Third wicket partnership of 167 between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, put India in control at the end of day 1 in the third and the last Test match against New Zealand. Kohli and Rahane ended the day batting on 103 and 79, respectively. At the end of day 1, India were 267 for 3.
Cheteshwar Pujara (41) played with composure but Mitchell Santner denied him his fourth fifty of the series with a superb delivery which angled in and turned sharply to uproot the off stump. (Source: Reuters)
After losing the toss for the third consecutive time, New Zealand had early success when Jeetan Patel snuffed out Indian opener Murali Vijay. Vijay was caught brilliantly at short leg off a firm flick. (Source: Reuters)
Gautam Gambhir, who made a comeback after two years to Test team, was retained in the team as KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan are injured. (Source: Reuters)
Ajinkya Rahane was scratchy to begin with but settled down well to remain unbeaten on 79 on day 1. He along with the Indian captain rebuilt the innings. His knock of 79 had nine boundaries and a six over square leg off Jeetan Patel's delivery. (Source: Reuters)
Virat Kohli's 103 not out was not the most flamboyant of his 13 Test centuries but the 167 runs he added with Ajinkya Rahane for the fourth wicket laid the foundation for a big first-innings total for the hosts who hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. (Source: Reuters)
Kane Williamson, back in the side after missing the second Test through illness, introduced Jeevan patel in the fifth over. His decission paid off immediately as Patel managed to dismiss Indian opener Murali Vijay. (Source: AP)
Virat Kohli hit 10 fours in his 191-ball knock. He, also, scored his first century at home since February 2013 to put the hosts in a commanding position against New Zealand on day 1 of the 3rd Test. (Source: AP)