Indian Bowlers Enjoy Best Of Shortened Opening Day

Indian Bowlers Enjoy Best Of Shortened Opening Day
Indian Bowlers Enjoy Best Of Shortened Opening Day
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New Zealand 148-7 (Ryder 59, Sreesanth 2-20) v India
Third Test, Nagpur, day one

India got out of the blocks quickly on day one of the third and final Test against New Zealand in Nagpur as they reduced the Black Caps to 148 for seven at stumps.

Only 56 overs of play were possible, in which time Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha all took two wickets.

Jesse Ryder top scored for New Zealand with 59 while in-form batsman Brendon McCullum was unbeaten on 34 having been moved down the order to bat at number eight.

Ross Taylor (20) was the only other player to reach double figures and it was Sreesanth who struck two quick blows early on when he bowled Tim McIntosh for four and had Martin Guptill caught by Mahendra Singh Dhoni for six.

Taylor was next to fall when he was trapped in front by Sharma, who returns to the side in place of the injured Zaheer Khan. Left-arm spinner Ojha had Kane Williamson caught by Virender Sehwag without scoring and then Gareth Hopkins caught by Suresh Raina for seven as New Zealand slipped to 82 for six.

Daniel Vettori was bowled by Sharma for three before Ryder, who faced 113 balls and hit five fours, helped put the innings back together.

After he was caught by Raina off Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee made an unbeaten seven alongside McCullum before stumps were called early due to bad light.

The series is level at 0-0 following two draws in Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.

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