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Saturday, 14 December, 2002, 06:06 GMT
Kiwis brush India aside
Fleming congratulates Vincent and Richardson
New Zealand took less than 10 overs to reach their target
First Test, Wellington, day three
New Zealand beat India by 10 wickets

New Zealand 247 and 36 for no loss, India 161 and 121

New Zealand demolished India by 10 wickets in the first Test inside three days at the Basin Reserve.

Needing just 36 for victory after bowling India out for 121 in their second innings, Mark Richardson and Lou Vincent polished off the runs in less than 10 overs.

The home side's victory was set up in the morning when fast bowler Shane Bond ripped the top off the Indian batting lineup to send the visitors to lunch at 35 for four.

The 27-year-old grabbed three wickets - Virender Sehwag lbw for 12, Rahul Dravid bowled for seven and Sourav Ganguly caught behind for two - for eight runs off eight overs.

And Bond, ended up with figures of four for 33 when he bowled Sachin Tendulkar for 51 to end India's second innings after the break.

Earlier, Zaheer Khan picked up career-best figures as India dismissed the Black Caps for 247, a lead of 86, on the third morning.

Zaheer finished with five for 53 after he grabbed a further two wickets in the morning session.

Richardson top-scored for New Zealand in their first innings with 89 before Zaheer trapped him in front lbw, off the first delivery with the second new ball.

Daniel Vettori, on nought when the hosts began the day's at 201 for seven, finally got an edge from Zaheer to diving wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel for 21.

But the lower order was not required second time around as Vincent finished on 21 and Richardson 14 not out.


New Zealand Stephen Fleming (capt), Mark Richardson, Lou Vincent, Craig McMillan, Nathan Astle, Jacob Oram, Scott Styris, Robbie Hart, Daniel Vettori, Shane Bond, Daryl Tuffey.

India: Sourav Ganguly (capt), Sanjay Bangar, Virendra Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Venkatsai Laxman, Parthiv Patel, Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra.

Umpires: Daryl Harper (Australia) and Asoka de Silva (Sri Lanka)

TV umpire: Billy Bowden

Match referee: Mike Proctor (South Africa)

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