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Bhajj’s Double Puts NZ In Trouble

By on April 6, 2009

Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh strikes twice in the same over to get rid of Martin Guptill and Jesse Ryder to put India on top.

Just after lunch Zaheer Khan claimed his second victim in the form of Daniel Flynn.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck an unbeaten half century (56) to set New Zealand an improbable victory target of 617 as India declared their second innings at 434 for 7 on the fourth day of the third and final Test on Monday.

Zaheer Khan then removed Tim McIntosh to reduce New Zealand to 37 for one at lunch, a dismissal which also saw Rahul Dravid becoming the player with most catches in Test cricket.

Martin Guptill (batting 29) and Daniel Flynn on nine were at the crease at the break.

NZ will have to play out five more sessions

A victory out of their reach, the Kiwis would have to play out five more sessions to save the Test.

Dravid snaffled Tim McIntosh at the third slip off Zaheer to take his 182nd catch in his 134th Test to go past former Australian batsman Mark Waugh (181 in 128 Tests).

Resuming at their overnight 349 for five, India declared their second innings at 434 for seven, a little after Mahendra Singh Dhoni had produced his 15th half century in this 37th Test. The visitors scored 85 runs in 18.1 overs this morning.

India began the day on a belligerent note as Yuvraj Singh took 18 runs off an Iain O’Brien over.

Beginning his onslaught with a back cut, the left-hander majestically pulled the short ball twice, before disdainfully smashing O’Brien over the pickets at mid-wicket.

Martin strikes twice in the same over

But Yuvraj did not last long, driving distantly at Chris Martin to offer Ross Taylor his third catch of the innings at first slip.

Martin was to strike three balls later, when Harbhajan Singh top-edged an intended hook to a juggling Tim Southee at deep fine-leg.

Dhoni remained unbeaten on 56, while Zaheer, who smashed Vettori out of the park over long-on, made 18 not out.

Martin, who has garnered 14 wickets in the three-match series, was the best of the Kiwi pace quartet with figures of three for 70 off 22 overs.

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