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Virat Kohli’s wicket the game changer, says Brendon McCullum

New Zealand Captain Brendon McCullum said the wickets of  Virat Kohli and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni altered the nature of the chase and set up his team for victory.

“Yeah, it was a good performance. It was outstanding to get the total we did, and that too in a reduced game. We needed all those runs against India’s packed batting,” said McCullum.

New Zealand, put in by India, scored 271 for seven in 42 overs in a restricted game that was held up twice due to rain for nearly two hours. Kane Williamson was the top scorer with 77, and ex-skipper Ross Taylor’s 57, his second consecutive half-century in the series.

Set a rain-revised daunting target of 297 in 42 overs, India riding on some stellar show by Virat Kohli (78) and Dhoni (56) came tantalisingly close and reached 277 for nine in 41.3 overs as rain interrupted again for the third time. Later, the victory margin was revised to 15 runs in favour of New Zealand.

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