India vs New Zealand Highlights, Kolkata Test, Day 3: Hosts stretch lead to 339 at stumps

Oct, 02 2016 IST

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    That's it from us at Firstpost Sports on Day 3 of the 2nd Test. Will the hosts declare overnight? Or will Kohli allow Saha to complete his half-century before unleasing his bowlers on the Black Caps? Join us tomorrow for Day 4. Till then, bye and have a great Sunday evening! 

  • 17:20 (IST)

    That's it from us at Firstpost Sports on Day 3 of the 2nd Test. Will the hosts declare overnight? Or will Kohli allow Saha to complete his half-century before unleasing his bowlers on the Black Caps? Join us tomorrow for Day 4. Till then, bye and have a great Sunday evening! 

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    After 63.2 overs, India 227/8 (Wriddhiman Saha 39, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 8); lead by 339 runs


    Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes down the track and launches a Santner delivery in a big strike over long-on. Henry survives a close call after a throw from substitute Bracewell at square-leg towards the non-striker's end narrowly breezes past Henry's head. The pacer holds his head after feeling the ball whizz past his head, and has a look of terror on his face. 


    Not long after, the umpires signal the end of the day's play due to bad light, with the hosts stretching their lead past 339. 

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    OUT! Jaddu's blink-and-you-miss-it innings lasts just four deliveries, in which he manages to hammer a huge six over cow-corner and face two dots before miscuing an attempted slog to substitute fielder Neesham at short fine-leg. India lose their eighth wicket with 215 on board, though their lead is a solid 327. 

     

    Ravindra Jadeja c Jimmy Neesham (sub) b Mitchell Santner 6(4)

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    OUT! A fantastic innings by Rohit finally comes to an end after he nicks a flatter delivery from Santner outside off to the keeper. Rohit probably was a bit surprised by the extra turn.  Gets a standing ovation on his way back to the pavilion, for he produces yet another gem at the Eden Gardens! 

     

    Rohit Sharma c Luke Ronchi b Mitchell Santner 82(132)

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    After 60 overs, India 209/6 (Rohit Sharma 82, Wriddhiman Saha 35); lead by 321 runs

     

    Rohit brings up the 300-run lead for India with a cut towards backward point in the 58th over, which also catapults him into the 80s. India in firm control of the proceedings at the moment, and skipper Kohli is probably thinking of declaration anytime now.

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    FIVE! Overthrows towards the non-striker's end results in four extra runs that brings up the 200 for India! Neil Wagner has been having a tough time for quite some time now, and this would've made his temper worse. 

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    After 55 overs, India 186/6 (Rohit Sharma 66, Wriddhiman Saha 28); lead by 298 runs


    Santner offers Rohit plenty of room outside off with a flighted delivery, which the latter justifiably punishes through cover to move to 60. Punishes Patel in the following over, this time punching through the covers on the backfoot. The partnership between the two is worth 80 at the end of the 55th over. Also, India's lead is two short of 300 at the moment.

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    After 50 overs, India 171/6 (Rohit Sharma 53, Wriddhiman Saha 26); lead by 283 runs


    FIFTY FOR ROHIT SHARMA! The Mumbai batsman continues to flourish at Eden Gardens, and the crowd roars in unison after he gets to the milestone with a boundary towards long-leg off a paddle-sweep. Big relief not only for Rohit, whose knock couldn't have come at a better stage, but also for skipper Virat Kohli, who has consistently backed his selection in the side! 

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    After 45 overs, India 157/6 (Rohit Sharma 46, Wriddhiman Saha 19); lead by 269 runs


    Rohit barely had any role during his partnership, but is anchoring the Indian innings quite admirably. Hammers boundaries off Wagner — towards extra-cover and through gully respectively — to move into the 40s. Brings up the 50-stand with Saha in the 45th over — a much-needed stand for the hosts given the state that they found themselves in earlier.

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    After 40 overs, India 143/6 (Rohit Sharma 36, Wriddhiman Saha 17); lead by 255 runs


    Rohit has a lucky escape after lofting a flighted delivery from Santner towards long-off, with Boult failing to hold on near the boundary despite a brave dive. Rohit pulls a short ball from Boult over square-leg to stretch India's lead past the 250-run mark. 

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    After 35 overs, India 125/6 (Rohit Sharma 22, Wriddhiman Saha 13); lead by 237 runs

     

    Saha comes down the track, and lofts Santner over Trent Boult at mid-on to release some pressure of his back. Meanwhile, Ronchi has taken over the wicketkeeping duties from BJ Watling. Not sure what's up with the latter.

