India struggling at 57-3 at lunch on day 1 vs New Zealand

BY foxsports • September 30, 2016

KOLKATA, India (AP) New Zealand struck three crucial blows in the opening session of the second cricket test Friday, reducing India to 57 for three at lunch.

On a greenish Eden Gardens' pitch, India opted to bat first after winning the toss.

The visiting pace bowlers used the new ball to good effect with Matt Henry (2-14) bowling Shikhar Dhawan (1) in the second over and having Murali Vijay (9) caught behind in the 12th.

Trent Boult (1-13) made a vital breakthrough for the visitors when he had Virat Kohli (9) caught at gully in the 22nd over. The India skipper got out chasing a wide delivery, three balls after hitting a beautiful cover drive off Boult.

It was a circumspect session for India, with the run-rate never exceeding three-per-over.

Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 31 at lunch, and Ajinkya Rahane was not out on 2.

New Zealand, already down 1-0 in the three-test series, had a significant setback before play when captain Kane Williamson was ruled out of the second test with a fever. He was replaced by Henry Nicholls, while Ross Taylor returned to the captaincy.

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