Christchurch - New
Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult said his side's "pack" mentality had
left India reeling on Day 2 of the second Test on which 16 wickets fell
including another cheap dismissal for Virat Kohli in Christchurch on
At stumps India led by just 97 lead with only four wickets remaining and three days to play.
Kohli's side dismissed New Zealand for 235 to take a seven-run first
innings lead, but they stuttered to 90 for six at stumps with Boult
taking three for 12 off nine overs.
"The bowlers obviously pitched the ball up nicely and got rewards
seeing the ball move around like it did. I feel we're in a decent
position," Boult said.
"We're all enjoying hunting out there as a pack, getting the ball to
move around, and I think the bowling unit is very clear about how we're
trying to target the opposition."
The tourists were left to rue their inability to remove tailenders
when New Zealand's last three wickets put on 82, led by a polished 49
from Kyle Jamieson.
With a small first-innings advantage India needed to build a
substantial total for New Zealand to chase but they went off script from
the start with Mayank Agarwal out for three in the second over.
Prithvi Shaw followed for 14 and at 26 for two, with India needing a
win to square the series, the opportunity was ripe for a captain's knock
But on 14, a full delivery from Colin de Grandhomme cut back into his pads and he was gone.
"It was a good feeling to see the back of him," Boult said of Kohli's dismissal.
"Obviously he's a big player for them and we were just try to put
enough pressure on him, keep him quiet and it was nice to see him make a
The 31-year-old, who came to New Zealand as the world's top-ranked batsman, has scored only 2, 19, 3 and 14 in the Series.
Ajinkya Rahane was bowled for nine, Cheteshwar Pujara went for 24 and Umesh Yadav for one in the last six overs of the day.
After New Zealand resumed the day at 63 without loss the combined
efforts of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja has seen
them slump to 153 for seven, before Jamieson, in his second Test,
underscored his all-round credentials having taken five wickets in
India's first innings.
Colin de Grandhomme with 26 and Neil Wagner's 21 were the other key
contributors in the late run spree with Wagner's dismissal the result of
an exceptional one-handed catch by a leaping Jadeja at square leg.
The India pace bowlers, who struggled in the first Test and at the
start of the second, finally got to grips with the stock New Zealand
conditions of a green-tinged pitch and a moderate breeze.
They found that anything pitched up and close to the off stump put
pressure on the New Zealand batsmen and quickly picked off the top five
Tom Blundell added one to his overnight 29 before he was removed and
Kane Williamson (three), Ross Taylor (15), Henry Nicholls (14) quickly
Tom Latham, who top-scored with 52, miscalculated a Shami delivery
and did not play a shot only to watch the ball angle into the stumps.
Shami finished with figures of four for 81, Bumrah, who removed New
Zealand talisman Williamson, took three for 52 while Jadeja had two for