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Friday, April 19, 2024

2nd Test: NZ 328/6 at stumps on Day 1

BANGALORE: Kruger van Wyk and Doug Bracewell added an unbeaten 82 runs stand to take New Zealand to 328/6 at the close on the first day of the second Test against India at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday.

Ind vs NZ: New Zealand 328/6 at stumps on Day 1 of second Test

The second day’s play will begin half an hour earlier at 9 am (IST) as the play on Day 1 was called off because of bad light coupled with a little drizzle.Kruger, who is playing his 7th Test, slammed his maiden half-century in 60 balls to lead Kiwis fightback. Kruger and Bracewell also took New Zealand past 300 runs in the 74th over.Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha struck post tea to dismiss New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor who made a brilliant 113. Taylor’s dismissal left New Zealand struggling at 246/6.Taylor reached his century just after the dismissal of James Franklin that reduced the visitors to 215/5. Pragyan Ojha gave New Zealand fifth blow by getting Franklin caught by Suresh Raina for 8.R Ashwin gave India crucial breakthrough after lunch as he dismissed Daniel Flynn (33) to break a solid 4th wicket stand between him and Ross Taylor.Flynn’s shared 107-run partnership for the fourth wicket with the skipper before being trapped leg before wickets by Ashwin.__PAGEBREAK__Earlier, Indian bowlers picked up early wickets to leave New Zealand struggling at 108 for three at lunch.The Kiwi batsmen had a tough time negotiating the Indian attack during the first session, which was mostly played under lights.The pacers, especially Zaheer Khan, used the prevailing condition to the team’s advantage.At lunch, Ross Taylor and Daniel Flynn were unbeaten on 27 and 7, respectively.Electing to bat, New Zealand got off to a poor start, losing Brendon McCullum in the second over with the visitors yet to open their account.After McCullum’s exit, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson played watchfully and managed to accumulate runs against pacers Zaheer and Umesh Yadav.While Guptill seemed to be in all sorts of trouble negotiating the Indian attack, which extracted some bounce in the first hour, Williamson played with confidence.Guptill got a reprieve on 17 when Virat Kohli in the third slip failed to latch on to an outer edge off Zaheer’s bowling. He got lucky once again when he edged the ball that flew right of the diving Virender Sehwag in slips.After New Zealand crossed 50, Guptill belted three boundaries in an over of Yadav and soon reached his half-century, carving one to third man fence. He faced 62 balls to get to fifty with eight hits to the fence.Williamson, meanwhile, failed to sustain and got trapped LBW by Ojha, who had him for the third time in three innings on this tour.Williamson scored 17 runs off 44 balls with the help pf two boundaries.Guptill tried to attack the spinners but ended up giving a simple catch to Gautam Gambhir at midwicket off Ojha. He departed for a brisk 79-ball 53.Earlier, India decided to field the same team that defeated the Kiwis by an innings and 115 runs in the first Test at Hyderabad.The Black Caps brought in pacer Tim Southee in place of Chris Martin.


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