Friday, March 27, 2009

India Struggling against New Zealand in the Second Test

At the end of the second day of the second test, host New Zealand is now in the driving seat with India trialing by 540 runs with 7 wickets remaining in hands. New Zealand declared their first innings after putting 619 runs on the board losing 9 wickets. New Zealand resumed the day on 351 for 4 with Ryder batting on 137 and Franklin on 26. Ryder hit his career-first double century as he added 64 runs to his overnight score before being bowled out off Zaheer Khan on 201. Franklin was dismissed soon after reaching his fifty, but wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum played an excellent innings of 115 and Captain Daniel Vettori scored 55 off 72 balls guiding New Zealand towards a 600 plus total.

In reply, India got off to a good star as their openers shared a 48-run stand before Vettori picked up the Sehwag wicket when the stand-in captain of Indian team was on 34. India also lost another opener Gambhir and night watchman Ishant Sharma before the stumps of the day when India was on 79 for 3 with Rahul Dravid was batting on 21, while Sachin Tendulkar not yet scoring any run to his credit. So, there is no doubt, India is now under pressure and a lot would now depend on the Dravid-Sachin pair as well as Yuvraj Singh.

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