Raina, Kohli revive Indian innings after early jolt

Bangalore: Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli revived the Indian innings after an inspired bowling spell from New Zealand seamers reduced the hosts to 80 for four on the second day of the second cricket Test here on Saturday.

Raina and Kohli were batting on 51 and 33 respectively after putting on a partnership of 88 runs in 144 balls for the unbroken fifth wicket to take India to 168 for four at tea at the Chinnaswamy stadium.

Raina, who walked on to the middle when India were reduced to 80 for four, took charge and immediately launched an attack against Kiwi bowlers. He hit eight boundaries and a six from the 79 balls he had faced so far.

Raina was rutheless against Doug Bracewell and Tim Southee, who had packed the Indian top order batsmen back to the pavillion, smacking them to boundaries.

Raina had a big slice of luck while on his individual score of 48 when the third umpire Sudhir Asnani ruled him not out in an appeal for stumping by Krugner van Wyk as Jeetan Patel had overstepped the bowling line.

However, Raina soon reached to his seveth Test half century after he took a couple of runs to third man off Patel.

Virat Kohli, who was sedate for a long time, found his bearing soon after as he blasted a six off Kiwi spinner for a six. As the innings progressed Kohli got his timing right as he cracked delightful boundaries. He hit four boundaries and a six from the 67 balls he had faced so far.

Resuming play after lunch, Doug Bracewell provided a good start for New Zealand striking twice in quick session to dismiss the dangerous Virender Sehwag (43) and Sachin Tendulkar (17), leaving India tottering at 80 for four.