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

Taylor assault makes it New Zealand's day

The Report by Sharda Ugra

August 31, 2012

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New Zealand 328 for 6 (Taylor 113, van Wyk 63*, Guptill 53, Ojha 4-90) v India
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Ross Taylor counterattacked in the second session, India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 1st day, August 31, 2012
Ross Taylor got to his hundred at over a run a ball © Associated Press
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A sizzling counterattack by New Zealand captain Ross Taylor produced a high-speed century that sparked an improved display from the visitors on the opening day of the second Test against India. At stumps, New Zealand, who had elected to bat, were 328 for 6. Led by Taylor's incandescent 113, New Zealand's batsmen had, in the course of a single day, scored more runs than they had in both innings in Hyderabad.

Play was stopped due to bad light and eventually called off for the day about half an hour before the scheduled close, the umpires offering light to the batsman after Umesh Yadav bowled half of his first over with the second new ball. Kruger van Wyk and Doug Bracewell strode off, van Vyk batting on a deftly engineered 63 and Bracwell on 30. The two had found themselves at the crease after Taylor's departure, and within an hour had put on 82 for the seventh wicket.

Taylor's seventh Test century formed the bulk of the New Zealand batting effort. It was buffeted by two fifties, one by Martin Guptill at the top of the order which ended in dismay and the other by keeper van Wyk. It ensured that New Zealand could dismiss the innings and 115-run defeat in Hyderabad as a nightmare that need not be repeated.

After the departure of New Zealand's top three batsmen before lunch, Taylor let his aggression and intent take over. It was a fearless innings, the runs scored both robustly and in fine style. Taylor slog swept Ashwin for six before the lunch interval and when he returned, cranked the scoring up a gear. The India bowlers were hit all around the Chinnaswamy Stadium, with lusty slog sweeps, crisp straight drives and spanking shots through cover. New Zealand, or rather Taylor, was scoring at nearly seven runs an over in the hour after lunch. The hardworking Ojha was punished with four boundaries in his second over after lunch, Zaheer for two including a disdainful straight drive in his second spell, Ashwin was guided fine down to the boundary past leg slip. Taylor got to his century in 99 balls, cutting Ojha to the point boundary and two balls later, hit him down the ground for his second six over long-off.

For a captain who had a miserable first Test - losing the toss, dropping catches in slip and scoring nine in two innings - Taylor's innings on Friday was a more just exhibition of his batting abilities. On New Zealand's miserable tour of the West Indies in July, it was Taylor who had scored the sole New Zealand century, in the fourth ODI in St Kitts. New Zealand's previous Test century had come six months ago from Kane Williamson in a drawn Test against South Africa in Wellington.

Taylor's innings lit up the Bangalore crowd that grew through the day; his aggressive mode of batting had also been welcomed at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, when he had played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. The reception he received after his hundred against India, also, didn't lack in either enthusiasm or warmth.

Smart stats

  • Ross Taylor's century is his seventh in Tests and his third against India. He is one among five New Zealand batsmen to score three Test centuries against India.
  • Taylor's strike rate of 88.97 during his knock of 113 is his second-highest for a fifty-plus score. It is also the fifth-highest strike rate for a visiting batsman in India (centuries only).
  • The 107-run stand between Taylor and Daniel Flynn is the fourth-highest fourth-wicket stand for New Zealand against India. It is, however, their highest fourth-wicket stand in India.
  • The 82-run stand between Kruger van Wyk and Doug Bracewell is the fifth-highest seventh-wicket stand for New Zealand in India.
  • Pragyan Ojha, who picked up 4 for 90, became the first specialist Indian spinner to open the bowling in a Test. The last Indian spinner (non-regular spinner) to do so was ML Jaisimha in 1969.
  • New Zealand's run-rate at the end of 80 overs (3.95) is the fourth-highest for a visiting team in Tests in India. The highest (80-over run-rate) is Australia's 4.28 in Nagpur in 2004 followed by Sri Lanka's 4.11 in Mumbai (Brabourne) in 2009.

It was vital for New Zealand that their batting continued forcefully, after Martin Guptill had shaken off the early dismissal of Brendon McCullum in the morning. Guptill played the aggressor in his 63-run second-wicket stand with Kane Williamson. After being troubled by Ojha and dropped off Zaheer on 17, Guptill found his groove, his innings resolute in judgement and positive in strokeplay. He struck three boundaries off Yadav in a single over and two off Zaheer, including a cracking backfoot drive through extra cover. Less than half an hour before lunch though, Ojha pulled in the fielders, tossed one up and lured Guptill. It was the perfect bait: the ball didn't turn, Guptill's intended shot on the on-side ended up in Gautam Gambhir's hands at midwicket. Despite India's slow bowling tradition, Ojha was the first specialist India spinner to open the bowling in a Test match, and took four of the six New Zealand wickets to fall today.

