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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 October, 2003, 11:00 GMT 12:00 UK
McMillan defies India
First Test, Ahmedabad, day five (stumps): India drew with New Zealand

Craig McMillan

Craig McMillan produced a brilliant innings of defiance to prevent India snatching victory in the first Test.

Anil Kumble took four wickets in New Zealand's second innings but the support bowlers lacked the cutting edge required.

McMillan hit 83 not out, while there were two other innings of note for the Kiwis.

Opener Lou Vincent hit a crucial, patient 67 to hold together the wobbly top order, while Nathan Astle, batting at eight due to an upset stomach, hit 51 not out.

Chasing a target of 370, the Kiwis began Sunday on 48-1, but struggled badly during the opening session.

The Black Caps lost nightwatchman Darryl Tuffey, skipper Stephen Fleming and middle-order batsman Scott Styris in quick succession as they slumped to 86-4.

Kumble - working well with off-break bowler Harbhajan Singh - made the difference.

He bowled Tuffey with his first delivery and trapped Styris leg before for a duck.

Skipper Fleming, failed to keep down a defensive shot against Harbhajan and saw VVS Laxman snap a tumbling catch at silly-point.

With around 70 overs left in the day, and four wickets down already, the Black Caps seemed to be going down fast.

Anil Kumble
Kumble at one point looked like taking India to victory

Vincent and McMillan finally got a stand going in the second session, however.

They put on 64 together, and more importantly saw off an hour-and-a-quarter of cricket, to keep India's victory charge in check.

Vincent's innings, in which he defied India for 184 balls, was finally ended when Kumble bowled him for his fourth wicket.

And when Jacob Oram played an injudicious cut shot early in his innings off Harbhajan, to be caught at slip, India were back in charge.

Astle, batting at eight because he felt unwell, was at the wicket before tea.

But neither he nor McMillan could be shifted after the break.

The pair put on 103 in 38 overs while Sourav Ganguly experimented with six different bowlers.

And eventually the players agreed on a draw with about 15 minutes of play to go.

India: A Chopra, V Sehwag, S R Tendulkar, R Dravid, V V S Laxman, S C Ganguly (Capt), P A Patel, A Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, L Balaji.

New Zealand: M H Richardson, S P Fleming (Capt), L Vincent, N J Astle, S B Styris, C D McMillan, R G Hart, J D P Oram, D L Vettori, P J Wiseman, D R Tuffey.

Umpires: David Shepherd (England) and Rudi Koertzen (South Africa).

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