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| 02 December, 2020, 12:41 PM IST | E-Paper
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    • Opting to bat after winning the toss, DC were tottering at 22 for three in fourth over before the duo of Iyer (65 off 50 balls) and Rishabh Pant (56 off 38 balls) added 96 runs for the fourth wicket to steer their team to safety.

      After New Zealand's tail wagged big time to post a good first innings total of 348, the deficit of 183 understandably put India under severe pressure. If Cheteshwar Pujara (11 off 81 balls) paid for his ultra-defensive mindset shouldering arms to an in-dipper, skipper Virat Kohli's split-second indiscretion became his undoing.

      Starting the day on 144 for four, India were all out for 191 in 81 overs in their second innings. This was a shade better after their dismal 165 in the first innings, which eventually proved to be decisive. The required target of nine runs was knocked off by New Zealand without much ado for their 100th Test win.

      The rain swept in seconds after the players had left the field for the tea break and, despite the skies clearing, umpires Aleem Dar and Richard Kettlebrough ended play at about 5.30 p.m. (0430 GMT) after a pitch inspection. Ajinkya Rahane will resume on Saturday on 38 while the recalled Rishabh Pant will be with him on 10.

      All the three designated openers — Mayank Agarwal (1), Prithvi Shaw (0) and Shubman Gill (0) — failed the seam and bounce test, falling cheaply. With skipper Virat Kohli opting for an intense net session over the warm-up game, India managed only 263 with none apart from Vihari (101 retired) and Pujara able to score even 20 runs on a Seddon Park track that had liberal grass covering.

      These shadow tours not only have sorted the issue of preparation that plagued India in South Africa and England, they have also made sure the team has adequate back up if the need does arise. Take the Rohit Sharma injury for example.

      There weren't any surprises save for Chakravarthy's inclusion in the T20 squad after his stellar show for KKR in the current IPL. He has already picked up a five-for and has a total of 12 scalps to his credit this season so far.

      Pujara was placed sixth, down one rung, with 791 points, while Rahane occupied the ninth spot after slipping a couple of positions with 759 points. In bowling, India's pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, returning from an injury layoff, remained static at sixth position with 794 points, while spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (772 points) and seamer Mohammed Shami (771) were ninth and 10th respectively.

      With 928 points, Kohli is way ahead of second-placed Australian maestro Steve Smith (911) and New Zealand's inspirational skipper Kane Williamson (822), while Australia's Marnus Labuschagne, who has amassed 1,085 runs in 11 Tests this year, improved a place to grab the fourth spot. Pujara was placed fifth with 791 points, while Ajinkya Rahane was joint seventh with 759 points.

      In conversation at the National University of Singapore, Dravid was all for the pink ball Test. He said Pujara and Rahane practised with the pink ball at the NCA a week ago to figure out how it behaves at twilight.

      India declared their first innings at 493 for 6 after bowling out Bangladesh for 150 in the visitor's first essay. In their second innings, Bangladesh were bundled out for 213. India lead the two-match series 1-0. In the second innings, India bowled out Bangladesh for 213 to record an innings and 130-run victory in the first Test.

      The talk before the Indore match centres around use of pink ball in the day-night Test in Eden Gardens. This is a series in the World Test Championship calendar, in which Virat Kohli's men can steamroll the rag-tag opposition in four days. It is difficult to imagine how Bangladesh, without Tamim Iqbal and the suspended Shakib Al Hasan, will even be able to compete in this format.

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