Taylor, who owned the second session, was out in the fifth over after tea, forced to sweep against Ojha with the off side plugged. The ball was tossed up and Ojha hit Taylor in front of off and middle. His innings of 113 off 127 balls had slowed down only at the fall of Daniel Flynn's wicket, bringing to an end New Zealand's biggest partnership on this tour: 107 runs for the fourth wicket. Flynn had hung on gamely over an hour for 33, but for the third time in three innings, was leg before trying to sweep Ashwin. The loss of James Franklin - he hit a full toss from Ojha to a diving Suresh Raina at midwicket - had New Zealand stuttering at 215 for 5.

But inspired by Taylor's bold batsmanship, the undefeated 82-run seventh-wicket partnership between van Wyk and Bracewell added 32 runs in five overs following the captain's departure. Van Wyk's was an innings almost patented by chirpy, pocket-sized keepers; he was only 12 when Taylor was out and took charge, happy to have the quicker bowlers bowling at one end. Zaheer Khan was guided past slips, van Wyk taking 13 off the 16 balls he faced off him, and the quick-but-struggling Yadav went for 14 runs in six balls, including two fours an over. The partnership took New Zealand past 300, but they will be sobered by the knowledge that in the previous Test held in Bangalore in 2010, Australia had scored over 400 in their first innings and still lost.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (September 1, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

On this evidence I'm inclined to believe the Indians - Ind Vs Eng this winter won't be close, India is going to be thrashed.

Posted by MohanRagavan on (September 1, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

india were 63/2 at lunch.....gambir still didn't change what he did in england and australia ....he is doing just the same .....i dont think that these opening partners would be best for the upcoming series against england and australia ....india should try rahane instead of gambir/sehwag in opening......everyone said pujara is the next dravid/laxmman bla bla... after he scored in hydrebad ,but he couldn't play in this pitch,so u cant justify with just 1 innings he had scored .

Posted by   on (September 1, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

@Chris_P It doesn't work that way dude. Yes, Indian wickets are not conductive to pace bowlers, but that doesn't mean that we have to welcome visiting teams with green tracks. We should always play to our strengths, that is preparing dust bowls. The suggestions you made should rather be made at the domestic cricket level, so that the batsman can develop his technique to survive in different conditions, and pace bowlers can also prosper.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

@ Peter_Jones2012 - If all the runs scored by Indian batsmen in sub-continent are meaningless (as your countryman Ted Osborne said) then logically speaking all the wickets picked by Australian fast bowlers in Aus, Eng, SA and NZ are of no use either.

Posted by MattyP1979 on (September 1, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

Cmon NZ. Still feel with Raina in the side Ind's tail starts at 5. Suppose we will have to wait and see how Ind bat today to see how this match will progress. One feels that unless Ind get victory it will be a poor result. Gambir/Sehwag must be the worst opening partnership in the game right now. And can an Ind fan please tell me why Raina is in the team?

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (September 1, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

im going to give a plug to the nz coach here, i loved john wrights no noncense approach but the batsman all looked scared to play any shots under his reign. mike hesson has obviously given them a little more freedom to play their natural game instead of trying to play like mark richardson and what do you know it kind of worked and forced the indians to rethink there game plan. well done nz, foot on the throat time

Posted by Buckers410 on (September 1, 2012, 3:30 GMT)

Hopefully Australia's loss is nothing to go by for batting on this wicket. If they can make it to 420+, they would be in good position. But they need Boult, Patel, Bracewell and Southee to fire up and destroy India's top 7 batsman if they are any chance to win because the pitch will start to turn and Ashwin and Ohja will have a field day in the second innings. Good luck NZ, you can win this test (and the T20's).

Posted by   on (September 1, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

@Sonya Jones : yes Umesh is not even good for a club bowler. So is Ponting and Warne when playing in sub continent conditions.NONE of the Australian spinners even match our U19 club players forget Kumble or Harbhajan. The less we talk about batsmen the better, Get in touch with Don Bradman to know more ..

Posted by beejaytee on (September 1, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

@dalboy12: Yep, agree with everything you said. Some being very hard on India. 6 wickets on the first day on a track that looks pretty flat? Not too shabby. NZ just played well, and weren't so outrageously unlucky as they have been recently. Dhoni was a little defensive, sure. But SA & WI both beat NZ comfortably by waiting them out, while AUS stumbled by attempting to beat them at their own game last year, so I think his tactics are understandable. Big day for the NZ bowlers, a bit of hit n' giggle and then on to business. Southee is key. If he's on song, The Indians will need to attack Boult, Bracewell, and Patel, which is what those guys want. I love the intent evident in selecting this particular attack. Bring on day 2!

Posted by bornon22november on (September 1, 2012, 2:44 GMT)

Ross Taylor did a good job with the bat to take his side to an advantageous position. Inspite of the early setback of losing 3 wickets within 100 runs, he kept attacking the bowlers which didn't allow them to settle down. The match is perfectly balanced now and the onus is on the lower middle order to take the score past 350 run mark.

