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

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

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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! 

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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. 

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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! 

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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. 

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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

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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. 

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Highlights

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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.

Teams:

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.

IANS

Updated Date: October 08, 2016 17:09:40 IST

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