On what was supposed to be the grand moment of India’s 500th test, rain spoiled the party as it consumed the entire 3rd session of Day2.
Going into the 2nd day with 291/9 it was Sir Jadeja who showed his batting prowess early in the first session. Together with Umesh Yadav, his quick-fire 42 took India’s score beyond 300. However, the partnership couldn’t last long as Wagner got better of Umesh and India’s 1st inning came to close.
Black caps opener started well with both Latham and Guptill playing with ease and composure. Guptill, in particular looked positive and was taking on the bowler with pure agression. He couldn’t last long as a swinging delivery from Yadav cauught his leg and Guptill once again fail to make an impression.With this arrived the Kiwi talisman and skipper, Kane Williamson.
Now, this particular pair of Latham and Williamson has been involved in some great partnerships in the past; more recently against the Zimbabweans, where they put on 160 runs for the 2nd wicket in the second Test. They like to bat with each other and once again they showed how good a batting combination they are. Both of them were rock-solid in defence and kept playing positive cricket throughout the day.
The duo kept on playing the sweep shots to the spinners and kept on rotating the strikes, as a result of which, the bowlers were unable to create any sort of pressure on them. They brought up their respective fifties and also extended their partnership beyond the 100-run mark.
The last few minutes before the Tea interval were quite tense for both the batsmen as there were a few close calls for LBWs and caught-behind. However, none of that went in the favour of India and both of them were able to survive that tough period.
Unfortunately, no more play was possible after Tea because of relentless rainfall and wet outfield. New Zealand, as a result, finished the day on 152/1 and still trail by 166 runs.
An early start is scheduled tomorrow with NZ having 9 wickets in hand.With Ross Taylor still to come, its going to be an uphill task for bowlers. Also rain can be expected to join the party once again.
New Zealand-152/1 (Williamson-65, Latham-56, Yadav-1/22)
India-318/10 (Vijay-65,Pujara-62, Boult -3/67, Santner -3/94)
NZ trail by 166 runs