New Delhi: Welcome to coverage from Day 2 of 2nd Test between India and New Zealand at the Eden Gardens.
New Zealand Innings
Over 34 | Score 128/7 | (Watling 12*, Patel 5*)
India in pole position to win the Kolkata Test after Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up a 5-for. Ross Taylor and Luke Ronchi did show determination in the middle with scores of 36 and 35 respectively. We are probably heading for a 4-day Test at Eden Gardens.
Over 33 | Score 126/7 | (Watling 11*, Patel 4*)
Double blow for New Zealand. Bhuvneshwar Kumar removes Mitchell Santner and Matt Henry off successive balls.
MJ Henry b Kumar 0 (1b)
MJ Santner lbw b Kumar 11 (20b)
Over 30 | Score 110/5 | (Santner 10*, Watling 5*)
Kiwis captain Ross Taylor departs as the visitors go 5 down. Tough road ahead for Santner and Watling.
LRPL Taylor c Vijay b Kumar 36 (80b)
Play resumes in Kolkata. New Zealand at 85/4.
Umpires to inspect the pitch in some time- BCCI!
Groundstaff are taking the water off the covers. Play should begin shortly!
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 1, 2016
Over 24.4 | Score 85/4 | (Taylor 30*, Ronchi 35)
Ravindra Jadeja's constant efforts rewarded! Ronchi departs on 35 as India claim 4th wicket. Meanwhile, light drizzle causes the game to pause at Eden Gardens.
L Ronchi lbw b Jadeja 35 (52b)
Over 20 | Score 74/3 | (Taylor 30*, Ronchi 25*)
Spinners brought into the attack as New Zealand begin revival after initial scare. Taylor-Ronchi building a solid partnership.
Over 14 | Score 52/3 | (Taylor 17*, Ronchi 16*)
50 up for New Zealnd but they lose 3 wickets in the process. Lukhe Ronchi gets dropped by Gautam Gambhir at Short Point.
Over 9 | Score 28/3 | (Taylor 7*, Ronchi 2*)
Bhuveneshwar strikes again to send Nicholls packing. Kiwis struggling the same way Indians did with the new ball on Day 1.
HM Nicholls b Kumar 1 (11b)
Over 5 | Score 21/2 | (Nicholls 1*, Taylor 2*)
LUNCH! Bhuveneshwar Kumar removes Martin Guptill in spectacular fashion after the Kiwi batsmen got double minded between playing and leaving a delivery, directs ball on to his stumps.
India in command at Eden Gardens.
MJ Guptill b Kumar 13 (13b)
Over 2 | Score 14/1 | (Guptil 9*, Nicholls 0*)
Last batsman to fall for India, Mohammed Shami returns as bowler to pick up the first New Zealand batsman. Latham out for just 1.
TWM Latham lbw b Mohammed Shami 1 (2b)
Over 104.5 | Score 316 | (Saha 54*, Shami 14)
ALL OUT! Mohammed Shami falls to Trent Boult after a spectacular catch by Matt Henry to fold the Indian innings. Saha spectacular in his quick-fire 50.
Mohammed Shami c Henry b Boult 14 (14b)
Over 100 | Score 285/9 | (Saha 33*, Shami 4*)
300-run mark still within reach, as New Zealand are just one wicket away from wrapping up the Indian innings.
RA Jadeja c Henry b Wagner 14 (31b)
B Kumar lbw b Santner 5 (11b)
Over 90 | Score 252/7 | (Saha 25*, Jadeja 2*)
Saha, Jadeja restart from where they had left yesterday. Though too early, but Kiwis not getting the same help from the pitch as Day 1.
At stumps on Day 1, the last pair of recognized batsmen Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha were batting on a score of 0 and 14 respectively.
Batting through the tricky first session will be challenging task for the Indian tail as Kiwi seamers would want to repeat yesterday's heroics when they picked up 3 wickets in quick succession.
Day 1 started with New Zealand seamers getting the better of both Indian openers – Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay – before sending the Indian skipper Virat Kohli packing too.
Opting to bat first, India lost three wickets in the pre-lunch session to totter at lowly score of 46/3.
It was Cheteshwar Pujara with a brilliant 87 and Ajinkya Rahane with 77, whom India have to thank for reaching a fine total of 239 by stumps.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 1, 2016
The duo accelerated the tempo in the last session, before Pujara got out 49 minutes into the post-tea session. Kiwi spinner Jeetan Patel plotted Ajinkya Rahane's dismissal with an excellent flatter delivery that trapped him before the wicket.
Both batsmen would be uhappy having missed out on golden opportunities to score respective centuries.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 30, 2016
A lot was expected from Rohit Sharma, who is known for his exploits at Eden Gardens, but all he could manage was a total of 2 runs before heading back to the dressing room.
Both Henry and Trent Boult stuck to a well thought out plan, maintaining an accurate line on or just outside the off-stump.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 1, 2016
For the visitors, Matt Henry (3/35) and Jeetan Patel (2/66) were the most successful bowlers, though Trent Boult (1/33) also troubled the Indian batsmen a lot and maintained pressure.
India made two changes from the team that played the first Test at Kanpur. Shikhar Dhawan replaced the injured Lokesh Rahul, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar was prefered to Umesh Yadav.