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Play ends early due to bad light; India in control

The Indian team had a good outing on Day two as they were just one run short to take the lead in the first Test match. Bad light caused the day's play to end early.See full scorecard | Special: The Kiwi Challenge

cricket Updated: Mar 19, 2009 12:42 IST
Hindustan Times

The opening pair of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir walked into the middle after a 15 minutes rain delay on the start of the days play. Both the batsmen were looking to continue from where they left off on the Day one.

The Indian team was looking to overtake the New Zealand score and post a daunting total on board. Virender Sehwag was the key for the Indian charge as started off in his usual way, smashing the ball to all corners of the park.

Gautam Gambhir got a lease of life on the first ball of the days play as he was caught right in front of the wicket, fortunately for him Mills had overstepped. India were 33/0.

India got an early jolt as they lost Virender Sehwag, who was run out by James Franklin, who made a direct hit from the boundary and leave Sehwag stranded by miles. India were 37/1.

Gautam Gambhir took the scoring mantle after Virender Sehwag was dismissed as he did the bulk of the scoring between him and Dravid. This also led him to his first Test fifty in New Zealand. Dravid on the other hand was looking settled in the middle and was getting the singles regularly. India were 102/1.

The pair of Gambhir and Dravid continued to gather the runs after the lunch interval. Both the batsmen were looking set in the middle and were easily getting the runs. Dravid too had got his eye in and was scoring freely. Gambhir on the other hand continued his fine form and was also scoring freely. India were 142/1.

Gambhir then went for an ambitious drive but with a hint of reverse swing from Martin, he only managed to get an outside edge and was comfortably taken by Brendon McCullum. Sachin Tendulkar then walked in the middle. India were 142/2.

After the departure of Gautam Gambhir, Dravid and Tendulkar continued the run score for the Indians. Both the batsmen kept the scoreboard moving and got the runs on the board. Dravid was in his stride and looked all set for a big one. Tendulkar too was quickly in his stride and was looking solid in the middle.

Dravid then left a yawning gap between his bat and pad and Ian O'Brien rattled his off stump to send 'The Wall' back to the pavillion. India lost their third wicket. The new man in was VVS Laxman. India were 179/3 after 54 overs.

After the tea interval, India continued their run flow. The pair of Tendulkar and Laxman were not going at a rapid pace but were just cautiously bitting their time and waitng for the bad delievery. India were 206/3 after 66 over.

The second new ball worked for the black caps. In the very first over with the new ball Martin induced an outside edge from Laxman, who was caught at second slip. India were 238/4.

Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh played out the day as bad light stopped play and India were just one run short of taking the lead in the first Test match in Hamilton. Tendulkar was well set on 70 and Yuvraj has played two handsome drives for his 8. India were 278/4 at the end of day two.

First Published: Mar 19, 2009 03:48 IST