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  • 4:51 PM IST

    New Zealand 128/7 | BJ Watling 12, J Patel 5: Grrrrrrr! Bhuvi takes two in two. Sends Santner and Henry packing to take a stunning five-wicket haul. The momentum has completely shifted to India now. And the umpires have called it a day! Top-class cricket, we witnessed today. First, Saha and then Bhuvi… India are on top! Anywho, that’s it from us. Join us tomorrow at 9:15 am for the live coverage of Day 3.

  • 4:32 PM IST

    New Zealand 115/5 | M Santner 10, BJ Watling 10: Oh, my! Kiwis lose their captain. Taylor edges one to first-slip. Given there was ferocious swing, Kohli replaced Jadeja with Bhuvi, and the speedster puts his team in the driver’s seat.

  • 4:11 PM IST

    New Zealand 95/4 | R Taylor 31, M Santner 9: India attack with Shami from one end and Jadeja from the other. There’s swing. There’s turn. There’s bounce. With cloud looming over the iconic Eden Gardens, there’s moisture in the air. All in all, conditions are difficult for the batsmen to accumulate runs.

  • 3:52 PM IST

    Well, well, well! The covers are being removed. Play might be stretched till 17.30. However, the sun goes down early in Kolkata, it does not seem possible if India counterattack with pacers. We might have to wait and watch.

  • 3:22 PM IST

    Oh, dear God! The covers are back on. The umpires might call it a day. Let’s wait for the final verdict.

  • 2:44 PM IST

    Next inspection scheduled at 14:55.

  • 1:49 PM IST

    A slight drizzle has compelled players to take early Tea. New Zealand would be a happier lot as they really need a break to rethink their strategies. India, on the other hand, were looking to bank on their momentum and grab a few more wickets before the assigned Tea interval. New Zealand are 85 for 4, trailing India by 231 runs.

  • 1:33 PM IST

    New Zealand 85/4 | R Taylor 30*: Jadeja need not turn the ball to take a wicket. He slides one in to trap Ronchi in front. Kiwis lose their in-form batsman. Trail by 231 runs. Meanwhile, it starts to drizzle. Players go off the field.

  • 1:06 PM IST

    Chips ka packet aur Jadeja ki over khatam hone mein time nahi lagta,” says Virender Sehwag.

    okbye

  • 12:58 PM IST

    New Zealand 51/3 | R Taylor 16, L Rochi 16: Taylor and Ronchi lead resurgence. Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir at short-point, drops a catch. Ronchi flashed (and flashed hard). Gambhir had very little time to get into right position. One more wicket would have pushed the Kiwis in further enigma.

  • 12:25 PM IST

    New Zealand 23/3 | R Taylor 5: Gone, gone, gone! India continue dismantling New Zealand’s defence. Bhuvi gets another scalp. Nicholls is the victim. New Zealand need to score 118 to avoid follow-on. Taylor and Ronchi in middle. Game on, folks!

  • 11:34 AM IST

    New Zealand 21/2 | R Taylor 2, H Nicholls 1 : Another one bites the dust. Guptill’s misery with the bat continues. Inside-edges onto the pads. Bhuvi gets his first scalp. Indian pacers on rampage. Session one comes to an end. New Zealand trail by 295.

  • 11:18 AM IST

    New Zealand 10/1 | Martin Guptil 9: Shami draws first blood. Traps Latham lbw. Came over the wicket and angled it in. Kiwis under fire. With no Williamson in the middle order, New Zealand batting looks fallible. Trail by 306 runs.

  • 11:16 AM IST

    **New Zealand innings**

  • 11:01 AM IST

    India 316 | Saha 54*: Short ball does the trick for the New Zealanders. They target Shami with it. He holes out to deep fine-leg. Meanwhile, Saha stays unbeaten. He stitches 41-run stand with Jadeja and then adds 35 for the last wicket with Shami, taking India to a competitive total.

  • 10:46 AM IST

    India 304/9 | Saha 52*, Shami 4*: Bhuvi departs but Saha scores fifty, taking India past 300. In fact, batting with the tail-enders is an art. Not many could master it. Saha, on the other hand, is doing it with ease. If Shami manages to survive, Saha has a good chance to score 100.

  • 10:30 AM IST

    India 280/8 | W Saha 33*, : Wagner gets the better of Jadeja. Perishes the all-rounder with a mighty bouncer. Meanwhile, Saha is at his graceful best. Played some lovely drives… Which brings me to the following question: why does he bat below Rohit?

