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India reach 148/3 at tea on Day 1 vs New Zealand

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Indore, 08,2016 : India reached 148/3 at tea on the first day of the third and final Test match against New Zealand at the Holkar cricket stadium here on Saturday.

Skipper Virat Kohli (45) and Ajinkya Rahane (19) were at the crease when umpires called for the break.

Cheteshwar Pujara was the only wicket to fall in the second session.

Resuming at 75/2 after lunch, Pujara and Kohli continued to maintain their temperament against the Kiwi spinners but after adding 25 runs to the score left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner produced a ripper to dismiss Pujara for 41.

The fall of Pujara brought in Ajinkya Rahane, who along with Kohli forged a 48-run partnership to stabilise the Indian innings.
For New Zealand, Santner was the lone wicket-taker in the second session.

Earlier in the day, Kiwi bowlers managed to send back the Indian openers as the hosts reached 75/2 at lunch.

All eyes were on veteran opener Gautam Gambhir (29), who made a comeback to the national team after being sidelined for two years.

Coming in as a replacement for the aggressive Shikhar Dhawan, who injured his left thumb during the Kolkata Test, Gambhir started with a four to set the tone for the first ever Test match played at the venue.

When Matt Henry tested him with two short deliveries, the Delhi southpaw unleashed two consecutive pull shots that carried the ball safely over the ropes. Two more fours took his total to 24 off 20 making the 34-year-old’s intent loud and clear.

His opening partner Murali Vijay (10) produced two classy fours off pacer Trent Boult but soon fell prey to off-spinner Jeetan Patel, who induced the right-hander to flick before being caught by Tom Latham at short-leg.

Encouraged by the result, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson immediately introduced spin from both ends employing Santner but one down Pujara and Gambhir did not give the left-armer any chance.

Boult then came back to break through the defence of Gambhir when he angled one across that thudded low on the back pad of the left-hander which was enough for the umpire to raise the finger.

With both the openers back, Kohli (7 not out) joined Pujara (29 not out) in the middle and the duo saw through the opening session without any more hiccups as the umpires called for lunch.

Brief Scores: India 148/3 (Virat Kohli 45 not out, Cheteshwar Pujara 41, Ajinkya Rahane 19 not out) vs New Zealand

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Need fearless match-winners to win big tournaments, says Kohli

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Guwahati, 4 Jan : India sipper Virat Kohli reckons it will be tough for his side to win ICC events untill the middle-order steps up and delivers in situations when the top-order fails. Kohli also said the success of the team can’t revolve around any two or three players and the entire team should click as a unit.

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Bangladesh agree to play Day-Night Test at Eden Gardens

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Kolkata, 29 Oct : Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday agreed to play the second Test against India at Eden Gardens under lights and this will be the first Day-Night Test for both teams.

“Great opportunity and massive game in Eden Gardens against India, who also hasn’t played a D/N Test. It is new to both sides and it will probably bring the two teams together,” Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo said.

“Both teams not quite knowing what is going to happen, so it is a challenge we want to take. Some of our players were skeptical about it, but we are excited. We don’t know what brand of ball will be used, and we will probably have little time to prepare but we are excited by it.”

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is the man behind making this happen as he pushed the BCB to play under floodlights in a bid to pull crowds to the stadiums.

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#VizagTest : Rohit steals show with maiden century as opener

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Visakhapatnam, 02 Oct : The class has been stamped in the maiden appearance itself and it will now be all about building from here on as Rohit Sharma drove, cut and flicked his way to his maiden hundred as an opener in the second session of the first Test between India and South Africa at the ACA-VDCA Stadium on Wednesday.

Starting the session at 91/0, the Indian openers put on 111 runs in the post-lunch session when umpires called for an early break owing to bad light. While Rohit was batting on 115, Mayank Agarwal was unbeaten on 84 as the South Africa bowlers had no answer to the quality batting on display.

The second session was once again dominated by the Indians, but primarily by India’s new opener — Rohit. Rising to the challenge handed to him by the team management, Rohit stole the show as his cautious approach was overtaken by the free flowing batsmen one is used to seeing in the limited-overs format in the second session.

Brief Scores: India: 202/0 (Rohit 115, Mayank 84) vs South Africa

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