A day after Virat Kohli became the first batsman to score a century in the series, Ajinkya Rahane became the second to reach the three-figure mark. Rahane completed his eighth century in the longer format of the game and his third ton at home.
New Zealand bowlers had troubled Rahane with the short ball on Saturday and continued the same strategy on Sunday and a Matt Henry bounce hit Rahane on the back of the helmet close to the ear but the batsman was undeterred by everything, fighting his way to reach his hundred.
Rahane resumed on Sunday on his overnight score on 79* and played cautiously before opening his arms to the New Zealand pacers. Rahane was exceptional in his stroke making through the slip-point region. The short ball direct away from him was dealt with the upper cut.
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Kohli, who completed his hundred on Saturday, was ecstatic as his deputy accepted the applause of the crowd and dressing room after the hundred. Kohli himself had ended a barren run where he went without a half-century in the last 11 innings. His last big innings before this match was a 200 against West Indies.
India were placed nicely in the third Test against New Zealand in Indore and the score was past 300 with both Kohli and Rahane still at the crease. India had won the toss and elected to bat but lost three wickets when the scoreboard 100. This was before Rahane joined Kohli and the middle and carried the team to 267/3 at stumps on Day 1.