NZ, India share honours on Day 2

Published: Friday, November 5, 2010, 16:55 [IST]
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NZ, India share honours on Day 2

New Zealand's innings got off to a shaky start in the last session of play when opening batsman Tim McIntosh gloved a Zaheer Khan in-swinger to be caught behind by MS Dhoni. Then the other opener Brendon McCullam tried to steady his nerves by hitting a few boundaries.

But Watling at the other end, couldn't adapt to the spin of first-change bowler Pragyan Ojha and got out bowled for 6 with the score reading a dismal 27/2. Then the young Ross Taylor joined McCullam at the crease to put on a stabilising partnership.
McCullam took on the challenge of Ojha's off-break, hitting him for two fours in the 19th over, including one off a beautiful pull shot. McCullam found a reliable partner in Taylor as the two put an unbeaten partnership of 42 at stumps, with the former not out on 38 while the latter was battling on 18.

Earlier in the day, India's middle order caved in to the bowling of New Zealand's spinners. Tendulkar went for 40 being caught and bowled by Patel. The hosts were reduced to 412/8 before Suresh Raina holed out to Brendon MCCullum in the covers off Kane Williamson's bowling. Shortly afterwards, Laxman was plumb in front to Jeetan Patel. Dhoni tried to revive the innings, but soon after lost his partner Zaheer Khan who was bowled by Vettori, before himself getting out to the same bowler for 10.

Then Harbhajan and Praveen Ojha put on a last stand of 66 runs. Harbhajan hit some powerful strokes, including 3 towering sixes. But no sooner had Ojha got into double figures than he was LBW to Patel and on his way for 11. The pressure mounted on Harbhajan as he only had Sreesanth for company and he was soon out for 69. He had done his job though, taking India to 487 when it looked like the side would be bowled out for a little over 400. Vettori was the pick of the bowlers, having garnered 4 for 118 while Patel was a close second with 3 for 135.


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