Wellington: New Zealand opener Mark Richardson and skipper Stephen Fleming denied India success with a 62-run stand for the unbroken second wicket in the opening Test here on Friday.
Richardson was batting on 49 and Fleming on 25 as New Zealand reached 92 for one at tea on the second day in reply to India's first innings total of 161 at the Basin Reserve ground. Only 14.1 overs were possible in the first two sessions due to early morning showers. The left-handed pair put paid to India's hopes of getting an early breakthrough with their solid batting after their team had resumed at 53 for one. Richardson has so far struck eight fours in his 105-ball knock and Fleming three in his 66-ball innings. India relied on pace for success, but none of the fast bowlers could provide the breakthrough on a bouncy track as Richardson and Fleming continued to bat steadily to put their team in a strong position. Left-arm fast bowler Ashish Nehra was punished by both the batsmen as he conceded 23 runs in his six overs.
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