New Zealand Lose Two Wickets After Bowling India Out
India 478 (Sehwag 173, Dravid 104, Vettori 4-118) v
New Zealand 69-2 (McCullum 38no)
First Test, Ahmedabad, day two
New Zealand closed day two of the first Test against India in Ahmedabad on 69 for two after bowling India out for 478 as they enjoyed a significantly better day than they had on day one.
After India resumed on 329 for three, they added 149 runs for the final seven wickets as spinners Daniel Vettori, Jeetan Patel and Kane Williamson shared eight wickets in all.
Overnight unbeaten batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman both scored 40 before Tendulkar chipped back to Patel for a simple caught and bowled and Laxman was trapped in front by the same bowler.
Suresh Raina scored just three in 19 balls as he became Williamson's first Test wicket when he was caught by Brendon McCullum and Vettori then removed Mahendra Singh Dhoni for ten and Zaheer Khan for one.
New Zealand were then frustrated by a Test-best innings of 69 from Harbhajan Singh, who hit five fours and three sixes in an entertaining 97-ball innings.
He eventually ran out of partners as Pragyan Ojha (11) was trapped in front by Patel, who finished with figures of three for 135 while Vettori returned four for 118.
New Zealand then made a poor start to their reply when Tim McIntosh was caught by Dhoni as he failed to sway out of the way of a Zaheer short ball having failed to score.
BJ Watling was then bowled by Ojha for six before McCullum, unbeaten on 38, and Ross Taylor on 18, began the fightback for the tourists.
Virender Sehwag hit 173 and Rahul Dravid 104 on the opening day after India won the toss and chose to bat first.
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