Rahane ton puts India on top

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New Zealand were in a spot of bother at stumps on day two of the second Test against India, sitting on 24 for one and 222 runs behind, after Ajinkya Rahane's maiden Test ton gave India a commanding lead.

New Zealand were in a spot of bother at stumps on day two of the second Test against India, sitting on 24 for one and 222 runs behind, after Ajinkya Rahane's maiden Test ton gave India a commanding lead.

The Black Caps were bowled out on day one for 192, and the Indians started day two on 100 for two, with Shikhar Dhawan on 71. He went on to make 98, before a series on middling scores by the middle order made things tricky.

But it was Rahane's 118 and skipper MD Dhoni's 68 that pushed the visitors to 438 all out in the evening session, ensuring a lead of 246 with most of the match still to play. Rahane's ton included 17 fours and six.

As predicted, it was a paceman's paradise at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, where Ishant Sharma had taken six wickets on day one. Day two saw the pace trio of Trent Boult Tim Southee and Neil Wagner all record three-fers.

New Zealand's second innings got off to a poor start when they lost Peter Fulton in the second over, trapped LBW by veteran paceman Zaheer Khan. This left Hamish Rutherford (18) and Kane Williamson (4) to see out the day.

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