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oracle
October 8, 2003, 08:15 AM
Dravid is a reliable test batsman for India. If he stays put we will see 400+ tomorrow. Tendulkar out for 8 runs!

http://msn.skysports.com/skysports/article/0,,8-1106515,00.html

India 249-3 (R.Dravid 110 not out, V.Laxman 56 not out) v New Zealand.
First Test, Ahmedabad

Rahul Dravidís haul of 110 was instrumental as India reached 249 for three in the first test against New Zealand in Ahmedabad.

Dravidís unbeaten 110 was the plus side on a day where India lost star batsman Sachin Tendulkar for a measly eight.

His partnership with Vangipurappu Laxman, unbeaten on 56, destroyed New Zealandís hopes of running away with the match following the dismissals of opener Virender Sehwag, rookie Aakash Chopra and Tendulkar.

Dravidís 15th century in 70 tests contained 12 boundaries off 245 deliveries. Two beautifully hit cover drives off Daniel Vettori were the highlight of his innings.

Their productive partnership helped India seize the initiative provided by captain Sourav Ganguly winning the toss.

Dravidís earlier partnership with Chopra was none too spectacular, with Chopraís no-risk shots frustrating the Kiwi pacemen.

Chopraís cautious strokes meant that he only found the boundary once in the first session, however after lunch he decided to accelerate the scoring and paid the ultimate price as he was caught and bowled by Vettori.

Chopra hit four boundaries from 116 balls and was instrumental in stabilising India after the loss of his opening partner, Virenda Sehwag.

Sehwag managed a spirited, which included a six off opening bowler Darryl Tuffey, before he was dismissed lbw by Tuffey.

Tendulkar entered the ground to rapturous applause but soon left the fray after he played a Scott Styris outswinger straight to Nathan Astle at first slip.

[Edited on 10-10-2003 by oracle]

Kalbaisakhi
October 8, 2003, 08:35 AM
India made atleats 450.And think defeted NZ by innings.


:lol::lol::lol:

chinaman
October 8, 2003, 08:47 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39426000/jpg/_39426832_dravid_200gt.jpg

Rahul Dravid (110) and VVS Laxman (56) share an unbroken stand of 115 to ensure India end the day in total control on 249-3 (BBC)

chinaman
October 8, 2003, 08:48 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39425000/jpg/_39425958_chopra_300gt.jpg

Debutant Akash Chopra continues to look for boundaries and makes an impressive 42 before falling victim to spinner Daniel Vettori (BBC)

chinaman
October 8, 2003, 08:50 AM
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/ap_photo/20031008/all/l946056.jpg

Wednesday October 8, 02:39 PM
Indias V.V.S. Laxman hits the ball during the first day of the first test match against New Zealand in Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003. India were 249 for three wickets at the end of the first day of play. (AP Photo/Aman Sharma)

chinaman
October 8, 2003, 08:51 AM
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/ap_photo/20031008/all/l946055.jpg

Wednesday October 8, 02:39 PM
Indias Rahul Dravid cuts the ball during the first day of the first test match against New Zealand in Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003. India were 249 for three wickets at the end of the first day of play and Dravid completed his century. (AP Photo/Siddharth Darshan Kumar)

chinaman
October 8, 2003, 08:53 AM
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/afpji/20031008/031008101705.07t1ledf0b.jpg

Wednesday October 8, 11:17 AM
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (left) leaves the field after being caught out as New Zealand bowler Scott Styris (right) celebrates his wicket during the first day of the first Test match between India and New Zealand in Ahmedabad AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar

chinaman
October 8, 2003, 08:55 AM
http://wwwi.reuters.com/images/2003-10-08T125642Z_01_AMD17D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-CRICKET.jpg

India's V.V.S Laxman (behind, R) and teammate Rahul Dravid reach for the crease while taking a run on the first day of the first cricket test match between India and New Zealand in Ahmedabad October 8, 2003. India won the toss and elected to bat. REUTERS/Arko Datta

oracle
October 8, 2003, 08:56 AM
Thanks for showing the images Chinaman.:P

Kalbaisakhi
October 8, 2003, 10:23 AM
Hmmmm good pic.

