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Spinners rip through NZ top order

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Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 10:42 [IST]
 
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Spinners rip through NZ top order

With an overnight score of 24/1, New Zealand sunk further into trouble on the morning of the fourth day when the Indian spinners 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.

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Just a couple of overs later, Ojha removed the new batsman 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.

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