India 5 wickets away from victory

Published: Saturday, March 21, 2009, 6:12 [IST]
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Double strike put India in command

Hamilton: Daniel 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) on Saturday. India are on the brink of their first Test victory on New Zealand soil since 1977-78. First innings centurion Jesse Ryder joined Flynn at the crease.

Munaf Patel, who gave India a crucial breakthrough during the closing stages on Friday, enticed Taylor into playing a false stroke after New Zealand"s overnight batsmen went through the first forty five minutes of play without any hiccups. Munaf received a bit of extra bounce outside the off-stump and Taylor, who was coring at a strike rate of 13, slashed hard and holed out to Sehwag at gully who took the catch side-on with both hands. The Indians were pumped up as they were just six wickets away from victory.

Daniel Flynn and Ross Taylor resumed New Zealand second innings at 75/3 on Day 4, in the first Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton. The hosts trailed India by 166 runs with seven wickets in the bag at the conclusion of play on Friday.

Sachin Tendulkar"s hundred – his 42nd in Test cricket – was the highlight of the third day"s play at the Seddon Park, Hamilton, even as India dominated the third successive day of the Test match and look favourites to go one-nil up in the series.


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