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Record partnership of Virat, Rahane help India to post mammoth total

It was Virat's 13th hundred plus score in his 48th test while the Rahane scored his 8th three figure score in his 29th. Rahane also made distinction of completing his 2000 runs in test cricket during this innings only

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima DwivediBy Arnima Dwivedi

Published on 9 Oct 2016 11:46 AM GMT

Record partnership of Virat, Rahane help India to post mammoth total
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Indore: A masterly double ton by skipper Virat Kohli and near double by Ajinkya Rahane enabled India to post a mammoth score of 557 for 5 declared pushing New Zealand on the back foot on the second day in the third and final cricket test match of the series being played at Holkar stadium , Indore .

At the stumps, the visiting New Zealand was 28 without loss with Guptill and Latham at the crease.

Earlier in the day, India had two heroes in Kohli and Rahane who not only reaffirmed their class and batting prowess but took their team to an almost unassailable position in the match. They also posted the 4th wicket partnership of 365 runs for India, a record for India.

The pair of Virat and Rahane showed high degree of batsmanship enthralling the crowd and critics alike. Coming together at 100 for 3, both the players produced excellent cricket before being separated at the total of 465 when Virat got out at 211 LBW to Patel. Rahane followed him to pavilion after the team added 39 runs when he lost his wicket to Boult ,only 12 runs short of what could be his maiden double hundred.

Resuming from overnight team score of 267 for 3, Ajinkya Rahane , who was at in 80s at stumps on Saturday, completed his century before lunch, his 8th in his 29th test match. He was the second centurion in the innings after Virat who had reached the milestone on the first day but added one more feather to his cap by converting it into a double.

It was Virat's 13th hundred plus score in his 48th test while the Rahane scored his 8th three figure score in his 29th. Rahane also made distinction of completing his 2000 runs in test cricket during this innings only.

Rohit Sharma came good with the bat in this match too and scored a strokeful unbeaten 51 off only 63 balls to formalise an early declaration.

New Zealand had to face nine overs before stumps during which India tried four bowlers but with no success. India may be looking for an early breakthrough on day 3 as the hosts would not like to play second innings in the match.

Brief score at the stumps on 2nd day:

India 1st innings 557 for 5 Virat Kohli 211, Ajinkya Rahane 188, Rohit Sharma 51 no Boult 2 for 113 and Patel 2 for 120

New Zealand Ist innings 28 for no loss

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima Dwivedi

A journalist, presently working as a sub-editor with newstrack.com. I love exploring new genres of humans and humanity.

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