Virat Kohli produces yet another Bradmanesque performance with the bat as India outclass Kiwis by seven wickets

Virat Kohli produced yet another bradmanesque performance with the bat to notch up his 26th ton in one day internationals to propel his side to win the game by seven wickets and take a lead 2-1 in the series.

Kohli scored an unbeaten 154 runs off 134 balls to help his side overcome a daunting target of 286 runs put by the BlackCaps at Mohali. The premier batsmen for India, Virat Kohli once again was the savior for India as he timed his innings to perfection and struck sixteen boundaries in his innings.The men in blue were placed in a tricky situation as Kohli and Dhoni came together at the crease and put on a partnership of 151 runs to stabilize the innings. The effort allowed India to be in a great position to win the game after Dhoni got out in the 35th over scoring 80 runs off 91 balls.He came at no.4 and played his best striking six fours and three sixes in his innings. The duo never allowed the visitors to get back into the game as the side completed the chase in the 48th over with seven wickets in hand.

Earlier in the day, Martin Guptill started the innings with aggressive intent after scoring 27 runs off 21 balls.He was looking was in great form before fast bowler Umesh Yadav pinned him leg before wicket to see New Zealand lose their first wicket. Tom Latham once again played as he did put partnership with Kane Williamson. The hero of the second game for New Zealand Williamson was trapped leg before by part time off spinner Kedhar Jadhav. Latham was joined by Ross Taylor at the crease as they added 73 runs. Taylor looked more settled and in a positive frame of mind on a pitch ideal for batting. New Zealand were placed in a great position in the game at 153 for 2 after 29 overs before calamity struck as the side once again lost the plot with middle order crumbling to see them lose six wickets for another 46 runs. The visitors were reeling at 199 for 8 after the departure of Tim Southee but then an inspirational effort by Jimmy Neesham and Matt Henry saw them add 84 runs for the side to help them post a challenging total on the board. Neesham played superbly well for his half century while Henry looked solid for unbeaten 39 runs.

Kedhar Jadhav was the standout bowler from the Indian bowling lineup as he grabbed three wickets while Amit Mishra and Jaspreet Bumrah picked up two wickets apiece. The fourth game of the series will be played in Ranchi on Wednesday.

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