Posted by vivekk83 on (September 1, 2012, 1:39 GMT)

Cannot understand the clamour for pacy, green wickets... if they have to be done, it needs to be done on ranji matches, coz it prepares the cricketer when he grades to the national team. The colder parts of the country shld be conducive for green tops while the hotter places shld be conducive for turning wickets.... No shame in preparing wickets that assist spin and bounce, it's your strength... It needn't be rank turners and landmines...We don't want to loose our advantage of our spin tradition...Dhoni cannot play swing bowling because he hasn't been exposed frequently during his early formative years of cricket...We just know to bash and pull down players after a decent or off day.. every1 at work has a terrible time period at some point in their lives... we adore them too much or pull them down after a series....

Posted by   on (September 1, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

Torsha, Ishant is not playing because he is well below test class. He should not even be included in a touring party that contains 5 pace bowlers, for Zaheer, Yadav, Aaron, Praveen K and Pankaj Singh are all much better bowlers than he is. Well done, RT, attack is the right way to play spinners in a dust bowl.

Posted by dalboy12 on (September 1, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

Awesome innings by Taylor great to see NZ batsmen score 100s we need a lot more of them. Great also that they didn't just let the spinners bowl at them, but attacked them and gave them something to think about. Don't know why people being hard on India now --- Khan bowled a really good opening spell, NZ just never let them settle into attacking lines this time, and lets face it the pitch is not providing the spinners bounce this time which makes shot making and defending a lot easier. Hopefully NZ can get 350+ and then they will really need some wickets with the new ball if they are going to threaten the Indian batting on this pitch.

Posted by torsha on (September 1, 2012, 0:36 GMT)

Why Ishant is not playing?

Posted by Chris_P on (August 31, 2012, 23:43 GMT)

@premclement. Did you see the Adelaide test last year? This wicket favours spin & has done so for many years & was even described as close to subcontinental track least year. The SCG was a long time example of a dusty spinning track, at one stage, NSW used to pick 3 spinners in their shield team. And there are plenty of tracks in England that favour spin, Swann has been a success on these pitches, as have Murali, Warne, Qadir, Ahmed et al. And these guys have been near the top, if not the top of the bowling rankings. I think Mervo's point is that the Indian pace bowlers will never threaten the top rankings while they have to try to bowl on such unresponsive wickets. Where is the lure of pace bowling for youngsters? Umesh is an exciting prospect for India, but he is slowly being blunted out by such wickets.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 23:04 GMT)

It looks like New Zealand are finally showing more fight. If they can put on at least one hundred runs more to the total, the Indians may be under some pressure. But more importantly, India needs to groom a new team around players like Kohli, Pujara, Yadav and company. Sachin may be India's most celebrated icon, but he has to go someday. I don't think a 40 year old Tendulkar could consistently be at his best against the likes of Steyn and Morkel next year in South Africa.

Posted by cricketlover111 on (August 31, 2012, 22:44 GMT)

How can anyone say NZ has any luck in this series so far. At least 5 poor umpiring decisions against the kiwis in the first match, Williamson LBW decision yesterday was average. I don't think India can claim luck is against them in this series!

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 21:19 GMT)

@Peter_Jones2012: sarcasm, heard of it? Jindal was replying to Ted Osbornes comment and maybe if you took pains to know the whole picture, you wont have to go about dishing pointless insults. Sweets.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 31, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

Those who speak about how subcontinent players play against pace attack should watch Australian players against Pakistan spin attack . Even our domestic players can handle spin much better than these so called international players

Posted by Rush2Venky on (August 31, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

People who had watched most of the match proceedings would understand that Dhoni and Indian bowlers tried everything they could to attach and set up creative field positions but courage was LUCK was on New Zealand's favour. Zaheer was especially unlucky with lot of inside edges missing stumps and falling short of fielders. There was nothing in the wicket for bowlers and Ohja bowled really well wicket to wicket with occassional leg side bowling (not sure if it was a "failed-attempt"tactic). Nevertheless match is nicely poised and hope thw wicket starts turning as the match progresses. Good luck to both the teams!

Posted by BackfootNossyfan on (August 31, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

Classy knock. Knew when he was on about thirty runs that he'd get his century. So glad that Roscoe was able to defy the negativity surrounding him in the media and do his job well. Onya Roscoe.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

I get the feeling that the public in India, no longer cares for test matches. I have grown up watching the Indian Cricket team and I remember the stadiums were always full whenever India played; regardless of the format. It could be due to cricket fatigue or availability of tv, net etc but it's a sad sight when the team plays front of empty stadiums. BCCI should find new ways to attract more people to the ground, otherwise test matches will die a slow death in India. Good luck to India.

Posted by Tama_Pokai66 on (August 31, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

It's all about pressure. Any batman's which takes the bowler on and puts pressure on them, will do well. Ross played well today because he showed confidence on his judgement. Indian bowlers are below average so if anyone plays will intent tomorrow, than black caps can build a healthy total.

Posted by Tahir_Anjum on (August 31, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

@ Jindal Priyank: totally agree with you mate...

