Kohli leads In­dia chase in rou­tine vic­tory vs NZ

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“On the fourth and the fifth day, the ball will spin a lot more and I used the rough a bit too and I also tried to use the crease a lot more and bowl more on the stumps,” he re­it­er­ated.

Bishoo re­turned to West Indies colours last sum­mer against In­dia fol­low­ing a short in­jury break, but had lit­tle ma­jor suc­cess in the three Tests on the home tour.

He has played only 19 Tests since mak­ing his de­but five years ago and said he had al­ready iden­ti­fied the on­go­ing se­ries as a turn­ing point in his ca­reer.

“I am de­lighted right now that I got eight for 49. I am so happy, I don’t have words to ex­plain that,” he beamed.

“I am re­ally happy, but even more happy with the po­si­tion we put our­selves in in this Test match so that we can win.”

He added: “From be­fore I was say­ing this was a very im­por­tant se­ries for me, es­pe­cially in the UAE, and I think there are a lot of ex­pec­ta­tions I have to look out for now. I think, go­ing for­ward here, I just have to keep im­prov­ing as the days go by.”

West Indies fin­ished the day on 95 for two, re­quir­ing a fur­ther 251 on Mon­day’s fi­nal day to win the con­test. Deven­dra Bishoo (right) of the West Indies is con­grat­u­lated by cap­tain Ja­son Holder after dis­miss­ing Mo­ham­mad Amir of Pak­istan, while West Indies’ Jer­maine Black­wood (left) walks away dur­ing day four of the first cricket Test at Dubai In­ter­na­tional Cricket Ground yes­ter­day. DHARAM­SALA, In­dia (AP): IN­DIA SCORED 194-4 in 33.1 overs to chase down New Zealand’s pal­try 190 and win the first one-day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) by six wick­ets yes­ter­day. Virat Kohli scored an un­beaten 85 after debu­tant Hardik Pandya took 3-31, to help their side take a 1-0 lead in the five-match se­ries.

Chas­ing 191, Ro­hit Sharma (14) and Ajinkya Ra­hane (33) got off to a com­fort­able start and put on 49 runs for the open­ing wicket. Sharma was trapped lbw by Doug Bracewell (1-44) in the 10th over.

Ra­hane hit four fours and two sixes as he took In­dia past the 50-mark, But he wasted his start and was caught be­hind off James Nee­sham (1-40) in the 12th over.

It was a sim­i­lar story with Man­ish Pandey (17), who put on 40 runs for the third wicket with Kohli. His in­nings also ended with a loose shot, caught at mid­wicket off Ish Sodhi (1-34).

Kohli brought up his 37th ODI half-cen­tury off 55 balls. He faced 81 balls over­all and hit nine fours as well as a six.

He put on 60 runs for the fourth wicket with skip­per MS Dhoni (21). The duo looked like fin­ish­ing the game off for In­dia, when a mis­cue be­tween them led to a Dhoni run-out in the 29th over.

FAN­TAS­TIC PER­FOR­MANCE

Kedar Jad­hav (10 not out) then made sure there were no fur­ther hic­cups and took his team to vic­tory with 16.5 overs to spare.

“It was a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance by the fast bowlers. We had no clue that the wicket would’ve helped them so much early on. De­spite the small to­tal, it was also good that I got to bat in the mid­dle,” said Dhoni, who turned out for In­dia for the first time since late Au­gust.

For Pandya, his first ODI was ex­tra sweet as he was handed his ODI cap by leg­endary In­dian all-rounder Kapil Dev. The young­ster was dropped from In­dia’s tour of Zim­babwe after poor per­for­mances in the 2016 World T20, but has now made his way back after im­press­ing with In­dia-A in Aus­tralia re­cently.

“It is good to be back and I was a bit ner­vous, But I have been bowl­ing a lot of late and, there­fore, was able to bowl to­day with a good rhythm. The ball was do­ing some­thing in the early overs,” said Pandya, after win­ning the Man of the Match award on his de­but.

MAY­HEM

Ear­lier, the Black Caps lost a fourth con­sec­u­tive toss of the tour and at one point were re­duced to 65-7. Pandya caused may­hem in his open­ing spell, dis­miss­ing Martin Gup­till (12), Corey An­der­son (4), and Luk Ronchi (0).

At the other end, Umesh Yadav (2-31) re­moved Kane Wil­liamson (3) and Ross Tay­lor (0) off suc­ces­sive de­liv­er­ies.

Only Gup­till and Tay­lor got out to good de­liv­er­ies and the re­main­ing New Zealand bats­men were guilty of play­ing loose shots. Kedar Jad­hav (2-6) added to their mis­ery when he dis­missed James Nee­sham (10) and Mitchell Sant­ner (0) off con­sec­u­tive balls in the 19th over.

“We needed to weather the early storm a lit­tle bit. It was tough to bat at the start with the ball mov­ing a lot. They bowled some good spells and there were some soft dis­missals too. It was dis­ap­point­ing with the bat to­day,” said New Zealand skip­per Wil­liamson.

Tom Latham (79 not out) and Tim Southee (55) then scored half-cen­turies, and helped their side es­cape from an em­bar­rass­ing po­si­tion. While Latham be­came the first New Zealand opener – and 10th over­all in ODI his­tory – to carry his bat through an in­nings, Southee hit his maiden 50 with six fours and three sixes.

Amit Mishra (3-49) wiped out the tail to re­strict the Black Caps in 43.5 overs.

FRANCOIS NEL/GETTY IMAGES COUR­TESY OF WICB ME­DIA

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