Cricket / Test match / India defeats N.Z.
Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni bailed India out with an unbroken 96-run stand that took the hosts to a five-wicket victory in the second and final test for a clean sweep in the series against New Zealand yesterday.
Off-spinner Jeetan Patel picked up three wickets and India were reduced to 166 for five at one stage, chasing 261 for victory, before Kohli (51 not out ) and Dhoni (48 not out ) came together to guide their team home. The 23-year-old Kohli, who made 103 in the first innings, defended resolutely at the start, became more fluent as his innings progressed and got to his half century with three boundaries in an over off paceman Tim Southee.
"It was a tricky situation when I went in to bat," Kohli, voted man of the match, said during the presentation ceremony.