Record fourth-wicket stand puts India in control


A stunning 365-run stand by Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane saw India firmly in control at the end of day two in their third and final Test against New Zealand.

Captain Kohli brought up his second career double hundred in posting a score of 211 - his highest score in the five-day game - while Rahane's contribution of 188 helped the pair to the best fourth-wicket partnership in Indian Test history.

The hosts declared at 557-5 in Indore, with the tourists - already 2-0 down in the series - finishing on 28 for no loss from their nine overs at the crease to trail by 529 runs.

The Kohli-Rahane partnership stood at 167 at the start of the day following a classy display on Saturday, and the pair faced little threat for the most part.

The duo turned in a disciplined performance, picking their shots well as the mountain facing the Black Caps grew ever taller.

It was not until the the 148th over - 112 after Rahane had come to the crease - that the partnership was finally halted, with Jeetan Patel (2-120) trapping Kohli lbw.

That wicket came in the first over after tea and Rahane soon followed when he was caught behind off Trent Boult (2-113), having looked to score quick runs as India pondered a declaration.

Kohli, whose average over the seven Test innings that preceded his mammoth knock was 18.85, eventually called his men off following creditable contributions from Rohit Sharma (51 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (17 not out) to leave New Zealand a daunting target to stay competitive.

Martin Guptill (17 not out) and Tom Latham (6 not out) saw the tourists safely through to the end of the day, but there is a long way to go if they are to salvage anything from this dead rubber match.