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Kumar five-fer flattens New Zealand on a rain-hit day

Bhuvneshwar Kumar celebrating the wicket of New Zealand's Matt Henry on day two of second Test
Bhuvneshwar Kumar celebrating the wicket of New Zealand's Matt Henry on day two of second Test
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India 316 (Pujara 87) v
New Zealand 128-7 (Taylor 36)
Second Test, Kolkata, day two

On a rain-hit second day in the second Test in Kolkata, Bhuvneshwar Kumar rattled New Zealand with a five-wicket haul and reduced them to 128 for seven in 34 overs after India posted 316 runs in the first innings, riding on an unbeaten fifty from Wriddhiman Saha.

India resumed on their overnight score of 239 for seven. Wriddhiman Saha (54 not out) began the session positively but the New Zealand bowlers bowled right lines to keep the scoring rate down to a minimum.

In the 97th over, Neil Wagner (2-57) dismissed Ravindra Jadeja (14), who holed out to deep fine leg. Two overs later, Kumar (5) was trapped LBW, leaving India at 285 for nine after 100 overs.

Just when it seemed like India will not get to 300, Saha played upped the ante and raced away to a fifty while sharing a 35-run stand with Mohammad Shami (14) to push India’s total to 316 before being bowled out.

Martin Guptill (13) began with two boundaries in the first over. However, India responded by removing both the openers, Tom Latham (1) and Guptill in successive overs, leaving New Zealand at 21 for two at the lunch break.

In the second over of the second session, Henry Nicholls (1) edged a Kumar (5-33) delivery onto his stumps. Ross Taylor (36) and Luke Ronchi (35) got together as they began to rebuild the innings with their 62-run stand for the fourth wicket.

In the 25th over, just when the stand looked like it was getting dangerous, Jadeja (1-17) dismissed Ronchi LBW. Moments later, it began to rain, forcing the umpires to take the players off the field and call for an early tea break.

The start of the third session was delayed as the ground staff began the clean-up process.After a delay of more than two hours, the game resumed with the light slowly fading.

Three overs into the resumption, Kumar came on and immediately responded with three wickets in three overs, including two back to back scalps of Mitchell Santner (11) and Matt Henry (0) in the 33rd over to complete his five-fer.

Only one more over of play was possible before the bad light took over. At stumps on day two, New Zealand were positioned at 128 for seven, trailing India by 188 runs with three wickets in hand.

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