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New Zealand bowlers rock Indian batsmen on day one

Cheteshwar Pujara (right) scored his third consecutive fifty in the series.
Cheteshwar Pujara (right) scored his third consecutive fifty in the series.
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India 239-7 (Pujara 87) v New Zealand
Second Test, Kolkata, day one

Matt Henry led from the front with a three-wicket haul as New Zealand bowlers restricted Indian batting lineup to 239 for seven at stumps on day one of the second Test in Kolkata.

Earlier, a 141-run stand for the third wicket between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane was the only saving grace for India after they opted to bat first on winning the toss. Henry (3-35) struck in his very first over castling Shikhar Dhawan (1) leaving India in early trouble.

Murali Vijay (9) and Pujara (87) struck six boundaries in their brief 27-run stand before the former became Henry's second victim after edging one to the keeper.

Virat Kohli's (9) search for runs in this series continued after he sliced one to the gully to give Trent Boult (1-33) his first wicket. India were reeling at 46 for three at that stage.With no further causalities, Pujara and Rahane (77) took India to 57 for three at lunch.

After seeing through the first hour of the second session, Pujara and Rahane brought their 50-run stand as India reached 109 for three after 50 overs.Pujara reached his third successive half-century of the series which contained as many as 11 boundaries in it.

India went into tea at 136 for three after adding 77 runs in the session without losing a wicket.

Runs started to come more freely in the final session with Rahane and Pujara smashing seven boundaries in four overs which also brought their century partnership. Rahane in the process completed a deserving fifty as well.

Just when India looked in a dominant position at 187 for three, Neil Wagner (1-37) provided New Zealand with the breakthrough removing Pujara and soon Jeetan Patel (2-66) provided the decisive blow removing Rahane and Rohit Sharma (2) in quick succession.

With three boundaries from Ravichandran Ashwin (26) and a six in the next over from Wriddhiman Saha (14 not out), India reached 220 for six.

However, Henry capped off a fantastic day by trapping Ashwin LBW in the 84th over and two overs later, bad light stopped play leaving India at 239 for seven in 86 overs at stumps on day one.

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