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Because he had to dive in to make his ground and then wait for the third umpires decision to make sure he had completed his 100th run, these were the most subdued celebrations for a Virat Kohli Test hundred. It was fitting because Kohli had just finished one of his more subdued hundreds. There were only two cover-driven boundaries, one to get off the mark, the other after reaching his fifty. His other favourite shot, the flick, was used with a straight bat, to get singles down to long-on.Generally Kohli doesnt do subdued. He has shown he is an excellent frontrunner who can be near impossible to contain, not somebody who lets the bowler have his time and then change gears. This is not strictly a criticism; every team needs different kind of batsmen. Everybody cannot react to good bowling the same way as Cheteshwar Pujara does. A bowling side has to fear the counter-attacker too. When you know a slight error will be punished, you tend to make more errors. Kohli is that batsman who can capitalise on a good start and sometimes counterattack during testing periods.Steve Waugh once said that when Sachin Tendulkar came in to bat, the chant of Sa-chin Sa-chin and the noise every time he middled the ball could be disorienting. Waugh said Tendulkar would have run away with the advantage by the time he realised what was happening. In that aspect of his game, Kohli can be compared to Tendulkar, but Tendulkar could buckle down when required. Kohli, as was evidenced in the first innings in Kolkata, put too much of a premium on dominating the bowlers early, of not letting them bowl to a plan. Thats perhaps why this is the slowest of his 10 centuries since February 2013.Test cricket is also about adjustments, about evolving all the time. From how lovingly Kohli speaks about Test cricket, it matters too much to him to be just batting in one tone. In front of 18000-plus people in Indore, at a ground making its Test debut, Kohli premiered his patience.New Zealand are not the most penetrative attack in this condition, but they have shown they can make it difficult by following their game-plans. This pitch - with less bounce - somewhat took the bouncer out of the equation, but they bowled with discipline to reduce India to 60 for 2 when Kohli came in, and 100 for 3 with Pujaras wicket. These are situations from where India have lost quick wickets in almost all their home Tests since Kohli took over, asking the lower order to bail them out. But Kohli, in partnership with Ajinkya Rahane, made sure the bowlers could relax. This was the least difficult of the three pitches, but 60 for 2 and 100 for 3 can look much worse in no time. New Zealand had managed to bring the scoring rate back under three after the quick start when they first looked to attack Kohli with the short ball, just five deliveries into his innings. When the deep square leg went back and the first bouncer didnt rise too high, New Zealand went back to testing him through denial.That denial was strong, but Kohlis resolve matched it. In partnership, Jeetan Patel and Jimmy Neesham kept testing him either side of lunch. Neesham kept bowling well outside off, Patel kept changing his trajectory smartly. A flat ball didnt always mean you could go back to it, but Kohli kept getting outside the line whenever beaten in the flight. Patience half-broke when Kohli chased a wide shortish ball from Neesham with a vertical bat, but by now the catching men were sparse.Neesham had set the base up for another tandem, between Patel and Mitchell Santner. The latter bowled Pujara with one that turned from middle. The two kept asking questions. Kohlis strike rate kept dipping, but he didnt go looking to manufacture shots. In the 41st over, Santner turned one past Kohlis edge, but the batsman did not follow the ball with his hands, which is what happens when you are unsure. Kohli was back to a flatter lbw ball next ball but managed to get an inside edge. In Santners next over, Kohli saw flat trajectory, went back, ended up pushing at a full ball in front of his body, but he still didnt look edgy.Then, after waiting and waiting, on 28 off 72, Kohli finally got a short ball from Santner. There was no over-eagerness to hit it hard. He just went back, used a vertical bat and punched it past midwicket. There he had seen off a tough passage of play, and had now cashed in a loose ball he had earned. There were minor smaller tests to follow. New Zealand finally managed to get a ball changed, and they reversed it for a while, but Kohli offered them no chances. The new ball was taken as soon as it became available, but Kohli was comfortable against it.The manner in which Kohli went from 39 off 99 to 103 off 191 without playing a shot in anger would have reassured him that he doesnt always need to go out of his way to look for runs, which is what has resulted in some of his early dismissals. That if he stays there for long enough he can get those runs organically. This could be an important step in the evolution of Kohli the Test batsman. Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping .S. hockey team after paying his dues as an NHL general manager for more than three decades and giving up a lot of his free time to help USA Hockey. China Jerseys . -- Josh Sterk scored once and set up two more as the Oshawa Generals edged the visiting Belleville Bulls 3-2 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. http://www.nfljerseyschina.net/ . 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They were amazing the first three games.After sitting out the season-opening road trip with an unspecified injury, Bergeron returned to practice on Wednesday and took regular shifts in the home opener against New Jersey. He was on the ice when linemate Brad Marchand tied it 1-all with just under 10 minutes left in regulation, and he was there again to one-time the game-winner in at the end.He scored a clutch goal for us, coach Claude Julien said. Thats what hes always been: a clutch player.Tuukka Rask had 28 saves for the Bruins, who fought off a power play for the last 49 seconds without allowing a shot.Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils, and Cory Schneider stopped 34 shots.The game remained scoreless until Palmieri scored a power-play goal about four minutes into the third period. But Marchand tied it with just under 10 minutes left in regulation -- his third goal and eighth point in four games this season.(When) youre lucky enough to have a lead in the third period, its a tough pill to swallow, not getting any points out of it, Palmieri said.After finishing below .500 at home last season, Julien said he was glad to put on a better show for the Boston fans. We were all disappointed in our performance here last year, he said.Without Bergeron, the Bruins moved David Backes from right wing to center between Marchand and David Pastrnak. They combined foor 16 points in the Bruins first three games; Marchand ended his night as the NHLs leading point-scorer, with three goals and six assists for nine points, and Pastrnak had seven.ddddddddddddYou want to start the season, go on the first road trip with the team. It wasnt easy at all, Bergeron said. There was a lot of pulling, on my side, to be back. But we looked at the big picture and this was more reasonable.The ceremonial first puck was dropped by 98-year-old former Bruins captain Milt Schmidt, with help from Bobby Orr. It was the 80th and 50th anniversaries, respectively, of their rookie seasons. They each went on to win the Stanley Cup twice, have their numbers retired in Boston and earn induction in the Hall of Fame.Orr, wearing treads on his shoes, pushed Schmidt out in a wheelchair. He helped his former coach raise his hand to acknowledge the cheering crowd. Several players, including Bergeron and Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, came over to say high to the former stars.Theyre two Bruins legends and hockey legends, Marchand said. Any time youre around them, its exciting. You kind of catch yourself watching them, and admiring them.Taylor Hall missed an open net early in the third after drawing a penalty that led to the Devils goal. 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