The floodlights in Mohali looked unconventional compared to other cricket stadiums, in that the light pillars are very low in height. This peculiar arrangement saw Dhoni’s touch and Koli’s finish the third one day international against New Zealand by scoring a magnificent century. In the process of scoring 80, the Indian captain crossed 9000 runs in one day cricket. Dhoni-Kohli (154*) combination added 151 runs for the third wicket and sealed the fate of the Kiwi side. From a position of 153 for 2, the New Zealand side faced a mini collapse and it was 190 for 7 at one stage. From thereon there was partial recovery as the Indian bowlers wilted under pressure. But that was not enough on a placid track as runs were in plenty for the stroke filled Indian batsmen. However, new ball saw Indian openers perish for the third time and raised the question mark whether we need a replacement for the next two games. New Zealand side lost the knack of building innings and instead of sending a pinch hitter like Southee or Finch, the team played into the hands of Indian bowlers with both Latham and Taylor were slow from the start and compelled others to go for attack and they failed miserably. With this win Team India is 2-1 up and need one more win to clinch the one day series. Midas touch was witnessed from Indian middle order at Mohali.
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