India A v New Zealand A, 2nd Test, Chennai, 2nd day October 4, 2008

Mishra's six hauls India A back

Cricinfo staff

India A 162 for 3 (M Vijay 76*, Pujara 49*) trail New Zealand A 315 (Mishra 6-81) by 153 runs

Amit Mishra, recently called up to India's Test side against Australia, hauled the A side back with a six-wicket haul before M Vijay extended his form with an unbeaten 76 by stumps on day two in Chennai. New Zealand A, overnight 270 for 3, folded for 315 with Mishra running through the middle and lower orders. India slipped to 96 for 3, with Sourav Ganguly making just 14, but Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara added 66 to take the score to 162 for 3.

New Zealand's collapse, after the openers added 190, was unexpected. The Indian bowlers had toiled on the first day, but enjoyed much success against a brittle middle order. Mishra had first-day figures of 2 for 62, but chipped away to bowl them out for 315. His figures of 6 for 81 gave him his 16th five-wicket haul. Ravindra Jadeja's left-arm spin yielded the last two wickets in the 120th over.

Vijay, who scored 45 and 57 batting at No. 3 in the first Test, opened the innings today and looked on to see India slip to 24 for 2. Sahil Kukreja edged Trent Boult to wicketkeeper Reece Young in the second over and Suresh Raina, the captain, was trapped lwb by Bradely Scott in his very first over, the 10th in the innings. The third wicket came when Ganguly was run out cheaply; he responded late to a call for a single and a direct throw from James Marshall caught him short of the crease at the striker's end with his bat in the air.

In Pujara, Vijay found some stability, and reached his half-century in the 44th over with a flick to the fine leg fence off Nathan McCullum; that also raised India's 100. Vijay also hit McCullum for two sixes over mid-wicket. Pujara was unbeaten on 49 from 115 balls.