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Virat Kohli's double ton steers India to 557/5 against New Zealand

Kohli, 27, became the only Indian captain to score two double hundreds. Photograph: (AFP)

Indore, India Oct 09, 2016, 12.03 PM (IST)

India declared their first innings on 557 for five in the evening session of the second day's play of the third and final Test against New Zealand in Indore on Sunday.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli plundered New Zealand's bowlers again Sunday to record his second Test double-century as the hosts went to tea on 456 for three on day two of the third Test.

Kohli, on 207, and Ajinkya Rahane, on 161, stretched their fourth-wicket unbeaten partnership to 356 as the tourists suffered another wicketless session.

Kohli, who scored his maiden 200 against the West Indies in July, registered his career-best Test score Sunday to dominate the bowling attack.

The batsman, who resumed the day on 103, struck 19 boundaries during his epic knock to entertain the Sunday crowd at Indore's Holkar Stadium, which is hosting its maiden Test.

Kohli, 27, became the only Indian captain to score two double hundreds.

Overnight partner Rahane was also in blazing form as he posted his own career-best score after completing his eighth Test century.

Rahane had to face a barrage of bouncers in the morning session from the New Zealand quicks, with one of the short-pitched deliveries from Matt Henry hitting his helmet.

But the incident only seemed to strengthen Rahane's resolve as he batsman grew in confidence to increase his boundary count to 14 fours and four sixes so far.  

Pace spearhead Trent Boult and spinners Mitchell Santner and Jeetan Patel share a wicket apiece so far.

The hosts, who started the day on 267 for three, rode on the 365-run fourth-wicket partnership between skipper Virat Kohli (211) and Ajinkya Rahane (188) to flatten the New Zealand bowling.

India, who took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, are looking to complete a whitewash against the tourists.

(AFP)

 

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