Cricket

Black Caps fight but India are on top

2016-10-02 14:51
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Cape Town - New Zealand have fought back in the second Test but India may already have done enough with a lead of 339 runs and two second innings wickets in hand at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

India wrapped up the New Zealand innings early on the third morning despite a spirited knock by Jeetan Patel (47).

New Zealand were restricted to 204 runs as Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 5 for 48 helping India to establish a 112 run first innings lead.

The Black caps took four wickets inside 14 overs as India stuttered to 43 for four with Matt Henry picking up three of the four to fall at that stage.

Skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma steadied for a period before the captain was trapped leg before by Trent Boult for 45.

Ravi Aswhin became the first of three victims for Kiwi tweaker Mitchell Santner when he was struck on the pads adjacent to the stumps on just five. India were 106 for 6.

Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha would then put India into what could prove to be a winning position by putting on 103 runs for the seventh wicket moving their lead past the three hundred mark.

Sharma (82) and Ravindra Jadeja (6) would fall before the close but it would seem India may have done enough to win this Test having established a 339 run lead, they will resume on day four at 227 for 8.

Matt Henry (3/44) and Mitchell Santner (3/51) were the pick of New Zealand's bowlers.

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