Published On: Mon, Oct 10th, 2016

Openers take New Zealand to 125 for 1 at lunch on Day 3

Indore, Oct 10: New Zealand replied on a strong note to India’s massive first innings total to reach 125 for one at lunch on the third day of the third cricket Test.

The visitors are still 432 runs behind India’s mammoth first innings total of 557 for five.

Openers Martin Guptill (59 batting) and Tom Latham (53) completed half centuries and also figured in a 118-run opening stand before Ashwin removed left-handed Latham, 15 minutes before lunch break.

Giving Guptill company was captain Kane Williamson (3 batting) after New Zealand negotiated the 30 overs during the first session with relative ease.

Guptill had faced 120 balls while striking two huge sixes and 8 boundaries. New Zealand batted sedately after resuming at the overnight 28 without loss, but were also fortunate not to lose Guptill in the first half hour’s play and then Latham.

The right-handed opener was on 21 in a team score of 35 when Mohammed Shami, who worked up good pace along with Umesh Yadav at the other end, got him to edge to Ajinkya Rahane stationed at second slip but the Mumbaikar put down the sharp chance.

That escape came early on in the fourth over of the day. Shami could have dismissed the other opener Tom Latham too, just before the end of the opening hour when the left-hander tried to turn the ball to short mid-wicket.