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India vs New Zealand, Day 4, Third Test Stops Due To Bad Light

By on April 6, 2009

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Ross Taylor scored a half-century to keep alive Kiwi hopes of a draw against India before bad light stopped fourth day’s play.

Harbhajan Singh struck twice in the same over as New Zealand continued to give up cheap wickets after lunch on the fourth day of the final Test with New Zealand in Wellington.

The Black Caps reached tea 136 for four after Singh took the wickets of Martin Guptill (49) and Jesse Ryder for a duck, and Zaheer Khan claimed his second victim in the form of Daniel Flynn (10) shortly after lunch.

Kiwis continue to lose wickets

That left Ross Taylor and James Franklin at the crease on 48 and 18 respectively as New Zealand needed 481 runs to win with six second innings wickets remaining.

Before the earlier interval Khan enticed opener Tim McIntosh (four) into an edge which Rahul Dravid expertly snatched low to his left at third slip to claim the his 182nd career catch – the world record for a non-wicketkeeper.

The Kiwis held out thereafter to reach lunch at 37 for one, with Guptill unbeaten on 29 and new batsman Flynn on one.

Earlier, MS Dhoni hit his 16th Test half century to help the tourists build quickly on their overnight total of 349 for five.

India added 85 runs in 18.1 overs this morning with Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh looking to move the score along at a brisk pace.

Martin strikes twice in same over

Yuvraj took 18 from one Iain O’Brien over, marked by a launched six over midwicket after he had dispatched the previous three balls to the fence, as he threatened to cut loose.
But Yuvraj fell for 40, from 46 balls, two overs later when Taylor held on to a comfortable catch at first slip off Chris Martin.

Martin would grab a second wicket in the over three balls later when Harbhajan hooked a rising delivery to Tim Southee, who juggled the chance at fine leg.

Dhoni (56 not out) reached his half century before he declared the innings closed, with Zaheer unbeaten on 18 and India in the box seat to clinch the three-Test series 2-0.

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