IND Vs NZ 2017: Virat Kohli Lauds New Zealand For Playing In the Spirit Of the Game
India defeated New Zealand by six runs in the third ODI to clinch the series 2-1 in a match which was a high scoring thriller at Green Park stadium in Kanpur. New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl first in a match where toss played an important part in the match because of the dew later on in the match. India finished their innings at 337/6 in their 50 overs. Rohit Sharma scored another brilliant century as he scored 147 off 138 deliveries. India’s skipper Virat Kohli scored his 32nd century and his second of the series.
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Kohli scored 113 off 106 balls and was involved in a 230 runs partnership with Rohit Sharma. Adam Milne was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand as he picked up two wickets for 64 runs in his ten overs.
In the second innings, New Zealand had a fiery start as Colin Munro got 19 runs in the first over of the innings of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Munro played important innings of 75 off 62 deliveries which gave New Zealand a base to accelerate later on in the innings. Kane Williamson also got back to runs, as he 64 off 84 balls. Tom Latham continued his rich vein of form in the series as he scored 65 off 52 deliveries.
For India, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal got India out of trouble as the duo gave away 47 runs in their quota of 10 overs. Bumrah picked up three wickets whereas Chahal picked up two wickets.
India’s captain Virat Kohli was all praises for the New Zealand team for being competitive throughout the series and playing in the spirit of the game:
“Against them, the series has always been competitive. New Zealand is the team which is not verbal or don’t do things that annoy you. But their body language and intensity is always right up there which we really appreciate. A lot of teams can learn from them that, we always like playing against them. They are a very competitive side but true gentleman off the field, even on the field, you know, they always like a chat, they play in the right spirit. Today is going to be another opportunity for us to have a go at each other,”
Kohli also added, “I want to congratulate them for the great fight, (for) bringing the best out of us,” concluded Kohli.”
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