India vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 1: Henry takes three to put New Zealand on top

Henry ended the day with figures of 3-35 off 15 overs

Henry ended the day with figures of 3-35 off 15 overs

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New Zealand pace bowler Matt Henry caused India a great deal of trouble on the opening day of the second Test in Kolkata as he ploughed through their batting line-up to finish with three wickets.

Opting to bat first, India were put on the back foot early on as opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan was clean bowled by Henry for just one run on the 10th ball of the match.

Henry struck again shortly after as he had Dhawan’s opening partner, Murali Vijay, caught behind for nine runs.

With both openers failing to impress, the onus shifted to captain Virat Kohli to get his side out of the hole they had found themselves in, but he failed to do so as he was sent packing by Trent Boult for nine runs.

Having been reduced to 46/3, India were under immense pressure, but Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane stabilised the innings with a 141-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their fifties.

Pujara and Rahane etched their names in the record books as a result of their superb stand as it is India’s highest fourth-wicket partnership at Eden Gardens, beating the 140-run stand between Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman against the West Indies in November 2011.

Just when India were starting to take control of the match, Neil Wagner dealt them a big blow as he removed Pujara for 87, which came off 219 balls and included 17 boundaries.

Pujara made his third consecutive half-century in the series

Pujara made his third consecutive half-century in the series

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Rohit Sharma failed to have an impact as he was dismissed for two runs by Jeetan Patel, who is playing in his first Test match since January 2013.

Patel continued to halt India’s progress as he secured the big wicket of Rahane, trapping him lbw for 77, which came off 157 deliveries and included 11 boundaries.

Rahane scored his ninth Test fifty

Rahane scored his ninth Test fifty

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Ravichandran Ashwin made a brisk 26, but his innings was brought to an end when he was given out lbw off the bowling of Henry.

Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja put together an unbeaten eight-run partnership before stumps was called.

Saha finished on 14 off 22 balls, which included two boundaries and a six, while Jadeja has yet to get off the mark.

Henry was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Patel snapped up two and Wagner and Boult chipped in with one wicket each.

India ended day one on 239/7 and will continue batting on Saturday at 09:30 local time or 04:00 GMT.

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