India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Hyderabad, 2nd day

Rain respite for New Zealand after follow-on

The Report by Sharda Ugra

August 25, 2012

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New Zealand 159 (Franklin 43*, Ashwin 6-31, Ojha 3-44) & 41 for 1 trail India 438 by 238 runs
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R Ashwin celebrates after dismissing Jeetan Patel, India v Australia, 1st Test, Hyderabad, 3rd day, August 25, 2012
India spun a web around New Zealand, again © Associated Press

Only the combination of torrential rain and New Zealand's best batting form of recent months could possibly thwart India's thunderous march in the first of ten home Tests this season. When a second-session downpour ended play on the third day of the Test in Hyderabad, India had New Zealand following on in their second innings at 41 for 1. New Zealand were all out for 159 in their first innings, losing their last five batsmen before lunch.

Only 38 overs could be bowled today, enough for India to seize control of this game. Play began late on the third day, due to the heavy rains that had beaten down on Hyderbad in the hours preceding the scheduled start time. India, though, made the most of the overs available to them, especially when they had before them the lower order of a team that had come into this series without a warm-up game.

When play was called off an hour after lunch, New Zealand had put in a seemingly more thought-out second-innings batting performance, losing just the one wicket in18 overs. This, after a morning on which their bottom half had fallen over in just 19 in their first innings.

India's spinners picked up nine first innings wickets between them in the first gig, Ashwin finishing with 6 for 31. Both Ashwin and Ojha used the the dipping length of the floated, spinning ball, slow turn off the track and the uneven bounce on one side of the pitch to keep up their interrogation of New Zealand's fortitude in adverse circumstances.

Following on, with Ojha opening the bowling, the New Zealand openers batted like the better of the India middle order had. With circumspection, patience and certainity. Brendon McCullum was batting on 16 off 59 balls at stumps, after unluckily losing his partner Martin Guptill, ajudged lbw off Ojha for 16.

Guptill, New Zealand's in-form batsman on their last tour of the West Indies, had batted for almost an hour with McCullum and hit Ojha for two consecutive boundaries with the spin. He tried to nudge a third past the slip cordon only to nick to Virat Kohli at second slip, but he couldn't seize the chance. Two overs later, Guptil padded up to Ojha, fullstretch to a ball that may have hit him in line with off stump. Replays indicated it was spinning away from the stumps. This has been the only piece of misfortune in New Zealand's batting so far in this Test match. The situation they find themselves in has otherwise been of their own making.

Ashwin had begun the second innings on a hat-trick, introduced only in the 18th over, the last before the downpour. Off the three balls he got in, McCullum spanked one tossed-up, outside-off delivery for his first boundary in 58 balls. It was an unusual kind of McCullum innings, but his approach was not a bad way to attempt to erase the memory of what New Zealand had managed in the previous two sessions.

When play began today Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav opened the bowling in what appeared to be a warming-up formality. Yadav took the only New Zealand wicket that didn't fall to a spinner, Kruger van Wyk leg before in the second over of the day. Yadav made use of the inconsistent bounce at one end, getting van Wyk while he was trying to execute the pull. He was struck above the pad, given out as he crouched - the ball would have hit the stumps as vanWyk is not the tallest of men.

Doug Bracewell survived competently for four overs against the two-man seam attack. The eighth ball that he faced against Pragyan Ojha though, he was in knots, caught between the intent to charge and the necessity to defend. He still scored two with a lofted drive over cover. He followed up by stepping out again, but his heave missed the line completely as the ball looped away. Dhoni's stumping splayed the wickets.

If Ojha got his wicket in quick time, Ashwin, brought on in the 16th over of the morning, needed only three overs to get rid of the three remaining batsmen. Patel reached out for a drive, only to offer a low return-catch to Ashwin's left. A ball turning in front of his bat got Trent Boult inside edging to shot leg Gambhir. The No. 11 Chris Martin did defend, but only got the thin air in front of his bat as Ashwin's off-break cannoned into the stumps.

