India continued their domination over New zealand as brilliant batting from skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane helped the hosts to a mammoth 557/5 on the second day of the third and final Test match at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here on Sunday. (SCORECARD)Rohit Sharma (51 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (17 not out) forged a 53-run partnership before Kohli decided to declare the innings midway through the final session of the day. Sharma bought up his half century off 62 balls, with three fours and two sixes. (Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to score two double centuries in Tests)At the close of play, New Zealand were on 28/0 and trailed India by 529 runs. Martin Guptill (17 batting) and Tom Latham (6 batting) were at the crease.Resuming the second day at 267/3, Kohli and Rahane helped India reach 358/3 at lunch. (India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 2: As It Happened)Kohli continued to bat in the post-lunch session with the same authority, maintaining a high scoring rate and slammed his second double-ton in Tests.At 199, Kiwi pacer Henry delivered a length ball and Kohli rolled his wrists nicely to work it towards deep square and became the first Indian to score two double tons as captain. (Ajinkya Rahane shows his class with 8th Test hundred)Rahane, on the other hand, was not so fluent, but supported his skipper from the other end. The Mumbai batsman scored his first 150 of his career. (Indore Test, Day 2: Key highlights)Resuming the post-tea session at 456/3, Kohli and Rahane again paced up their innings as they hit the Kiwi bowlers all around the park before off-spinner Jeetan Patel broke their 365-run partnership by trapping Kohli leg-before for 211.advertisementKohli’s 366-ball innings was laced with 20 boundaries.Soon after he added 39 runs to the overall score with incoming batsman Rohit Sharma, Rahane too was sent back to the pavilion for a well made 188 runs when he hit out at a widish delivery from pacer Trent Boult only to see New Zealand wicketkeeper Bradley-John Watling pull off a simple catch.Rahane’s 381-ball knock was laced with 18 boundaries and four sixes.
On July 10, 1949, one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the game was born — Sunil Gavaskar. The former India captain turns 68 today. The Mumbaikar has represented India in 125 Tests, scoring 10122 runs at an average of 51.12. He has scored 34 Test centuries and 45 fifties. Gavaskar amassed 3092 runs from 108 One-Day Internationals, averaging 35.13.The right-hander held a number of records in his glittering career. He was the first batsman in Test cricket to breach the 10000-run mark barrier and was the first batsman to score hundreds in both innings of a Test match thrice. He was also the first Indian cricketer to aggregate a total of more than 700 runs in a series when he smashed 774 runs at an average of 154.80 in 1971 against West Indies. It was also the most runs in a debut series by a batsman. The opening batsman was also a part of the Indian squad that lifted the 1983 World Cup under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. He was one of the cricketers named in the Wisden cricketers of the year in 1980. Three years later, Gavaskar became the first Indian batsman to carry the bat after he scored unbeaten 127 at Faisalabad. This is how Twitter celebrated the legend’s birthday:Happy Birthday to one of the best and most daring batsman ever, Sunil Gavaskar Sir. Watching film Maalamaal to see you in a different avatar pic.twitter.com/my6rmq1l8X- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 10, 2017Happy Birthday to Indian Cricket Legend Mr. Sunil Gavaskar. May the year bring in lots of success and happiness. pic.twitter.com/lVE0cbrhzxadvertisement- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 10, 2017Here’s wishing the legend, Sunil Gavaskar a very happy birthday! #TeamIndia #Legend pic.twitter.com/TAkImhhBvQ- BCCI (@BCCI) July 10, 2017Happy Birthday to one of the all-time great batsman, Sunil Gavaskar! In 233 matches across Tests and ODIs he scored an amazing 13,214 runs! pic.twitter.com/1rid0MpUXb- ICC (@ICC) July 10, 2017Great people come in short packages. Happy Birthday to one of the greatest Indians to walk on the cricket field, Sunil Manohar Gavaskar. pic.twitter.com/QIMvVG5b5h- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 10, 2017Happy Birthday to the first man who climbed the 10K mountain in International cricket. #Legend #ChampionBatsman pic.twitter.com/9T3qXqM1CC- Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 10, 2017