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Saturday, August 08, 2009

India in Driving Seat against New Zealand in the First Test

(This entry was originally published on Thursday, March 19th, 2009)

At the end of the second day of the first test in Hamilton, visiting India reached 278 for 4 when the bad light stopped the play, and thus, trialing New Zealand’s first innings total by 1 run. Sachin Tendulkar is not out on 70 with Yuvraj Singh on 8.

India started the day on pervious day’s 29 with two openers Sehwag and Gambhir batting on 22 and 6 respectively. Sehwag got run out after adding only 2 runs to his previous day’s score of 22, but Gambhir completed another test half-century and scored 72 before becoming the first victim of Martin. Rahul Dravid got out on 66 after playing a stroke full innings. Laxman looked well-set in the wicket, but made a mistake when he edged Martin to Taylor, getting out for 30.

Sachin Tendulkar did not make any mistake as he completed his 52nd test fifty and went on to remain not out on 70 when stumps along with Yuvraj Singh unbeaten on 8. Chris Martin picked up 2 wickets for 53, while Iain O’Brien got a wicket conceding 56 runs. Captain Daniel Vettori was very economical but finished with a figure of 40 without loss in 16 overs.

So, it seems that Indian team is now in a solid position with just one run behind New Zealand’s total in the first innings with 6 wickets in hands.

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