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Williamson, Latham fifties power New Zealand reply on a rain-hit day two

Williamson, Latham fifties power New Zealand reply on a rain-hit day two
Kane Williamson (right) and Tom Latham (left) added 117 runs for second wicket.
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India 318 (Vijay 65) v
New Zealand 152-1 (Williamson 65no)
First Test, Kanpur, day two

After bowling out India for 318 runs, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson scored fluent fifties to power New Zealand’s reply on the rain-hit second day of the first Test in Kanpur.

Resuming on the overnight score of 291 for nine, India managed to add 27 more runs, thanks to a few lusty blows from Ravindra Jadeja (42 not out) before being bowled out in 97 overs.

Martin Guptill (21) gave New Zealand a strong start with a breezy 21 but was trapped LBW by Umesh Yadav (1-22) in the 10th over.

Latham (56 not out) and Williamson (65 not out) batted cautiously against spinners and managed to score at a decent nick, taking the score to 71 for one in 21 overs at the lunch interval.

Post lunch, Latham and Williamson continued to bat with the same concentration and endured a few tricky moments against the spinners. The pair took New Zealand past the 100-run mark in the 32nd over.

Latham survived an appeal for a catch at short leg in the 37th over against Jadeja when the ball struck Lokesh Rahul’s helmet strap before he took the catch.

Over the next two overs, both Latham and Williamson completed their fifties and pushed New Zealand to 152 for one at the tea break.

The start of the third session was delayed due to rain. The rain stopped after about 90 minutes and the umpires scheduled an inspection for 15:45 hrs local time.

However, it was deemed that the outfield took in too much water despite being under covers and the play on day two was called off, leaving New Zealand trailing India by 166 runs with nine wickets in hand.

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