'Need a breakthrough to put pressure back on NZ'

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 23, 2016 19:34 hrs
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After a frustrating second day's play in the Kanpur Test, India's batting coach Sanjay Bangar said an early wicket was all the home team needed when play resumes on Saturday against New Zealand.

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"It's a matter of getting that breakthrough and putting the pressure back on them," said Bangar.

"We were in a similar position wherein we were 150-odd for one at one point of time. Obviously when the ball starts to get older and the batsmen tire a bit, you get a breakthrough and it can be a different ball game."

The visitors have dominated four out of the five sessions played so far. Tom Latham and Kane Willliamson, both were unbeaten on 56 and 65, respectively. New Zealand trail India by 166 runs with nine wickets in hand.

"We were disciplined, we stuck to the game-plans. When the Indian bowlers missed, we jumped all over," New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan told reporters.

"The way they rotated the strike, their left hand-right hand combination throughout the partnership was crucial."

With Reuters inputs

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