First day of second test between India and New Zealand belonged to both teams. Visitors managed to take 7 wickets while host managed to put a descent total despite early hiccups in the form of Shikhar Dhawan and Murli Vijay. Failure of Shikhar Dhawan may raise few question at his selection over Gautam Gambhir but patience in what required until result of this match.
New Zealand got of to good start removing Shikhar Dhawan in second over of the inning. Shikhar Dhawan dragged one form outside on to the stumps to put India in some sorts of bother after electing to bat first. Murali Vijay knicked a brilliant out swing form Matt Henry to leave India struggling at 28/2.
Cheteshwar Pujara (87) and Ajinkya Rahane (77) played sensible innings and bailed team out of pressure situation. They had good time with bat in second session as they took attack to the opposition and scored runs freely. Duo helped India see off second session without loss of any wicket.
New Zealand claw back in third session sending back Pujara at 87 runs who was caught by Martin Guptill of the bowling of Neil Wagner. Jeetan Patel then quickly removed Rohit Sharma and well settled Ajinkya Rahane to bring back visitors in game. India could add just 31 run, Ravichandran Ashwin was given LBW to leave India at 231/7.
Matt Henry picked up three wickets while spinner Jeetan Patel claimed two scalps to his name. Trent Bould got all important wicket of Virat Kohli who was caught at gully in an attempt to smash a ball which was passing wide outside off stumps.
Neil Wagner helped his team get rid of Cheteshwar Pujara and also threatening partnership of 141 runs developing with Ajinkya Rahane. Mitchell Santner though could not take any wicket but he bowled correct line and length.
India 239/7 (86.0 Ovs) [Cheteshwar Pujara 87 runs ; Ajinkya Rahane 77 runs] vs New Zealand [Matt Henry 3 wkts ; Jeetan Patel 2 wkts]