India riding high at tea

Published: Thursday, November 4, 2010, 14:21 [IST]
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India riding high at tea

India began the second session of play on the first day of the first test match against New Zealand, a little more circumspect. Sehwag who had ripped through the Kiwi attack in the first session, slowed down just a tad as he approached his century while Dravid appeared to be struggling. Sehwag took singles and hit the occasional boundary while Dravid was content just defending the ball till the end of each over.

Finally Sehwag brought up his 22nd century in style, lofting Vettori over mid-off for another four. As
Sehwag acknowleged the applause from a riotous crowd, Dravid came down the pitch to give his partner a gentle pat on his back. It was clear that after reaching that milestone, Sehwag was looking to change gears.

In the 41st over, he nearly got himself out by hitting a rising delivery from Tom Martin for a shot that almost carried to mid-off. But that close call had little effect on Sehwag who successfully hit a four in the next ball, pulling Martin to mid-wicket. Three balls later, be bludgeoned a square cut for another boundary. In the very next over, he welcomed the test debutante off-spinner Kane Williamson with another hard-hit four. But Sehwag was not finished with Williamson. In the youngster's next over, he sent him for a huge six over wide long-on. Meanwhile Dravid had faced a century of balls for just his 17. He was not looking very stable at the other end.

Dravid eventually looked like he was coming out of his rut when he hit the medium-pacer Jesse Ryder for two boundaries in one over. The first shot was a delightful off drive while the second, was a flick past fine leg. Dravid was in for a bit of luck as well when he was dropped by the wicket-keeper Gareth Hopkins who was standing up to the stumps to Ryder's bowling. It was the 50th over and India were at a stable 192 for 1.

India crossed 200 in the 52nd over when Sehwag sliced a shortish ball over cover-point. It was clear that the New Zealand bowlers would be toiling for a long time to come. As Sehwag neared his 150, Dravid upped his scoring rate again in the 58th over. He sent Patel for two more fours, both biffs coming off the back foot. It appeared that Dravid was playing himself into form. He got to his half-century in the 60th over after cutting Patel to the cover boundary. Then Sehwag ran a single to get to his 150 in the 61st over. India closed out the session at 243 for 1.


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