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Sharma, Kohli 50s, India 6-269 vs NZ

Associated Press Associated Press 28/10/2016 By Chetan Narula

Opting to bat first, India have scored 6-269 in their fifth and final one-day international against New Zealand in Visakhapatnam with the series tied 2-2.

Rohit Sharma top-scored with 70, including five fours and three sixes, with Virat Kohli hitting 65.

The Indians, who usually like to chase in limited-overs cricket, won Saturday's toss and made a sedate start.

Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane (20) needed more than nine overs to put on 40 for the first wicket.

James Neesham (1-30) provided the breakthrough with Rahane caught at short midwicket.

Kohli and Sharma then put on 79 for the second wicket, Sharma reaching his 29th ODI half-century off 49 balls in the only period of the Indian innings when runs flowed easily.

He was caught at deep midwicket off Trent Boult (2-52), a short ball doing the trick. MS Dhoni (41) then came to the crease and added 71 for the third wicket with Kohli.

However, the run rate dropped as Mitchell Santner (1-36) applied the brakes. He also trapped Dhoni lbw in the 38th over, as India lost momentum.

Ish Sodhi (2-66) had dropped a return chance from Kohli on 8 and the vice captain went on to score his 38th ODI half-century off 62 balls.

He held the innings together, even as Manish Pandey played a poor shot and holed out at deep midwicket for a duck.

The big moment came in the 44th over as Kohli was caught in the deep off Sodhi.

Kedar Jadhav (39 not out) and Axar Patel (24) then scored 46 off 39 balls to nudge India past the 250-mark in the 49th over.

Both hit a six before Boult bowled Patel in the last.

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