The second day of the Kanpur Test, turned out to be a profitable day for India. The team did well to contain New Zealand, 217 for 7 overnight, to 256 all out by the fifth ball of the 13th over this morning. Then it was left to India's latest opening pair of Sadagopan Ramesh and Debang Gandhi to take absolute control over the proceedings.
India finished the day at 212 for one. The Ramesh and Gandhi association began in the Mohali Test on a terrible note and India was bundled out for 83 runs. But in the second knock in that Test match, the two prospered in magnificent style to gave a flying 137-run start.
The Mohali match, the first of the three-Test Series, saw centuries from Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar and ended in a draw thanks to some gritty display by the visiting team batsmen on the final day. But this second Test at Kanpur bound to produce a positive result considering the fact that the home team had reached a commanding position by the end of the second day of the five-day match.
"Post a huge first innings total and go for an innings victory". That must be the game plan of India after the openers had done their job in a manner born. India would not asked for more from Ramesh and Gandhi today. With renowned batsmen like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly to follow, India must rate the 162-run start given by Ramesh and Gandhi as a significant act. Now, after two days of play, India could as well aim for a mammoth first innings total.
After all no team would love to play the fourth innings on this track that is bound to become notorious during the last three or four sessions of this Test. Ramesh, a stylish left-handed batsman played yet another responsible knock. Playing only his sixth Test match, Ramesh exhibited ideal temperament to instill confidence in his new partner Gandhi who had made his Test debut only at Mohali.
Gandhi's sound defensive technique and fluent stroke-play on the off side served as a good foil to Ramesh's cool and composed approach. Both looked good enough to reach to magic figure (century) in this innings. Such was their control over the New Zealand attack.