India vs New Zealand, Highlights, Indore Test, Day 1: Hosts solid at 267/3 at stumps

  • It was a fantastic day of cricket as usual (from the Indian perspective of course), with the hosts getting a plenty of runs on board after the initial flow of dismissals. Gautam Gambhir had to leave the field disappointed after getting dismissed for 29, and he will have to make a comeback in the second innings. 

    That's it from us at Firstpost Sports on Day 1 of the final Test at Indore. Do tune in tomorrow for our coverage of the second day's play. Till then, goodbye! 

  • After 90 overs, India 267/3 (Virat Kohli 103, Ajinkya Rahane 79)

    End of day's play, and things couldn't have ended on a better note for the hosts! Kohli bringing up his century in 184 balls and sharing a unbroken partnership worth 166 for the fourth wicket with Rahane. Rahane himself is looking solid at 79, and will look to get to the three-figure mark on the second day. 

  • After 85 overs, India 257/3 (Virat Kohli 100, Ajinkya Rahane 72)

    The second new ball has been taken, with Henry returning into the attack with the hope of breaking the partnership. Kohli later moves to 88, eclipsing Pujara's 87 at Eden for the highest score this series. Rahane enters the 60s with a beautiful straight drive off BOult. He's gets a dismissal scare in the 83rd over, when he top-edges a short ball from Henry towards the leg side, with the ball landing safely in no-man's land near square-leg. 

    CENTURY FOR CAPTAIN KOHLI in 184 balls! Kohli nearly suffers a run-out while taking a single to get there, but raises his hands in celebration even before the not-out decision is announced. His 13th Test hundred, and sixth as captain! 

  • After 80 overs, India 229/3 (Virat Kohli 86, Ajinkya Rahane 58)

    Rahane brings up his half-century the same way Sehwag brought up his triple-hundred in Multan — with a six! Meanwhile, Kohli is batting in the 80s, as the Black Caps are starting to look increasingly frustrated at the moment. End of the 80th over, and the second new ball will be available now. 

  • FIFTY FOR AJINKYA RAHANE! This is his 10th Test fifty, and he gets there after coming down the track and launching Patel over wide long-on for a majestic six! What a consistent run Rahane has been over a long period of time, and his latest knock symb

  • After 75 overs, India 206/3 (Virat Kohli 77, Ajinkya Rahane 44)

    Kohli brings up the milestone of the century-partnership with Rahane for the fourth wicket with a boundary off an outside edge. Things are looking fairly settled for the hosts right now. Rahane is a few runs away from his milestone, that of his 10th half-century. 

  • FOUR! Kohli brings up the century stand for the fourth-wicket with Rahane, getting an outside-edge off Neesham's bowling. The ball travels through the vacuum in the slips towards third man! Looks like the Indian skipper might have been lucky in this case. 

  • After 70 overs, India 194/3 (Virat Kohli 69, Ajinkya Rahane 41)

    Rahane gets a boundary off Henry in the 68th with a glance down towards fine-leg, with the ball passing through the gap between the keeper and Ross Taylor at leg slip. Santner returns to the attack in the 69th over, and gets creamed through the covers by Rahane, with the latter entering the 40s. The Mumbai batsman gets hit on the back off a short ball in Henry's over. Hardly looks ruffled after the blow though. 

  • Quite a colourful crowd at the Holkar Stadium today!

  • After 65 overs, India 178/3 (Virat Kohli 63, Ajinkya Rahane 31)

    Kohli and Rahane are looking solid at the moment, with former now setting his sight at the three-figure mark. Neesham bowls a tight over in the 62nd, appealing for caught-behind against Rahane after the ball pops up off his arm-guard. Meanwhile, Boult and Henry replace Neesham and Patel, and bowl along aggressive lines. 

  • After 60 overs, India 161/3 (Virat Kohli 56, Ajinkya Rahane 21)

    Kohli and Rahane bring up a milestone a couple of delivery after the resumption of play, with  Rahane bringing up the fifty stand for the fourth wicket with a single. Another milestone brought up soon after this one, with Kohli getting to his 13th Test fifty with a couple. 

  • FIFTY FOR VIRAT KOHLI! The India Test skipper gets to the milestone with a couple after pushing Patel through cover point. This is his 13th Test fifty, as well as his first 50-plus score since his double-century against West Indies in Antigua. 

