India has the match firmly in their grasps at the end of a rain hampered day 2 at the Eden Gardens. Bhuvneshwar Kumar did more than enough to justify his selection by taking five wickets leaving New Zealand reeling 128 for 7. This is Kumar’s first five-wicket haul at home.
At the start of the day, local boys Wriddhiman Saha and Mohammed Shami batted resiliently to give India a good total. Saha scored a purposeful half century, his third in his Test career. The New Zealand batsmen were unable to hold their own and ended up losing 4 wickets with just 85 runs on the board in the post lunch session.
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Weather played spoilsport towards tea and an early break that was taken owing to rains ended up lasting two and a half hours. After play resumed, India took the game by the scruff if its neck. Bhuvneshwar almost got a hat-trick when he dismissed Mitchell Santner and Matt Henry off consecutive balls.
It was drizzling a little bit towards the end of the day but it was bad light that forced the umpires to call it a day. At stumps New Zealand are 128 for 7 and trail India by 188 runs with 3 wickets remaining.
Here are some of the reactions to the day’s play from twitter:
NZ batsmen made hapless by overcast conditions. Shami’s been real quick and Bhuvi’s bowled superby for 5-wicket haul. End of innings is nigh
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) 1 October 2016
The best part of India’s dominance in this game is the fact these aren’t ‘typical’ Indian conditions. Top drawer stuff. #IndvNZ
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 1 October 2016
Oh dear, the New Zealand batting is looking a bit thin……
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 1 October 2016