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Ryder's double ton puts Kiwis in control

INDIA slumped to 79 for three in reply to New Zealand's mammoth 619 for nine declared led by Jesse Ryder's double century on the second day of the second test at McLean Park in Napier yesterday.

Rahul Dravid was on 21 and Sachin Tendulkar was yet to score at stumps after nightwatchman Ishant Sharma, who came in when Gautam Gambhir was dismissed for 16, was trapped leg before by skipper Daniel Vettori in the penultimate over.

The dangerous Virender Sehwag was the first wicket to fall when he was caught behind by Brendon McCullum off Vettori for 34, a ball after he had smashed the spinner for six.

Gambhir, who had already survived a close run out call, failed to clear Vettori at mid-on against off-spinner Jeetan Patel with six overs remaining in the day's play.

Despite holding the upper hand, New Zealand was not counting on running through the visitors today as it seeks to try to level the three-match series after losing the first test in Hamilton by 10 wickets.

"There's world class players still at the crease and world class players still to come," McCullum said. "It'll take an amazing effort from us to try and get through these next couple of batsmen. If we can expose the tail early enough it gives us a chance to try and force some sort of result."

New Zealand's massive score was anchored by Jesse Ryder's 201, his first test double century, and McCullum's third test century.

McCullum, asked by Vettori to chase quick runs after tea, scored his century at almost a run a ball without any of his characteristic big hitting before he was dismissed for 115.

The century was McCullum's first against a major test team, his others coming against Bangladesh (143) and Zimbabwe (111).

"There was a bit of emotion there," McCullum added of his celebrations after he reached three figures. "No disrespect to Bangladesh and Zimbabwe - but to get one against a top quality side like India means a lot."

Vettori scored 55 before he chopped on a delivery from Zaheer Khan, while Patel was the last man out for one off Harbhajan Singh.

James Franklin shared in a 121-run fifth-wicket partnership with Ryder before the all-rounder was caught short of his ground when called through for a quick single to be dismissed for 52.

Ryder had resumed after lunch on 191 and hooked Khan behind square for his 24th boundary to bring up his 200 but played on the next ball while chasing a wide delivery. The burly left hander, dismissed the next ball after he brought up his maiden test century in the first game in Hamilton, was visibly angry with himself, smashing his bat into the ground.


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