We got a lesson from Dravid, Kiwi captain Fleming
Published: Thursday, December 12, 2002, 20:54 [IST]
Inexperienced Kiwi pacemen rip Indian batting
Thatscricket Special: Indians in Kiwiland
Wellington: New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming refused to get carried away after India were bundled out for 161 on the first day of the opening Test on Thursday. Fleming watched in delight as his bowlers ripped through India's vaunted batting line-up - but admitted that Rahul Dravid's fighting 76 had taught his side a lesson. "We made early inroads but Dravid, the class batsman that he is, played very well and stopped us from a phenomenal 100 that we were looking at bowling India out," said the New Zealand captain. The reliable middle-order batsman top-scored in a dismal Indian batting performance against the four-man New Zealand pace attack on a fast and bouncy track at the Basin Reserve. India was shot out after being put in to bat. New Zealand, playing its 300th Test, was 53-1 in reply when bad light stopped play half-an-hour before the scheduled close on the opening day. "We got a lesson from Dravid," Fleming said. "Perhaps, we can be a bit more positive tomorrow, take the pressure and put it back on Indian bowlers. "You can't plan for a quality batsman. He played some good shots, but we missed out at times. It happens when you try that much harder. In the end we had to settle with 150 to 160." Fleming was unhappy with his team's catching despite restricting the tourists to a small total. "I won't say it was a great day for us," he said. "It was just a good day. Catching behind the wicket was disappointing. We just didn't pride ourselves with the way we caught today. We can't let that happen against their batting line-up." "Shane Bond was quick on a bouncy wicket. A couple of chances were tough, but we had to take them," he said.