Bad light hindered play twice before the first day's proceedings of the World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand were called off at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday.
India were 146/3 at stumps with Virat Kohli (44*) and Ajinkya Rahane (29*) stitching a valuable 58-run unbeaten partnership.
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Earlier, India, being put in to bat first, started off strongly with openers Rohit Sharma (34) and the young Shubman Gill (28) being watchful over the first hour. They manoeuvred the likes of Trent Boult and Tim Southee with ease and showed their brilliance to the occasional loose balls.
They put on a commendable 62 runs for the first wicket until Kyle Jamieson plucked Rohit off a thick outside edge. Southee at the slip made no mistake to hold on to a low catch.
Soon after Rohit’s dismissal, Gill had to depart after teasing a length ball just outside the off stumps from Neil Wagner.
Watch all three wickets on Day 2:
Going into lunch with two set batsmen out, India had a long journey to make in the second session. Even though skipper Virat Kohli looked in good touch, the run rate came down drastically following Rohit and Gill's exit.
Cheteshwar Pujara (8) took a while to get off the mark but couldn't make it count as he was trapped leg before by Boult a short while into the second session.