Defending 191 at HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala against the Indian Batting line up was always going to be a difficult task for Kiwis, but in order to prove their worth, Kiwis didn’t want to give away the match easily, Tim Southee started the proceedings for New Zealand, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane started things off nicely for India. Both looked determined to chase the target without losing any wicket, but soon Rohit Sharma missed an inswinger from Doug Bracewell and was adjudged LBW.
Soon after adding 13 more runs, Ajinkya Rahane’s 34-ball knock of 33 runs came to an end as he edged one from Jimmy Neesham, while Luke Ronchi took a brilliant edge. However, Virat continued his form from the Indore Test but Manish Pandey soon left Kohli high and dry in the middle as he gave a simple catch to Kane Williamson, giving Ish Sodhi his first wicket. At 102-3, in came India’s limited over skipper, as he promoted himself up the order.
Kohli along with Dhoni looked brilliant in the middle as both added runs quickly and took risky singles and even converted ones into two but after a misunderstanding, Dhoni was found short of the ground when he had reached 21 off 24 balls.
With just 28 to get Virat finished it with ease along with Kedar Jadhav as both finished 85* and 10* respectively. For Kiwis, pick of the bowlers was Doug Bracewell who finished with 1/44 from his 8.