Bangalore: Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his third five-wicket haul in four innings here Sunday to push the second Test against New Zealand on a knife edge.
Ashwin (5-69), who had a 12-wicket haul in the Hyderabad Test that India won by an innings and 115 runs, bowled quite beautifully to fox the Kiwi batsmen into errors as the visitors ended the day at 232 for nine, just 244 runs in front with two more days left in the Test.
Earlier, the Indians were bowled out for 353, 12 runs behind the Kiwi first innings total after Virat Kohli (103) notched his second century in 10 Tests, but it was seamer Tim Southee who took the honours in the morning by claiming seven for 64, his best figures to date.
If the second new ball pegged the Indian innings, then Umesh Yadav struck two telling blows first up to open the doors for India while Ashwin, who had 3 for 24 in his third spell of eight overs, and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha (2-48) made further inroads into the Kiwi line-up.
In Image: India's bowler Ravichandran Ashwin, second left, gestures after taking the wicket of New Zealand batsman Daniel Flynn, not seen