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Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar took his debut five-wicket haul at home on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand at Kolkata yesterday. The non-striker is Neil Wagner. AFP

KOLKATA, Saturday (AFP) - Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar said he was in dreamland Saturday after his debut five-wicket haul at home left New Zealand tottering at 128 for seven on day two of the second Test in Kolkata.

At stumps after a rain-hit day's play at Eden Gardens, the Black Caps were still trailing India, who posted 316 in their first innings, by 188 runs with BJ Watling on 12 and Jeetan Patel on 5 battling to survive.

Getting good support from new-ball partner Mohammed Shami, who struck first with the wicket of opener Tom Latham, Kumar made life difficult for the visiting batsmen. The 26-year-old Kumar recorded his fourth five-wicket haul in 15th Test, but it was also his first on home soil.

"It was one of my dreams to take five wickets in India. When I saw that the wicket would help me, I told myself I want to take five wickets," Kumar told India's Star Sports television network.

"In India you rarely get this kind of wicket (that helps the pacers), so I wanted to make full use of it, I really wanted to make use of the opportunity and I'm very happy with how I bowled."


INDIA 1ST INNINGS (overnight 239/7)  
S. Dhawan b Henry 				01  
M. Vijay c Watling b Henry 			09  
C. Pujara c Guptill b Wagner 			87  
V. Kohli c Latham b Boult 			09  
A. Rahane lbw b Patel 				77  
R. Sharma c Latham b Patel 			02  
R. Ashwin lbw b Henry 				26  
W. Saha not out 				54  
R. Jadeja c Henry b Wagner 			14  
B. Kumar lbw b Santner 				05  
M. Shami c Henry b Boult 			14  
Extras (b 8, lb 10) 				18  
Total (all out; 104.5 overs) 		       316  

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Dhawan), 2-28 (Vijay), 3-46 (Kohli)
		 4-187 (Pujara),5-193 (Sharma), 6-200 (Rahane)
		 7-231 (Ashwin), 8-272 (Jadeja), 9-281 (Kumar)
		 10-316 (Shami)  
Bowling: Boult 20.5-9-46-2
	 Henry 20-6-46-3
	 Wagner 20-5-57-2
	 Santner 23-5-83-1
	 Patel 21-3-66-2  

M. Guptill b Kumar 				13  
T. Latham lbw b Shami 				01  
H. Nicholls b Kumar 				01  
R. Taylor c Vijay b Kumar 			36  
L. Ronchi lbw b Jadeja 				35  
M. Santner lbw b Kumar 				11  
BJ. Watling not out 				12  
M. Henry b Kumar 				00  
Jeetan Patel not out 				05  
Extras (b 5, lb 4, w 5) 			14  
Total (7 wickets at close; 34 overs) 	       128  

Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Latham), 2-18 (Guptill)
		 3-23 (Nicholls), 4-85 (Ronchi)
		 5-104 (Taylor), 6-122 (Santner)
		 7-122 (Henry)  
To bat: N. Wagner, T. Boult  
Bowling: Kumar 10-0-33-5
	 Shami 11-0-46-1
	 Jadeja 8-3-17-1
	 Ashwin 5-2-23-0


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