Daniel Richardson

Daniel Richardson is a Wellington-based sports journalist for NZME. News Service.

India dominate day one at the Basin

New Zealand bowler Tim Southee jubilant after capturing the wicket of Indian opener Murali Vijay during day one of the second ANZ cricket test. Photo / Mark Mitchell.
New Zealand bowler Tim Southee jubilant after capturing the wicket of Indian opener Murali Vijay during day one of the second ANZ cricket test. Photo / Mark Mitchell.

India are in complete control of the second cricket test against New Zealand after day one at the Basin Reserve.

The visitors went to stumps tonight at 100-2, 92 runs behind New Zealand's poor first-innings total of 192.

With rockstars Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and skipper MS Dhoni still to come, India could post a huge total on day two with an improving Basin Reserve wicket to bat on.

India's innings started poorly in the third session when they lost Murali Vijay for two to the bowling of Tim Southee but Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara (19) restored order before Pujara went late in the day, lbw to Trent Boult.

At stumps, Dhawan was not out on 71 with nightwatchman Ishant Sharma unbeaten on three.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a green Basin Reserve deck.

The Indian seamers didn't waste too much time in slowly making their way through the Kiwi batting line-up, with Sharma looking particularly impressive as he eventually snagged career-best figures of 6-51.

His sidekick Mohammed Shami proved equally reliable as he finished with 4-70 from 16.5 overs.

New Zealand never got their innings going and their biggest partnership came for the seventh wicket when Kane Williamson (47) and Jimmy Neesham (33) added a brisk 47.

Williamson's knock was eventful as he was caught twice but both dismissals were overturned after the bowler in question had over-stepped.

His innings was crucial though as it helped New Zealand towards 200, while Southee added 32 and Corey Anderson chipped in with 24 but it was clearly a total that was below par.

With New Zealand holding on to a 1-0 lead in the two-test series, they will have it all ahead of them during the next four days.


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