  • After 56 overs, India 148/3 (Virat Kohli 45, Ajinkya Rahane 19)

    Rahane is nearly dismissed on 7 after top-edging a short ball from Boult. The ball however, lands just short of Matt Henry near deep square-leg. Henry halted for a bit after taking a couple of steps forward, and the balll ended up falling just short of him, before kissing the boundary rope. Deja vu for Rahane, as he was dismissed off a top-edge in the previous Test. Only the roles were reversed, with Boult taking the catch in the leg-side off Henry's bowling.

    And its tea on Day 1 of the 3rd Test, with Kohli five short of his half-century at the end of the second session. Meanwhile, the partnership between the two has looked solid so far, reaching the 48-run mark at the interval

  • After 50 overs, India 127/3 (Virat Kohli 37, Ajinkya Rahane 6)

    Kohli enters the 30s with the pull wide of mid-on off Santner. The left-arm spinner is replaced in the attack in the 50th over, by pacer Trent Boult, as Black Caps skipper Williamson opts for pace from both ends. 

  • After 45 overs, India 115/3 (Virat Kohli 28, Ajinkya Rahane 3)

    Santner's getting a plenty of turn at the moment. Well Simon Doull and Sunil Gavaskar had predicted a pitch difficult for the batsmen in their pitch report earlier in the day. However, it wasn't expected to turn so much so early. Meanwhile, Rahane brings up a milestone  with a single, completing 2,000 runs in Test cricket with an average of over 47.  

  • 2,000 runs up for Ajinkya Rahane in Test cricket! Gets to the milestone with a single, moving to 2 in the process. 

  • After 40 overs, India 110/3 (Virat Kohli 25, Ajinkya Rahane 1)

    Santner strikes shortly after lunch, getting rid of Pujara with a ripper of a delivery to uproot his off-stump. Pujara departs for a 108-ball 41, as India lose their third wicket with 100 on board, bringing Rahane to the crease. Kohli however, hammers a Patel delivery in the following over down the ground for his second boundary. 

  • OUT! Santer removes Pujara with an absolute ripper of a delivery! Pujara is stuck in his crease after the Santner delivery — faily quick in its pace — pitches along off, and straightens. Pujara is caught in two minds, and ends up playing down the wrong line. India 100/3. 

    Cheteshwar Pujara b Mitchell Santner 41 (108)

  • After 35 overs, India 99/2 (Cheteshwar Pujara 41, Virat Kohli 15)

    Pujara enters the 40s with a couple of boundaries off Santner and Patel. The Indian No 3 has had a fantastic in this series so far, barring a blip in the second innings of the Kolkata Test. Looks set for a fifty now. 

  • After 30 overs, India 86/2 (Cheteshwar Pujara 33, Virat Kohli 12)

    Jeetan Patel is handed the ball for the first over after lunch, in which he concedes four off it, including three off the last ball of the over. Big appeal for lbw by Patel in the final ball of the 29th over against Kohli. The Indian captain however, shuffles to his right, and the ball hits him on the pads outside off. 

  • After 30 overs, India 86/2 (Cheteshwar Pujara 33, Virat Kohli 12)

    Jeetan Patel is handed the ball for the first over after lunch, in which he concedes four off it, including three off the last ball of the over. Big appeal for lbw by Patel in the final ball of the 29th over against Kohli. The Indian captain however, shuffles to his right, and the ball hits him on the pads outside off. 

  • After 26 overs, India 75/2 (Cheteshwar Pujara 29, Virat Kohli 7)

    And its lunch on Day 1 of the final Test of the series, with the first session of the day turning out to be a shared one between the two sides. While there were quite a few boundaries hammered by the likes of Gambhir and Pujara, the visitors pegged back with a couple of important dismissals. 

  • After 25 overs, India 71/2 (Cheteshwar Pujara 25, Virat Kohli 7)

    Skipper Virat Kohli gets off the mark with an exquisite drive through the covers. He'll be looking to go on the defensive and preserve the partnership with Pujara till the end of the session at least. Jimmy Neesham gets introduced into the attack in the 24th over. 

  • Wonder what he's talking about here. 

