India vs New Zealand, Highlights, Indore Test, Day 2: Black Caps trail by 529 at stumps

  • That's it from us on Day 2 of the final Test! From the looks of it, we are heading towards a 3-0 whitewash. Let's see if the Black Caps manage to put up a fight in the upcoming days. Do tune in tomorrow for our coverage of the third day's play. Till then, goodbye. 

  • Ajinkya Rahane: Really enjoyed in the middle. Was struggling a bit yesterday. Kohli told me to take my time. Communication was key in our partnership. Test cricket is all about planning each and every situation. Just wanted to play my shots. I love watching him (VK) from the other end. Too many things to be learnt from Virat. he's improving as a batsman and a leader. I think me and Virat decided to get slightly quicker after reaching 140. Really happy with the way me and Virat batted, especially the partnership. Pitch has started to turn now, and from tomorrow it will start assisting the spinners well. 

  • After 9 overs, New Zealand 28/0 (Martin Guptill 17, Tom Latham 6)

    It's spin from both ends, with Jadeja getting introduced into the attack in the sixth over. Ashwin bowls the final over of the day, and gets hammered for a six towards midwicket by Guptill. The Black Caps reach 28/0 at the end of the day's play, trailing by another 529 runs. With the pitch starting to break up, the situation is starting to look grim for New Zealand. Let's see how the fight pans out on the third day. 

  • After 5 overs, New Zealand 17/0 (Martin Guptill 8, Tom Latham 4)

    The Black Caps start their innings on a score of 5/0, the result of Jadeja getting penalised by umpire Bruce Oxenford for running down the danger area during the Indian innings. Will count as five extras for the Black Caps. Guptill starts off with a couple of boundaries off consecutive overs. Meanwhile, Ravi Ashwin gets introduced into the attack in the fifth over. 

  • After 169 overs, India 557/5 (Rohit Sharma 51, Ravindra Jadeja 17)

    The Indians have changed in the dressing room, and appear to be getting ready to take to the field. Declaration imminent any moment. Meanwhile, Kohli is seen gesturing Rohit and Jadeja to go for a few lusty blows. SIX! Rohit Sharma brings up his half-century in style with a smash over the non-striker's head! Gets to the milestone in 62 deliveries. This is his seventh Test fifty, with three of them coming in this series alone! And India declare on a score of 557/5!

  • After 165 overs, India 533/5 (Rohit Sharma 34, Ravindra Jadeja 10)

    Rohit Sharma hammers consecutive boundaries off Boult in the 162nd over, with the current Indian pair at the crease looking to get some quick runs on the board before the imminent declaration. 

  • After 160 overs, India 510/5 (Rohit Sharma 17, Ravindra Jadeja 4)

    OUT! End of a MAGNIFICENT Rahane innings, after the batsman gets a leading edge while going for an expansive cover drive! Falls 12 short of what would've been a well-deserved maiden double-ton, with India losing their fifth wicket with 504 on board. Like Kohli, Rahane gets congratulated by the Black Caps on his way back to the pavilion. 

    Ajinkya Rahane c BJ Watling b Trent Boult 188(381)

  • Meanwhile, Kohli's double-ton seems to have attracted his doppleganger at the Holkar Stadium. 

  • After 155 overs, India 495/4 (Ajinkya Rahane 185, Rohit Sharma 11)

    Rohit finally gets going after coming down the track, and launching Jeetan Patel over long-on to move to double-figures! Rahane comes down the track against Santner in the following over, and is currently perched on 185. 

  • After 150 overs, India 467/4 (Ajinkya Rahane 167, Rohit Sharma 1)

    Rohit Sharma finally walks out to bat after waiting for more than two sessions, after the dismissal of Kohli for 211. Meanwhile, the next milestone is Rahane's double-century, as well as the team's 500. Looks like the Black Caps have gained some energy after the fourth wicket. 

