India got off to a cautious and unsteady start on Day 2 of the first test against New Zealand at Motera. Tendulkar was slow to build on his overnight score of 13, hitting the first four of the day in the 97th over by pulling a bouncer from Tom Martin past square leg. Laxman not out on 7, followed suit, picking up another boundary of Martin with a hard slash past gully.
Overnight, the problems for the Kiwis were compounded when pace bowler Hamish Bennett somehow contracting a groin strain. He would have to sit out on the second day leaving the spinners - Jeetan Patel, Daneil Vettori and Kane Williamson to bowl the bulk of the overs.
The fours and singles came very occasionally, till in the 115th over Tendulkar made a fatal mistake. He chipped a simple return catch to the off-break Jeetan Patel who removed the Little Master for 40 off a patient 133 balls. A disappointed Tendulkar trudged back to the pavillion as his 50th century in tests would have to wait for another occasion.
His dismissal brought in the feisty youngster Suresh Raina. But he didn't last long when Williamsom got him caught by Brendon McCullum at short extra cover in the 120th over. There was more respite for the Kiwis when in the next over, Laxman was plumb LBW to a resurgent Patel. He departed for the same score as Tendulkar: 40, after looking quite threatening. With the overall score reading 392/6, the tourists were at long last, back in the game. The session belonged to them.