Starting off on 258/4 on the second day, Jadeja was dismissed early as Iyer found the boundary with great regularity in the first hour. Iyer, who was unbeaten on 75 on Day 1, quickly reached his century, completing the milestone with a two to deep point of Southee.
Jadeja, the other overnight batter, was dismissed without adding to his score of 50 while Saha was caught behind by Tom Blundell for 1. R Ashwin, who scored a century in Chennai earlier in the year against England, was able to score at good click in the morning, timing his shots well as India crossed the 300-run mark.
After Iyer though, India’s spinners Axar Patel and R Ashwin could not add to many together with the left hander being caught behind for 3 off Southee, becoming the pacer’s fifth wicket in the innings.
Ashwin and Umesh then dropped anchor with the off-spinner taking the majority of the strike as India’s 9th wicket added 26 more to the cause before the first session ended.
After the Lunch break, NZ struck of the second delivery as Ajaz Patel cleaned up R Ashwin for 38 before Ishant Sharma was trapped LBW for 0. Umesh Yadav added the only runs for India post Lunch with a six of Kyle Jamieson, lifting the hosts to 345.
New Zealand’s openers Will Young and Tom Latham were likely to have their task cut out against India’s bowlers and survived a few probing overs with the new ball from Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, before R Ashwin came on and kept things tight along with Ravindra Jadeja.
Both Young and Latham were more than happy to play the waiting game and were going along at slow pace, playing without too many risks.
Latham had a couple of LBW shouts against him but was saved by the DRS on both occasions as he had edged it onto his pads.
Latham and Young kept up their watchful approach and scored 72 before the umpires called time on the session. Young who was the more aggressive batter in the partnership completed his half century at the start of the final session.
NZ’s openers had thwarted the Indian attack and were making the second day theirs after the bowlers, especially Southee bowled brilliantly in the opening session.
The openers, well set by now, didn’t give away anything and the flat surface made batting a comfortable prospect too. Latham swept Jadeja powerfully to the fence in the 39th over of the innings as the NZ openers put on a century stand and were looking to eat away at India’s total further before close of play.
Just before close of play, Latham got to his half century and soon after saw another dismissal overturned by the DRS of Ashwin.
The duo dropped anchor and weren’t going to allow India any advantage on the day.
When the light was offered to the openers they gladly took the offer as NZ finished with 129/0 at stumps on Day 2.