  • 10:15 AM IST

    India 271/7 | W Saha 28*, R Jadeja 14*: Sourav Ganguly would have been proud of the shot Jadeja played over deep mid-wicket. He danced down the track and sent it soaring over the boundary line. A trip down memory lane…

  • 9:59 AM IST

    India 259/7 | W Saha 26*, R Jadeja 4*: Saha is batting quite courageously against the New Zealand seamers, who are bowling short and on the body. Two blows already taken by the Indian wicketkeeper. Nevertheless, he has taken India past 250, and 20 runs have been added so far in the day.

  • 9:35 AM IST

    India 244/7 | W Saha 18*, R Jadeja 0*: Boult begins the proceedings in the first over, and tries to get Saha out in the same passion as Kohli. However, the Indian batsman wins the battle with a FOUR, a fine stroke through cover.

  • 9:30 AM IST

    Stephen Fleming rings the Eden Gardens bell to commence the start of Day 2

  • 9:25 AM IST

    Day 2, Pitch: Reports suggest that the track is showing signs of cracks and a bit of moisture.

  • 8:55 AM IST

    New Zealand on the other hand, must have been counting their stars that
    the pitch was on their side. Matt Henry, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner
    provided the much needed aggression in bowling which was lacking a bit
    at Kanpur. Mitchell Santner was expected to fire but it was the
    returning Jeetan Patel who created problems a plenty for the Indians.

  • 8:40 AM IST

    How Eden Gardens looks before the start of play on Day 2:

  • 8:38 AM IST

    Day 1 belonged more to the visitors as opposed to the Indians. It was only Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane who kept India in the game after both struck wonderful half-centuries. The piar added 141 runs for the fourth wicket which helped India from 46 for 3 to 134 for 3 at Tea. Pujara made a 219-ball 87, while Rahane made a 157-ball 77.

  • 7:59 AM IST

    Hello, and Good Morning! First wishing all our readers a very happy and a prosperous Navratri!

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Good Morning, Namaste! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 2 of the second Test between hosts India and visitors New Zealand at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. I am Kaustubh Mayekar, and I will be bringing to you all the live updates from this match. This Test is also a landmark one as it is India’s 250th Test at home. India have already taken a lead in the three-match series by winning the Kanpur Test by a convincing margin of 197 runs. India are now looking to seal the series with a win at Kolkata but are placed in a delicate position at the end of Day 1. New Zealand will look to wrap things up as early as possible and give themselves a chance to win this game. Live Cricket Scorecard, India Vs New Zealand 2nd Test at Kolkata

New Zealand suffered a huge blow prior to the second Test as their skipper Kane Williamson being ruled out of the series due to an injury. Ross Taylor was given the responsibility to lead the side in the absence of Williamson. India won the toss and elected to bat first. They got off to a terrible start as they lost early wickets, which didn’t help their cause. Shikhar Dhawan was clean bowled by Matt Henry for a run after which Murali Vijay too floundered without making any impact. Henry was the reason behind Vijay’s dismissal.

Virat Kohli once again failed to lead by example as he had to walk back to the pavilion without any substantial contribution. Kohli made just nine before falling to Neil Wagner’s persistence. Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara played good knocks and rescued the Indian ship from choppy waters. Pujara and Rahane stitched a massive partnership between them and played sensibly when India needed them the most. Pujara was unfortunately dismissed  for 87 and fell short of 13 runs for another century. He played a tenacious knock to bail India out of crisis.

Jeetan Patel had the prized scalp of Pujara to his name after bowling extremely well and putting pressure on the Indian batsmen. Rahane stood like a rock and brought up his fifty, Rohit Sharma had another ordinary outing with the bat as he was removed for two by Patel. His selection will certainly raise questions if he keeps wasting these golden chances. Rahane after a well-played 77 was sent back by Patel and India were in all sorts of trouble. Rahane displayed some class batting and exquisite timing, which was a delight for the fans to watch.

Ravichandran Ashwin looked good for another big score but Henry scalped his wicket for 26 further putting India in all sorts of trouble. At stumps Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten and will look to pile as many runs as possible. They have the ability bat and can play good innings and help India in posting a fighting first innings total. Saha looked good and also smashed a six to get off the mark. Jadeja has been in good touch and also remained unbeaten in the Kanpur Test.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD & BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARY: India vs New Zealand 2nd Test at Kolkata, Day 2