Cricket Live Score, India vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 3: India Take 112-Run First Innings Lead

India bowled out New Zealand for 204 to take a 112-run lead in the first innings. It will depend on them how they play to build on that lead on Day 3 of the second Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Follow cricket live score of India vs New Zealand here. (LIVE SCORECARD | NEWS | VIDEOS)

11:40 hrs IST: Take a break. We will be back with live coverage in some time.

11:35 hrs IST: It was a tough morning session for India. First they struggled to get New Zealand bowled out and then Shikhar Dhawan had a testing five overs with the bat.

11:30 hrs IST: It is lunch! And India are batting at 12 for no loss in their second innings.

11:24 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan is off the mark finally with a nice boundary. He has been hit on his thumb twice and has been under pressure. Good reply

11:22 hrs IST: The Black Caps are attacking Shikhar Dhawan left, right and centre.

11:20 hrs IST: Sharp one from Boult which hits Dhawan on his thumb and he is in pain!

11:15 hrs IST: FOUR! And the first runs for India!

11:05 hrs IST: When they come out to bat, India would want to take a big lead to put pressure on the visiting team

10:59 hrs IST: New Zealand have been bowled out for 204. India take a 112-run first innings lead!

10:55 hrs IST: Wagner is out! LBW for 10 as Shami picks up his third wicket and second of the morning!

10:51 hrs IST: Six from the willow of Neil Wagner and New Zealand bring up their 200!

10:48 hrs IST: Six to get off the mark for Trent Boult! Great shot!

10:42 hrs IST: That was plumb in front of the wickets!

10:40 hrs IST: OUT!!! And there goes BJ Watling. Shami gets another wicket

10:35 hrs IST: Kohli has brought in an attacking field with Wagner out there

10:32 hrs IST: But that was quite an impressive knock by Patel, the highest of the innings

10:30 hrs IST: Ashwin gets his first scalp of the match, been a long wait for him.

10:27 hrs IST: Patel skied the ball and gets caught by Shami at mid off

10:23 hrs IST: OUT! India finally get their breakthrough as Jeetan Patel is out

10:17 hrs IST: Out! Oh No! Wait! NO BALL from Jadeja and Jeetan Patel walks back to the crease

10:15 hrs IST: Patel is dealing in boundaries, has smashed 8 already. He is into his 40s

10:12 hrs IST: 11 overs and 41 runs this morning! No breakthroughs for India

10:07 hrs IST: It was a short delay and play resumes

10:05 hrs IST: But within five minutes the players are back on the field as the sun is out

10:00 hrs IST: There was a drizzle and play was halted

09:55 hrs IST: Patel and Watling are developing their partnership well

09:50 hrs IST: Jeetan Patel on 34 has reached his highest Test score. His previous best was 27. This is his 20th Test

09:45 hrs IST: Here is Sehwag beginning the proceedings this morning

09:40 hrs IST: And a Jeetan Patel boundary brings up the 150 for New Zealand

09:35 hrs IST: Patel and Watling are making use of the open areas, getting the odd boundary quite regularly now. Shami and yesterday’s hero Bhuvneshwar into the attack

09:30 hrs IST: It is quite a warm day but rain is also expected later in the day

09:25 hrs IST: Today is October 2 – the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and a national holiday in India.

09:20 hrs IST: So what advice is the former India opener giving to current Test captain of the country?

09:19 hrs IST: First ball and Jeetan Patel drives it for a boundary down the ground

09:18 hrs IST: The sun is out and sound of the ‘Dhaki’ (drummers) marking Durga Puja in the ground!

09:17 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar will open the bowling

09:16 hrs IST: Former India opener Virender Sehwag has rung the bell to mark the start of play

09:15 hrs IST: Play will start 15 minutes earlier because of the rain delay

09:10 hrs IST: Good morning and welcome to the third day’s play between India and New Zealand.

India’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar celebrates after dismissing a New Zealand batsman in the 2nd Test.
Photo Credit: AFP

New Zealand trail India by 188 runs with just three wickets remaining. If India can take a big lead, they would aim to pile more misery on the visitors by giving them a big total to chase. India need a win to become world No. 1 in Test rankings.

At stumps after a rain-hit second day’s play at Eden Gardens, the Black Caps were struggling against India, who posted 316 in their first innings, with BJ Watling on 12 and Jeetan Patel on 5 battling to survive.

Getting good support from new-ball partner Mohammed Shami, Kumar made life difficult for the visiting batsmen. He recorded his fourth five-wicket haul in 15th Test, but it was also his first on home soil.

It would be interesting how far can the the New Zealand batsmen restrict the Indian bowlers on the third day.

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