NZ have upperhand at stumps on Day 4

Published: Sunday, November 7, 2010, 17:00 [IST]
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NZ have upperhand at stumps on Day 4

After tea, Martin continued to rattle the Indian batsmen, bowling Tendulkar for 12 and in his next over, getting Raina out for a duck. The hosts had been reduced to a precarious 15/5. Laxman and the new batsman Dhoni, were under severe pressure to put up some resistance and seek out a partnership. The Indian batsmen were still not relieved of the jitters with Dhoni surviving an LBW shout in the 10th over itself.

But then Dhoni and Laxman bided their time and put on a stabilising partnership. Martin returned in the 32nd over and was still able to generate some deadly swing, which got rid of Dhoni, bowled for 22. Martin now had a five wicket haul under his belt and he was hungry for more wickets. With the score at a horrendous 65/6, Bhajji came out to bat. He and Laxman were able to last out the remaining few overs to stumps, ending a poor session for India whose score stood at 82/6.

The Kiwis began the day on a bright note with Kane Williamson reaching a century on debut when he hit Zaheer Khan for two fours in the 123rd over. He had found a reliable partner in Daniel Vettori who batted with confidence. The two took New Zealand to over 400 when Raina finally broke the partnership, sending back Williamson for 131. The score was 417/6. What followed was a flurry of wickets starting with Vettori's departure for 41 when Raina got him caught behind. The next to go was Gareth Hopkins in 157th over and he was followed soon by the dismissal of Patel with the score reading 445/8. The tail-enders weren't able to add much and India bowled out the tourists for 459, thus gaining a slim first innings lead of 28 runs.

India's second innings got off to a disasterous start with pace bowler Chris Martin removing Gautam Gambhir for a duck. Sehwag was the next to go when he was run out by a sharp bit of fielding at mid off. Dravid followed suit, also falling to Martin and India were suddenly 2/3 in the 5th over when the umpires called "tea".


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