Sehwag, Dravid ton bury New Zealand
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 4th November 2010
Centuries of contrasting styles from Sehwag and Dravid helped India bury New Zealand under an avalanche of runs. The Kiwi bowling attack stood exposed as they had no answer to the blazing blade of Sehwag and the resolute willow of Dravid. At the end of the day India had scored 329 for 3.
Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first on a track that looked bald. Though Gambhir struggled Sehwag was in a merry mood as he dispatched the Kiwi bowling to all parts of the ground. The pair raised the fifty run partnership and in the process became the most successful opening pair for India. An out-of-sorts Gambhir was replaced by an out-of-sorts Dravid when Ryder cleaned up the latter. Sehwag continued as if nothing happened as Dravid struggled to find the middle of the bat.
Off-spinner Jeetan Patel suffered at the hands of Sehwag and Dravid as the bowler struggled to locate the ideal length on the pitch. After lunch New Zealand's bowlers adopted a defensive strategy. They bowled short deliveries to Sehwag, directed at his body, while Dravid found the fielders with alarming regularity. Sehwag completed his 22nd Test century with another boundary. Dravid, finally, managed to break free and his scoring tempo to lifted. Vettori also could not make an impression with the ball and Sehwag charged down the wicket and drove him straight down the ground for his 21st boundary of the innings.
Sehwag, who seemed in discomfort while running in the second session, walked out with a runner after the break. Sehwag, on 156, got a reprieve when Martin Guptill grassed a catch at midwicket as the batsman top edged an attempted sweep against Williamson. New Zealand finally managed to get the much-needed breakthrough when Vettori got the big wicket of Sehwag. Soon Dravid brought up his century, off 215 balls, with a double through the covers in the 78th over. Martin claimed the wicket of Dravid as the right-hander inside edged one back onto his stumps.
Tendulkar and Laxman made sure that there was no further damage before the close of play. At stumps on day one, India were 329 for three in 90 overs, with Tendulkar on 13 from 47 balls and VVS Laxman on 7.