Mohali: Scott Styris joined the party by becoming the third centurion as New Zealand kept tormenting India to reach a huge 442 for three in their first innings at tea on the second day of the series-deciding second cricket Test in Mohali on Friday. Resuming at the lunch score of 316 for one, the visitors maintained their stranglehold on the game by adding 126 runs in the session but lost the wickets of opener Mark Richardson (145) and skipper Stephen Fleming (30) in the process. Styris gave ample display of his batting skills to remain unbeaten on a career-best 118 at the tea break while the in-form Nathan Astle was on one.
Styris, who was unbeaten on 43 at lunch, mixed caution with aggression to notch up his second Test century as the tired Indian bowlers seemed to just go through their motions. The all-rounder completed his ton in 196 balls by taking three runs off Tendulkar, gliding the ball to the third man region. His previous best score was 107 achieved against the West Indies in 2001-02. It is for the seventh time in Test history that the three top order batsmen have scored a century and the first time against India, a clear indication that the track has been a batsman's paradise. Both Richardson and Styris showed no signs of any urgency in run collection but continued to keep the scoreboard ticking after the lunch break to frustrate the Indian bowlers even more.