Bhajji's 5 wkt haul takes India closer to victory

Published: Saturday, March 21, 2009, 8:51 [IST]
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Harbhajan 5-for takes India closer

Hamilton: ' Turbanator 'Harbhajan's five-wicket haul reduced New Zealand to 216-8 in their second innings during the tea interval at Seddon Park on Saturday. India were just two wickets away from registering their first Test win on New Zealand soil since 1977-78.

Harbhajan got his fifth wicket when New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori (21) edged to his counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the catch.

The off-spinner took his fourth wicket when Daniel Flynn bat padded a doosra to forward short leg for Gautam Gambhir to take the catch. Flynn hit 10 fours in his 67-run knock.

This was after Harbhajan induced James Franklin (14) to play away from his body and edging a flighted delivery to backward point for Munaf Patel to take the catch.

Harbhajan dismissed first innings centurion Jesse Ryder to leave the hosts in a deep hole just minutes before the lunch break. Bowling from round the wicket, the ace off-spinner trapped Ryder plumb in front of the wicket, with a delivery that straightened after pitching and struck the southpaw on his left leg.

Flynn scored a composed half-century but New Zealand"s hopes of saving the Hamilton Test suffered a major setback with the loss of Ross Taylor (4) early in the session.

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