Williamson, Latham reply to India’s 318
Martin Guptill’s solid beginning
Williamson, Latham reply to India’s 318:- New Zealand has gone into lunch on the second day in Kanpur in a steady position of 71 for 1, after Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav had frustrated the visitors in the first hour by dragging India’s total to 318. Martin Guptill had also fell after a solid beginning, but Kane Williamson managed to show a commendable sense of application the moment he walked out to bat, and accompanied by Tom Latham, who also showed some good technique against spin, protected their side against a collapse.
Williamson has faced his first big dilemma of this long tour – of whether to set the attacking fields in search of a wicket but to risk giving away easy boundaries or could spread it out in a bid in order to ensure fours and sixes are not easily available but give the batsmen the chance to get comfortable in the middle.
The left-arm spinner, Mitchell Santner had started the proceedings and Jadeja did not waste time in making his intention clear by further stepping down and hitting one over mid off for four. Williamson soon employed long off, long on and deep midwicket in Jadeja, later egging the Indian batsman on to continue playing his shots at his own peril.
However, the first bowling change of the morning brought about the breakthrough. Neil Wagner had bowled from around the stumps and later dug the ball short to Yadav.
He has negotiated an entire over from Boult, but still perished on the last ball of Wagner’s first over of the day as the former could not get out of the way of an angled-in short ball and then ended up gloving it to BJ Watling behind the stumps. He and Jadeja had managed 28 valuable runs inside the first hour on Day 2 to drag India to 318.
Virat Kohli maintain faith in his captaincy
Virat Kohli did not wait long to turn to spin. Jadeja was later brought on in only the third over, giving visitors a further glimpse of what is to follow in the long series ahead. Guptill has nearly perished on the first ball of spin he faced, only for an inside edge to save him from being trapped plumb in front of the stumps.
Kohli stuck with his pace from the other end, and Shami had nearly repaid his captain’s faith when an outside edge off Tom Latham’s willow flew just past Ajinkya Rahane at gully. Guptill, had too, began to get a little more watchful against Jadeja, tonking him for a straight six to further ease the nerves and which are defended astutely thereafter. Kohli then shuffled around by bringing back Yadav in place of Shami and along came the breakthrough. Yadav got a full and fast delivery to swing into the Guptill and later strike him on the front foot, which was planted in front of middle and off-stump.