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    And its tea on Day 3 of the 2nd Test between India and New Zealand at the Eden Gardens, with the hosts crawling their way to 110 at the end of the session. Saha, who joins Rohit at the crease, gets off the mark with a flourishing cover drive off Santner. India have a lead of 222 at the moment, and with two reliable batsmen at the centre, could look at setting a target past 250, which could be a challenge for the Kiwis given the deteriorating conditions. 

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    OUT! Santner gets his victim in just his 2nd over! Pitched along middle, the ball straightens and brushes Ashwin's pad before deflecting off his bat. The umpire raises his finger almost immediately. India lose their sixth wicket with 106 on board, and have put up their poorest performance with the bat so far in the series.


    Ravichandran Ashwin lbw Mitchell Santner 5(23)

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    After 30 overs, India 105/5 (Rohit Sharma 19, Ravichandran Ashwin 5); lead by 217 runs

     

    Rohit and Ashwin are somewhat struggling to get runs at the moment, with Ashwin nearly getting dismissed after prodding a Wagner delivery towards mid-off, just short of the fielder. Mitch Santner is introduced into the attack for the first time this innings in the 29th over, and gets vicious turn in one of the deliveries. 

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    After 26 overs, India 100/5 (Rohit Sharma 16, Ravichandran Ashwin 3); lead by 212 runs


    Ashwin walks out to bat after Kohli's unfortunate dismissal, with Rohit yet to take off at the other end barring a lofty six off Patel's bowling. The 100 comes up for India after Boult concedes four byes, with the ball moving square after pitching outside off, and beating the keeper on its way to the third man boundary. 

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    OUT! And that surely is a disappointing dismissal for Kohli, who is undone by the uneven bounce. Pitched outside off by Boult, the ball barely rises above his showlaces, jagging into the batsman and rapping him between middle and off. Kohli crouches in Tendulkar-like fashion, and is mighty disappointed to have been dismissed this way after looking set for a big score!

     

    Virat Kohli lbw Trent Boult 45(65)

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    After 20 overs, India 89/4 (Virat Kohli 44, Rohit Sharma 14); lead by 201 runs

     

    Kohli and Rohit are batting impressively right now, especially the former. Under pressure after a barrage of wickets after lunch, Kohli unleashes an array of drives all over the park, including a beauty down the ground off Wagner's bowling. Rohit doesn't do much at the other end, barring a majestic six off a slog-sweep off Jeetan Patel. 

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    After 15 overs, India 53/4 (Virat Kohli 20, Rohit Sharma 3); lead by 165 runs


    The Indians are going through hell right now, thanks to some brilliant utilisation of the conditions by the Kiwi pacers! Heavy burden on Kohli and Rohit's shoulders, as they barely manage to scrape past the 50-run mark for the loss of four wickets. The duo should look to keep things steady for the remainder of the session before starting to go for the boundaries.

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    OUT! And the wickets keep tumbling for the hosts now! Short ball outside off, Rahane looks to pull this one, but gets a top-edge in what turns out to be a half-hearted attempt, with Trent Boult taking the catch near deep fine-leg! India lose their fourth wicket with 43 on board, and Henry gets his third!

     

    Ajinkya Rahane c Trent Boult b Matt Henry 1(5)

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    After 11 overs, India 34/3 (Virat Kohli 5, Ajinkya Rahane 0); lead by 146 runs


    India are in deep trouble after Boult traps Dhawan lbw with one that angles into the batsman's pads. Dhawan looked to play it down the leg side, but was late in getting the bat down, getting rapped between middle and leg. Departs for 17 after a couple of well-timed strokes through the covers, as India lose their third wicket with 34 on board. 

     

    Shikhar Dhawan lbw Trent Boult 17(32)

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    OUT! Henry strikes again, this time removing the dangerous Pujara, denying him his fourth consecutive fifty! Pitched outside leg, the ball jags into the batsman's pad, and replays suggest the ball might have been missing the leg-stump by a whisker. 

     

    Cheteshwar Pujara lbw Matt Henry 4(7)

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    Henry's got some support back home.

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    OUT! Henry strikes right after lunch, and it is another beauty of a delivery that removes the in-form Vijay, who records a disappointing outing at Eden! A near repeat of the 1st innings dismissal — back-of-length along off, with Vijay getting a nick off his bat to Guptill in the slips; India 12/1

     

    Murali Vijay c Martin Guptill b Matt Henry 7(15)

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    After 5 overs, India 12/0 (Murali Vijay 7, Shikhar Dhawan 4); lead by 124 runs.


