Earlier, put in to bat, India stitched a challenging 337 for 6. The visitors have displayed resilience and fighting power to keep the three-match series alive till the decider, even though they could not make a match of it in the second ODI in Pune.
With 46 runs to show for his last four ODI innings, it is safe to say that the Indian vice captain had not set the stage alight in the series.
Sharma hammered 18 boundaries and two sixes in his knock as he smashed New Zealand bowlers outside the park.
Witnessing Kohli shatter the record books, an ardent fan could not control his emotions and caused a serious security breach, when he ran into the ground to congratulate India skipper on his 32nd ODI century. This was the fourth 200-run plus partnership between the pair, making them the first duo to share as many in ODI history.
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On Sunday, Kohli also became the first batsman to amass 2000 runs in global cricket in 2017.
Virat Kohli has been stitching up his own records and one such record came on Sunday when the Indian cricket captain became the fastest batsman to get to 9,000 ODI runs. For the Indians, it was an optional practice session and captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya were among the five team members who chose to skip practice.
India have thus clinched the three match ODI series 2-1.
On a flat track bereft of any assistance for the pacers, the Kiwi bowler found the going tough as he was not able to replicate his previous performances. "The quickly you rectify, the better it is". The left-arm seamer, along with new-ball partner Tim Southee, has looked effective even on these batting-friendly wickets.
In the end Boult finished with horrendous figures of 0-81 off his 10 overs to cap off a disappointing day in the field. It is a high pressure game for both India and the Kiwis.
"Credit to New Zealand".