India Launch Stirring Fightback On Day Two

India Launch Stirring Fightback On Day Two
India Launch Stirring Fightback On Day Two
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New Zealand 350 (McIntosh 102, Guptill 85, Khan 4-69) v
India 178-2 (Sehwag 96, Gambhir 54)
Second Test, Hyderabad, day two

Half-centuries from Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir enabled their side to close day two of the second Test against New Zealand on 178 for two.

New Zealand resumed on 258 for four before four wickets apiece from Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh saw them dismissed for 350.

Unbeaten overnight on 22, Jesse Ryder advanced to 70 before he was caught by VVS Laxman off Harbhajan and no other New Zealander could pass 11 as Harbhajan added the wickets of Daniel Vettori (11), Tim Southee (10) and Chris Martin (3) to return four for 76.

Quick bowler Zaheer dismissed Gareth Hopkins and Kane Williamson, both for four, to return four for 69 having removed Tim McIntosh, who made 102, and Ross Taylor on the opening day.

India then began their reply in positive fashion with Sehwag hitting 96 in 120 balls and Gambhir 54 in 129 balls as the pair put on 160 for the first wicket.

Both men were dismissed with the score on 160 when first Sehwag was bowled by Vettori four short of a 23rd Test century and then Gambhir was caught by Hopkins off Southee four balls later.

Rahul Dravid (7) and Sachin Tendulkar (11) were unbeaten at stumps.

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