Harbhajan's first Test ton guides India to safety against Kiwis

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The Independent Online

Harbhajan Singh's first century in any form of cricket earned India a hard-fought draw in the first Test against New Zealand despite a top-order collapse in Ahmedabad yesterday.

At 15 for 5 and 65 for 6, India appeared to be close to defeat, but V V S Laxman (91) and Harbhajan, who scored 69 in the first innings, put on 163 to see their side towards a second-innings total of 266.

New Zealand strolled to 22 for 1 before the teams shook hands at the start of the last hour. The second Test in the three-match series begins in Hyderabad on Friday.