Hyderabad: New Zealand survived the third day of the ongoing first Test against India at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Thanks to rain and bad light!
Following on India's modest total 438, the Kiwis didn't get a good start for second time in the Test match as they lost their opening batsman Martin Guptill who was trapped in front of the stumps by Ojha when he was on 16.
The day ended with New Zealand posting 41 for 1 on the board.
The overcast conditions delayed the day's start earlier in the morning and the umpires Steve Davis and Ian Gould decided a 10:30 am start of the match due to wet outfields. However, the ground's men did well enough to dry the outfield up to very much extent and the match could be resumed.
The New Zealand tried to up the pace but they failed against the spin trappers of India. They resumed from 118/5 from the second day's play but could only manage to add another 41 runs on the board.
The destructive spell of orthodox leg spinner R Ashwin came too heavy over the black caps. He claimed 6 wickets.
New Zealand, who were already in a spot of bother by then, started to bat again when it poured heavily and the light got dim too.
With two days left in the game, it could well be India's match and if the Kiwis really want to make a match of it, they will have to bat out of their skins for the next two days or so.