Virat Kohli struck his second double century and Ajinkya Rahane fell short of his maiden double ton after powering India to a commanding 456 for three at tea on day two of the third and final Test against New Zealand on Sunday.
After the interval, the Kohli-Rahane partnership was finally broken, Kohli trapped leg before by Jeetan Patel for a career-best 211. Rahane missed out on a maiden double ton, departing for 188 after an edge off Trent Boult’s bowling was caught by BJ Watling.
The marathon 365-run stand between India captain Kohli and his deputy Rahane is now the highest fourth-wicket partnership for India, who hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
Rahane did not look comfortable against the rising delivery on Saturday and the right-hander was predictably subjected to a barrage of short-pitched balls by Matt Henry after India resumed on 267-3.
One such delivery had Rahane in two minds whether to duck under the bouncer which smacked him in the helmet, prompting Kohli and the New Zealand fielders to inquire about his well-being.
Rahane took a single off Trent Boult to bring up his century and looked more confident against the spinners, stepping out to hit three sixes, including two off Jeetan Patel’s bowling.
New Zealand’s best chance of the day came in the morning session when Kohli was nearly bowled by Patel as he sought to defend a delivery that hit the toe of his bat and bounced just over the stumps.
Kohli took a single off Henry to bring up his double hundred before being hugged by partner Rahane, while rival skipper Kane Williamson came forward to shake his hand.
Kohli hit 20 boundaries in his stellar knock, while Rahane struck four sixes and 18 fours in his gritty innings.