New Zealand off to a decent start

Published: Friday, November 12, 2010, 12:12 [IST]
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In the first session on the first day of the second test against India, New Zealand opened its account with a few hiccups. Straight up, Kiwi opener McCullam was facing problems in dealing with the pace and bounce of the Indian seamers.

In the third over itself, Sreesanth sent him back with a ripper that pitched on off and straightened, taking the outer edge on its way to the keeper. McCullam had to depart on just 4, leaving a diffident McIntosh (who had bagged a pair in the last match) and Martin Guptill, who was making his debut in the series, to rebuild.

In the 6th over, Guptill was in for a scare when he edged an outswinger from Sreesanth that fortunately for him, landed well short of gully. In his next over, Sreesanth induced the outer edge from Guptill, but the delivery came off a no-ball and so the batsman suvrived.

When Harbhajan Singh was introduced in the 15th over, he would have for the breakthrough via a caught behind, if Dhoni hadn't made a meal of it. The beneficiary was Guptill who then quickly adapted to the turn of both Bhajji and Ojha. The batsmen pressed on slowly, reaching 75/1 at lunch and clearly presenting problems for the Indian bowlers. Can India get the breakthrough after the break?


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