10.6 Catch no 182 for Rahul Dravid. He holds the world record now. A very fine effort to get there as well. Zaheer, who was working on McIntosh for a few overs now, gets the edge with a length delivery bursting away. Rahul dived forward and low to his left at third slip to take a smart catch. 30/1
    31.2 Taufel has given him after thinking about it for a while. It was delivered from round the stumps, landed on a length outside off and turned back in quickly. Guptill, one short of fifty, went right back to defend but was hurried into it and failed to put bat on ball. And he was struck in line of the off stump. It would have crashed into the stumps all right, Taufel, I think, just wanted to make sure that it had hit him in line with the stumps. It hit his front pad and that's out. 84/3
    22.3 Oh boy! he has cleaned him up and Zaheer roars! It landed on a length outside off and cut back in. Flynn stabbed it off the inner edge to his thigh and the ball fell on the stumps. Zaheer has been relentlessly working on that line, repeatedly taking the ball away before this one cut back in. Fine bowling. Flynn was caught in the crease, feet going all over and no where in the end. 54/2
    77.4 Harbhajan has yorked Ross Taylor! Done in by the extra drift. It was full, drifting in superbly from round the stumps, lands on the middle stump line, Taylor moved forward to push it to the off side but it dipped on him and he ended up yorking himself as he pushed inside the line. The drift took the ball away, outside the waft.. A fine innings, though. He started off slightly shakily yesterday before he counterattacked for a brief while before settling down for the long haul. 226/5
    31.4 Harbhajan has gone through Ryder like knife through butter. It was the quickish off break from round the stumps, drifting in superbly, before turning away. Ryder pushed at it and the edge flew to first slip. 84/4
    86.3 SRT strikes again. What a spell he is having. This one turns in from outside off stump, sharply, Franklin shuffles across, doesn't pick the extent of the turn, pushes outside the line and is struck in front of middle Tendulkar pumps his fist in the air in celebration, then turns around to appeal and see Harper's fingers go up.Tendulkar roars. India close in on the series win. Three more now. 253/7
    84.1 Huge wicket. McCullum falls. Was there an edge, though? It was the flighted leg break around the off stump line, McCullum went for the drive, the bat hit the ground, the ball turned past the edge, hit Dhoni's gloves before lobbing to Dravid at first slip. What a turning point . New Zealand six down.Hot spot shows no edge. Oh well.. Poor McCullum. He seems to have a few decisions going against him in the recent times. And this has to be big. New Zealand needed him there if they were to save this Test from here. 244/6
    not out
    89.1 And then they were two. It was floated outside off stump, Southee pushed well inside the line, thinking it would turn in a lot but it didn't. The ball went on to clip the outer edge and Dhoin snaffed it up. Snickometer shows now that the sound was bat on pad! It doesn't show any edge off the bat. 258/8
    not out
    19 (b 10, lb 2, nb 6, w 1)
    281/8 (94.3 Overs, RR: 2.97)
    Did not bat: CS Martin
    Fall of wickets: 1-30 (TG McIntosh, 10.6 ov), 2-54 (DR Flynn, 22.3 ov), 3-84 (MJ Guptill, 31.2 ov), 4-84 (JD Ryder, 31.4 ov), 5-226 (LRPL Taylor, 77.4 ov), 6-244 (BB McCullum, 84.1 ov), 7-253 (JEC Franklin, 86.3 ov), 8-258 (TG Southee, 89.1 ov)
    Z Khan19.365722.9210
    MM Patel13.042201.6900
    I Sharma12.025704.7501
    Harbhajan Singh33.085941.7801
    Yuvraj Singh1.00404.0000
    V Sehwag7.002503.5703
    SR Tendulkar9.004525.0000

Close of Play

  • Fri, 3 Apr - day 1 - India 1st innings 375/9 (I Sharma 15*, MM Patel 14*, 90 ov)
  • Sat, 4 Apr - day 2 - India 2nd innings 51/1 (G Gambhir 28*, R Dravid 9*, 16 ov)
  • Sun, 5 Apr - day 3 - India 2nd innings 349/5 (Yuvraj Singh 15*, MS Dhoni 16*, 97.5 ov)
  • Mon, 6 Apr - day 4 - New Zealand 2nd innings 167/4 (LRPL Taylor 69*, JEC Franklin 26*, 56 ov)
  • Tue, 7 Apr - day 5 - New Zealand 2nd innings 281/8 (94.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes