Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Jesse Ryder hits out to leg on his way to a Test century against India in Ahmedabad.
Jesse Ryder hits out to leg on his way to a Test century against India in Ahmedabad.
Jesse Ryder hits out to leg on his way to a Test century against India in Ahmedabad.

McCullum praises Black Caps duo

Jesse Ryder and Kane Williamson put on 194 before Ryder, suffering with cramp, was dismissed in the final over of the day.

AHMEDABAD // Brendan McCullum, New Zealand’s opening batsman, praised the performances of teammates Jesse Ryder and Kane Williamson for launching a fight-back against India. After McCullum had fallen for a patient 65 with the score on 137 for four, Ryder and Williamson added an innings-saving 194 runs for the fifth wicket to leave New Zealand on 331 for five in reply to India’s 487. Ryder, the powerful left-hander, was out just before close of the third day’s play for 103, while Williamson was not out on 87 on his debut. “Jesse is a professional and a fighter who is capable of getting good scores,” McCullum said. “He has put us in a fairly good position and we can hope to fight it out over the next two days; Williamson is an incredible talent and we need guys like him to develop. His ability to negotiate his way through and occupy the crease will help him and I think he has proved himself in his first Test match.” McCullum has hit the most sixes in international Twenty20 cricket, yet he curbed his attacking instincts at the top of the order yesterday, making 65 off 122 balls. 

“I am trying to become an opener, which is quite different from the Test matches that I have played,” he said. “It was good to bat for some time and get runs.” Ryder and Williamson were comfortable against both pace and spin bowling, leaving MS Dhoni, the India captain, to resort to part-timers Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Suresh Raina. Ryder, 26, was lucky to survive a chance as Rahul Dravid dropped him at slip off Shanthakumaran Sreesanth when on 11. He got to his 50 with a pulled four off a full toss from Tendulkar and continued steadily despite having to use a runner through the last session because of a stiff calf muscle. Ryder struck 10 fours and a six during the 205-ball knock; his stand with Williamson stretched to 281 minutes and 412 deliveries. Ryder had slammed his previous centuries at Hamilton (102) and Napier (201) when India toured New Zealand last year during a three-Test series. Williamson, 20, who earned a call to the Test side after hitting a century in Bangladesh last month when New Zealand lost 4-0 in a five-match one-day series, gave a good account of himself with nimble footwork. He was content taking singles and twos, having hit only six fours so far. Earlier, Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha took key wickets in the morning session. The overnight pair of McCullum and Ross Taylor (56) stretched their third-wicket partnership to 104 runs before both fell to the spinners. Taylor gave an easy catch to VVS Laxman at short mid-wicket when he jabbed at a Harbhajan delivery pitched on leg stump. He hit six fours off 124 balls during his 10th half-century in 26 Tests. McCullum followed him, stumped by Dhoni while stretching out to reach a flighted Ojha delivery that turned away. McCullum’s knock, his 17th 50 in 53 Tests, was studded with 11 fours and came off 122 balls. This is the first match of a three-Test series. The other Tests will be held in Hyderabad and Nagpur. Scorecard

India first innings 487 (Sehwag 173, Dravid 104, Singh 69; Vettori 4-118, Patel 3-135) New Zealand first innings (overnight 69-2) McIntosh c Dhoni b Khan 0 McCullum st Dhoni b Ojha 65 Watling b Ojha 6 Taylor c Laxman b Harbhajan 56 Ryder lbw b Sreesanth 103 Williamson not out 87 Extras (b-1, lb-9, nb-4) 14 Total (five wickets; 117.3 overs) 331 Fall of wickets: 1-8 2-27 3-131 4-137 5-331 To bat: Vettori, Hopkins, Patel, Bennett, Martin Bowling: Khan 19-6-38-1, Sreesanth 17.3-1-70-1 (4nb), Ojha 38-8-80-2, Harbhajan 34-7-90-1, Sehwag 1-0-7-0, Raina 6-0-20-0, Tendulkar 2-0-16-0.


Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 Manager Matt Williams benching star Bryce Harper, above, may have sent the wrong message to the rest of the Washington Nationals. Mike Ehrmann / AFP

Benching Harper sends Williams’s right message the wrong way

Matt Williams, the Washington Nationals manager, made the biggest move of his 18-game tenure on Saturday, benching rising star Bryce Harper for his “lack of hustle”.

 Players such as George Springer are a sign that things are starting to swing in the Houston Astros' favour. But more help is needed. Scott Halleran / AFP

Houston Astros are still earth-bound but help is on the way

As harbingers of a new era go, the Houston Astros could have done worse than misspelling their new phenom’s name on his major-league debut.

 Luis Suarez became the first Liverpool player to score 30 Premier League goals in a season since Ian Rush in 1987. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

Sterling and Suarez inpire Liverpool to win over Norwich City

The win takes the Premier League table-toppers to 80 points from 35 games.

 Arsenal's Lukas Podolski celebrates his second goal during the Premier League match against Hull City at The KC Stadium in Hull, England, on April 20, 2014. Lynne Cameron / AP Photo

Arsenal maintain push for top-four finish with victory at Hull

Hull could end up in Europe regardless of the FA Cup final result if Arsenal finish in the Uefa Champions League places

 Ashish Nehra of Chennai Super Kings bowls to Kings XI Punjab at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Hard-hitting Chennai not deterred by opening loss in IPL

But some questions remain about the team's attack ahead of Monday's match against Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi, writes Osman Samiuddin.

 Stanislas Wawrinka turned away fellow Swiss Roger Federer with a 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory at the Monte Carlo Masters on April 20, 2014. Julian Finney / Getty Images

Wawrinka backhands Federer aside at Monte Carlo Masters

Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time after rallying to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in a rare all-Swiss final.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National