Indore: Virat Kohli who has captained Indian team for six Test matches at home has yet again managed to win his seventh successive toss at his home ground and decided to bat first in the third and final Test match played at Holkar Stadium in Indore.
The guest team succeeded to dismiss Indian opener restricting team India to score 75/2 at lunch in the third and final Test match between India and New Zealand.
Gautam Gambhir the left-arm batsman was the topic of discussion for the every Indian cricket fan as he was back on the field to represent India after a long period of two years.
Gambhir who replaced injured Shikhar Dhawan had a good beginning and found no difficulty to pull two successive short balls delivered by Matt Henry across the boundary. The 34 year batsman scored 24 runs off just 20 balls and was able to thrash couple of boundaries to take him to quick 24 run innings.
Indian camp witnessed first wave of shock when opening partner of Gambhir, Murali Vijay departed just for 10 runs. The off-spinner Jeetan Patel hunted Murali by bowling a superb delivery as Tom Latham took a brilliant catch to dismiss the opener.
Williomson, captain of the Kiwi’s was clever to introduce spin against left-hand Indian opener Gambhir and the new to the crease Pujara. However, both the batmen played brilliantly to move on with their innings in a very smooth manner.
Williomson again trusted Boult and called him back, this time luck was on Kiwis side as Gambhir fell prey at the hand of Boult as ball struck the pad providing Kiwis with another success.
Both the opener were sent back and Indian captain joined Pujara on the field, without much hardships team India managed to reach 75/2 till lunch.