Kohli an­chors In­dia to 6wicket win over NZ

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

BOWLERS set up In­dia’s com­pre­hen­sive sixwicket win over New Zealand in the first one-day in­ter­na­tional as bat­ting main­stay Vi­rat Kohli an­chored the hosts’ chase in the low-scor­ing en­counter in Dharamsala yes­ter­day.

The hosts, who were chas­ing a mod­est 191 for vic­tory, rode on the 60-run part­ner­ship be­twen Kohli (85 not out) and skip­per Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni to canter home in 33.1 overs.

But it was the bowl­ing led by debu­tant medi­umpacer Hardik Pandya (3-31) and Amit Mishra (3-49) that helped top­ple New Zealand for a lowly 190 and set the plat­form for the big win.

New Zealand pacer Doug Bracewell checked In­dia’s brisk start af­ter get­ting Ro­hit Sharma lbw for 14 af­ter the bats­man missed a fuller de­liv­ery while try­ing to flick it on the leg side.

Ajinkya Ra­hane did not last long af­ter los­ing his open­ing part­ner as he was caught be­hind off James Nee­sham for 33, his knock laced with 4 fours and 2 sixes.

Kohli then put on 40 runs with Man­ish Pandey (17) as the duo looked to sta­bilise the chase at the pic­turesque Dharamsala ground.

Leg-spin­ner Ish Sodhi had Pandey walk­ing back to the pav­il­ion as the vis­i­tors made a valiant at­tempt to make in­roads into the In­dian mid­dle or­der.

But Kohli stayed firm to record his 37th ODI fifty in 172 games as the pro­lific scorer hit 9 fours and a win­ning six dur­ing his 81-ball stay at the crease. – AFP

In­dian bats­man Vi­rat Kohli (R) and team cap­tain MS Dhoni at The Hi­machal Pradesh Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Sta­dium (HPCA) in Dharamsala yes­ter­day. –

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