New Zealand captain Ross Taylor celebrates scoring a century during the first day of their second Test cricket match against India in Bangalore. Reuters/Vivek Prakash
Bad light stopped play on the opening day of the second and final cricket Test between India and New Zealand in Bangalore on Friday. At the break, New Zealand were at 328-6 in 81.3 overs with Kruger van Wyk batting at 63 and Doug Bracewell was giving him company at 30.
Skipper Ross Taylor blasted an unbeaten 112 to lead New Zealand's fightback as the visitors reached 240 for five in their first innings at tea.
Taylor scripted his seventh Test century. Resuming play after lunch, both Taylor and Daniel Flynn played aggressively, dispatching loose deliveries as Indian bowlers struggled to contain the run flow.
Taylor was especially severe on Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha, and to some extent Zaheer Khan, clobbering them all over the park.
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 a respectable score of 196 for three.
There was a setback for New Zealand when the dangerous-looking partnership was broken by Ashwin trapping Flynn for his individual score of 33 runs which was studded with six boundaries.
After the departure of Flynn, pacer Umesh Yadav and Ashwin tightened the screws and dried the run flow of the Kiwis, which resulted in losing James Franklin cheaply for eight runs.
Ojha picked his third wicket when Suresh Raina manning the midwicket area took a splendid diving catch.
Earlier electing to bat, New Zealand got 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.
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 LBW 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.
India had won the first Test against New Zealand by an innings and 115 runs at Hyderabad.
Brief Score: New Zealand 328-6 in 81.3 overs (Ross Taylor 113, K Van Wyk not out 63; P Ojha 4/90) Scorecard