Wriddhiman Saha struck 7 boundaries and 2 sixes    Getty Images (File photo)
Wriddhiman Saha struck 7 boundaries and 2 sixes Getty Images (File photo)

Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha played a fantastic innings for his team on the second day morning of the second Test against New Zealand, bringing up his third half-century in Test cricket. Saha, who had the task of stabilising the Indian innings as well as take them close to the 300-run mark, was able to do that with extreme professionalism. The right-handed batsman did not have many batsmen to bat with when the Indian innings resumed at 239 for 7 on the second day morning, but Saha ensured that he would take the Kiwis head-on, not allowing the New Zealand bowlers to have their say. Live Cricket Scorecard, India Vs New Zealand 2nd Test at Kolkata

The brave Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, who had to take a few blow to his body directly as the Eden Gardens wicket continued to support bounce and pace, was as composed as he can be throughout his innings. If he was able to take a few on his body one from Matt Henry hit him over the elbow and one from Trent Boult crashed into his chest Saha was unsparing towards the New Zealand spinners. Mitchell Santner, who has been New Zealand s top player in the first Test, has been made to look ordinary with the left-arm spinner failing to get any amount of turn. And since there has been a minimal turn for the spinners so far, the Indians have stepped out to collect a lot of boundaries off him. Saha brought up his half-century with a six off Santner over cover, and the stroke also took India past the 300-run mark.

Earlier in the day, Ravindra Jadeja fell for an ordinary score of 14 off 31 balls, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar a much-better batsman than he looked on the second day morning made Santner look good and fell to the New Zealand spinner being trapped in front of the wickets for 5 runs off 11 balls.