    The Indians walk out to bat, and opener Dhawan cops a painful blow on his left thumb off Boult's bowling. Bit of an injury break, with Dhawan taking a while to recover from the pain, before getting hit on the same finger by the same bowler a few deliveries later. This time a nastier blow, with the batsman being greeted with some unexpected bounce. No prizes for guessing New Zealand's strategy to the southpaw opener. However, he manages to execute a fine drive through cover off Henry to get off the mark. And its lunch on Day 3, with the hosts stretching their lead to 124 at the end of what has been a turbulent session. 

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    Lets see how the Indian batsmen respond in their second essay. For now, they'll look to stretch their lead within the 300-run range till the end of the day's play.

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    OUT! Neil Wagner is trapped lbw by Mohammed Shami, who grabs his third wicket with the dismissal! Wagner, who earlier hammered a six over backward square-leg, is beaten for pace with a Shami delivery that sticks to its line along the off-stump. The umpire doesn't hesitate in raising the finger. The Black Caps end up conceding a 112-run lead. 

     

    Neil Wagner lbw Mohammed Shami 10(18)


Day Two Report: Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar took five wickets to put New Zealand in the woods as India took giant strides towards an unassailable 2-0 series lead on a rain-truncated Day Two of the second cricket Test in Kolkata on Saturday.

Bhuvneshwar (5-33) exploited the overcast conditions in the final session as he displayed his full repertoire of swing bowling to shave off New Zealand's top order leaving them on 128/7 at stumps before a motley but appreciative crowd of around 7,000 at the Eden Gardens.

This was the Uttar Pradesh bowler's fourth five-wicket haul in 15 Tests. It was the first time that he achieved the feat on home soil.

The other Indian pacer, Mohammad Shami (1-46) played the perfect foil to keep up the pressure on the visitors, who now trail India by 188 runs with just three wickets in hand, and need to come up with an excellent show to reverse the unfolding script. B.J. Watling (12) and Jeetan Patel (5) were in the middle at the close of play.

Rohit Sharma brought up his half-century in 89 balls. AP

Rohit Sharma brought up his half-century in 89 balls. AP

The Kiwis had lost the first Test in Kanpur by 197 runs.

In the morning, resuming at the overnight 239/7, India's first innings ended at 316, with Wriddhiman Saha doing justice to his new-found reputation of scoring vital runs in the lower-order enroute to notching up an unbeaten half-century -- the third in his Test career.

Saha (54 not out; 85 balls, 7x4, 2x6) seems to have heeded Ajinkya Rahane's statement on Friday that India needed a 300 plus score in the first innings, as he batted with determination to extend the hosts's first essay 87 minutes into the morning session.

Saha played a crucial part in two partnerships with Ravindra Jadeja for the eighth wicket (41) and Shami (35) for the last.

The New Zealand batsmen struggled to cope with the swing and guile of Bhuvneshwar and Shami as both openers Tom Latham (1) and Martin Guptill (13) fell in quick succession, with the visitors on 21/2 at lunch.

Bhuvneshwar was particularly sharp, first removing Martin Guptill (13) before lunch and then seeing the back of Henry Nicolls (1) in the second session with inswinging deliveries.

Shami, on the other hand, struck in his first over to dismiss Latham leg before.

Luke Ronchi (35; 52 balls, 5x4, 1x6) and stand-in skipper Ross Taylor (36; 80 balls, 5x4) then added 62 runs for the fourth wicket, but the partnership could have been terminated earlier had Gautam Gambhir not dropped Ronchi at short point.

Just before the rain interruption, which led to a net loss of 111 minutes of playing time and an early tea break, Ronchi was trapped on his backfoot by an angled delivery from Jadeja which seemed to have gone down the leg but umpire Rod Tucker had other ideas as he gifted India another breakthrough.

New Zealand were on 85/4 at the time.

Bhuvneshwar, who kept up a perfect line and length, took the prized wicket of Taylor inducing a nick to the first slip.

The 26-year-old bowler was on a hattrick in his 10th over, trapping debutant Mitchell Santner (9) plumb before the wicket with a low angular delivery and then unsettled the stumps of Matt Henry (0) with another beauty of a delivery.

Jeetan Patel somehow managed to prevent the hatrick, as the away swinger barely missed his edge.

In the morning, Saha braved a barrage of short-pitch deliveries and looked in fine touch caressing the second ball of the day through covers for four elegantly. The diminutive stumper never looked back, taking the Kiwi attack to the cleaners.

Preferring the off-side, Saha hit seven fours and two sixes enroute to his half-century which he scored in 109 minutes.

In the fear of running out of partners, Saha upped the ante as soon as the other overnight batsman Ravindra Jadeja fell for 14, hooking a short ball straight to long leg.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami did not last long falling to Santner and Trent Boult respectively.

 

With inputs from IANS