Virat Kohli praises Hardik Pandya for putting controversy behind, focusing on game

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New Zealand Police's warning against India thrashing the home team is a laugh riot

"I couldn't have asked for a better performance after the first two clinical performances and just the relentlessness of the side is something that really pleases me", he said after India easily chased down New Zealand's 243 with seven overs to spare.

At 178/4 and with Taylor getting to another half century, New Zealand were on track but Pandya removed Henry Nicholls (6) and Mitchell Santner (3) in similar fashion, caught behind by Dinesh Karthik to reduce the hosts to 198/6.

The top three run-scorers of the ODI series so far are the top three batsmen of Team India - Shikhar Dhawan (169 runs), Rohit Sharma (160 runs) and Kohli (148 runs).

"Those key moments, India are winning them and putting us under pressure and we're just not able to capitalise when we are in a semi-dominant position".

This was India's second ODI series win in New Zealand after the 3-1 in 2009 under MS Dhoni.

While Rayudu, who was on Monday suspended by the ICC from bowling in global cricket, started off aggressively, Karthik was welcomed by a bouncer and the Tamil Nadu stumper didn't look back from there on, playing his natural game and eventually sealing off the deal in India's favour.

The part-time spinner was cited for a suspect action after the first ODI against Australia two weeks ago.

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But batsman continued to fall at regular intervals around them and the home side were all out after 49 overs.

Kohli scored 60 runs off 74 deliveries in a knock comprising of six boundaries and a six, with Sharma accumulating 62 runs off 77 deliveries at the other end.

Skipper Kane Williamson was the third wicket to fall, out for 28.

The fourth-wicket pair put on a vital 119-run stand before spinner Yuzvendra Chalal picked up his second wicket of the innings as he had Latham caught at deep midwicket for 51.

Mohammed Shami had earlier taken three for 41 while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal took two wickets apiece as India shared around the bowling honours in the New Zealand innings.

Taylor fell seven runs short of a century on 93 and Latham hit 51 but India took the remaining seven wickets for just 65 runs. And if you're three or four down, with still 25 overs to go, you're still a long way behind the game.

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