IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli misses out yet again!

Updated: Feb 24, 2020, 07:17 IST | Vimal Kumar | Mumbai

India kept losing wickets in the post-tea session as well with Agarwal's departure on 58, but the biggest blow came in the form of captain Virat Kohli's dismissal

India captain Virat Kohli makes his way to the dressing room after being dismissed caught behind
India captain Virat Kohli makes his way to the dressing room after being dismissed caught behind

India's best start to a day in the opening Test against New Zealand was witnessed when Jasprit Bumrah got rid of the dangerous BJ Watling and then Tim Southee gifting his wicket to Ishant Sharma—all inside the first 20 balls. However, India's hopes of a dramatic comeback evaporated with a stunning assault by the New Zealand tailenders.

Eventually, a touch belatedly, Ishant ended Boult's cameo with a bouncer to complete a five-wicket haul. Prithvi Shaw disappointed again, but Mayank Agarwal became the only Indian and second player in the match to cross 50 in this Test. Cheteshwar Pujara , who exhibited great restraint by scoring just 11 off 81 balls, misjudged a beauty from Boult.

India kept losing wickets in the post-tea session as well with Agarwal's departure on 58, but the biggest blow came in the form of captain Virat Kohli's dismissal. For the captain, this has been a very unusual tour, where he has gone past 50 just once in nine innings. "Virat likes to feel the bat on ball like a couple of their guys. We were trying to dry that up and the short ball was a good plan," Boult said.

Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin, who took three wickets, said: "We will have to take it session by session, hour by hour. However, the small the target we set, the better it is for us. It's important to stay in the moment and continue."

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