:cool2::cool2::cool2::cool2:

chinaman
October 9, 2003, 01:43 AM
http://wwwi.reuters.com/images/2003-10-09T060355Z_01_AMD02D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-CRICKET-NEWZEALAND.jpg

Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid hits a shot on the second day of the first cricket test match against New Zealand in Ahmedabad October 9, 2003. REUTERS/Arko Datta

James90
October 9, 2003, 02:26 AM
What's with VVS Laxman's pads? Looks like they were designed by EA Sports

Dravid is now 178 n.o
GO YOU GOOD THING!!!

chinaman
October 9, 2003, 07:31 AM
Day 1: India 249/3 (Dravid 110*, Laxman 56*; 90 overs)
Day 2: India 500/5d, New Zealand 41/3 (Styris 10*, Astle 13*; 19 overs)

India 1st innings R B 4 6
A Chopra c & b Vettori 42 116 4 0
V Sehwag lbw b Tuffey 29 32 3 1
R Dravid c Hart b Oram 222 387 28 1
SR Tendulkar c Astle b Styris 8 38 1 0
VVS Laxman c Wiseman b Vettori 64 147 8 0
*SC Ganguly not out 100 211 8 3
+PA Patel not out 29 24 5 0
Extras (b 2, lb 3, nb 1) 6
Total (5 wickets declared, 159 overs) 500

DNB: Harbhajan Singh, A Kumble, Z Khan, L Balaji.

FoW: 1-35 (Sehwag, 10.4 ov), 2-107 (Chopra, 37.6 ov),
3-134 (Tendulkar, 50.4 ov), 4-264 (Laxman, 97.5 ov),
5-446 (Dravid, 148.6 ov).

Bowling O M R W
Tuffey 31 6 103 1
Oram 33 8 95 1 (1nb)
Styris 26 5 83 1
Vettori 44 9 128 2
McMillan 4 1 6 0
Wiseman 21 0 80 0


New Zealand 1st innings R B 4 6
MH Richardson b Khan 6 20 0 0
L Vincent c Patel b Khan 7 31 1 0
*SP Fleming b Khan 1 3 0 0
SB Styris not out 10 34 1 0
NJ Astle not out 13 27 1 0
Extras (lb 3, nb 1) 4
Total (3 wickets, 19 overs) 41

To Bat: JDP Oram, CD McMillan, +RG Hart, DL Vettori, DR Tuffey,
PJ Wiseman.

FoW: 1-11 (Richardson, 6.5 ov), 2-16 (Vincent, 8.4 ov),
3-17 (Fleming, 10.1 ov).

Bowling O M R W
Khan 7 1 16 3 (1nb)
Balaji 5 2 9 0
Kumble 5 2 10 0
Harbhajan Singh 2 0 3 0

Tintin
October 9, 2003, 07:33 AM
Everything going as per the plan, except that it was Kumble who was to take those three wickets :)

Hasib
October 9, 2003, 08:34 AM
Why is it that india only plays well at home (they were beaten by the kiwis last time)

oracle
October 9, 2003, 08:44 AM
Zaheer khan is da man. India lucky to have Nehra too. But Zaheer's combination of pace and variation is what makes him attractive. 3 wickets for 16 runs! As predicted Dravid makes his 200.
Their Australia tour will be interesting if these 2 keep their form.


Source: Cricinfo.

Test # 1660
New Zealand in India, 2003-04, 1st Test
India v New Zealand
Sardar Patel (Gujarat) Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
8,9,10,11,12 October 2003 (5-day match)

Result:
Series:

Toss: India
Umpires: RE Koertzen (SA) and DR Shepherd (Eng)
TV Umpire: K Hariharan
Match Referee: RS Madugalle (SL)
Test Debuts: A Chopra, L Balaji (Ind).
Man of the Match:

Close of Play:

Day 1: India 249/3 (Dravid 110*, Laxman 56*; 90 overs)
Day 2: India 500/5d, New Zealand 41/3 (Styris 10*, Astle 13*; 19 overs)
Day 3:
Day 4:
India 1st innings R B 4 6
A Chopra c & b Vettori 42 116 4 0
V Sehwag lbw b Tuffey 29 32 3 1
R Dravid c Hart b Oram 222 387 28 1
SR Tendulkar c Astle b Styris 8 38 1 0
VVS Laxman c Wiseman b Vettori 64 147 8 0
*SC Ganguly not out 100 211 8 3
+PA Patel not out 29 24 5 0
Extras (b 2, lb 3, nb 1) 6
Total (5 wickets declared, 159 overs) 500

DNB: Harbhajan Singh, A Kumble, Z Khan, L Balaji.

FoW: 1-35 (Sehwag, 10.4 ov), 2-107 (Chopra, 37.6 ov),
3-134 (Tendulkar, 50.4 ov), 4-264 (Laxman, 97.5 ov),
5-446 (Dravid, 148.6 ov).

