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Kohli-Rahane record stand puts India in command

Kohli-Rahane record stand puts India in command
Virat Kohli celebrating his century in the third Test against New Zealand
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India 557-5 dec (Kohli 211) v
New Zealand 28-0 (Guptill 17no)
Third Test, Indore, day two
Scorecard

A record-breaking 365-run stand between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane helped India register a total of 557 for five before declaring, following which New Zealand scored 28 for naught to end the second day of the third Test match in Indore.

India resumed on the overnight score of 267 for three. Kohli (211) and Rahane (188) began cautiously in the first session. Soon after the 200-run stand came up, Rahane brought up his century in the 102nd over and continued to progress.

India slowly accelerated in the second half of the session but New Zealand still managed to keep the scoring rate in check. Having scored 91 runs in the session, India ended with 358 for three at lunch.

In the first over of the second session, Kohli completed his 150 while New Zealand missed a couple of tough run out chances.

A little while after the duo went past the 300-run stand, Rahane also reached the 150-run mark in the 133rd over.

As India neared the 450-run mark, Kohli brought up his second double century and became the first Indian Test captain to score two double-hundreds. At the tea break, India were strongly placed at 456 for three.

In the very first over of the final session, Kohli was trapped LBW by Jeetan Patel (2-120). Rohit Sharma (51 not out) began positively as India crossed 500 but Rahane was caught behind in the 160th over, missing out on a maiden double-century.

Ravindra Jadeja (17 not out) and Rohit Sharma (51 not out) shared a 53-run stand for the sixth wicket, scoring at over five an over.

Jadeja was warned twice for running on the danger area and New Zealand were awarded five penalty runs.

Moments after Sharma completed his fifty, India declared with the score at 557 runs from 169 overs.

From the nine overs left in the day, New Zealand managed to remain unbeaten and erased 28 runs off the deficit, ending the second day with a trail of 529 runs.

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