India dominate wounded New Zealand

Jesse Ryder's fifty was the only solace for New Zealand who were reduced to 148/7 at the close of Day 1 of the final Test by the Indian bowlers.

updated: November 20, 2010 12:11 IST
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Until the toss, even at it, it was all going New Zealand's way. The pitch was expected to be flat, the wet outfield had done away with the morning session, the toss had been won, India's best bowler had been ruled out due to injury, and yet it all went wrong for New Zealand. Once again, India's bowling unit put in an important performance just when people had stopped expecting one from them, giving the hosts a big chance of finally putting one across New Zealand.

Sreesanth found swing and accuracy in his first spell to remove the openers, then Ishant Sharma, playing his first Test since his batting heroics in Mohali, got a change of ends, extracted occasional inswing, and was rewarded with the wickets of Ross Taylor and Daniel Vettori.

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