Bangalore, Aug 31: On the eve of the second Test against India, New Zealand captain Ross Taylor had said he is "not far away from scoring runs". And his words came true when he hit an attacking century on Friday.
Day 1: Match report
After being crushed by an innings and 115 runs, Taylor and his men were under pressure to bounce back here in the second and final Test at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
This was the best way for Taylor to lift the spirits of the team. Though other batsmen disappointed again in front of Pragyan Ojha's spin, Taylor resorted to attack the Indian bowlers.
Right from the start, he chose to be positive. His first 52 runs came off 46 balls with the help of seven boundaries and a six. The next 51 were scored from 53. His ton took 99 balls, the fastest ton by a Kiwi against India in Tests. Finally he was dismissed for 113 (177 minutes, 127 balls, 16x4, 2x6) in the final session.
"Two hundreds in 30 innings is not great, but I feel I'm not far away from scoring runs. I'm working hard. You score two centuries in 30 innings and sometimes you score two in two games. So you never know," Taylor had said at the stadium on Thursday.
He had also spoken about being "brave" and "courageous" here.
"We have to be brave and courageous and attack them (spinners) and hopefully put pressure back on them. And when we attack them, there hopefully won't be many men around the bat," the right-hander had said on Thursday.
Taylor chose to be positive against Ojha. Though he was out to the left-arm spinner, he had dominated in the exchanges. He hit him for four fours in an over and overall scored 42 off 55 balls against Ojha with seven boundaries and a six.
This was Taylor's seventh Test hundred and first since January 2012 when he had made 122 not out against Zimbabwe in Napier.
Amidst the dark clouds on top of the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Taylor chose to light up the proceedings between lunch and tea interval with a fine ton.