Dravid, Gambhir carry India to 180/2 (Tea report)

March 29th, 2009 - 10:49 am ICT by IANS  

Sachin Tendulkar Napier, March 29 (IANS) Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid put on 133 runs for the second wicket to guide India to 180 for two at tea on the fourth day of the second cricket Test against New Zealand here Sunday.
Dravid (62), however, was unlucky to be given out by umpire Ian Gould off Jeetan Patel as replays showed that the ball had brushed the pad before landing in the hands of Jamie How at short leg. A livid Dravid was clearly unhappy with the decision.

Gambhir (83) was joined by Sachin Tendulkar (9) and the duo played out the 20 minutes before tea.

India, following on after being dismissed for 305 in the first innings in reply to

New Zealand’s 619-9 declared, trails by 134 runs.

Resuming at overnight 47 for one and staring at defeat, Gambhir and Dravid batted with perseverance, carefully grafting 72 runs in the first session and 61 runs in the second session.

If Gambhir was the chief contributor to the score before lunch, Dravid took over in the second session.

Dravid, top scorer in India’s first innings of 305 with 83, got his 50 off 180 balls with a push through the off side. His 220-ball and over four-hour knock had six fours and a six off Patel.

Earlier, Gambhir got to his 11th Test 50 in style, hitting skipper Daniel Vettori for two fours - through the covers and then over long-on. He took 171 minutes to get there.

India lead the three-match series 1-0, having won the first Test in Hamilton by 10 wickets.

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