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Feb 8, 2014
India lost the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma within seven overs of the start of Day Three’s play in the first Test at Auckland on Friday. Rahane was out for 26 while Rohit departed 72. India are on 141 for six.
The overnight batsmen were cautious against the pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult leaving a lot of deliveries pitched outside the off-stump. With rain on the previous evening, there was a lot of moisture and the Kiwi pacers known for their swing had the ideal conditions to not just move the ball in the air but extract some movement off the pitch. Caution was the order of the day but the batsmen failed to follow it.
Rahane was the first to depart trying to drive at a ball pitched well outside off-stump and was caught at first slip by Ross Taylor for 26. Southee welcomed skipper MS Dhoni by beating him thrice in an over. While Dhoni looked tentative, it was Rohit who messed up trying to drive at a delivery by Boult which swung inwards and took the thick inside edge and crashed in to the stumps.
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