  • OUT! That's it! Jeetan Patel FINALLY manages to bring the partnership, as well as Kohli's marathon innings to an end! Pitched along middle, Kohli looks to play it to the leg side on the backfoot. It is a tired shot though, and the bat comes down quite late. Easy lbw decision for the umpire, as the Indian captain departs for 211. India lose their fourth wicket with 465 on board, bringing an end to the marathon 365-run stand for the fourth wicket!

    Virat Kohli lbw Jeetan Patel 211 (366)

  • After 147 overs, India 457/3 (Virat Kohli 207, Ajinkya Rahane 161)

    Shortly after bringing up his second Test double-ton, Kohli slashes through the covers to bring up the 350-partnership, as well as his highest Test score. Rahane, on the other hand, has slowed down a bit after getting to his 150. Looks like 500 is a score that Kohli has in mind, along with perhaps a double-ton for Rahane. Looks like a day of records for the Indians 

  • 200 UP FOR KING KOHLI! The India Test skipper gets to his double-ton for the second time in his career — also as a captain — with a single off the final ball of the 142nd over. Huge roar all from the Holkar crowd after he gets there! 

  • After 140 overs, India 440/3 (Virat Kohli 195, Ajinkya Rahane 158)

    Boult and Neesham have given way to Henry and Santner. Loud, optimistic appeal by Henry for an lbw against Kohli, it appearing to be missing leg. The Indian Test skipper is now a hit away from his second double-ton! 

  • After 135 overs, India 433/3 (Virat Kohli 189, Ajinkya Rahane 157)

    Rahane brings up his maiden 150 with a boundary off a chip over cover. Meanwhile, Kohli moves past 3,500 Test runs in the ongoing innings, and looks to get to his second double-ton soon. Also, the Kohli-Rahane stand is currently the eighth-highest between Indian batsmen. 

  • 150 up for Rahane! The first time the flamboyant Mumbai batsman crosses the milestone, and he gets there with a boundary off a chip over cover! The capacity crowd at the Holkar Stadium roars in unison! 

  • After 130 overs, India 407/3 (Virat Kohli 176, Ajinkya Rahane 146)

    The NZ bowlers appear clueless at the centre as Kohli and Rahane make merry at the centre, bringing up the 300-stand as well as the 400 for India — both occurring for the first time since 2013. Lets see how long Kohli wants to continue with the run-fest, given that a total in excess of 400 already looks like a winning one on a track that is going to deteriorate, and support the spinners in the coming matches. 

  • Summary of the ongoing series in a few words.

  • Rahane takes a single to bring up the 300-RUN FOURTH-WICKET PARTNERSHIP with Virat Kohli! What a marathon stand this has been for the hosts! Also brings up the 400 for the Indians! 

  • After 125 overs, India 391/3 (Virat Kohli 168, Ajinkya Rahane 138)

    Rahane looks to whack a Patel delivery down the ground, only for the ball to deflect off Kohli's bat at the non-striker's end towards mid-off. Thank god nobody caught it there, else would've been a repeat of the Symonds-Clarke incident in an ODI against Sri Lanka in the 2005-06 season. Kohli executes a reverse-sweep off Santner for a boundary towards third-man, before Rahane goes for an inside-out lofted drive in the same over. 

  • After 120 overs, India 368/3 (Virat Kohli 152, Ajinkya Rahane 131)

    Jeetan Patel starts the proceedings off for the Black Caps in the second session of Day 2. Kohli brings up his 150 shortly after, getting to the milestone in 273 balls for the third time in his career. Rahane comes down the track against Patel — attacking the spinners yet again — to send the ball flying over mid-off

  • 150 UP FOR VIRAT KOHLI! This is the third time the India Test skipper reaches the mark in the five-day format! What a brilliant innings from the skipper, and an equally brilliant way for him to return to form after suffering a lean patch following his Antigua double-ton! 

  • After 117 overs, India 358/3 (Virat Kohli 149, Ajinkya Rahane 124)

    End of the first session of the second day, and its another session that has clearly belong to the hosts. India have scored 91 runs in 37 overs, with Rahane bringing up his century in the process. 

