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Virat Kohli shares photo with “Partner In Crime” MS Dhoni, check here



Kolkata: Virat Kohli’s admiration for former India captain MS Dhoni is not a hidden fact. Virat Kohli is on the verge of becoming the most successful Indian Test captain but it seems the run-machine is missing his ‘partner in crime’.

Sharing a picture on social media with former skipper M.S. Dhoni, Kohli said: “Partners in crime…Crime: stealing doubles from fielders at the boundary. Guess who”.

Soon after the post, fans started pouring in their guess claiming it to be the former captain.

Earlier on Tuesday, India and Bangladesh players stayed indoors after landing here, and India head coach Ravi Shastri had to change his initial plan of dropping by due to a delayed flight. But the buzz at Eden Gardens, which will host the second Test, was unmistakable on Tuesday as preparations were in full swing two days ahead of the first-ever Day-Night Test here.

Skipper Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane were the first to reach on Tuesday morning with the team following later in the afternoon. Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh and Rohit Sharma are slated to join the team on Wednesday morning.

The historic match will kickoff with Army paratroopers expected to parachute into Eden to hand over a pink ball each to the two captains just before the toss.

This will be followed by the ringing of the Eden Bell by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.


Pacers shine for India on Day 2 of warm-up game




Hamilton: Indian pacers came out with a remarkable performance on second day of the practice game against New Zealand XI being played at the Seddon Park.

On Saturday, the four Indian pacers — Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini — all bowled on immaculate line and lengths and bundled out New Zealand XI for 235.

While Shami was pick of the Indian bowlers as he picked up 3 for 17, Bumrah, Umesh and Saini picked two-two wickets each. Ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scalped the remaining one wicket.

For New Zealand XI, Henry Cooper top scored with 40 while Rachin Ravindra and captain Daryl Mitchell contributed with 34 and 32 respectively.

With a lead of 28, Indian openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal then came out all guns blazing in the second innings and accumulated 59 runs in the seven overs they played before Stumps.

While Shaw scored 35* off the 25 balls he faced (5 fours and a six), Agarwal too smashed 23 runs off 17 balls (4 fours and a six), swelling India’s lead to 89.

In their first innings, India had been bundled out for 263 riding on Hanuma Vihari’s 101 and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 93.

Brief Scores: India 263 all out and 59/0 (Prithvi Shaw 35*, Mayank Agarwal 23*); New Zealand 235 all out (Henry Cooper 40, Mohammed Shami 3/17

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