India faced New Zealand for the 3rd of the 5 match ODI series in Mohali. Following the shocking loss at Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi, which saw the Men in Blue get bowled out within 50 overs. Captain M S Dhoni had once again failed to finish the match; a discussion that is slowly scratching at the painting, that is his legacy. Meanwhile, the Kiwis would be looking forward to crawling back into the tour and save some prestige after being whitewashed in the test series.
The Mohali pitch known to be batting friendly with good pace and swing for fast bowlers had Kohli break Dhoni’s record. Kohli scored 154 runs on Mohali field against Dhoni’s 139. Mohali, in recent times, has also been catering to spinners with the old ball. It slowed down considerably and still proved to be a batsman’s pitch. India’s win by 7 wickets led the team to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
48.2 overs: India wins by 7 wickets with 10 balls still in its hand.
47.4 overs: Kohli breaks Dhoni’s record. Makes 150 in Mohali ground.
45 overs: India 251/3
42.5 overs: 236/3 Virat Kohli -Manish Pandey partnership strong
40 overs : Virat Kohli scores a century! India 214/3
37.3 overs: India reaches one step closer to victory. Crosses 200 runs mark. 82 more to go!
35.5 overs: India 192/3. Dhoni c Taylor b Henry 80
32 overs: India 172/2. Dhoni and Kohli have put up 131 runs partnership.
22 overs: India cruising slowly back into the game. They are 116/2.
* India in trouble at the moment. After 9 overs they are 43/2. Both openers Rahane (5) and Sharma (13) are out. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni at the crease.
India start their innings. Openers Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma at the crease.
New Zealand have set the target of 286 runs for India to win
* TA Boult b Bumrah 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
49. 4 Overs: OUT: Bumrah to Boult, flays the ball through cover, and he would have had it not been for Bumrah trumping him with some very clever change of pace.
49.3 overs: Bumrah to Henry, 1 run, yorks him on off stump, Henry jams it down to long-on.
New Zealand 235/8 after 44 overs. James Neesham and Matt Henry are at the crease
12.6 overs: OUT! Kane Williamson is gone! lbw to Kedar Jadhav. This one goes straight through and Kane plays right across it. He was too early into the shot and completely missed it. Jadhav is proving to be quite handy as a bowler.
01:30 pm: Umesh Yadav to begin proceedings for India. Facing him would be Martin Guptill. Guptill should be wary of Yadav, for the mere way, he was bowled during the last match.
M S Dhoni wins the toss and elects to field
At the end of 20 overs, NZ is 105 for the loss of 2 wickets. The runs have slowed down a bit ever since the Guptill onslaught was ended. Tom Latham though, seems to have developed a liking for the Indian attack. He will be looking for a big innings here.