New Zealand opt to bat

2010-11-20 09:10

Nagpur - New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat after a wet outfield has delayed the toss and start of the third Test against India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur, on Saturday.

After a few inspections scattered throughout the morning, it was decided to take lunch at the scheduled time.

Plenty of rain over the past few days in the region has left soggy patches on the field.

Umpire Simon Taufel did not give any indication of a starting time, "At the moment, a section from fine leg to third man is soggy, the ground staff have their work cut out. The wet portion is a safety concern.

"We are looking to aerate the soil as the wet part doesn't get any sun because of the grand stand. We want to make conditions fair for both sides before we start."


India: V Sehwag, G Gambhir, R Dravid, SR Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, SK Raina, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Harbhajan Singh, S Sreesanth, PP Ojha, I Sharma

New Zealand: BB McCullum, TG McIntosh, MJ Guptill, LRPL Taylor, JD Ryder, KS Williamson, DL Vettori (capt), GJ Hopkins (wk), CS Martin, TG Southee, AJ McKay