finished with six. If MS isn't there, Virat will. Dances down, gets to the pitch of the ball and nails his lofted drive easily over the bowler. Clears the boundary easily too. India go 1-0 up in the five-match series.
Pandya's debut three-for sets up India's six-wicket win
7.52pm A solid, convincing win for India. A performance led by India's seamers, who set the match up by reducing NZ to 48 for 5. In the chase of 190, India got a decent start and from there, it was always going to need a miraculous performance. That they did not get. Kohli treated Dharamsala and many viewers to an exhibition in cover driving, among other delectable shots. So a rather convincing win for India to take the lead in the series.
Time for the presentation.
Kane Williamson: We had to weather the storm a little bit, the first 10 overs they bowled really well and some soft dismissals. Disappointing with the bat. A little up and down with sideways movement (regarding the pitch). We lost too many wickets too early. Looked a bit worse, so some good scrapping towards the end. India were too good, very good chasing side and they showed it today. We were below par in all areas, we need to step that up. We're a tough unit, so we need to stick together and have to play our best cricket to beat India."
MS Dhoni: Fantastic performance from the fast bowlers. We had no clue it would help the fast bowlers. Hardik exploited the good length, a short of a good length. Umesh is somebody who has been quite quick consistently, he has gone from fit to one of the fittest. Hardik is deceptive, you think he'd bowl 132, but he crosses 135 consistently. Both Mishra and Axar bowled well. They did go for some runs. If we did not take early wickets, it was a 280-300 wicket. Important to bat in the middle, I was in no hurry. The more deliveries I play, the better for me. At times, the toss can be very crucial in this series."
Hardik Pandya is the Man of the Match, on debut: "On a debut, getting the Man of the Match is special. This moment I will cherish in my life. Very happy. Good to be back, I was nervous a bit, but I bowled a lot in Australia and the domestic season. I wasn't looking to bowl fast, wanted to bowl with rhythm. On this wicket, I was focusing on a Test match length, a good length."
Amit Mishra: "Dhoni told me to go after the wickets, it's a good batting wicket. A good chance to prove myself. Anil bhai is a good help for me, teaching me how to bowl on flat tracks. Always talking about mental toughness."
tossed up outside off, Jadhav wants the * next to his name, blocked. Not giving it away. Exactly the way to do it.
There was an edge on the first ball of the over.
ooh, stunning! Floated up outside off, rips past the edge
Apoorva Verma: "@Nikhil, class can't be described in a few matches. Jadhav is a newbie whereas Kohli has established himself at the stage" Again, just stating facts based on today's events.
Ashraf: " I've seen some stark contrast between cricinfo's commentary and TV commentary. A strong example is Dhoni's six today. Cricinfo described it as "not in control at all", while the TV commentator was praising Dhoni's touch and took his six as an example?" I don't believe you can drag a pull from off stump over fine leg and be in control of your stroke. It's just not the direction a ball would go to. He wanted to place his pull more towards backward square leg, but took the top edge. Hence, my statement.
dropped short and pulled for four. A rank long-hop is muscled over midwicket. Easy
flight outside off, blocked towards point.
worked into the leg side
NZ cannot believe it. Flat delivery outside off, Jadhav tries a late dab but misses. Was there some glove? Ronchi nonchalantly threw the ball up. Umpire Shamsuddin says no. NZ started celebrating
Abey Joy: "Any mathematical possibility to get a century for Kohli here?? Like running on pitch and add 5 runs or something? " No.
flat on middle, pushed towards midwicket
and another one, this time it is closer to the sweeper cover. jadhav labours back for the second. Santner the man, a direct hit would have Jadhav
Nadim: "24 for century, only 15 to win ... how sad for Kohli"
flatter on off, worked to square leg
edged for four. Flight outside off, draws Jadhav forward and spins it to the outside edge of Jadhav's prod. A proper edge. Shows the difference in class between these two batsmen
Anand: "Any count of Kohli-Dhoni undefeated partnerships to finish the innings/match in Limited Overs Internationals (ODIs & T20s)?"
too much flight on off, drilled to long-off. All class
what a shot! Flight outside off, Kohli stretches out and superlatively times his cover drive to the right of over this time. No chance. Just awesome ball-striking this
too full this time, driven to long-off
flatter again on middle, pushed back
superb length that. Flight and drift from slightly wide of the crease, no turn. But nothing is going through Kohli's defense
flight outside off, drilled away to the sweeper cover. Another single
flight outside off, blocked
Rishabh: "It is believed that the pair with best co-ordination does also get broken by runouts a few times. I remember a few such dismissals during Gambhir-Viru partnership at peak. " Good point, Rish.
flight on middle and leg, comfortably driven to long-on
wow! Looking really good here. Too full again and hammered to the sweeper cover
|Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala|
|Toss||India, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||India led the 5-match series 1-0|
|Match number||ODI no. 3796|
|Hours of play (local time)||13.30 start, First Session 13.30-17.00, Interval 17.00-17.45, Second Session 17.45-21.15|
|Match days||16 October 2016 - daynight (50-over match)|