India off to a great start in Wellington thanks to six wickets from Ishant Sharma
Last Updated: 15/02/14 7:14am
Ishant Sharma enjoyed a great day in Wellington
Ishant Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan played the key roles as India enjoyed the better of the first day of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington.
Sharma took 6-51 as the hosts were dismissed for 192 and Dhawan then made 71 not out, guiding India to100-2 at stumps.
The tourists are looking to square the two-match series after defeat in the first Test and, having won the toss, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put New Zealand into bat on a very green wicket.
And Sharma took advantage of the favourable conditions, having Hamish Rutherford (12) caught at slip off a flyer before producing a full, swinging delivery to trap Peter Fulton (13) lbw.
Debutant Tom Latham was then caught behind off Sharma for an eight-ball duck and New Zealand lunched on 51-4 after Brendon McCullum (8) impulsively drove Mohammed Shami (4-70) high to mid-off.
Sharma was brought back into the attack after the interval and had Corey Anderson (24) caught at gully after an inside-edge looped up off his pads.
And Sharma then produced a superb delivery which caught the shoulder of B.J. Watling's bat and flew to third slip, where Rohit Sharma caught the wicket-keeper for a duck.
Good fortune for Williamson
The hosts were tottering on 86-6 but were lifted by a gritty 47 from Kane Williamson, who was reprieved twice when replays showed apparent wicket-taking deliveries were no-balls, before he was eventually caught at slip off Shami.
He added 47 for the seventh wicket with debutant Jimmy Neesham, who contributed a very handy 33 and also put on 32 for the eighth-wicket with Tim Southee, who hit a trio of sixes in his 32.
The pitch was a little more sedate when India replied to New Zealand's total of 192 but Southee removed Murali Vijay (2) in the second over when the opener tried to leave a ball which jagged back and caught his glove en route to Watling.
But Dhawan, who has hit 10 fours and a six in his fluent 87-ball 71, then added 87 for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara (19), who was lbw to Trent Boult just before the close.
Ishant Sharma (3 not out) completed a very good day's work by surviving for 16 balls after coming in as a night-watchman.