India struggled to 90 for six in their second innings after dismissing New Zealand for 235 on day two of the second Test at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch on Sunday. Catch highlights here:
11:48 AM IST: India's batting woes continued. After bowlers revived the match, batsmen took part in a funeral procession. Mayank Agarwal (3), Prithvi Shaw (14) and skipper Virat Kohli (14) returned to the hut quickly. At stumps, Rishabh Pant (1) and Hanuma Vihari (5) were at the crease with India leading by 97 runs with four wickets in hand.
Earlier, Indian pacers led India's fightback on the second day with the trio of Mohammed Shami (4/81), Jasprit Bumrah (3/62) and Umesh Yadav (1/46) sharing eight wickets. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (2/22) claimed two wickets and also took a stunning one-handed airborne catch at deep mid-wicket to contribute to the team.
Earlier, resuming at 63 for no loss, New Zealand were reduced to 142 for five at lunch with the Indian pace trio dominating the proceedings. India claimed the rest of the five wickets in the second session which ended with the dismissal of Kyle Jamieson, who fell a run short of his maiden Test half-century.
India 1st innings: 242
New Zealand 1st innings: 235 allout in 73.1 overs (Tom Latham 52 Kyle Jamieson 49; Jasprit Bumrah 3/62, Mohammed Shami 4/81, Ravindra Jadeja 2/22).
India second innings: 90 for 6 in 36 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 24; Trent Boult 3/12)
IND 2nd Innings & 242; NZ 1st Innings - 235
11:35 AM IST: Day ends. And probably India's chances too. India lead by 97 runs with top-six gone. Hanuma Vihari (5 off 12) and Rishabh Pant (1 off 1) are the unbeaten batsmen. IND - 90/6 (36).
11:29 AM IST: What's happening? Another one for Trent Boult. Too good a delivery for Umesh Yadav. Bowled. He made one run off 12 balls. India's lead is 96 runs. Rishabh Pant is the new man. IND - 89/6 (35.1)
11:20 AM IST: Another wicket. Trent Boult cleans up Cheteshwar Pujara (24 off 88). A beauty. Hanuma Vihari joins the nightwatchman, Umesh Yadav. India's lead is 91 runs. IND - 84/5 (33.1)
11:12 AM IST: Bizarre dismissal. Ajinkya Rahane chops onto the stumps. He made nine off 43. Umesh Yadav is the nightwatchman with eight overs left in the day. He will give the company to Cheteshwar Pujara. IND - 72/4 (30.3)
10:43 AM IST: Cheteshwar Pujara (17 off 71) and Ajinkya Rahane (7 off 25) on a rebuilding job for India. They added 17 in 53 balls as India's lead grows - now 75. IND - 68/3 (26).
10:08 AM IST: Colin de Grandhomme traps Virat Kohli (14 off 30). Carbon copy of the Indian skipper's first innings dismissal. Moving ball coming back and hitting the pads even as the right-handed batsman goes for front foot drive. Ajinkya Rahane is the new man, joins Cheteshwar Pujara (10 off 43). India lead by 58 runs. IND - 51/3 (17.1)
At Tea: The deadly combination of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah brought India back in the second Test match, dismissing New Zealand for 235 at tea. Shami (4/81 in 23.1 overs) and Bumrah (3/62 in 22 overs) were brilliant throughout the second day and also got good support from Ravindra Jadeja (2/22 in 10 overs) as India now enjoy a slender seven-run lead.
Jadeja took a stunning one-handed airborne catch at deep mid-wicket to end the useful ninth-wicket partnership of 51 runs between Kyle Jamieson (49) and Neil Wagner (21) at the stroke of tea.
The New Zealand tail wagged once again and stopped India from having at least a 50-run lead.
India are a confident side. With an aggressive captain and 'the world's best bowling attack,' they are the top dogs. In fact, India are the top-ranked Test side and have set the pace in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship. But the cricket fields in New Zealand are proving to be minefields. Within a couple of days, India may well end up losing two Test matches on the trot, for the first time in nearly two years.
After getting dismissed for 242, India will need to stop the Kiwis from posting a big first innings total. So the focus will be on the bowlers when the second day's play resumes. By the way, the Kiwi openers didn't flinch against the Indian bowling attack, which has the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami.
What happened on Day 1:
Kyle Jamieson's maiden five-for triggered an India collapse as New Zealand made a strong start. Jamieson, playing in his second Test only, tore through the famed Indian batting line-up. India went from 194-5 to 242 all out in a remarkable tea session, with Jamieson returning with figures of 5-45 in 14 overs.
In reply, the hosts reached stumps at 63-0, trailing by 179 runs, thanks to openers Lathan (27 not out) and Tom Blundell (29 not out) at Hagley Oval.
Three Indian batsmen reached fifties but all of them failed to convert. Prithvi Shaw was brilliant in his quickfire knock of 54 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara was sublime as usual and scored 54, but a dogged Hanuma Vihari showed fellow Indians how to bat in New Zealand with a dogged 55. Kohli was invisible.
Rain delayed the start of play, where ICC's top-ranked Test side India were looking to bounce back from their crushing defeat against the Black Caps in Wellington.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Prithvi Shaw (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Trent Boult.
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