Kiwis end strongly after early collapse

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New Zealand reached stumps on day one of the first Test against India on 329 for four, with twin tons from Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson rescuing them from an early mini-collapse in Auckland.

New Zealand reached stumps on day one of the first Test against India on 329 for four, with twin tons from Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson rescuing them from an early mini-collapse in Auckland.

The Black Caps were three down for just 30 runs early in the day at Eden Park, but the skipper and Williamson, who scored five fifties in the ODI series, consolidated against the visitors, who dropped a handful of catches.

The pair went on to record a stand of 221 runs at a fairly rapid clip, with McCullum bringing up his eighth Test ton with a big six. He was on 143 not out at the close, while Williamson had made 113 before falling in the evening.

India won the toss and elected to field, and were soon seemingly vindicated in that choice. Openers Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton fell cheaply, while Ross Taylor was only able to make three before becoming Ishant Sharma's second wicket.

This left Williamson and McCullum to consolidate matters, and soon they exposed the India attack as the one they'd demolished in the ODIs. Premier spinner Ravi Jadeja went ad five to the over as the duo played with freedom.

McCullum was the first to arrive at his century, using 135 deliveries and hitting Jadeja for six to long on to record the ton. After Williamson departed half an hour later, having made his fifth Test century, McCullum continued with Corey Anderson, who was on 42 at the close.

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