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Good to have Hardik Pandya back in team: Virat Kohli

Good to have Hardik Pandya back in team: Virat Kohli

Mohammed Shami was the chief destroyer with three for 41 from nine overs as India went 3-0 up in the five-match series. But while New Zealand are now down, they are not yet out and it would be foolish to discount the home side just yet. And in New Zealand if you're three or four down with still 25 overs to go, you're still a long way behind the game.

"With bat and ball, we haven't been able to penetrate".

After losing both openers cheaply - Martin Guptill for 13 and Colin Munro for 7 - it was left to perennial saviours Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor to mount another rescue mission.

But after Latham was dismissed for 51 it ignited a collapse in which the last six wickets fell for only 52 runs.

"I think you just got to be patient and know they [the spinners] are going to bowl good balls", Taylor said.

Pandya, who is facing an inquiry for his loose talk during a TV show, did not get to bat in the third ODI against New Zealand on Monday but the 25-year-old bowled and fielded with goal, taking two crucial wickets and a brilliant catch.

From outsider to number one - the rapid rise of Naomi Osaka
She would eventually win the breaker 7-2 and survived an early push from Kvitova to eventually go up a break in the second. After winning the match against Petra Kvitova , Osaka was instantly overcome with emotion , crouching down on the court.

"Looking at the first three games we were looking to win at least two, but the fact that we have won three is an outstanding achievement and the thing that stands out for me is the relentless intensity which the guys have played through out these three games not relaxing after two-nil up as well, they've all been very clinical performances".

After romping to a series clean-sweep in three games against Sri Lanka earlier this month, the Black Caps have been comprehensively outplayed in all three outings against the form team in world cricket.

Former Test batsman Mark Waugh, who faced Muralitharan multiple times throughout his career, immediately noticed the similarity during the first ODI between Australia and India.

"It has been a step-up in opposition, and at the same time, India winning the key moments has put us under pressure", Taylor said.

"They are a very good side and they are teaching us a lesson".

"Hamilton has been a happy hunting ground for us as a team and obviously the World Cup is not far away, combinations to sort out". "He is someone who provides a lot of balance to the team".


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