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India vs New Zealand 2016: 5 Talking Points from the 3rd ODI in Mohali

Ram Kumar
5.13K   //    23 Oct 2016, 23:12 IST
Virat Kohli
Kohli timed the chase to perfection with his 26th ODI century (All Images Courtesy: BCCI)

Amidst the glowing evening at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, it seemed like déjà vu all over again with a Virat Kohli master class sealing yet another limited-overs chase for India. The scene was replete with several of his crisp drives and manic running between the wickets that were a hallmark of the impeccable knock against Australia at the World T20 earlier this year at the same venue.

Although New Zealand might have hoped that 285 would help them mount a reasonable defense, the copious amount of dew aggravated their woes even as Kohli put on a game-changing partnership with skipper MS Dhoni to enable India clinch a comfortable victory and take a 2-1 lead in the 5-match series.

Here are some of the major takeaways from the third ODI.

#5 An unlikely spin partnership

Kedhar Jadhav
Jadhav pegged New Zealand back with his timely strikes in the middle-overs

Over the years, India have had numerous spinners operating in tandem across formats. With their lead spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja rested from the ODI series, Amit Mishra would have hoped to form a formidable partnership alongside Axar Patel.

However, Kedar Jadhav sprung a huge surprise by turning out to be quite a revelation with the ball. The part-timer continued to complement Mishra’s guile by delivering key strikes (those of Kane Williamson, Tom Latham and Corey Anderson) in this game which pretty much dented New Zealand’s batting lineup in the middle overs.

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