Kiwi captain takes charge on day 1
BANGALORE – Captain Ross Taylor led from the front as his attacking century helped New Zealand reach stumps well-placed on 328-6 on day one of the second Test against India today.
The Black Caps skipper blazed 113 from 127 balls to boost his side’s hopes of squaring the two-Test series following a crushing innings defeat in the series-opener at Hyderabad.
Taylor reached his seventh Test century from 99 balls before he eventually became spinner Pragyan Ojha’s fourth victim of the day early in the final session.
Opener Martin Guptill (53) and wicketkeeper Kruger van Wyk (63 not out) also registered half-centuries for the tourists, who will be hopeful of building on their fine start when play resumes on day two.
India’s spinners had still accounted for five of the Kiwi batsmen to fall – after claiming 18 of the 20 wickets in Hyderabad – but Taylor’s strong-arm tactics blunted their effectiveness.
During the afternoon session Taylor and Daniel Flynn, who combined in a 107-run stand for the fourth wicket, kept the scoreboard ticking at seven runs an over after New Zealand had been in some trouble at 89-3.
With his side in some trouble, Taylor took flight after lunch slapping Ojha for four boundaries in his second over after the break.
It was a mode of attack from which the skipper would not deviate against the Indians.