Blackcaps v India: Tim Southee looking for double-digit dismissals of batting supremo Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli's international record makes for scary reading - except maybe for Blackcaps bowling veteran Tim Southee.

The Indian cricket maestro has scored 70 international centuries across the test and one-day formats, averaging at more than fifty runs in all forms.

But Southee has claimed his scalp more often than any bowler in world cricket, dismissing the batting master for a ninth time at Eden Park on Saturday night.

Southee played a heroic part in New Zealand's series-sealing win in Auckland, bowling his allotted 10 overs (2/41), despite suffering from an illness that forced him off the park twice. 

Bug-free, Southee and his teammates are eyeing a rare one-day series sweep at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Tuesday, but the 31-year-old is expecting Kohli to be at his imperious best.

Kohli will be doing his best to deny the Blackcaps a clean sweep
Kohli will be doing his best to deny the Blackcaps a clean sweep Photo credit: Photosport

"He's obviously a class player and doesn't have many weaknesses," Southee noted.

"The wicket [Eden Park] offered a little bit of assistance with the new ball and if you got it in the right area, there was enough there to ask a few questions. 

"I guess it's your job to take wickets and it's always nice when you get the key players in the opposition out. 

"He's a great player and been in great form, especially in run chases, he's been exceptional. It's always nice to see the back of him."

The Blackcaps received bonus news on Monday, with captain Kane Williamson cleared fit to play the final game, before a two-match test series kicks off later this month. 

Join us at 3pm Tuesday for live updates of the third Blackcaps v India one-day clash