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India take control against Kiwis

Third Test, Wellington (day two):
India 379 & 51-1 lead New Zealand 197 by 233 runs
Match scorecard

Ross Taylor is caught behind by Dhoni
Ross Taylor is caught behind by Dhoni

New Zealand suffered a setback in their bid to square the series against India as they were dismissed for 197 on day two of the third Test in Wellington.

A five-wicket haul by Zaheer Khan and six catches for captain Mahendra Dhoni saw the hosts bowled out in just 65 overs to leave them 182 runs behind.

India then reached 51-1 at stumps in their second innings to take an overall lead of 233.

Gautam Gambhir was 28 not out and Rahul Dravid was on nine at close of play.

The hosts had earlier shown only limited signs of resistance with Ross Taylor top scoring with 42 before being unluckily given out caught behind, although replays showed he did not get bat on ball.

Opening batsman Tim McIntosh made a scratchy 32 before he was surprised by a rising short ball from Khan, which ballooned off the top of his bat to Yuvraj Singh at first slip.

The Kiwis had found themselves struggling at 80-3 with hopes resting on Jesse Ryder, who scored a double century in the second Test in Napier, following another ton in the opening match.

But Ryder wafted his bat at a high, wide delivery to under edge to the keeper off Harbhajan Singh and New Zealand were in danger of being forced to follow on.


That looked increasingly likely when Tim Southee (16) became Khan's fifth victim, caught and bowled by the left-armer, and Brendon McCullum departed for 24 when he edged a Harbhajan delivery to Dhoni.

But a four from Iain O'Brien (19) ensured the Black Caps avoided the follow on total of 180 as he and Chris Martin (four not out) added 16 for the final wicket.

Khan's five for 65 was his seventh five-wicket haul and third against New Zealand.

But while the left-armer took the bulk of the wickets for his side his fellow seamer Ishant Sharma (one for 47 off 14 overs) always made life difficult for the hosts and was eventually rewarded with the scalp of Black Caps skipper Daniel Vettori for a 13-ball 11.

Harbhajan also chipped in with three for 43 off 23 overs, bowling 23 consecutive overs at a scoring rate of less than two an over, although he was certainly fortunate with Taylor's dismissal.

Skipper Dhoni's six catches was the best by an Indian against New Zealand, while Yuvraj Singh, who had a shocker in the field in the previous Test in Napier, held onto another in the slips to end the McIntosh-Taylor partnership.

India lead the series 1-0, thanks to a comprehensive win in Hamilton and now appear on course to claim their first series victory on New Zealand soil since 1967-68.

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