Tim McIntosh revived his fledgling career with a sedate century as New Zealand came up with a gritty batting display to find themselves in a comfortable position in the second cricket Test against India on Friday.
McIntosh notched up his second Test century while Martin Guptill produced a fluent 85 as the visitors reached 258 for four in their first innings at close on the opening day on a placid track at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium.
Centurion in the first Test, Jesse Ryder was batting on 22, while giving him company was wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins who is yet to open his account.
McIntosh would however be disappointed as the Kiwi, after recording his century, got out when Zaheer Khan delivered with the second new ball at the fag end of the day.
Guptill had earlier smashed a fluent 85 off 160 balls to lead New Zealand's recovery after S Sreesanth gave India an early breakthrough by removing Brendon McCullum with a peach of delivery.
For McIntosh, after recording a pair in the series opener at Motera, this was an opportunity to get back among runs and the opener grabbed it with both hands.
He got off the mark with a boundary through cover and produced 10 delectable shots along the ground and a lofted six over the region between long-on and deep midwicket.
During his stay at the wicket, the 30-year-old was involved in two important partnerships. The opener first raised 147 runs for the second wicket with Guptill during which he seemed content to play second fiddle to his more aggressive partner, and then, he was associated in another half-century stand with Taylor.
McIntosh was a picture of patience during his gritty knock and at times looked out of sorts but Guptill, in stark contrast, played with a lot more freedom and dominated proceedings without ever playing a false shot.
The hosts, desperately aiming to wrest the initiative from the visitors after escaping defeat in the first Test at Motera, got off to a perfect start with Sreesanth removing McCullum as early as the fourth over of the match of the match.
The ball straightened after landing on middle and off and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni gleefully accepted the edge from the dashing New Zealand opener, who had smashed the bowler through cover point to open his account.