New Zealand is one place Rahul Dravid loves to tour. While most other Indian batsmen find windy conditions and seaming wickets difficult to handle,Dravid seems to be perfectly at ease.
On Friday,he gave further proof of it by stroking a hundred in his first tour game 102 for Canterbury against Central Districts. It was a good outing for me before the Tests. I got a chance to get acclimatised to the conditions here, said Dravid,who spent most of his time in the dressing room on Saturday as his team took the overnight score of 388 for five to 543.
The pitches on which the games were played the last time we came here were an aberration. Those conditions were very difficult. I saw the Twenty20 game and the two ODIs,and I feel that things wouldnt be tough like last time, said the batsman who averages 64.6 in four Tests in New Zealand. Meanwhile,leg spinner Amit Mishra,who went wicketless the entire day on Friday,took three to help Central Districts claw back.
Elsewhere,VVS Laxman again failed to convert a good start as he got out after making 44 in Otagos second innings against Wellington in Dunedin. Laxman,who made 20 in the first innings,struck six boundaries during his 73-ball stay. Paceman L Balaji bowled well but had to be satisfied with one wicket.
Brief scores: Canterbury (first innings) 543 all out (M Papps 127,R Dravid 102,A Mishra 3/155); Central Districts (first innings) 130/3 (PJ Ingram 43,G Worker 50). Otago 174 all out and 210 for 7 (G Todd 73,VVS Laxman 44; M Burns 2/51,L Balaji 1/39); Wellington Firebirds 139 all out (Josh Brodie 32,L Woodcock 36,Balaji 12)