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New Zealand take lead but India strike back late

Filed on February 22, 2020 | Last updated on February 22, 2020 at 10.41 pm
ADVANTAGE HOSTS: Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor run between the wicket during the second day of the first Test in Wellington.


India had been dismissed for just 165 earlier

Captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor combined to put New Zealand in a strong position in the first Test before India struck back late on Saturday to remove both just as their partnership threatened to take the match away from the tourists.
New Zealand were 216-5 and with a lead of 51 runs at the end of the second day's play at the Basin Reserve with the failing light forcing the players off.
Play had been extended by half an hour past the 7pm (10am UAE Time) finishing time, itself a 30-minute extension on the playing conditions, with Colin de Grandhomme on four and BJ Watling 14 not out.
India had been dismissed for just 165 earlier on Saturday and looked under pressure all day but it could have been much worse had they not removed Taylor and Williamson, who were looking ominous, in quick succession.
The pair combined for 93 runs and had given New Zealand a first innings lead before Ishant Sharma broke the partnership.
The pace bowler got a delivery to spit off a length and struck Taylor on the hand, with the ball flying to Cheteshwar Pujara at square leg to dismiss him for 44.
Williamson, who had been struck on the hand by a Sharma bouncer on the first ball he faced and received treatment, looked content to see out the rest of the day's play without any further loss after Taylor's dismissal.
He advanced to 89 and within sight of his 22nd Test century but drove at a wide delivery from Mohammed Shami, was surprised by the slower pace of the ball and caught by substitute fielder Ravindra Jadeja at cover.
Henry Nicholls was then caught by Virat Kohli at slip off Ravichandran Ashwin for 17 in the gloomy conditions.
"You always want or are seeking perfection," pace bowler Tim Southee told reporters of the match situation heading into day three. "You always want to be one less wicket than what you are.
"But saying that if we can carry on tomorrow morning and get a couple of partnerships together and try to build that lead then going into the second innings that will be nice."
Southee had run through India's tail with three wickets after they had resumed on 122-5 after the entire final session of the first day was washed out when heavy rain swept across the ground seconds after the players had taken tea.
Debutant Kyle Jamieson finished with 4-39.

India 1st innings (Overnight 122-5)
P. Shaw b Southee 16
M. Agarwal c Jamieson b Boult 34
C. Pujara c Watling b Jamieson 11
V. Kohli c Taylor b Jamieson 2
A. Rahane c Watling b Southee 46
H. Vihari c Watling b Jamieson 7
R. Pant run out (Patel) 19
R. Ashwin b Southee 0
I. Sharma c Watling b Jamieson 5
M. Shami c Blundell b Southee 21
J. Bumrah not out 0
Extras (lb1, w3) 4
Total (all out; 68.1 overs) 165
Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-35, 3-40, 4-88, 5-101, 6-132. 7-132, 8-143, 9-165
Bowling: Southee 20.1-5-49-4, Boult 18-2-57-1, de Grandhomme 11-5-12-0, Jamieson 16-3-39-4 (3w), Patel 3-2-7-0
New Zealand 1st innings
T. Latham c Pant b Sharma 11
T. Blundell b Sharma 30
K. Williamson c sub (Jadeja) b Shami 89
R. Taylor c Pujara b Sharma 44
H. Nicholls c Kohli b Ashwin 17
B. Watling not out 14
C. de Grandhomme not out 4
Extras: (b1, lb1, w5) 7
Total: (5 wkts; 71.1 overs) 216
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-73, 3-166, 4-185, 5-207
To bat: Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult
Bowling: Bumrah 18.1-4-62-0 (5w), Sharma 15-6-31-3, Shami 17-2-61-1, Ashwin 21-1-60-1
Toss: New Zealand
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG), Aleem Dar (PAK)
TV Umpire: Michael Gough (ENG)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)


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