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Virat Kohli scores his 13th Test fifty AFP

Indian Test captain, Virat Kohli scores his 13th half-century in third Test against New Zealand at Indore. This is Kohli s first fifty after seven innings. His last big score in Tests came against West Indies at Antigua in the first match of the series. Since then, Kohli wasn t able to cross the 50-run landmark in next seven innings. In the second innings of the last Test against New Zealand at Eden Gardens, Kohli had the chance to score a fifty but a low bounce delivery made him walk back to pavilion as he was given out lbw. In last one month, his batting has become a matter of concern for Team India but it hasn t affected that much. Live cricket scorecard: India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test

In the ongoing third Test against New Zealand, Kohli helped his side stay firm against a persistent Kiwi bowling attack as the hosts were 148 for three at tea on the first day of the match on Saturday. Kohli managed just 81 runs in his previous four innings, has shown patience during his 108-ball stay. The hosts lost their only wicket in the afternoon session — Cheteshwar Pujara — after the batsman was bowled off a beauty by left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner for 41.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who returned to lead the side after missing the second Test with a viral infection, juggled his bowling options but Kohli and Rahane held fort. India lost both its openers in the morning session with returning Gautam Gambhir (29) letting go of a good start at Indore’s Holkar Stadium, which is hosting its first-ever Test match. Pace spearhead Trent Boult cut short Gambhir’s breezy knock, which was studded with three fours and two sixes, after trapping the left-handed batsman lbw on an incoming delivery. Top-ranked India lead the three-match series 2-0 after pocketing the rubber in Kolkata on Monday.

(With Inputs from AFP)