The way Virat and MS batted was outstanding: James Neesham

Jimmy Neesham
New Zealand player James Neesham. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham has lauded the batting efforts from both MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli in the third ODI between the two sides at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. In spite of the fact that the Kiwis had managed an impressive score in the first innings, it was clear that Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni had other ideas when it came to chasing the score.

James Neesham, who batted pretty well for his own part, also impressed with the bat until the dynamic duo of the Indian batting unit smashed the medium pacer to different parts in the chase. Neesham ensured that the Kiwis had an impressive conclusion to the innings with some impressive batting acumen.


Initially, Neesham has said that his side fought hard and impressed after having been reduced to 199/8. They surged to 285 runs with Matt Henry also joining in the run fest.

“We fought pretty hard with the bat to get what was a slightly below par total. I don’t think we bowled that badly in the second half of the game, but the way Virat and MS batted was outstanding,” Neesham was quoted as saying

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“When you’re dealing with two of the best chasers in the history of the game, you’ve got to have a bit go your way. We had a couple of things not going quite our way, but we kept trying and putting the ball in good areas and, hopefully, in the next game, that will come to fruition for us,” he added.

“We weren’t too far off today. If we’d managed to get a wicket between the 40th and 45th over, then we would have been right in the game. Obviously, the way that Virat batted took it away from us,” he added.

The win at Mohali sees the Indians take a 2-1 lead in the series. However, should they complete a 4-1 win in the series, they will rise up to third place in the official ICC ODI rankings.

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