Sat, 01 Sep 2012 17:40:27 GMT | By PTI

2nd Test, day 2: Kohli, Raina rescue India

Bangalore: Virat Kohli performed a brilliant recovery act and was just seven runs short of his second Test century as India bounced back from a precarious position to leave the second cricket Test against New Zealand evenly poised here today.


2nd Test, day 2: Kohli, Raina rescue India (© Reuters)

After restricting New Zealand to 365 in the first innings, the Indians were tottering at 80 for four at one stage before Kohli (93 not out) led the Indian fightback as they reached 283 for five at close on the second day at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Suresh Raina (55) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (batting 46) also played an important part in India's recovery. The home side still trail by 82 runs with five first innings wickets intact after a half-and-hour's extended play.

The umpires Ian Gould and Steve Davis decided to extend play as 34 minutes were lost yesterday due to bad light.

However, play continued under the lights for the second consecutive day.

Kohli was involved in a crucial 99-run partnership with Raina for the fourth wicket and then put on 104 runs with Dhoni for the unbroken sixth wicket stand.

Scorecard

Kohli initially played a waiting game until he found his bearings and executed some delightful drives early on. Later on, he intermittently raised the tempo scoring couple of boundaries in an over. The Delhi batsman chose loose balls to attack and paced his innings well to see India narrow the deficit.

Kohli brought his fifth Test half century off 100 balls in style by clipping pacer Tim Southee to fine leg fence for four.

Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli revived the Indian innings after an inspired bowling spell from New Zealand seamers reduced the hosts to 80 for four on the second day of the second cricket Test here on Saturday.

Raina, who walked on to the middle when India were reduced to 80 for four, took charge and immediately launched an attack against Kiwi bowlers. He hit eight boundaries and a six from the 79 balls he had faced so far.

Raina was ruthless against Doug Bracewell and Tim Southee, who had packed the Indian top order batsmen back to the pavillion, smacking them to boundaries.

Raina had a big slice of luck while on his individual score of 48 when the third umpire Sudhir Asnani ruled him not out in an appeal for stumping by Krugner van Wyk as Jeetan Patel had overstepped the bowling line.

However, Raina soon reached to his seveth Test half century after he took a couple of runs to third man off Patel.

Virat Kohli, who was sedate for a long time, found his bearing soon after as he blasted a six off Kiwi spinner for a six. As the innings progressed Kohli got his timing right as he cracked delightful boundaries. He hit four boundaries and a six from the 67 balls he had faced so far.

Resuming play after lunch, Doug Bracewell provided a good start for New Zealand striking twice in quick session to dismiss the dangerous Virender Sehwag (43) and Sachin Tendulkar (17), leaving India tottering at 80 for four.

Sehwag flicked lazily to a fuller ball off Bracewell for Flynn to take a sharp catch high to his right at midwicket.

Two overs later, Tendulkar's middle stump was disturbed as he tried to drive with an angled bat a pitched-up delivery off Bracewell.

Raina, who scored just three runs in Hyderabad Test, looked in good touch. Facing his fourth ball, the southpaw smashed Trent Boult to a boundary to fine leg fence making his intentions clear.

In the next over, Raina punished Bracewell, hitting him three successive boundaries. He again sprayed two boundaries against Southee as India raced past 100 run mark in 27 overs.

New Zealand captain Taylor introduced spinner Jeetan Patel and immediately applied brakes on the run flow for the next seven odd overs. However, Kohli and Raina waited for the right time and hit Patel for 15 runs in an over.

After hitting a six off Patel, Kohli soon found his bearing and executed two glorious drives to the fence. First, he clipped Bracewell through mid-on and the straight-drove Boult with great timing.

Earlier in the morning session, India wrapped up New Zealand's first innings at 365.

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