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Never experienced this: Virat Kohli on sun stoppage in Napier

first_imgNever experienced this: Virat Kohli on sun stoppage in NapierIndia vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli said he was happy the players could walk off when the sun got into their eyes during India’s first ODI against New Zealand in Napier. Kohli scored 45 and Shikhar Dhawan made 75 not out as India won by 7 wickets. Brief score – India 156 for 2 (34.5 overs) beat New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) by DLS method.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta NapierJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 16:52 IST Virat Kohli was surprised when play was stopped because of the setting sun in Napier (Photo Credit: @PhotosportNZ)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli reacted after the setting sun stopped play in Napier on WednesdayIndia won the 1st ODI against New Zealand by 8 wicketsMohammed Shami was named man-of-the-match for his 3-wicket haulIndia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI Brief Scores: India 156 for 2 (34.5 overs) – Dhawan (75*), Kohli (45), Bracewell (1/29) beat New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) – Williamson (64), Kuldeep (4/39), Shami (3/19) by 8 wickets (DLS method) in Napier. Full ScorecardVirat Kohli was surprised when play was stopped because of the setting sun during India’s victory over New Zealand in Napier in the first ODI of the five-match series. Play was halted for nearly 40 minutes when Kohli was batting with Shikhar Dhawan as the sun got into the batsmen’s eyes.India chased down New Zealand’s paltry total with 8 wickets in hand. Kohli went on to make 45 while Dhawan remained not out on 75. After the match, Kohli said he was glad the players were allowed to walk off.Asked if he had experienced stoppage in play because of the sun, Kohli said: “Never in my life. I actually got out in a game in 2014 because the sun was in my eyes. This rule (play stopping because of sun) wasn’t there then. I am glad there’s a rule now.”Kohli lauded his bowlers after India pulled off a clinical win against New Zealand. “This is one of our more balanced performances. Could not have asked for anything more with the ball. 150-odd on that pitch was an easy chase and all credit to the bowlers.”The fast bowling group togther believe they can knock any team over. Mohammed Shami is the fittest I have ever seen,” Kohli said.The India captain heaped praise on the two wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who shared six wickets between them. Besides, Kohli was happy with Dhawan’s return to form.advertisementThis has been an excellent start to 2019 for Virat Kohli. On Tuesday, he became the first player in history to sweep all the big three ICC awards. After an outstanding 2017-18, Kohli was named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, ICC Test Cricketer of the Year and ICC Cricketer of the Year.Virat Kohli, on Wednesday, stormed into the top-10 of the leading ODI run-scorers after going past Brian Lara. Kohli is now one of four Indians in the top-10 leading ODI batsmen.In Australia, Kohli became the first Asian captain to win a Test series. A few weeks later, Kohli led India to their first bilateral ODI series win in Australia.Days after a historic triumph in Adelaide, Virat Kohli led India to their first ODI win against New Zealand in New Zealand. The last time India had defeated the Black Caps in their country was back in 2009.Kohli must be delighted with the all-round performance which resulted in a clinical win for India. The skipper himself made 45 while Shikhar Dhawan was unbeaten on 75 as India chased down a modest target without seeming to break a sweat.Talking about the importance of Dhawan getting back to form, Kohli added: “Really important innings for Shikhar and we spoke during the sun break that he needed to finish the game to get some momentum. He is a dangerous player when in rhythm.”Also Read | Sticking to basics works for Kuldeep Yadav in NapierAlso Read | Mohammed Shami fastest Indian to 100 ODI wicketsAlso Read | Sun stops play and Sunrisers captain Williamson can’t help it: Napier delay cracks up fansAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan emulates Brian Lara, joint-fastest left-handed batsman to 5,000 ODI runsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Mohammed ShamiFollow Shikhar Dhawanlast_img read more

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