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Vettori leads New Zealand fight back

Published: Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 9:42 [IST]
 
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Vettori leads Kiwis fight back

Hamilton: New Zealand captain Vettori scored an unbeaten century to overcome an early collapse against India in their first Test.

Meanwhile Jesse Ryder brought up his fourth consecutive Test fifty, having added 102 runs for the seventh-wicket with his captain.

Both these batsmen came together at stage when Kiwis were struggling for 61 for 6. Vettori, and not Ryder, was the dominant partner in the rejuvenating association, which frustrated the Indian bowlers who went flat like beer, after a fizzy first session.

With his ebullient captain donning the aggressor's role, Ryder wisely to chose to play second fiddle, piously plodding at deliveries which he would normally slammed out of the park.

In the morning session the Indian pace trio of Zaheer Khan, Ishatn Sharma and Munaf Patel breathed down the necks of the Kiwi batsmen with relentless bowling on and outside the off-stump line. The probing stuff from India"s seamers rattled New Zealand"s hopes of a fight back.

India captain MS Dhoni"s decision to bowl first paid rich dividends thanks to a fired up spell from spearhead Zaheer Khan who clipped the Kiwi wings in the first hour of play.

Debutant Martin Guptill (14) and Daniel Flynn (0) were removed by the left-arm seamer. Gutpill and opening partner Tim McIntosh got the hosts off to steady start in the first six overs but it was ruined by a few uppish strokes

Zaheer first dismissed Martin Guptill in the seventh over when he induced an edge of Guptill's bat to third slip where Rahul Dravid dived to his left to take the catch and equal Mark Waugh's record of most catches in Test cricket. Guptill hit two fours in his knock of 14.

In his next over, Daniel Flynn edged down the leg side and Dhoni dived to his right to take the catch to dismiss Flynn for a duck.

Earlier, India won the toss and elected to field first in the first Test match of the three-Test series against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Wednesday.

In the morning session the Indian pace trio of Zaheer Khan, Ishatn Sharma and Munaf Patel breathed down the necks of the Kiwi batsmen with relentless bowling on and outside the off-stump line. The probing stuff from India"s seamers rattled New Zealand"s hopes of a fight back.

India captain MS Dhoni"s decision to bowl first paid rich dividends thanks to a fired up spell from spearhead Zaheer Khan who clipped the Kiwi wings in the first hour of play.

Debutant Martin Guptill (14) and Daniel Flynn (0) were removed by the left-arm seamer. Gutpill and opening partner Tim McIntosh got the hosts off to steady start in the first six overs but it was ruined by a few uppish strokes

Zaheer first dismissed Martin Guptill in the seventh over when he induced an edge of Guptill's bat to third slip where Rahul Dravid dived to his left to take the catch and equal Mark Waugh's record of most catches in Test cricket. Guptill hit two fours in his knock of 14.

In his next over, Daniel Flynn edged down the leg side and Dhoni dived to his right to take the catch to dismiss Flynn for a duck.

Earlier, India won the toss and elected to field first in the first Test match of the three-Test series against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Wednesday.


India: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain & wicketkeeper), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel

New Zealand: Tim McIntosh, Martin Guptill, Daniel Flynn, Ross Taylor, Jesse Ryder, James Franklin, Brendon McCullum (wicketkeeper), Daniel Vettori (capt), Kyle Mills, Iain O'Brien, Chris Martin

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