Updated: 02/14/2014 11:14 | By Agence France-Presse

Sharma's five-wicket haul puts India on top

A five-wicket haul from Ishant Sharma left New Zealand struggling at 166-8 and put India firmly on top at tea on day one of the second Test Friday.

Sharma's five-wicket haul puts India on top

India's Ishant Sharma (L) pictured during the 2nd Test match against New Zealand in Wellington on February 14, 2014 - by Marty Melville

Sharma had figures of five for 44 and Mohammed Shami three for 63 as they utilised the seamer friendly conditions at Wellington's Basin Reserve.

For New Zealand, Kane Williamson, who had two lives when he was twice given out off no-balls, was eventually dismissed for 47 while Test debutant Jimmy Neesham made 33.

At tea, Tim Southee was 19 with Neil Wagner yet to score. 

Williamson and Neesham put on 47 for the seventh wicket, the best partnership for New Zealand who were sent into bat on a green wicket where bowling first was the only option.

As the New Zealand innings collapsed, Williamson was given out on 15 and then 23 only to be restored at the crease when replays showed Zaheer Khan and then Sharma had claimed his wicket off no balls. 

They were welcome reprieves for New Zealand, but Williamson's luck ran out when Shami found the outside edge and Rohit Sharma snapped up a fine catch low down at second slip.

Big-hitting Corey Anderson (24), who came in with New Zealand in serious trouble at 45-4, initially put away his natural instinct to lash out. 

He played a patient game in taking 32 balls to reach 14, but then when he belted Sharma for a six and four the end quickly came as another boundary attempt was edged to Virat Kohli in the gully. 

New Zealand had safely negotiated the first 40 minutes at the start of the day until Sharma came on and immediately ripped into the top order. 

In a magic spell, he claimed the wickets of Hamish Rutherford (12), Peter Fulton (13) and new cap Tom Latham (duck) for only one run and in the space of 14 balls. 

It saw New Zealand slump from 23-0 to 26-3, bringing captain Brendon McCullum to join Williamson and sparking optimistic memories of the first Test when the pair mounted a 221-run partnership after being thrust together at 30-3. 

But there was to be no reprise as McCullum mistimed an attempt to drive Mohammed Shami and the ball spooned out to mid-off where Ravindra Jadeja took the catch.

New Zealand scored 50 for the loss of four in the first session and 116 for the loss of four in the second.

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