Posted by Tama_Pokai66 on (August 31, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

Hope one of the players go on and make another 100 odd runs. The pitch is flat so the opportunity is there. @Jindal. McGrath is a great bowler and he has made fools of most Indian batsman's over the years. As a Cricket fan, I admire him and his contribution to the game. So, show some respect and don't behave like most of the frustrated Indians on this site, who have nothing better to do than bad mouth others. Sweet.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

@jindal wat u said is true.Im a die hard fan of Indian cricket team. to me tis match wil b a draw or india may loose...Im happy atleast tis test result is unpredictable..

Posted by sumit176 on (August 31, 2012, 18:54 GMT) seems sonya jones has recovered from u19 thrashings from india...

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

good batting Newzealand ....................from a Bangladeshi fan........

Posted by krishna_cricketfan on (August 31, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

@@Ted Osborne: Indian pitches "becomes" flat whenever India does well. When Australia wins here do you say that it is flat? Australia won their first world cup here. Yes Australia won a series in India in 2004. Yes we fill the stadium for any test match with Aus. This is a sample list of your teams win/accomplishment here. Were they meaningless? Why did you guys lose the Aussies so badly? When 4 very good bowlers come at you, you will lose. Same holds good for almost all teams. England lost when facing SA. Test matches are won by taking 20 wickets and Australia have proved this in India enough times. So your talk about "flat" pitches are meaningless.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

@jkaussie: I was in the stadium today. Tickets priced Rs 50 were sold out. That corner of the stadium was jam packed by about 5000-7000 spectators. However everywhere else(priced higher), the attendance was about 10% of capacity. So yes its sad. Although might I add that even the cricketers would not desire a full capacity stadium for a "test" match in India. There is just too much noise!

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (August 31, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

Posted by wiseshah on (August 31 2012, 16:00 PM GMT), I am not sure whether NZ is a weak team,they won a test against Aussies last year and leveled the series.But india will beat anytime when they play against Bangladesh in test.By the way did you watched the first test match? Anytime NZ is a better team than Bangladesh in test level.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

Don't understand what Australian fans are doing here ! may be if NZ have upper hand they will bash India. And if India have upper hand they will make mockery of Black Caps, their arch-rivals, I guess. Good Going !

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

@ Ted Osborne - Just like Australians prepare Fast and Bouncy tracks and McGrath picked all those meaning less wickets there ? Btw, I just watched Warner's innings today He scored some 20 odd in 60+ balls in an ODI ! Problem with turning balls, son ?

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

@ Sonya Jones - Welcome back ! Missed you during U-19 WC semi-finals and " FINAL ":) !

Posted by Akshita29 on (August 31, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

This is a slow and slugish pitch but this pitch will definitely turn more as the game goes on . Good spirited fightback by taylor and good to see the crowd applauding his innings . As for India they can still win the game. All they have to do is to bat well when they get their chance. Hey everyone what about SRT chases to the bounday . He is probably the slowest fielder in the planet now may b just behind munaf and samit patel . Its amazing how he has kept his hunger alive to continue. Bt I personally feel this is the series where we should have given rahane and badrinath a go . Anyways hoping to see a century from the little master.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

@ Sasi Kanth Tummalapalli - Moaning about Indian team ? Not supporting Indian team ? What are you talking about ? I'm a die hard fan of Indian Team and I'm one of those fans who watch almost each and every match be it India vs Pakistan or Gali Cricket between two colonies, and always support my favourite team(s) no matter even if they lose 8-0 or 800-0. One, there is nothing wrong in appreciating others. Two, I just said what I saw during last tour of NZ to India when Indian batsmen lost their wickets quickly and Harbhajan saved us twice with two consecutive hundreds. You misunderstood me, mate, I guess. I will the happiest person if Indian win. But I always try to speak my mind. I hope Indian batsmen score plenty of runs.

Posted by wiseshah on (August 31, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

this nz team has less caliber than bangladesh and zimbabwe and india is not doing well against them. that shows indias poor bowling

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (August 31, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Thank you Mr. Taylor as I was wondering why NZ batsmen failed in the first test match against some pathetic Indian bowling. Now with your century I hope the management realizes the importance of both specialist fast and spin bowlers. This Indian bowling is by far the worst even by Indian standards. How r we going to defeat ENG later this year at home with this bowling attack? All of last few days since the completion of U19 WC media, mostly Indian media, were talking abt what a gr8 talent Unmukt Chand is? But where are the bowlers? Even at U19 level we do not have good quality paceman. PAk's U19 Zia Ul Haq bowls faster than ZAK. WI U19 have couple of fast bowlers who will play for the national team one day. Only in India everyone wants to Bat. We need to change this culture pretty soon or else ICC wil ban us from playing test cricket in the future. I hope NZ wins this just to create panic among the Indian selectors and realize the problem we have at hand.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (August 31, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

Good show by Taylor and rest of players but India can bounce back and win this match as Indian batting is very strong.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

Is Graham Dowling still around. Used to thoroughly enjoy his big hitting. A great cricketer of my age-group. A big "HI!" to him, if he is around and happen to read this post. From an old Indian admirer.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Very well played, NZ! Great attacking innings, Ross. Good show. You had already won many admirers in our country through some very exciting performance in IPL. So, this innings was just an icing over the cake. McCullum is also replicating the IPL saga. The introductory IPL itself started with a scintillating performance from him; however he gradually fizzled out. So, is the case now! Hope, he (Brendon) gets back his form.

