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3rd Day's honours go to New Zealand

Published: Saturday, November 6, 2010, 17:05 [IST]
 
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3rd Day's honours go to New Zealand

After tea, India had the new ball which meant New Zealand were going to have to stay on their toes. Ryder and Williamson did just that by biding their time to work off the sheen of the ball. Sreesanth and Bhajji toiled without luck as the batting duo just rotated the strike.

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Williamson brought up his half-century on debut in the 83rd over when he clipped Bhajji off his pads for a couple. But he got a life shortly afterward when in the 93rd over he was given not out to a clear caught-behind off Zaheer Khan's bowling. The ball swung away from him picking up a deflection, but the umpire Kumara Dharmasena was unmoved.

In the 101st over, Williamson took Bhajji for 11 runs when it became clear that the efficacy of the off-spinner was on the wane. In the next over, Williamson and his partner had taken their partnership past 150 and had avoided the follow-on. They were clearly looking deadly dangerous to the Indians. A desperate Dhoni then brought Raina back into the attack in the 109th over.

It seemed like cramps was the only think to faze Ryder. The batsman contracted a nasty case of it after the 100th over. But he kept batting while using Taylor as a runner and reached his century in the 118th over when he crashed Sreesanth through covers for a four. It was his third ton against India. But Ryder was out soon after for 103 when Sreesanth got him LBW, with the score at 331/5 at stumps. His dismissal signaled some respite for the Indians who had had a tough day.

At the beginning of the day, New Zealand got off to the steady start with Brendon McCullam and Ross Taylor adding to their side's overnight score of 69/2. They notched up a partnership of 104 runs before Taylor was out to Harbhajan Singh in the 45th over. He had to walk back on 56 after he flicked a flighted delivery to short mid-wicket where Laxman was waiting to swallow him up. Just four overs and five runs later, McCallum got stumped off a drifting delivery from Ojha when his foot was on the crease. The score read a worrying 137/4 and there were two new batsmen in - Jesse Ryder and Kane Williamson.

But the duo weathered the storm admirably, first lasting out until lunch and then pushing on when play resumed. Dhoni introduced several bowling changes using Sehwag, Raina and Tendulkar. But their gentle spin did little to unsettle the Kiwi batsmen who picked runs off them at will. The duo took New Zealand to over 200 in the 70th over with Williamson cutting Ojha for a four to the cover-point boundary. In the 79th over, Ryder hit a boundary and then took two singles off Tendulkar to bring up his half-century. He and his partner welcomed Tea with a century partnership under their belt.

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