For the final time on this long tour, India and New Zealand picked themselves up for the second Test at Christchurch on Saturday (29 Feb). This tour of New Zealand has been long enough to tire out some of the visiting players so much so that even Indian captain Virat Kohli, possibly the most energetic player of modern era, seems to be burned out in the first innings of the test match.
On the first day of the second Test match, the story was no different for team India from the first Test as they folded out for just 242 runs in the first innings. On the other hand, New Zealand openers took the scoreboard to 63 for no loss till the stumps on day one.
The hosts won the crucial toss on a green pitch and inserted India to bat first. India again lost one of their opener early but this time it was Mayank Agarwal as after Trent Boult caught him in front of the stumps with a swinging delivery.
The opener, however, decided to challenge the on-field decision only to lose the review as well. After Mayank’s wicket, Pujara and a whirlwind half-century from Prithvi Shaw got India back on the track with a half-century partnership in quick succession. But the youngster couldn’t get a big score and got out on 54– brilliantly caught by Tom Latham in slip.
Virat Kohli again walked into the middle with India looking close the first session without losing any further wicket. But, this time the person who walked out from the dressing room was not the Kohli we know.
He was tentative in his approach- not quite sure about his off-stump and resultantly, was soon dismissed by a gentle fullish delivery from Tim Southee. Virat was caught plumb in front of the stumps, but Indian captain, like Mayank, decided to challenge the on-field decision and in the process losing the second review as well.
This careless review also got a few eyebrows raised from the Cricket fraternity as the ball was clearly hitting the middle stump on ball tracking. Clearly, Twitterati wasn’t impressed with the Indian skipper wasting yet another review and started bashing the Indian captain on social media for such a waste of the review.
Virat Kohli DRS reviews (as batsman) in Tests since 2016
Nine stuck down
Three umpire's calls
Last successful review: vs SL, Kolkata, 2017/18 (Umpire: Joel Wilson)#NZvIND
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) February 29, 2020
— faceplatter49 (@faceplatter49) February 29, 2020
This is the 10th time Southee dismissed Kohli in Intl cricket, most by any bowler. A good CV to have him after retirement. #NZvIND
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 29, 2020