McIntosh Falls Late On As New Zealand Test India

McIntosh Falls Late On As New Zealand Test India
McIntosh Falls Late On But New Zealand Press On
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New Zealand 258-4 (McIntosh 102, Guptill 85) v India
Second Test, Hyderabad, day one

Tim McIntosh fell minutes before the close of play but his second Test century enabled New Zealand to end day one of the second Test against India in Hyderabad on 258 for four.

The left-handed opener faced 254 balls before inside-edging a wide Zaheer Khan delivery into his stumps in the penultimate over of the day.

Having won the toss and chosen to bat, New Zealand lost opener Brendon McCullum for four when he edged Shanthakumaran Sreesanth to Mahendra Singh Dhoni but a partnership of 147 between McIntosh and Martin Guptill (85) saw New Zealand hit back.

Guptill, back in the side in place of BJ Watling, faced 160 balls, hitting nine fours and a six in a fluent knock while McIntosh hit ten fours and a six in a patient knock as he put behind him his pair in the opening Test, which was drawn, in Ahmedabad.

Following Guptill's dismissal, trapped in front by Pragyan Ojha, Ross Taylor made 24 before he fell to the combination of Zaheer and Dhoni.

Unbeaten at stumps on 22 was Jesse Ryder, and yet to score was wicket-keeper Gareth Hopkins as Zaheer returned figures of two for 41.

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