Ind vs NZ: Sachin Tendulkar disappoints again

Sachin Tendulkar

Master batsman Sachin Tendulkar failed to leave a mark against a demanding pace bowling by pace duo Tim Southee and Doug Bracewell today. Sachin,who could not score big in the first match in Hyderabad, was clean bowled as he failed to negotiate a scathing delivery from the Kiwi pacer Doug Bracewell.

Before falling, he could put on only a meagre 17 runs in the first innings of the second test match against New Zealand at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.

At the end of the second day's play,India were 283 for the loss of five wickets with MS Dhoni (46*)and Virat Kohli (93*) on the crease.

Virat Kohli performed a brilliant recovery act and was just seven runs short of his second Test century as India bounced back from a precarious position to leave the second cricket Test against New Zealand evenly poised here today.

After restricting New Zealand to 365 in the first innings, the Indians were tottering at 80 for four at one stage before Kohli (93 not out) led the Indian fightback as they reached 283 for five at close on the second day at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Suresh Raina (55) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (batting 46) also played an important part in India's recovery. The home side still trail by 82 runs with five first innings wickets intact after a half-and-hour's extended play.

The umpires Ian Gould and Steve Davis decided to extend play as 34 minutes were lost yesterday due to bad light. However, play continued under the lights for the second consecutive day.

Kohli was involved in a crucial 99-run partnership with Raina for the fourth wicket and then put on 104 runs with Dhoni for the unbroken sixth wicket stand.

Kohli initially played a waiting game until he found his bearings and executed some delightful drives early on. Later on, he intermittently raised the tempo scoring couple of boundaries in an over. The Delhi batsman chose loose balls to attack and paced his innings well to see India narrow the deficit.

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