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India take lead in first innings

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Published: Sunday, November 21, 2010, 14:25 [IST]
 
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India take lead in first innings

Indian openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag resumed scoring at a brisk rate after lunch, before Vettori got an overdue breakthrough. He got Sehwag caught and bowled for a fluent 74 and India were 113/1 in 24 overs with Rahul Dravid the new man at the crease. As expected, the scoring rate dropped considerably after Sehwag's departure.

But in the 29th over, Gambhir and Dravid picked Martin for 8 runs including one four from Gambhir past mid-off. Gambhir went on to score another fifty in Tests with a stylish loft over mid-on for four. He and his partner took India to 150/1 in 34.2 overs. Vettori brought Kane Williamson on to bowl in the 38th over, but straight away the batsmen went after him, taking 10 runs off him including two fours. Williamson continued leaking runs as in the 42nd over, he sent for six.

Just one short of equalising with New Zealand's first innings score, Gambhir got out for 78 when Ross Taylor swallowed him up at gully off Tim Southee. Then Sachin Tendulkar, still in the hunt for his 50th Test ton, strolled out to the crease and got off the mark with the spanking cover drive for four. The batting pair took India over the 200-run mark in the 47th over and to tea at the end of the 48th with the score at 205/2 and the lead 12 runs.

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