New Zealand pacer Chris Martin said India may be tottering at the brink of defeat but the Kiwi bowlers still need to maintain the pressure to ensure they win the second Test and level the series.
Martin’s three-wicket burst dashed India’s hopes of a turnaround in the match and following on,the visitors still trail New Zealand by 267 runs with nine wickets in hand.
Martin said the Kiwi bowlers could not relax yet. “We have done pretty well in the first half. We need to maintain our momentum and bowl in the right areas to achieve a victory here,” said Martin.
Personally,it was a memorable day for the fast-medium bowler who crossed a personal land mark of 150 wickets in his 47th Test when he had Yuvraj Singh snared by Tim McIntosh at second slip.
“It does pep you up and it is always nice to reach milestones,” said Martin,who also scalped Dinesh Karthik and VVS Laxman to finish with figures of 3 for 89.
He is only the fifth New Zealand bowler to have bagged 150 wickets or more,following in the foot steps of Richard Hadlee,Daniel Vettori,Chris Cairns and Danny Morrison.