Posted by crindo77 on (August 31, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

The no of 20-somethings who move like 40-somethings in this Indian team is alarming; forget about the ones who are actually nearing 40. Raina and Kohli are the only 2 people who seem interested and, along with Yadav, have the ability to chase the ball. Ashwin with his cute little paunch and gentle jogs escorting the ball upto the fence; Gambhir with his surly looks and frequent angry overthrows; Ojha, mysteriously inept. As for Zak, I know he is a great bowler, but watching him trudge back to his mark, panting heavily, looking like Devdas, is difficult, and borders on cruelty. Sachin may have lost none of his motivation, and is fitter than many of his counterparts, but if he doesn't get a few big and matchwinning scores in the next 12 months, it'll be time to take a more active part in Rajya Sabha. I know a lot of my fellow Indian supporters are convinced of a 4-0 win against England, but watching Taylor and van Wyk take the Indians apart today, I have a bad feeling about this winter.

Posted by street_smart on (August 31, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Dinda was the most successful bowler in Ranji last season. But Yadav & Ishant preferred before him. This is clearly bad selection.

Posted by Stephen_Smith on (August 31, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Flat pitches, what else can you expect from India. No wonder, the team gets hammered overseas and the Indian batsman's performs so poorly. Kudos to Ross. Well done mate.

Posted by jango_moh on (August 31, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

omg, there goes the bandwagoners again, if the team does bad one day, they start shouting, i bet none of them even watched the game even for a few mins.... zaheer bowled brilliantly during the first session, what an exhibition of subtle seam and swing from him on a pretty flat pitch with good bounce early on, he was unlucky to not get more wickets!!! umesh was wayward, but he's just starting out and on indian pitches, he needs time i guess.... overall NZ played really well(esp taylor), good to see them competing... this pitch is forecast to become faster in the next 2 days, and then will start aiding spin... hoping to see a result!!!

Posted by shortsillypoint on (August 31, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

Makes a difference who wins the toss and gets best use of bowling and batting conditions especially on these wickets. This Indian team is not as good as it thinks. It had everything in its favour last test. If NZ can get to 400+ its game on. So how many LBWs so far? I will be watching with interest the Indian innings as there should be more if the pitch gets worn, slower and lower!

Posted by jasonpete on (August 31, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

Posted by GerrardLK on (August 31 2012, 12:40 PM GMT), ok.india with these worst bowling still easily beat srilanka in any given day.what does this mean for a srilankan team then? @ Ted, in this lifeless pitches,Still Aussies don't know how to make meaningful runs at the end of the day,look at great Ponting stats in India? And if you check tendulkar and dravid,their is average is way better in Australian condition than Ponting in Indian condition.By considering the last two series failures ,don't undermine the great players who performed well over a period of time.Give respect and no need to boast about the same stuff over and over again.@ Sonya jones, you were sorely missed during u19 world cup final and 1 st series of India vs NZ.glad to see you back.

Posted by timohyj on (August 31, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

What is all this criticism of the pitch for after only one day? India definitley should not have pitches that seam and bouce and don't turn like in australia, they should make pitches that turn as much as possible. You don't see australia making turning pitches so they can compete in India, they still want home advantage. Anyway, the Bangalore pitch is excelent for test cricket as was shown in the match against australia in 2010. It has decent pace and carry and will be relatively easy to bat on for first 3 days, but will start turning on the last 2 days. That makes for good test cricket because there is something there for pacers, spinners, and batsmen

Posted by dicky_boy on (August 31, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

@sonya jones dude please keep it up nice work :) good to see some opponents angry against Indian cricket . Shows how much u still are angry about the fact that we beat you in the world cup :) anyway time heals all wounds , all the best

Posted by jkaussie on (August 31, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

From the picture it seems like there is nobody there, surely with so may passionate cricket supporters, the BCCI could offer cheaper tickets and fill the ground? The atmosphere would be brilliant considering the noise Indian supporters make at ODI's and T20's.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

@mervo: Why do you expect every pitch in the world to be similar? Just like in tennis there are different kinds of court, there should be different kind of pitches.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

Mervo: India must have pitches that resemble the pitches outside the country and the countries outside will continue to have pitches that favor when do you expect India to be at home?? This isn't a typical Indian wicket if you follow Indian cricket right from its start..this is a typical modern Indian wicket in which there is nothing for the bowlers..except the shots being hit against them.. People moaning about the defensive fields set by Ashwin..what else can you expect when a highway road would serve a better purpose for them..Donno when BCCI will wake up and start getting better spin pitches in India.. Have pitches that support seam bowling for first class matches.. Jindal Priyank: One day of average cricket(largely because of the pitch) and you again started moaning about the Indian team!! When will Indian fans learn to support Indian team..??

