2nd test: New Zealand in trouble vs India as rain stops play
KOLKATA, India (AP) Rain forced an early tea on day two of the second test in Kolkata as India reduced New Zealand to 85-4 in 24.4 overs in reply to the hosts' first innings of 316.
New Zealand trailed by 231 runs as the players walked off the field with 40 minutes remaining in the session as a passing shower disrupted play.
Ross Taylor was the unbeaten batsman on 30, while umpire Rod Tucker adjudged Luke Ronchi (35) leg before wicket off Ravindra Jadeja (1-9) just before rain came. The ball appeared to be missing leg stump.
Earlier, Ronchi had a close lbw shout against the same bowler, and gained a life in the 14th over when he was dropped at short point off Mohammed Shami (1-28).
Those missed chances helped Ronchi build a 62-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Taylor. They were circumspect to begin with but kept the Indian bowlers at bay.
With the pacers bowling extended spells on either side of lunch, Ravichandran Ashwin (0-23) was introduced into the attack only in the 16th over. This was after Henry Nicholls (1) was bowled in the second over after the lunch break, playing on against Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-20).
More than 45 overs are still scheduled to be bowled in the day.
From India's overnight score of 239-7, Wriddhiman Saha (54 not out) struck an aggressive third test fifty to help India reach 316 in 104.5 overs and wrest the initiative from New Zealand. He put on 41 runs with Ravindra Jadeja (14) for the eighth wicket and a further 35 runs for the final wicket with his Bengal teammate Mohammed Shami (14).
Neil Wagner (2-57), Mitchell Santner (1-83) and Trent Boult (2-46) took the wickets for the Black Caps in the session.
The visitors then lost both openers in under 30 minutes' play before the break. Shami trapped Tom Latham lbw for one, and then Martin Guptill (13) deflected Kumar's delivery off his elbow onto the stumps.