21 Mar 2009

India remain on top in first test

5:54 am on 21 March 2009

The New Zealand cricketers have a big couple of sessions ahead of them if they're to take the first test against India into a 5th day.

New Zealand will resume their second innings on day four on 75 for 3, still 166 runs behind India's first innings score.

The Black Caps lost Tim McIntosh for a duck, Martin Guptill for 48 and nightwatchman Kyle Mils for 2.... Daniel Flynn is 24 not out.

Coach Andy Moles admits they're in a difficult position... he says they've been outplayed for the first three days and they've got to make sure they show a bit more character over the next two.

He says they've under-performed, dropped four catches, and have fielded particularly well so it hasn't been a good advert for the test team so far in this game.

Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 160 in the Indian innings says they're in strong position having lead from the very first session.