Posted by kc69 on (August 31, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

@praveen4honestremark: i agree with your point India is wasting a spot of a pace bowler instead they could try some slow medium pacers like Praveen Kumar or Irfan Pathan(who i believe is better than ZAK in all aspects of cricket)

Posted by SuperSaj on (August 31, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Good to see result oriented pitches for this tour but the bounce is too low and sluggish for the pacemen who are stuggling on both sides. Essentially India should try produce proper spinning tracks with decent bounce for 50% of its test pitches and green tops again with decent bounce (to the best possible extent given soil conditions etc in India)for the other 50%. This would make not only for exciting games but give encouragement to India's traditional spin strength but also give scope for batsmen and bowlers to learn how to better play on the faster tracks that are typically found outside the sub-continent.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Taylor's century was "buffeted by two fifties," was it? Perhaps you mean "buffered"? Even that would be an awkward choice of words.

Posted by soumyas on (August 31, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

Taylor has played for RCB and knows the pitch very well...reason why he fared well.

Posted by kc69 on (August 31, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

@edgie NZ need to pick 18 wickets to win there are 2 free wickets(Named Virender Sehwag).I was a Sehwag fan but the way he plays careless cricket shows he always give away his wicket(waste of talent).Hope he plays some responsible cricket in near future.

Posted by rock.rockyin on (August 31, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

I did expect this from Ross. considering the IPL exposure he has. good that this tournament has turned interesting.

Posted by Koushik_Biswas on (August 31, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

@Mervo, do other countries make pitches that resemble India's? There is an inherent conflict between (a) trying to develop fast bowling resources during a live match and (b) trying to win the match. All countries depend on their home condition to win the match, they do not experiment with talent and growth during the match (there are academies, coachies and practice sessions for that).Indian batsmen suffer abroad because they are not excellent players of the fast and short ball. Other batsmen suffer in India because they are not excellent players of spin. And both sides exploit this weakness in the other side. That's what makes cricket so interesting - it challenges visitors anywhere they go. It asks any visitor the question - how much can you battle the odds and survive in alien conditions? What is the point in making New Zealand feel at home? How will cricket me interesting if we did that?

Posted by premclement on (August 31, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

Mervo, could you ask the same with England and Australian cricket board i.e to make spinner friendly pitches? If you want India to make pitches similar to England or Australia or WI, then what is the use of India? India is know for spinner friendly tracks. If you are a batsman, you better learn the art of playing spine.

Posted by tanstell87 on (August 31, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

SA fans know only one team can challenge the number 1 team & that is Team India.

Posted by switchmitch on (August 31, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

We are witnessing the degeneration of Indian Cricket back to the "dark age" 90s. The pitch is slow, low and turning on the first day. We open the bowling with a spinner and our captain publicly states that he prefers under prepared pitches to ram the home advantage. Our captain can neither play on fast, seaming pitches nor can he inspire the confidence of his team mates to do so (Remember our last two tours?). If he has his way (rank turners), we will revisit the 90s all over again and as a fan, I do not have the stomach for it!

Posted by JasonMac on (August 31, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

Not bad but the team still needs more credible batsman. Oram is playing well and Ryder should be brought back as well. Anyway, players should keep away from the kury and get plenty of rests eh.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

@ Rahulcricket007. I am a crazy cricket follower. As per my knowledge and as I have seen in the domestic matches if you are a good spinner and u has been hit for 4 boundaries in an over and still bowling on the right spot and dismissed that particular wicket that is called true spinner. You can take the example of Saeed Ajmal, Anil Kumble, Grame Swann, If a spinner is scarred of hitting boundaries than he is not treated as a spinner. Even it does not happened in the club cricket.

Posted by Nampally on (August 31, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

India's weak bowling was severely exposed. Only Ojha looked to be of test class. Yadev as usual was out of control spraying the ball all over. Ashwin was accurate but was not able to support Ojha by taking wickets. India need to develop new set of Seamers for their tour abroad next year. To start with India would have been better off with an all rounder like Irfan pathan replacing ZAK & an additional bowler like Rahul Sharma replacing Raina. It would have added variety to the bowling whilst not sacrificing batting. Even in the first test the final result looked lop sided because of 5 dropped catches by NZ. Had those catches been taken India would have struggled to get 250 let alone 438. Losing the toss on a good batting wicket showed the real strength of Indian bowling. NZ will score at least 400 & will test the Indian batting. NZ seamers are far better than Indian seamers. India has given too many runs & will find it tough going if the batting does not rise up. Good luck on Day 2.

