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Top 4 tenth-wicket ‘century partnerships’ for India

4. 105 runs by Harbhajan Singh and Sreesanth against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 2010

Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh added 105 for the tenth wicket (Photo by AFP)

The second Test match of the three-match series was played between 12th November, 2010 and 16th November, 2010 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad, India.

New Zealand, led by Daniel Vettori, won the toss and chose to bat.

A 147-run second wicket partnership between McIntosh (102 runs, 254 deliveries, 10*4, 1*6), and Martin Guptill (85 runs, 160 deliveries, 9*4, 1*6) and a contribution of 70 runs off 120 delivers with 10 fours from Jesse Ryder, enabled the Kiwis to put up a total of 350 runs in the first innings.

Zaheer Khan (27-8-69-4) and Harbhajan Singh (35.3-10-76-4) were the most successful bowlers for India.

India started off well with a 160-run first wicket partnership between Virender Sehwag (96 runs, 120 deliveries, 15*4, 1*6) and Gautam Gambhie (54 runs, 129 deliveries, 7*4).

At 184/3, VVS Laxman, at the fall of Sachin’s wicket, joined Rahul Dravid and the two took the score to 259 run, when Dravid departed after scoring 45 runs off 144 deliveries with the help of 5 fours.

Laxman, at his personal score of 74 runs off 160 deliveries with 11fours, returned to the dressing room at the team score of 326 runs.

Dhoni fell as the seventh wicket at the team score of 336 runs. Harbhajan Singh who had joined Dhoni, was left only with the tail-enders for company. They were still trailing by 14 runs. Zaheer Khan and Pragyan Ojha departed fasterthan they had arrived in the middle, without making any addition to the score.

It is at this juncture, the batsman No 11, Santhakumaran Sreesanth joined Bhajji in the middle. Though Sreesanth was not very well known well for his expertise with the bat, he stood his ground and provided a great support to Bhajji, who at the other end was scoring at will.

The last pair stayed together to build up a partnership of 105 runs before  Sreesanth was consumed  by the Kiwis skipper.

Sreesanth had scored 24 runs off 71 deliveries with 3 fours.

Harbhajan Sngh remained unbeaten on 111* runs off 116 deliveries with the help of 7 fours and an equal number of sixes. This eventually is his second highest score in Test cricket, thus far. His 100 runs came in 105 deliveries with the aid of 7 fours and 6 sixes.

India took a lead of 122 runs

Weather-interruptions and poor light saw India play their first innings almost upto lunch on Day 4.

New Zealand began their second innings and riding on the back of a double-century (225 runs off 308 deliveries, 22*4, 4*6) by Brendon McCullum, they declared their second innings at 448 runs for the loss of 8 wickets.

India had to chase a target of 325 to win the match. There was just one session left in the match and hence it ended in a draw.

Brendon McCullum was adjudged the Player of the Match.