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India lose first Test by 40 runs, New Zealand lead series 1-0

Last Updated: Sunday, February 09, 2014, 12:31

India conjured up hopes of a record run-chase before a lower middle-order collapse saw the visitors slump to a 40-run defeat against New Zealand in the thrilling first cricket test and hand over a 1-0 lead to the hosts in the two-match series here today.

Form of Indian openers – a Gambhir concern

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 04, 2014, 13:05

India’s ascent to the No. 1 spot in Tests was a result of some significant opening partnerships between Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag. No matter which part of the world India toured, these two made it a habit of laying a solid foundation for the team, irrespective of the fact whether India were batting first or chasing. But those two overseas tours in England and Australia probably pegged both these batsmen on the backfoot, and they haven’t managed to recover back, since then.