New Zealand pacemen lead Kolkata fight back

Kolkata: India were 110/6 in 31 overs at tea on day three of the second cricket Test match against New Zealand here on Sunday, extending their overall lead to 222 runs.

One should also applaud Wriddhiman Saha, who supported Rohit to the core with his determined approach at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

After Trent Boult and Matt Henry made light work of the Indian top order with the new ball, Rohit Sharma and Wriddiman Saha combined to ensure that India's lead would swell to a near impossible target for New Zealand to chase.

Ajinkya Rahane (one) did not last long either, reducing India to 4-43, and it was left to captain Virat Kohli (45) and Rohit to rescue India with a fifth-wicket stand of 48. The right-hander played some delightful strokes in his 82-run knock, which bailed India out of trouble as the hosts had lost six wickets in the second session on Day 3.

This solid partnership of 103 runs between the duo played an important role in helping India increase their lead to 339 runs, which puts them in a good position with two more days left for the Test match to end.

Earlier Indian pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami helped bowl out New Zealand for 204 in response to India's first innings score of 316.

The Christchurch-born then saw the back of Cheteshwar Pujara (4) in his next over with a leg before verdict, but television technology indicated the ball could have missed the leg stump.

There was about 20,000-odd Eden turnout, the best in the ongoing Test, and they did not mind the extreme heat and humidity and remained glued to their seats as Kohli worked the ball around.

Comeback man Jeetan Patel (47; 47b, 9x4) and wicketkeeper B.J. Watling (25) stitched together a 60-run stand for the eighth wicket after resuming at the overnight score of 128/7.

The left-arm spinner also accounted for Ravindra Jadeja (6), caught off a skier. Paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar did most of the damage with five wickets on Saturday.

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