New Zealand set India a target of 261

New Zealand all-out for 248 in their second innings PTI

By CricketCountry Staff

Bengaluru: Sep 3, 2012

New Zealand were all-out for 248 in the first session of day four, setting India a target of 261 in the second Test match at Bengaluru.

Earlier, Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his third five-wicket haul in four innings on Sunday to push the second Test against New Zealand on a knife edge.

Ashwin (5 for 69), who had a 12-wicket haul in the Hyderabad Test that India won by an innings and 115 runs, bowled quite beautifully to fox the Kiwi batsmen into errors as the visitors ended the day at 232 for nine, just 244 runs in front with two more days left in the Test.

Pacer Umesh Yadav also gave able support to Ashwin by providing two vital breakthroughs sending back openers Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum in the post-lunch session.

Yadav also intimidated pocket-sized NZ keeper Krugner van Wyk with short-pitched stuff. Van Wyk was struck on his helmet as he took eyes off a short delivery from Yadav prompting the physio to run in on to the ground to attend him. The ‘keeper once again took a beating on his wrist in Yadav’s next delivery.

India lead the two-match Test series 1-0.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 365 & 248 (James Franklin 41, Ross Taylor 35; Ravichandran Ashwin 5 for 69) lead India 353 (Virat Kohli 103, MS Dhoni 62, Suresh Raina 55, Virender Sehwag 43; Tim Southee 7 for 64) by 260 runs.

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