After winning the toss, New Zealand opted to field first looking at the weather conditions. The Indian openers got off to a good start. However, they failed to convert it to a big partnership and both were dismissed in quick succession. Meanwhile, Pujara who was looking solid with the bat was dismissed by a beautiful delivery from Trent Boult. Rahane and Kohli steadied the innings and the duo will need to continue in the same fashion on Day 3 to propel India to a formidable total.
Let us have a look at some of the numbers from Day-2 of WTC'21 Finals:
2 - Rohit Sharma became the first player to feature in two different inaugural ICC Final events (WT20 2007 Finals & WTC'21 Finals). The 34-year-old achieved the feat when he came out to bat against New Zealand in the World Test Championship final at Hampshire Bowl, Southampton. Notably, Rohit Sharma had also featured for India in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 against Pakistan.
61 - Virat Kohli played his 61st Test match as captain in the game. By doing so, he has now played most matches as captain for Team India surpassing MS Dhoni's 60 Test matches as captain.
Most Test matches as captain:
Graeme Smith - 109
Allan Border - 93
Stephen Fleming -80
Ricky Ponting - 77
Clive Lloyd - 74
Virat Kohli - 61
3 - Since 1990, Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma have become the only Indian opening pair to bat more than 20 overs for 3 times in SENA Conditions.
Indian opening pair batting 20+ overs in SENA Conditions most times since 1990s:
Shubman Gill & Rohit Sharma - 3 times
Aakash Chopra & Virender Sehwag - 2 times
Wasim Jaffer & Dinesh Karthik - 2 times
7500 - Virat Kohli completed 7500 runs in Test Cricket, becoming the 3rd joint fastest to achieve the feat.
Fastest to 7500 Test runs (innings wise) for India :
Sachin Tendulkar / Virender Sehwag - 144 inns
Rahul Dravid - 148 inns
Virat Kohli - 154 inns
Sunil Gavaskar - 154 inns
5 - Trent Boult dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara for the 5th time in Test Cricket on Saturday.
Bowlers to dismiss Pujara most times in Test Cricket :
Nathan Lyon - 10
James Anderson / Pat Cummins - 7
Josh Hazlewood - 6
Trent Boult - 5