India vs New Zealand, Highlights, 3rd ODI in Mohali: Kohli guides hosts to win

  • That's it from us for the third ODI between India and New Zealand at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, Chandigarh on Sunday. Kohli's century helped setup a special Sunday for Indian cricket fans, and the hosts now travel to Ranchi for the fourth ODI, having regained the series lead. 

    Hope you enjoyed our coverage for the third game. We bid you goodnight! 

  • Virat Kohli: Bit of luck went my way as well. Felt sorry for Ross. Ive done that before, with Brendon getting to 300 as well. We gave away 30-40 runs too many, but that gave us an opportunity. The partnership with Dhoni sealed the game for us, and Pandey helped us finish things off. The way he (Dhoni) hit those two-three boundaries gave me the confidence. We fed off each other. In the past, I got the feedback that I need to time my shots, and I've maintained that. Me and MS had a chat. He took on the spinners. Teams try and get me out when I walk out at 3. that's when I take my to settle and analyse the situation. 

  • MS Dhoni: I think would've done better in the last game, but what matters is how you come back. I felt it was a very good game for us, especially the way the bowlers started off. Overall they have done really well. The surprise package has been Kedar. We can still improve, cause When you win, you brush a lot of things under the carpet. Ive no clue how he (Jadhav) gets the wickets, but its important that he is getting those wickets. There's no pressure on Hardik to finish his 10 overs. Ive batted lower down for a long time. That's where I lost my ability to rotate strike. Its important that I go out there and play the big shots. Well I think right from the start he's eomeone who wanted to improve. He's somebody who'se learnt a lot over a period of time. As far as getting better is concerned, its difficult to say what the top limit is. He has made not only his fans proud, but also his parents. 

  • Kane Williamson: Obviously frustrating to lose those wickets in the middle. The lower-order performed beautifully for us today. If you don't dismiss this man over here (Kohli), it doesnt matter how many runs you score. You have to dismiss them, as we saw today, they put on 150 and took the game away. Its part of the game. You wanna catch them all (on Taylor's dropped catch), but it doesn't always happen. 

  • MS Dhoni is the Jana Bankable Player of the match.

  • After 48.2 overs, India 289/3 (Virat Kohli 154, Manish Pandey 28)


    India win by seven wickets! Pandey swings his bat towards midwicket to hit the winning boundary! And its yet another Kohli masterclass that sets up a memorable chase for India! The hosts win with 10 balls to spare!

  • After 48 overs, India 285/3 (Virat Kohli 154, Manish Pandey 24); need 1 to win from 12 balls


    Kohli starts accelerating things up now, driving the first ball through cover for a four, before getting another boundary off a loft two deliveries later! He unleashes the shot of his innings in the fourth ball, getting a straight six off a mere chip! Runs a couple in the next delivery to reach 150, his second such milestone in ODIs. Ends the over with a drive towards point to level the scores! 22 runs leaked by Boult in his final overs, who finishes with figures of 0 for 73

  • After 47 overs, India 263/3 (Virat Kohli 132, Manish Pandey 24); need 23 to win from 18 balls


    Kohli and Pandey chose to stick to rotating the strike in Southee's final overs. The pacer finishes with figures of 10-0-55-1, with five coming off his last over. 

  • After 46 overs, India 258/3 (Virat Kohli 128, Manish Pandey 23); need 28 to win from 24 balls


    Jimmy Neesham returns to the attack, with the game nearly sealed in India's favour. FOUR! Kohli pierces the gap between cover and extra-cover with surgical precision (Ravi Shastri's words, not mine). Barring the momentary brainfade early in his innings, this has been as wonderful a knock by the Indian Test skipper as any of his other memorable knocks. 

  • After 45 overs, India 251/3 (Virat Kohli 122, Manish Pandey 22); need 35 to win from 30 balls


    Kohli and Pandey deal in singles in all six deliveries in over, with the latter also hitting the ball well. Meanwhile, the partnership between the two is in excess of 50 at the moment, the milestone of which was brought up in the previous over. Meanwhile, India cross the 250-run mark as well.

  • After 44 overs, India 245/3 (Virat Kohli 119, Manish Pandey 19); need 41 to win from 36 balls


    Kohli pierces the first ball of the over through cover, with an Anderson misfield at the sweeper position resulting a boundary. Such misfields are only adding to the Black Caps' misery, given that things are hardly going their way at the moment. Kohli attempts to go for a lofted drive next ball, mistiming it, but the ball lands just short of long-off. 

  • After 43 overs, India 237/3 (Virat Kohli 112, Manish Pandey 18); need 49 to win from 42 balls


    Henry returns to the attack alongside Boult. Kohli runs a couple of doubles in this over, keeping the scoreboard ticking in  case the boundaries don't come along. Pandey, too is providing valuable support at the other end. 

  • After 42 overs, India 231/3 (Virat Kohli 107, Manish Pandey 17); need 55 to win from 48 balls


    Boult returns to the attack. Late cut by Kohli in the second ball, beating the fielder at short third-man, getting his 11th boundary in the process. Pandey tries an uppercut a couple of deliveries later, but only gets a single. Wide off the final ball. Another good over for the hosts, with 10 coming off it.

