India peg back Black Caps

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Pragyan Ojha took two wickets in the morning session for India

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Pragyan Ojha took two wickets in the morning session for India

India seized the early initiative on day one of the second Test, reducing New Zealand to 108 for three at lunch in Bangalore.

Skipper Ross Taylor was at the crease on 27 alongside Daniel Flynn (seven not out), with Pragyan Ojha picking up two for 24 including the crucial wicket of Martin Guptill (53).

India went into the second and final Test unchanged having won the first by an innings and 15 runs, while the tourists brought in Tim Southee for Chris Martin.

Taylor won an important toss and elected to bat under overcast conditions and the Black Caps were on the back foot early with Zaheer Khan catching Brendon McCullum (nought) plumb in front of the wickets in the second over of the morning with a delivery that came back into the right-hander.

Guptill received a reprieve on 17 off the bowling of Zaheer when Virat Kohli dived in front of Suresh Raina from third slip but failed to hold onto the catch. And the opener looked to make the most of it, combining well with Kane Williamson (17) for a 63-run partnership.

Williamson fell against the run of play, lbw to Ojha to a delivery that straightened after pitching on middle. But the wicket had no effect on Guptill, who continued to take the attack to the hosts.

Taylor also looked aggressive, especially against the spinners. He swept at will as the pair put on 26 runs in 5.2 overs.

But Guptill played one shot too many and holed out to Gautam Gambhir at mid-wicket as he tried to hit Ojha over the infield four overs before the lunch break.

Taylor almost threw his wicket away in the penultimate of the morning session as he swept a ball pitching on the stumps, but it fell short of a diving Gambhir at square leg.

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