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Saturday, November 20, 2010

NZ series - India make gains in the third test

India was missing Zaheer Khan, MS Dhoni had lost yet another toss, New Zealand had performed well in the first 2 test matches of the series. All signs of a good day's play for them after they started the match.

Just like Rohit Sharma of the Indian team suffered a fall before the start of a test match against South Africa, McCullum had a fall but the Black Caps were not confident about dropping him from the match (especially after he had scored a double century in the previous test).

Sreesanth stepped up to lead the attack with some good swing bowling that he is renowned for. Good balls accounted for the opening batsmen - one wonders why this bowler does not have more days like this. If he can gain consistency like Zaheer, India will be a potent force to play against. Ishant also helped in getting wickets, reducing the Kiwis to a low score.

How many times does the Indian team allow Ryder to score big? He did once again even though he couldnt run much. It was a sorry sight to see both the batsmen at the crease struggle to run even a single, when there were runs on offer. Their footwork were also hampered and India made the most of it.

Of course, Dhoni has, of late, been making strange moves on the field when there are tailenders at the crease. For some reason, he moves the field outside for the batsmen so that they can take easy singles so that the bowlers can concentrate on the tailenders. This doesnt work many times and here also, it helped the Black Caps come back in the match with a partnership between McCullum and Ryder.

Overall, a good day for the Indians where they have won both the sessions played today. Tomorrow, they will have to finish the batting and the batsmen have to come to party. This match is not over but a good start for India has been given - they have to end well.
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