Ahmedabad: Rahul Dravid made an unbeaten 152 to help India post 320-4 at lunch on the second day of the opening cricket Test against New Zealand in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
Skipper Sourav Ganguly was the other batsman at the crease on 19. India batted steadily to consolidate their position in the two-hour morning session, adding 71 runs to their overnight total of 249-3 for the loss of Venkatsai Laxman's wicket. Laxman added eight to his overnight score of 56 runs when he jumped out to left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori and lofted the ball straight to Paul Wiseman at mid-on. Laxman was involved in a 130-run stand for the fourth wicket with Dravid. Dravid continued to bat confidently against both pace and spin, executing handsome shots in front of the wicket to thwart a disciplined New Zealand attack.
The reliable middle-order batsman, 110 overnight, has so far struck 18 fours in his unbeaten 303-ball knock. New Zealand's bowlers kept a tidy line and length to contain runs even on a good batting pitch. None of the Indian batsmen was allowed to score freely in the morning session. Ganguly, tested with short-pitched deliveries from pacemen Daryl Tuffey and Jacob Oram, batted cautiously. He hit just two fours during his 88-minute stay at the crease. Vettori was the most impressive bowler on a track that continued to favour batsmen, having so far bagged two wickets for 79 runs off 32 overs.