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Rahane, Vihari fight as India end Day 3 at 144/4

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Wellington, Feb 23:  India were 144 for four in their second innings at stumps on the third day of the first Test against New Zealand here on Sunday.

India still trail New Zealand by 39 runs with six wickets in hand.

AhinkyaRahane (25 batting) and HanumaVihari (15 batting) were the two unbeaten at the close of play as India faced 65 overs in their second innings.

Opener MayankAgarwal made a fine 58.

Prithvi Shaw (14), CheteshwarPujara (11) and skipper ViratKohli (19) all got out after starts.

Trent Boult (3/27) was pick of the bowlers for New Zealand in India’s second innings.

New Zealand were earlier bowled out for 348 in their first innings in reply to India’s below-par 165.

Resuming at the overnight score of 216 for 5, New Zealand added 132 runs in the morning session.

Skipper Kane Williamson top-scored for New Zealand with 89.

Ishant Sharma was the star performer with the ball for India with figures of five for 68, while off-spinner RavichandranAshwin scalped three wickets giving away 99 runs.

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