In­dia take charge against New Zealand

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

RO­HIT SHARMA scored 82 runs and helped In­dia reach 227-8 in 63.2 overs at stumps on day three of the sec­ond Test against New Zealand in Kolkata.

The hosts lead by 339 runs, with Wrid­dhi­man Saha on 39 and Bhu­vnesh­war Ku­mar on eight at the crease.

Sharma played an as­sured knock on a pitch with vari­able bounce, ne­go­ti­at­ing both pace and spin with ease. He faced 132 balls and hit nine fours and two well-timed sixes. He reached his sixth Test 50 off 89 de­liv­er­ies.

Sharma’s bat­ting helped the hosts re­cover from a pre­car­i­ous sit­u­a­tion and with a size­able lead, they are now once again in com­mand of this Test with two days re­main­ing.

“There was some­thing in the sur­face through­out the day. It’s not a typ­i­cal Kolkata wicket,” said Sharma, who has been un­der fire for a string of low scores. “I am not un­der any pres­sure. I scored runs in the first Test (in Kanpur), too.”

With Saha, Sharma put on 103 runs for the sev­enth wicket, the fourth time in the last five Tests that In­dia have had a cen­tury part­ner­ship for this pair­ing. In do­ing so, the duo pushed the score past the 200-mark and took the over­all lead to 300 to put the hosts in a com­fort­able po­si­tion.

Sharma, who scored a maiden Test 100 on de­but at Eden Gar­dens against West Indies in 2013, was ap­proach­ing his sec­ond ton when he was caught be­hind off Mitchell Sant­ner (3-51).

The left-arm spin­ner also ac­counted for Ravin­dra Jadeja (6), caught off a skier. Play was halted early due to bad light.

With the vari­able bounce in the pitch, the match al­ready looks be­yond the vis­i­tors’ reach. The high­est fourth-in­nings’ tar­get chased suc­cess­fully here is 117 by In­dia against South Africa in 2004.

AP

In­dian crick­eter Ro­hit Sharma plays a shot as New Zealand’s Luke Ronchi watches on the third day of the sec­ond Test match in Kolkata, In­dia, yes­ter­day.

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