Jessy Ryder and Ross Taylor gave New Zealand a superb start of Napier test by scoring century on day1 of second test match. J.Ryder scored his second test century while Ross Taylor scored his third test century to put New Zealand in some what comfortable position at stumps on day one. New Zealand was 351/4 with J.Ryder still batting on 137 and all-rounder J.Franklin batting on 26.
With six wickets left in the bag New Zealand will eye some where between 500 and 550 in their first inning to put the pressure on strong Indian batting lineup. From 23/3 both batsman played some aggressive shot with some luck under their belt top put on record partnership of 271 runs for the fourth wicket. Both were at the crease as early in the 11th over of New Zealand inning and it seems that we are watching the highlight of previous match when New Zealand top order dismissed quickly by Zaheer and Ishant. However Indian fielder allowed New Zealand to get out of the hole, first it was Yuvraj Singh who dropped a catch of Ross Taylor when he was just added 4 runs to his name. Ross Taylor got as many as five chances during his inning of 151 runs. Four catches were dropped and one run out chances missed when he was on 99.
Ross Taylor kept giving chances to Indian fielders but Indian didn’t capitalize on the chances. However he couldn’t able to control his natural instinct as he was finally caught brilliantly by Yuvraj Singh on the boundary on the bowling of Harbhajan Singh.
Ryder, in contrast, played a composed and technically expert innings, limiting his scoring shots to precise and predetermined areas and offering few opportunities to the fielding side.
If Indian wants to bounce back into the game then their fielders need to convert the half-chances and need to restrict New Zealand before 450 on day2.
India day started in a dramatic fashion when Virendra Sehwag walks into the middle for toss in a blue blazer. But according to him he was told last night by coach Garry Kirsten that he might have to lead the side in second test because Dhoni got back spasm which he sustained on the eve of the match. So Dinesh Karthik brought into the team for wicket keeping job.
Virendra Sehwad also lack application in the field and on some occasions he looks frustrated and demoralized on day one of test match. Wicket keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik looks probably the worst of the lot as he was not grabbing the ball cleanly throughout the day.
In the press conference Sehwag made it clear to his team mates if they want to win the match they need to came out on top on day2 otherwise it will be too late for India to win the Napier Test and create the history of winning the series in New Zealand.
Match Summary (Day1 Stump)
New Zealand 1st Inning – 351/4 in 90 Overs
Z.Khan– 23-4-94-2H.Singh– 26-6-61-1
Playing XI for both teams (Match is schedule to begin at India Time and will be Played from 26th – 30th March)