Zaheer’s twin strike leaves New Zealand 64 for two (Lunch report)

April 4th, 2009 - 8:41 am ICT by IANS  

Ross Taylor Wellington, April 4 (IANS) Zaheer Khan grabbed two quick wickets to leave New Zealand struggling at 64 for two at lunch in reply to India’s first-innings score of 379 on the second day of the third cricket Test here at the Basin Reserve Saturday.
Zaheer dismissed Martin Guptill, playing on for 17, and then had Daniel Flynn caught by wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for two to reduce the hosts to 31 for two.

Opener Tim McIntosh (24) and Ross Taylor on (17) saw through the remainder of the morning session.

Earlier, India’s last pair Ishant Sharma and Munaf Patel consumed another 13 deliveries and four more runs to their overnight 375.

The two added 32 crucial runs for the 10th-wicket before Sharma (18) was caught by Brendon McCullum off Chris Martin in the third over of the morning, giving the wicketkeeper his fourth catch of the innings and leaving Munaf 15 not out.

Martin was the most successful bowler with figures of four for 98 from 25.1 overs.

Zaheer struck in his fourth and the seventh over of the innings as Guptill’s defensive backfoot stroke to a sharp short-pitched delivery saw the ball crashing into the stumps.

Zaheer was on target again in his sixth over, enticing Flynn to edge to Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the stumps.

McIntosh got over a difficult period to bat through till lunch while Taylor, fresh from a strokeful 151 in the Napier Test, looked solid at the other end.

India lead the three-Test series 1-0 after winning the first match at Hamilton by 10 wickets and are looking to win their first series here in 41 years.

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