India pip New Zealand in Kanpur thriller to clinch series

Trevor Jackson
October 31, 2017

Kohli overtook South Africa's AB de Villiers in the rankings and that mirrored his achievement on Sunday in the final ODI against New Zealand when the Indian captain surpassed de Villiers to become the fastest to 9000 ODI runs in 194 innings - 11 lesser than the South African.

Apart from this, Kohli has the most number of ODI runs in a year by a captain, followed by former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who scored 1,424 in 2007.

The latest rankings update takes into account India's home series against New Zealand, the last match of the South Africa-Bangladesh series and the last two matches of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka series. The feat came during the third and final ODI against New Zealand in Kanpur.

India's Virat Kohli in action.

Sharma, who smashed 147 off 138 balls, and Kohli became the first pair in one-day internationals to record four double-century stands after putting on 230 runs for the second wicket.

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It turned out to be the only success for the visitors for a long time as Rohit and incoming batsman Kohli applied themselves perfectly in the middle to frustrate the New Zealand bowlers till the 42nd over. Faf du Plessis climbed two spots to now sit at No. 8 while Tom Latham climbed 15 places to reach his career-best No. 23 position.

When it comes to bowling, Pakistan leads the list. Although, India is not too far behind.

Match-winner for Team India in the final ODI of the 3-match series against New Zealand Rohit Sharma, heaped praise towards his team's bowling department spearheaded by the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah for slanting the contest in Men in Blue's favour.

The previous was 303 by South Africa against India in 2015.

This match was, by all means, a battle between two fielding sides and perhaps the Indian fielders held their nerve better when it mattered the most towards the end of the New Zealand innings which propelled them to a win.

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