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AUCKLAND---Neil Wagner took 4-62 as
New Zealand dismissed India for 366 yes-
terday to win the first cricket Test by 40
runs on a roller-coaster fourth day at Eden
Park and take a 1-0 lead in the two-test
Wagner claimed the critical wickets of
Shikhar Dhawan for 115, Virat Kohli (67)
and captain MS Dhoni (39), while wicket-
keeper BJ Watling took seven catches as
New Zealand dramatically snuffed out India s
bid to score 407 to win.
At times on the fourth day, India seemed
to be progressing comfortably towards a
win which would have made it only the
fifth team in 2,118 tests to achieve victory
by scoring more than 400 runs in the fourth
But a minor collapse on either side of tea
took the momentum out of India s run-
Dhawan, who began the day on 49,
became the anchor of the India innings
through the first two sessions and worked
with patience and caution to steer it towards
an extraordinary test victory. Only Australia
(418), against the West Indies in 2003, South
Africa (414) against Australia in 2008, India
(406) against the West Indies in 1976 and
Australia (404) against England in 1948
have cracked the 400-run barrier in winning
a test in the fourth innings.
But Wagner removed Dhawan shortly
before tea and New Zealand quickly claimed
the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane (18) and Rohit
Sharman (19) to reduce India to 270-6 to
leave the Test in the balance.
The collapse coincided with the arrival
of the second new ball, which was well used
by Trent Boult, Tim Southee and then Wag-
ner, a third seamer who excels when the
ball is wearing.
The tourists counterattacked with Ravin-
dra Jadeja, India s last recognised batsman,
blasting 26 from 21 balls with four fours
and a six, before holing out from the bowling
of Trent Boult in the seventh over of the
second new ball, leaving India 324-7, still
83 runs from victory.
Zaheer Khan made 17 and nudged India
to 349-8, still needing 58 runs but with
Dhoni facing a dwindling pool of partners.
The Indian captain tried to farm the strike
and advance the run chase as quickly as
possible but Wagner then removed Zaheer
and struck India a mortal blow by dismissing
Dhoni, the ninth man out, at 362.
New Zealand celebrated as it took a 1-0
lead in the two-test series but, amid its cel-
ebrations, there was a realisation that it had
had a lucky escape.
It dominated the match over the first two
days, scoring 503 after being sent into to
bat on a green-top pitch, then dismissed
India for 202 to take a 301-run first innings
Captain Brendon McCullum then made
a major miscalculation by deciding not to
enforce the follow on and, batting again in
seamer-friendly conditions, New Zealand
was dismissed for 105 in 41 overs in its sec-
That left it with a much smaller total to
defend than should have been the case.
Though India s fourth innings run chase
was historically unlikely, New Zealand had
forfeited its commanding position in the
match and left itself vulnerable.
"After not enforcing the follow-on we
didn t play well but their bowling was excep-
tional too," McCullum said. "Everyone has
got their own opinion.
"You have to make that decision and you
live and die by that decision. Thankfully we
are living by it." (Cricinfo)
AUCKLAND---Retired New Zealand all rounder
Chris Cairns has challenged former teammates
to go public with any evidence they may have
of his involvement in match-fixing after slam-
ming an International Cricket Council inves-
tigation into the allegations as extraordinary
Cairns called an impromptu news conference
at Eden Park yesterday, on the fourth day of the
first Test between New Zealand and India, to
denounce the ICC probe and to complain neither
New Zealand Cricket nor former New Zealand
players had publicly defended him.
The ICC s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit
has confirmed it is conducting an investigation
involving Cairns and his former New Zealand
teammates Lou Vincent and Daryl Tuffey.
Vincent and Tuffey have been spoken to by
investigators but Cairns says he has yet to be
directly approached. Cairns told reporters at
Eden Park he was aware of "whispers" behind
his back about his alleged involvement in match-
fixing and challenged former teammates to "man
up" and make public any evidence they hold.
"Go on the record," Cairns said. "Contact the
ICC. If you re man enough to be saying it behind
my back, say it to the people that you should
those players come out and say that."
Cairns said New Zealand Cricket had taken
no steps to represent his interests or to attempt
to ascertain the nature of the allegations against
"The thing that really irks me with NZC is
from day one I ve had the door shut in my face,"
he said. "You ve got a board member, Martin
Snedden, a lawyer. Does he see this as a just
process? Is this a proper way to conduct an
"Sir Richard Hadlee as a board member, how
would Sir Richard feel having his family name
being dragged through the mud as mine is?
"And David White, the chief executive, is he
happy that somebody who gave 16 years of his
life to this institution, over 250 games, is David
White happy with the way this process is being
done? I see NZC declined to comment. Why?"
Cairns attacks ICC
match-fixing probe Kiwis
New Zealand's Tim Southee, left, celebrates with New Zealand's Kane Williamson after
dismissing India's Cheteshwar Pujara for 23 on the 4th day of the 1st cricket test, Eden
Park, Auckland, New Zealand, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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