Napier: Following are the statistical highlights of the opening day of the second cricket Test between India and New Zealand in Napier.
The 271-run partnership between Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder is New Zealand's highest for the fourth wicket, beating the 243-run partnership between Matthew Horne and Nathan Astle against Zimbabwe at Auckland in 1997-98. The aforesaid partnership is New Zealand's highest for any wicket against India, bettering the 231 for the first wicket between Mark Richardson and Lou Vincent in the 2003-04 Mohali Test. The 271-run stand is a record for any wicket at McLean Park, surpassing the 195 for the second wicket between John Wright and Geoff Howarth for New Zealand against Pakistan in 1978-79. New Zealand's 351 for four is their second best score on the first day of the Test against India - their best being 387 for nine at Auckland in 1989-90. Ross Taylor posted his third hundred in Tests - his first against India. His 151 off 204 balls is his best ever innings in New Zealand. Taylor's highest ever Test score is 154 not out against England at Manchester in May 2008 and his previous highest in New Zealand was 120 at Hamilton in March 2008. Jesse Ryder (137 not out) recorded his career-best score -his second consecutive hundred - both against India. Nathan Astle was the last New Zealand player to make centuries in consecutive Tests - 125 against West Indies at Bridgetown and 103 not out at St John's in 1995-96.