BOMBAY: Leg spinner Narendra Hirwani and slow left-arm Bowler Ravi Shastri each captured three wickets as India caused a New Zealand collapse on the opening day of the second cricket test on Thursday.

New Zealand slumped to 161 for eight at tea, having made a deceptively bright start in which their captain Jobn Wright became his country’s highest run scorer in tests.

Hirwani, whose victims included Wright, and Shastri, who took three for 19, accelerated the touring team’s decline in the second session. They crumbled from 72 for three at lunch to 158 for eight at one stage.

Only Mark Great batch (46) and Opener Wright (33) showed any real aptitude against the spinners, with the captain taking his tally of test runs to 3,456 eight ahead of the previous New Zealand record held by Bevan Congdon.

Off spinner Arshad Ayub struck the first blow after Wright won the toss, having Trevor Franklin stumped for 18 to end an opening stand of 36 in 12 overs with Wright, who was caught behind misreading Hirwani’s googly.

Pace-man Kapil Dev claimed the third wicket in the morning session, trapped Andrew Jones LBW for three.

After lunch, Hirwani dismissed Ken Rutherford with the aid of a fine catch at short-leg by Krishnamachari Srikkanth, while Shastri snapped up a wicket with his first delivery when Tony Blain pushed forward and edged a catch to Kapil at slip.

After Hirwani had Richard Hadlee superbly the were bowled deep Hirwani forward processing factory in Cuba costing nearly four million dollars, Its President D.K. Goyal told a news conference here on Friday night.

The plant caught at deep mid-on by Rashid Patel for 10, Shastri bowled Ian Smith for 13 as he tried to cut and had greatbatch Plumb LBW.

New Zealand was 231 for eight at the close of the first day of the second Cricket test against India on Thursday.

Article extracted from this publication >> December 2, 1988