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‘Indians bowled well'

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Pragyan Ojha picked up the wickets of Kane Williamson and Gareth Hopkins. — Photo: K.R. Deepak
Pragyan Ojha picked up the wickets of Kane Williamson and Gareth Hopkins. — Photo: K.R. Deepak

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori was willing to give credit to the Indian bowlers for their display here on Saturday.

“Apart from my dismissal, the other wickets were all pretty much taken by good deliveries. The Indians bowled well,” he said.

The Kiwi skipper added quickly: “This is not a 400 or 500-run wicket. There is some help for the bowlers. If we bat well tomorrow, get some runs and pick up some early wickets, we could put some pressure on the Indians. There is a lot of cricket left in the Test.”

Vettori admitted New Zealand had taken a risk by picking Brendon McCullum.

“We were at the end of our training when we realised that someone had gone down. It was McCullum. He has a history of back spasms. He is an important member and we decided to play him.”

The New Zealand captain had words of praise for Jesse Ryder on his brave injury-defying innings.

India's left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha said: “We bowled well and in the right areas. There was some turn but it was slow.”

He said: “The New Zealand tail has started, at least on one end you have a tail-ender. We will try to wrap up the innings as quickly as possible, get a big lead and then apply pressure on the Kiwis.”

Ojha picked up the wickets of Kane Williamson and Gareth Hopkins on day one. “I knew I had to bowl straight. But I did not want to be negative. I think, I still attacked the batsmen,” he said.

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