Friday 20 March 2009 

Tendulkar Century Hands India Massive Lead

Tendulkar Century Hands India Massive Lead
Tendulkar Century Hands India Massive Lead
© REUTERS/Nigel Marple (NEW ZEALAND). Picture supplied by Action Images

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New Zealand 279 (Vettori 118, Ryder 102, Sharma 4-73) & 75-3 v
India 520 (Tendulkar 160, Gambhir 72, Dravid 66)
1st Test, Hamilton, day three: stumps

By Jim White

Sachin Tendulkar's 42nd Test century helped India remain in total control of the first Test against New Zealand in Hamilton as they reduced their hosts to 75 for three in their second innings having been bowled out for 520.

Tendulkar stroked a majestic 160 which included 26 fours and he was well supported by Mahendra Singh Dhoni (47) and Zaheer Khan (51 not out) as India built a first innings lead of 241.

Pace bowlers Chris Martin and Iain O'Brien finished with three wickets apiece but they came at the cost of 98 and 103 runs respectively.

Zaheer and Tendulkar then combined to have opener Tim McIntosh caught for a duck, Martin Guptill was caught by Virender Sehwag off of Harbhajan Singh for 48 and nightwatchman Kyle Mills (2) was trapped in front by Munaf Patel to leave India in a strong position.

Day one centuries for Daniel Vettori (118) and Jesse Ryder (102) rescued New Zealand after they were reduced to 60 for six before lunch. India have not won a Test in New Zealand since 1976.

© Cricket World 2009

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