Gambhir, Dravid put India in command of third Test (Lunch report)

April 5th, 2009 - 9:48 am ICT by IANS  

Sachin Tendulkar Wellington, April 5 (IANS) Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid put India in total command of the third cricket, carrying them to 170 for one at lunch on the third day here at the Basin Reserve Sunday.
Gambhir, who scored 137 in a marathon 11-hour batting in the second innings of the second Test at Napier, was on 96, looking good to hit a century in successive Tests, and Dravid was on 57, having hit his 57th Test fifty.

The two added 119 runs in the first session to extend India’s overall lead to 352.

Gambhir, a major batting success of the series, scored his 11th half-century with seven fours. He was at his aggressive best, adding 68 runs to his overnight 28, getting to his 50 off 76 balls hitting seven fours. He cracked five more fours and a six on his way to 96.

Dravid was more circumspect as he reached his half-century when he hit left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori for his ninth boundary.

Dravid in the process added a hundred runs with Dravid, his 76the century partnership in Tests, four more than Australian Ricky Ponting and five more than his more famous teammate Sachin Tendulkar.

India are looking to their first Test series win in New Zealand since 1968 and they have a 1-0 lead after winning the first match in Hamilton by 10 wickets.

The match started an hour late by the Indian Standard Time (IST) due to saving daylight in New Zealand. The period of daylight saving is run during summer, from the last Sunday in September until the first Sunday in April and Saturday night the New Zealanders have put the clocks back an hour as daylight saving came to an end.

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