Dravid falls, India 253/6 at tea

Published: Saturday, March 28, 2009, 8:56 [IST]
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India 253/6 at tea

India were forced to follow on after being dismissed for 305 in reply to New Zealand's first innings of 619 for 9 declared on the third day of the second Test on Saturday.

Tea Report

Napier: New Zealand tightened their grip on the Napier Test as India lost their sixth wicket to reach 253/6 at tea on Day 3 of the second Test against New Zealand.

Chris Martin dismissed Yuvraj Singh for a duck after India lost its well set Rahul Dravid for 83.

Dravid's knock was studded with 12 fours and he was looking good for a century till that one bad shot resulted in his dismissal. Dravid and VVS Laxman added 81 runs for the fifth wicket.

Tendulkar was just a run short of his 52nd Test fifty when he was taken by Ross Taylor at first slip off the bowling of Patel to leave the tourists on 165 for four.

It was the only wicket of the morning session as Rahul Dravid (57 not out) and VVS Laxman (21 not out) took India to 189 for four at lunch, still 430 runs behind the home side's massive first innings total of 619 for nine declared.

The Blackcaps, who are looking to bounce back from a 10-wicket loss in last week's opening Test in Hamilton, were in a strong position on resumption this morning after removing Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Ishant Sharma late yesterday to leave India on 79 for three.

But Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar gave the tourists hope with a defiant fourth wicket stand of 87.

After a slow start, Tendulkar appeared set for a big total, bashing Patel for 14 runs off four balls with a pair of fours and a six.

But Patel gained his revenge at the start of the next over with a delivery that held its line outside off stump and was edged by Tendulkar to Taylor at first slip.


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