This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
On the opening day of first test match, centuries by Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum helped New Zealand gain a control against India at Auckland on Thursday.
The Kiwis were 329 for 4 at stumps with McCullum unbeaten on 143 and Corey Anderson on 43.
After winning the toss, India elected to bowl first and the decision seemed to be the right one as the Kiwis had a disastrous start after they fell to 30 for 3. But Indian bowlers failed to bank on an early opportunity as Williamson and McCullum engineered a much needed fightback and added a 221 run-fourth wicket partnership to gain a commanding position. To Kiwis’ luck, their cause was helped by four dropped catches and inconsistent bowling by India.
The hosts lost both their openers Peter Fulton (13) and Hamish Rutherford (6), and in-form batsman Ross Taylor (3) during the opening session. But Williamson and McCullum swung the first day in New Zealand’s favour by adding 125 runs in 27 overs in the post-lunch session. The 221-run partnership came to an end when Williamson tried to clip a leg-side delivery and get caught behind for 113. Afterwards, Anderson survived the initial nervousness and settled in and added an unbeaten 78-run stand for the fifth wicket.
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