Posted by premnauth on (August 31, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

negative tactics by dhoni, having a fast bowler capable of bowling 90miles and opening the bowling with spin that does go well for the future of indian cricket, it does not encourages young fast bowlers coming up. bold move by NZ to get first use of the wicket and it's good to see them getting runs on the board, a good score and ind will have to do catching up for the rest of the match

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (August 31, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Well played NZ.Always a treat to watch Taylor bat,such a clean hitter of the ball.Well done Ross.@ mervo, it's a typical Bangalore wicket.Lets have a different wickets and bring in more excitement whie playing in different condition rather than similar pitches all over the countries.Its always difficult to produce wickets like australia or England in subcontinent due to the dry surface nature along with humid hot condition.You don't see subcontinent like wickets elsewhere and same vice Versa here.But indian fast bowlers going no where even they struggled to take wickets in Australian condition.Anyway NZ played a fantastic cricket and we shoud applaud for their gutsy performances.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

I am fan of Badrinath. will I see him play in test match again? I request Dhoni and selectors not to drop him from the squad in next test series without giving oppurtunity of atleast one match

Posted by georgebhai on (August 31, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

Tigers at Hyderbad looked like pussy cats today. The BCCI has to start seriously looking at developing bowling skills. On good wickets our bowlers will get butchered. Time to look beyond Zaheer, Munaf and co. For God sake, Harbhajan is not the answer irrespective of what Ganguly might say. He might have taken over 400 wickets in the past, most of them tail enders. Time to look ahead else, we will be flattened by the South Africans when we travel there.

Posted by GerrardLK on (August 31, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

Indian team has the worst bowling attack on earth. When Ojha get 4, you could imagine this bowling attack. NZ could have made it 400-1. But they've just thrown away the wickets. The poms will pummel the Indians in Nov.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

praveen4honestremark. you forgot to mention Yadav, india's answer to James and Lee, lol. Even club cricket bowlers in Australia are better than most Indian bowlers. That's why India always makes flat pitches or bats when the team wins the toss. Indian bowlers, like their batsman's are average at best, especially aboard.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

Lol at Indian bowlers. So called fast bowlers like Yadav got thrashed. Yea, India can produce fast bowlers like James, Watson, Lee right. Keep dreaming.

Posted by natasrik on (August 31, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

Bit confused again with Dhoni's captaincy, when runs flowing like river why he did not try the part timers like Viru, Raina, Kohli and sachin. At times Dhoni's decision becomes a big question mark.

Posted by kaidranzer on (August 31, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

Well done NZ. Taylor was very impressive today. Van Wyk should aim for a big one tomorrow. Although I think NZ need Jesse Ryder at the top. Ryder and McCullum can make a swashbuckling pair, much like Gambhir and Sehwag. Guptill can provide stability at No.3 followed by Ross Taylor at 4. Kane Williamson with experience and application has the potential to become a solid No.5. No.6 is bit of a worry and the keeper Van Wyk looks quite good. The bowling is pretty decent but they need a good spinner. Vettori should be back. With that team in place, they have some serious potential to win Tests home and away. Just sort your issues with Ryder NZ and open with him. Cricket will be richer with a strong and thriving NZ side. As far as this game is concerned, NZ are heading towards getting this game drawn or even a win with an Indian batting collapse. But that's wishful thinking in subcontinental conditions I guess.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

NZ should bring back Styris and Oram to the team. India usually prepares flat pitches to suit their weak batsman's, so having handy batsman's will help secure a bigger total. No wonder, India gets hammered aboard so easily, they keep preparing lifeless pitches, so ordinary Indian players can score those meaningless runs.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Dhoni's captaincy was not inspiring. His field placements could have been better. Opening the attack with Ojha was a bad idea. Umesh Yadav could have found purchase from the track and might have had more confidence in his later spell, instead of being all over the place. It's strange, that Dhoni didn't use Sehwag or Raina at all, while NZ compiled all of 328 runs during the day.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Really Appreciate the Magnitude @ which Black Caps played today, even when they were losing wickets, they kept the attack on. All in all a good days play. :)

Posted by CricketMaan on (August 31, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Come 2013 SA tour most likely MSD, SRT and Zak will miss them, so thier priority now is WIN the next 2 series no matter what happens to Indian cricket and its future. MSD wants to go out as winning captain, so simply ask a spinner to open the bowling and make a mockery of what ever little fast or medium fast bowling talent left in this IPL country. SRT wants to score more runs so that no one steals his Test record, Zak wants to rake money by playing all 3 formats. It was such a disgrace for any fast bowler to see a spinner open Test bowling on Day 1. I feel sorry for Umesh, Ishant, Varon or Dinda who all aspire to go on that SA, Eng, Aus tour and do something special. Gauti is what India nees as captain, he is agressive and uncompromising.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

Dhoni is a bad Test Captain !! PERIOD ! We need a better leader in Test Arena and definitely better fast bowlers. Rubbish bowling and captaincy by Indians today. Disheartening.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 31, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

I saw the game and well NZ played spinners very positively but the main problem with NZ is the inability to maintain this performance for the other games to follow. Wicket was having something for the spinners though the greenishness should help the fast bowlers. I still feel India can win because NZ may crash in the 2nd innings giving India a small total to chase. But cant say if NZ can repeat the Hobart heroics.

