Virat's brilliant ton steadies Indian Innings,all out for 353 against NZ in 2nd test



Virat Kohli on Sunday scored his second Test century at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, steadying the Indian innings against New Zealand. India were bowled out for 353 runs in the first innings, trailing by 12 runs 

On Saturday, India's top-order crumbled against the Kiwi pacemen, who bowled in the off-stump corridor with such regularity and swung the ball that Gautam Gambhir was beaten and Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara were pushed into playing false shots.

At 80/4, Kohli had to gear up for another rescue effort, like the one he mounted in Hyderabad. This time, there was no solid Cheteshwar Pujara but Suresh Raina, who was fighting to justify his inclusion.

It was heartening to see young guns Kohli and Raina revive the India innings before skipper Dhoni joined in the fightback.
Kohli scored his second Test century as India reduced the lead in the first session. He was aided by MS Dhoni  as both shared a 122-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

Soon after Kohli’s dismissal, Indian innings started crumbling as skipper too departed for 62 runs.

Ravichandran Ashwin offered a stiff resistence at the end as he added valuable 33 runs for the tenth wicket along with Umesh Yadav.

Tim Southee finished with brilliant bowling figures of seven wickets conceding 64 runs. 

India began day three with a score of 283 runs for the loss of five wickets, trailing New Zealand by 82 runs in the second Test match at Bengaluru, on Sunday.

On day two, 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 Test match evenly poised.

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.

Brief Scores: 
New Zealand 365 (Ross Taylor 113, Kruger van Wyk 71, Martin Guptill 53; Pragyan Ojha 5 for 99, Zaheer Khan 2 for 83) lead 
India 353 (Virat Kohli 103, MS Dhoni 62, Suresh Raina 55, Virender Sehwag 43; Tim Southee 7 for 64) by 12 runs. 

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