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  • 12 June 2019
    Virat Kohli, Indias captain, made the most of an easy-paced surface to score his 13th Test ton that guided his side to an impressive 267 for 3 at stumps on day one of the third Test against New Zealand in Indore on Saturday.The curator at Holkar Stadium produced a surface laden with cracks and Kohli, after winning his seventh successive toss in Tests, said that the pitch would aid batsmen on the first two days of the Test.Kohlis prediction was spot on, as he joined forces with Ajinkya Rahane to propel the hosts to a commanding total against a team strengthened by the return of their captain, Kane Williamson, who had missed the second Test in Kolkata due to illness. Williamson introduced spin in the fifth over after his seamers failed to extract early bite. The move paid off as Jeetan Patel struck in his first over to dismiss opener Murali Vijay for 10. India went to lunch at 75 for 2 with Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli at the crease.Mitchell Santner accounted for a well-set Pujara after the hosts had reached the 100-run mark. His dismissal was to be the last of Indias setbacks on the first day, as Kohli and Rahane dropped anchor.Kohli came into the Test with scores of 44, 3, 4, 9, 18, 9 and 45 in his last seven Test innings. He needed to find form and he did. In Indore, he was solid in defence and used the depth of the crease well against the spinners. What helped him was that he avoided playing extravagant shots that cost him his wicket in the earlier Tests. He didnt offer any clear chances, and the two times he edged the ball, it eluded the fielders.He brought up his 50 from 108 balls, shortly after tea. Kohli and Rahane added 167 runs in the 54 overs they batted together. Kohlis unbeaten 103, that came from 191 balls, included ten fours. His partner, Rahane, ended the day with an unbeaten 79.The 18,000-strong crowd, present at Holkar Stadium, hosting its first ever Test match, were treated to an impressive batting display from Indias top order - led by Kohli. India will now look to further compound New Zealands woes, on the second day, by adding to the already sizeable first-innings total. Custom Carlton Fisk Jersey . Woodson said during a radio interview Thursday that the Knicks Carmelo Anthony doesnt get the same calls as other superstars. Custom Carl Yastrzemski Jersey . Coach Tom Thibodeau says the former MVP will probably start travelling with the team in the next few weeks. Rose tore the meniscus in his right knee at Portland in November and was ruled out for the remainder of the season by the Bulls. . 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Teams have a history of making big jumps in their second season under coach John Fox.Carolina did it. So did Denver. And the Chicago is hoping the pattern holds.The Bears have been plagued by injuries and at least two important players might be limited or unavailable for the opener at Houston on Sept. 11: star right guard Kyle Long (shoulder) and outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, who had offseason knee surgery.There are also concerns in the secondary, and the offense is missing two of its top contributors from last season after Chicago parted with running back Matt Forte and tight end Martellus Bennett.Besides all that, they released Robbie Gould and ended an 11-year run with the most accurate kicker in franchise history while upgrading their offensive line by signing three-time Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton on Sunday night.Here are some things to look for this season:CATCHING UP: The Bears will finally get to see just how just how dynamic a receiving tandem Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White can be. They never got that chance last season.The 6-foot-3, 216-pound White missed his rookie season because of a stress fracture in his left shin after being drafted with the seventh overall pick. But with his size and physical skills, Chicago is counting on big things from the West Virginia product.Hes an explosive guy, Cutler said. You can see hes a physical specimen. So well just find ways to get him the ball in space and kind of let him catch and run and use that speed and that burst hes got.Jeffery led the team in receiving, but there are questions about his ability to stay healthy, not to mention his future with the club.Calf, hamstring, groin and shoulder problems limited the former Pro Bowl receiver to nine games last season after he played in all 16 the previous two years. 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