All that stands between India and New Zealand and their varied hopes in this Test match, now, is the weather.

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Posted by Front_Foot on (August 26, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

Am disappointed at the lack of comment on the poor umpiring decisions that have impacted severely on NZ in this test match. Out of 12 wickets, 4 have been from POOR umpiring. Taylor should have been given the benefit of the doubt (as per the rules) as there was no CLEAR evidence the catch was taken cleanly. Daniel Flynns LBW on front foot by Ohja was a joke. He was way down the pitch and the ball struck him on the outside of his pad just in line witht he outside edge of the off stump. Taking into account the prodigious spin Ohja was getting on EVERY previous delivery there is no way the ball was going to hit the off stump. (DRS would have fixed this). Van Wyks LBW hit him on the thigh pad. The ball was plainly going over the top of the stumps (DRS would have fixed this). Guptills was a shocker. Padding up is not an instant dismissal. The ball still has to hit the stumps and this was not. Getting sick of this DRS rubbish from India. Get it sorted ICC and be fair to all teams.

Posted by Dhanvanth on (August 26, 2012, 3:09 GMT)

Ravi ashwin is clearly another flintoff in the making. He has a good technique and his quality of strokes sometimes reminds me of laxman and amla. Regarding our future batting line up, i foresee a very bleak one! A champion team should always have a very witty captain and a team which follows his instructions, like ganguly. but dhoni is a bit too defensive and he is sure to falter against top teams.he doesn't give chances to merit players. A good team should have 5 specialist batsmen, a wkeeper, a bowling all rounder, and 4 bowlers. India have that rite now and its disheartening

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (August 26, 2012, 2:56 GMT)

lmao That's why Test Cricket is boring and dead too much rain fact :)

Posted by Cricketsince1985 on (August 26, 2012, 2:43 GMT)

Not sure, Why the matches are scheduled in south India during rainy seasons. Its currently raining in Bangalore & Chennai. Sad with the schedule.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2012, 0:04 GMT)

As a neutral, I declare myself astonished at the lack of appreciation shown towards Ravi Ashwin by so many Indian fans. Here's a guy who, halfway through his seventh Test, already has 37 wickets at 29 apiece. He also averages 35 with the bat. Nor is this just beginner's luck: a quick glance at his first-class record will reveal that his F-C stats are identical to his Test ones, i.e. 35 with the bat & 29 with the ball. The only other spinning all-rounder in Test cricket who even comes close to rivalling that level of performance is Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan (batting average: 34; bowling average: 31). As to the forthcoming spinners' battle between Ashwin/Ojha & Swann/Panesar: I think it'll be a lot closer than many Indians seem to assume, although I still have grave doubts about our batsmen's technique against top-quality spin. Hopefully our selectors will have the good sense to drop the ineffectual Strauss once & for all, & thus ease KP's return to the team.

Posted by TRIN999 on (August 25, 2012, 22:33 GMT)

@ Srikanth Konde: gentleman if you don't understand the term Whitewash better not to use that ,the last time India got a whitewash was in way back 2000 when the fav4 were playing inAustralia.after that we lost a test series in Westindies in 2001 ,draw the test series against England in 2002 ,lost the test series in newzealand(2002)it was a whitewash , won in pakistan ,lost to southafrica (2006 ) and won a series in both England and westindies(2007) again won a test series in New Zealand (2009). and after that we have the whitewash 8~0 .so in the last 12 yrs there have been 4 white washes. u should remeber that out of the last 2 whitewashes we were palying with the India B team(vs England)hell lot of injuries ,yeah we were bitten comprehensively in Australia.

It is really sad to read ,whatever u have posted ,which is not correct about Indian cricket. I request you to be just fare enough before posting ,if not sure about stats check it over internet and post it. Thanks....

