Kolkata, Oct 1: India's vaunted batting line-up failed to recover from the early blows dealt by New Zealand's concerted bowling effort and wobbled to 239 for 7 on the opening day of the second cricket Test here on Friday (Sep 30).
Barring Cheteshwar Pujara (87) and Ajinkya Rahane (77), none of the batsmen came good after skipper Virat Kohli opted to bat on the relaid pitch of the historic Eden Gardens stadium, hosting India's 250th home Test. (Ind-NZ series schedule)
Ravindra Jadeja (0) and Wriddhiman Saha (14) were holding fort for the home side when stumps were drawn at the end of the 87th over due to bad light.
Here are the statistical highlights on Day 1:
#Ajinkya Rahane (77) posted his second highest score against New Zealand in Tests - his highest being 118 at Wellington in February 2014.
# Rahane's innings is his first fifty vs New Zealand - his ninth in Tests.
# Rahane is averaging 75.60 in six Tests this year - his aggregate being 378 in seven innings, including a hundred and two fifties - his best performance in terms of averages in a calendar year.
# Under Virat Kohli's captaincy, Rahane is averaging 51.65 - his tally being 1033 (ave.51.65) in 16 Tests, including four centuries and four fifties.
# In the second Test of a series in Tests, Rahane, has registered batting average of 86.55 - his aggregate being 779 runs in eleven innings (8 Tests), including four hundreds and four fifties.
# Cheteshwar Pujara (87 off 219 balls) has recorded his second highest score against New Zealand in Tests - his highest being 159 at Hyderabad in August 2012.
# Pujara's third fifty vs New Zealand is his tenth in Tests.
# Pujara, with his 87, took his batting average against New Zealand to fifty-plus - his tally being 503 in 10 innings at an average of 50.30, including a century and three fifties.
# Pujara has registered three consecutive fifty-plus scores for the first time in his Test career - 62 & 78 at Green Park, Kanpur and 87 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata - all in this series against New Zealand.
# Pujara's Test record in India is quite impressive - his aggregate being 1708 runs (ave.65.69) in 19 Tests, including five centuries and seven fifties.
# Matt Henry (3/35) has registered his second best bowling performance in Tests next only to the 4 for 93 vs England at Lord's in May 2015.
# Rahane and Pujara were associated in a partnership of 141 for the fourth wicket - India's highest for this wicket at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, obliterating the 140 between Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman against West Indies in November 2011.
# The stand is the third highest for the fourth wicket in Tests at Eden Gardens - the highest being 217 between Basil Butcher and Rohan Kanhai for West Indies vs India in 1958-59.
# In his last 25 Tests, Virat Kohli is averaging 43.26 - his tally being 1774, including seven hundreds and four fifties. Only once in a calendar year in 2013, he has managed 50-plus average - his aggregate being 616 in eight Tests at an average of 56.00, including two centuries and eight fifties.
# Since posting 200 vs West Indies at North Sound in July 2016, Kohli has scored 44, 3 & 4 vs West Indies and 9, 18 & 9 vs New Zealand.
# Kohli is averaging 41.00 in Tests this year - his tally being 287 in seven innings.