Virat Kohli played a magnificent innings on the first day of the Indore test between India and New Zealand. The Indian skipper took Cheteshwar Pujara's (41) good work ahead with his thirteenth test century. Further, he formed a strong partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (79 not out) to put India on a strong position.
Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss on Saturday as the third test began at Indore's Holkar stadium. Although India lost its first wicket as Murali Vijay (10) fell cheaply, comeback man Gautam Gambhir (29) and Cheteshwar Pujara took the fight to the opposition camp.
India has played brilliantly in this series and will like to complete a clean sweep against the Kiwis.
Gautam Gambhir played a test match after a gap of two years and showed good form while tackling the New Zealand bowlers. In his brief innings, he even pulled Matt Henry for two successive sixes in the fourth over of the first innings.
The Indian team has played tremendously well in the first two test matches. Whereas the batsmen have quietly done their job, the bowlers, led by spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have completely choked New Zealand. Further, the Indian fast bowlers showed some majestic form in the second Test match at Eden Gardens.
New Zealand, who have competed well in phases against the rampaging home team so far, have an unenviable task of stopping the Virat Kohli-led side from notching up their 12th win at home from 14 encounters.
#India vs New Zealand third test: Gautam Gambhir replaces Shikhar Dhawan and Umesh Yadav replaces the injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar
#India vs New Zealand third test: India has won the toss and decided to bat first in Indore
India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling(w), Jeetan Patel, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
#India vs New Zealand third test, day 1: India score 60 for 1 after Gambhir and Pujara steady the innings
#India vs New Zealand third test, day 1: Gambhir dismissed LBW by Boult, India 60 for 2
#India vs New Zealand third test, day 1: India are 75 for 2 at lunch. Kohli batting on 7 and Pujara 29 at the crease
#India vs New Zealand third test, day 1: India are 107 for 3 in post-lunch session, Skipper kohli batting on 23 with A rahane on 0
#India vs New Zealand third test, day 1: Ajinkya Rahane crossed the 2000-run landmark in Test cricket. India are 143 for 3
#India vs New Zealand third test, day 1: At tea India are 148 for 3, Virat Kohli not out on 45
#India vs New Zealand third test, day 1: Post-tea session India are 193 for 3
#India vs New Zealand third test, day 1: End of Day's Play - India 267/3, Virat Kohli 103 not out, Ajinkya Rahane 79 not out