Virat Kohli roared back to form with a majestic century
Indore: Virat Kohli roared back to form with a majestic century on a tricky pitch to take India to a comfortable position on day 1 of third and final Test match against New Zealand at Indore.
An unbroken partnership of 167 between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane is the highest of the series so far. Kohli finished the day on 103, his 13th Test hundred. It was a well-crafted innings, but not one of his most entertaining innings but not given an inch to the spirited New Zealand bowlers. In the final session, the duo accelerated the scoring rate by scoring 119 in 34 overs. Rahane stayed unbeaten on 79. India were 267 for 3.
The Indian skipper, who went without a half-century in the last five Tests in seven innings taken time in the beginning. This is the first century by any batsmen from either side to reach a century.
Earlier, Gautam Gambhir making a comeback made a sparkling start hitting a couple of pulled sixes off pacer Matt Henry but could not capitalise on the chance that he got after more than two years as Trent Boult trapped him before wicket and out for 29 runs.
All New Zealand’s bowlers were disciplined and bowled with a well-thought-out plans, but there was little help for them off a pitch with lot of cracks all over the surface, but was a bit on slower side.
For New Zealand, Santner had the best figures with one for 53 in 19 overs while Boult claimed one for 54 in 16 overs.
Earlier, Kohli won the toss for the third consecutive test and this partnership with Rahane was crucial to get 400 plus score in first innings soaring India’s chances for a clean sweep in the series.
The swagger, the confidence and the determination is the hallmark of Virat Kohli’s presence at the crease, regardless of whether he scores big or not.