Bowling O M R W
Tuffey 31 6 103 1
Oram 33 8 95 1 (1nb)
Styris 26 5 83 1
Vettori 44 9 128 2
McMillan 4 1 6 0
Wiseman 21 0 80 0


New Zealand 1st innings R B 4 6
MH Richardson b Khan 6 20 0 0
L Vincent c Patel b Khan 7 31 1 0
*SP Fleming b Khan 1 3 0 0
SB Styris not out 10 34 1 0
NJ Astle not out 13 27 1 0
Extras (lb 3, nb 1) 4
Total (3 wickets, 19 overs) 41

To Bat: JDP Oram, CD McMillan, +RG Hart, DL Vettori, DR Tuffey,
PJ Wiseman.

FoW: 1-11 (Richardson, 6.5 ov), 2-16 (Vincent, 8.4 ov),
3-17 (Fleming, 10.1 ov).

Bowling O M R W
Khan 7 1 16 3 (1nb)
Balaji 5 2 9 0
Kumble 5 2 10 0
Harbhajan Singh 2 0 3 0

chinaman
October 9, 2003, 10:18 AM
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/ap_photo/20031009/all/l946767.jpg

Thursday October 9, 12:13 PM
Indias Rahul Dravid, right, prepares to hit the ball as New Zealands wicketkeeper Robbie Hart looks on during the second day of the first cricket test match between India and New Zealand in Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003. Dravid scored 222 runs. (AP Photo/Aman Sharma)

chinaman
October 9, 2003, 10:20 AM
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/ap_photo/20031009/all/l946758.jpg

Thursday October 9, 12:13 PM
Indias Rahul Dravid sweeps the ball towards deep fine leg as New Zealands wicketkeeper Robbie Hart looks on during the second day of the first cricket test match between India and New Zealand in Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003. Dravid scored 222 runs. (AP Photo/Aman Sharma)

Kalbaisakhi
October 9, 2003, 10:31 AM
Hey nice color ful pic Chinaman.

:P:P:P

Kalbaisakhi
October 9, 2003, 10:33 AM
Hey i think india defeted Nz by an innings.

I wish i see the result.

:lol::lol:

Zobair
October 9, 2003, 12:36 PM
Dravid is the man! I love his unhurried calm demeanour...excellent bat!

Carte Blanche
October 9, 2003, 02:54 PM
What's with the picture of Dravid and Laxman reaching for the crease at the same end?

Mahmood
October 9, 2003, 02:56 PM
Probably a boundary...

oracle
October 10, 2003, 08:37 AM
New Zealand 1st innings R B 4 6
MH Richardson b Khan 6 20 0 0
L Vincent c Patel b Khan 7 31 1 0
*SP Fleming b Khan 1 3 0 0
SB Styris c Chopra b Harbhajan Singh 34 98 5 0
NJ Astle st Patel b Harbhajan Singh 103 207 14 0
CD McMillan c Chopra b Sehwag 54 92 8 0
JDP Oram c Dravid b Kumble 5 50 0 0
+RG Hart lbw b Balaji 15 58 1 0
DL Vettori not out 28 71 5 0
PJ Wiseman not out 8 28 1 0
Extras (b 4, lb 13, nb 4) 21
Total (8 wickets, 109 overs) 282

New Zealand salvaging and defying the follow on. 19 runs needed to avoid follow on.
I think, maybe it's just speculation at this point: if India aren't able to make NZ follow on, the match is heading towards a draw.
Assuming a lead of 150 or so around lunch tomorrow, India would have to bat till their lead was atleast 400, i.e. bat for another 250 runs or till at least the morning session of the fifth day. That will leave NZ with 350 or so to aim for.
Which leaves the match as a dead ender. Furthermore, question is if the pitch starts to turn on day five-which is doubtful. Yep, no chance of a result.

[Edited on 10-10-2003 by oracle]

Tehsin
October 11, 2003, 03:20 AM
Bond and Cairns would have made this match a little more fun.

[Edited on 11-10-2003 by tehsin]

oracle
October 11, 2003, 08:35 AM
New Zealand require another 322 runs with 9 wickets remaining of
NZ's play.
NZ are coming back to the game, 322 runs to chase, 9 wkts (that include Fleming, MCMillan, Astle, Vettori, Vincent, Orma left). Patience may win the day for NZ.




Patience may win the day for NZ.


Match Drawn Yes and McMillan's 54 and 83 not out helped NZ show what it means by the word graft. Something of an example!


[Edited on 12-10-2003 by oracle]

Hasib
October 11, 2003, 06:28 PM
This could end up beng quite an interesting match than!!!

Tehsin
October 12, 2003, 01:17 PM
Well, looks like NZ drew India without Bond and Cairns and from a very desperate position. Great job by Astle and McMillan. Dravid was magnificient.

acbizz
October 13, 2003, 01:57 PM
India should have won this match.

say
October 13, 2003, 09:50 PM
Sourav just blew it this time... argghhh...:mad: