Rohit Sharma came good with an attacking 82 as India piled up an overall lead of 339 with two more wickets in hand in the second Test at Kolkata on Sunday.
On what continues to be a very difficult Eden Gardens pitch, India struggled to reach 227 for 8 having bowled out the Kiwis for 204 in their first innings.
India collected a first innings lead of 112 runs which could have been a lot higher but for a cameo of 47 from 47 balls from overnight batsman Jeetan Patel.
Resuming at an overnight total of 128 for 7 and trailing behind by 188 runs, New Zealand got a solid partnership going between wicket keeper BJ Watling and Jeetan Patel.
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After a small rain break in the morning session, India finally found their first success with Jeetan Patel top edging a slog sweep off Ravichandran Ashwin to end the fighting stand of 60 runs.
BJ Watling was then knocked over by a full length reversing inswinger from Mohammed Shami for 25 while the same bowler had another lbw with Neil Wagner trapped low on the pad by an inswinger. Wagner was unlucky as the ball had pitched just outside the line of leg stump.
The Kiwis were bowled out in 53 overs with Mohammed Shami taking 3 for 70 while Bhuvneshwar Kumar had to settle with the five wickets he took on Saturday.
India’s second innings was jolted by some tremendous new ball bowling from Matt Henry. The top order vanished in no time and India was found reeling at 43 for 4.
Murali Vijay fell for 7, caught nicking Matt Henry to first slip. Cheteshwar Pujara despite having flu walked in and lasted seven balls before he was lbw to the same bowler, playing all around a full length inswinger.
Shikhar Dhawan was lbw for 17 to a late inswinger from Trent Boult while Ajinkya Rahane miscued a pull shot off Matt Henry to long leg for 1.
Skipper Virat Kohli scored an attractive 45 with 7 fours before he was done in by one that stayed very low from Trent Boult. Kohli left the ground with a smile as he knew that the invariable bounce was bound to trouble the Kiwis as well in their second innings.
Mitchell Santner took the next three wickets to fall with R Ashwin lbw to an arm ball for 5. In between the wickets came a potentially match-winning partnership of 103 between Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha.
Rohit Sharma played calculated shots to hit 9 fours and two lovely sixes in his 82 from 132 balls. He was out nicking a sharp turning ball to the keeper.
Ravindra Jadeja having hit a six off Mitchell Santner went for another heave but this time miscued it to get caught by substitute fielder Jimmy Neesham.
Wriddhiman Saha once again impressed, this time with an unbeaten 39 from 87 balls while Bhuvneshwar Kumar wasted no time in hitting a six in his 8 not out just before stumps on Day 3.