After the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane slowly stitched 48 runs. Virat Kohli on 45 and Ajinkya Rahane on 19 are at the crease.
Rahane completes 2000 runs in Test cricket. He thus became the 36th player to score those many runs for India.
Post-lunch, the early dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara for a well-made 41 didn’t deter Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. They both tackled the Kiwi bowlers cautiously and India are placed at 119 for 3 with Kohli 32 and Rahane 3 are at the crease.
The New Zealand bowler Santner breaks the partnership by dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara for 41. India loses their third wicket for 100. Rahane is the new man. The Indian batsmen Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara didn’t let the Kiwi bowlers to make further inroads by stitching a patient partnership. After 35 overs, India are 99 for 2 with Kohli on 15 and Pujara on 41 still at the crease.
Post-lunch, the Indian batsmen Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara played cautious cricket and frustrated the Kiwi bowlers. India are 84 for 2 with Kohli on 11 and Pujara on 33 at the crease.
After electing to bat first, India started on a strong note with Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir scored some brisk runs. But the introduction of spin in the fifth over got immediate breakthrough for New Zealand.
Jeetan Patel dismissed Murali Vijay for 10 and there was sudden drop in the run-rate for India.