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India v New Zealand, second Test, Hyderabad, 1st day

A most special comeback

Hyderabad's first Test in more than two decades marks this fan's debut

Satish Kumar Putcha

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Tim McIntosh celebrates his half-century, 2nd Test, Hyderaabad, 1st day, November 12, 2010
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Choice of game
When Test cricket returned to Hyderabad after more than two decades, I had to go. My dad, who is in his 50th year of watching cricket, accompanied me. It marked my Test debut - after three ODIs.

Team supported
India. Really no other team to support, but good cricket from the New Zealand batsmen was greatly appreciated.

One thing I'd have changed
A Test venue ought to have a functional scoreboard which lists more than just runs, wickets and overs. We didn't know when the batsmen reached their fifties and only barely registered McIntosh's 100.

After spending 20 minutes testing the PA system with "Hello, hello" before the start of play, the stadium authorities didn't utilise it for the rest of the day. So we did not know who won the toss, who was to bat first, what the pitch was like, what the teams were, and even that it was a no-ball that Martin Guptill had edged and walked to. We only figured out the last one when the score was increased by a run and the wickets deducted by one.

Key performer
Tim McIntosh, for a fabulous century. He never looked too ruffled, and played with a composure that belied the nerves he may have felt since he had been dismissed for ducks in the first Test.

Player watch
all Indian players were sporting in the way they responded to the crowd with occasional waves and nods. We even got some free water bottles tossed our way by Amit Mishra, M Vijay and Ishant Sharma.

Shot of the day
Guptill's dance down the wicket to loft Harbhajan Singh over long-on. The inexperienced New Zealand batsmen have shown tremendous application in playing spin, and this shot was full of intent.

Crowd meter
The home team support was overwhelming but one New Zealand supporter, draped in the country's flag, provided tremendous entertainment. His favourite chants were "Jeetega, jeetega, New Zealand jeetega, Haarega, haarega, India haarega" (New Zealand will win, India will lose), and "Ganapati bappa moriya" (Lord Ganpati is my ruler).

Any cricket watched live is a great experience, but to finally be able to attend a Test match was something special. I am hoping to go for all five days.

Marks out of 10
8. The stadium and the ground were pretty, the chairs were comfortable, the entry gate was easy to find, and the cricket was good. What was disappointing was that we weren't allowed to take cameras or mobile phones and had to do with basic match information. But the thrill of watching Test cricket and India being No. 1 made up for everything else.

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Satish Kumar Putcha is an independent software consultant. When not busy writing buggy code, he, along with his older brother, immerses himself in proving why this current team of Indian players is the "goldenest". His own cricketing career, during his college days, involved opening and wicketkeeping, mainly because there were only 12 in the class who played cricket and he was a good friend of the captain's. His top five favourite cricketers are Sachin Tendulkar.

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Posted by Gaurav on (November 13, 2010, 13:21 GMT)

A very interesting test match at Hyderabad, Sehwag out after well made 96 but he has given a good platform for India once again , and guess what once again a frustrated SL fan coming and writing comment full of hatred and jealously instead of appreciating good cricket played by Sehwag.What a pity.

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 13, 2010, 11:21 GMT)

Again some one is out closer to hundred.This time who is the culprit? is it the one who was moving behind the sightscreen or Vettori who balled the delivery?or the batter him self?If you have a good brain up on your shoulder you will get many 100s but when you don't have this is the case.Hope he wouldn't blame anyone but him this time. Will ther be a fan page called "We hate Vettori for balling S- - - - g for 96".

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