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India need a further 320 to win with 9 wickets in hand after bowlers rule the roost on day 3

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It is not without reason that the 3rd day of a Test match is called the moving day and the 3rd day of the 1st Test between New Zealand and India at Eden Park in Auckland certainly witnessed plenty of twists and turns. 264 runs were scored for the loss of 17 wickets on Day 3 of the Test as the bowlers surprisingly ran riot in what was perceived as a good wicket for batting. Resuming the day on a dodgy 130/4 in reply to New Zealand’s 503, India were bundled out for a lowly 202 before their bowlers gave them a sniff in the game. Conceding a 301 run 1st innings lead, India were staring down the barrel of another massive defeat away from home before their quicks wrecked the Kiwi batting in the 2nd innings and dismissed them for a shoddy 105.

India, unexpectedly, began quite solidly in their second innings in the chase of a daunting 407, finishing the day on 87/1, needing a further 320 runs over the final two days to pull off a rather unlikely win in Auckland.

 

India started the day in poor fashion losing both overnight batsmen Ajinkya Rahane (26) and Rohit Sharma (72) to loose drives away from the body and gave the kiwis the upper hand in the first hour. New Zealand seized the opportunity to run through the Indian tail quite quickly and despite some resistance from Ravindra Jadeja (30*), bowled India out for 202 in their first innings.

New Zealand’s reply was in all sorts of trouble before Lunch as Mohammed Shami wrecked  the Kiwi top order with an amazing spell of fast-medium bowling to leave the hosts in tatters at 15/4. India’s fielding, which was rather faulty in the first innings, rose to the occasion this time around with Ravindra Jadeja pulling off a screamer of a catch at mid-wicket to dislodge Kane Williamson before he inflicted a brilliant run out on New Zealand’s double centurion in the first innings, Brendon McCullum.

The flood-gates then opened after Lunch and despite a fighting 41 from Ross Taylor, India’s new found bowling discipline in the second innings was too hot to handle for the Kiwis.

New Zealand ended on a shambolic 105 all out, giving India a foothold in the match after having decided not to enforce the follow-on.

The Indian batters were relatively secure in the 25 overs session before stumps and reached 87/1, losing just the wicket Murali Vijay, who was unlucky to be caught down the leg side off Tim Southee for 13.

The Indians now face a possible but improbable task of making another 320 runs in the last 2 days of the Test on a wicket that has played some unexpected tricks.

1st innings

New Zealand 503 all out (121.4 overs, 4.13 rpo)

B McCullum 224(307)  I Sharma 6/134

K Williamson 113(172)  Z Khan 2/132

India 202 all out (60 overs, 3.36 rpo)

R Sharma 72(120)  T Boult 3/38

R Jadeja 30*(44)  N Wagner 4/64

2nd innings

New Zealand 105 all out (41.2 overs, 2.54 rpo)

Ross Taylor 41(73)  I Sharma 3/28

T Southee 14 (15) M Shami 3/37

India 87/1 (25 overs, 3.48 rpo)

S Dhawan 49*(70) T Southee 1/18

C Pujara 22*(61)