India versus New Zealand 3rd ODI: India 337/6 in 50 overs

Tim Southee has taken four wickets against India in this series so far

Kohli also breached the 9000-run mark in one-day cricket, the 19th batsman in history to do so, becoming the fastest to achieve the feat. 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 made a decision to skip practice.

After a brilliant batting display helped team India beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second ODI at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Wednesday, both the teams are set for the third ODI at Kanpur which is the decider in 3-match series.

After impressing with his immaculate control and variations in the opening two games of the series, it all went wrong for the New Zealand pacer in the decider. In the end, he did pick up one wicket towards the death but his overall match figures read a sorry 1-92 off 10 overs.

After being put in to bat, India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan early but Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma put together a partnership of 240 runs to reach a strong total.

By taking 28 matches for 50 ODI wickets, Bumrah became the 2nd quickest among Indians to reach the milestone.

The series is now tied at 1-1.

"I was watching the pre-match analysis where they said my head was falling off, so I worked slightly on it". "Every hundred is special, but what I was working on came off well, and that's why I am happy". That helped. My head was falling a bit and wasn't coming into the line of the ball. "They're not verbal, they don't annoy you but they're always at you and we appreciate at that", said Kohli.

Skipper Kane Williamson praised his team for putting up a great fight. "Losing from this close is frustrating, but there are good signs".

"Can there be a better team activity than playing different games on an off day?"

"Our middle order stood out".

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