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Taylor's ton lifts Kiwis to healthy 328/6

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 11:46 hrs
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Bangalore: Skipper Ross Taylor smashed an aggressive century as the visitors finished with a healthy 328/6 on the first day of the second cricket Test against India here Friday.

Play was curtailed in the final session due to bad light. Wicket keeper Morne van Wyk also caught the eye with an unbeaten 63. Keeping him company at stumps was Doug Bracewell on 30.

Taylor was eventually dismissed for 113 by Pragyan Ojha who was the best bowler for India with figures of 4/90.


In the post-lunch session, the Kiwis added 132 runs to their lunch total of 108/3 even as the Indian attack wilted under Taylor's onslaught.

Earlier on, it was opener Martin Guptill (53, 79b, 8x4) who held the innings together after being let off when on 17, as Virat Kohli at third slip dropped a regulation catch.

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who opened the bowling in the morning along with Zaheer Khan, picked up four wickets, while the veteran seamer and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took one apiece.

The Kiwis recovered from a tentative start when they lost three wickets for 89 in the pre-lunch session as Taylor adopted an aggressive posture with a sparkling innings.

Taylor and Daniel Flynn (33) put on 107 runs for the fourth wicket, before the latter fell to a brilliant catch by Suresh Raina while attempting to drive Ojha.

It was Taylor who set a hectic pace after lunch with a series of shots all around the wicket as he comfortably negotiated the Indian bowling that seemed to flag.

Ojha, who came in for some stick, got rid of Guptill, Kane Williamson (17) and James Franklin (8) while Zaheer struck early by removing Brendon McCullum and Ashwin removed Franklin.

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