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    India seam bowlers Shantakumaran Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma produced inspiring spells on Saturday to leave New Zealand tottering at 148 for seven on the first day of the third and final Test at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.

    Sreesanth and Sharma produced early strikes and were well supported by the spinners as top-ranked India made a good start in its attempts to win the series after draws in the opening two matches at Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.

    Brendon McCullum (34) and Tim Southee (7) were the not-out batsmen at the close of play as New Zealand stuttered through two sessions after electing to bat following a delayed start due a wet outfield.

    Sreesanth (two for 20) got India off to a perfect start by removing both New Zealand openers in successive overs of his spell with the new ball.
    He induced an edge from Martin Guptill for wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to take a comfortable catch in the seventh over of the innings and then bowled left-hander Tim McIntosh to reduce New Zealand to 16 for two.
    Sharma (two for 32) took both wickets in his second spell, after he had changed ends. He trapped Ross Taylor lbw for 20 and bowled New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori, who edged the ball onto his stumps.
    In between, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha removed Kane Williamson for zero, caught by Virender Sehwag at short cover.
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