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New Zealand 37 For 1 At Lunch, Need 617 To Win Third Test

By on April 6, 2009

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Wellington, April 6 (IANS) New Zealand were 37 for one at lunch, chasing an improbable 617 runs to win the third and final cricket Test to square the series here at the Basin Reserve Monday.

Rahul Dravid grabbed his world record 182nd catch when he took a low catch diving to his left at third slip to dismiss Tim McIntosh off Zaheer Khan and at the break, Martin Guptill was batting on 29 and Daniel Flynn on four.

India virtually batted New Zealand out of the Test by declaring their second innings at 434 for seven with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni scoring a rollicking fifty and Yuvraj Singh a quickfire 40.

Brief scores:

India 379 in 92.1 overs (Sachin Tendulkar 62, Harbhajan Singh 60, M.S. Dhoni 52; Chris Martin 4 for 98) and 434 for 7 decl. in 116 overs (Gautam Gambhir 167, V.V.S Laxman 61, Rahul Dravid 60, M.S. Dhoni 56 not out). New Zealand 197 in 65 overs (Zaheer Khan 5 for 65, Harbhajan 3 for 43) and 37-1 in 15 overs.

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