26 Mar 2009

Double century partnership rescue Black Caps

6:59 pm on 26 March 2009

Ross Taylor's third test century and Jesse Ryder's second in as many tests have helped the New Zealand cricketers recover to 351 for four at stumps on the first day in the second test against India in Napier.

The Black Caps skipper Dan Vettori might have been doubting his decision to bat as his side slumped to 23 for 3.

Tim McIntosh was unlucky to be caught behind for 12 when he missed the ball but Martin Guptill and Jamie How couldn't complain about their dismissals for eight and one.

However Taylor and Ryder's 271 run fourth wicket partnership show Vettori correctly assessed the McLean Park pitch where he'll share the spin bowling duties with Jeetan Patel.

Taylor hit 26 fours and a six before he was caught in the deep for 151 and Ryder will resume on 137 after adding 57 with James Franklin, who's 26 not out.

Virender Sehwag's captaining India after MS Dhoni injured his back in the warmup so Dinesh Karthik is keeping wicket.

India leads the three test series 1 nil.