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Updated on: Sunday, February 23, 2020, 12:40 PM IST

‘Kohli should play for India A’: Twitter slams Indian skipper after another no-show against New Zealand

Although just a minor bump in the road, Kohli will hope to be back at his best in the second Test.
India's captain Virat Kohli walks from the field after being caught. | Photo: AFP

India's captain Virat Kohli walks from the field after being caught. | Photo: AFP

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Virat Kohli has been woeful in the New Zealand tour. Except for an impressive 51 runs in India’s first ODI of the three-match series, he has without a half-century in the entire tour. It was thought he would return to his best in the Tests, but Kohli has managed to score just 2 and 19 runs in the two innings of the first match. Although just a minor bump in the road, Kohli will hope to be back at his best in the second Test.

After Kohli’s early dismissal in the second innings, fans took to their Twitter accounts to show their discontent.

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India were 144 for four in their second innings at stumps on the third day of the first Test against New Zealand here on Sunday.

India still trail New Zealand by 39 runs with six wickets in hand.

Ahinkya Rahane (25 batting) and Hanuma Vihari (15 batting) were the two unbeaten at the close of play as India faced 65 overs in their second innings.

Opener Mayank Agarwal made a fine 58.

Prithvi Shaw (14), Cheteshwar Pujara (11) and skipper Virat Kohli (19) all got out after starts.

Trent Boult (3/27) was pick of the bowlers for New Zealand in India's second innings.

New Zealand were earlier bowled out for 348 in their first innings in reply to India's below-par 165.

Resuming at the overnight score of 216 for 5, New Zealand added 132 runs in the morning session.

Skipper Kane Williamson top-scored for New Zealand with 89.

Ishant Sharma was the star performer with the ball for India with figures of five for 68, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scalped three wickets giving away 99 runs.

Brief Score:

India: 165 all out & 144 for 4 (Mayank Agarwal 58, Ajinkya Rahane 15 not out, Hanuma Vihari 15 not out; Trent Boult 3/27).

New Zealand: 348 all out in 100.2 overs (Kane Williamson 89, Ross Taylor 44, Kyle Jamieson 44; Ishant Sharma 5/68, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/99).

(With Agency Inputs)

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Published on: Sunday, February 23, 2020, 12:40 PM IST
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