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PHOTOS: India vs New Zealand, Bangalore Test (Day Three)

Last updated on: September 2, 2012 18:43 IST

Ashwin, Ojha put India on front foot

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Ravichadran Ashwin scalped five wickets as New Zealand managed an overall lead of 244 after an absorbing third day's play to leave the second and final Test against India interestingly poised in Bangalore on Sunday.

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After conceding a slender 12-run lead, Ashwin snared five for 69 to restrict New Zealand to 232 for nine on an action-packed third day, which saw as many as 14 wickets fall at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

India will now look to wrap up the innings as quickly as possible and push for a 2-0 series win with two full days still left in the match.

Useful contributions from the middle-order helped the visitors in their endeavour to put up a defendable total as Ashwin didn't let the Black Caps take a runaway lead.


Image: India's R Ashwin smiles as he walks off the field with teammates at the end of the third day's play in their second Test match against New Zealand in Bangalore
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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Ashwin's second five wicket haul in the series

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Ashwin got rid of Kruger van Wyk, James Franklin and Tim Southee in quick succession before Pragyan Ojha dismissed Bracewell to peg back the visitors.

The burly Tamil Nadu offie began post-tea session by claiming Daniel Flynn's wicket soon after tea for 31 caught at first slip by Virender Sehwag while trying to run the ball down to third man.

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.


Image: India's R Ashwin celebrates with teammates after dismissing New Zealand's Daniel Flynn during the third day of their second Test match in Bangalore
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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Brilliant Umesh leads India's fight

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Yadav also intimidated 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.

Franklin and Van Wyk frustrated the home team bowlers with a gutsy 55-run stand for sixth wicket after the Black Caps were reduced to 140 for five at one stage.

Van Wyk was foxed by Ashwin trapping him leg before for 31 with scorecard reading 195 for six.

Daniel Flynn, who scored 31 with six boundaries gave the innings some momentum which shifted in favour of Indian bowlers once Flynn was gone.

In post lunch session, Yadav scalped two wickets as Indian bowlers struck four times to leave the Test in balance.

Yadav claimed the wickets of openers McCullum who scored 23 and Martin Guptill who could manage only 7 while Ojha dismissed Kane Williamson and opposition skipper Ross Taylor.


Image: India's Umesh Yadav appeals successfully for wicket of New Zealand's McCullum during third day of their second Test match in Bangalore
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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Umesh castles Guptill

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Taylor looked good during his brief innings as New Zealand had reached 123 for four at break with Flynn and Franklin were batting on 25 and 11 respectively.

Earlier, Yadav gave the much needed breakthrough when he first got Guptill with a full toss that castled him and then a fuller delivery saw McCullum edging one to Indian skipper behind stumps.

Tottering at 31 for two, New Zealand skipper and first innings centurion Taylor straightaway survived a loud leg before appeal, but the ball clearly missed leg stump.


Image: New Zealand's Tim Southee celebrates taking the wicket of India's MS Dhoni during their second Test match in Bangalore
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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Kohli registers his second Test ton

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Earlier, Virat Kohli completed his second Test century while skipper Dhoni contributed 62 but India were all out for 353 thereby conceding a 12-run first innings lead to the Kiwis.

Seamer Tim Southee took a career best seven for 64 as he ran through the lower middle-order to keep New Zealand in the match.

The day started with both Kohli batting on 93 and Dhoni on 46 reaching their individual milestones with boundaries.

Dhoni reached his half century with a fine straight drive of left-arm seamer Trent Boult.

In the same over, Kohli tucked one on his pads to the square leg boundary to reach his second Test hundred.


Image: India's Virat Kohli celebrates scoring a century during their second Test match against New Zealand in Bangalore
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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Southee destroys India

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Kohli, however shouldered arms to a Southee delivery that was in line and was promptly given leg before.

Dhoni got one that darted back sharply to be adjudged leg before.Zaheer Khan and Pragyan Ojha followed the suit as India were reduced to 320 for nine from 301 for five.

However Umesh Yadav provided some support to Ashwin who hit an unbeaten 32 to help India cross 350 and keep the lead to only 12 runs.

Ashwin's innings may turn out to be an important one if India go on to win the Test match.


Image: New Zealand's Tim Southee celebrates taking the wicket of India's MS Dhoni during their second Test match in Bangalore
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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