Hyderabad, Aug 24: India's spin duo R Ashwin and P Ojha were outstanding in the third session on Day two as they reduced New Zealand to 106/5 at stumps, as they trailed by 332 runs in the first Test at Hyderabad on Friday.
Scorecard, Ball-by-ball; Report (Day 1)
With five wickets in hand, New Zealand will have to bat out the first session carefully as the pitch is assisting spinners offering a lot of bounce which was reflected in Ashwin and Ojha's figures, 3/30 and 2/35 respectively.
Brendon McCullum (22) was the first to go, as P Ojha gave India the much needed breakthrough in the 8th over, while Ashwin followed suit as he claimed a double, Guptill in 11th over, and followed it up with Taylor (13th over) and Flynn (19th over).
Ojha claimed another wicket towards the end of the session as he dismissed Williamson in the 40th over of New Zealand's innings.
Having scored 106/5, Kiwis are trailing by 338 runs and have a task at hand as they need 133 more to avoid follow-on while they take the field on Day three, meanwhile Indian spinners have already removed the top order, and would like to taper the tail early in the morning.
Though India played after a 20-min delay in the morning, India's Cheteshwar Pujara added 40 runs to his overnight score of 119 as Patel dismissed him for 159. His innings included 19 boundaries and a six.
While Dhoni and Pujara added 127 runs for the sixth wicket, to help the team go past 400, Dhoni also followed suit as Patel dismissed him to claim his fourth wicket. India's tail-enders managed to take the team's tally to 438.
India: MS Dhoni (Captain, Wicket-keeper), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Cheteshwar Pujara, Umesh Yadav, Zaheer Khan, R Ashwin, P Ojha
New Zealand: Ross Taylor (Captain), Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson, Mark Guptill, K van Wyk (wicket-keeper), Jeetan Patel, T Boult, Chris Martin, Doug Bracewell, BJ Watling, D Flynn
Umpires: Steve Davis (Australia) and Ian Gould (England)
Third Umpire: Vineet Kulkarni (India)
Match referee: Chris Broad (England)