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Ishant Sharma with his new found confidence and rhythm took six wickets as India bowled out New Zealand cheaply for 192 on Day 1 of the 2nd Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. India closed the first day’s play at a comfortable position of 100 for 2 with Shikhar Dhawan batting fluently on 71 with night watchman Ishant Sharma at the other end.
MS Dhoni won the toss and for obvious reasons decided to bowl first on a green pitch. Ishant Sharma brought in as one change straightaway did the damage to the Kiwi batting line-up. First he had Hamilton Rutherford caught in the slips pushing away from his body to a short delivery. Peter Fulton was trapped lbw a skidding indipper. Debutant Tom Latham was out for a duck, edging Ishant on the backfoot to MS Dhoni.
By lunch, Skipper Brendon McCullum perished cheaply, caught at mid off in a loose drive off Mohammed Shami on the up. After the break, Ishant removed Corey J Anderson (24) through a bat pad inside edge that lobbed to the slips. Wicket Keeper BJ Watling got out to a regulation edge to the slips off a bouncy length ball from Ishant.
Down at 86 for 6, the Kiwis got through a 47-run stand before their batting star Kane Williamson after more than two lives, got out to Mohammed Shami with Rohit Sharma holding onto a smart catch in the slips. Kane Williamson was the top scorer with 47 from 100 balls.
Mohammed Shami struck again to remove the dangerous James Neesham out for 33 (from 35 balls) on Test debut. Ishant got his sixth wicket with a full toss to end the cameo of Tim Southee (32 from 32 balls). Last man Trent Boult was bounced out by Mohammed Shami. Ishant Sharma recorded career best figures of 6 for 51 while Mohammed Shami contributed with 4 for 70.
India in their first innings had a dismal start with Murali Vijay departing in the second over, forced to glove a bouncy inducker from Tim Southee to BJ Watling. Cheteshwar Pujara steadied the ship with Shikhar Dhawan before he was trapped lbw by a late inswinger from Trent Boult at the fag end of the day’s play. Cheteshwar Pujara scored 19 from 59 balls besides adding up 87 runs with Shikhar Dhawan for the 2nd wicket.
2nd Test Video: Ishant Sharma reacts after taking 6 wickets