Tuesday, August 28, 2012

India win first test match and take 1-0 lead against New Zealand

Indians once again proved that they are pretty strong at home as they won the recently concluded the 1st test match against New Zealand by an innings & 115 runs at Hyderabad to lead the two test match series 1-0. Not only that, this is the first test match win for the men in blue after two very bad overseas tours against Australia and England. Ravichandran Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara were the major contributors for the win. Ashwin recorded his career best magical bowling figures of 12 for 85 claiming 12 wickets of the black caps and giving India a fabulous test match victory after losing nine consecutive matches.

Ashwin took six wickets each in two innings and turned clueless for the Kiwi batsmen showing variety in his spin bowling. The tall right arm spinner from Chennai proved worthy of Indian spin attack lead with this spell, taking India forward with a 1-0 lead in the two test match series against between India and New Zealand. The other performance to look out for from the Indian point of view is Cheteshwar Pujara who scored his maiden test hundred and being compared to greats like Rahul Dravid batting at no.3 position. Pujara scored 159 and showed a lot of maturity and patience in his batting making sure that his team would post a strong total in the first innings. From the New Zealand point of view, James Franklin, Brendon McCullum and K Williamson have somewhat tried to stop the Indian bowling attack but the men in blue were unstoppable. However, the absence of Daniel Vettori is a big minus for the kiwis. So, all in all it’s a good effort by India and hope the black caps will come out with better plans in the second test to equal the test series at Bangalore.

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