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India continue to lead way in Ahmedabad

Harbhajan Singh struck a career-best 69 as India continue to lead the way in the opening Test against New Zealand.
Harbhajan Singh struck a career-best 69 as India continue to lead the way in the opening Test against New Zealand.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • India maintain their momentum over New Zealand after the second day of the first Test
  • At close of play in Ahmedabad, New Zealand are on 69 for the loss of two wickets
  • India had finished their first innings on 487, after starting the day on 329-3
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(CNN) -- India have maintained their momentum after the second day of the first Test against New Zealand in Ahmedabad.

At close of play on Friday, the visitors had been reduced to 69 for the loss of two wickets, after India had finished their first innings on a total of 487.

Resuming the day on 329-3, India failed to take advantage of their excellent start on Thursday -- which saw both Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid hit centuries -- and added only another 158 runs for the loss of their remaining seven wickets.

Both Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman were out for 40, victims of off-spinner Jeetan Patel, while tailender Harbhajan Singh struck a career-best 69 which included three sixes and five fours.

In reply, New Zealand had the worse possible start, losing opener Tim McIntosh for a duck, caught behind off paceman Zaheer Khan, while BJ Watling was bowled for six to leave the Kiwis struggling on just 27-2.

But Brendon McCullum (38) and Ross Taylor (18) steadied the ship and ensured New Zealand lost no further wickets before the close of Friday's play.