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12 Wickets Fall On Day Two In Wellington

12 Wickets Fall On Day Two In Wellington
12 Wickets Fall On Day Two In Wellington
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India 379 (Tendulkar 62) & 51-1 v

New Zealand 197 (Taylor 42, Zaheer Khan 5-65)

Third Test, Wellington, day two: stumps

India closed day two of the third and final Test against New Zealand with a healthy lead after they bowled their hosts out for just 197 in their first innings.

India added four runs to their overnight score before they were dismissed for 379, going on to close on 51 for one in their second innings, their lead standing at 233 after 12 wickets fell on an eventful day at the Basin Reserve.

New Zealand wasted little time in wrapping up India's innings, Ishant Sharma (18) and Munaf Patel (15 not out) adding four and one runs to their scores respectively before Sharma was caught by wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum off of Chris Martin, who finished with four for 98.

Zaheer Khan, with five for 65, and Harbhajan Singh, with three for three for 43, then put India in complete control as New Zealand's batting, fresh from hitting 619 in one innings in Napier, failed to reach a third of that score.

Zaheer removed the top three batsmen to leave them at 80 for three with Martin Guptill (17), Tim McIntosh (32) and Daniel Flynn (2) and he had his fourth wicket when he dismissed in form Jesse Ryder for just three.

Off-spinner Harbhajan, who helped resurrect India's innings with a belligerent 60 yesterday, then got rid of Ross Taylor, who top scored with 42 in 92 balls with six fours, while he also chipped in by removing James Franklin for 15 and McCullum for 24.

Khan had his fifth wicket when Tim Southee offered a caught and bowled for 16 while Sharma had Daniel Vettori caught by Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the stumps before Munaf Patel ended the innings in 65 overs when Dhoni snapped up a catch offered by O'Brien.

India then lost Virender Sehwag early for 12, all of his runs had come in boundaries and he faced just seven balls in all, dismissed when Martin had him caught by Ross Taylor.

Gautam Gambhir, on 28, and Rahul Dravid, on nine, were unbeaten at stumps.

Sachin Tendulkar and Dhoni also scored half-centuries in India's first innings.

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