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 25, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

@Imsrk, I am sure Pakistan would have achieved it in the 70s or 80s if not for Windies rocking non stop at that time. Pakistan's overall test match win loss ratio is better than that of South Africa if you look at cricinfo stats. Hopefully Pakistan can beat South Africa next year when they tour there and be no.1 in tests!

Posted by jango_moh on (August 25, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

For those who are talking about "what more does sachin need to prove to anybody, so why is he playing"... u dont play cricket to prove anything to anybody, if a player is good enough to play with nobody better to replace him, then he should play.... if form is the factor, why is gambhir, sehwag and dhoni in the team?? two of them play rash shots, the other cannot put bat to ball outside india!!!! sachin got a good ball.... dont forget how he played against steyn the last time in SA!!! its on youtube, go watch!!! im not a hardcore sachin fan, but he way some ppl bash him is just unbelievable...

Posted by   on (August 25, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

Let the weather favour INDIAN TEAM !!! Thumps up :)

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 25, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

Can somebody tell me if any other subcontinent team has ever achieved number one spot in test other than India ever

Posted by screamingeagle on (August 25, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

@xylo, i do not recollect anyone protesting when people were calling for dravid's head when he was struggling not too long back. Call him whatever you like, but Tendulkar has been equally or more consistent than VVS or RD. I also suggest you look at his average as well as scores in tests for the last 10-20 matches. I do not see such a drastic failure. Perhaps people have different yardsticks for Tendulkar? Try looking at Sehwag or Dhoni; and to a lesser extent Gambhir perhaps. Not really scoring runs by the bucketloads, are they? Tendulkar bashing is a popular sport, obviously played by a few jealous ones who want young blood for the sake of it. Soon, they will be calling to throw these youngsters out of the team. Human nature, I guess.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 25, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

@ xylo - Mate, I respect your opinion u might be ready to see a all new Indian batting line-up (middle order) but not me. There should have been proper gap of at least 2 years each between Dravid, VVS and Sachin's retirement.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 25, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

@ xylo - Yes, Dravid was the deserving one and he performed consistently in England too and I know he has been forced to retire ! But after VVS's retirement it becomes even more important for SRT to stay. As long as we are playing in sub-continent, we don't need Sachin but he will be needed The Most in Australia, Eng and SA (though his recent performances there were ordinary). I too wish, Dravid had not retired. But one senior guy is needed in playing XI on fast and Bouncy tracks. True - if we don't try a new guy how will we know about him ? But we are already trying Pujara and Raina. There should have been some gap between Dravid and VVS's retirement. And if SRT too retires 2mrw our batting line-up on Fast Tracks would become a Joke ! On fast Tracks - Sehwag / Dhoni Can't be trusted. Rahane / Kohli / Raina / Pujara - Inexperienced. Who left ? Gauti ? Always a doubt about him. At least Sachin has experience !

Posted by   on (August 25, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

To Guys who are supporting SRT, is there something which he has yet to prove to anybody? the answer is as you all know, No. then why is he still palying test cricket, don't say for the love of cricket,because if selectors allow someone play cricket because they love it, its an absolute stupidity. I have huge respect for the Little Master but he should be doing what is good for Indian Cricket than what he loves to do. I hope he knows that his time is up and should call it a day. People are saying that if sachin retires now then we'll loose overseas matches but don't worry as we all know that even Dravid, Laxman, Sourav and Sachin were also part of the overseas teams that played in australia, England when we were white washed in their respective countries, but the same group of people made difference towards the next decade so give the young guys a little time, they're a talented bunch that's there to see.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 25, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

@ Jose Puliampatta - A coach can not guide a batsman when someone like Steyn is running in hard, swinging ball both ways and batsman has no clue what to do. Any inexperienced batsmen can play rash shot and gift his wicket. It is the batsman at the non-striker's end who can help him at that point and that's where "The Senior" batsman can help. Moreover, he can hold one end and assure other batsmen that wickets won't fall from this end so you play your natural game. (Dravid was The Perfect guy for this role but after him Sachin is the only option we have). Btw, I did not see Sachin bat against NZ so I'm not sure if he has indeed become such a useless guy as you explained.

