Indian batsman Virat Kohli walked in to repair a crisis situation once again, slamming his 30th ODI fifty in the fifth ODI against New Zealand at Wellington on Friday. A valiant effort from India's No. 3 --- 82 off 78 balls --- kept India alive in the game, but only just. In yet another batting debacle, India lost the fifth ODI by 87 runs as New Zealand sealed a well-deserved 4-0 series win.
Chasing 304 for a win, the Indian batting saw a familiar sorry tale as they lost a couple of early wickets. Kohli started on a cautious note but with a steep total to chase, he quickly settled in. After Ajinkya Rahane's departure, Kohli found an able ally in Ambati Rayudu as the duo began to rebuild the innings. (Scorecard | Highlights | Match report)
Kohli seemed determined not to throw his wicket away and took his time to settle down, picking up a lot of ones and twos to keep the scorecard ticking. Kohli packed a lot of confidence in the shots he executed, especially against the barrage of short deliveries. There were pull shots through mid-wicket coupled with a gorgeous on-drive that added to his tally of seven fours and three sixes. (Also read: Dhoni joins 8000-run club)