Ajinkya Rahane's maiden ton gives India full control of Wellington Test
Ajinkya Rahane scored his maiden century as India took full control of the second Test against New Zealand on Saturday at basin Reserve Reserve, Wellington.
Ajinkya Rahane scored his maiden century as India took full control of the second Test against New Zealand on Saturday at Basin Reserve, Wellington after Day 2. (Image courtesy: AFP and AP)
The day started with Ishant Sharma the batsman looking industrious as he scored 26, his highest score as a nightwatchman.
Shikhar Dhawan, approaching a back-to-back hundred had a few nervous moments to deal with, especially while running between the wickets.
Dhawan finally fell to Tim Southee, caught by keeper BJ Watling for 98 as he poked at a one outside the off stump.
Rohit Sharma's indifferent form continued as he failed to trouble the scorers and was out played onto the stumps to James Neesham, who picked up his maiden Test wicket on debut. India were 165 for 5 and precariously placed.
Virat Kohli, was joined by Ajinkya Rahane and the two started a rebuilding process with a 63-run stand before Kohli was out for 38.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni then formed the partnership with Rahane that changed the course of the innings and quickly. Dhoni was enterprising in his 86-ball 68 and the two batsmen shared 120 runs in 145 balls.
Rahane scored a fluent fifty and didn't look troubled at any stage in his innings.
Ravindra Jadeja was hell bent on scoring quickly and he conjured up 26 in 16 balls that included 6 fours.
Rahane then went on to complete his maiden Test hundred, in 149 balls.
A brilliant knock was ended in an incredible fashion as Trent Boult took a stunning one-handed diving catch running in from sweeper cover to get rid of Ajinkya Rahane.
Staring at a massive 246-run 1st innings deficit, New Zealand lost opener Peter Fulton in the second over as Zaheer Khan got one to nip back in and the tall right-hander offered no shot as the ball hit the front pad. The hosts went into stumps on Day 2 at 24/1, trailing by a further 222 runs.