Virat Kohli becomes fastest batsman to reach 9000 ODI runs

Muriel Hammond
October 30, 2017

Last year, the Kiwis had stretched the home side to the hilt, only to lose the decider in Vishakapatnam and go down 2-3.

"Great opportunity to win a series in India for the first time, but we're just looking to enjoy ourselves today", Williamson said at the toss at Kanpur's Green Park Stadium.

New Zealand who started the series on a positive note will look to bounce back and clinch the series under the likes of experienced batsmen Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor.

With an eye on the three-match Twenty20 series between the sides, starting in Delhi on Thursday morning (NZT), it's no wonder Black Caps captain Kane Williamson hailed Latham's form since dropping down the order.

What has hassled the Indians most, however, is the swing and angle of Trent Boult.

He advanced to 113 off 106 balls, with nine fours and a six, before holing out off Tim Southee.

Spinner Mitchell Santner will be the key to halt the flow of runs for India in the middle overs. "They play like gentlemen on and off the field". They tackled the pressure game in Pune with confidence and have the balance to tilt the scales in their favour on Sunday. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan arrive at the crease. The rise of Hardik Pandya as an allrounder has provided the side with options.

However, pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah will spearhead the bowling attack. India all-rounder Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal were also seen working out alongside their skipper.

At 28, Kohli is one of the youngest players to achieve the milestone. For the Indians, it was an optional practice session and captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya were among the five team members who chose to skip practice.

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