AFP, Indore: India will look to press home the advantage and post a big first-innings total on the second day of the
third and final Test against New Zealand in Indore on Sunday. Skipper Virat Kohli struck form with a gritty century as the hosts ended the opening day’s play on a commanding 267 for three on Saturday.
The hosts, who elected to bat first, rode on an unbeaten 167-run partnership between Kohli (103) and Ajinkya Rahane (79) to gain control of the innings after early losses.Kohli recorded his 13th Test ton in 48 matches after a string of low scores in his last seven innings since his first Test double hundred against West Indies in July.
The top-order batsman, who tackled the New Zealand bowlers with excellent footwork, hit the ball to all parts of the Holkar Stadium.
Rahane, who seemed to gain confidence from the free-flowing Kohli at the other end, brought up his fifty — the tenth of his Test career — with a six off Jeetan Patel.
“Virat played a very good innings and got the first century (from either side) in the series and Ajinkya too batted well,” number three batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 41, told reporters.
“Their partnership was crucial and if it carries on tomorrow it will be good for us,” Pujara said.
India: G Gambhir, M Vijay, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, RG Sharma, R Ashwin, W Saha, R Jadeja, M Shami, U Yadav
New Zealand: Guptill, Latham, Williamson, Taylor, Ronchi, Neesham, Watling, Santner, Patel, Henry, Boult