Kiwis in India - Dravid steadies India after Sachin's dismissal

Published: Wednesday, October 8, 2003, 17:30 [IST]
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Ahmedabad: New Zealand seamer Scott Styris dismissed master batsman Sachin Tendulkar cheaply to put India on the defensive in the opening Test in Ahmedabad. Wednesday.The tourists restricted India to 149-3 at tea on the first day after removing Tendulkar for just eight runs. Rahul Dravid was batting on a solid 58 with Venkatsai Laxman (10) at the break.Dravid has so far hit six fours in his unbeaten 136-ball knock.Styris got the prize wicket of Tendulkar in the afternoon session when he had the batsman caught driving by lone slip Nathan Astle.Tendulkar did not look his best during his 54-minute stay at the crease.

He was kept silent by left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori, who often bowled a defensive leg-stump line to deny the batsman freedom to play strokes.Frustrated, Tendulkar drove a Styris delivery away from the body to be caught by Astle, much to the disappointment of nearly 5,000 spectators who had braved the heat and dust in anticipation of a long knock from their idol.New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming used his bowling resources well to put India on to the back foot on a good batting wicket. His bowlers never allowed the hosts to dominate on a pitch that favoured neither seamers nor spinners.New Zealand captured two wickets in the post-lunch session, with Vettori holding a return catch to account for debutant Akash Chopra before Styris got rid of Tendulkar.Chopra impressed more with his staying prowess than stroke-play, batting 158 minutes for his 42 with the help of four boundaries.

He was involved in a 72-run stand for the second wicket with Dravid.Hard-hitting opener Virender Sehwag fell in the morning session after scoring a 32-ball 29 with the help of one six and three fours.Fast bowler Daryl Tuffey provided the breakthrough when he trapped Sehwag leg-before with a ball that cut in sharply off the pitch.Sehwag looked in hurry, going for shots early in his innings in order to spoil the rhythm of new-ball bowlers Tuffey and Jacob Oram.The aggressive opener cut Oram for a four and then slashed Tuffey for a six over third-man, the ball crossing over the boundary-line after hitting fielder Craig McMillan's hand.Sehwag failed to curb his strokes even after offering the difficult chance, pulling and driving Styris for two successive fours. His flourish, however, did not last long. AFP

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