  • After 41 overs, India 221/3 (Virat Kohli 101, Manish Pandey 14); need 65 to win from 54 balls


    CENTURY FOR KOHLI! His 26th ton in ODIs! Gets there with a single in the first ball of the 41st over. His love affair with Mohali continues! Lest we forget, he was dropped on 6 by Ross Taylor. Pandey smashes the next ball over the umpire's head for his second boundary! Meanwhile, Kohli is fourth in the list of most ODI centuries now. 

  • After 40 overs, India 213/3 (Virat Kohli 99, Manish Pandey 8); need 73 to win from 60 balls


    Southee back in the attack. Kohli attempts a drive in the fourth ball, getting an outside-edge over the backward point fielder's head in the process. Flicks it towards fine-leg for a boundary, before getting a single off the last ball to move to 99. Another 10 overs to go in India's chase right now. 

  • After 39 overs, India 204/3 (Virat Kohli 91, Manish Pandey 7); need 82 to win from 66 balls


    Santner finishes his quota of overs on an economical note, giving away just two in his 10th. Meanwhile, Kohli is nearing his century at the moment, and it will be yet another ton for him while chasing. 

  • After 38 overs, India 202/3 (Virat Kohli 90, Manish Pandey 6); need 84 to win from 72 balls


    Pandey gets off the mark in style, whacking the short ball from Henry over his head, both his feet off the ground at one point. Brings up the 200 for India a couple of deliveries later. Good over for the Indians, with nine coming off it. The hosts are still in control, despite Dhoni's wicket. 

  • After 37 overs, India 193/3 (Virat Kohli 87, Manish Pandey 0); need 93 to win from 78 balls


    Santner bowls his ninth over. Pandey struggles to pick the line of the left-arm spinner's deliveries, failing to get off the mark after facing six balls. 

  • After 36 overs, India 192/3 (Virat Kohli 87, Manish Pandey 0); need 94 to win from 84 balls


    Less than 100 needed for the hosts now, with 15 overs and eight wickets in hand. Attempted yorker in the second delivery results in a full-toss, which Dhoni smashes near the bowler's head to bring up the 150 stand with Kohli. 


    OUT! Henry finally gets the breakthrough for the Black Caps! Dhoni is disappointed to walk back to the pavilion for 80, chipping a slower ball outside off to Ross Taylor, who doesn't let go of the chance at cover. Brings the curtains down on the brilliant 151-run third-wicket stand. Manish Pandey walks out now. 


    MS Dhoni c Ross Taylor b Matt Henry 80(91)

  • After 35 overs, India 187/2 (Virat Kohli 86, MS Dhoni 76); need 99 to win from 90 balls


    Bit of mix-up between Kohli and Dhoni, with the former having to retreat after setting off for a quick one, but reaching his crease safely in the end. Quick single to end the over. 

  • After 34 overs, India 184/2 (Virat Kohli 84, MS Dhoni 75); need 102 to win from 16 overs


    Kohli gets a boundary off a shot quite similar to that in the last ball of the previous over. Slower one from Southee, Kohli just rolls his wrists onto this one, sending it wide of mid-on.  Meanwhile, Matt Henry is starting to warm up in the deep right now. 

  • After 33 overs, India 178/2 (Virat Kohli 79, MS Dhoni 74); need 108 to win from 17 overs


    Three singles and a wide fetch runs for the hosts, before Kohli swings his bat towards the leg side in the final delivery to get his eighth boundary. The partnership is now worth 137. 

  • After 32 overs, India 169/2 (Virat Kohli 73, MS Dhoni 72); need 117 to win from 18 overs


    Excellent running between the wickets by Kohli and Dhoni, squeezing out a double from a tight situation. An absolute treat to watch them at work, especially the 35-year-old skipper who would put most youngsters to shame. And its time for drinks. 

  • After 32 overs, India 169/2 (Virat Kohli 73, MS Dhoni 72); need 117 to win from 18 overs


    Excellent running between the wickets by Kohli and Dhoni, squeezing out a double from a tight situation. An absolute treat to watch them at work, especially the 35-year-old skipper who would put most youngsters to shame. And its time for drinks. 

  • After 31 overs, India 163/2 (Virat Kohli 69, MS Dhoni 70); need 123 to win from 19 overs


    Four singles scored in the over. Barring the occasional boundary, Kohli and Dhoni have dealt in rotating the strike between themselves. 

  • After 30 overs, India 159/2 (Virat Kohli 67, MS Dhoni 68); need 127 to win from 20 overs


    Kohli gets lucky once again, getting a thick outside-edge off a slower one from Henry, although the ball travels towards the vacant fine third man region. Five runs scored in the over, with the hosts looking solid at 159/2. 

  • After 29 overs, India 154/2 (Virat Kohli 62, MS Dhoni 68); need 132 to win from 21 overs


    A quiet over, compared to some of the recent ones where the pair were scoring runs freely. Just two runs off it, with both batsmen batting in the 60s right now. 

