Kolkata: Following a poor show by the top order batsmen against the New Zealand team in the first session of the second Test match played here at the Eden Gardens, it was a powerful show by Cheteshwhar Pujara along with Ajinkya Rahane to give back India a fine stability in the batting line up as the hosts managed to pile up 136/3 at tea on Day One.
Pujara gave an exhibition of classy batsmanship to complete his 10th half-century in 37 Test matches smashing 64 of 189 balls with the help of 13 boundaries.
Rahane on the other hand was very much stable with 47 runs to his name in 92 balls including 6 boundaries. Both the batsmen managed to put on 90 runs for an unfinished fourth-wicket stand.
In the morning during the first session India struggled to reach 57/3 with the New Zealand bowlers seizing the initiative on a lively and grassy track that gave their pacers.