Wriddhiman Saha's unbeaten 54 powered India to post 316 in first innings against New Zealand

Wriddhiman Saha






Wriddhiman Saha's unbeaten 54 powered India to post 316 in first innings against New Zealand

Kolkata:  Local hero Wriddhiman Saha's unbeaten 54 runs put India to a respectable total of 316 all out against New Zealand in the first innings on the 2nd day of the 5-day second Test match at Eden Gardens here today.
India began their second day with 239/7 adding another 77 runs in the remaining three wickets to put the visiting side in tight position on the unpredictable pitch of Eden.
Resuming their overnight score of 239/7 on day 1 In 86 overs as Wriddhiman Saha was (not out 14 ) and Ravindra Jadeja ( not out) had altogehter 41 run-partnership.
However, left hander Jadeja (14) was first to depart when he pulled a Neil Wagner short delivery to long leg and Matt Henry had no trouble to hold on the ball ending India's 7th wicket partnership of 41 runs.
Immediately after pacer Bhuvneswar Kumar (5) was held lbw by left armed spinner Mitchell Santner when India were 281.
Tailender Mohammed Shami made valuable contribution of 14 before his pull was held by Matt Henry off pacer Trent Boult.
Thirty-one-year-old wicket-keepeer batsman Saha achieved his third half century in 17th Test when he hit a sixer from Mitchell Santner delivery at long on.
Saha, who made duck in Kanpur Test, ultimately remained not out at 54 in 85 balls hitting 2 big sixes and seven boundaries.
He was the third highest scorer after Pujara and Rahane in this innings Earlier, a stubborn 141-run 4th wicket partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara (87) and Ajinkya Rahane (77) took India in very sound position.
New Zealand's Matt Henry was highest wicket taker with 3/46, followed by Trent Boult 2/46, Neil Wagner 2/57, Jeetan Patel 2/66 and Santner 1/83.



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