Posted by mikriket on (August 31, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

Does 328-6 mean all out for 370 or 450. In the circumstances, the former would represent a mediocre performance while the latter means that NZ can't lose this match. Does this mean that NZ batsmen have redeemed themselves or proved even themselves?. No. McCullum and Taylor hit a decent score only once in every 4-5 innings, Flynn is a waiste of time, andFranklin will never be a good international batsman. Only Guptil and Willianson are up to standard for international cricket.

Posted by Bogelking on (August 31, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

The Kiwis have now shown some fighting spirit and capability to handle spin, both which they were lacking in the inagural test at Uppal. At last the notion of a one-sided contest- which was labelled to the series- courtesy to the poor run of the Black Caps- is getting dim, and a thrilling finish is on the cards I suppose. What Dhoni will bring tommorow to get back to the game will be watched keenly by the spectators. One more thing to add here, is that instead of creating a pitch which helps the spinners to create a cobweb in which the batsmen get rattled and throw their wicket, why not too create some fast packed pitches to assist the quickies as well? Two or three home series, and a good performance from them is not alll sufficing to get back to the No:1 spot. They must prepare fast pitches so that the team does not get humbled in foreign pitches.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

Heh, NZ has got owned, has been getting owned for at least the last 2 years... Finally they post something decent and everyone blames the opposition... I tthink we need to take a step back and consider one of a few scenarios. I personally think NZ has had enough and has finally stepped up... Shame it took so long!!! I live in Wellington and have seen the EXTENSIVE maintanance on the Basin Reserve... Oh I look forward to that Test match, and I feel it may be a spark of rejuvination... However we need more centeries to make the batting more consistant... One or two every season is pathetic and they need to up that Ante.... ! Kain, Rosco.. WHO IS NEXT ?

Posted by Ayush_Chauhan on (August 31, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

New Zealand have batted well, Ross magnificently, but lets hold our horses today when we bash INDIA. The pitch was good, a day one Indian pitch mind you. And we didn't really bowl badly, you just don't expect to be treated like a one-day bowler on a test match day 1. There are still 4 days to go here, and while New-Zealand have played bravely today, I am still gunning for INDIA today.

Posted by nck483 on (August 31, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Best job done by NZ. From the last 5 innings in the ongoing series...This is the best innings. In india, scoring more then 320+ runs after loosing first wicket quickly, good job by kiwis. All the best.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Hoping that Kiwis will score over 400 and challenge india. Test Match at Hyderabad was with out any fight good luck NZ score more runs and for india hoping that india lives up to expectations and win the match.

Posted by thedugganaut on (August 31, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Two more bad umpiring decisions against NZ to go with the six in the first test. Well done for doing so well despite the adversity.

Posted by Mervo on (August 31, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

So Sunil Gavaskar says "it is a typical Indian pitch, it will turn later as the match progresses" AND India open the bowling on the first day with a spinner!!!!! What kind of strange cricket is this? How can Indian fast bowlers and batsmen be developed with such wickets? Come on India make wickets that at least resemble those in other countries.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 31, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

I don't know why Mr. Dhoni treats Zaheer as "Patient bowler". Zaheer khan is also paid , right?? Then why he should come and ball as if he is doing some guest job to India?? In first test match 1 wicket, 24 overs. Now in this match 18 overs till now and 1 wicket. Past tour records are also not good. It is only to save his failures Dhoni is using him as "Patient bowler", who just gives guest appearance or he is unfit?? India don't have any fast bowlers, that's why persisting with Zaheer?? Only BCCI, Dhoni and Selectors can answer this.

Posted by Brenton1 on (August 31, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

So a Saffer is smashing the Indian attack. One that wouldnt even get into the SA side. Well played Kruger van Wyk. And well played to Ross Taylor. Just a pity he couldnt go on to get a big one.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Bracewell is the man of the future for NZ... !! So young and already showing off his allround capabilities.

Posted by edgie on (August 31, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

Much bette from the Black caps. So glad to see they have finally arrived in this test series. Sadly though I can't quite see their bowling line up taking 20 wickets, but at least their batsmen are not making it easy for India. Hope Van Wyk can go on to reach his aiden Ton for the Black Caps, really deserves it, and that they can post at least 400.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

Well played NZ. Good batting indeed by Guptil, Rossy Boy and Wan Vyk. Yadav has been so expensive. After a horrible first test NZ did exceptionally well. Well done ! I knew NZ would bounce back just like they did last time when they toured India. I wouldn't be surprised if India get bowled out below 300 or 350. Another 100-150 runs or so by NZ batsmen would assure that this match will produce result.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 31, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Ah!..what an inspiring performance from New Zealand.!! It amazes me in the sense that, after being bundled out so cheaply in Hyderabad test they re-grouped themselves and playing as a unit in Bengaluru test in batting. Hope my country India take a leaf out of book on how to re-group and play the cricket, instead of pouring mud on one another at press-conferences when chips were down during tour of Australia and England tour.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (August 31, 2012, 11:18 GMT)


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