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India vs New Zealand, 1st Test: Virat Kohli's India record worst 1st innings total in two years

The total is also among the lowest at the venue since 2013 after 134 amassed by West Indies in December 2017 and India's second lowest after 161 in December 2002.

India TV Sports Desk India TV Sports Desk
New Delhi Published on: February 22, 2020 6:30 IST
India's Ajinkya Rahane looks back after being dismissed for
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India's Ajinkya Rahane looks back after being dismissed for 46 by New Zealand's Tim Southee during the first cricket test between India and New Zealand at the Basin Reserve in Wellington

Under the sunny sky in Wellington on day 2 of the opener, everything went wrong for the Indian side as the visitors crumbled inside two hours. Ajinkya Rahane ran out Rishabh Pant early in the session before Tim Southee struck twice to dismiss Ravichandran Ashwin on duck and the vice-captain on 46. Beginning the day at 122 for five, India managed to add just 43 runs more for the remaining five wickets with Southee causing most of the damage. 

In the fourth over of the morning session, Rahane fended off the length ball from Southee to point and called for a quick single. Pant looked hesitant and reacted late to the single call and hence remained out of the frame when Ajaz Patel dislodged the bail from point position. Southee then emulated the Prithvi Shaw dismissal delivery to get rid of Ashwin. 

Back-to-back dismissals left Rahane with the tail enders and he began to push for runs. Southee caused confusion with a widish ball at length as Rahane looked to let go, but the ball took the inside edge and BJ Watling completed the formalities behind the stump. 

Mohammed Shami began to frustrate Southee with a couple of dangerous shots amid his boundaries before Tom Blundell provided the pacer with his fourth wicket as India were wrapped up for 165. 

The total is India's second-lowest first-innings total under Virat Kohli's captaincy after their total of 107 at Lord's against England in 2018. Overall, India managed below 200 totals in the first innings five times under Kohli and won just two - in Bengaluru in 2017 and in Johannesburg in 2018. 

The total is also among the lowest at the venue since 2013 after 134 amassed by West Indies in December 2017 and India's second lowest after 161 in December 2002.

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