Williamson And Martin Inspire New Zealand Surge

Williamson And Martin Inspire New Zealand Surge
Williamson And Martin Inspire New Zealand Surge
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India 487 (Sehwag 173) & 82-6 (Martin 5-25) v
New Zealand 459 (Williamson 131, Ryder 103)
First Test, Ahmedabad, day four

Kane Williamson's century on debut preceded a five-wicket haul from Chris Martin which saw New Zealand reduce India to 15 for five as they turned the first Test in Ahmedabad on its head on day four.

India recovered to close the day on 82 for six, holding a lead of 110 ahead of the final day.

Resuming the day on 331 for five in their first innings, New Zealand closed the first-inings gap as Williamson converted his overnight 87 into 131, facing 299 balls.

Daniel Vettori offered him solid support with 41 before two wickets from Pragyan Ojha hurried New Zealand's innings to a conclusion with their score on 459.

It took New Zealand three balls to strike when India came out to bat as Gautam Gambhir was caught by Gareth Hopkins for Martin's first wicket with no score on the board.

Virender Sehwag, who made 173 in the first innings, was run out for one and Rahul Dravid - who had made 104 in his first knock - also made one before departing to the same combination that did for Gambhir.

From two for three, India lurched to 15 for five when Sachin Tendulkar was bowled by Martin for 12 and Suresh Raina was caught by Ross Taylor without scoring.

VVS Laxman (34 not out) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (22) then added 50 for the sixth wicket  before Dhoni was bowled by Martin, who completed his ninth Test five-wicket haul by doing so.

Unbeaten overnight alongside Laxman was Harbhajan Singh, who hit a four and a six to be not out on 12 in 20 balls as Martin returned figures of five for 25.

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