Bangalore: New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor fought back against team India as the stylish right handed batsman was able to post a century on the board before he got out. However, the Kiwis had scored 328 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 81.3 overs here at M Chinnaswami Stadium, Banaglore, on Friday before the day 1 was hindered by the illusive rains.
In the second session, the Black Caps added 132 runs to their pre-lunch total of 108 for 3. The visiting captain counterattacked the Indian bowling line up to notch up a good total on the board.
Taylor scored a quickfire century, thrashing every bowler and scoring most of his runs of Umesh Yadav's pace. Taylor scored 113 runs off 127 balls with 16 fours and 2 sixes. Earlier, Martin Guptill, who too scored a rapid fifty stroking 8 boundaries held the innings together with his captain before getting caught at first slip off a turning Ojha delivery. It is to be known that he was dropped on 17 at third slip by Virat Kohli.
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who opened the bowling attack today with Zaheer Khan, got 4 wickets. As Zaheer Khan and R Ashwin both got 1 a piece. Umesh Yadav remained wicket-less at the end of the day.
The Kiwis recovered from a lose start when they lost their 3 wickets for 89 runs in the pre lunch session when Taylor shifted the momentum with a sparkling innings.
Taylor and Flynn (33 out 74b, 6x4s) put on 107 runs for the fourth wicket, before latter got out lbw to Ashwin.
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 was the only Indian bowler, who showed some skill as he got rid of Guptill, Kane Williamson, James Franklin and most importantly Ross Taylor who was looking dangerous throughout the game.
Zaheer struck early by removing Brendon McCullum and Ashwin knocked off Flynn who was looking dangerous in his 33.
At the end of the day one, New Zealand had managed a considerable total of 328 with four wickets to spare.