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Plays of the Day from the fourth day of the third Test between India and New Zealand in Nagpur
November 23, 2010
The Tendulkar moment of the day
It came from his fan Kane Williamson. The delivery from Ishant Sharma kept low even as it cut back in from outside off. Williamson crouched, tried to get the bat in the way but the ball shot under it to clatter on the stumps. Williamson bent his knees and slowly sunk his bat on to the ground. It reminded you of Tendulkar's reaction when he gets bowled by deliveries that don't climb as much as expected.
Guptill's horror moment of the day - I
The delivery from Pragyan Ojha landed comfortably outside the leg stump and turned in to the hit the pad. Simon Taufel, who has been slipping up often these days, sent Martin Guptill packing. It was a golden duck for Guptill.
Guptill's horror moment of the day - II
This time around he was at the non-striker's end as a runner for Jesse Ryder. The ball from Harbhajan Singh turned well clear of bat and bounded off the pad to short-leg but Nigel Llong raised the finger. The unlucky batsman was Ross Taylor who smiled ruefully as he walked off. The best reaction, though, came from Guptill: his mouth opened wide agape, his eyes almost bulged out and he slowly sank to his left.
The catch of the day
Gautam Gambhir was just hit on his body by a hard shot from Taylor at short leg when Harbhajan Singh produced a bat-and-pad prod from Gareth Hopkins. Gambhir moved quickly to his right and lunged out with an outstretched hand to pouch it. He got celebratory whacks on his helmet from his team-mates.
The drop of the day
Gambhir had retired to the dressing room to get treatment after sustaining that injury on taking a hit from Taylor. He returned and was placed at short extra cover. Ryder crashed one from Harbhajan straight at him at a comfortable height but he clanged it. VVS Laxman held his head and Harbhajan stared ruefully at Gambhir.
The celebration of the day
Suresh Raina had lured Ryder to give a catch at mid-off and was immediately enveloped by his team-mates. They then proceeded to ruffle his hair and then started to slap his head in unison. Doug Bollinger would have been happy. For, Raina had once tried to pull Bollinger's hair out, or so it seemed, after a dismissal in the IPL. Bollinger had just weaved some "fake" hair on his bald pate.
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