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Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 154 off just 134 deliveries as India beat New Zealand by seven wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match One-Day International (ODI) cricket series here on Sunday.
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Tom Latham (61) and James Neesham (57) played pivotal roles in New Zealand's total as they overcame a middle-order batting failure at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium.
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Martin Guptill (27 off 21) and Latham managed to score quickly after the first two silenced overs. The seventh over saw Yadav dismissing Guptill with a leg before wicket (LBW) decision. By this time, New Zealand were 46 for one in 6.4 overs. The partnership between captain Kane Williamson (22) and Latham lasted for only 34 runs as the former attempted a sweep off a Kedar Jadhav delivery that went on to hit the pads, resulting in a LBW.
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Kohli, who scored his 26th ODI century, shared a 151-run stand with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (80) as India chased down New Zealand's total of 285 all out with 10 balls to spare.
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Dhoni joined hands with Kohli as the underperforming captain promoted himself up the order. It was a statement of intent from Dhoni who has been recently criticised for poor batting form.
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Dhoni smashed six fours and three sixes during his 91-ball innings and when he got out -- a catch by Taylor at short cover off Henry delivery -- his team was in a strong position with 94 runs required from 16.1 overs.