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First Test Match

India v New Zealand

2004:

Richard Boock

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad

'The pitch was no good to anybody'

Oct 14, 2003: The post mortems have seldom been so exhaustive, tedious or varied in their verdicts

Anand Vasu

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 5th day

Favouring the leg side

Oct 12, 2003: New Zealand's batsmen had their tactics well worked out when they came to face the Indian spinners on a fifth-day pitch

S Rajesh

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 5th day

'I don't know how you Indians live here'

Oct 12, 2003: Sourav Ganguly and Lou Vincent were much talked about on the final day of the Ahmedabad Test

Wisden Cricinfo staff

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 5th day

Natahn, Danel and the Black Cats

Oct 12, 2003: If there has been an aspect of this Test moredisappointing than the pitch, it must be the audience.Rahul Dravid, on the very first day, said that he was

Samanth Subramanian

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 5th day

In control, but never in command

Oct 12, 2003: India can look back on this Test with a generous dose of regret

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 5th day

McMillan marks his comeback in emphatic style

Oct 12, 2003: Craig McMillan is back, and there will be more than a few cricket enthusiasts in New Zealand who will be happy about that

New Zealand View by Lynn McConnell

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 5th day

McMillan and Astle save the Test

Oct 12, 2003: A fine unbroken partnership of 103 between Craig McMillan and Nathan Astle rescued New Zealand on the last day of the Ahmedabad Test

The Wisden Bulletin by Chandrahas Choudhury

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 4th day

'Good to get the four best players of spin' - Wiseman

Oct 11, 2003: Paul Wiseman has been to India twice before. Finally, on his third visit, the results are beginning to come through

Samanth Subamanian

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 4th day

How Vettori saw off India's quick men

Oct 11, 2003: Daniel Vettori's dogged innings of 60, off 129 balls, ensured that New Zealand sailed well past the follow-on target

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

New Zealand View

Vettori does a Bracewell

Oct 11, 2003: Daniel Vettori said before leaving for India that Stephen Fleming's work on his batting had been an inspiration to him

New Zealand View by Lynn McConnell

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 4th day

Letting it drift

Oct 11, 2003: India might be well placed in this Test match - as one would expect in a home series - but that does not mean that everything went swimmingly well

The Wisden Verdict by Amit Varma

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 4th day

India made to work hard on fourth day

Oct 11, 2003: After New Zealand avoided the follow-on India faced a battle against time in the first Test at Ahmedabad

The Wisden Bulletin by Chandrahas Choudhury

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 3rd day

A welcome return to form for Astle

Oct 10, 2003: Nathan Astle's effort in scoring his ninth Test century speaks volumes of the place he is now at in his cricket career

Lynn McConnell

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, Day 2

Gaining in fluency

Oct 9, 2003: Sourav Ganguly's hundred was played out in three different parts: the first phase, when he struggled, the second, when he became more assured, and the third, when he scored at a rapid pace

S Rajesh

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, Day 2

A scratchy but significant century

Oct 9, 2003: A few minutes before tea, Sourav Ganguly deposited Daniel Vettori intothe gallery behind long-on and allowed himself a smile

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, Day 2

Batting lessons from the masters show the way ahead

Oct 9, 2003: Two of the most consistent batsmen in the world at the moment demonstrated the virtues of batsmanship in different conditions today - Rahul Dravid in the low, slow conditions of India, and Matthew Hayden in the much faster conditions of Perth in

New Zealand View by Lynn McConnell

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 2nd day

Zaheer rocks New Zealand

Oct 9, 2003: Zaheer Khan's three strikes, which followed Rahul Dravid's 222 and Sourav Ganguly's unbeaten 100, put India in control at Ahmedabad

The Wisden Bulletin by Chandrahas Choudhury

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, Day 1

Missing a trick

Oct 8, 2003: The New Zealand seamers erred in continually bowling short-of-a-length deliveries to Akash Chopra

S Rajesh

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, Day 1

Boy next door done good

Oct 8, 2003: For a dispassionate observer at the Motera stadium,Rahul Dravid's innings of 110 was inextricably tied to the mood of the sparse but belligerently vociferouscrowd, even though Dravid himself played through theday with his trademark equanimity and

Roving Reporter by Samanth Subramanian
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