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It was spinners’ day out at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal on Friday as India made good use of their spinners to hold fort against the touring New Zealand team on day two of the first Test between the two. Out of total ten wickets fell in the day, the hosts managed to send five of the top Kiwi batsmen back to the pavilion before close after finishing their innings at 438. The Kiwis were 106/5 at stumps. Earlier, India added just 131 to their overnight score of 307/5.
Resuming at 307/5, India added just 131 before being bowled out. Cheteshwar Pujara and Mahendra Singh Dhoni completed a 127-run partnership for the sixth wicket in the process. Pujara was dismissed in the post-lunch session after his brilliant innings of 159 (306 balls, 19x4, 1x6). He was ably supported by Dhoni with a 73 (147 balls, 6x4, 1x6). It was Dhoni’s 25th half-century in 68 Tests.
A cameo from Ravichandran Ashwin with a 54-ball 37 gave India a late boost to help go past 400-run mark. Later, he ran through the Kiwi top order claiming three wickets. On the other hand, off-spinner Jeetan Patel was the leading wicket-taker for the Kiwis with 4/100. Trent Boult scalped 3/93.
Brief scores: India 1st Innings: 438 all out in 134.3 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 159, M S Dhoni 73, Jeetan Patel 4/100). New Zealand 1st innings: 106 for five in 42 overs (Kane Williamson 32, James Franklin 31 batting, R Ashwin 3/30, Pragyan Ojha 2/35).
India 438 (1st innings) I Over 39.3 I New Zealand 99/5
After a long resistance Williamson gave in. Williamson went for the cut off a short and turning delivery outside off. He ended up edging it straight into the hands of Sehwag at first slip. Williamson c Sehwag b Ojha 32(92) [4s-3]
India 438 (1st innings) I Over 32 I New Zealand 77/4
Indian spinners pressing hard for another wicket but Williamson (24) and Franklin (10) determined for a good partnership. Meanwhile, he drove a tossed up Ashwin delivery through cover for a boundary. Kiwis can’t afford to lose another wicket today.
India 438 (1st innings) I Over 26 I New Zealand 66/4
Williamson and Franklin have their task cut out after losing quick wickets. New Zealand trail by 372 runs.
India 438 (1st innings) I Over 18.1 I New Zealand 55/4
Ashwin on fire. Flynn was trapped before the wicket while attempting a sweep shot off Ashwin. Third wicket for the Chennai lad. Flynn lbw b Ashwin 16(13) [4s-2]
India 438 (1st innings) I Over 12.4 I New Zealand 35/3
Ashwin did it again. He bowled it on the middle and leg. Ross Taylor got an inside edge and the ball went straight to Kohli at backward short leg. Ross Taylor c Virat Kohli b Ashwin 2(14)
India 438 (1st innings) I Over 10.1 I New Zealand 29/2
A tossed up delivery from Ashwin gave India second wicket. Ashwin started with a tossed up delivery on the middle and leg. Guptill got an inside edge and went straight into the hands of Kohli at backward short leg. Guptill c Virat Kohli b Ashwin 2(25)
India 438 (1st innings) I Over 7.3 I New Zealand 25/1
A flighted delivery from Ojha did the trick for India as danger-man McCullum departed. He lured the batsman into playing aggressive shot by bowling it outside off. McCullum failed to clear past Kohli at cover. Brendon McCullum c Virat Kohli b Ojha 22(27) [4s-3]
Over 134.3 I Score: 438/10
India’s first innings score read 438 after losing all their wickets in the second session on day 2 of the first Test against New Zealand. Umesh Yadav was the last batsman to depart without making any major contribution with the bat. However, Ashwin showed some late sparkle to help India go past 400-mark but fell at 37 when he was stumped by van Wyk off Jeetan Patel.
Patel played a crucial role for the Kiwis in containing India, who had a good opening session. Two of his four wickets included vital wickets of captain MS Dhoni and Pujara.
