Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant
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When a commentator says, "Finally, he has found a way to get out!" it is a general indicator that things are not going good for you. This is exactly what happened when Simon Doull had the same thing to say about Rishabh Pant. The youngster has once again failed to live up to the expectations placed upon his shoulders.

This time around he got out after scoring just 12 runs in the first innings of the second Test. Twitter was not at all impressed by this performance and slammed him.

After Rishabh's wicket fell, it was only a matter of time before Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja fell too. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami were batting at the crease and held the end of the line for some time, but Shami perished and India were downed at 242.

Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari had held their ground and helped India not go on the backfoot after losing Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in the post-lunch session. But soon, Vihari and Pujara found themselves returning to the pavilion after scoring a half-century each.

Starting at 85/2, India lost skipper Kohli and his deputy Rahane rather cheaply and looked in a spot in the second session. Kohli, who has had an awful tour so far, was trapped in front by Tim Southee after scoring mere three runs.

Rahane, on the other hand, looked in control till the time he was at the crease but was undone by a beautiful outswinger from Southee who got the Indian deputy captain caught at first slip after scoring just seven runs.

However, Pujara -- who was heavily criticised for his defensive approach in the Wellington Test -- made sure the Black Caps didn't go full throttle and along with Vihari shared a 84-run partnership to bring India right back into the game.

Just when India seemed to be gaining the upper hand, Vihari - after scoring a well, compiled half century -- threw away his wicket while trying to take on Neil Wagner. After collecting two boundaries in the Wagner over, Vihari went for a rather expensive pull shot, but all he could manage was a little edge which was caught by wicketkeeper BJ Watling, bringing an end to Indian batter's inning of 55.

Earlier, opener Prithvi Shaw scored a quick-fire fifty in the morning session to help India score 85 runs for the loss of two wickets. At Tea Break, India were 194/5 with Pujara remaining unbeaten at 53.

(With Agency Inputs)

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