New Zealand last out for healthy total

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Published: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 11:45 [IST]
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New Zealand last out for healthy total

At the start of Day 2 in the second test, Zaheer Khan engineered a double strike to peg New Zealand back. The speedster first got rid of Gareth Hopkins for 4, lbw in the 93rd over and then removed Kane Williamson for the same score in the 97th over, in a similar fashion. The score was 292/6.

But with Vettori the new man at the crease and Jesse Ryder well set, a huge total still loomed. In fact, Ryder got to his fifty in the the 100th over, smashing Sreesanth for a four at backward of point. Vettori then, got into the act and himself hit the same bowler for another four. New Zealand had crossed the 300 run mark and runs were flowing smoothly now.

In the 104th over, Harbhajan Singh did the trick to remove Vettori for 11. Vettori was attempting an extravagant sweep shot, but didn't connect with the ball that crashed into his pads for a clean lbw. With the score at 312/7, Ryder tried to take some of the pressure off by driving Sreesanth in the next over to the mid-off boundary. Tim Southee had joined Ryder in the middle and was playing himself in nicely.

But in a matter of overs, Harbhajan returned with a double strike. He first removed the dangerous Ryder for 70 in the 110th over and then a couple of overs later, got Southee stumped for 10. There were two new batsmen in the middle and that too, tail-enders. It was just a matter of time before one of them went. But Brent Arnel and Chris Martin lasted out till lunch with the score at 341/9.


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