New Zealand have blueprint to save game

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New Zealand coach Mike Hesson believes India skipper Virat Kohli has provided them with a blueprint for how to bat on the Indore surface if they want to save the third Test.

India amassed a mammoth 557 for five before the skipper declared and Kohli’s 211 has fuelled some ideas for the Kiwi boss.

Speaking after play on day two, Hesson said: “We have a very good blueprint of how to bat on this surface.

“Our challenge tomorrow is to try and replicate something similar.

“It was high quality batting. The way they carried on today, it was an exceptional partnership and we have to acknowledge that and say ‘well played’.

“Kohli killed us softly — that is the nicest way of describing it.”

India’s total of 557 would be the second highest first innings total by a losing team should they somehow conspire to suffer defeat in Indore, bested only by a record set in 1894 in a timeless Test between Australia and England.

Despite the huge total, Hesson is positive about what needs to be done: “You can’t do anything about the deficit now.

“We just have to bat for long periods of time. Each batsman has their own game plan and it is a matter of being very decisive around that.

“It is not quite as sharp a turn at the moment as perhaps in Kanpur (first Test) but we know that will change over time.”

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