Live Cricket Score: India vs New Zealand, second Test at Bengaluru - New Zealand reach 240/5 at tea

Pragyan Ojha celebrates a New Zealand wicket on day one AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Bengaluru: Aug 31, 2012

New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor hit a ton to help Kiwis to 240 for five at tea against India on day one of the second Test at Bengaluru on Friday.

Taylor brought up his third Test ton against India to stabilise the Kiwis innings.

The New Zealand skipper looked aggressive through the second session as he added 107 runs for the fourth wicket along with Daniel Finn.

India clawed back again with two wickets of Flynn and James Franklin.

Earlier, Indian bowlers picked up early wickets to leave New Zealand struggling at 108 for three at lunch.

The Kiwi batsmen had a tough time negotiating the Indian attack during the first session, which was mostly played under lights.

The pacers, especially Zaheer Khan, used the prevailing condition to the team’s advantage.

At lunch, Ross Taylor and Daniel Flynn were unbeaten on 27 and 7, respectively.

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.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 240 for 5 (Martin Guptill 53, Ross Taylor 27*; Pragyan Ojha 3 for 67, Zaheer Khan 1 for 60) vs India

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