Tom Latham and Ross Taylor put on an exhibition of quality one-day batsmanship as they shared a 200-run fourth wicket stand to guide New Zealand to an easy 6-wicket win over India. The visitors have displayed resilience and fighting power to keep the three-match series alive till the decider, even though they could not make a match of it in the second ODI in Pune.
"Particularly Tom Latham, from opening the batting and coming into the middle-order, taking that role, adopting it like he has and batting so beautifully is a great sign for us".
New Zealand capitulated for 79, leaving any alarm-jolted fans at home with barely time to put the kettle on or drop the handle on the toaster before the game was over. Asserting his dominance once again over the New Zealand bowlers, Kohli plundered 113 runs off 106 balls to combine with opener Rohit Sharma who also regained his lost touch after struggling early into the series scoring 147 of 138 deliveries to help India post 337 runs in the allotted 50 overs.
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Williamson said it was "hard to swallow", but he was clearly holding his head high.
Kohli had reached 9,000 runs in the format when he moved to 83 with a late-cut four off Colin de Grandhomme which took him to the landmark in 194 innings, the quickest player to achieve the feat. "The quickly you rectify, the better it is", Rohit said.
Meanwhile, India were left to celebrate their seventh straight bilateral ODI series win, and captain Virat Kohli becoming the fastest man to 9000 ODI runs.
Game one: Delhi, Thursday, 2.30am Game two: Rajkot.