New Zealand build on first innings total

Published: Friday, November 12, 2010, 14:18 [IST]
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New Zealand build on first innings total

After Lunch, the runs came a little more freely for the New Zealand batsmen. Ojha was unable to make any immediate impact, getting taken for 6 runs in the 29th over. Sreesanth returned in the next over but McIntosh straight away dispatched him to the cover-point boundary. It was clear that McIntosh and Guptill had hit their stride and were playing confidentally now.

Guptill reached his fourth fifty in Tests when he cut Ojha off the back foot for a boundary in the 33rd over. In the next over, the two took New Zealand's score to over 100 runs, picking 8 runs off a Sreesanth over. The duo had also notched up a 100-run partnership. The runs were coming thick and fast for Guptill, but McIntosh was a little more circumspect.

Guptill was settling in nicely into Bhajji's bowling, taking the off-spinner for a four courtesy a slog sweep in the 43rd over. McIntosh seemed to have slowed up as he was approaching his fifty, but finally got to the landmark in the 49th over, glancing Harbhajan for a boundary at fine-leg. It was a badly needed innings for McIntosh considering he was coming off a pair in the previous match.

Ojha finally got the breakthrough in the 50th over when he trapped Guptill in front. He had to depart on 85 after hitting 9 fours and 1 six. The score was 151/2 and Ross Taylor was the new man at the crease.

Bhajji and Ojha tried to keep the pressure on McIntosh, but he stood as firm as a rock. Meanwhile Taylor, bided his time playing himself in and attuning to the spin of Bhajji and Ojha. McIntosh, unbeaten on 55 and Ross Taylor not out on 4, had taken New Zeland to 159/2 at Tea.


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