India inflict innings defeat on NZ

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Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 13:13 [IST]
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India inflict innings defeat on NZ

After lunch, New Zealand were faced with the impossible task of saving the Test. India just needed two more wickets to win, but McKay and Southee were not going to surrender meekly. In the 45th over, Ojha hit McKay for a boundary past cover. McKay again went after Ojha in the 48th over when he got him away for a four past slip. New Zealand had moved into 158/8. In Ojha's next over, Southee gave him the charge, launching him over long-on for a six.

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Then Dhoni brought back Ishant Sharma to see if a bit of pace could do the trick. And surely enough, in with the first ball of the 52nd over, Sharma clean bowled Southee for a fighting 31. Sharma just needed one more ball to polish off the New Zealand batting and wrap up its innings and the match. He bowled 11th man Chris Martin for a golden duck, thus handing his side a win of an innings and 198 runs.

With an overnight score of 24/1, New Zealand sunk further into trouble on the morning of the fourth day when the Indian spinner struck. Brendon McCullum and nightwatchman Gareth Hopkins tried to make a positive start, getting away a couple of fours between them. But in just the third over of the day, Ojha trapped McCullum plumb in front.

Just a couple of overs later, Ojha removed the new batsmanm Martin Guptill in the same way for a duck. The next man to take guard was Ross Taylor, who counter attacked by smacking Sreesanth for two fours in the 19th over. But at the other end, there was more trouble when Gautam Gambhir took a sharp catch at short leg to remove Hopkins for 8 off Harbhajan. The spinners were clearly on top at this stage.

In the 29th over, India was in for a stroke of luck when the umpire mistakenly thought Taylor had inside-edged a ball that was caught by short leg. He was given out for 29 off Harbhajan Singh and New Zealand had slumped to 93/5. Then Jesse Ryder and Kane Williamson took New Zealand to over 100 in a desperate bid to try to save their side.

But Williamson was the next to go when he was out bowled to Raina for just 8. New Zealand were plodding along at 110/6 when Captain Courageous Daniel Vettori walked to the crease. He tried to delay the inevitable with a few forced shots, but his partner Ryder was the next man to head back to the hut when he holed out to Sharma at mid off, off Raina's bowling again. Raina's strikes had pegged New Zealand back even further.

To add to the tourists woes, Raina trapped Vettori in front for 13 in the 42nd over and India were surely looking at the bottom of the barrel. But Tim Southee decided he was going to go down fighting and hit Harbhajan for two sixes in the 43rd over. He and McKay lasted out to lunch with New Zealand on the sorry score of 140/8.


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