Kohli's century puts India in command of 3rd test vs NZ
INDORE, India (AP) Virat Kohli hit his 13th test century as India reached 267-3 at stumps on the opening day to take control of the third test against New Zealand on Saturday.
Kohli was 103 not out, and Ajinkya Rahane undefeated on 79, as the pair put on 167 runs for the fourth wicket.
It was a hard grind as New Zealand bowled and fielded with discipline in the 90 overs. But the duo didn't give away any chances with 119 runs coming in the final session.
India skipper Kohli faced 191 deliveries and hit 10 fours. It was his sixth hundred in 17 tests while leading his country. Rahane reached his 50 off 123 balls, and hit nine fours and a six overall.
New Zealand came close to ending the partnership when James Neesham hit the stumps directly as Kohli scampered across for his 100th run. But Kohli had safely made the crease, much to the delight of the crowd at Indore's first day of test cricket.
India has already won the three-match series with an unassailable 2-0 lead.