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Gambhir falls for 167; Indian lead swells past 500
Posted on: 05-04-2009 , 04:: | DY365 Bureau

And moved india to a position of immunity from where only two results look eminent- an Indian victory or a comprehensive, crushing, overwhelming Indian victory.

By the time Gambhir fell LBW b O'Brien after a marathon 167 run-knock, not only had the Indian second innings total gone past 300, even the overall lead was in excess of 500.

Having received accolades for his match-saving 137 an Napier, the 257 ball essay at Wellington was the perfect icing on the cake for Gambhir whose stocks in the international cricket has only seen a constant upward growth.

Gambhir hit 16 fours and two sixes before succumbing to a lapse in concentration abn hour into the final session.

Gambhir’s departure was succeeded by the fall of VVS Laxman. The wristy Hyderabadi oozed pure class enroute his 61 run knock, milking New Zealand’s bowling for 9 silken touches to the boundary rope. He survived 109 balls. Laxman was clean bowled to a lovely in-cutter by Brien

Earlier in the day, resuming from the overnight score of 51/1, and an overall lead of 233 runs, Gambhir, first began a clinical decimation of New Zealand’s aspiration of forcing a fightback, and having achieved that, he launched an assault of such magnitude that left the hosts gaping for courage.

By tea, India was 269/3. The Delhi Southpaw had 151 runs to his credit, while Laxman was giving him company.,

In the morning, Gambhir was ably supported in his endeavours by Rahul Dravid, who crafted out fine 60 runs for himself.

The duo comfortably anchored India till lunch. While Gambhir was 4 runs short of his 5th Test ton, second on the tour, Dravid was closing in on his half century.

In the post lunch session, both the batsmen reached their accomplishments.

Having struck 10 fours in his 145 ball essay, Dravid fell to some exceptional brilliance by Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori.

Having sensed that Dravid was trying to employ a paddle sweep to Vettori, McCullam shuffled to outside leg-stump swiftly enough to timely intercept Dravid’s shot. This was Dravid’s 56th half-century.

Following Dravid’s dismissal, Sachin Tendulkar marched on to the centre for what, in all likelihoods, his last Test sojourn on Kiwi soil. However, for once, the Mumbai Maestro failed to make his innings count. Deceived by Vettori’s flight, Tendulkar nicked a sharp edge towards first slip, which was lapped by Ross Taylor.

With two full days of cricket left, India seemed on course for their first ever Test series victory in
New Zealand in 42 years.

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