Wellington, Feb 15 :
New Zealand were 24 for one in their second innings and trailed India’s first innings score of 438 all out by 222 runs at the end of day two in the second and final Test at the Basin Reserve here Saturday.
Ajinkya Rahane’s maiden Test hundred put India in the driving seat giving them a first innings lead of 246 runs. Rahane was well supported by Shikhar Dhawan (98), who missed out on his third hundred, and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (68).
In New Zealand’s second innings, Zaheer Khan dismissed Peter Fulton (1) in the second over to immediately put the hosts on the backfoot.
Hamish Rutherford (18 batting) and Kane Williamson (4 batting) were the two unbeaten batsmen at stumps.
India were earlier bowled out for 438, ending their first innings with a 246-run lead against New Zealand in the second and final Test at the Basin Reserve here Saturday.
Ajinkya (118) scored his maiden Test hundred and along with Shikhar Dhawan (98) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (68) put India in complete control of the match.
Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner picked up three wickets each while Jimmy Neesham chipped in with one.
Earlier, an unbeaten 72-run partnership between Ajinkya Rahane (64 batting) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (39 batting) took India to 301 for six, 109 runs ahead of New Zealand, in the second and final Test at the Basin Reserve here Saturday.
The only blip in an otherwise near perfect session for India was the fall of Virat Kohli (38).
Though, it was all smooth sailing for the visitors. India were made to work hard for the 100 runs after lunch as New Zealand adopted negative bowling tactics.
New Zealand pacers Jimmy Neesham and Neil Wagner, in particular, constantly bowled well outside the off-stump, trying to contain the run flow before the new ball.
This resulted in many balls being left alone and thus, slowing the run-rate.
After playing a very patient knock, Kohli finally lost his concentration, going after a wide ball and Wagner and managing to hit straight to the short-cover fielder.
This set the stage for the Indian captain and Dhoni didn’t disappoint as he went on to the offensive from the word go. Wagner was at the receiving end as Dhoni carted him for four consecutive fours.
Dhoni attacked any ball close to him while Rahane played the perfect sheet anchor role.
Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan (98) put India nine runs ahead in the morning session.
It was an even session all round. India scored 101 runs, with New Zealand taking three wickets.
Ishant Sharma (26), who had picked up six wickets in the Kiwis’ first innings, batted brilliantly to keep the opposition bowlers at bay, early in the morning session.
It took a one handed catch from wicket-keeper B.J Watling to finally dismiss Ishant.
Watling was again at hand to snap up Dhawan’s edge off the bowling of pacer Tim Southee. Dhawan had looked well on his way to a third Test hundred and his maiden century in New Zealand but lost his concentration during a crucial moment.
Rohit Sharma (0) once again failed to deliver. He fished for a ball well outside the off-stump, managing only to drag it back on to his stumps.
His continuous failures will have the dressing room worried and time could be running out for the right-hander.
New Zealand 1st innings: 192 all out
India 1st innings:
Shikhar Dhawan c Watling b Southee 98
Murali Vijay c Watling b Southee 2
Cheteshwar Pujara lbw b Boult 19
Ishant Sharma c Watling b Boult 26
Virat Kohli c Rutherford b Wagner 38
Rohit Sharma b Neesham 0
Ajinkya Rahane c Boult b Southee 118
Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Watling b Boult 68
Ravindra Jadeja c Fulton b Wagner 26
Zaheer Khan c Watling b Wagner 22
Mohammed Shami not out 0
Extras (b 8, lb 4, w 7, nb 2) 21
Total (all out in 102.4 overs) 438
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Vijay, 1.6 overs), 2-89 (Pujara, 24.2), 3-141 (I. Sharma, 36.6), 4-162 (Dhawan, 42.6), 5-165 (RG Sharma, 45.1), 6-228 (Kohli, 68.1), 7-348 (Dhoni, 92.2), 8-385 (Jadeja, 96.3), 9-423 (Rahane, 101.1), 10-438 (Khan, 102.4)
Trent Boult 26-7-99-3
Tim Southee 20-0-93-3
Neil Wagner 22.4-3-106-3
Corey Anderson 16-2-66-0
Jimmy Neesham 18-2-62-1
New Zealand 2nd innings: 24/1
PG Fulton lbw b Khan 1
Hamish Rutherford batting 18
Kane Williamson batting 4
Extras (nb 1) 1
Total (for one wicket in nine overs) 24
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Fulton, 1.3 overs)
Ishant Sharma 3-0-9-0
Zaheer Khan 3-2-7-1
Mohammad Shami 3-0-8-0
Toss: India chose to field
Umpires: Steve Davis (Australia) and Richard Kettleborough (England)
TV umpire: Derek Walker (New Zealand)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)