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Kohli leads India fightback on day 2

Bangalore, Sep 1 (): Virat Kohli performed a brilliant recovery act with an unbeaten 93 after early blow from the New Zealand pace men of Tim Southee and Doug Bracewell. India struggling at 80-4 at one stage, reached 283-5 in their first innings at stumps on the second day in reply to New Zealand’s 365 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

India, who won the opening Test by an innings and 115 runs, lost experienced Virender Sehwag (43), Gautam Gambhir (2), Sachin Tendulkar (17) and Pujara who scored 159 in the last Test for 9 runs when the score was 80. Sehwag cracked eight fours in his 60-ball knock.

Kohli was batting with 93 in company of Dhoni who was unbeaten at 46 at the end of the second day’s play. India still trail by 82 runs with five first innings wickets intact after a half-and-hour’s extended play. Kohli added 99 runs with left-hander Suresh Raina (55) for the fifth wicket and a further 104 for the unbroken sixth wicket partnership with Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (46 not out) to lift India out of trouble.

New Zealand’s fast bowlers bowled well to keep pressure on India, with Tim Southee finishing the day with 3-35 and Doug Bracewell with 2-66.

Earlier in the morning session, India bowled out New Zealand’s first innings at 365. The visitors lost four wickets in quick succession after adding 37 runs to their overnight score. Ojha, the most successful bowler for India took 5 wickets for 99 runs. Ross Taylor top scored with 113 runs and wicket keeper Kruger van Wyk made 71 runs.

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

Scores: (at stumps on day 2)

New Zealand: 365 all out (Ross Taylor 113, Kruger Van Wyk 71, Doug Bracewell 43; Ojha 5 for 99, Zaheer Khan 2 for 83)

India 283 for 5 (Virat Kohli 93 n.o, Suresh Raina 55, Dhoni 46 n.o, Sehwag 43; Tim Southee 3 for 35, Bracewell 2 for 66)