We still have the upper hand, says New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner

India were 87 for one at the close of play on Day 3, still needing 320 runs to win the first Test at Auckland, but New Zealand fast bowler Neil Wagner is hopeful of picking the remaining nine wickets soon.

updated: February 08, 2014 20:06 IST
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Auckland: New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner on Saturday said that the hosts will not be hitting the panic button just yet as they are confident of taking remaining Indian wickets needed for victory in the first Test, here. At stumps on day three, India were 87 for one, still needing 320 runs for a win, after bundling out the Black Caps for just 105 runs in their second innings. This was after India had replied with only 202 to hosts' first innings score of 503. (Scorecard | Match report | Highlights | Day 3 in pics)

"It's a bit of a bitter-sweet day. We started off really well with the ball this morning and it was a great result to get them out for the score we did. Obviously, the batting after that really wasn't ideal stuff but at the end of the day, we are pretty happy with where we are," said Wagner.

"There are still a lot of runs on the board left to get and if we bowl well, we can get the nine wickets if we start off well tomorrow morning. It doesn't look like an ideal scenario but at the start of the game, we would have taken this any day," the left-arm pacer said. (Click here for latest on India's tour of New Zealand)

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