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2nd Test PHOTOS: Pujara, Rahane lift India after poor start

Last updated on: September 30, 2016 17:46 IST
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Images from Day 1 of the second Test between India and New Zealand in Kolkata, on Friday.

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Cheteshwar Pujara

IMAGE: Ajinkya Rahane, right, of India celebrates his half century with Cheteshwar Pujara during Day 1 of the second Test match against New Zealand held at the Eden Gardens stadium, Kolkata on Friday. Photograph: BCCI.

Gutsy fifties from Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane helped India reach 239 for seven in the second Test against New Zealand after a see-saw opening day on Friday.

The touring side claimed three wickets in the first session and four in the third but the Indian duo forged a 141-run partnership for the fourth wicket to leave the match evenly poised.

Wriddhiman Saha

IMAGE: Wriddhaman Saha of India avoids a bouncer. Photograph: BCCI.

Wriddhiman Saha was unbeaten on 14 with Ravindra Jadeja yet to score when bad light stopped play at Kolkata's Eden Gardens.

Martin Guptil

IMAGE: Martin Guptill of New Zealand reacts. Photograph: BCCI.

Earlier, New Zealand paceman Matt Henry (3-35) celebrated his Test return with a two-wicket burst to wreck India's top order and lift the mood in the Kiwi camp.

Beaten comprehensively in the series opener in Kanpur, New Zealand's bid to level the three-Test series suffered a body blow when skipper Kane Williamson was ruled out due to illness with Ross Taylor taking over captaincy.

IMAGE: Former India captain Kapil Dev, centre, rings the bell to signal start of the second Test between India and New Zealand as Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly, right, looks on, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, on Friday. Photograph: BCCI

India captain Virat Kohli's decision to bat in his country's 250th home Test gave the Kiwi pacemen an opportunity to extract whatever life was available from a green-tinged track and the tourists did not disappoint.

IMAGE: Matt Henry, centre, celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan. Photograph: BCCI

Opener Shikhar Dhawan failed to capitalise on his recall to the side for the injured Lokesh Rahul, chopping a Henry delivery on to his stumps to depart for one.

Henry struck again in his sixth over with a beautiful delivery which angled into Murali Vijay (nine) and seamed away, kissing the shoulder of the bat before nestling in wicketkeeper BJ Watling's gloves.

Henry had just been warned for running on to the pitch and the change of angle worked well for the bowler.

IMAGE: New Zealand's players celebrate the wicket of Murali Vijay. Photograph: BCCI

Trent Boult dismissed Kohli for nine to peg the hosts back further but Pujara (87) and Rahane (77) joined forces to halt the slide, both playing with characteristic caution.

Cheteshwar Pujara

IMAGE: India’s Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara run between the wickets. Photograph: BCCI. .

Pujara brought up his third successive fifty in the series, while Rahane notched up his ninth Test half-century as they batted through the afternoon session.

Neil Wagner broke the partnership when he had Pujara caught at short cover, ending the right-hander's 219-ball vigil which included 17 fours.

Jeetan Patel, replacing injured off-spinner Mark Craig, dismissed Rohit Sharma and Rahane. Ravichandran Ashwin made a quick 26 before Henry trapped him lbw.

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