What a brilliant rearguard from the pair of Rohit and Saha. From a position where the visitors might have entertained a little bit of hope, they have taken India "nearly" out of sight.
Even that "nearly" is due to the cliched uncertainties of the game. Still, a lot of credit should go to the way the Kiwis fought today. Right from the first session where their tail wagged, then followed it up by some relentless bowling to put India under actual pressure.
BJ Watling and Jeetan Patel opened the batting for the Kiwis in the morning session and negotiatied the swing well to post some kind of a recovery.
They stitched a half century partnerhsip to guide the Kiwis to 181 before R Ashwin struck a blow by getting rid of Jeetan Patel.
India vs New Zealand, Second Test, Day 3:
# Stumps Day 3, India lead by 339 runs
# Rohit scores his fifty and India stretches the lead to 300
#India goes to tea at 110/6
#Kiwi spinner Mitchell Santner scalps R Ashwin
#Boult claims Kohli, break the stiff Indian resistance
#Kohli and Sharma lead Indian fightback by playing in counterattacking fashion
#The Indian captain walks into bat
#Henry runs through the Indian batting order, gets the prized wicket of Rahane
#Indian reeling at 34/3
#Matt Henry struck severe blow by removing C Pujara
#India come out to bat in the second innings. Boult to start off the proceedings for the Kiwis
#Shami gets Wagner, NZ bundled out for 204 in their first innings
#Shami strikes to get rid of Watling, digs a big hole into the Kiwi batting order
#R Ashwin strikes to get rid off Jeetan Patel, breaks the Kiwi resistance
#Jeetan Patel and BJ Watling offer stiff resistance, string a valuable partnership
Match Summary, Day 2:
The rain hit second test match between India and New Zealand has entered an interesting phase on its third day. New Zealand’s batsmen have found it tough to face the Indian bowlers till now and scored 128/7 in their first innings.
BJ Watling and Jeetan Patel will open the batting for the New Zealand team on Sunday as they prepare to build their innings. Earlier, on the second day of the match, Indian bowlers dominated the Kiwis to the hilt with pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar picking up a five wicket haul.
New Zealand was destroyed by devastating spells of India’s new ball bowlers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami bowled with purpose and didn’t let the NZ batsmen settle down. The pitch supported the seamers and both of them exploited it to the hilt.
Earlier, India scored 316 in its first innings on the basis of a late assault by wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha (54) and important contributions from Cheteshwar Pujara (87) and Ajinkya Rahane (77).
India has made an amazing comeback in the match and is still 188 runs ahead of New Zealand. As far as the Kiwis are concerned, their India tour has turned into a nightmare as they face the prospect of another big defeat.