New Zealand got off to a positive start in their first innings and at lunch on day two are 71 for one, trailing by 247 runs. Despite losing the wicket of opener Martin Guptill, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson batted with positive intent to take their side to lunch without further damage. While Latham is batting on 25 Williamson has looked good for his 21. India resumed the day’s play on 291 for nine and were bowled out for 318. WATCH- India vs New Zealand LIVE Streaming
Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav added a valuable 41-run stand for the last wicket to help India cross 300-run mark. The Indian innings was then wrapped up by Niel Wagner who removed Umesh (9). Jadeja, who played some aggressive shots, remained unbeaten on 42. CATCH: India Vs New Zealand 2016 LIVE Score
New Zealand’s response then began on a positive note with openers Guptill and Latham defying the new ball. Captain Virat Kohli introduced spin early on but that did not help India’s cause. After putting up 35 for the first wicket with Latham, Guptill (21) was trapped leg before wicket by Umesh. Guptill’s short stay included three fours.
After losing Guptill, Latham and Williamson looked impressive with their shot selection. The duo made sure New Zealand go into the break without losing any wicket. Williamson was the aggressive of the two as he reached 21 off 31 balls which included three fours. Latham on the other hand, worked his way around and was happy to play dot balls. Though, the left-hander did not miss out on putting the bad balls away.
Kohli used all his four bowlers, with Jadeja doing the bulk of work. The spinner bowled eight overs and looked to threaten at times. It will be interesting to see how New Zealand carry on after the lunch break. India, post lunch session, on day one lost most wickets and this were Kiwis have to be smart. Williamson holds key for the visitors.