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Day Two of the third and final Test between India and New Zealand at Holkar Stadium in Indore belonged only to two men skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane. Both Kohli and Rahane imprinted their batting might on the land of India’s first Test captain Col. CK Nayudu. India went into the Indore Test after being crowned the No. 1 Test side replacing arch-rivals, Pakistan, and are aiming for a clean sweep against a lowly-ranked New Zealand side. Kane Williamson’s inclusion in the side would have boosted New Zealand’s morale who were outplayed at Kolkata where their batsmen fell like ninepins but things started off a bad note for the visitors on Day One of final Test. Here is a look at the memorable moments from Day Two of concluding Test: LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test

Virat Kohli’s double ton: Skipper Kohli was criticised for his lack of application in the last four Test matches where he gave away his wicket rather than the bowler claiming his vital scalp. Kohli showed temperament in the second innings of Kolkata Test making a attractive 45 on a bowler friendly track. Kohli’s knock helped India get out of a tough situation and helped his team gain high ground. Kohli would have been on cloud-nine and his batting in this Test was a testimony to the fact. Kohli left the ball outside off stump with ease on Day One of and attacked every ball on his range. On Day Two, Kohli started his innings on 103 not out and ended the day scoring his second double ton in Tests.

Kohli looked at ease and was unwilling to take any risk en route his double ton. He kept the scoreboard ticking and was able to fiddle with the fielding placement very well. He changed gears in second half of the first session with Rahane proving the perfect foil to his batting style. Kohli got to his double ton any fuzz even though New Zealand fielders were called-inside the 30-yard circle. Kohli got to the milestone in 347-balls which included 18 mesmerizing strokes to the boundary.

Kohli innings finally came to an end after he tried to flick Jeetan Patel off the pads but missed it completely and was plumbed for 211.

Virat Kohli-Ajinkya Rahane’s mammoth stand: Kohli and Rahane came into the middle on Day One with India in spot of bother at 100 for 3 and New Zealand having their tail up. Kohli looked fluent but it was Rahane who looked troubled and diffident. Rahane who is a very compulsive puller of the short-ball was either not judging the length of the ball or was completely mistiming it. Rahane played every bowler with much concentration and took a few hard body-blows.

Kohli, on the other end, was keeping it simple and playing attractive and alleviate cricket. He kept the scoreboard rolling seeing that Rahane was in two minds. Both notched up their fifties on Day One but Kohli went to record his 13th Test ton by stumps on opening day.

Start of Day Two and the pair of Kohli-Rahane looked to be more threatening than before. Rahane started connecting the short-ball which showed that he is a quick learner and is willing to fight it out in the middle. Rahane began to open his arms and used his reach to perfection enroute to his 8th ton.

The pair has knocked-0ff a few Indian Test records in their mammoth stay in the middle. The pair amassed 354 runs for the fourth wicket, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman s 353-run stand versus Australia in Sydney 2003-04.

Ajinkya Rahane’s selfless knock of 188: Much has been written about Rahane’s knock in this match. His technique against short-ball was questioned on Day One and he gave a fitting reply to the critics on Day 2. Rahane ably supported Kohli who was eloquently scoring runs in the bulk. What stood out for Rahane was his determination and character which helped him meandering through a rough patch in the middle. Rahane has always been a team player and this Test just added more weight behind that claim.

Rahane, after Kohli’s dismissal, took over the responsibly of scoring freely and added quick runs. He was joined by Rohit Sharma who batted unlike himself and looked to block anything the bowlers were throwing to him. Rahane rocketed four massive sixes to up the run-rate for the team and get close to a hsitoric double century. India was on the verge of declaring and knowing this Rahane tried to go for glory shot only to fall 12 runs short of his maiden double ton.

In this process, Rahane gifted his wicket for the team which is bigger achievement then a fifty or a hundred.

Rohit Sharma’s self-interested fifty: Coming in after the fall of Kohli’s wicket, Rohit Sharma would have been instructed to add quick runs and provide Rahane good support to get a maiden double hundred. Rohit, in his lazy elegance, came out in the middle and started to block everything which was baffling. Rahane, on the other hand, felt the pressure and went after the bowling only to miss-out on a well deserved 200.

Rohit went on to score a fifty just as Kohli announced India’s declaration just then. Rohit played slow and blocked one end of the pitch which in this match doesn’t seem a big factor but on a day when Indian team needed a lavish knock, Rohit’s selfish nature might just become a hurdle for them.

(Vishal Mehra is a journalist with CricketCountry, who enjoys his weekly dose of anime, monthly viewing of sitcoms, daily playing of cricket once every few hours moon, and currently venturing into table-tennis . His twitter handle is @capturethecatch)