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Rain mars Day 2 of India-NZ test; Williamson, Latham score 50s

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Rain and wet outfield brought a premature end to a day in which New Zealand defied India’s spin threat to reach 152/1. Kiwi captain Kane Williamson (65) and opener Tom Latham (56) hit unbeaten half-centuries before rain and a wet outfield washed out the final session of the second day’s play in the first test against India on Friday.

Earlier, the last Indian batting pair lasted for seven overs to take the score past the 300-mark. The hosts had resumed from 291/9 with Ravindra Jadeja (42) took up the bulk of scoring. Umesh Yadav (9) was the one who finally gave way as he edged a short ball from Neil Wagner to keeper BJ Watling. India ended its innings scoring 318 in 97 overs.

India brought in spinners from the third over itself hoping that Martin Guptill might mistime. The ploy though didn’t work and it was the trick of bringing back Umesh Yadav that brought some luck. The speedster got one to nip in and trap Guptill in front.

The second session saw New Zealand play their heart out as both Williamson and Latham dug deep to keep the score card ticking. Latham was subjected to few appeals from the Indians. While batting at 47, the southpaw tried to sweep Ravindra Jadeja and was caught at short leg by Lokesh Rahul. Replays showed that Rahul had fumbled the catch and it had touched his helmets chin strap, thus rendering the ball not in play.

A light rain began just before the players went off for tea, and intensified during the break to become a heavy shower. The rain stopped at roughly 3.15pm, but the umpires decided, after an inspection at 3.45pm, to call off further play.

The third day will start 15 minutes earlier, and 98 overs are scheduled.