Indian seamer Ishant Sharma used the green-top conditions to maximum use as he registered his fifth five-wicket haul, a career-best 6 for 51 on Day 1 of the second Test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. (Highlights | Scorecard | Match Report | Stats )
The lanky bowler carried forward his brilliant form of the first Test at Auckland, where he recorded his second-best match figures of 9 for 162. He is by far the most successful bowler in the series with 15 wickets so far.
MS Dhoni was once again lucky at the toss as he elected to field after calling it correctly on a wicket that was tailor-made for fast bowlers.