The teams are tied 1-1 and both sides have gone in with an unchanged playing eleven. Kohli also breached the 9000-run mark in one-day cricket, the 19th batsman in history to do so, becoming the fastest to achieve the feat.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (25) and Kedar Jadhav (18) kept the momentum going until the end but New Zealand's batsmen were always in the hunt.
Talking about the third ODI which is ongoing as we write, put into bat, India posted 337 for six in their allotted 50 overs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar earned the "Man of the Match" for his three wickets in the last match and he will be the key for India with the new ball.
Witnessing Kohli shatter the record books, an ardent fan could not control his emotions and caused a serious security breach, when he ran into the ground to congratulate India skipper on his 32nd ODI century.
Federer comes through Basel battle, Del Potro charge continues
Federer lost the opening set after a rusty display but battled back to win 4-6 6-1 6-3 in front of his home town crowd. Roger Federer has a lot of room for improvement after only just shading Adrian Mannarino in the Basel quarter-finals.
Kohli, who has already become the second highest century-maker in one-dayers after having overtaken Australia legend Rick Ponting, also overtook Rahul Dravid's 48 centuries across all formats for India with only the iconic Sachin Tendulkar in front of him. "Every hundred is special, but what I was working on came off well, and that's why I am happy".
"I was watching the pre-match analysis where they said my head was falling off, so I worked slightly on it". That helped. My head was falling a bit and wasn't coming into the line of the ball.
Skipper Kane Williamson praised his team for putting up a great fight.
Sharma and Kohli never allowed the pacer to settle into a good rhythm and the 28-year-old left-arm bowler was carted for 12 boundaries in his expensive spell. "Losing from this close is frustrating, but there are good signs".
"Our middle order stood out. India played better cricket, and they deserve the win".