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India vs New Zealand, 1st Test, Day 4: India lose Cheteshwar Pujara early; score 121/2

Cheteshwar Pujara scored 23 runs © AFP
Cheteshwar Pujara scored 23 runs © AFP

Feb 9, 2014

India lost the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara early on Day Four in chase of 407 against New Zealand in the first Test at Auckland on Sunday. India started off the day with Shikhar Dhawan taking a tight single to complete his fifty. India are on 121 for two with 286 more needed to win.

Pujara looked solid ever since he came out to bat. He was batting with much more confidence on the fourth morning. Tim Southee though was much more effective getting the ball to move both ways. He finally bowled a superb delivery pitching at good length and bounced a touch, and the outswinger got the better of Pujara.  Southee even had a close leg-before appeal against new man Virat Kohli turned down by umpire Richard Kettleborough.

Dhawan is still looking good leaving the balls outside off-stump and adopting a cautious approach unlike when he went after the bowling at the start of his innings. The target for India has come below 300 and the wicket is good for batting.

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