India off to a great start in Wellington thanks to six wickets from Ishant Sharma
India enjoyed the better of the first day of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington.
Last Updated: 15/02/14 7:14am
Sharma took 6-51 as the hosts were dismissed for 192 and Dhawan then made 71 not out, guiding India to100-2 at stumps.
The tourists are looking to square the two-match series after defeat in the first Test and, having won the toss, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put New Zealand into bat on a very green wicket.
And Sharma took advantage of the favourable conditions, having Hamish Rutherford (12) caught at slip off a flyer before producing a full, swinging delivery to trap Peter Fulton (13) lbw.
Debutant Tom Latham was then caught behind off Sharma for an eight-ball duck and New Zealand lunched on 51-4 after Brendon McCullum (8) impulsively drove Mohammed Shami (4-70) high to mid-off.
Sharma was brought back into the attack after the interval and had Corey Anderson (24) caught at gully after an inside-edge looped up off his pads.
And Sharma then produced a superb delivery which caught the shoulder of B.J. Watling's bat and flew to third slip, where Rohit Sharma caught the wicket-keeper for a duck.
Good fortune for Williamson
The hosts were tottering on 86-6 but were lifted by a gritty 47 from Kane Williamson, who was reprieved twice when replays showed apparent wicket-taking deliveries were no-balls, before he was eventually caught at slip off Shami.
He added 47 for the seventh wicket with debutant Jimmy Neesham, who contributed a very handy 33 and also put on 32 for the eighth-wicket with Tim Southee, who hit a trio of sixes in his 32.
The pitch was a little more sedate when India replied to New Zealand's total of 192 but Southee removed Murali Vijay (2) in the second over when the opener tried to leave a ball which jagged back and caught his glove en route to Watling.
But Dhawan, who has hit 10 fours and a six in his fluent 87-ball 71, then added 87 for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara (19), who was lbw to Trent Boult just before the close.
Ishant Sharma (3 not out) completed a very good day's work by surviving for 16 balls after coming in as a night-watchman.