Cheteshwar Pujara, along with Virat Kohli, took the Indian innings to 182 for 3 at tea on day one of the first Test against NZ.
Tea Report: Starting the mid session from 97 for 2, India added 85 runs to their score to reach 182 for 3 at tea on day one of the first Test against New Zealand.
Cheteshwar Pujara, who was not out on 12 at lunch, scored his second Test fifty to remain unbeaten on 54. Virat Kohli, with his 32, helped Pujara to take the Indian innings forward which was 129 for 3 at one stage after Sachin Tendulkar was bowled by Trent Boult. Sachin contributed with 19 and hit two boundaries in his 62-ball stay.
Pujara, in his fourth Test, played some exquisite strokes during his 121-ball unbeaten knock. He pulled and cut against the Kiwi pacers and drove the offspinner Jeetan Patel with equal ease. Kohli too looked extremely confident and hit four boundaries.
India lost the wickets of Virender Sehwag (47) and Gautam Gambhir (22) in the morning session. Both were caught behind the wickets off Doug Bracewell and Trent Boult respectively.
Brief scores: India 182 for 3 in 54 overs; Cheteshwar Pujara 54 not out, Virat Kohli 32 not out; Trent Boult 2 for 40, Doug Bracewell 1 for 48.
Lunch Report: Virender Sehwag's fiery batting was the focal point of the opening session of the first Test against New Zealand as India reached 97 for 2 at lunch on Thursday.
Sehwag smacked nine fours in his 41-ball knock before being snapped up in the second slip by Martin Guptill off Doug Bracewell. The right-hander got two lifelines in the ninth and 13th overs, before he finally ran out of his luck and gave a simple catch to Guptill.
Cheteshwar Pujara, who had come on to bat at No. 3 - the spot left vacant after the retirement of Rahul Dravid, was unbeaten on 12 while Sachin Tendulkar was also not out on 12 at the break.
Both Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir (22) made full use of the wayward bowling in the first hour of play, scoring boundaries with relative ease before the latter edged a good length delivery from Trent Boult to wicketkeeper Kruger van Wyk. The left-hander shared 49 for the opening wicket with Sehwag.
Daniel Flynn, fielding at square leg, failed to pull off a rather tough chance when he ran backwards to try and catch a mistimed pull shot by Sehwag off Chris Martin in the ninth over.
Sehwag once again was let off when a thick outside edge flew in between the wicketkeeper and captain Ross Taylor at first slip off the bowling of Bracewell.
Brief Scores: India 97 for 2 after 25 overs; Cheteshwar Pujara 12*, Sachin Tendulkar 12*