2nd Test: Ishant, Dhawan star to put India on top vs NZ on Day 1
Ishant Sharma took a career-best 6 for 51 and Shikhar Dhawan scored his second successive 50-plus score to give India the upper hand in the second Test against New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington on Friday.
Ishant Sharma took a career-best 6 for 51 and Shikhar Dhawan scored his second successive 50-plus score to give India the upper hand in the second Test against New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington on Friday. Images courtesy AFP and AP
New Zealand were off to a shoddy start after India won the toss and inserted the hosts on a greenish track in Wellington. Hamish Rutherford could not wipe away his poor form and was the first to be dismissed by Ishant Sharma.
Ishant soon was on fire as he took three wickets in three overs.
When Brendon McCullum was dismissed by Mohd Shami, the Kiwis were reeling at 45/4.
The hosts went into lunch at 51/4 but it could have been 49 for 5 had Zaheer Khan not bowled a no-ball when Kane Williamson was caught at mid-wicket in the last over of the first session bowled by Zaheer Khan. Williamson was later caught behind off another no-ball but finally after living a charmed life he fell to Mohd Shami.
James Neesham impressed on his debut, scoring 33.
Mohd Shami did a brilliant support job to Ishant by keeping one end tight. he ended with figures of 4 for 70.
Ishant Sharma bettered his previous best of 6/55 vs West Indies in 2011. He already has 15 wickets in the series, the most by any Indian pacer in an India vs NZ bilateral series.
Dhawan was India's best batsman at display mixing caution with aggression and attacking the few loose balls on offer from the Kiwi bowlers. He reached his second successive score or fifty or more for the first time in Tests.
Just when Cheteshwar Pujara was starting to look solid, he was out LBW to a brilliant in-swing delivery of Trent Boult. India went into stumps at 100/2 with Ishant sent out as a nightwatchman to partner Dhawan.