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New Zealand aim for 500 to pressure Aussies: Vettori

PTI | ByGreg Buckle (Reuters), Adelaide
Nov 27, 2004 05:29 PM IST

Despite trailing Australia by 519 runs, New Zealand believe they can win the second Test and are drawing inspiration from India's extraordinary victory last year.

Despite trailing Australia by 519 runs, New Zealand believe they can win the second Test and are drawing inspiration from India's extraordinary victory in Adelaide last year.

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New Zealand reached 56 for two at the close of the second day at Adelaide Oval on Saturday. Australia, who lead the two-match series 1-0, had declared on 575 for eight.

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"We take a lot of heart from what India did here last year," spinner Daniel Vettori told a news conference.

"If we can get a score of close to 500 and then make Australia bat again under some pressure, then we have a really good chance of forcing a result.

"Obviously if we don't bat well over the next two days we have no chance, but we are confident of doing it," said Vettori who took five for 152 in Australia's innings.

Australia made 556 in their first innings in the Adelaide Test against India a year ago. India scored 523, then bowled Australia out for 196 and reached 233 for six to win by four wickets.

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