Wellington: Gautam Gambhir hit an unbeaten 151 to take India to 269/3 in their second innings at tea on the third day of the third and final Test against New Zealand at Basin Reserve in Wellington on Sunday.
Gambhir, who resumed this morning on 28, brought up his half-century from 76 with seven boundaries. His second 50 took just 62 balls as he stroked another half dozen boundaries and a six off Iain O'Brien.
He took another 85 deliveries to reach 150, and his next target is a career-best 206 amassed against Australia in Delhi last October. India lost Rahul Dravid (60) and Sachin Tendulkar (nine) in the second session but Gambhir carried on the onslaught to reach 151 at the interval.
Dravid added three to his lunch score before departing for 60 from 145 balls, his 57th test half-century and the fourth in five innings in this series.
Tendulkar bade farewell in strangely muted fashion when he nicked out to Vettori, Ross Taylor pouched an excellent catch diving to his right at slip.
Tendulkar signed off from his fifth tour of New Zealand with nine, his final act of aggression being a lofted six down the ground off Vettori.