New Zealand build on first innings total

Published: Sunday, November 7, 2010, 11:47 [IST]
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New Zealand build on first innings total

In the first session on day four of the first test against India, New Zealand picked up from where they left off: 331/5. Kane Williamson reached his century on debut in the 123rd over when he hit Zaheer Khan for two boundaries. Daniel Vettori was the new batsmen who proved an able partner, giving Williamson most of the strike.

The duo took New Zealand's first innings total to over 350 in the 124th over. At this stage India would have been desperate for a wicket, but neither Bhajji nor Sreesanth could get the breakthrough.

Williamson batted with ease, picking the Indian bowlers for runs including the periodic boundary. In the 137 over, Vettori welcomed back Ojha in the attack with a huge 6 over long off, while he and his partner milked him for 9 runs in the over. Vettori who had moved onto 30 and Williamson who was on 126 were looking threatening to the Indians.

The two were reducing the deficit and closing the gap with India's first inning score. Finally, Ojha was the man to break the partnership, sending back Williamson for 131 with the score reading 417/6 at lunch. Can India wrest back control of this test match after the break?


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