Kohli and Dhoni sink Black Caps
An unbroken stand of 96 between Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped India brush aside New Zealand by five wickets and wrap up a 2-0 series triumph in Bangalore.
After the tourists were bowled out for a second-innings 248 to leave a victory target of 261, Jeetan Patel struck thrice to reduce the hosts to 166 for five.
However, the attacking Kohli, who struck a century in his first knock, and captain Dhoni joined forces to compile 51 and 48 not out in an impressive 20-over spell at the crease that saw their side home in the final session on day four.
Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir started positively after the Black Caps could only add 16 to their overnight 232 for nine as Patel was caught behind off Zaheer Khan.
The pair’s opening partnership had moved swiftly to 77 in the 12th over before Sehwag was bowled by Patel for a 33-ball 38.
Gambhir then flashed at a wide Trent Boult delivery and visiting skipper Ross Taylor held on in the cordon to reduce India to 83 for two.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Sachin Tendulkar started to rebuild with a solid fourth-wicket stand of 69 either side of a rain delay.
But the elements seem to give New Zealand time to regroup and they struck twice after the restart.
Tim Southee, fresh from snaring seven scalps in the first innings, bowled Tendulkar - playing across the line again - and Patel had Pujara caught at short-leg and bowled Suresh Raina for a duck to leave India in trouble.
Man-of-the-match Kohli and Dhoni steadied the ship, though, while also attacking at every opportunity.
Kohli smashed a trio of fours in five Southee balls to race to his half-century before Dhoni finished the game in style, carting Patel, who returned 3-68, for a four through point and then a huge six over midwicket.