Posted by test_cricket_is_real_cricket on (August 25, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

i have only one reply to all those who feel sachin should retire- look at the link: class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=runs;qualmin1=5;qualval1=matches;spanmin1=30+Jun+2011;spanval1=span;team=6;template=results;type=batting tell me now... who should be out of the team?? why is performance not a factor?? and this is only for the last 12 months... if you go back another year, there is no one even close to tendulkar... it was dravid and tendulkar who were the saving grace in england and australia, without which every single game would have been an innings defeat... Even Goa's Ranji team can thrash these listless kiwis... you will realise the importance of tendulkar in SA next year, where if he isnt there, india will surely lose the series, might as well be a clean sweep again...

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (August 25, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

10$kar should have retired on a high after World Cup 2011. But then, 10$kar is neither a great captain nor a great thinker of the game like Imran Khan. Even now, he can salvage his reputation by retiring after this series. Realistically, Badri or Manoj Tiwary should be playing this test instead of Tendu. In with the NEW and out with the OLD. Oldies had their time in the sun. Now they should enjoy their retirement and let the young guns take India to new glories.

Posted by Dhanvanth on (August 25, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

In my opinion laxman or dravid should 've been there for some more months. Sachin is not ideal for this scenario.! I really wonder y dhoni is still persisting with raina ji rather than trying rahane or badri!! Our fast bowling s a cause of worry now. India will suffer only wen they tour Australia or England or SA. Tough task ahead for both batsmen and bowlers

Posted by Dhanvanth on (August 25, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

India will definitely win this test probably by tmrw but i would like the bench players to play in the next test and prove their mettle. Rahane and badri r surely not the players to be benched. They deserve a ashwin was good but ojha was more disciplined in his bowling. Bhajji tata bye bye see u:)!

Posted by   on (August 25, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

very heartning to see crowds for the past 3 days ...seems test cricket has a good future in India and it can coexist with the IPL .

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 25, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

@vaidy, I disagree with you. England got thrashed by Pakistan in UAE due to excellent spin bowling by Ajmal, Hafeez and Rehman and also thanks to DRS! If not for DRS England batsmen would have benefited. Also, UAE pithces are slow with ball not coming on making it hard for both batsmen and bowlers, so not sub continent like conditions. Regarding India's home test series against England, I wanna ask this question. Since venues like Ahmedabad, Nagpur and Kolkota are chosen, will they favor spinners? From what I know they are batting paradises. I hope the pitches have been relaid if they are to assist spin bowlers.

Posted by Smithie on (August 25, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

@maddy20 - what is the % of referred decisions that are controversial under DRS against straight obvious corrections of umpiring errors - about 2%! The logic is that it improves the game since outcomes are determined by skill and not polluted by umpire error. Can you explain why this logic does not seem to work in many Indian brains?

Posted by   on (August 25, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

sachin ramesh tendulkar will definitely go one day. So did sunil manohar gavaskar. someone else will come. people (the newer gen) will forget sachin like the present gen has forgotten that it was sunil who got india into the limelight

Posted by xylo on (August 25, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

@counterstrike1.6: a) Kohli scored the only century for India in Australia. b) When was the last time Sachin scored a test century? c) Pujara might have scored a century against a weak team in Indian conditions, but I believe Sachin played in the same match and scored a mammoth 19. d) If one of the younger crop is not tried against this opposition, when do you expect them to be tried out? Against England, or Australia? I agree that one senior batsman needs to be around for guiding the youngsters. But that deserving batsman was Dravid who stood tall among the ruins in England, and gave it everything even when he was failing in Australia. Not the freeloading Sachin. And now that Dravid is gone, there is no use giving Sachin a free ride.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

Counter to Counterstrike 1.6 .====>>>> (Whatever this sign means!) It is the Coach who has to guide the youngsters; not a legendary senior, who started struggling to read the line and/or becoming sluggish in his reflex, batting at the other end. Such a pathetic sight demoralizes everyone, including many of us who feel that he, perhaps, is the greatest cricketer ever. What is Coach (especially when he is, effectively, only a batting coach), being paid for?

