Tuesday, April 7, 2009

India claim historic series win

3rd Test - Wellington, April 3-7, 2009
1st Innings:
IND 379 (92.1)
2nd Innings:
IND 434/7 dec (116.0)
1st Innings:
NZL 197 (65.0)
2nd Innings:
NZL 281/8 (94.3)
New Zealand drew with India
Man of the match: Gautam Gambhir
Series status: India wins the 3-Test series 1-0

India are celebrating their first series win in New Zealand since 1968 after the third Test against the hosts ended in a draw.
The final day of the last Test of the series at the Basin Reserve in Wellington was disrupted by bad weather allowing the hosts to salvage a draw after being set an impossible target of 617 runs for victory.
Rain plays spoilsport
The rain forced the teams off 30 minutes into the afternoon session with New Zealand 281 for eight, still 336 runs short, and play was finally called off two hours 20 minutes later at 4.31pm local time with 57.3 overs remaining.
Daniel Vettori was 15 not out and Iain O'Brien unbeaten on 19.
India win the series 1-0 following their comprehensive 10-wicket win in Hamilton and the draw in Napier.
They were on course for another emphatic victory in Wellington after making 379 in their first innings then bowling the Black Caps out for 197.
Skipper MS Dhoni declared their second innings at 434 for seven midway through the morning session on day four, leaving the New Zealanders a mammoth run chase they never looked likely to achieve.

Ross Taylor was again the top scorer for the Black Caps with 107 following on from his first innings of 42.
Martin Guptill and James Franklin both scored 49 for the only other scores of note in the second innings.
Indian bowlers Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh were New Zealand's chief tormentors, although Sachin Tendulkar's introduction was lucrative with the little master taking two wickets for 26 runs in his six-over spell before lunch.
Khan finished with match figures of seven for 122 off 37.3 overs after taking five for 65 in the first innings. Harbhajan ended with seven for 102 off 56 overs after taking four for 59 in New Zealand's second innings.
Taylor (69) and Franklin (26) resumed in windy, overcast conditions when play began half-an-hour early following Monday's early finish.

The pair added a further 59 runs to the overnight score of 167 for four before Taylor was bowled by Harbhajan for 107.
The pair put on 142 runs in total, the highest fifth-wicket partnership by New Zealanders against India.
Taylor brought up his fourth Test century with a four down fine leg - his fourth boundary of the morning and 15th in total.
But two overs later he was cleaned bowled by the off-spinner to leave New Zealand on 226 for five, still needing 391 to win.
Brendon McCullum (six) went shortly afterwards, caught by Rahul Dravid via the gloves of Dhoni off the bowling of Sachin Tendulkar, although TV replays appeared to show the ball missing the edge of the bat.

The part-time spinner would have had the Black Caps vice-captain out without scoring had Munaf Patel made the catch at mid-off a few overs earlier.
Tendulkar bowled a good six-over spell, snaring two wickets for 26 runs, and caused Franklin, who survived an lbw shout by Khan early in the day, some problems before he finally got the all-rounder leg before wicket one run shy of his third half-century.
By lunch the hosts had reached 254 for seven, still requiring 363 to win.
Tim Southee (three) lasted 13 balls before being given out caught behind by Dhoni off Harbhajan, although the tail-ender seemed to hit his pad, not the ball, with his bat.
It was the last meaningful act of the Test as the rain arrived to spare New Zealand's blushes.

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