A record fourth wicket stand of 365 between Skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane too India to a massive first innings total of 557 for 5 in the third and final Test at Indore.
Virat Kohli scored his second double century while Ajinkya Rahane missed out on his maiden double century by 12 runs.
New Zealand at stumps on Day 2 after the Indian declaration are 28 for no loss in reply, safely negotiating 9 overs.
The overnight pair of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane saw through the first two sessions, taking India to 358 for 3 at lunch and then stretching it to 456 for 3 at Tea. India had resumed the second day’s play at 267 for 3.
Virat Kohli, eventually was dismissed lbw, playing across the line and missing a flick in Jeetan Patel’s bowling. It was a career best for Kohli, scoring 211 from 366 balls with 20 fours.
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Indian batsman and captain Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a double century during the second day of third test cricket match between India and New Zealand at The Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on October 9, 2016. (Photo credit: PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
The Kohli-Rahane stand is now the highest ever fourth-wicket partnership for India beating the previous best of 353 between Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman which came against the Australia in 2003-04 at Sydney.
Ajinkya Rahane scored his 8th test century while going on to register a career best of 188 (from 381 balls with 18 fours and 4 sixes).
The 28-year-old Mumbaiker was caught by a diving wicket keeper BJ Watling after edging a drive off Trent Boult.
India’s batsman Ajinkya Rahane plays a shot during the second day of third test cricket match between India and New Zealand at The Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on October 9, 2016. (Photo credit: PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
Rohit Sharma scored a quick unbeaten 51 from 63 balls with three fours and two sixes while Ravindra Jadeja scored 17 not out before Virat Kohli declared the innings after 169 overs.
New Zealand have looked good so far in their reply with Martin Guptill on 17* and Tom Latham on 6 not out.
The visitors will have to bat through the entire day’s play tomorrow if they have to keep their hopes of drawing this test match alive. India on the other side would look to run through the Kiwi innings and most likely enforce a follow on if they are in a position to do so.