NZ vs IND 1st Test: Virat Kohli's woeful run of form continues

Wellington: India captain Virat Kohli's poor run in the ongoing New Zealand tour continued on Friday as he could manage just two runs before getting dismissed by Kyle Jamieson on Day One of the first Test at the Basin Reserve.

Kohli, who came into bat after Cheteshwar Pujara's dismissal, could play just seven deliveries before he poked a swinging delivery on the fifth stump line, managing an edge and was ultimately caught by Ross Taylor in slip.

In the seven limited-overs inning which the Indian skipper played against New Zealand in the ongoing tour, Kohli could manage just 180 runs (125 in 4 T20Is and 75 in 3 ODIs), including only a single half-century.

In fact, the 31-year-old has not reached the three-figure mark in his last 19 innings. His last century came in the day-night Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata last year when he scored 136.

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This is not the first instance when Kohli hasn't been able to score big in his stellar career. Between February to October 2014, the Indian run-machine had failed to reach the three-figure mark in 25 innings across formats. This included the horror England tour where he managed to amass only 134 runs in five Tests and became the bunny of James Anderson.

Before that, he had failed to hit a hundred in 24 consecutive innings between February to September 2011.

Overall, Kohli has scored 70 international hundreds (27 in 84 Tests and 43 in 248 ODIs).

India's top-order batsmen performed woefully on a challenging track as the side crawled to 122 for 5 with New Zealand's towering pacer Kyle Jamieson rattling the visiting big guns on his debut on a rain-hit opening day of the first Test.

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Friday's play was called off after tea due to a heavy downpour, the gloomy conditions typifying India's batting blues with only Ajinkya Rahane (38 batting off 122 balls) matching wares when it came to winning the mental battle.

The 6"8' Jamieson could not have asked for a better start, picking up 3 for 38 in 14 overs and his prized scalps included two of India's best long-form batsmen - skipper Virat Kohli (2) and the dogged Cheteshwar Pujara (14 off 42 balls).

Kohli lunged into the drive and the thick edge was taken by the '100 Test man' Ross Taylor, standing at the first slip compounding India's troubles.

Rahane will have a lot of responsibility going into the second day's play. The under-fire Pant is also defending well which is the need of the hour.

(With PTI Inputs)

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