Cricket Live Score: India vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 1 – Pujara, Rahane Rebuild Innings

India have a lot at stake in the second cricket Test against New Zealand in Kolkata’s historic Eden Gardens. If they can win their 250th Test at home, Virat Kohli’s team will snatch the world No. 1 ranking from Pakistan. Follow cricket live score of India vs New Zealand here. (LIVE SCORECARD | NEWS | VIDEOS)

14:25 hrs IST: India did not lose wickets in the second session and played 31 overs to put up 79 runs!

14:19 hrs IST: While Pujara is batting on 64, Rahane is at 47 not out at tea.

14:17 hrs IST: And it is tea. India are 136/3 at tea and that was some recovery!

14:12 hrs IST: Edge by Rahane but no silly point!

14:10 hrs IST: Boundaries have increased for India. 22 fours so far today, no sixes though.

14:05 hrs IST: Rahane looks good for his half-century now!

14:00 hrs IST: Lovely cover drive and Rahane is into his 40s!

13:54 hrs IST: The run rate is slowly increasing for India.

13:47 hrs IST: Unlike the first session, the second one has completely belonged to India. No wickets yet

13:43 hrs IST: 50 overs are up! India 109/3! 

13:36 hrs IST: Run out chance but Pujara is safe! India should not be taking risks at this stage

13:30 hrs IST: Runs should begin to flow now as India cross the 100-run mark

13:28 hrs IST: Four! And Pujara finally brings up his half-century! His 10th half-century in Test matches!

13:22 hrs IST: Nice cut from Rahane and the 50-partnership between the two comes up. He is taking the pressure off Pujara

13:21 hrs IST: Bouncer and then a glare from Wagner! Good cricket there from the Black Caps medium pacer

13:20 hrs IST: Drinks break!

13:17 hrs IST: This partnership is also close to a half-century along with Pujara.

13:16 hrs IST: Only four runs have come in the last five overs! India 88/3 after 43 overs

13:14 hrs IST: This is an interesting fact. The last time three or more wickets fell in the first session of a Test at Eden Gardens – 6 Pakistan wickets in February 1999. India have lost 3 wickets today.

13:08 hrs IST: India’s run rate is just above 2! It has been a slow innings so far.

13:02 hrs IST: But Pujara waits for the correct ball to hit his shot

12:58 hrs IST: Wagner is testing Pujara with a spell of bouncers!

12:53 hrs IST: Wagner returns for another spell. The Kiwis are looking to break this partnership. Pujara is a threat for the visitors.

Cheteshwar Pujara has been in fine form of late.
Photo Credit: BCCI

12:48 hrs IST: India 83/3 after 37 overs!

12:45 hrs IST: That is the view of the Eden from the press box

12:37 hrs IST: Pujara into 40s with a lovely boundary

12:36 hrs IST: India 71/3 after 33 overs.

12:33 hrs IST: Lovely cover drive for Rahane! His first boundary of the innings.

12:30 hrs IST: Plus this also will be a must watch! Pakistan vs West Indies for a 2019 World Cup berth

12:28 hrs IST: Meanwhile in other news, BCCI’s SGM has been adjourned till Saturday! Keep following for updates

12:25 hrs IST: The day has undoubtedly belonged to New Zealand so far

12:20 hrs IST: Pujara also scored a massive century and a double century during the recently concluded Duleep Trophy! Expect him to do well today

12:17 hrs IST: The right-handed has been in form and scored two half centuries in the first Test at Kanpur.

12:12 hrs IST: Pujara is looking solid here. He could convert this into a big one

12:08 hrs IST: In Kohli’s last few innings he has scored 3, 4, 9, 18, 9…. something that you don’t expect from a batsman of his caliber. Everyone has his bad days… may be this is the time for India’s captain but too early to call. He still has three innings ahead of his in this series. 

12:06 hrs IST: There is a major question mark on Kohli’s form. He has not been himself of late.

12:03 hrs IST: Pujara and Rahane have a tough task ahead of them.

12:00 hrs IST: Welcome back. The second session is about to begin.

11:43 hrs IST: Take a break folks as we will be back after lunch.

11:40 hrs IST: Brilliant comeback by the Black Caps after losing the first Test.

11:35 hrs IST: That morning session completely belonged to New Zealand.

11:32 hrs IST: And that is lunch! India are 57/3 after 27 overs!

