We failed to put pressure on youngsters - Boult
Trent Boult, the left-arm seamer, has said New Zealand missed out on an opportunity to put pressure on India's young batsmen on the opening day of the first Test in Hyderabad. Cheteshwar Pujara, batting at No.3, scored an unbeaten century and Virat Kohli supported him in a 125-run stand after the loss of India's openers.
"It was an awesome innings. He (Pujara) is very patient and played well. I think India batted well. They played an attacking brand of cricket at the start and we took early wickets of the big guns," Boult said. "The plan was to put pressure on younger players and we had a big opportunity to cash in but we missed the bus there."
Boult picked up two wickets himself, those of Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar, who was bowled for 19. This is Boult's fifth Test and he's picked up 14 wickets so far at 31.21.
"It was a obviously a huge wicket of Sachin. It is something I will always remember," he said. "It was special to get Tendulkar out. It (the ball) got in and I was lucky to sneak through his defence. It is a huge honour."
While India will think they have a slight edge, New Zealand did well to pick up two wickets in quick succession before the close, dismissing Kohli and Suresh Raina. Pujara, however, will have MS Dhoni for company on a track he believed was slowing down and looked good for spinners to bowl on.
Boult, though, was focussed on bowling out India. "The first hour tomorrow morning will be a big opportunity to go at the batsmen and get a couple of wickets. The first-hour wicket will be a different. The game is still very balanced."