Terrific Taylor torments India
Ross Taylor led by example with a counter-attacking century as New Zealand delivered a much-improved performance with the bat on day one of the second Test against India in Bangalore.
The Black Caps were twice dismissed for less than 170 en route to an innings-and-115-run thrashing in last week's series opener.
However, after winning the toss this morning, they fared much better, reaching 328 for six thanks largely to the efforts of their captain, who struck 113 from 127 balls.
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha finished with 4-90 from 27 overs - including the scalp of Taylor - having opened the bowling this morning, yet New Zealand still reached a healthy total as Kruger van Wyk dominated an unbroken partnership of 82 with Doug Bracewell.
Van Wyk was unbeaten on 63 the close, which was brought forward by bad light and drizzle, while Bracewell contributed a valuable 30 from number eight.
The tourists looked set to suffer further misery when Brendon McCullum played outside the line to Zaheer Khan's fifth delivery and fell lbw before his side had scored.
A second-wicket stand of 63 frustrated India, but Ojha then had Kane Williamson lbw for 17 and the aggressive Martin Guptill was caught at midwicket for 53.
Faced with a position of peril, Taylor opted to go on the offensive.
All four India bowlers were put to the sword after lunch as the number four prospered with powerful strokeplay on both sides of the wicket.
The more reserved Daniel Flynn contributed 33 to an alliance of 107, which ended when the left-hander fell lbw on the sweep to Ravichandran Ashwin.
James Franklin was unable to hang around and chipped an Ojha full toss to midwicket, but Taylor continued on his merry way and brought up his seventh Test ton by cutting the same bowler for four.
Taylor fell shortly after tea; like Flynn, he missed a sweep and was adjudged leg before.
However, van Wyk and Bracewell ensured their skipper's hard work was not wasted.
The former utilised the sweep to good effect throughout his valuable innings, while Bracewell was content to play a supporting role.