11:24 hrs IST: With that beautiful boundary, 50 comes up for India… but after a lot of struggle

11:22 hrs IST: Rahane has come out to replace Kohli

11:20 hrs IST: Is Virat Kohli out of form? Read more here

11:18 hrs IST: Only one man, Pujara, has made it to double figures

11:16 hrs IST: As a result India struggle at 46/3! Not a good session for India so far. But that was some catch by Tom Latham! Stunner, flying to take that catch!

11:14 hrs IST: That looked an out of form shot from Kohli, driving away from his body, a delivery which should have been left.

11:12 hrs IST: OUT!!! Big blow for India! Kohli departs with India at 46!

11:09 hrs IST: Today is Martin Guptill’s birthday. Can he make an impact today?

11:06 hrs IST: Taylor at first slip did not even go for it!

11:05 hrs IST: That was edged! BJ Watling missed it! Pujara was almost gone!

11:00 hrs IST: India are batting at 37/2 at the end of 20 overs. We are only a few overs away from lunch

10:55 hrs IST: In case you forgot… this is India’s 250th Test match at home

10:50 hrs IST: India captain Virat Kohli has begun slowly, only 2 runs off 14 deliveries

10:44 hrs IST: Medium pacer Neil Wagner into the attack

10:40 hrs IST: Ross Taylor has introduced spin in the form of Mitchell Santner

10:30 hrs IST: And that is out! Vijay is out for 9! Henry has picked up his second wicket of the day!

10:28 hrs IST: Something very special happen before the start of play today

10:24 hrs IST: Almost one boundary coming per over!

10:20 hrs IST: India have steadied the ship as of now!

10:14 hrs IST: Pujara and Vijay are solidifying their position here. Good solid batting going on! 

10:07 hrs IST: India 15/1 after 7 overs!

10:02 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries for Pujara!

10:00 hrs IST: Here is a video of the Indian players during the national anthem

09:54 hrs IST: Murali Vijay brings in India’s first boundary of the day! Beautiful through the covers!

09:49 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara has come in to replace Dhawan

09:45 hrs IST: India lose a wicket in only the second over of the second Test!

09:42 hrs IST: Dhawan is bowled! By Henry! Early blow for India!

09:37 hrs IST: Trent Boult with the ball and good swing for the left-arm pacer right up!

09:35 hrs IST: And it is match time! Shikhar Dhawan opening with Murali Vijay!

09:30 hrs IST: Kapil Dev has rung the bell for the first time at Eden Gardens, making the start of play

09:25 hrs IST: It is time for the national anthems of both the countries. First for the visitors

09:19 hrs IST: Though Gautam Gambhir has been included in the squad, still no place for him in the playing XI!

09:15 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan has come in for Lokesh Rahul while Bhuvneshwar Kumar has replaced Umesh Yadav!

09:13 hrs IST: It was New Zealand’s Ross Taylor at the toss with India captain Virat Kohli as the Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson is ill and will not play the second Test

09:12 hrs IST: In big news! India have won the toss and opted to bat! 

09:10 hrs IST: Good morning! Eden Gardens it is!

Indian cricket team trains at the Eden Gardens ahead of 2nd Test vs New Zealand.
Photo Credit: PTI

India made a commanding start in their 500th Test match in Kanpur last week. New Zealand showed some fight but India’s spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were simply unplayable at Green Park. Ashwin finished with a majestic 10-wicket haul. India could blood off-spinner Jayant Yadav in Kolkata.

Eden Gardens will present a new wicket. It has been re-laid after 12 years and the India vs New Zealand Test will be the first Test on it. Batting first may not be the best choice on a new wicket.

Known to favour batsmen – India have scored 400-plus runs six times in their first innings at Eden Gardens – skipper Virat Kohli will look for a redemption in form but whether Gautam Gambhir gets to play a Test match after two years remains to be seen. Kohli doesn’t like to tamper with a winning combination.

New Zealand, like all overseas teams, have an uphill task. India are unbeaten since losing a Test against England in 2012 at Eden. Skipper Kane Williamson’s fitness will be crucial to the team’s fortunes. The captain skipped training due to a ‘bug’.

One man who is almost sure to play is off-spinner Jeetan Patel, who has 175 first-class wickets. He came in from the County circuit as a replacement for injured offie Mark Craig. Patel hasn’t played Test cricket since January 2013.

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