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Feb 9, 2014
With the momentum behind them, thanks to the good show with the ball, India came out with renewed confidence and batted solidly to end the day at 87 for one 1. The target is still a daunting one. India are 320 runs adrift from a record chase. They will be trying to take it by session without taking on the pressure of the chase. The pitch has flattened out a touch. It is getting slower and will aid the spinners further. Intriguingly set up for the final two days.
Beginning their chase, the openers went about contrasting fashion with Murali Vijay opting to be cautious while Shikhar Dhawan eager to see the ball to hit the middle of his bat more often. The left-hander struggled at the start but as the runs came by he settled in and became much more patient. Vijay was unlucky to be caught down the leg-sideoff Southee for 13. That brought Cheteshwar Pujara, who looked stubborn enough not to give his wicket away easily unlike in the first innings. Soon the booming drives from Dhawan were visible and the partnership flourished without any risk. Dhawan’s confidence was visible when he chose to smash a straight drive in the last over of the day to bring up the fifty partnership.
New Zealand 503 (Kane Williamson 113, Brendon McCullum 224, Corey Anderson 77; Ishant Sharma 6 for 134, Zaheer Khan 2 for 132) & 105 (Ross Taylor 41; Mohammed Shami 3 for 37, Ishant Sharma 3 for 28) lead India 202 (Murali Vijay 26, Rohit Sharma 72; Trent Boult 3 for 38, Tim Southee 3 for 38, Neil Wagner 4 for 64) & 87 for 1 (Shikhar Dhawan 44*, Cheteshwar Pujara 22*; Tim Southee 1 for 18) by 319 runs.
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