What a memorable day for the Indian supporters that witnessed Indian team boast a sensational 557/5 on Day 2, recording the third highest total for India against New Zealand, which already signifies that India are en route to sweeping the Kiwis under the carpet to make it 3-0.
On Day 1, New Zealand bowlers showed some quality early on before Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane came into the party and took the game away from the visitors by putting on a 167-run partnership. On Day 2 (Sunday), the same batsmen stepped in with same energy and went on to add more flesh to the scorecard.
New Zealand bowlers tried all their tactics to stop Kohli-Rahane but the constructive duo whacked them like a hot knife through butter. The buoyant duo went on to stitch a 365-run stand which is India’s highest fourth wicket partnership in Tests.
Virat Kohli got to his thirteen Test hundred on Day 1 and continued to tire out the bowlers just like he did on Day 1 and became the first Indian skipper to essay two double tons in the same year itself. The runs kept on flowing like a rain for India when these two batters started to free their arms in pursuit of scoring more.
The Indian skipper’s wicket was the first to fall on Day 2 when the latter batsman was trapped for an LBW off Jeetan Patel’s bowling. The entire stadium was at Kohli’s feet applauding for garnering 211 runs and for making the day feel special for the audience.
As far as Ajinkya Rahane is concerned, he struggled to get going with the short balls but coped the situation well and got to his seventh Test ton after lunch. Rahane was at his best to play good shots and registered his career best of 188 runs, 12 runs short of making his first-ever double ton as he gave away his wicket to Trent Boult when wicket-keeper BJ Watling had the ball in his safe pair of hands.
Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja managed to score runs as quickly as possible when the game progressed. Rohit Sharma took the responsibility to play good shots and gained some good runs. Just as when Rohit reached to his seventh half-century and third consecutive in the ongoing series, Kohli declared the innings.
With just 9 overs left on Day 2 gameplay, Indian bowlers stepped out with a hungry to bag a couple of wickets. New Zealand started the innings with five runs on the board as a bonus when Jadeja ran down the pitch twice. This doing awarded Kiwis five runs before the start. However, India didn’t pick up wickets on Day 2, leaving the Kiwis on 28/0.
India – 557/5 (declare)
Virat Kohli – 211 (366), Ajinkya Rahane – 188 (381);
New Zealand – 28/0; Trent Boult – 2/113, Jeetan Patel – 2/120