to demolish New Zealand

Virat Kohli scored yet another hundred in a chase, an unbeaten 154, as India hunted down 286 to take a 2-1 lead in the ODI series

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

V Kohli
V Kohli
154(134) 16x4 - 1x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 47 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
31 5 25 18 22 17 10 26
MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni
80(91) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 17 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
0 2 16 5 15 24 10 8

Best performances - Bowlers

KM Jadhav
KM Jadhav
O5
M0
R29
W3
Eco5.80
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
UT Yadav
UT Yadav
O10
M0
R75
W3
Eco7.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Toss

India , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

India led the 5-match series 2-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

13.30 start, First Session 13.30-17.00, Interval 17.00-17.45, Second Session 17.45-21.15

Match days

23 October 2016 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

That's all we have for you from this game. Please do click through to read Karthik Krishnaswamy's report and this stats piece from Shiva Jayaraman on MS Dhoni completing 9000 runs in ODIs. And then join us again on Wednesday for the fourth game of the series. Goodnight.

Virat Kohli is Man of the Match. "Bit of luck went my way, I feel sorry for Ross, it's never easy to drop a catch and the batsman carries through. I've done that, and Brendon got 300 in Wellington. We may have given a bit too much to New Zealand, but we took it as an opportunity to chase them down, because we know we are a good chasing team. Good to have MS up the order, and Manish gave me confidence as well when he came in. Shows the confidence he has, he was run-out in the last game, but he came here and did his job. Some of the boundaries he hit early on helped me relax. We fed off each other, I fed off MS as well. And it wasn't the easiest pitch. Some balls were stopping on us. In the past I have tried to play out of my skin, getting overexcited, but I've realised if I can time the ball, and hit the gaps and run hard, I can still get runs. If a bowler can hit the right areas a be good, a batsman can be good playing proper shots. Me and MS had a chat, he took on the spinner, even mistimed hits go over the crowd. I know teams want to get me out immediately, so I take my time, go with the flow and then attack at the end. For that you need to play percentage cricket and I know I can play good cricketing shots and still get runs"

"I think we would have done better in the last game, but what's important is coming back and doing well in the next one and I felt it was a very good game for us initially, I thought it would be a high-scoring game, but the bowlers did well in the middle overs to restrict them to 280," MS Dhoni says, "The surprise package has been Kedar, he has always given us wickets in the middle overs, and that's when you can restrict the opposition. But we have to finish better with the ball, the last five, six, seven overs. I have no clue how he gets wickets. It's important to have one in the top five to bowl a few, especially with left-handers in the opposition with him being an offspinner. I have batted lower down for a long time, I think 200 innings down the order. To some extent I am losing an ability to freely rotate in the middle, so I have decided to bat up and let the others finish. But I know I should still look for the big shots. Once you get 15-20 runs, you get into the groove. There were points in the middle where I had to pull myself from playing big shots, and batting with Virat helps because we know we can get boundaries, and get those quick singles and doubles. Right from the start, he is somebody who always wanted to improve to win games for India. He is somebody who has learnt a lot and he is somebody who knows his strengths really well. It's very difficult to say what the top level is in cricket, but Kohli has done India proud"

"Obviously frustrating to lose those wickets in the middle in a clump, we were probably looking at a bit more at that stage. But the lower-order performed really well. Neesham and Henry were outstanding," Kane Williamson says, "But I suppose if you don't dismiss this man [Kohli] in a chase.. You always want more on the board, we thought at the halfway stage at 160 for 3, we were good. But to lose those wickets and end up on 280, we were pleased. Maybe we wanted more, but with early wickets we could have made it harder. You have to dismiss them, Kohli and Dhoni put on 150 and took the game away. Boys tried hard, tried a lot with the ball. [Taylor's drop] It's part of the game, unfortunately, you want to catch them all, doesn't always happen"

Mayur Kulkarni: "Presentation felt like India have 2 captains talking. "

Varun Gande: "The 22 in Boult's over reminded me of Malinga's 24 in the CB series in 2012, was it?...similar pressure situation, taking the chase almost to the last over. Outstanding stuff."

9.20 pm Virat Kohli leads the players off and has he does so he sees an entire ground, filled with people, standing up for him. A target of 286 is large. It could have been considerably larger had Ross Taylor taken a catch in the fifth over of the chase to dismiss Kohli for 6. In the end, Kohli finished not out on 154. Both men had wry smiles on their faces as they shook hands.

There was MS Dhoni as well, promoting himself to No. 4 and making a very fluent half-century. He looks good up the order, has the time to work the ball for singles and twos and once he feels set, he peppers the boundaries.

New Zealand couldn't do much with the ball with dew around, but they'd definitely rue their batting collapse in the middle overs when they gifted wickets away to part-timer Kedar Jadhav. That is where they conceded the series lead. Stay tuned for the presentation

"It was a good partnership, Virat played really well and when you have a player of his calibre with 80 runs to chase, when I came in, it's just important to stay there from my perspective," Pandey says. "Played with him a lot, he anchors the innings."

Terry: "Like Healy was soon forgotten after Gilchrist... Tendulkar will not be missed with Kohli doing the it the way he's doing it right now!!" That may be going a bit too far, but hey, we love people stirring up debates here on feedback. And this could become the mother of them all.

Pradeep: "Which one would hurt more? Drops rohit on 4 and he makes 264 ? Or Drops Kohli on 6 and he makes 154? Pity Perera and Taylor ;)"

48.2
4
Henry to Pandey, FOUR runs, pulled to the midwicket boundary! Pandey just wanted to be done with the game with the field coming up so he just slogs the short ball away
48.1
0
Henry to Pandey, no run, back of a length on off stump, pushed into the covers.

NZ bring all their fielders up. Pandey on strike

END OF OVER:
48 | 22 Runs | INDIA: 285/3 (1 run required from 12 balls, RR: 5.93, RRR: 0.50)

  • Virat Kohli154 (134b)
  • Manish Pandey24 (32b)
  • Trent Boult10-0-73-0
  • Tim Southee10-0-55-1
47.6
4
Boult to Kohli, FOUR runs, carves the wide yorker to the backward point boundary. That's 22 runs in the over, and India need only one more for victory!
47.5
2
Boult to Kohli, 2 runs, full on leg stump, flicked to the right of long-on to bring up Kohli's 150! A big wave of the bat, round and round over his head, to his adoring fans
47.4
6
Boult to Kohli, SIX runs, extension of the defence. That's all it was. The ball was overpitched on middle from around the wicket, and Kohli send it to crash into the sightscreen
47.3
4
Boult to Kohli, FOUR runs, mid-off was up, so he goes over him! Back of a length, launched to the boundary. This is the highest score at Mohali.

Yet another fifty

5

No. of fifty-plus scores by Tom Latham in nine innings in this New Zealand tour - the most by any batsman from either side.

India fielding first in Mohali

4-1

India's win-loss record when fielding first in ODIs in Mohali before this. The only time they lost was to Australia in 2009.