Ryder, Williamson worry India with century stand

Published: Saturday, November 6, 2010, 14:26 [IST]
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Ryder, Williamson in century stand

After a good bowling display from India in the first session of play exposed the New Zealand middle order, Williamson and Ryder got off to a cautious start. They nudged Bhajji and Ojha for singles and twos in the first few overs. Captain M S Dhoni brought back speedster Zaheer Khan to try and break the partnership. Sehwag was brought on in the 63rd over to see if his nifty little off-spinners would do the trick.

Ryder survived a close call in the 64th over when he poked at an out-swinger from Sreesanth which was
missed by the slip fieldsman to run away to the third man boundary. Ryder got Sreesanth away for another four in the same over. Dhoni would have probably raised a few eye-brows when he called Suresh Raina on to bowl. It was clear that he wanted to extract as much spin from the wicket as possible. But Ryder didn't allow Raina to settle, sending him over mid-on for a four and then taking four more runs in his first over.

Ryder and Williamson then got on top of Sreesanth taking him for 7 runs in the 68th over, including one four to midwicket by Ryder. The duo took New Zealand to over 200 in the 70th over with Williamson cutting Ojha for a four to the cover-point boundary. With the partnership at nearly 80 and looking threatening, Tendulkar came on to bowl. But he got picked for 6 runs off his first over and went for 10 in his next.

The batsmen notched up a century partnership in the 80th over when Pragyan Ojha was brought back into the attack. Williamson played him cautiously to take his side to tea. 89 runs had been added and not a single wicket lost. New Zealand just need to get 51 runs to avoid the follow-on. Let's see what India can do after tea.


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