India vs. New Zealand, 1st Test, Day 2- India takes command
Hyderabad: Some wonderful performance from the Indian batsmen along with some crucial breakthroughs by the bowlers placed India in the drivers’ position in the first test at Rajiv Gandhi International stadium. Resuming from the overnight score of 307-5, India stretched their first innings total to 438 thanks to Cheteshwar Pujara’s 159 and Captain MS Dhoni’s 73. For New Zealand, Jevan Patel took 4-100.
In reply, New Zealand crumbled under the pressure and gave up even before the game got going. Too much surprise, just 19 overs into their innings, they found themselves gasping for breath at 55-4. Indian fast bowlers and par-time spinners were not effective but regular spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha made Kiwi’s pay heavily for their small silly mistakes. A 44 runs partnership between Kane Williamson (32) and James Franklin (31*) seemed to have bailed out the visitors but Ojha again struck to restrict Kiwis to 99-5. By the end of the day, New Zealand were 106-5 in 42 overs with James Franklin (31*) and Kruger van Wyk (0*) at the crease. Ashwin took figures of 3-30 while Ojha took 2-35. New Zealand will start the third day 332 runs behind the Indian total.
MATCH SUMMARY Stumps, Day 2
INDIA 1st Innings 134.3 OVERS 438
C Pujara 159 (306) J Patel 4-100
M Dhoni 73 (147) T Boult 3-93
NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings 42 OVERS 106-5
K Williamson 32 (92) R Ashwin 3-30
J Franklin 31*(75) P Ojha 2-35
B McCullum 22 (27) V Sehwag 0-4
INDIA ARE 332 RUNS AHEAD