India vs NZ : India stops play at 130/4 …


Rohit Sharma hit 58 runs to steady the boat for India with Ajinkya Rahane for company, getting the team to 130/4 before bad light stopped play on day two of the first Test at the Eden Park in Auckland. India were in all kinds of trouble, having lost the top four for just 51 runs.

Chasing 503, India lost two top order batsmen to Trent Boult in the very first over. Boult first took Shikhar Dhawan for a duck who tried to play it towards leg with hard hands but ended up giving a catch to gully. Cheteshwar Pujara (1) left on the last ball of the over, fishing for a ball way outside the off stump.

A few overs later, Tim Southee opened his account, removing Virat Kohli (4). Beaten by the bounce, Kohli edged to the slip. Virat was sure he had not edged it and stood his ground but Hot Spot reviews showed it did tounch his right glove.

Rohit Sharma (58*) and Murali Vijay (22) were at the crease trying to steady the boat. The two played relatively sensibly, playing genuine cricketing strokes to get their boundaries and also rotating the strike to keep the scorecard ticking.

But disaster struck on the second over afer tea when Vijay fell. Wagner, bowling from far end of the crease, angled one in. Vijay presented a straight defensive bat but it beat the outside edge to dislodge the bails.

Rahane (18) and Sharma then came together to stitch together a partnership of 64 runs.

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