Kolkata: Exploiting the murky conditions to the full at Eden Gardens stadium here, the Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar ran through the visiting New Zealand side left it tottering at 128 for 7 at stumps on Saturday, the second day of 2nd cricket test match.
Playing his 15th test match, the Uttar Pradesh pace bowler, more known for his swing rather than speed, collected 4th five-wicket haul in an innings finishing his spell with 5 for 33.
Earlier, resuming from overnight score of 239 for 7, India wound up first innings at 316, thanks to some fine rearguard action by wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha who remained unbeaten at 54. The black caps could not really recover from the early loss of both the openers and found hard to cope with Indian pace battery mainly Bhuvi in the rain-affected match.Full 90 overs could not be bowled.
Captaining New Zealand in the absence of Kane Williamson, the Ross Taylor (36) along with Ronchi (35) offered some semblance of a fight with 62 -run partnership for fourth wicket but that was not enough in the day. After Taylor was consumed by Bhuvneshwar and Ronchi by left arm spinner Jadeja, the Kiwis still trail by 188 runs with 3 wickets remaining in the first innings.
The situation leaves India in a commanding position with three days in the match to go with all chances of India gaining a hefty first innings lead.
Brief Score (2nd Test, Day 2)
NZ: Ross Taylor 36, Ronchi 35; Bhuvneshwar 5/33
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