India defeat New Zealand in 3rd ODI: Virat Kohli hits unbeaten 154 in mohali match reviews:

Virat Kohli ends 2017 year as No.1 batsman in ICC ODI rankings, Best Of 2017 Knocks

Today the match between INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 3rd ODI is very interesting and exciting. The blue colours t-shirts in mohali are full of crowds. Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 154 off just 134 deliveries as India beat New Zealand by seven wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match One-Day International (ODI) cricket series.

Virat Kohli celebrtes his century in the third ODI match against New Zealand in Mohali.
Virat Kohli celebrtes his century in the third ODI match against New Zealand in Mohali.

India ride on another Virat Kohli hundred, 26th in ODIs, to beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the third ODI of the five-match series in Mohali on Sunday. Kohli (154*) was well assisted by MS Dhoni (80) and the pair put on 151 runs for the third wicket in the 286-run chase. Earlier,. after electing to field first, India did a decent job in the middle overs but a late surge by James Neesham and Matt Henry pushed the visitors to 285. For India, Kedar Jadhav, the part-timer, was pick of the bowlers as he returned with three big wickets. Relive all the big moments from the exciting Mohali contest.

India continued their domination from Test matches and secured a win in the first ODI. New Zealand looked depleted as top order collapsed and at one stage the score read 65 for seven. Tom Latham, who has in good form, along with Tim Southee scored half-centuries as New Zealand posted 190. Hosts India then led by Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 85 chased down the target with six wickets in hand.

India, meanwhile, are smarting from a shock defeat. None more so than Amit Mishra whose reckless shot off Guptill made a bad situation for the team positively worse. Mishra is no Courtney Walsh with bat. He has a first-class double century to his credit, besides several valuable knocks in Tests.

However, he had a rush of blood to the head and attempted a slog-sweep that, perhaps, cost the team. “I can’t say much about my batting ability going down over the years. Last match was an opportunity and I played a bad shot. I thought it was required (to play an attacking shot) at that time. We could have won the game if any of us would have stayed in longer. Next time, I will take my time when there is a situation like that (in Delhi) and try to prove myself. The team has the talent to win every match. But like I said, we did not play to our potential. We would have won had we played proper cricket. We will try not to repeat the mistakes of the last game,” Mishra assured.

V.KOHLI in action after scoring 30000 runs.
V.KOHLI in action after scoring 3000 runs completion.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni believed that had any of the batsmen stayed at the crease for 15 minutes longer than they had, a win was gettable. The Indian limited-overs captain’s words may have also been a gentle reminder for a few of the batsmen in particular: Ajinkya Rahane at the opening position, Manish Pandey at No. 4, Kedar Jadhav at No. 6. This series is essentially a two-week long audition for those spots in the XI, with the next ODI series in January 2017 when England come visiting, and the ICC Champions Trophy to follow later in the year.

MSD: REACHED 9000 ODI RUNS AS 150 INTERNATIONAL STUMPINGS.
MSD: REACHED 9000 ODI RUNS AS 150 INTERNATIONAL STUMPINGS.

MAN OF THE MATCH: VIRAT KOHLI 

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