India vs New Zealand 2nd Test, Day 1: As it happened...
Last Updated: Friday, August 31, 2012, 20:28
India vs New Zealand 2012
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Bangalore: Ross Taylor struck a brisk century as New Zealand recovered from an early setback to end the first day of the second Test on 328/6 at Bangalore on Friday before the play was stopped due to bad light.
Here is how the match panned out:
It’s official, the play has been called off for the day due to inclement weather as New Zealand end on 328/6 on the first day of the second Test on Friday.
With over half-an-hour of play still remaining, the umpires have halted the proceedings due to bad light. Kruger van Wyk (63*) and Doug Bracewell (30*) are the two not out batsmen for New Zealand.
Van Wayk and Bracewell have kept the run rate above four an over. The duo has added 78 runs for the seventh wicket so far. The Indians have taken the new ball. Umesh Yadav in action. Will he provide the breakthrough? or will the Kiwis continue the march?
Van Wyk has reached his first ODI fifty in quick time off 60 deliveries. He is facing absolutely no problem in facing the spinners now. He pounced on every opportunity to score, playing to his strength scoring whenever width has been offered.
Kruger van Wyk is dealing in boundaries now! The wicketkeeper-batsman has upped the ante and has hit two fours in Ashwin’s last over. This shows how good the pitch is for batting. The Indian batsmen must be licking their willows.
Plumb in front! That’s how Ross Taylor’s superb innings of 113 (127b, 4X16, 6X2) came to an end after he attempted a sweep off Pragyan Ojha. Umpire Ian Gould did take his time to raise the finger possibly pondering over the possibility of an inside edge. Doug Bracewell is the new batsman. Ojha has now four wickets to his name in the innings so far. Can he get his third five-wciket haul?
Dhoni will now look to wrap up the tail as soon as possible.
Quiet a productive second session for New Zealand comes to an end. They dominated the majority of it while the Indians came back with the wickets of Daniel Flynn and James Franklin. The highlight, though, was Ross Taylor’s third Test century against the hosts.
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He gets to the milestone with a boundary towards third man region. It has been a bold knock from the under pressure captain who has been aggressive in this innings.
He hasn’t shied away from going over the top as he did a ball later he reached his ton dispatching Ojha for a six over long on. It seemed he was being overaggressive at the start but managed to stay away from any danger.
Though, he could have missed a deserving ton after surviving a certain run out while attempting a second run off an overthrow an over before.
A fine diving catch by Suresh Raina to dismiss James Franklin as the lefty hits a full toss from Pragyan Ojha to midwicket. Must be disappointed! He departs after scoring 8 (35b, 4X1). In walks at Kruger van Wyk.
The pace with which Ross Taylor was scoring runs, he had a chance of breaking the fastest century in India which is jointly held by Kapil Dev and Mohammad Azharuddin (74b). The record is safe for now as he is on 94 (84b).
Score: Score: 196/4
And R. Ashwin gives India the breakthrough they were searching for amid the merrymaking that the Black Caps were making in the middle! Daniel Flynn went for a sweep after Ashwin tossed one up but the lefty missed the shot to be given lbw. He goes after scoring 33 (53b, 4X6).
The partnership for the fourth wicket lasted for 18.5 overs in which the visitors added 107 runs at the RR of 5.68. James Franklin is the new man in.
Runs are flowing thick and fast for the Kiwis! Daniel Flynn was quiet in the beginning of his inning but has now joined his skipper in sending the ball every now and then beyond the fence. It has been a positive intent and approach from the New Zealand batsmen. The current pair is scoring over 5 an over.
Ross Taylor has decided that attack is the best form of defence. He has been aggressive from the word go and has continued with the philosophy right through his innings so far. He has completed his 17th Test fifty in no time with a boundary through extra cover. He has so far hit 8 boundaries and a six. He has been particularly harsh on Ojha whose 12th over saw him hitting four boundaries to third man, fine leg and through covers. The captain has taken charge of the ship it seems!
Earlier, Ojha needed the attention of the physio after the spinner hurt his right arm while sliding to save a boundary in Zaheer’s 11th over.
After losing Brendon McCullum for a duck, New Zealand seemed to recover as Zaheer Khan dismissed him his first over via lbw. The second wicket pair of Williamson and Guptill added 63 as the latter confidently kept finding boundaries. He went on to score a fifty but only after being handed a life as Kohli dropped him at second slip off Zaheer’s bowling. Ojha, first removed Williamson for the third time in the series and then had Guptill caught at midwicket as the Black caps lost three wickets for 108 runs in the first session on the first day of the Bangalore Test on Friday. The Kiwis have scored at a brisk rate and have shown their intent to face the Indian spinners but have already lost three wickets. Zaheer has been superb this morning and nearly had his second wicket in Guptill.
And Ojha strikes again! This time his victim is Martin Guptill who was looking strong this morning. He has hit one straight into the hands of Gautam Gambhir at midwicket. Williamson fell after going for a drive that took the inner edge of the bat. He departs after scoring 53 (79b, 4X8). They are being a bit overaggressive. Have to be careful.
Fifty for Guptill! He reaches the milestone with a four towards third man area. He hasn’t given an inch after being handed a life early in the innings and is consistently getting the boundaries (8 so far) hitting three of them in the 18th over.
Ojha strikes! Kane Williamson gets out to the spinner for the third time in the series. Ojha tossed one up that was angling down to the leg, Williamson misread it and was hit on the inside thigh pad. The Indians appeal and umpire Davis raises his finger. He departs for 17 (44b, 4X2). The partnership has been broken.
Zaheer is bowling beautifully! He is getting the movement and keeping the Kiwis on their toes. Ojha came back to bowl the 15th over before drinks were called. Guptill welcomes him by playing his angled delivery fine for a boundary. A loud shout from the Indians as Guptill fails to offer bat to the ball that hits him on the pad. It would have missed the stumps.
Martin Guptill has been handed a life at third slip by Virat Kohli. Zaheer induced an edge that was travelling straight into the hands of Suresh Raina. In came Kohli diving from third slip and failed to hold on to the catch. Guptill follows that up with a boundary.
Score: Score: 0/1
Zaheer Khan drew first blood for India as he had Brendon McCullum plumb in front of the wickets with a perfect good length ball in his very first over after Dhoni decided to start the proceedings with left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha.
New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first in the second and final Test against India at Bangalore on Friday.
The touring party has made one change in their side. Right-arm pacer Tim Southee is in for Chris Martin.
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The hosts, on the other hand, have decided to go with the same outfit that played in the first Test.
The Bangalore pitch looks a bit harder than what we witnessed at Hyderabad.
During the toss Dhoni said he would have done the same thing had they won it. His pkan is to keep things simple and stick to the basics.
Ross Taylor said that they would try to forget the first Test which they had lost by an innings and 115 runs.
G Gambhir, V Sehwag, V Kohli, SR Tendulkar, CA Pujara, SK Raina, MS Dhoni*†, R Ashwin, Z Khan, PP Ojha, UT Yadav
New Zealand team
MJ Guptill, BB McCullum, KS Williamson, LRPL Taylor*, DR Flynn, JEC Franklin, CFK van Wyk†, DAJ Bracewell, JS Patel, TG Southee, TA Boult
First Published: Friday, August 31, 2012, 17:26
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