First New Zealand Vs India Test ends in draw

Published: Monday, November 8, 2010, 15:59 [IST]
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First NZ Vs India Test ends in draw

Resuming after Tea, the Indian tail wasn't able to add much to their score, getting bowled out for 266. Bhajji was the first to go for 115 in the 101th over when he top-edged a full toss straight to short fine. The wicket was Ross Taylor's first wicket in test cricket. He followed it up by getting Sreesanth out for 4 in his next over when the ball held its line to force an edge and a simple caught behind.

Scorecard of 1st Test

New Zealand began its second innings in an unsteady manner when McIntosh got out LBW to Zaheer Khan for a pair. Ross Taylor then came in to steady the innings. In the second over, Zaheer shouted unsuccessfully for an LBW against Watling. But the two lasted out till 10 overs when the match was declared a draw.

The day began with India on a precarious 65/6. But VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh joined forces to take India to safety. The batsmen both survived scares soon after they had taken the score past 100, when they nearly gave catches. But they steadied their nerves and pressed on. Laxman was the first to reach his fifty, sweeping Patel for a boundary. Bhajji followed suit, reaching his half century in similar fashion. The duo lasted out till Lunch with the score reading 164/6, thus reducing New Zealand's chances of forcing a result in the match.

After Lunch, the duo pushed on with renewed vigour, rotating the strike and picking up runs wih ease. By the 83th over, they had taken India's second innings total to over 200. A few overs later, Harbhajan nearly gave a return catch to Martin, but the latter was unable to hold on to the sharp chance.

However, in the 90th over, Laxman was in for some bad luck when he was given out LBW to Vettori even though he had clearly edged the ball onto his pads. In the very next ball, Zaheer Khan was out in the same manner, placing Vettori on a hat-trick. But Pragyan Ojha played with character once again, giving Bhajji company as he progressed to his maiden century in test cricket. The two lasted out till Tea in a match that was now clearly headed for a draw.


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