NZ vs Ind: Bumrah not interested in naming defendable target

Jasprit Bumrah was positive that Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant can resurrect India's second innings after ending Day two at 90/6.

Jasprit Bumrah took 3-62 as India restricted New Zealand to 235 in the 1st innings.   -  ap

Jasprit Bumrah was not willing to put a number on a target the Indian bowlers would fancy defending.

He said, “The remaining three batsmen should bat as long as possible and score as many runs as they can. Then the tail should also contribute.”

Bumrah said he was happy with the manner he was bowling. “I just focus on the process.  Some days you get wickets, some days you don’t. I am happy to be back, playing all formats.”

On the surface here, he said, “It’s a hard surface with grass on it. There is movement and bounce for the pacemen. There is reward for them if they bowl in good areas.”

After the bowlers brought the Indians back in the Test, the batting collapsed again. Bumrah was not willing to blame the batsmen. “There is no blame game in this team. We fight together.”

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Trent Boult was the pick of the seamers for New Zealand with three wickets. “We are enjoying hunting as a pack and moving the ball around,” he said. 

He complimented the Indians for bowling well in the first session. “There is always some assistance for the bowlers in the morning here,” he said. 

Boult said there was no specific plan for Virat Kohli. “We just wanted to deny him runs and create the pressure. He is a great player.”

The left-armer had a big smile on his face when asked about the big in-swinger that accounted for Cheteshwar Pujara. “I got the ball to move and nip around,” he said.

On New Zealand chasing a target, Boult said, “I hope I don’t have to put the pads on.”

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