Sharma, Kohli help India post 337-6 in third New Zealand ODI

Kanpur (India) (AFP) –


Blazing centuries from Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli powered India to 337 for six against New Zealand in the third and deciding one-day international on Sunday.

The pair put on 230 for the second wicket after the hosts were invited to bat first at Kanpur's Green Park Stadium.

Sharma, who holds the record for the highest ODI score of 264, smashed 147 off 138 balls including 18 fours and 2 sixes.

The right-hander paced his innings nicely after losing his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan for 14 to paceman Tim Southee.

After the early wicket Sharma, who recorded his 15th ODI ton, and Kohli came together to flay the Kiwi attack, hitting the bowlers to all parts of the ground.

Sharma finally fell to Mitchell Santner's left-arm spin, holing out to Southee at long off. The Indian vice-captain walked off to a standing ovation.

Kohli, who crossed the 9,000-run mark during his 109-ball stay, went on to register his 32nd ODI hundred before losing his wicket to Southee for 113.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit a 17-ball 25 to give the score a much-needed push in the final few overs.

Southee, Adam Milne and Mitchell Santner claimed two wickets each.