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Black Caps undone by Indian seam

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/10/2016

Skittled by spin on a Kanpur dustbowl, beleaguered New Zealand are battling a new demon in the second Test against India in Kolkata.

This time it's seam, specifically that of Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has taken 5-33 as the tourists crumbled to 128-7 on the second day.

New Zealand trail by 188 runs with three first-innings wickets in hand and batsman Luke Ronchi says they must quickly adapt to a quirky pitch or suffer their second defeat of the three-Testseries.

"The bounce is a little bit unpredictable with the harder ball and it's obviously swinging around a little bit," he said.

"You can't do anything about variable bounce. You've just got to get it out of your head. Yesterday saw a series of head and chest height balls, but today they stayed lower."

Ronchi was one of the few Black Caps to see off Kumar, falling to spinner Ravindra Jadeja for 35.

It followed a fine double at Kanpur for Ronchi, who says he and his teammates aren't giving in despite their situation.

With doughty wicketkeeper BJ Watling at the crease on 12, New Zealand will scrap for as many runs as possible.

They'll hope their tail order is as effective as India's, whose last four wickets produced 116 runs as they built to 316.

Ronchi will give some advice to the lower order men about how to handle Kumar, who was unerring with his line on Saturday.

"It was just in an area which makes the batsman play and you're just wondering what's the best option.

"He made us make decisions that he wanted and we didn't want and it worked for him, he got five wickets."

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