India cautiously advances to 148-3 vs NZ in 3rd test
INDORE, India (AP) India cautiously advanced on the opening day of the third test to reach 148-3 at tea against New Zealand on Saturday.
Virat Kohli was 45 not out at the break, along with Ajinkya Rahane on 19.
The pair have added 48 runs for the fourth wicket in the face of tight bowling by the tourists. A total of 73 runs came in the second session off 30 overs. Kohli faced 102 balls, and hit five boundaries.
Earlier, India's 100-mark had come up in the 36th over. But the hosts also lost a wicket at that stage, as Mitchell Santner (1-26) bowled Cheteshwar Pujara (41) with a ball that pitched on middle but turned away enough to knock back the off-stump.
Pujara put on 40 runs for the third wicket with Kohli. The pitch started taking some turn in this second session, as both spinners, Santner and Jeetan Patel (1-37) often beat the batsmen.
India reached 75-2 at lunch after winning the toss and electing to bat.
It is the first test hosted in Indore, which becomes the 22nd test venue in the country.
India has already clinched the three-match series with an unassailable 2-0 lead.