Hyderabad: New Zealand is looking at a first innings total of more than 500 runs tomorrow to exert pressure on the Indians batting line up in the second cricket Test, said opener Martin Guptill, who hit a patient 85.
Starting the series as rank outsiders, New Zealand continued to impress and finished the first day of the second Test at 258 for four at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
"I think 500 will be a good score on this wicket and we would then hope that our bowlers do the job and put pressure on India," Guptill said.
New Zealand were in trouble after S Sreesanth removed opener Brendon McCullum with a delivery that straightened on landing in the fourth over of the day.
But Guptill, along with centurion Tim McIntosh steadied the ship with a 147-run partnership for the second wicket and finished the day at a respectable position to ensure that India don`t enjoy the upper hand.
"We were just telling each other to stay positive. That partnership really gave us the momentum, but losing two wickets towards the end pushed us a little back. But hopefully, we can push the Indians," he said.
Summing up the team`s performance, Guptill said, "The wicket was pretty flat but I think we played pretty well. And the Indians were landing the ball in demanding areas."
Asked about the wicket, Guptill said, "There is something in it for everybody. It has something more than at least Ahmedabad."