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Bond makes a Mark

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We start analysing India's performance at the Basin Reserve in reverse order.

The Men in Blue's last played a Test in Wellington in December 2002 and the hosts won by 10 wickets.

Put into bat, India were dismissed for a paltry 161 in their opening essay, with Rahul Dravid (76) scoring the bulk of runs.

The hosts made 247 in reply, thanks largely to a spectacular 89 by opener Mark Richardson.

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    Having conceded an 86-run lead, the visitors fumbled again in the second innings, managing only 121.

    The 36-run target was a mere formality for New Zealand.

    Richardson was named man-of-the-match for the sterling effort in the first innings. But it was his teammate who ensured the Indian collapse in both the innings, thereby ensuring his side's win. The name: Bond, Shane Bond!

    And he returned with match-figures of seven for 99, getting the better of the Indian top order in both innings.

    After the low-scoring Test, a headline said it all: Bond makes a Mark!

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