Nice to see the evolution of Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah: Kohli

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 26, 2017 12:39 hrs

India skipper Virat Kohli heaped praised on the pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and said that both bowlers have come of age.

"Bowlers were really clinical today and fielders as well. Both those guys (Kumar and Bumrah) are coming along nicely. They know they are going to start more often than not.

"Today, with the wicket being slow, it was heartening to see them getting wickets in conventional ways," said Kohli after India defeated New Zealand by six wickets to level the three match series.

While Bhuvneshwar took three wickets, Bumrah took two as India India restrict New Zealand to 230/9.

In reply, Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik scored fluent half-centuries as India chased down the target in 46 overs.

"Dhawan has been playing really well. He's striking the ball really well. He's pretty confident at the moment. Dinesh as well, getting some crucial runs for himself as well as the team."

The series decider will be played in Kanpur on Sunday.

"I look forward to challenges. We spoke about bouncing back before this game, and we have bounced back here today. Would look to play similar sort of cricket in Kanpur as well," added Kohli.

Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson said his team didn't make enough runs.

"It was one of those surfaces that if you could get a score on the board, and then squeeze, then you can make life difficult, but 230 wasn't enough. We weren't good enough at the top," he said.

"Credit to India with the way they bowled. Their opening spell put us under a lot of pressure. However, lot of positives from our middle order to take us to that total. Need to play a lot better to beat these guys," Williamson said.

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