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Kohli, Rahane fire as India seize advantage on day one

Ajinkya Rahane (left) and Virat Kohli (right) scored an unbeaten 167-run stand
Ajinkya Rahane (left) and Virat Kohli (right) scored an unbeaten 167-run stand
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India 267-3 (Kohli 103no) v New Zealand
Third Test, Indore, day one

Virat Kohli scored a confident century while Ajinkya Rahane supported him with an unbeaten 79 as India scored 267 for three at stumps on day one of the second Test against New Zealand in Indore.

India won the toss and elected to bat first for the third time in the series. Gautam Gambhir was drafted into the team for the first time in two years for the home side while Kane Williamson also returned back after recovering from illness.

Murali Vijay (10) started the proceedings for India with two boundaries in the third over while Gambhir (29) smashed back-to-back sixes in the next over as India raced to a breezy start.

However, the aggression ended when Jeetan Patel (1-65) had Vijay caught behind in the fifth over. Gambhir and Cheteshwar Pujara (41) ensured India reached 41 for one at the end of the first hour.

After a 34-run stand with Pujara, Gambhir was trapped LBW by Trent Boult (1-54) in the 12th over. India went into lunch at 75 for two. New Zealand bowlers were tight in the second session and the pressure eventually fell on Pujara, who was castled by Mitchell Santner (1-53).

Rahane (79 not out) crossed the 2000-run mark in the longer format as he and Kohli saw through a difficult spell of bowling from Santner and Matt Henry (0-65) to take India to 148 for three at tea.

In the first over of the third session, the pair brought their 50-run stand and two more overs later, Kohli reached his half-century.

Rahane looked solid at other end and reached his fifty with a six and at the stroke of stumps, the Indian captain brought his century as India reached 267 for three. The pair shared an unbeaten 167 run stand.

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