New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling admitted that a long, hard battle lies ahead in the second Test against India, after the visitors took a formidable 246-run first innings lead, riding on Ajinkya Rahane‘s maiden Test ton. Shikhar Dhawan got out for 98.

 

“It was not really an ideal day for us. We got ourselves into situations where, if we had taken another wicket or two, we could have been chasing 100 or 150. Obviously, it was a disappointing result in the end but we have still got three days to grind it out here. The pitch is definitely looking a lot better to bat on,” Watling said at the end of second day’s play.