Bad weather interrupts third day's play between India-New Zealand

Indian players walk off from the ground as play was stopped due to bad light on day three AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Hyderabad: Aug 25, 2012

New Zealand lost one wicket in form of Martin Guptill to reach 41 for one after being asked to follow-on by India, before rain once again interrupted proceedings on the third day of first Test in Hyderabad.

The Kiwis trail by a further 238 runs as they were bundled out for a paltry 159 in their first innings with R Ashwin grabbing six wickets and Pragyan Ojha claiming three.

Brendon McCullum was unbeaten on 16 off 59 balls, accompanied by Kane Williamson, batting on three.

Earlier in the day, R Ashwin bagged six wickets and Pragyan Ojha claimed three as New Zealand were bundled out for a paltry 159.

India gained complete command against New Zealand in the first Test as the tourists conceded a huge lead of 279 runs in the first innings.

Umesh Yadav provided India the first breakthrough of the day, trapping Kruger van Wyk in front of the wickets for a duck.

Doug Bracewell and James Franklin added 30 runs for the seventh wicket to provide New Zealand some momentum, but their partnership was broken by Pragyan Ojha, who had Bracewell stumped by wicketkeeper MS Dhoni for 17.

Bracewell struck two boundaries to score 17 off 25 balls.

The Kiwis slipped further when Jeetan Patel was dismissed by R Ashwin for 10.

Franklin was the lone fighter for the tourists, as he remained unbeaten on 43, which came from 122 balls.

Brief Scores: India 438 (Cheteshwar Pujara 159, MS Dhoni 73, Virat Kohli 58; Jeetan Patel 4 for 100, Trent Boult 3 for 93) lead New Zealand 159 (James Franklin 43*; R Ashwin 6 for 31, Pragyan Ojha 3 for 44) & 41 for 1 (Brendon McCullum 16*, Martin Guptill 16; Pragyan Ojha 1 for 19) by 238 runs.

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