1st Test: India in firm control against New Zealand on Day 2

Hosts India took firm control of the opening Test against New Zealand, on just the second day on Friday. After scoring 438, powered by Cheteshwar Pujara's solid knock of 159, in the first innings, Indian spinners took charge to remove five batsmen and end the day with the opposition trailing by 332. 133 runs are needed to avoid a follow-on.

updated: August 24, 2012 18:09 IST
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Hyderabad: New Zealand’s worst fears came true at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. It was only a day two surface and there was neither diabolical turn nor dramatic bounce, but at the first hint of turn, New Zealand’s fragile top order came unstuck to firmly propel India into the driver’s seat in the first Test.


If the first day had been dominated by Cheteshwar Pujara, then it was the turn of R Ashwin to propel himself into the forefront on the second day. Pujara kicked on from his overnight 119 to make a classy, supremely impressive 159. Alongside Mahendra Singh Dhoni, he added 127 for the sixth wicket, India kicking on from 307 for five to post 438.

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