Chase Master Virat Kohli once again led the charge and guided India to an easy seven-wicket victory in the third ODI against New Zealand to take 2-1 lead in the five-match ODI series. He scored an unbeaten 154 runs while captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who promoted himself to No.4, starred with a 80-run knock to set up the easy chase. After Dhoni’s dismissal, Kohli, in the company of Manish Pandey, steered India to home. This is Kohli’s 26th ODI ton and his partnership of 151 runs with Dhoni made the chase look easy.
Earlier, New Zealand failed to cash in on a good start provided Martin Guptill and Tom Latham. Once they looked like going past 300-mark with ease. But part-timer Kedar Jadhav and Umesh Yadav picked up three wickets each to restrict New Zealand. But the ninth wicket partnership between Jimmy Neesham and Henry added 84 runs for the ninth wicket to take their side to 285 runs.