Posted by Nampally on (August 25, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

@counterstrike1.6: Sir, you need not worry about SRT's greatness. His record speaks for it. He is the greatest batsman India has ever seen in the golden era when there were other greats like Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman & Sehwag. SRT along with Gavaskar will always stand out irrespective of what people & Fans say. Even at the age of 39 he has no rivals in the Indian XI. Unfortunately all careers must come to an end one day - because Time & Tide wait for None!. That is the fact of life. We retire from our Careers however brilliant it was & then we retire from the World. Indian Fans must consider themselves lucky to have seen such genuine superstars who lit up the top 3 spots in the all time world top batsmen.Sadly we saw the departure of Dravid & Laxman. SRT will not be very far behind. You can never replace a Legend but next set of "stars" will bring their own character to the batting. Pujara, Kohli & many more will follow as replacement for the retiring stars. That is the cycle of LIFE!.

Posted by vaidy on (August 25, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

Yes, India had a torrid 8 tests at Oz and England. Lets stop that and get over it. After that, England got thrashed by Pak in UAE (~=sub continental conditions), England scraped over WI in WI and got soundly beaten IN England by SA.

So, will the naysayers for India's test fortune revivals take a time out and relax a bit please???!!!

We are a good team. We just had a bad year. I am not worried about the the remaining 9 matches in this season - we will win. The story will start when we go to SA and England next. We need to seriously think of a bowler to replace the great Zaheer Khan - I don't honestly think he will last another 2 years (despite having respect for what he has achieved in his latest avataar - over the past 3 years).

Posted by ATIMAYANK on (August 25, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Funny that some ignorant people are blaming the old lad for al the overseas losses when it was clear that we missed dada in the middle order to restore calmness. We did beat WI at home amidst all the overseas losses with our seniors. And West Indies have just beaten NZ, which means this young team is facing an even weaker side. SO, all those saying that we are winning now that younger players are in can wait until the SouthAfrican tour for the reality check and if there they do better than 1-1(which the seniors managed), then you guys can stake the claim. Also, if anyone needs to be removed it Dhoni. He is excellent for the shorter but horribly poor both as captain and batsman for test cricket

Posted by   on (August 25, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

ashwin rocking, once upon a time there were healthy competition between bhaji and kumble, now it is ashwin and ojha, good sign for indian test team.

Posted by Harmony111 on (August 25, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

I should be feeling good cos India are in a strong position in this match but I am actually feeling sad for Kiwis. Sorry guys, you ppl are a nice lot and it is always painful to see nice guys losing. Unlike England, Kiwi fans are realistic ppl and almost always very humble even when they do well in WCs. And above all, it was a Kiwi who made India what they are - John Wright. There are too many reasons why an Indian should love the Kiwis - and it is so. I hope you ppl get better and are able to develop a strong domestic structure to find quality players again. Of the current peoples, Kane Williamson is going to be a top class player.

Posted by maddy20 on (August 25, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

@Smithie Yeah we have seen how UDRS played its part in Kallis getting an LBW despite of inside edging onto his pad! Twice in a row UDRS has dismissed Kalls in the third test!

Posted by joseyesu on (August 25, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

Happy that Ashwin and Ojha took 10/11 wickets. If this trend continues what to expect from ZAK and Yadav. It is going to be a familiar story abroad.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2012, 13:45 GMT)


Posted by   on (August 25, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

Hope, Bhajji noticed it: Both Ojha and Ashwin were not scared to flight the ball. They used the 'straight hurried ones' ONLY as occasional variation. Even Ojha & Ashwin might have taken the cue from Patel. Even against the 'big daddys' of Indian batting, Patel flighted most of his deliveries. With results to show!

