New Zealand ahead in see saw day 2

Picture Courtsey: Hindustan Times

It was a superb day for fast bowlers as there were 16 wickets on the 2nd day of 2nd Test match played at Hagley Oval, Christchurch on Sunday.

Umesh Yadav got an early big breakthrough dismissing Tom Blundell to break the 66 runs stand for opening wicket. Jasprit Bumrah did the damage by getting rid of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson for just 3. Tom Latham and Ross Taylor looked compact with their stroke play. After the drinks break, Latham reached his fifty off 119 balls. Ravindra Jadeja got the breakthrough dismissing Ross Taylor with a good catch by Umesh Yadav. Taylor and Latham added 40 runs for 3rd wicket. Mohammed Shami produced a beauty to dismiss Latham for 52 to bring India back into the game. Shami struck again to get rid of Henry Nicholls with a good catch by Virat Kohli. New Zealand went into lunch break at 142 for 5.

It was a superb start for the Indian team in the 2nd session as Jasprit Bumrah dismissed BJ Watling and Tim Southee in same over to leave New Zealand at 153 for 7. Colin de Grandhomme and Kyle Jamieson faced some quality fast bowling, but Jamieson played with good intent. Ravindra Jadeja produced a beauty to dismiss Colin de Grandhomme. Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner frustrated the Indian bowlers with good stroke play. Wagner was dropped by Hanuma Vihari. Jamieson and Wagner produced vital runs with attacking stroke play.  Jadeja produced a brilliant one handed catch to get rid off Neil Wagner for 21. Wagner and Jamieson added 51 runs for the 9th wicket. Shami dismissed Jamieson with a good catch by Pant to bowl out New Zealand for 235. The umpires called Tea after the fall of last wicket.

In the third session, Trent Boult got the breakthrough dismissing Mayank Agarwal for 3. Shaw and Pujara kept the composure for India before Southee bounced out Shaw. Virat Kohli looked confident with his stroke play but Colin de Grandhomme dismissed him to leave India at 51 for 3. Ajiyanka Rahane never looked comfortable against the short ball. Rahane played a poor stroke which left India in trouble. Trent Boult dismissed Pujara and nightwatchmen Umesh Yadav with beauties. India ended the 2nd day on 90 for 6 with a lead of 97 runs.

India 242 in 63 overs ( Vihari 55, Shaw 54, Jamieson 5/45) and 90 for 6 in 36 overs ( Pujara 24, Shaw 14, Boult 3/18) lead New Zealand 235 in 73.1 overs (Latham 52, Jamieson 49, Mohammed Shami 4/81, Jasprit Bumrah 3/62) by 97 runs.



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