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India vs New Zealand 2016 2nd Test Day 1 Report


Brief Score :- India 239 for 7 (Pujara 87, Rahane 77, Henry 3-35) v New Zealand

Most Kolkatans woke up early on Friday to tune in to their favourite radio programme on the occasion of `Mahalaya’, which marks the beginning of their biggest festival -Durga Puja. But only a handful had travelled to the Eden Gardens a few hours later, when Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat in the second Test versus New Zealand.

The crowd swelled a bit as the day progressed and those who came enjoyed an intense battle on Day 1. The visitors made early inroads to rock India in the first session, before Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane steadied the ship in the second. The Kiwis came back strongly to claim four wickets after tea, leaving the home team in a bit of a fix at 239 for 7 when stumps were drawn. You May also Like to read :-Full Scorecard & Highlights from India vs New Zealand 2016 2nd Test Day 1

New Zealand lost captain Kane Williamson, who failed to recover from a bug, as well as the toss with stand-in skipper Ross Taylor calling incorrectly. Despite the double reversal, New Zealand began well and had India struggling as they crawled to 57 for 3 in 27 overs at lunch.

With the pitch easing out in the afternoon, Pujara and Rahane took control. To their credit, the Kiwis didn’t lose heart and stuck to their task. Once they snapped the 141-run fourth-wicket stand, the Black Caps came back strongly with off-spinner Jeetan Patel, who flew in two nights before the game as Mark Craig’s re placement, picking up two wickets.Matt Henry , who replaced Ish Sodhi in the eleven here, provided the early breakthroughs by removing both openers in quick succession. Shikhar Dhawan, playing the match after KL Rahul was ruled out, failed to take his opportunity . Trying to cut Henry from too close to his body in the second over of the morning, Dhawan dragged the ball on to his stumps.

The right-arm pacer then had Murali Vijay with a beauty that held its line to take the outside edge of the opener’s defensive blade on way to wicketkeeper BJ Watling. Skipper Kohli once again fell to an atrocious shot, chasing one wide outside off stump from Trent Boult to be caught brilliantly at gully by Tom Latham. Things would have been worse had Watling held Pujara’s edge in Patel’s first over. Thereafter, the Saurashtra batsman applied himself well and played with his head down to rescue the team in Rahane’s company . The two batted with caution and showed the patience that the situation demanded. They looked for the gaps, preferring to play more off the back foot, as late as possible.

The Kiwis’ perseverance on a hot and humid day paid off when Pujara’s uppish drive off Neil Wagner was taken at short cover by Latham. His well-made 87 (219 balls, 17×4) followed scores of 62 and 78 in the Kanpur Test. Patel, who kept troubling the batsmen with his quicker ones, was finally rewarded when Rohit Sharma got one that turned and bounced, the batsman failing to keep it down to be caught at short leg by Latham. The India-born spinner next removed dangerman Rahane, trapping him in front of the stumps for a fine 77 (157 balls, 11×4).

From 187 for 4, India tumbled to 231 for 7 when Henry -operating with the new ball -brought one back to catch Ravichandran Ashwin inside the crease. Ashwin, who struck four pleasing fours in his 26, was adjudged leg-before, but replays suggested the ball might have missed legstump.

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