Hyderabad - Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed three quick wickets as India gained the
upper hand on the second day of the opening Test against New Zealand in
Hyderabad on Friday.
Off-spinner Ashwin took 3-30 and left-arm
spinner Pragyan Ojha bagged two wickets as New Zealand struggled to
reach 106-5 in their first innings at stumps in reply to India's 438.
tourists now need 133 more runs to avoid a follow-on with five wickets
in hand. James Franklin was unbeaten on 31 at stumps with Kruger van Wyk
who had yet to open his account.
Cheteshwar Pujara earlier
cracked a solid 159 and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit 73 as India
added 131 runs to their overnight total of 307-5 before being bowled out
at the stroke of tea.
Ashwin and Ojha got a wicket in their
opening overs, removing Brendon McCullum (22) and Martin Guptill (two).
McCullum hit three fours in his 27-ball knock.
Dhoni pressed Ojha
into the attack after only seven overs of pace and the spinner struck
with his third delivery when he had McCullum caught by Virat Kohli in
Ashwin got a wicket with his first delivery when he
had Guptill caught by Kohli at backward short-leg before removing
captain Ross Taylor (two) in his next over, caught by the same fielder.
Zealand's batting woes against spin continued in the last session when
the floodlights were on as Daniel Flynn (16) was trapped leg-before
while attempting to sweep Ashwin.
The Indian off-spinner's three wickets came in his opening five overs for just six runs.
Ojha got his second wicket when he had Kane Williamson (32) caught by Virender Sehwag in the slips.
and Pujara earlier consolidated India's position with a 127-run stand
for the sixth wicket, while Ashwin contributed 37 runs with five
Pujara, who replaced retired Rahul Dravid at number
three, and Dhoni fell to off-spinner Jeetan Patel in the afternoon
session, but not before strengthening their team's position.
24-year-old Pujara, playing only his fourth Test, stepped out to attempt
a big shot but miscued it and Franklin took a well-judged catch running
back from mid-on. He smashed one six and 19 fours in his 306-ball
The Indian captain also fell playing an attacking shot,
caught by Doug Bracewell at mid-off after hitting one six and six fours
in his 25th Test half-century.
New Zealand took the last five
Indian wickets in the afternoon, with Patel and left-arm paceman Trent
Boult being the successful bowlers.
Patel finished with 4-100 and Boult with 3-93.
Dhoni, who was 29 not out on Thursday, completed his half-century when he turned Bracewell to mid-wicket for three runs.
119 overnight, continued to gather runs comfortably against the New
Zealand attack and played some handsome shots as he hit two fours in an
over from Boult and then pulled Bracewell for a boundary to reach 150.