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PHOTOS: Captain Taylor sets tone with attacking hundred

Last updated on: August 31, 2012 18:16 IST

PHOTOS: Captain Taylor sets tone with attacking hundred

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New Zealand captain Ross Taylor kept his promise of attacking India's spinners by smashing an entertaining hundred as the visitors reached 328 for six at the close of the first day of the second and final Test in Bangalore on Friday.

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Kruger van Wyk (63 not out) and Doug Bracewell (30 not out) carried on the good work after Taylor's dismissal, adding an unbeaten 82 runs for sixth wicket before bad light ended play 35 minutes early.

The 28-year-old Taylor had promised a positive approach at the Chinnaswamy Stadium after New Zealand lost 18 wickets to the Indian spinners in the first Test in Hyderabad, which the hosts won by an innings and 115 runs to go 1-0 up in the two-Test series.


Image: New Zealand's captain Ross Taylor reacts after scoring a century during the first day of their second Test match against India in Bangalore
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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Kiwis off to a horrendous start

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New Zealand were off to a poor start, losing Brendon McCullum in the second over with the visitors yet to open their account.

After McCullum's exit, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson played watchfully and managed to accumulate runs against pacers Zaheer and Umesh Yadav.

While Guptill seemed to be in all sorts of trouble negotiating the Indian attack, which extracted some bounce in the first hour, Williamson played with confidence.

Guptill got a reprieve on 17 when Virat Kohli in the third slip failed to latch on to an outer edge off Zaheer's bowling. He got lucky once again when he edged the ball that flew right of the diving Virender Sehwag in slips.


Image: ndia's Zaheer Khan celebrates after taking the wicket of New Zealand's Brendon McCullum during the first day of their second Test match in Bangalore
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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Guptill registers a half-century

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After New Zealand crossed 50, Guptill belted three boundaries in an over of Yadav and soon reached his half-century, carving one to third man fence. He faced 62 balls to get to fifty with eight hits to the fence.

Williamson, meanwhile, failed to sustain and got trapped Leg-Before-Wicket by Ojha, who had him for the third time in three innings on this tour. Williamson scored 17 runs off 44 balls with the help of two boundaries.

Guptill tried to attack the spinners but ended up giving a simple catch to Gautam Gambhir at midwicket off Ojha. He departed for a brisk 79-ball 53.


Image: New Zealand's Martin Guptill hits a shot as MS Dhoni watches on during the first day of their second Test match in Bangalore
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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Taylor, Flynn continue build on for Kiwis

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Ross Taylor and Daniel Flynn played aggressively before tea, dispatching loose deliveries as Indian bowlers struggled to contain the run flow.

Taylor was especially severe on Ashwin and Ojha, and to some extent Zaheer, clobbering them all over the park.

In an over, the Kiwi skipper belted four boundaries in Ojha's over and raced to his 17th Test half century which came off 46 balls.

Flynn supported his skipper to put on their first 100 runs partnership of the match. Both stitched a brisk 107 runs partnership in 113 balls taking New Zealand to 196 for three.


Image: Ross Taylor plays a sweep shot during the first day of the second Test in Bangalore
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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Taylor completes 7th Test ton

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Taylor hit 16 boundaries and two sixes and attacked the bowlers from the onset to complete his seventh Test century, and his third against India, off just 99 balls.

He slog-swept the spinners effectively, played the cut shot fiercely and added 107 runs with Daniel Flynn (33) for the fourth wicket at a breathtaking scoring rate.

Taylor and Flynn combined to add 72 runs off the first 10 overs after lunch before Flynn fell leg before to off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin while attempting another sweep shot.

Pragyan Ojha kept India in the hunt by picking up his fourth wicket shortly after the tea break when Taylor was also out leg before also trying to sweep the left-arm spinner.

After Flynn's departure, pacer Umesh Yadav and Ashwin tightened the screws and dried the run flow as James Franklin too perished cheaply.


Image: New Zealand's Ross Taylor celebrates after scoring century during first day of their second Test match against India in Bangalore
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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Van Wyk, Bracewell stitch another partnership

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When bad light stopped play wicketkeeper Kruger van Wyk and Dough Bracewell had put up a resilient 82-run partnership for unbroken seventh wicket.

Wyk attacked the Indian bowlers as he played some courageous shots, pulling and cutting Indian bowlers to the fence.

Wyk quickly reached to his fifty in 60 balls with seven fours. He had started slowly, scoring 12 runs in 36 balls.


Image: New Zealand's Kruger Van Wyk hits a shot during the first day of their second Test match against India in Bangalore
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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