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Kiwis 'not counting on rain'

NEW Zealand would not be counting on the possibility of poor weather today to save it from a heavy third test defeat and series loss to India, vice-captain Brendon McCullum said yesterday.

The hosts, down 0-1 in the best of three series, require another 450 runs on the final day to win the match and prevent India winning its first series in New Zealand since 1968.

Chasing an improbable 617 to win, it will resume on the fifth day on 167 for four with Ross Taylor 69 not out and James Franklin with him on 26.

While winning is a virtual impossibility, rain and gale force winds are forecast to sweep across Wellington today, and with light now fading quickly at the end of the day, it is highly unlikely a full complement of overs will be bowled, which could halt India's push for victory.

"You can't pray for rain or you can't expect rain to get you out of a sticky situation," McCullum told reporters. "I think for us if we find ourselves waking up in the morning with a big blue (sky) overhead then we've got a fight on our hands".

Strangely, India chose to continue to bat yesterday, despite holding a 531-run lead, and it eventually declared at 434-7 after 75 minutes.

Yuvraj Singh said it was always the team's plan to set a target in excess off 600. "We heard it's going to rain (tomorrow) so we wanted to get 600 runs on the board and declare quickly so we could have enough overs to bowl at New Zealand."

During the day, India's Rahul Dravid broke the world record for catches by a fielder when he snared Tim McIntosh for four at third slip to take him to 182 catches, moving him past the 181 he had shared with Australia's Mark Waugh.

Dravid added his 183rd catch in the afternoon session when he snapped up Jesse Ryder for a duck off Harbhajan Singh, who had also trapped Martin Guptill in front for 49 two balls earlier.

New Zealand could have been in deeper trouble had Taylor not been recalled after being given out for 9.

After capturing the wicket of Daniel Flynn (10) after lunch, India thought it had dismissed Taylor when he was given out by umpire Simon Taufel following a catch in close by Gautam Gambhir off Harbhajan, reducing the host to 65-3.

After consultation with square-leg umpire Daryl Harper, however, Taufel referred the decision to third umpire Tony Hill. Television replays showed there was doubt as to whether Gambhir had closed his fingers around the ball before it touched the ground and Taylor was recalled.


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