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New Delhi: Heavy rains played spoilsport on day three of the first Test between India and New Zealand. The match was called off early, with New Zealand struggling at 41/1 on Saturday. They were trailing by 238 runs with 9 wickets remaining.
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The script wasn’t different on third day too as the spinners ruled the roost to wrap up New Zealand’s first innings for 159 inside 90 minutes only to be enforced follow-on. They were 279 runs behind when they were asked to bat again on a rain-affected day three at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Uppal on Saturday.
This time around the Kiwis were extra cautious in their approach. That openers Guptill and McCullum scored just nine runs from the first 10 overs said it all. When the match was stopped due to bad weather, Brendon McCullum was unbeaten on 16 (59 balls, 1x4) with Kane Williamson on three (11 balls). The visitors lost Guptill to Ojha for 16 runs after he was trapped in front of the wicket. The Kiwi opener survived a scare in the previous over after he was dropped at the second slip by Kohli, who dived to his left but could not put his hand behind the ball.
New Zealand, resuming from their overnight score of 106 for five, were bundled out for 159 thanks to R Ashwin. Ashwin stole the limelight once again after being introduced late into the attack. Umesh Yadav started the proceedings by dismissing van Wyk and saved the rest for the spinners. He trapped van Wyk before wicket. Van Wyk missed a short ball completely when he tried for a pull shot. Dhoni stumped Doug Bracewell to hand Ojha his third wicket of the innings. Then came Ashwin, who wrapped up the tail to finish with a 6 wicket haul.
The only consolation for the Kiwis in the first innings was James Franklin, who stayed unbeaten on 43 when others failed miserably in tackling the Indian spin attack at the other end.
Brief scores: India: 438 all out. New Zealand: 159 and 41/1 in 18 overs (Brendon McCullum 16 batting, Pragyan Ojha 1/13).
First Published: Saturday, August 25, 2012, 15:24