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Virat Kohli inspires India to victory over New Zealand

By Khaama Press - Wed Dec 01 2010, 8:38 am

Virat Kohli struck his third limited overs century as India secured a 40-run victory over New Zealand in the first one-day international in Guwahati.

Kohli scored 105 in 104 balls, ably assisted by Yuvraj Singh (42), as India were dismissed for 276, with Andy McKay taking 4-62 for the tourists.

New Zealand’s innings began slowly but Ross Taylor injected impetus with 66.

But his team-mates could not provide sufficient support as India took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

India’s victory margin would have been wider had Nathan McCullum (35) and Kyle Mills (32) not staged an ninth-wicket rally.

Mills joined McCullum at the wicket with the score at 169-8 as the pair mounted an entertaining 71-run ninth-wicket stand before both men were dismissed in successive deliveries in the 46th over as India wrapped up victory.

The hosts, led by stand-in skipper Gautam Gambhir, gave wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, in for the rested Mahendra Singh Dhoni, his one-day debut, as they were put into bat by New Zealand, temporarily captained by Taylor.

Gambhir (38) and Murali Vijay (29) wasted good starts but Kohli, batting at three, took control of the middle orders to notch his second successive one-day century following on from his 118 against Australia at Visakhapatnam last month.

“It feels good. I had a kind of a lean patch in Sri Lanka recently, the team-mates and coach backed me. I would like to thank them,” said the 22-year-old.

“I try to probably stop myself if I feel like playing a big shot and enjoy the singles.”

Kohli was eventually dismissed when he spooned a catch to Jamie How in the covers off a slower Mills delivery, one of three wickets for the seamer.

And the hosts lost their next five wickets for just 26 runs as McKay wrapped up the tail.

New Zealand’s progress was regularly checked by the regular fall of wickets, with only Taylor able to contribute a significant innings, smashing three sixes and three fours, before he was caught off Yuvraj in the 34th over.

McCullum and Mills briefly provided late lusty blows to reduce the margin of defeat as India cruised to victory.

The second one-day international takes place in Jaipur on 1 December.

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Source: BBC News

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