Bangalore, Aug 31: New Zealand captain Ross Taylor scored an attacking century to keep Indian bowlers at bay on the opening day of the second and final Test here at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. When bad light halted play with still 8.3 overs to be bowled, New Zealand were 328/6 in 81.3 overs. This was the highest first day score at the venue bettering Pakistan's 323/2 in March 2005.
Scorecard: Day 1
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Play was stopped at 3.57 PM local time and there was no possibility of further play with drizzle at the venue. Umpires later called off the day's play at 4.30 PM. To make up for the loss today, play on the second day, Saturday, will start half hour early, at 9 AM local time.
The day belonged to Taylor for his batting and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha for his performance with the ball. When Ojha and rest of the Indian pack threatened to bowl the Kiwis out for a cheap score, Taylor stood tall at one end. It was his counter-attacking hundred that ensured the tourists posted a respectable score on Friday.
Throughout the day, dark clouds hung over the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. But in the middle, Taylor lifted the gloom with his dazzling strokeplay. His seventh Test hundred and third against India, that too the fastest by a Kiwi (100 off 99 balls), helped New Zealand go past 300.
After Taylor left the square for 113, trapped LBW by Ojha, wicketkeeper Kruger van Wyk (63 not out) and Doug Bracewell (30 not out) put on 82 runs for an unfinished seventh wicket partnership. Van Wyk registered his maiden Test fifty. His previous highest was 39 in six Tests.
Ojha, who opened the bowling, finished with four wickets for 90 runs in 27 overs. He had taken six wickets in the first Test in Hyderabad. Ojha became the first left-arm Indian spinner to open the bowling in a Test match.
Between lunch and tea, New Zealand scored 132 runs for two wickets in 30 overs losing two wickets. It was Taylor's show all the way in the 120 minutes of play.
Captain Ross Taylor's attacking hundred kept New Zealand afloat in the second session of play in the second and final Test against India here. His 99-ball century gave the tourists hope. After 55 overs, New Zealand were 240/5 at tea with Taylor batting on 112 and Kruger van Wyk on seven.
As they say, attack is the best form of defence. This is exactly what the right-handed Taylor chose to do. With none of his batsmen making big contribution, Taylor took the responsibility to put the runs on the board. He is still going strong and will look to add few more runs before close of play.
If it was Taylor who stole the show with his batting, Pragyan Ojha was the star for India with the ball. He added one more in the second period of play. At tea, he had figures of 3/67. Ojha did get some rough treatment from Taylor, including one over where he was hit for four boundaries.
Indian bowlers continued to maintain a stronghold on New Zealand as they dominated Day 1's first session of the second and final Test here on Friday. At lunch, the visitors were 108/3 in 29 overs.
With dark clouds hovering over the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, for most part of the first session, floodlights were used.
New Zealand were rocked early by Zaheer Khan as he dismissed opener Brendon McCullum for zero in the second over.
MS Dhoni , in overcast conditions, surprised all by opening the bowling with left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha. He bowled a tight spell from the pavilion end, giving just six runs in his first three overs. He began the match with a maiden. Later, he returned to claim two wickets.
Zaheer, who shared the new ball, took just five balls to send back McCullum. English umpire Ian Gould had no hesitation in ruling him out after he was struck on the pad.
After the early loss, Guptill and Kane Williamson (17) associated for a half century partnership. They made slow progress. Guptill was the more attacking between the two. Ojha trapped Williamson LBW in his second spell with New Zealand on 63 in the 19th over.
The right-handed opener, Guptill, was lucky. When on 17, he was dropped by Virat Kohli at third slip off Zaheer. As the ball headed towards second slip where Suresh Raina was getting ready to accept it, Kohli went for it to his left and spilled.
Making most of that reprieve, Guptill completed his half century. However, with about 18 minutes for lunch, he was scalped by Ojha, caught at midwicket by Gautam Gambhir. He batted for 102 minutes, faced 79 balls and hit eight boundaries.
New Zealand's 50 came in 16.3 overs and the 100 was achieved in 26.3 overs.
India have retained the same Playing XI which won in Hyderabad. New Zealand made one change, Tim Southee coming in for Chris Martin. Conditions are little overcast here which might help Indian seamers.
India are leading the series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Hyderabad by an innings and 115 runs. R Ashwin took a career best 12/85 in the match. Pragyan Ojha had six wickets in the game.
New Zealand had failed to cross the 200-run mark in both innings.
India: MS Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Suresh Raina.
New Zealand: Ross Taylor (captain), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Daniel Flynn, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Jeetan Patel, Tim Southee, Kruger van Wyk (wicketkeeper), Kane Williamson.
Umpires: Ian Gould (England) and Steve Davis (Australia)
Third Umpire: Sudhir Asnani (India)
Match Referee: Chris Broad (England)
Match starts at 9.30 am (IST)