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India Work Out Substantial First Innings Lead

By on April 4, 2009

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A five wicket haul by Zaheer Khan helped India take a massive 182 run lead against New Zealand in the first innings of the third Test.

New Zealand are 197 all out

Harbhajan Singh has pouched up Brendon McCullum as New Zealand stare at a huge first innings deficit against India in Wellington.

Zaheer Khan picked up his seventh five wicket haul in Test cricket when he caught a miscue from Tim Southee off his own bowling.

Tea, New Zealand are 140 for seven

Zaheer Khan ripped through the New Zealand top order to reduce the hosts to 140 for seven at tea on the second day of the third Test against India in Wellington.

The Black Caps were in reply to India’s 379 total they had set earlier in the day but were rocked by Khan as he took the wickets of Martin Guptil and Daniel Flynn before lunch and then added the scalps of Tim McIntosh and Jesse Ryder in the afternoon.

Harbhajan Singh also played his part by taking two wickets before Ishant Sharma dismissed captain Daniel Vettori as New Zealand trail India by 239 runs with three wickets remaining in the first innings.

Tim Southee was unbeaten on one at the break while Brendon McCullum was seven not out.

India had resumed at 375 for nine this morning but added just four more runs before Sharma (18) was caught behind by McCullum from Chris Martin’s delivery.

McIntosh and Guptill got New Zealand’s response underway but the latter was dismissed with just 21 runs on the board when he deflected Khan’s delivery onto his stumps in the seventh over.

The hosts added just 10 more runs before Khan struck again when Flynn, who had lasted just eight deliveries, got an edge to wicketkeeper MS Dhoni.

New Zealand got to lunch without any further damage but it was not long before Khan claimed his third wicket when McIntosh (32) smashed his delivery to first slip where Yuvraj Singh made the catch.

But a bigger blow was still to come for the Black Caps when Ryder was dismissed having managed just three runs, the 24-year-old getting an edge off Khan’s ball behind to Dhoni.

That left New Zealand on 98 for four and though Ross Taylor battled to 42, he was undone when he flicked Harbhajan’s delivery through to Dhoni who made a fine catch.

James Franklin (15) followed suit soon after when he swept a ball from Harbhajan to Virender Sehwag before Sharma got the wicket of Vettori (11) shortly before lunch when the Black Caps skipper got an inside edge to Dhoni.

Lunch, New Zealand are 64 for two

Zaheer Khan took two quick wickets to restrict New Zealand to 64 for two at lunch in their reply to India’s first innings total of 379 on the second day of the third Test in Wellington today.

Zaheer bowled out Martin Guptill for 17 before Daniel Flynn (Two) struck his delivery behind to MS Dhoni.
Tim McIntosh was 24 not out while Ross Taylor was unbeaten on 17 at the break.

India had resumed their first innings at 375 for nine this morning but added just four more runs before Ishant Sharma (18) was caught behind by Brendon McCullum from Chris Martin’s delivery.

Sachin Tendulkar had top scored for India with 62 yesterday while Harbhajan Singh (60) and MS Dhoni (52) helped them to a competitive total after floundering at 204 for six.

McIntosh and Guptill got New Zealand’s response underway but the latter was dismissed with just 21 runs on the board when he deflected Khan’s delivery onto his stumps in the seventh over.

The hosts added just 10 more runs before Khan struck again when Flynn, who had lasted just eight deliveries, got an edge to wicketkeeper Dhoni.

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