McCullum acknowledges key Pujara wicket

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Captain Brendon McCullum is eager to capitalise on the early inroads secured by New Zealand's bowlers, come day three of the first Test match at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

Captain Brendon McCullum is eager to capitalise on the early inroads secured by New Zealand's bowlers, come day three of the first Test match at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

Friday saw McCullum's double century power the Black Caps to a formidable total of 503 all out, after which the Indians slipped to 130 for four. Fast bowler Trent Boult was at the fore of the damage, removing opener Shikhar Dhawan and the in-form Cheteshwar Pujara in the opening over.

Right-armer Tim Southee and left-armer Neil Wagner later dismissed the talented Virat Kohli and the left-handed Murali Vjiay respectively – before bad light brought a premature close to proceedings.

"To get two wickets in the first over was outstanding, especially Pujara's wicket because he can bat for weeks. It's nice to get him pretty early. They had a nice partnership going in the end," said McCullum.

"But it means that we still have a hard ball in morning. There is a slightly earlier start and I am hoping for an overcast morning with some swing."

Middle-order pair Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane established resistance, after India had fallen to 51 for four. The former moved to 67 not out and the latter an unbeaten 23. McCullum, however, looked forward to breaking the alliance – and more.

"We have bowlers to take 20 wickets if we give them enough runs and I think we have given them enough runs. The new ball is stopping a bit, when it is hard," he concluded.

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