Kiwis fly high after Taylor, Rider tons

Published: Thursday, March 26, 2009, 12:14 [IST]
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Taylor, Rider make merry in Npier

Napier: It was not a good opening day for Indians who eye hundredth test victory in Napier. India suffered a big blow in the moring when when it was announced as early as Thursday that regular Mahendra Singh Dhoni was ruled out due to a back injury.

Sehwag who replaced Dhoni replaced as captain did not let down the Indian fans in the first session as New Zealand were reduced to 123 for three.

Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma provided early breakthrough to India, by claiming three wickets in quick succession.

However that was the last time when stand-in captain Sehwag smiled. At this crucial stage Ross Ryder and Ross Taylor combined together steadied the New Zealand innings. They pursued their partnership for the next 58.2 overs to lift the home side to 294-4 before Taylor was out for 151.

Taylor (151) and Ryder (137 not out) scored centruries that lifted New Zeland to to 351-4 at stumps on day one of the second Test match.

James Franklin (26) remained unbeaten alongside Ryder when stumps were drawn.

It was Harbhajan Singh, who broke the splendid partnership of 271 runs between Taylor and Ryder when he dismissed the former with a well disguised doosra.

Ryder batted more than seven hours for his second century in consecutive Tests after his 102 at Hamilton, where India won by 10 wickets.

Taylor's century was his first in five Tests, since his 115 against Australia at Brisbane in November.

Taylor struggled to curb his aggressive nature and offered chances throughout his innings before finally lofting an attempted sweep to Yuvraj Singh on the square leg boundary off Harbhajan Singh in the final session.

Ryder, in contrast, played a composed and technically expert innings, limiting his scoring shots to precise and predetermined areas and offering few opportunities to the fielding side

here were moments when the Indian bowling seemed listless, and ached for another specialist bowler while their fielding was shoddy.

Sehwag turned his arm over in desperation for a breakthrough but made no impression on the batsmen and Yuvraj, given an over, was mercilessly hit out of the attack.

Taylor, woefully short of runs right through the series, was the more dominant partner, throwing his willow at everything that was flung at him. He did have his share of chances which eluded the slip cordon, but hung on grimly to produce his third Test hundred in his 27th innings. His 151 was studded with 26 fours and a six off


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