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India foresee trouble as Karthik departs
Posted on: 28-03-2009 , 04:: | DY365 Bureau

in Napier didn’t start on a good note for India as Dinesh Kathik too fell cheaply. Scoring just 6 runs, Karthik was caught by Jesse Ryder at the third slip of a Chris Martin delivery.

Earlier, India had lost two crucial wickets before going into tea, thus, struggling at 253 for the loss of 6 wickets.

Rahul Dravid (83) and VVS Laxman stayed calm and took the team’s score past the 200 run mark. The 81 run partnership was broken when ‘Ryder terror’ struck India again. Spelling marvel with the ball this time, Jesse Ryder got Dravid caught by wicket keeper Brendon McCullum, leaving Laxman alone to wage the battle.

Next came Yuvraj Singh to the crease but even he couldn’t be of any help as departed just before the tea break, contributing nothing to the team’s score.

Yuvraj was caught by Tim McIntosh at the 2nd slip of a Chris Martin delivery. With Yuvi’s dismissal, India went for its tea break.

Earlier, off-spinner Jeetan Patel struck a crucial blow to put New Zealand in command against India at lunch.

Resuming at their overnight score of 79 for three, India were floundering at 189 for four, still needing 231 runs to avoid the embarrassment of being asked to follow-on by a side which had been completely outplayed in the first Test at Hamilton.

India, chasing their 100th Test win, were still 430 runs adrift of New Zealand's mammoth first innings total of 619 for 9 declared.

Conceding 14 runs, including a swung six over mid-wicket to Tendulkar, wily Patel had the last laugh when he had the master batsman caught at first slip by Ross Taylor. Tendulkar was in great nick, middling the ball and hitting on the up with elan, until he erroneously chose to nudge Patel past slip.

Tendulkar made 49, bejewelled with seven boundaries and the six off Patel.

India could have been in more trouble at lunch had stand-in umpire Evan Watkin, who replaced a sick Billy Doctrove today, not been imprudent in giving a no ball, when Daniel Vettori actually hadn't stepped over the bowling crease. Venturing to back cut the left arm spinner, Dravid had nicked to Brendon McCullum.

But Watkin, who had taken close to five minutes to decide over a line decision (Gautam Gambhir) as the third umpire yesterday came to his rescue.

Dravid, then on 55, was unbeaten on 57 at lunch. Giving him the company was VVS Laxman with an elegant 21 not out, studded with four crisp boundaries.

Billy Doctrove was diagnosed with chest infection this morning and hence had to be replaced by Watkin.

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