Chasing 157 runs for the win, Dhawan top-scored with 75 runs to alleviate pressure on himself after a streak of poor scores. Kohli had earlier been dismissed for 45 runs.
Half the job was done by the bowlers with Kuldeep Yadav taking four wickets, Mohammed Shami three wickets and Yuzvendra Chahal two wickets. But it was Shami’s two early wickets that put the pressure on the Kiwi batting which didn’t allow them to recover. He added one more before Chahal added to the troubles.
India captain Virat Kohli in the presentation ceremony, “It was one of our most balanced performances. With the ball, couldn’t have asked for anything better. When I lost the toss, I thought a score of about 300-plus but the bowlers were brilliant. To get them out for 150-odd on this pitch was brilliant. Belief in his (Shami) abilities is key and as he said, the fast bowling unit is extremely confident of knocking any team out. The lines and lengths bowled by the spinners were brilliant because the pitch only slowed down in the second half and they were really good. Really important innings for Shikhar and we spoke during the sun break that he needed to finish the game to get some momentum. He is a dangerous player when in rhythm. (Whether he’s experienced a sun strike break before) Never in my life, this rule wasn’t there in 2014 and I actually got out in a similar situation.”