Gambhir ton, Sachin fifty script india comeback

Published: Sunday, March 29, 2009, 11:33 [IST]
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Gambhir, Sachin lead India revival

Napier: Gautam Gambhir lead Indian fightback in Napier with a patient ton (102) that helped India to score 252/2 on Day 4 of the second Test against New Zealand . Dravid (62) and Sachin ( 58*) gave good support to Gambhir by scoring half centuries.

India, forced to follow-on after being bowled out for 305 in reply to New Zealand's first innings score of 619, now trail by 62 runs with eight wickets in hand.

It was a patient and determined effort from Gambhir, who notched up his first century outside the sub-continent and became the first Indian opener since Sunil Gavaskar (1976) to hit a century on Kiwi soil. Gambhir's century was studded with 14 fours.

Sachin Tendulkar, not out on 58 and looking well set to post his 43rd test century tomorrow. Tendulkar hit a six and 8 fours in his 58-run knock.

Dravid was unlucky to be dismissed after cementing his reputation as 'the wall". He was given out to a bat pad catch by Jamie How at short leg for a patient 62 and his anger was justified when replays confirmed the ball had missed the bat.

However, English umpire Ian Gould upheld a hopeful New Zealand appeal led by bowler Daniel Vettori.

Dravid joined Gambhir when the score was 48 after another brief flurry from Virender Sehwag and, unlike the stand-in captain yesterday, he rarely he showed a willingness to attack.

The 36-year-old batted for 241 minutes and faced 220 balls -- of which only 36 were scored from.

He stroked six boundaries in between periods of dormancy while his solitary six -- down the ground from Jeetan Patel -- was also his first in 24 tests.

Vettori's lucky break enabled him to join fellow spinner Jeetan Patel as the only wicket takers.

India lost Virender Sehwag for 22 late on Saturday when the stand-in captain attempted an outlandish slog sweep to a straight delivery from Jeetan Patel and was trapped in front.


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