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Neesham hails Kohli, Dhoni masterclass

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/10/2016

New Zealand were made to pay dearly for a missed opportunity to remove Virat Kohli cheaply as the India star blazed an unbeaten 154 to give the hosts a 2-1 lead in their one-day series.

Ross Taylor grassed the chance, low to his right at wide slip, when Kohli was on six and he was still there at the end as India overhauled the Black Caps' total of 285 with 10 balls left and seven wickets in hand.

Kohli and skipper MS Dhoni combined in a 151-run stand in Mohali to orchestrate a well-timed run chase after some late innings heroics from allrounder Jimmy Neesham and Matt Henry helped New Zealand to a competitive total.

Neesham hit his first ODI half-century in making 57 while Henry, batting at No.9, was unbeaten on 39 at the close after the pair added a record 84 for the ninth wicket.

Neesham, favoured over Anton Devcich for the match, said they were guilty of not taking their chances.

"When you are dealing with some of the best chasers in the history of the game, you got have a bit to go your way," he said.

"I don't think we bowled that badly in the second half of the game. The way Virat and MS batted was outstanding."

Tom Latham had earlier continued his good form to top score with 61 but after he and Taylor (44) had put on 73 for the third wicket the Black Caps suffered a familiar middle order collapse.

They lost six wickets for 46 runs to be teetering on 199-8.

"It was obviously a reasonably iffy situation," Neesham said.

With Henry, Neesham salvaged things but ended up a few runs short of a score that he thought could have tested India.

"I thought if we had eked out 10-15 runs in the end, that could have made a big difference."

The next match of the five-game series is on Wednesday in Ranchi.

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