NZ recover to 246/6 on Day 1

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Published: Saturday, January 15, 2011, 11:02 [IST]
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NZ recover to 246/6 on Day 1

Keen to erase the memories of the disastrous first Test against the touring Pakistan side at Hamilton, New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori opted to bat first after winning the toss. But it was a decision he would rued in the first over itself as with the sixth ball Pakistan speedster Umar Gul, trapped Brendon McCullum in front for 2. New Zealand were in trouble at 3/1.

Then Kane Williamson and the surviving opener Martin Guptill rebuilt steadily, hitting a flurry of fours between them and taking two boundaries of Younis Khan in the 10th over. But just two overs later, Gul struck again to have Williamson caught behind for 21 as New Zealand slipped to 46/2 in 12.1 overs.

Ross Taylor took his side to over 50 with a sliced four off Wahab Riaz in the 14th over. Guptill and Taylor then launched a threatening partnership with a amjority of the boundaries coming off Taylor's bat. The batsman even hit a six off off-spinner Abdur Rehman in the 32nd over. But with the score at 98/2, Rehman got the breakthrough when he had Guptill caught behind for 29. In the very next ball, the bowler got new batsman Jesse Ryder out in similar fashion to reduced the hosts to 98/4.

Taylor and new batsman James Franklin took New Zealand past 100 soon after and pressed on. After a fair amount of consolidating, in the 60th over, Taylor took a single off Rehman to bring up his siode's 150. But just a few overs later, Rehman had Franklin caught behind for 33 and New Zealand were in trouble again at 166/5. Taylor who was notcing up quite a substantial knock was the next man to go, caught behind off Wahab Riaz for 78 in the 72nd over and New Zeland slumped to 180/6.

Captain Daniel Vettori launched a counter-offensive, smacking Riaz for two fours in the 76th over and a couple of overs later, took a single off Mohammad Hafeez to take New Zealand to 200/6. Vettori had found a reliable partner in Reece Young who smashed Tanvir Ahmed for two boundaries in the 84th over. Young and Vettori then teamed up to knock a boundary each off Tanvir Ahmed in the 86th over. At stumps on Day 1, the hosts had moved to 246/6 in 90 overs.


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