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Kiwis fighting hard to regain their honour

Fighting back to their wall, New Zealand batsmen staged a remarkable reply to India's bowling onslaughts, finishing at 331/5 at the end of the third of the first Test at Motera which in eventuality may he heading for a strong draw, unless the visitors thinks otherwise. The wicket can be best described as most biased towards the batsmen. Otherwise, how can you describe the rising fortunes of a team, which a few weeks ago were annihilated by the slow bowlers of Bangladesh?

Fighting back to their wall, New Zealand batsmen staged a remarkable reply to India's bowling onslaughts, finishing at 331/5 at the end of the third of the first Test at Motera which in eventuality may he heading for a strong draw, unless the visitors thinks otherwise. The wicket can be best described as most biased towards the batsmen. Otherwise, how can you describe the rising fortunes of a team, which a few weeks ago were annihilated by the slow bowlers of Bangladesh?

Should the Indian bowlers be blamed? The same set of bowlers, who were instrumental in shunting down the Australians a few days ago, were toiling hard against the Kiwis. Unbeaten overnight, Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor were much at ease on the crease until they decided to throw their wickets - they perished more due to their own misdeeds than the ingenuity of the Indian bowlers. McCullum (65) and Taylor (56) took the score to 131 when within a space of 6 runs both returned giving India buckets of hope as the follow on target was still a long way to go.

But Jesse Ryder, playing a test after 14 months and Watling, appearing for the first time, batted like possessed to put on another 194 for the 5th wicket to dispel any thoughts of an Indian supremacy at Ahmedabad. Ryder got his third century in Test cricket, Watling finished the day unbeaten, close to his first. More importantly, the two ensured the Kiwis may not be called to bat again in this Test match.

A draw here against India after the drubbing in Bangladesh is a great honour and achievement. The Kiwis are after that lost glory.

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