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Rahul Dravid sets record as New Zealand stumble

Rahul Dravid set a world record for most catches by a fielder when he snapped up Tim McIntosh at third slip to leave New Zealand struggling at 37 for one at lunch on the fourth day of the third Test on Monday.

The hosts are chasing an improbable 617 to win the match at the Basin Reserve, and save the series, after India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni declared their second innings closed on 434 for seven after 75 minutes play in the first session.

Dhoni was 56 not out, his 16th test half century, while Zaheer Khan was on 18 when the visitors ended their innings.

Zaheer then combined with Dravid to dismiss McIntosh for four in the 11th over of New Zealand’s innings, to give the Indian his 182nd catch in his 134th Test match. The previous record of 181 was held by Australia’s Mark Waugh.

Elated over his much awaited record, Dravid planted a kiss at the cherry before his teammates huddled around to congratulate him.

The 36-year-old Dravid, who made his Test debut in June 1996 at Lords against England, has scored 10823 runs from 134 matches at an average of 52.54 with 26 hundreds and 57 fifties.

Martin Guptill was on 29, while Daniel Flynn was on four at the break for New Zealand.

Play started 30 minutes early on Monday after bad light halted the game with 8.1 overs remaining on Sunday.

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