New Zealand vs India 2nd Test Day 2: Rahane flattens New Zealand with maiden Test century

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Rahane soaks in the moment after scoring his maiden Test century

India batsman Ajinkya Rahane flattened New Zealand on the second day of the second Test in Wellington by scoring his maiden Test century.

Rahane was well supported by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who smashed a magnificent half-century.

Starting out the day on 100/2, India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and pace bowler Ishant Sharma managed to convert their 11-run partnership into a 52-run partnership before Sharma was caught behind off the bowling of Trent Boult for 26.

Dhawan ended up making 98 off 127 balls, which included 14 boundaries and a six, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Tim Southee.

Rohit Sharma failed to trouble the scorers as he was clean bowled to give James Neesham his maiden Test wicket.

Virat Kohli and Rahane stabilised the innings with a 63-run partnership before Kohli was caught by Hamish Rutherford at short cover off the bowling of Neil Wagner for 38.

Rahane and Dhoni kept the runs flowing with a 120-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Dhoni was caught behind off the bowling of Boult.

Dhoni’s fantastic knock of 68 came off 86 balls and included nine boundaries and a six.

Ravindra Jadeja managed to make 26 before he was caught by Peter Fulton at second slip off the bowling of Wagner.

Rahane ended up registering his maiden Test century, but failed to convert it into a bigger score as he was brilliantly caught by Boult off the bowling of Southee.

Rahane’s superb innings of 118 came off 158 deliveries and included 17 boundaries and a six.

Zaheer Khan hammered a quickfire 22 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Wagner.

Wagner, Boult and Southee picked up three wickets apiece, while Neesham chipped in with one as India were bowled out for 438.

Trailing by 246 runs, New Zealand got off to a shoddy start as Fulton was given out lbw off the bowling of Khan for just one run.

Rutherford and Kane Williamson put together an unbeaten 23-run partnership before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

Rutherford finished on 18 off 32 balls, which included three boundaries, while Williamson remained undefeated on four.

Khan was the only Indian bowler to take a wicket.

New Zealand ended the day on 24/1 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time, 22:00 GMT (previous day).

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