  • After 20 overs, India 60/2 (Cheteshwar Pujara 21, Virat Kohli 0)

    Gambhir and Pujara are batting steadily now, with the aim to wear the bowlers out for a bit before getting a few more boundaries off them. OUT! Boult strikes in the 20th over, and he gets the big wicket of Gambhir, who got off to a superb start, but unfortunately fails to make the most of it in his comeback innings. Brings his bat down to a full Boult delivery between middle and leg a tad late, and ends up getting trapped plumb lbw. 

    OUT! Gautam Gambhir lbw Trent Boult 29(53)

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  • After 15 overs, India 51/1 (Gautam Gambhir 28, Cheteshwar Pujara 13)

    Boult returns to the attack after a brief spell of spin, which resulted in the departure of Vijay. Pace from both ends, with Henry bowling the next over. Pujara gets his first boundaries of the day off consecutive deliveries from Henry. Meanwhile, the hosts get to the 50-run mark rather quickly. 

  • After 10 overs, India 41/1 (Gautam Gambhir 27, Cheteshwar Pujara 4)

    Gambhir gets his third boundary with a late cut off Patel's bowling, which sends the ball towards third man. Pujara is the new batsman at the crease, and he starts off slowly, getting to 4 in his first 15 balls. Meanwhile, Gambhir has started off strongly at the other end. 

Preview: Skipper Virat Kohli on Friday confirmed that seasoned opening batsman Gautam Gambhir will return to the playing eleven when the Indian cricket team takes on a beleaguered New Zealand in the inconsequential third and final Test at the Holkar stadium at Indore on Saturday.

After losing his place during the England tour in 2014, Gambhir was named as replacement for Lokesh Rahul, who suffered a hamstring injury in the first Test against the Kiwis.

Confirming his place in the playing eleven, Kohli said the team will not experiment with a make-shift opener and instead give the Delhi southpaw a chance to resurrect his career after two years.

"That's a natural change because of injury to Shikhar (Dhawan), natural because he is the third opener in the team," said Kohli at the pre-match presser at Indore.

Dhawan was on Monday ruled out of the third match after suffering a thumb injury during the second match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, which India won by a whopping 178 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

Virat Kohli brought up his 13th Test hundred on Day 1 of the final Test. AP

Virat Kohli brought up his 13th Test hundred on Day 1 of the final Test. AP

Karnataka rookie batsman Karun Nair was named as a replacement for Dhawan, but with Gambhir already warming the bench during the second match, Kohli opted to go for a regular opener.

In the bowling department, India will miss the services of medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is out with a back injury after grabbing a five-wicket haul in the first innings in Kolkata.

Although Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur has been roped in as a replacement for Bhuvneshwar but Umesh Yadav is most likely to partner Mohammed Shami with the new ball.

Kohli also praised Shami for returning to the team following a long injury, saying he is a very important part of the bowling attack.

"Shami has come on well. He has worked very hard on his fitness as well. In the five-six overs (spell) he runs in, gets bit of momentum. He can take wickets on any wicket."

"That's the sort of skills he has. He is a strike bowler and whenever he comes on to bowl he makes something happen. He is a very important bowler for us," Kohli said.

In the spin department, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left-armer Ravindra Jadeja are automatic choices and could spell more trouble for the visitors.

New Zealand, on the other hand, will be aiming to stop the hosts from notching up their 12th win at home from the last 14 encounters.

Captain Kane Williamson, who missed the second game is likely to return to the playing eleven for the final game. His inclusion will boost the batting, which had a torrid time in both the previous matches.

The visitors will also count on opener Martin Guptill to provide a sound start with Tom Latham, who has been in good nick in the series. Senior batsman Ross Taylor, who was the stand-in-skipper in the second Test also showed signs of coming back to form.

If the Kiwis want a turnaround in their fortunes, the middle order comprising Williamson, Luke Ronchi, B.J. Watling and Mitchell Santner will have to step on the gas while facing the Indian spinners.

In the bowling department, pacers Trent Boult and Neil Wagner have been in good form but spinners Ish Sodhi and Santner failed to put any pressure on the Indian batters.


New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Jeetan Patel, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner and B.J. Watling.

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, R. Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Shardul Thakur and Karun Nair.


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115