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.
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