Jimmy Neesham lauds Virat Kohli, MS Dhonis after 3rd ODI loss

News Agencies | First published: 24 October 2016, 15:20 IST
Virat Kohli
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New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham feels his team was simply outdone by the brilliance of Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the third One-day International at Mohali.

Neesham (57 off 47) helped New Zealand post 285 with a maiden half century down the order before Kohli made short work of the target to give India a seven-wicket victory on 23 October.

Kohli, who hit his 26th ODI hundred, remained unbeaten on 154 after sharing a 151-run stand with Dhoni (80).

"I think we fought pretty hard with the bat in the first innings to get in the end what was probably a slightly below par total. To be fair, I don't think we bowled that bad in the second half," said Neesham referring to Kohli being dropped by Ross Taylor while he was batting on 6.

"The way Virat and M S batted was outstanding. When you are dealing with some of the best chasers in the history of the game, you got to have a bit of luck that goes your way. We had a couple of things that did not go our way," he added.

"I think if we managed to get a wicket between the 40th over and the 45th over, we would be right in the game. But the way Virat batted, he took it away from us in the end. We will keep trying, we will keep putting the ball in good areas and hopefully in the next game it will come to fruition for us," he said further.

Kohli played yet another special knock but it was his partnership with Dhoni that set up a fine win for India. Dhoni, who promoted himself to number four ahead of Manish Pandey, played freely from ball one.