Bhuvi spells doom for NZ on gloomy day 2

India vs New Zealand 2016 2nd Test Day 2 Report

India vs New Zealand 2016 2nd Test Day 2 Report

Brief scores: India 316 all out (Cheteshwar Pujara 87, Ajinkya Rahane 77, Wriddhiman Saha 54*; Matt Henry 3-46) lead New Zealand 128/7 (Ross Taylor 36, Luke Ronchi 35; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5-33) by 188 runs.

A 15-minute-shower robbed two-and-half hours of play but India took a stranglehold on the second Test after leaving New Zealand struggling at 1287 at stumps on Day Two. New Zealand’s woeful batting display on a two-paced Eden track left them 188 runs behind India’s first innings tally of 316 with three days remaining.

Earlier in the day, the Indian tail wagged long enough to add 77 vital runs to their overnight tally of 2397 before the hosts hit back with the ball.

Wriddhiman Saha, playing his maiden Test on his home ground, made a superb unbeaten 54. He forged a useful 41-run stand for the eighth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja before adding another 35 runs with his Bengal mate Mohammad Shami. Saha, who had opened his account with a six on Day 1, hit left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner for a four and a six to bring up India’s 300 and his own half-century.

If spin proved to be the Kiwis’ nemesis in Kanpur, they were undone by the pace and movement generated by Indian new-ball bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami.The Indian pacers picked up a wicket apiece in 26 minutes that New Zealand batted befo re lunch to help their team dominate the morning session.

Shami drew the first blood by trapping opener Tom Latham leg-before wicket with a delivery that was angled into to the left-hander. Martin Guptill became Bhuvneshwar’s first victim as the under-pressure opener was bowled in a bizarre fashion.

The right-hander shouldered arms to a delivery outside his off-stump but the ball bounced a bit more than he anticipated and hit this elbow before ricocheting on to his stumps. There was no respite for the Kiwis after the break as Bhuvneshwar had Henry Nicholls -playing in places of his indisposed skipper Kane Williamson -chopping the ball on to his stumps.

Luke Ronchi and stand-in skipper Ross Taylor put up a brave front by taking the fight to the pacers. Shami’s efforts to unsettle the duo with short deliveries didn’t quite pay off.India were somewhat lucky to see the back of Ronchi just before the rain interruption. When play resumed, Bhuvneshwar dismissed three more batsmen to register his maiden five-wicket haul -fourth overall -on Indian soil. Jeetan Patel just about managed to deny Bhuvi a hat-trick.

 

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