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New ball rattled both teams, says Murali Vijay

Indian opener Murali Vijay said that the new ball troubled both teams at the wake of India’s sloppy start in reply to New Zealand‘s 502. Vijay himself failed to get off the blocks, as was the case with the other top order batsmen of India.

“If you see both the innings so far, the new ball did the trick for bowlers in both teams. More than the pitch or conditions, it is the new ball. Initially it tends to swing a bit more and once it gets older, it becomes much easier to bat. That is what is happening in the middle. Hopefully, Rohit [Sharma] and Ajinkya [Rahane] can build a big partnership,” said Vijay.

The opener scored 26 runs, stemming the collapse after Shikhar Dhawan (0), Cheteshwar Pujara (1) and Virat Kohli (4) were sent back with only 10 runs on the board. India need to make another 304 runs to get past the home team.

He built a partnership with Rohit, but was undone when a brilliant delivery from left-arm seamer Neil Wagnerknocked back his off-stump.

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