India will take an unassailable lead in the three-Test series with this win    AFP (File photo)
India will take an unassailable lead in the three-Test series with this win AFP (File photo)

India took three quick wickets into the third session of the fourth day s play against New Zealand, dismissing two key batsmen to inch closer to victory, in the second Test at Kolkata. New Zealand opener Tom Latham was the first to be dismissed early in the final session, as the left-handed batsman was dismissed for 74 in the second innings. Latham s innings was the only bright spot for the New Zealand team in their second innings, as on a fantastic wicket at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, their batsmen produced yet another horrible show with the bat. A win in this Test will hand India an unassailable lead in their ongoing three-Test series. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand 2nd Test at Kolkata, Day 4

Latham was dismissed for 74, when he went for a drive on a delivery away from his body. The ball from the Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin spun away from the Kiwis left-handed batsman, who went out to play but got an edge and was caught behind the wickets. Latham s wicket was the key for India as the Kiwi opener had defied them throughout the second session, batting extremely well to get to his ninth half-century in Test cricket. The wicket of Latham provided India an opening they were looking for, and with the help of their pacer as well as the local boy Mohammed Shami, India were able to tighten their grip firmly on this game. Shami got rid of the gritty New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner for 9, trapping the left-hander in front of the wickets and soon rattling the off stump of out-of-form BJ Watling in the 61st over of the innings. LIVE Cricket Score, IND Vs NZ, 2nd Test 2016, Day 4

Earlier at tea, New Zealand opener Tom Latham scored a gritty half-century to help the visitors reach 135 for three at tea against India’s spin attack on the fourth day of the second Test in Kolkata on Monday. Chasing 376 to win and save the three-match series, New Zealand were still 241 runs behind their target, with Latham on 74 and Luke Ronchi on nine at the crease.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin broke New Zealand’s opening stand just after lunch by getting Martin Guptill trapped lbw for 24 at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. Latham then put on a 48-run partnership with Henry Nicholls, who scored 24, to keep the visitors in the hunt, after they lost the first Test in Kanpur to go 0-1 down.