New Zealand vs India, Day 2: List of key takeawaysLast updated on Feb 22, 2020, 02:22 pm
New Zealand gained a significant 51-run advantage over India on Day 2 of the first Test in Wellington.
India were 122/5 on Day 1 and managed to add just 43 on Saturday (165/10).
In reply, New Zealand rode on a superb 89 from Kane Williamson to end Day 2 at 216/5.
Here are the key takeaways from Day 2.
Day 2 report
How did Day 2 pan out between NZ and India?
India lost Rishabh Pant (19) after Ajinkya Rahane and the former failed to communicate while running between the wickets.
That led India susceptible to a collapse.
Kiwi ace Tim Southee was exceptional and claimed three scalps in the morning session.
In reply, New Zealand saw Williamson and Ross Taylor share a 93-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Ishant Sharma claimed three scalps.
Williamson the chief architect for New Zealand
Williamson was part of two crucial stands for the second and third wicket respectively.
He shared a 47-run stand alongside Tom Blundell (30) and then built the stage with Taylor (44).
Williamson scored his 89 runs from 153 deliveries. He hit 11 fours to keep his stunning average going at the Basin Reserve.
The Kiwi captain amassed his 32nd Test fifty.
Indian bowlers not consistent enough in Wellington
The Indian bowlers weren't consistent enough with their offerings.
The conditions eased out for the Kiwi batsmen, however, Indian pacers didn't apply the required threats.
They bowled short too often and that allowed Blundell and Williamson time.
Williamson and Taylor batted sensibly.
Ishant was the main threat for India and he mixed up things well.
He now has 295 Test scalps.
Southee shows character to hurt India
Tim Southee was excellent for the hosts in the morning session. He took over from Kyle Jamieson and was unstoppable in the morning session. He exploited the variable bounce which was on offer in the morning session. He had figures of 4/49.