Kumble's spin puts Kiwis in trouble

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Anil Kumble, the Indian leg spinner, took his 100th Test wicket as his country moved into a strong position against New Zealand on the first day of the opening Test in Bangalore. At the close, India were 81 for 3 in reply to New Zealand's 145.

After a successful season with Northamptonshire, Kumble proved equally irresistible in his home town. But an expectant crowd had to wait until just before lunch for their hero to dismiss the former New Zealand captain, Martin Crowe, for his 100th Test wicket.

Crowe, who made 11, failed to read a top spinner that flew off his bat to Sachin Tendulkar at first slip. Kumble finished the innings with 4 for 39. The medium pacer, Javagal Srinath, took three for 24.

(New Zealand won toss)

NEW ZEALAND - First innings

B A Young c Tendulkar b Raju 14

M J Greatbatch b Srinath 10

A C Parore lbw b Srinath 2

M D Crowe c Tendulkar b Kumble 11

S P Fleming c Mongia b Srinath 16

S A Thomson c Mongia b Chauhan 17

C L Cairns c Manjrekar b Raju 15

*L K Germon c Tendulkar b Kumble 48

D J Nash lbw b Kumble 0

M N Hart c Tendulkar b Kumble 1

D K Morrison not out 1

Extras (b4 lb5 nb1) 10

Total (65 overs) 145

Fall: 1-14 2-22 3-30 4-44 5-71 6-71 7-116 8-116 9-144.

Bowling: Prabhakar 6-0-15-0; Srinath 14-5-24-3; Raju 16-6-47-2; Kumble 18-5-39-4

Chauhan 11-7-11-1

INDIA - first innings

M Prabhakar c Germon b Morrison 4

A D Jadeja not out 30

S V Manjrekar lbw b Nash 15

S R Tendulkar c Young b Nash 4

*M Azharuddin not out 21

Extras (nb7) 7

Total (for 3, 28 overs) 81

To bat: V G Kambli, N R Mongia, A R Kumble, R K Chauhan, V Raju, J Srinath.

Fall: 1-11 2-45 3-54.

Bowling: Morrison 8-1-28-1; Cairns 9-3-21-0; Nash 6-2-11-2; Hart 5-1- 21-0.