Over 133.1 I Score: 430/9
Impressive innings from Ashwin came to an end. Jeetan Patel got his fourth wicket. Ashwin st van Wyk b Jeetan Patel 37(54) [4s-5]
Over 125 I Score: 414/8
Van Wyk pulled a stunner to dismiss Zaheer Khan by diving into his right. Fuller on length on the off stump from Boult. Zaheer, trying to defend, was beaten and managed a thick edge. Zaheer c van Wyk b Boult 0(8)
Over 121.1 I Score: 411/7
Third wicket for Jeetan Patel. Tossed up outside off, Dhoni smashed it flat, straight to Bracewell at mid off. A fine innings from the captain came to an end.
Dhoni c Doug Bracewell b Jeetan Patel 73(147) [4s-6 6s-1]
Over 120 I Score: 409/6
R Ashwin, the next batsman, showed urgency in scoring. He used the pace of Patel to cut it wide of slip to third man for four. Luckily, he got an outside edge that beat slip in the next ball too for another boundary. He made use of the third man area once against Boult in the next over. He angled the ball down to third man for another four. India crossed 400 in the process.
Over 115.4 I Score: 387/6
Pujara charged down the track to clear a flighted delivery from Jeetan Patel but mistimed as the ball went high to mid on. Franklin took an easy catch to end a superb innings.
Pujara c Franklin b Jeetan Patel 159(306) [4s-19 6s-1]
Over 115 I Score: 387/5
Dhoni evidently lost patience against Patel as he charged down the track couple of times only to miss it. However, he was successful in his first attempt when he lofted Patel straight down the ground for four. Later, Pujara slapped Chris Martin past extra cover off a delivery short outside off. India are in a strong position as they are yet to lose any wicket.
AT LUNCH Over 108 I Score: 371/5
Pujara pulled a short delivery towards fine leg boundary to reach the individual 150-run mark. After an initial hiccup, both the batsmen slowly raised the tempo to increase the scoring rate. Meanwhile, the partnership between the two reached 100 before the lunch session. A good first session for India without losing a wicket on a day that saw a delayed start to the match.
Over 105 I Score: 356/5
Dhoni flicked a Bracewell delivery to deep mid wicket to complete his 25th test fifty. Earlier in the over, Dhoni thrashed a delivery on the leg side to deep square leg for four.
Over 104 I Score: 348/5
Lucky Pujara escaped a run-out threat as McCullum fumbled on the field to help him complete the run. Dhoni pushed Bracewell to the covers and attempted for a single. But a late response from Pujara could have put him into trouble had it not been for McCullum’s poor fielding. Dhoni and Pujara concentrated on building a strong partnership with scoring rate at a snail’s pace. However, Pujara managed two boundaries in one Boult over to inch closer to his 150-run mark. Pujara played a late cut off Boult to put it safely past the slip for the first boundary. Pujara flicked another to deep backward square leg for his second four of the day.
Over 99 I Score: 333/5
Doug Bracewell was brought into the attack in the 96th over. It also brought the first boundary of the day for India. Dhoni got a thick edge off a wide delivery from Bracewell. Dhoni pushed a moving delivery to get an outside edge at 1st slip. Taylor didn’t carry and it went through to the boundary. Dhoni played out another maiden over in the following over off Martin. Bracewell’s gave away 4 runs in his second over of the session. Pujara made good use of his wrists to flick it hard to mid wicket, Patel made a sliding save but yet conceded two runs. He flicked a full and straight delivery between mid-on and midwicket to earn another couple.
Over 95 I Score: 321/5
Pujara cut Chris Martin hard at deep backward point for a single to complete 50-run partnership between the two. James Franklin came into the attack in the 92nd over. Dhoni was choosy in his scoring shots while Pujara kept scoreboard ticking with regular singles.
Over 90 I Score: 309/5
Trent Boult started off with a maiden over when the play began under overcast conditions after a brief delay on the second day. Dhoni and Pujara, resuming on 307/5, batted cautiously and according to the plan. They managed just two to the overnight score after the first three crucial overs of the morning session.
After a brief delay due to bad weather, first session of the second day of the first Test match between India and New Zealand has begun.
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