Fearless cricket paid off, says Virat Kohli after India destroy New Zealand

first_imgBrief Scores: India (324/4) beat New Zealand (234) by 90 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Bracewell (57), Kuldeep (4/45), Bhuvneshwar (2/42) (SCORECARD)Virat Kohli said clinical and fearless cricket paid off for India who crushed New Zealand by 90 runs in the second ODI at Mount Maunganui on Saturday. Kohli is now the only India captain to win his first two ODIs in New Zealand.Kohli lauded his batsmen and bowlers for their perseverance against New Zealand, who have been dominant at home since the 2015 World Cup. On a good batting pitch, every Indian batsman made significant contributions before the bowlers stepped up again to set up victory for India on Republic Day.India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI: HighlightsDespite the superb all-round performance, Virat Kohli said there were still some areas that needed to be looked at. “It was a clinical performance again. We had a par score as Rohit mentioned with the kind of pitch and boundary dimensions here.”But we bowled really well and back-to-back clinical performances is really pleasing. I made a conscious effort after the second drinks break to take some risks. Once I got out, the new batsman had to take time. These are the things we need to look into with the World Cup nearby,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”We would like to score those 15-20 runs extra but at the same time, good too see us chip our way to a balanced total. They are always ready to bowl for you and pick wickets, which is key.advertisement”They are not content to go wicketless for 40 runs in their quota, they’d rather have more wickest for 60. That mindset is crucial for us and as is Rohit and Shikhar at the top,” Kohli said.Virat Kohli had every reason to be thrilled with yet another clinical performance. On Wednesday, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal starred with the ball before Shikhar Dhawan blazed away to an unbeaten 75 and set up a comfortable win for India.Three days later, India were again on top of their game. After opting to bat, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan brought up their 14th 100-run partnership as openers.Dhawan fell for 66 while Rohit was named man-of-the-match for his polished 87. Besides the two openers, India’s middle-order came to the party as well. Virat Kohli (43), Ambati Rayudu (47), MS Dhoni (48 not out) and Kedar Jadhav (22 not out) pitched in with valuable knocks as India posted 324 for 4 – their highest ODI total in New Zealand in the last 10 years.India have now won four out of their five ODIs this year and all these wins have come away from home. Virat Kohli should feel pleased with the way his side is settling down. Before the ODI series against New Zealand got underway, Kohli said he would be open to experiments but the focus would be on winning the series.After two comprehensive victories, it now looks like India are hot favourites to win the series. Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs and T20I series and there is every chance Shubman Gill, another exciting youngster, will soon make his debut for India.last_img

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