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3rd Test: India in a virtually invincible position

Gautam Gambhir cracked a fluent 167 as India put themselves on course to a historic series triumph by taking a mammoth 531-run lead in the third and final Test against New Zealand on Sunday.

The left-handed Gambhir notched up his sixth Test century, his second successive one in the series, to power the visitors to a commanding 349 for 5 in their second innings when play was called off a little early because of bad light on the third day.

Rahul Dravid (60) and VVS Laxman (61) were the other notable performers as India took complete control of the match with yet another solid batting display.

Yuvraj Singh (15) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (16) were at the crease at stumps on Day Three.

With two days left in the game, India are the clear favourites to clinch the series 2-0 and record their first Test series triumph on New Zealand soil in 41 years.

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