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Neesham to miss 2nd NZ Test, Patel delayed

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New Zealand allrounder Jimmy Neesham will miss the second Test against India in Kolkata due to the rib injury that had kept him out of the first match in Kanpur, coach Mike Hesson said on Wednesday.

Offspinner Jeetan Patel's flight from England was cancelled which meant he would land in Kolkata only a day before the Test gets under way on Friday.

Patel is replacing fellow offspinner Mark Craig who sustained a side strain in Kanpur, where India registered a 197-run victory to go 1-0 up in the three-Test series.

"Jimmy Neesham's injury will rule him out of at least this Test," Hesson told reporters.

"That takes away options in terms of changing our balance a bit. But that's okay. We are not able to get any replacement in time who is a batting allrounder."

New Zealand lost fast bowler Tim Southee to an ankle injury even before the Test series started.

Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja wreaked havoc on a slow, turning track in Kanpur, claiming 16 of the 20 Kiwi wickets.

The home side were pleased with the batting of Cheteshwar Pujara, who struck a half-century in each innings at a strike rate of over 50 to silence his critics and ease the pressure on him.

"I don't think Pujara has ever breathed easily from all you guys' perspective and some people who are constantly watching him," Indian coach Anil Kumble said.

"But at least from a team perspective and team management, there's absolutely no pressure on Pujara," he added.

"He is a very important cog in our team and we've seen over the years his contribution. Even in the last match, we saw the importance of his contribution to the team's cause," Kumble said.

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