Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma © AFP
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma © AFP

India held their nerves till the end allowing them to beat New Zealand in the deciding match at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Sunday. The conditions were tough along with haze and dew making things worse for the Indian bowlers. Nevertheless, they pulled things off until the final ball of the match to register their seventh consecutive ODI series win. Apart from their bowling, Indian batsmen too had a healthy session that included twin centuries from Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Let us have a look at the highlights the match produced.

Rohit Sharma-Virat Kohli’s massive 230-run stand:

When the duo get along, a run feast is always on the cards. Both contributed to a clever game play as they put up a mammoth 230-run stand for the second wicket. Kohli and Rohit also got to their respective centuries in the process scoring 113 and 147 respectively. Their monstrous innings took India to a massive total of 337.

Colin Munro-Kane Williamson fight back:

As the Kiwis came out to bat, they were already one down with just 44 runs on the board. However, Colin Munro and Williamson ensured they arrested the slide. They began the fight back as they contributed to a 109-run stand for the second wicket. Both the men also scored their respective half-centuries in the process as Munro brought up quick fire 75, while Williamson scored a gritty 64.4

Ross Taylor-Tom Latham continue to revive New Zealand innings:

Following the dismissals of Munro and Williamson, nothing was lost for the Kiwis as Ross Taylor and Tom Latham continued from where it was left. Both brought up a fine 79-run stand for the fourth wicket. The stand kept New Zealand’s hopes alive to stay in the game while the Indian bowlers struggled to find right length. Latham went on to notch up 65.

 

Tom Latham-Henry Nicholls keep the fire burning:

With pressure mounting on the Kiwis as they approached the fag end of the chase, Latham and Nenry Nicholls kept the fire burning within New Zealand. They put up a faint 59-run stand for the fifth wicket. However, the pressure got the better of them when Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah returned in the death overs.

The MS Dhoni-Jasprit Bumrah act:

Dhoni understands these pressure situations better. This time he found a partner-in-crime in form of Bumrah. When New Zealand needed 26 off 14, the tables turned around. A run-out was the least New Zealand wanted. The credit went to Bumrah for perfect throw to send off Latham for 65.

During the post-match conference, Bumrah explained the run-out, “I mostly try to keep my head calm. I think that gives the best chance to execute. I should have gone to the stumps and taken it down. It was good that I could hit the stumps. Similar thing happened in England as well, that’s probably why he [Dhoni] was laughing,” he said.

Kohli’s 9,000 ODI runs:

Another Kohli century, plethora of records and another day when Kohli found himself in the record books. This time completed his 9,000 runs in the ODIs. Not just that, he also became the fastest to reach the milestone, leaving behind AB de Villiers and Sourav Ganguly. And he became the fastest to score 5,000 runs as a captain in international cricket off 93 innings. Kohli also scored the most half-centuries in 2017, and also the most ODI centuries this year (yawnnn). Oh, Kohli also became the first player to score six centuries as a captain in a calendar year in ODIs.

Hardik Pandya-Kane Williamson’s collision:

A nasty collision Pandya and Williamson left the former injured. It all happened when Williamson got struck in the head by an oncoming throw. Williamson was zoned out and failed to recognise Pandya who was in front of him, ending up bumping into each other.