  • After 28 overs, India 152/2 (Virat Kohli 62, MS Dhoni 66); need 134 to win from 22 overs


    Boult back into the attack. FOUR! Dhoni pulls towards midwicket, before taking a single to bring up the 150 for India. The hosts are cruising right now! 

  • After 27 overs, India 143/2 (Virat Kohli 60, MS Dhoni 59); need 143 to win from 23 overs


    It was turning out to be a good over for New Zealand, with Neesham giving away just three, before Dhoni comes down the track and smashes the ball over the bowler's head for a straight, flat six! The powerful strike also brings up the 100 stand between these two! Meanwhile, Dhoni now has overtaken Sachin Tendulkar for the record for most sixes in ODIs by an Indian! 

  • After 26 overs, India 133/2 (Virat Kohli 59, MS Dhoni 51); need 153 to win from 24 overs


    FIFTY FOR MS DHONI! The Indian limited-overs skipper gets to the milestone for the 61st time in ODIs with a single. Both Kohli and Dhoni have complemented each other very well so far, with the latter being more aggressive in his approach. 

  • After 25 overs, India 130/2 (Virat Kohli 58, MS Dhoni 49); need 156 to win from 25 overs


    Four singles in the 25th over, with India getting to 130 without losing any further wickets at the halfway mark in their innings. 

  • After 24 overs, India 126/2 (Virat Kohli 56, MS Dhoni 47); need 160 to win from 26 overs


    Henry back into the attack, and gives away two singles along with a boundary off a cut in the last delivery. Dhoni, who executed the cut off the last ball to get the boundary, moves to 47 now. 

  • After 23 overs, India 120/2 (Virat Kohli 55, MS Dhoni 42); need 166 to win from 27 overs


    Santner gives away four singles in this over, with Dhoni slowly moving towards his half-century right now. Meanwhile, the hosts are back in the race right now, after a brief blip in which they lost two quick wickets. 

  • After 22 overs, India 116/2 (Virat Kohli 53, MS Dhoni 40); need 170 to win from 28 overs


    Kohli gets a bit of bat to a slow bouncer from Southee, but the ball lands short of keeper Ronchi. Meanwhile, Ronchi seems to have adopted the strategy of moving closer to the wickets exclusively for Dhoni. Couple of wides towards the end of the over.

  • After 21 overs, India 111/2 (Virat Kohli 51, MS Dhoni 39); need 175 to win from 29 overs


    SIX! Not hit from the middle, but Dhoni manufactures enough power in the shot to send the ball straight over Santner's head for his second six! Eight runs off the over, with Dhoni now looking at his half-century. 

  • After 20 overs, India 103/2 (Virat Kohli 50, MS Dhoni 32); need 183 to win from 30 overs


    Southee back into the attack. Ronchi decides to move closer to the wickets in order to prevent Dhoni from coming down the track. Drops the move a couple of balls later.


    FIFTY for Virat Kohli, and he gets to his 38th ODI fifty with a boundary towards fine-leg, bringing up the 100 for India as well. Let's not forget, Kohli was dropped on 6 by Taylor earlier today. 

Preview: Stung by an improved New Zealand on Thursday, a wary India would like to quickly get their house in order when they square off with Kane Williamson's boys in the third ODI in Mohali on Sunday.

While the six-run defeat in Delhi has given India plenty to ponder about, it has also renewed interest in the contest which had been dominated by the home team prior to Thursday, stretching from the one-sided Test series to the first ODI in Dharamsala.

From a New Zealand point of view, a victory was all that they needed after a string of defeats. As a result of their first win on Indian soil in 13 years, one can expect a certain spring in the stride of the visitors when they take the field at the PCA Stadium.

Virat Kohli brought up yet another century while chasing. AP

Virat Kohli brought up yet another century while chasing. AP

India, on the other hand, can only blame themselves for suffering a rude shock after failing to chase down a 243-run target, a total they were expected to overhaul with little difficulty.

As captain MS Dhoni put it, the hosts would have won the match had some of their batsmen had made an extra 10-15 runs instead of getting out at crucial junctures.

Ajinkya Rahane, who has got the opportunity to cement his place in the ODI side in the absence of injured Shikhar Dhawan, squandered starts in both the matches while opening alongside Rohit Sharma, who would also be keen to be back among the runs after a couple of failures.

Rohit had hurt his biceps during the last match but there hasn't yet been any news about the extent or seriousness of the injury.

Number four Manish Pandey also need to make an impact after he too could not capitalise on promising starts. In fact, most batsmen got their eye in at Kotla before throwing their wicket away, hurting India's chances badly.

One of them was number six Kedar Jadhav, who impressed with his 41-run cameo and shared a 66-run fifth wicket stand with Dhoni. Had he been alongside Dhoni for another three-four overs, the outcome of the match could have been different.

Jadhav may get another chance tomorrow as there is still no update on Suresh Raina's health.

With most batsmen not showing the required maturity to bail the team out of a tricky situation, it would be a tad unfair to only point fingers at Dhoni, who was made to work hard for his 39 before falling to a brilliant return catch by Tim Southee.



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115