India off to a steady start

Published: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 14:39 [IST]
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India off to a steady start

Carrying on their dominance from the first session of play, the Indian bowlers finished off the New Zealand innings for 350 when Harbhajan Singh struck to remove Chris Martin for 3 in the 118th over. Bhajji and Zaheer Khan had been rewarded for the bowling efforts with 4 wickets a piece. Meanwhile, the Kiwis had amassed a healthy total, but would it be enough to intimidate India's long and powerful batting line-up?

In response, India got off to a positive start with Gambhir edging a four over slip in the second over itself. Sehwag was initially a little more circumspect, especially while playing Martin. But both batsmen helped themselves to 10 runs off Southee in the 8th over, including a Sehwag four which was crashed through the covers. In the 11th over, Sehwag got stuck into Martin, hitting him for two consecutive boundaries, taking India to 39/0.

Once the openers had worked off the sheen of the ball and had caused it to swing less, they were more comfortable picking runs. They reached the 50-run mark in the 15th over when Gambhir drove Southee through the covers for a boundary. In the next over, Sehwag went for a big shot but didn't connect properly. However, it wobbled to mid-on and fell well short of the fielder. By the end of the 18th over, the openers had safely carried India to Tea with the score at 62/0.


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