India v New Zealand, 3rd Test, Indore: NZ get sinking feeling on wearing pitch


Indore :When Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli walked out to bat post lunch and the holkar Stadium crowd was just about beginning to settlement down,Harbhajan Singh the off-spinner who's not part of this Test series – sent out a tweet. "Already looks like a 2 days old pitch. My prediction match won't go more than 3 and half days," he declared.

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Somewhere around the same time, Cheteshwar Pujara lost his wicket, bowled by a beaux `ty from Mitchell Santner. Somewhere around the same time, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja may have grinned the grin. If you can even half-heartedly turn the ball, Indore is where you have got to be the next couple of days. New Zealand, it appears, have figured this bit out already. Summing up the day, James Neesham had this to say: "There wasn't a whole lot of lateral movement, so hard to get guys out. Hopefully spinners can get more out of it as it starts to break up."

He was talking about 'spinners getting more out of (the wicket)' in terms of tackling the Indian batsmen. He mentioned the pitch is breaking up. What he didn't add was that with India closing in on 300 and another seven wickets remaining, New Zealand could be left chasing ghosts on what is likely to be a horrifying turner.

"India's honours in the end. But a couple of quick wickets tomorrow and we are still in the game," Neesham added. The wickets are India's to lose. Fear is what the Black Caps need to get rid of another time.