Kolkata: India’s fast bowlers took two early wickets Saturday to leave New Zealand reeling 21 for two at lunch on day two of the second Test in Kolkata after Wriddhiman Saha struck an unbeaten half century.
The visitors were still trailing India by 295 runs at the break, with Henry Nicholls on one alongside stand-in skipper Ross Taylor who has made two.
Tom Latham was first to go after being trapped lbw for one off Mohammed Shami.
Martin Guptill, who is in the middle of a woeful run of form, soon joined his opening partner back in the pavilion after being bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 13.
The hosts, who started the day on 239 for seven, were bolstered by Saha’s brisk 54, which was laced with 7 fours and 2 sixes.
Saha and Ravindra Jadeja, who scored 14, put on 41 runs for the eighth wicket to add some useful runs to the team’s first innings score.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Saha, who registered his third Test fifty in 17 matches, looked in fine form but ran out of partners at the other end.
Cheteshwar Pujara remained the top-scorer for the hosts with his gritty 87 on the opening day at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.
Pujara’s 141-run fourth-wicket partnership with Ajinkya Rahane, who scored a dogged 77, remained the highlight of India’s first innings.
New Zealand’s recalled pacer Matt Henry claimed three wickets while Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and Jeetan Patel took two each.