Sunday 21 November 2010 

India Build Big Lead After Dominating Day Two

India Build Big Lead After Dominating Day Two
India Build Big Lead After Dominating Day Two
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New Zealand 193 (Ryder 59, Sharma 4-43) v
India 292-2 (Gambhir 78, Sehwag 74)
Third Test, Nagpur, day two

India closed day two of the third and final Test against New Zealand with a lead of 100 and with eight second-innings wickets remaining as they continued to boss proceedings in Nagpur.

New Zealand were bowled out for 193 having started the day on 148 for seven and India then closed on 292 for two as all four of their batsmen required to bat scored half-centuries.

Ishant Sharma (4-43) and Pragyan Ojha (3-57) quickly wrapped up the New Zealand innings by dismissing Brendon McCullum (40), Tim Southee (38) and Andy McKay (5) to allow their batsmen to get to work.

Virender Sehwag then hit 12 fours and a six on his way to 74 in 73 balls before he was bowled by Daniel Vettori and opening partner Gautam Gambhhir made a fluent 78 as the pair put on 113 for the first wicket.

Gambhir fell when he was caught by Ross Taylor off Southee and that brought together Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, who also put on a century partnership.

Dravid closed unbeaten on 69 while Tendulkar was on 57 having completed his half-century to rapturous acclaim shortly before stumps.

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