NZ struggles at 85/4 at tea

test-cricketIndian pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami ripped through the New Zealand top-order to leave them struggle at 85-4 when tea was taken early due to rain on day 2 of the second cricket Test here today.

In reply to India’s first innings total of 316, New Zealand were still trailing by 231 runs when rain stopped play with 40 minutes to go for the scheduled tea break.

New Zealand stand-in skipper Ross Taylor (30) was at the crease after in-form Luke Ronchi just departed for 35 being adjudged lbw to Jadeja to a dubious decision.

Reduced to 23-3 shortly after lunch break when Kumar (2/20) castled Henry Nicholls, Taylor and Ronchi (35) put in their best effort to build a partnership but it did not last long with Jadeja cutting it short for 62 runs.

New Zealand lost Tom Latham (1) and Martin Guptill (13) in successive overs with Shami and Bhuvneshwar taking the wickets.

Earlier, Wriddhiman Saha spiced up India’s late order batting with a gritty unbeaten half-century and shared a quick last wicket partnership of 35 from 31 balls with Shami.

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