Bond triple-strike puts India in a bind

Published: Saturday, December 14, 2002, 13:02 [IST]
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Wellington: Shane Bond grabbed three big wickets in a magnificent display of fast bowling as New Zealand tightened the screws on India in the opening Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Saturday. The 27-year-old paceman took 3-8 off eight incisive overs to send India reeling at 35-4 in their second innings at lunch on the third day. Sachin Tendulkar was batting on two with Venkatsai Laxman. India were still 51 runs behind with six wickets in hand after conceding a lead of 86. India yet again made a disastrous start against pace on a lively track as they lost four wickets for just 33 in less than 13 overs, with Bond doing the maximum damage. Opener Virender Sehwag (12) failed for the second successive time in the match as he was trapped leg-before on the backfoot in Bond's fourth over. He had contributed just two in the first innings. Bond rocked India when he bowled reliable Rahul Dravid with a swinging yorker and then had skipper Saurav Ganguly caught by wicket-keeper Robbie Hart in the space of four deliveries. Dravid was the best Indian batsman in the first innings, top-scoring with a solid 76. Debutant Jacob Oram also chipped in, trapping opener Sanjay Bangar leg-before for 12. Earlier, left-arm paceman Zaheer Khan bagged his maiden five-wicket haul in 23 Tests as India restricted New Zealand's lead. The 24-year-old fast bowler finished with 5- 53 as New Zealand were all out for 247 after resuming at 201-7 in reply to India's 161. Zaheer tested the batsmen in his seven tight overs and removed Mark Richardson (89) and Daniel Vettori (21) with the second new ball, taken after 84 overs at 228. Richardson missed his third century as well as a rare feat of becoming only the second New Zealand batsman after Glen Turner to carry his bat through the innings. The left-handed opener was the eighth batsman to be dismissed, trapped leg-before after adding just six to his overnight score of 83. He struck 10 fours in his 243- ball knock. Richardson survived a chance at his overnight score when he was dropped by first- slip Dravid off off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. Vettori executed a couple of handsome shots before edging Zaheer to wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel.

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