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Kohli fails again as India hold 97-run lead over New Zealand

CHRISTCHURCH: Trent Boult had New Zealand in firm control of the second Test after a ball-dominated day two in which Virat Kohli again fell cheaply and India clung to a 97-run lead with only four wickets remaining in Christchurch on Sunday.

Sixteen wickets fell for 262 runs as India dismissed New Zealand for 235, to take a seven-run lead, and were then 90 for six at stumps with the Test destined to finish inside three days.

Boult had the remarkable figures of three for 12 off nine overs.

The tourists would rue their ongoing problem with removing tailenders when New Zealand’s last three wickets were able to put on 82, led by a polished 49 from Kyle Jamieson.

India, needing to build a substantial total for New Zealand to chase on an easing wicket, then went off script from the start with Mayank Agarwal out for three in the second over.

Prithvi Shaw followed for 14 when a bouncer from Tim Southee had him completely off balance and a one-handed wave of the bat popped the ball to Tom Latham at second slip.

At two for 26, and India needing to win to square the series, the opportunity was ripe for a captain’s knock from Kohli.

But on 14, a full delivery from Colin de Grandhomme cut back into his pads and he was gone.

The 31-year-old who came to New Zealand as the world’s top-ranked batsman returned scores of 2-19-3-14 in his four Test innings.

Adding to India’s woes, Ajinkya Rahane was bowled for nine, Cheteshwar Pujara went for 24 and Umesh Yadav (one) in the last six overs of the day.

After New Zealand resumed the day at 63 without loss the combined efforts of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja saw them slump to 153 for seven, before Jamieson, in his second Test, underscored his all-rounder credentials after taking five wickets in India’s first innings. AFP

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