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Gambhir Sizzles With Effortless 150

By on April 5, 2009

Gautam Gambhir

India have steadily managed to almost bat New Zealand out of the third Test with Gautam Gambhir going past the 150 run mark in Wellington.

Tea, India are 269 for three

India dominated the second session though they lost Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, scoring 99 runs off 31 overs.

However, VVS Laxman came to his own after his first innings failure, building up a solid partnership with Gambhir.

The quick dismissals of Dravid and Tendulkar could not stop India from extending their lead past a daunting 400 runs.

Ross Taylor took a brilliant catch at slip to send back the Little Master as Daniel Vettori picked up his second wicket of the innings.

Gambhir cracked his sixth Test hundred and second of the series to help India take absolute control of the third and final Test against New Zealand.

Dravid perished to a brilliant piece of wicketkeeping from Brendon McCullum.

Lunch, India are 170 for one

Unbeaten half-centuries from Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid have helped India extend their lead over New Zealand to 352 at lunch on the third day of the final Test.

India reached the interval at 170 for one in their second innings thanks to some solid progress from the duo, with Gambhir remaining on 96 while Dravid was 57.

The tourists began the day on 51 for one after a five-wicket haul from Zaheer Kahn and six catches for captain MS Dhoni helped dismiss the hapless New Zealanders in quick time and leave them 182 runs in arrears.

Gambhir began the day on 28 before reaching his 11th Test fifty from 76 balls with seven fours. By lunch he had hit a further five boundaries and a six.

Dravid completed his 57th Test fifty from 114 balls with nine fours, adding another four before lunch.

New Zealand were unable to remove the pair, leaving India looking comfortable as they look to pick up a second win to claim their first Test series in New Zealand since 1967-68 and also their first win at the Basin Reserve since February 1968.

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