Ajinkya Rahane scored his maiden Test century and put up a 114 run partnership with MS Dhoni to get India to 385/8 on Day 2 of the second Test at the Basin Reserve at Wellington.
Rahane, helped build two crucial partnerships, one with Virat Kohli for 63 and then with Dhoni for the seventh wicket. The young man did not display any great emotion on getting his first century. A crisp raised bat was all he gave away.
Virat Kohli became the first casualty for Team India in the post lunch session on Day 2 of the second Test at the Basin Reserve at Wellington, leaving the touring side on 228/6 at lunch.
But since then, the second session went India's way. Dhoni played his shots, taking the game to the opposition. He hit Wagner for four consecutive fours.
After tea, he looked poised for a big score but fell to Trent Boult for 68. A well directed bouncer at his rib cage forced him to play at it, getting a faint edge to BJ Watling behind the stumps.
Ravindra jadeja came out, looking to push up the aggression. He played some very good shots for four but then got carried away yet again. He hit Neil Wagner for back to back fours, but on the next ball, he nicked one to Peter Fulton for a sharp catch in the slip cordon.
India scored a 101 runs while New Zealand took three wickets in an even first session. Shikhar Dhawan's composed 98 got complimented Ishant Sharma's career best 6/51 on the first day, giving the team a nine run lead with five wickets to spare.
The first man to fall in the day was Ishant the nightwatchman, who did well to keep the bowlers at bay all morning, reaching his 26. Eventually he fell to a terrific catch behind the stumps from BJ Watling.
Dhawan looked on his way to his second century of the series but lost his concentration when he was within touching distance of the milestone. He got to 98 with a four off Tim Southee. The next ball, on a length and in the probing outside off length, came up slower than he expected. Already in a hitting mode, he drove at it, nicking to Watling.
Rohit Sharma failed to impress once again. He poked at a full delivery outside off, looking to pierce the cover field, but merely dragged it on to his stumps, leaving without trubling the scorers.
Kohli (38) looked in the good touch he has been in recently but the fell prey to Neil Wagner's consistancy and patience. He tried to drive a fullish delivery just outside off, a line Wagner had held all day, could not keep it down and gave a simple catch to short cover.
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