Bangalore, Sep 1: A battle between Indian batsmen and New Zealand fast bowlers made it an interesting day at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday. By the end of it, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina had bailed the team out after looking hopeless at 80/4. India finished the day 283/5 in 78 overs but have to come back and fight another day as they are still 82 in first innings arrears.
Kohli and Raina, the two youngsters led India's revival after Tim Southee and his fast bowling colleagues bowled excellent lines all day. After Raina departed for a well compiled 55, captain MS Dhoni and Kohli took India till the end without any further alarms.
Kohli's impressive form has carried on. He is 93 not out while Dhoni is 46 unbeaten. The duo has raised 104 runs in 27.3 overs for the sixth wicket.
Tomorrow morning's session could play a huge part in the outcome of this Test as New Zealand can take the new ball after two overs into the day. All day today, Kiwi fast bowlers ran in hard and troubled the Indian batsmen.
Third day's play will start three minutes early, at 9.27 AM local time.
It was Raina who played aggressively after arriving at the crease at 80/4. He and Kohli put on 99 runs for the fifth wicket. The number five and six batsmen needed to prove their worth in India's changing new batting order and they did it under pressure.
Kohli reached his fifth Test half century in 10th Test. For Raina, this was seventh score past fifty in 17th Test. Both have a century each.
Tea Report: India 168/4
Suresh Raina hit a fine half century as India fought back to reach tea interval at 168/4 in 47 overs. Raina and Virat Kohli pulled India out of trouble after the losses of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar immediately after lunch. At the break, Raina and Kohli were still together with 51 and 33 respectively.
India were off to a disastrous start after lunch. They lost Sehwag and Tendulkar. Sehwag was out for 43 in the first over after lunch and Tendulkar followed him for 17. For the second time in as many innings, Tendulkar was bowled. When Tendulkar left the middle, India were 80/4 in 23.3 overs.
Lunch Report: India 63/2, New Zealand 365 all out
India are 63/2 in 21 overs at lunch on the second day of the second and final Test against New Zealand at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday. Virender Sehwag (39) and Sachin Tendulkar (4) are at the crease.
New Zealand's new ball bowler Tim Southee took both Indian wickets. He had put India in trouble by reducing them to 27/2 in 10 overs. However, Sehwag and Tendulkar ensured no further damage till lunch.
Sehwag lived dangerously from the start. He was at his usual self, going for shots.
Overall, it was New Zealand bowlers who dominated the 21 overs. Southee had figures of 2/11 in six overs with one maiden. Offspinner Jeetan Patel, who came on in the 19th over, has bowled two successive maidens.
Earlier, Gautam Gambhir (1) was dropped by Brendon McCullum at third slip off Trent Boult. However, the left-hander could not capitalise on that, adding just one run more after the reprieve.
Southee was excellent in his first spell of six overs. Gambhir tried to leave the ball from Southee to the wicketkeeper, only to see the off bail dislodged.
Cheteshwar Pujara (9), who had hit a century in Hyderabad, too perished for a single-digit score. The right-hander hooked a short ball from Southee to fine leg where Trent Boult completed the catch.
As it has been over 22 years, Tendulkar walked to a huge reception from the fans.
India were off to a fine start on the second day of the second and final Test against New Zealand as they bowled out the visitors for 365 in 90.1 overs within the first hour of play
New Zealand lasted 8.4 overs and scored 37 runs. India took 44 minutes in the first hour of play to take the remaining four wickets.
Zaheer Khan started off well for India by dismissing Kruger van Wyk and also ran the other overnight batsman Doug Bracewell out at the non-striker's end in his follow-through. Umesh Yadav removed Jeetan Patel for no score.
Pragyan Ojha took the final wicket to finish with figures of 5/99 in 28.1 overs.
Earlier, New Zealand have resumed their innings from their overnight score of 328/6 from Day 1 here in the second and final Test against India on Saturday.
Kruger van Wyk (63 batting) and Doug Bracewell (30 batting) are continuing their innings as the visitors look to post a score more than 400.
Today, a minimum of 98.3 over has to be bowled. Play started half an hour early at 9 AM local time. On the first day, 33 minutes of play was not possible due to rain in the final session of play.
On Saturday too, overcast conditions prevailed. Umesh Yadav, who had to complete his over from the first day, started the proceedings and bowled the remaining three balls. Ojha was again handed the responsibility of bowling first, as he took charge from the pavilion end today.
On the first day, Friday, captain Ross Taylor struck a fine hundred. He made an attack 113 while left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha took four wickets.
India won the first Test in Hyderabad by an innings and 115 runs.