Spinners put NZ in bind
Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha reduced New Zealand to 106/5 in reply to India’s first innings total of 438 at Stumps on Day 2 of the first Test at Hyderabad.
Earlier in the morning Cheteshwar Pujara resumed on his overnight score of 119* and reached his first Test 150. He was finally dismissed after Lunch for 159 (306b, 4x19, 6x1), trying to accelerate off Jeetan Patel. His wicket ended the 127 run partnership with Dhoni (73) for the sixth wicket.
Quick runs from R Ashwin (37) saw India reach 438 before they were bowled out. The persistent Jeetan Patel (4/100) and Trent Boult (3/93) were NZ’s best bowlers in the innings.
Brendon McCullum (22) made a great start against the pacers, taking three boundaries off a Zaheer Khan over which prompted Dhoni to introduce his spinners into the attack in just the 8th over. The move paid off as Pragyan Ojha had him driving straight into the hands of Virat Kohli at cover.
R Ashwin had Martin Guptill (2) and Ross Taylor (2) both caught by Kohli at backward short leg, Guptill’s wicket came off his first delivery in the match. Ashwin also removed Daniel Flynn lbw for 16 following which Kane Williamson and James Franklin produced NZ’s best partnership of the match. Williamson (32) and Franklin (31*) added 44 for the fifth wicket, utilizing the crease effectively and attacking the spinners instead of defending incessantly.
Ojha however had Williamson caught in the slips with a poorly executed cut shot with just 3 overs left for stumps. Franklin played out the remaining overs with keeper Kruger van Wyk, taking NZ to 106/5 at the end of the day’s play, trailing India by 332 runs.