7 Apr 2009

Indian cricketers set for victory

5:36 am on 7 April 2009

The Indian cricketers are on the brink of their first series win in New Zealand since 1968 with the Black Caps struggling in their second innings in the third and final test at the Basin Reserve.

New Zealand are 167 for 4, still needing another 450 runs on the last day for victory.

India has a 1-nil series lead and the chance of the Black Caps reaching their target unlikely with the highest fourth innings winning total in Test cricket history being 418 scored by the West Indies against Australia in 2003.

New Zealand's remaining batsmen face the imposing task of trying to survive the final day, with forecast rain late in the day their best chance of salvaging a draw.

Vice-captain Brendon McCullum says you can't pray for rain or expect rain to get you out of a sticky situation, they got a partnership formed late yesterday afternoon and hopefully with a couple of batters to come they can still try and get out of this.

Allrounder James Franklin is on 26 and Ross Taylor 69.