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WI in winning position after 3rd day

Windies batted and bowled themselves into a position to break a streak of six straight test-match losses.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 22:08 IST
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West Indies on Saturady batted and bowled themselves into a position to break a streak of six straight test-match losses.

On the third day of the first cricket test against New Zealand at Eden Park, openers Chris Gayle and Daren Ganga kept their wickets intact for more than an hour before stumps to leave the tourists 48 without loss when play ended.

The Caribbean side needs 243 more runs to win the match with two days remaining and 10 second-innings wickets still standing.

The West Indies left themselves a steep target of 291 for victory when they bowled out New Zealand for 272 in its second innings after the home side had gained an 18-run first innings lead.

New Zealand made 275 batting first and the West Indies were dismissed for 257 in reply as 24 wickets fell in the match's first six sessions.

The West Indies took the upper hand in the first session today, claiming three wickets, including the key scalp of captain Stephen Fleming to reduce New Zealand to 161 for seven by lunch.

Wicketkeeper Brendan McCullum led the home side's fightback in the second session of a day on which each team's fortunes see-sawed.

His innings of 74, in partnerships of 64 with Daniel Vettori (33) and 62 with Shane Bond (18 not out), carried New Zealand to a competitive total and made the West Indies' run chase more onerous.

If they reach their winning target tomorrow only one team --the West Indies side of 1968-69 -- will have scored more to win a test match on the Auckland ground.