  • After 115 overs, India 353/3 (Virat Kohli 145, Ajinkya Rahane 123)

    Neesham has been handed the ball for the first time in the 112th over, and nearly takes a return catch off Rahane in the second delivery. Santner is reintroduced in the 113th over, with a packed leg-side field an no slips. Rahane comes down the track, and smashes his third six — his second over long-on. 

  • After 110 overs, India 339/3 (Virat Kohli 141, Ajinkya Rahane 113)

    Patel goes round the wicket to Rahane in the 107th over, and gets smacked over long-on for a six by Rahane, who dances down the track for the same. Pitch starting to misbehave in the first session of the 2nd day. Meanwhile, the Indian skipper moves to 140 with a couple of boundaries off Boult. 

  • After 105 overs, India 315/3 (Virat Kohli 126, Ajinkya Rahane 104)

    The milestone that we were all anxiously waiting for overnight in Rahane's century is brought up in the 102nd over. This has to rank among the bravest knocks by Rahane, having braved a barrage of short deliveries and taken his time to get to the milestone. 

Day 1, Report: Test skipper Virat Kohli ended his brief drought of big runs with a brilliant unbeaten century to guide India to 267/3 at stumps on the opening day of the third and final Test against New Zealand at the Holkar stadium at Indore on Saturday.

Kohli, who last scored a century against the West Indies in Antigua, held his composure to thwart the Kiwi attack and bring up his 13th ton, which incidentally is the first century of the ongoing series from either side.

The 27-year-old got ample support from his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (79 not out), who became the 36th Indian batsman to cross the milestone of 2000 Test runs during the innings.

Finding themselves in a tight spot in the second session, the right-handed duo held their nerves as they went on to frustrate the Kiwi bowlers with an unbeaten 167-run stand for the fourth wicket when stumps were drawn for the day.

Sensing more trouble, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson opted for the second new ball but his efforts at breaking the partnership went in vain as India added 119 runs in the final session.

Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara's (41) wicket was the only casualty India endured during the post-lunch session as the hosts went to tea at 148/3.

Resuming at 75/2 after lunch, Pujara and Kohli continued to maintain their temperament against the Kiwi spinners but after adding 25 runs to the score left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner produced a ripper to dismiss Pujara for 41.

Ravichandran Ashwin. AP

Ravichandran Ashwin. AP

The fall of Pujara brought in Rahane, who along with Kohli forged a 48-run partnership to stabilise the Indian innings.

For the visitors, Santner was the lone wicket-taker in the second session.

In the morning session, the Kiwis gave a good fight sending back both the Indian openers as the hosts reached 75/2 at lunch.

All eyes were on veteran opener Gautam Gambhir (29), who made a comeback to the national team after being sidelined for two years.

Coming in as a replacement for the aggressive Shikhar Dhawan, who injured his left thumb during the Kolkata Test, Gambhir started with a four to set the tone for the first ever Test match played at the venue.

When Matt Henry tested him with two short deliveries, the Delhi southpaw unleashed two consecutive pull shots that carried the ball safely over the ropes. Two more fours took his total to 24 off 20 making the 34-year-old's intent loud and clear.

His opening partner Murali Vijay (10) produced two classy fours off pacer Trent Boult but soon fell prey to off-spinner Jeetan Patel, who induced the right-hander to flick before being caught by Tom Latham at short-leg.

Encouraged by the result, Williamson immediately introduced spin from both ends employing Santner but one down Pujara and Gambhir did not give the left-armer any chance.

Boult then came back to break through the defence of Gambhir when he angled one across that thudded low on the back pad of the left-hander which was enough for the umpire to raise the finger.

For the visitors, none of the bowlers looked threatening as Boult, Patel and Santner managed to take one wicket apiece.

With both Kohli and Rahane well set, and Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin to follow, the hosts certainly look set for a massive first innings score.

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