Wellington: New Zealand fast bowler Daryl Tuffey grabbed two quick wickets to put India in trouble in the opening Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Thursday.
Tuffey took 2-2 off seven disciplined overs as India struggled to reach 51-4 at lunch on the opening day after being put in to bat on a lively pitch. He was well-supported by Shane Bond and debutant Jacob Oram, who shared two wickets to expose India's batting limitations against pace. Rahul Dravid was batting on 19. The Indian batting problems began early in the cold and windy conditions as Tuffey rattled the tourists with two wickets in his opening three overs, removing openers Virender Sehwag (2) and Sanjay Bangar (1). Hard-hitting Sehwag was bowled through the gate off the one that cut in sharply off the pitch in the day's second over. Bangar looked surprised by Sri Lankan umpire Asoka de Silve's decision when adjudged caught off the gloves in the slips. India suffered a big setback when they were reduced to 29-3 as Sachin Tendulkar fell after making eight. The master batsman was adjudged leg-before on the front-foot by the Sri Lankan umpire while offering no stroke to become Oram's first Test victim. India then nearly lost skipper Saurav Ganguly, as Stephen Fleming failed to latch on to a high catch at first slip off Bond when the batsman was on three. Luck deserted Ganguly (17) a few overs later as the Indian captain was caught low in the slips by Lou Vincent off Bond on the stroke of lunch. Dravid alone looked impressive against the New Zealand pace attack as he applied himself well on the bouncy track and patiently waited for the loose deliveries. He played a couple of attacking shots in the first session, square-driving Bond for two fours during his unbeaten knock.
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