Dravid And Sehwag Pulverise New Zealand Bowlers
India 329-3 (Sehwag 173, Dravid 104) v New Zealand
First Test, Ahmedabad, day one
Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid both scored centuries as India closed day one of the first Test against New Zealand in the commanding position of 329 for three.
Sehwag blasted 173 in 199 balls while Dravid overcame a scratchy start to register his 30th Test century and go on to score 104.
The return of VVS Laxman and Gautam Gambhir for India preceded Mahendra Singh Dhoni winning the toss and electing to bat.
Gambhir (21) added 60 with Sehwag for the first wicket before he was bowled by Jesse Ryder but New Zealand were forced to wait the equivalent of more than two sessions before they could prise apart Sehwag and Dravid.
The pair put on 237 for the second wicket as Dravid hit 14 fours and Sehwag 24 fours and one maximum before their partnership was finally broken when Sehwag was bowled by Daniel Vettori.
Both batsmen were dropped during the course of their innings and Dravid finally fell, having faced 227 balls, when he was bowled with the new ball by Chris Martin.
Sachin Tendulkar was unbeaten at stumps on 13 and VVS Laxman was on seven.
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