New Zealand looked comfortable at the end of Day 2 with a score of 152 for 1 when rain interrupted. Indian bowlers had no answers to the defensive strokes of Williamson and Latham. The two batsmen fought very hard to avoid any hiccups. They played many sweep shots in the closing session of Day 2 which was a clear indication that playing straight was not that easy on a spinning track.
But, the third day brought quick wickets for the hosts and they managed to restrict the Kiwia��s on a score of 259 runs which was a major setback for the visitors. This was the turning point of the 1st Test. The sheer brilliance of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin insured that India gets a commanding victory.
Now, Can the Kiwia��s decode the unplayable bowling skills of the Indian spinners or was the 1st Test just a trailer of what is to come for the entire series. Just a three days break wona��t help the Kiwia��s. Some poor shot selection by some experienced batsmen didna��t help either. Ross Taylor with some bizarre running between the wickets and unnecessary slogging by Martin Guptill was something which did not help the cause.
The standout performer was the left arm spinner Santner. He got crucial wickets for his side and was determined at the crease with the bat in hand as well. One of the standout performers but for a losing cause. Though the effort would have surely built up immense confidence for Santner and he will be looking to bowl on different Indian wickets.
Indiaa��s R Ashwin feels the next test at Kolkata will be the most suitable and comfortable wicket for the visitors as the bowl will turn but provide more time for the batters to react. Unlike any other wickets in India where the ball will zip around and turn ferociously. But the Kiwia��s wona��t be pleased with Ashwina��s judgement as a fresh wicket will be used for the test match. This will offer good assistance to the pacers atleast for the 1st and 2nd day. So the visitors would love to guess the correct side of the coin.
New Zealand has always been a difficult side to compete with. With the confident Williamson leading the side and Santnera��s form, the Indian side will not take things lightly and are expected to come even harder in the 2nd test which will be played from 29th September.