New Zealand vs. India, 2nd Test: Day 2 Video Highlights, Scorecard and Report

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterFebruary 15, 2014

India’s Ajinkya Rahane celebrates his first test century against New Zealand on the second day of the second cricket test in Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford) NEW ZEALAND OUT
Ross Setford/Associated Press

India took complete control of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington, building a big first-innings lead before reducing New Zealand to 24-1 at stumps in their second innings.

New Zealand looked as if they were working their way back into the match by the time Rohit Sharma fell for a duck and left India at 165-5, while Shikhar Dhawan fell agonisingly short of a second Test century in the series with 98.

But Ajinkya Rahane (118) and MS Dhoni (68) combined to devastating effect, putting on 120 runs together in quick time to breathe life into the innings and extend the advantage.

It was Rahane's first Test century and helped cement a 246-run first-innings lead which is unlikely to be toppled.

And as if to prove the point, New Zealand lost a wicket in the nine overs they faced before stumps, Peter Fulton trapped lbw to Zaheer Khan after just nine balls.

The hosts will have to bat a long time to make a game of this Test now, with three days remaining and clear weather predicted.

New Zealand vs. India, 2nd Test Scorecard: Stumps, Day 2
India 1st Innings(NZ 192)
Dhawan c Watling b Southee 98 185 127
Vijay c Watling b Southee 2 5 6
Pujara lbw b Boult 19 99 59
I Sharma c Watling b Boult 26 52 50
Kohli c Rutherford b Wagner 38 131 93
Ro Sharma b Neesham 0 8 3
Rahane c Boult b Southee 118 258 158
Dhoni c Watling b Boult 68 109 86
Jadeja c Fulton b Wagner 26 24 16
Zaheer Khan c Watling b Wagner 22 33 19
Shami not out 0 5 1
Extras 2nb 7w 8b 4lb 21
Total all out 438 (102.4 ovs)
Boult 26.0 7 99 3
Southee 20.0 0 93 3
Wagner 22.4 3 106 3
Anderson 16.0 2 66 0
Neesham 18.0 2 62 1
NZ 2nd Innings (1st Inns 192)(India 438)
Fulton lbw b Zaheer Khan 1 6 6
Rutherford not out 18 39 32
Williamson not out 4 31 17
Extras 1nb 0w 0b 0lb 1
Total for 1 24 (9.0 ovs)
I Sharma 3.0 0 9 0
Zaheer Khan 3.0 2 7 1
Shami 3.0 0 8 0

The Black Caps started slowly but finally started to make some inroads with a trio of wickets midway through the morning session. 

Nightwatchman Ishant Sharma was the first to fall, trapped by Trent Boult for 26. Dhawan then nicked behind to Southee with his century in sight before Sharma played on to give Jimmy Neesham his first Test wicket.

Virat Kohli helped kick-start the recovery with a patient 38 before becoming the first of Neil Wagner's three victims and then Dhoni and Rahane took over.

The run rate was notably quick—well beyond four runs an over—giving India plenty of time to get the Test won and level the series.

If they achieve it, it will be their first Test victory overseas since June 2011—one that's long overdue.