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Sehwag, Dravid hit centuries as India dominates

 India's Rahul Dravid, left, congratulates teammate Virender Sehwag on scoring a century during the first day of their first cricket test match agains...
 India's Virender Sehwag reacts after scoring 150 runs during the first day of their first cricket test match against New Zealand, in Ahmadabad, India...
 India's Virender Sehwag bats during the first day of their first cricket test match against New Zealand, in Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010....
 India's Virender Sehwag raises his bat to celebrate scoring a century during the first day of their first cricket test match against New Zealand, in ...

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India's Rahul Dravid, left, congratulates teammate Virender Sehwag on scoring a century during the first day of their first cricket test match agains...

India New Zealand Cricket

India's Virender Sehwag reacts after scoring 150 runs during the first day of their first cricket test match against New Zealand, in Ahmadabad, India...

India New Zealand Cricket

India's Virender Sehwag bats during the first day of their first cricket test match against New Zealand, in Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010....

India New Zealand Cricket

India's Virender Sehwag raises his bat to celebrate scoring a century during the first day of their first cricket test match against New Zealand, in ...

Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid produced centuries in contrasting styles to help India dominate the opening day of the first test against New Zealand on Thursday.
Sehwag made a well-paced 173 while Dravid compiled a steady 104 as the home side reached a commanding 329-3 after winning the toss and asking the opposition to bowl on a good batting pitch at the Sardar Patel Stadium.
Sachin Tendulkar (13) and VVS Laxman (7) were not out at the close.
India was put in a position of strength by Sehwag and Dravid, who made the most of an unimpressive bowling attack that also lacked support in the field as three clear chances were spilled.
Sehwag smashed 24 fours and a six off 199 deliveries for his 22nd test hundred, during which he dominated a 237-run stand for the second wicket with Dravid.
Sehwag timed the ball well from early on, stroking three fours through the off side against Chris Martin in the third over.
He welcomed first-change bowler Jesse Ryder with a lofted four over mid-on and smashed him straight down the ground for another boundary off the next delivery. A drive through the cover region off Jeetan Patel took him to his 50.
He slowed a little when approaching triple figures but reached it with a trademark lofted shot for four over mid-off from Daniel Vettori.
Sehwag had a reprieve from off-spinner Patel, who failed to latch on to an easy return catch when the batsman was on 144 and was also let off on 155, when substitute Martin Guptill fumbled at mid-wicket off debutant Kane Williamson.
He was finally bowled by Vettori as he shaped up lazily on the back foot.
Dravid also had a lucky break when he was dropped on 28 by wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkin off Ryder. Dravid was solid either side of the chance during a 227-ball innings which saw him strike 14 fours for a 30th test ton.
Dravid contributed just 17 runs in the first 100 runs of the second-wicket stand, but opened up to strike some well-timed boundaries on the offside later in the day.
Top-ranked India, boosted by the return of Gambhir and VVS Laxman, dropped Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay, despite their contributions to the test win over Australia at Bangalore last month.
Skipper Vettori, appearing in his 100th test for New Zealand, is the only one in his side to have played a test in India before. The inexperienced side also has two players making their debuts _ Kane Williamson and pace bowler Hamish Bennett.
Having just beaten Australia 2-0 in a two-test home series, India is favorite to beat New Zealand in their three-match series. Hyderabad and Nagpur will host the remaining two tests.


Updated : 2021-07-29 10:56 GMT+08:00