India vs New Zealand, second test: bowlers bring India back when New Zealand was fired for 235 in tea
CHRISTCHURCH: The deadly combination of Mohammed Shami & Jasprit Bumrah He brought India back in the second Test match, firing New Zealand for 235 in tea on day two of the second Test here on Sunday.
Shami (4/81 in 23.1 overs) & Bumrah (3/62 in 22 overs) were brilliant throughout the second day & also got good support from Ravindra Jadeja (2/22 in 10 overs) as India now enjoy a slender seven-run lead.
The visitors had scored 242 in their first entries.
Jadeja took a stunning one-handed airborne catch at deep mid-wicket to end the useful ninth wicket partnership of 51 runs between Kyle Jamieson (49) & Neil Wagner (21) at the stroke of tea.
The New Zealand tail wagged once again & stopped India from having at least a 50-run lead.
Like the first session, India scored five in the second session, as Bumrah quickly eliminated BJ Watling (0) & Tim Southee (0) right after lunch.
Colin de Grandhomme then got a classical left-arm orthodox delivery from Jadeja which pitched on middle & spun away enough to dislodge off-stump.
Wagner & Jamieson then defied the Indian bowlers for nearly 12 overs before a moment of inspiration from Jadeja saw the end of Wagner & Jamieson fell a run short of his maiden Test half-century.
For New Zealand, Tom Latham (52 of 122 balls) scored a half-century gritty, but was never resolved since the beginning of the morning session, as Bumrah beat him multiple times.
The trio of rhythm reached the correct length from the beginning with the elimination of Yadav Tom Blundell (30 of 77 balls) with one that returned with the angle when the bowler opened a little of the fold.
Bumrah, who was mortal since the morning, then retired Kane Williamson (3). The New Zealand skipper was caught in two minds to a delivery that jagged back & took the outside edge when he went for a half-hearted jab.
Ross Taylor (15) lost his patience & stepped out to hit Jadeja against the turn & the ball ballooned towards backward point with Yadav taking a well-judged catch.
Shami, who has been out of color on this tour so far, finally returned to the mix when he cheated on Latham with a classic.
The left-hander was prodding to the away going deliveries & the wily speedster got one to move in. The opener shouldered his arms, not factoring in the late movement which disturbed the stumps.
Shami then got the jittery Henry Nicholls (14) with a delivery that bounced a shade more & the thick edge was taken superbly by a diving virat Kohli in the second slip.