Indore Test: Virat Kohli's Unbeaten Ton Puts India In Control On Day 1
Virat Kohli struck form with a brilliant century as India ended the opening day's play on a commanding 267 for three against New Zealand in the third and final Test in Indore on Saturday.
India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat in the first ever Test held at Indore. (Images Credit: BCCI)
With this, Kohli won his third toss of the series and eighth in a row in home Tests.
Murali Vijay got India off to a good start as he drove Trent Boult on the up for two boundaries through the covers in the third over of the innings.
Gautam Gambhir, who was a playing a Test after a gap of two years, made a strong statement early on as he pulled Matt Henry for consecutive sixes in the fourth over.
But in the very next over, off-spinner Jeetan Patel struck to get rid of Vijay.
Boult, who was a touch expensive early on, came back strong in the second spell and removed Gambhir, who looked set for a big score.
Kohli then joined Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease and showed great patience to take India to 75/2 at lunch.
Pujara displayed superb footwork against both fast-bowlers and spinners before a beauty from Mitchell Santner sent him packing.
Kohli then gradually asserted India's dominance as along with Ajinkya Rahane, he added 48 runs in 20 overs before tea.
Rahane, who initially faced a barrage of bouncers from Henry, Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham, slowly gained confidence and went for his shots.
Despite ending with the figures of 0/65, Henry was New Zealand's best bowler of the day. He troubled almost all Indian batsmen but was very unlucky to not get a wicket.
An utterly dominant Kohli then reached the three-figure mark for the 13th time in Tests.
Kohli hit 10 fours in his unbeaten 103-run knock.
An unbeaten partnership of 167 between Kohli and Rahane indeed helped India grab honours on Day 1.