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Monday, April 06, 2009

New Zealand Still Facing Defeat, despite Ross Taylor Fifty in 3rd Test against India

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor is leading the home team’s fighting to avoid a seemingly defeat in the third and the final test against India at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. At the end of the fourth day, New Zealand has reached 167 for 4, chasing a winging target of 616. Host New Zealand still needs 450 more runs to win the match with 6 wickets remaining in hands. Today, India declared their second innings after putting on 434 runs on the board, loosing 7 wickets. India started from their overnight score of 349 for 5 with Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni remaining not out on 15 and 16.

Yuvraj got out on 40, but Dhoni played an unbeaten innings of 56, while Zaheer Khan remained not out on 18. Today, India lost 2 wickets and both the wickets was picked up by pacer Chris Martin. In reply, New Zealand did not have a good start as they lost 4 wickets at 84 runs when it seems that match was not going into the fifth day and India was going to make it 2-0 in the series. However, Ross Taylor and James Franklin shared an unbeaten 83-run stand for the fifth wicket, in their bid to rebuild the innings. Taylor is now not out on 69 off 94, hitting 11 boundaries in his aggressive innings, while Franklin is batting on 26 off 79. Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh picked up 2 wickets each for India. Now, let us see if New Zealand can continue their fighting tomorrow and bounced back to draw the match which seems to be the best result New Zealand can achieve in the match.

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