BLACKCAPS and India draw second test

The second cricket test between the BLACKCAPS and India ended in a draw at McLean Park.

India, following on after facing a 314-run first innings deficit on day three, were 476 for four in their second innings, a lead of 162, when play was called off with a minimum of 17 overs remaining on the final day.

Jesse Ryder was named man of the match after scoring 201 in New Zealand's first innings of 619 for nine declared.

Opener Gautam Gambhir top scored in India's second innings with 137 while VVS Laxman was unbeaten on 124 and Yuvraj Singh was not out 54 when the match concluded.

India lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the opening match in Hamilton by 10-wickets. The final test starts at Wellington's Basin Reserve on Friday.

Day 4: India 252-2 at stumps, trail BLACKCAPS by 62

India were 252 for two in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day of the second cricket test against the BLACKCAPS at McLean Park.

India, asked to follow on yesterday after conceding a 314-run first innings deficit, still require another 62 runs before they get in credit.

Opener Gautam Gambhir batted throughout the day and was unbeaten on 102 from 290 balls -- his fifth test century. Sachin Tendulkar was not out 58.

Rahul Dravid, who scored 62, was the only wicket to fall today after India resumed on 47 for one.

New Zealand made 619 for nine declared in their first innings before India replied with 305 yesterday.

Day 3: India 47-1 following on against the BLACKCAPS at stumps day three

India were 47 for one in their second innings and trail the BLACKCAPS by 267 runs after being asked to follow on at stumps on the third day of the second cricket test at McLean Park.

Gautam Gambhir was not out 14, and first innings top scorer Rahul Dravid was unbeaten on 11.

India were forced to bat again after they were dismissed during the final session for 305 -- 314 short of New Zealand's first innings of 619 for nine declared, and 115 adrift of the follow-on mark of 420.

Captain Virender Sehwag was the batsman dismissed in India's second innings for 22 from the bowling of offspinner Jeetan Patel.

Chris Martin took three for 89 in India's first innings while Dravid scored 83 and VVS Laxman 76.

Day two: India 79-3 stumps day two, trail NZ by 540

India are 79 for three in reply to New Zealand's first innings of 619 for nine declared at stumps on the second day of the second cricket test at McLean Park.

Rahul Dravid will resume tomorrow morning on 21 and Sachin Tendulkar has yet to score when they set about erasing a 540-run deficit. The follow-on mark is 420.

Virender Sehwag made 34, Gautan Gambhir 16 and nightwatchman Ishant Sharma a duck as they all fell in the 23 overs available before stumps.

New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori had figures of two for 16 from five overs and offspinner Jeetan Patel one for six from four.

Earlier, Jesse Ryder topscored for New Zealand with 201 and Brendon McCullum made 115 to follow on from Ross Taylor's 151 yesterday

Day one: BLACKCAPS 351/4 at stumps v India

The BLACKCAPS are 351 for four at stumps on the opening day of the second cricket test against India at McLean Park.

Ross Taylor topscored with 151, his third test century, while Jesse Ryder was unbeaten on 137, his second century in three innings after he scored his maiden hundred at Hamilton during last week's first test.

The pair added 271 for the fourth wicket after New Zealand were in strife at 23 for three.

The stand was a record for the fourth wicket for New Zealand against all nations.

Zaheer Khan was the most successful bowler with figures of two for 94 from 23 overs.

Harbhajan Singh was kept wicketless for 20 overs before breaking the Ryder-Taylor partnership when the latter was caught by Yuvraj Singh in the deep.

James Franklin was the other not out batsman on 26.

NZPA

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