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Rohit Sharma fifty puts India in dominant position on day three

Rohit Sharma celebrating his fifty on day three of the Eden Garden Test.
Rohit Sharma celebrating his fifty on day three of the Eden Garden Test.
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India 316 & 227-8 (Sharma 82) v
New Zealand 204 (Kumar 5-48)
Second Test, day three, Kolkata

After dismissing New Zealand for 204 in their first innings, Indian batsmen led by a fluent 82 by Rohit Sharma stretched the lead for the home side to 339 with two wickets in hand at stumps on day three of the second Test in Kolkata.

New Zealand started the day with the score of 128 for seven trailing India by 198 runs. Jeetan Patel (47) scored a boundary off the first delivery, signalling things to come. The first six overs yielded 29 runs for New Zealand, mostly coming from the bat of Patel.

There was a brief period of rain which halted the play for five minutes but on resumption the pair of Patel and BJ Watling (25) completed their 50-run stand.

Patel went berserk in the 46th over, smashing Ravindra Jadeja (1-40) for three boundaries but was trapped LBW in the same over. But to his delight, the umpire signaled it as a no-ball as the left-arm spinner had over-stepped.

However, Ravichandran Ashwin (1-33), had Patel caught at mid on in his first delivery of the day while Mohammad Shami (3-70) removed Watling and Neil Wagner (10) in quick succession to dismiss New Zealand for 204, conceding an 112-run lead to India.

In their second innings, New Zealand new ball combination of Trent Boult (2-28) and Matt Henry (3-44) pegged the Indian batting line up and had them at 106 for six.

However, Sharma (82) added a vital century run stand with Wriddhiman Saha (39 not out) for the seventh wicket to take India out of danger.

In his 132- ball knock, Sharma struck nine boundaries and two sixes. Just when he and Saha, managed to take the lead past 300, Mitchell Santner (3-51) dismissed Sharma and Jadeja (8) in a span of four deliveries.

Despite the loss of two wickets, Saha and Kumar (8 not out) ensured India ended the day at 227 for eight before bad light interrupted once again. The lead for India also climbed to 339.

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