India grabs day's honours

Published: Thursday, November 4, 2010, 16:39 [IST]
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India grabs day's honours

Dravid opened the final session of play in a more positive frame of mind, having already got to his fifty. He seemed to have returned to form, taking Bennett for 8 runs, including one boundary in the first over after tea. Sehwag was content giving Dravid more of the strike while just picking up the ones and twos.

Dravid was in for a nasty bouncer in the 65th over, a quick ball from Bennett which hit him in the head. But Dravid was not going to be unsettled and just two balls later came back to pull Bennett away to the mid-wicket boundary

After Dravid had been dropped earlier in his innings, it was Sehwag's turn to encounter some luck. Sehwag top-edged a slog sweep off Williamson but the substitute mid-wicket fieldsman was unable to hold on to the catch. It was clear nothing was going right for New Zealand.

It was an expensive miss for in the very next over Sehwag reminded the Kiwis of what he was there to do. He got away with another four, this time off Bennett and past point. Patel, who was toiling like the other bowlers was taken for 7 runs by Sehwag in the 72nd over, including a four wide of slip. Things were just not going Patel's way as in the 74th over, Dravid was dropped again when wicket-keeper Hopkins failed to collect the ball.

But Vettori finally did some damage when he got Sehwag out bowled with an arm ball. Kudos to Sehwag though, who had more than played his part, notching up 173 from just 199 balls in an innings which was studded with 24 fours and 1 towering six. His departure brought the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar to the crease. Bad news for an already beleaguered New Zealand side. To add to the their woes, Dravid reached his 30th century in the 78th over.

But there was then some good news for the Kiwis when in the 84th over, Dravid bottom edged an early cut shot onto his stumps. A tired Bennett was the beneficiary who was no doubt delighted with the wicket. Dravid was out for 104 off 227 balls with 14 fours. Then Laxman not out on 7, and Tendulkar unbeaten on 13, took India through to the end of the days play with the score reading 329/3. India had without a doubt snatched the day's honours from the Kiwis who will have a lot of thinking to do ahead of the second day.


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