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Invincible India race ahead of NZ on day three

Apr 5th, 2009 | By | Category: Latest News, News, Sport

Daniel Vettori battled stiff winds all day while bowling at the Basin Reserve.By Reuben McDougall, Blair Stewart and Lee Stace.

AN EXCELLENT innings of 167 from Indian opener Gautum Gambhir has further tightened India’s strangle-hold at the third test at the Basin Reserve.

He had support from the ever-reliable Rahul Dravid (60) putting on 170 for the second wicket before a piece of wicket-keeping brilliance from Brendon McCullum stopped him in his tracks.

Sachin Tendulkar disappointed today during possibly his last innings on New Zealand soil after he was caught well in the slips by Ross Taylor for 9, giving Daniel Vettori his second wicket of the day.

daythree1VVS Laxman (61) and Gambhir then put on 106 before Iain O’Brien finally removed Gambhir, LBW.

Laxman followed soon after, also undone by a beauty from O’Brien.

Bad light ended the day early and time will have to be made up tomorrow morning with a 10.30 start.

India will start day four 531 runs ahead and in an almost invincible position.

The target set for NZ may now be a mere formality.

PICTURES:

(Top) Daniel Vettori battled stiff winds all day while bowling at the Basin Reserve.

(Above) Gambhir drives one off Iain O’Brien on his way up to 167.

(Below) The Black Caps celebrate a rare wicket.

The Black Caps celebrate a rare wicket.

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