Indore Test, Day 2: Virat Kohli's 211, Ajinkya Rahane' 188 Puts India In A Dominant Position
Virat Kohli's second double century and Ajinkya Rahane's career-best knock of 188 put India in a dominant position on the second day of the third and final Test against New Zealand in Indore on Sunday.
After being dominated on Day 1, New Zealand were looking to put on a better show on Sunday. (Images Credit: BCCI)
Virat Kohli, who became the first player to score a century in the series, started off cautiously against the likes of Mitchell Santner and Jeetan Patel.
Ajinkya Rahane, who struggled against short deliveries on the opening day, countered the likes of Matt Henry and Trent Boult well and even hit a few boundaries.
Soon, Rahane reached the three-figure mark for the eighth time in Tests.
It was his second Test century against New Zealand and third at home.
There was little in either the pitch or the bowling to worry Kohli. The Indian skipper played some great shots as the hosts looked all set to get to a big total.
Henry bowled out his heart out but was again very unlucky to not get a wicket.
Kohli, who scored 200 against the West Indies earlier this year, in Antigua, became the first Indian to make two double tons as a captain.
With a long season ahead of India, Kohli would be hoping to continue his run in the upcoming months.
Kohli and Rahane added 365 runs, which proved to be India's highest-ever partnership for the fourth wicket in Tests.
Rahane, who hit 18 fours and 4 sixes in his knock of 188, was dismissed by Boult.
Rohit Sharma then shared an unbeaten 53-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja as India declared their first innings on 557/5.
Rohit hit his seventh Test half-century and remained unbeaten on 51.
In reply, Martin Guptill and Tom Latham gave New Zealand a solid start as New Zealand were 28/0 at stumps, trailing hosts by 529 runs.