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 25, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

@ To all those bashing Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar ==== >>>> When Sachin retires and Indian batting line-up struggles overseas then you all will regret that at least one senior batsman should have been in side to guide these inexperienced Indian batsmen and take control of situation. Since Pujara and Kohli both scored against Not-So-Great bowling line-up of NZ that too on Indian pitches, so you guys are bashing SRT, but remember my words, you will surely regret and say WISH Dravid or VVS or SRT was there ! P.S. :- I'm NOT a Mad fan of Sachin and I never support Mumbai Indians.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

Though,as an Indian, I am happy with the scoreline, I feel bad for NZ. They are the most decent boys in the world cricket today. Moreover a few additional facts also make me feel bad for them. 1. It was their turn to host India. FTP seem to have forgotten that.On their green pitches, results could have been different (Yes, India should get the home advantage, as NZ gets it when India visit them) 2. There was no practice match. 3. They are coming out of a demoralizing performance against yet another country. 4. I am not so sure, how they are being managed by their big bosses in their board. 5. I don't understand why they have, of all the people, Buchanan, in such a powerful position. Buchanan & Greg Chappel have had displayed disruptive influences, wherever they go. Even in their home base... ask Warne... about Buchanan! (I am reasonably sure that you will not read many nasty posts from Indian fans about the NZ team. They just don't evoke such negative feelings, unlike a few others)

Posted by   on (August 25, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

After eight consecutive loss, hope Dhoni and team would likely to have innings victory..

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (August 25, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

All this is happening due to our young guns. If we had persisted with VVS and Dravid and Bhajji, we would still be struggling to draw this match. To their credit, VVS and Dravid saw the writing on the wall and retired on their own. Now if only someone can make Grandpa 10dulkar come to his senses.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Domestic kings like most teams nowadays other south africa to an extent autralia.....

Posted by   on (August 25, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

india win the match . india win by inning by 150 run

Posted by Romenevans on (August 25, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

This pitch is not even turning compared to what it usually does.. Its a slow turn but when england will be here there will sharp and bouncy turn....just like swing and bounce in England. LOL, tough time ahead of England.

Posted by Smithie on (August 25, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

Guptil shot out by another umpiring LBW howler that underlines the need for mandatory DRS inspite of India's illogical attitude.

Posted by buntyj on (August 25, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

while ashwin is not currently n may never be a quality off spinner and isnt a patch on bhajji till 2006 or so,he is 'good enough' for india now, tho ojha is a slightly better spinner; ojha isnt good enough especially away to merit a spot in the team; ashwin could develop into a batsman of near shastri class and if groomed at gully may hay have a safe pair of hands like 90s kumble; his bowling has potential for improvement with test experience but even if it doesnt, he's good enough considering india's main weapon away is likely to be pace and he can fill the allrounders spot as the 4th or preferably 5th bowler. in india he will get help from uneven bounce n sometimes from turn; in australia despite his limitations, the situation and msd's defensive use of him he didnt do badly compared to bhajji- statistically ashwins tour test record in oz is marginally better than bhajji's (4 tours) on wickets/test, strike rate, economy rate tho bhajji shouldve had mental advantage n better captain

Posted by harry_1109 on (August 25, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

India : We are in the top. We just given respite time to New zealand to secure this match.....

Posted by shrastogi on (August 25, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

That India is in driver seat and should win the test ,weather permitting, is beyond doubt. Pitch is helping spinners but on even on helpful tracks spinners need to bowl well. There was one test way back in 1987 against Pakistan at Bangalore which was played on rank turner. Maninder Singh took 7 wickets in first innings and Pakistan were bowled out for 116. In second innings India opened bowling with Manainder Singh and Pakistan managed to score 249 and Singh could take just 3 wickets in 45 overs. So opening bowling with spinners is also a gamble which may not work all the time.

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