Audience Gets Set to Witness Exciting Contest between India and New Zealand

September 30 16:10 2016

pujaraNew Delhi, Friday, September 30 – At Eden Gardens in Kolkata, the viewers got ready to watch a decisive Test between India and New Zealand. The hosts, on one hand, is playing for winning the series as they already have one win in their pockets, while the guests fight for being in the game as the ongoing Test is gonna be crucial for them. A defeat here means game over for the Kiwis as they wish to equalize series.

The two squads got all set to opt for attacking mode and came up with different strategies in order to be a step ahead of each other in as many as aspects possible.  Game 2 of the 3-match Test series kicked off early today in the midst of hot and humid climatic conditions. Despite being a working day, a lot of viewers marked their presence. The audience strength is supposed to improve during the weekends.

Virat Kohli’s led side includes list of some talented cricketers like Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin. Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Jayant Yadav and Gautam Gambhir are in extras. Those who eyed comeback of Gambhir in the top Playing XI were a little bit disappointed. Hopes from Dhawan soared as he is in the team selected to perform against Kiwis, who are supposed to attack with double pace, giving no room o the rivals gain grip as they did in Kanpur Test.

An unexpected change in today’s game is observed when Kane Williamson was ruled out of the 2nd Test being ill. Ross Taylor is captaining the New Zealand side, having Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Jeetan Patel, Matt Henry, BJ Watling Trent Boult and Neil Wagner in the group. Those to sit on bench were Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Ish Sodhi, James Neesham and Tim Southee. Indian captain Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. They hoped for a confident start once again as holding strong part is what none wants to miss at all.

However, since Taylor wasn’t eying anything less than a victory too, he employed all key bowlers to do the job. That resulted in two early wickets for Matt Henry and one for Trent Boult. The stand-in skipper hopes for more wickets from Henry, Boult, along with Neil Wagner, Mitchell Santner and Jeetan Patel. Fast and spin bowlers’ attack from time to time make a dangerous combination, letting opponents feel the pressure as never before. Solidifying the thought, the Black Caps started strong in the tournament, grabbing early wickets and reducing chance for opponents to bounce back.

India did not have a grip in the contest as they wished for during the start. The first session belonged to New Zealand cricket team. The battle seemed becoming one-sided after New Zealand cricketers send top order back to the pavilion much before than expected. Presenting the similar good show in the 500th Test is not going to be an easy thing for the Indian cricket team this time as three batsmen have been sent back to the pavilion already. Shikhar Dhawan lost his wicket to Henry at a score of 1 in 10 balls. He certainly did not capitalize his chance in the team, easily letting the management to go with other options in the coming matches. Despite being the talented player, Dhawan isn’t consistent. This is probably one of the reasons why more than a few players were called in place of him and open batting for India.

Till lunch break, the home side scored 57 runs in 27 overs. Murali Vijay’s wicket to Henry was a little bit surprising as he being a cricketer who doesn’t often make mistake when the play is in early stages. Watling must be given credit for pouching the ball. The opener could only score 9 runs in 29 balls, with the help of a couple of boundaries. Virat Kohli wanted his stint to be long this time and do what he did not do in the Green Park stadium. Once Kiwis missed the chance of sending him back to the pavilion soon after he arrived on the crease as a catch wasn’t caught in the slips but bowling change did a trick in 22nd over when Boult got his wicket. Kohli was out a score of 9 today, inclusive of a four. He was disappointed with himself for playing a wrong shot that wasn’t required.

Kohli was even not striking on good deliveries as he knew it perfectly what bowlers were looking forward to. However, uncertainty of cricket is the key factor to increase interest in each match. Cheteshwar Pujara is batting at 31 runs. Seven boundaries from him certainly caught the eyes. He guessed mood of the pitch to a certain extent and hit the ball hard whenever probability was high to pocket runs. Ajinkya Rahane is batting at a score of 2. He may spent time on the pitch and attack mostly on weak deliveries as after all objective is to gain runs in speed. The two have the potential to stabilize wobbly innings of India.  So far, the Kiwis bowled 5 extras. The hosts enjoy terrific home support since cheerful fans turned up in the stadium and jumped in joy whenever a shot was hit. Of course, the noise lowered when wickets were taken by the visiting team.

Given the fact that the Kiwis must be looking forward to revenge in opposition to India, who sent them on the back seat in first Test, one of the interesting contest is in progress. The guests want to prove it was a good toss to lose. Keeping the spirits high, India are wishing to change the story in the remaining two sessions of the day.  Since the Test series between heavyweights grabs attention will continue to carry same momentum further. The New Zealand team wants to come at an equal position in the ongoing tournament, victory is must for them to keep hopes alive. The mega face-off is expected to turn into an exciting phase as the match progresses. Audience expectations are going up. It would be good to notice how India bounce back after three dismissals on the home turf to prove the dominance. Making apt decision will be crucial this time for both sides. The hot weather is a little bit troublesome at the present and it is likely to grow during peak afternoon. Players are keeping themselves hydrated as the match isn’t even halfway.