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Neil: Was a bitter-sweet day for us

Auckland: New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner on Saturday said that the hosts wouldn’t be hitting the panic button just yet as they are confident of a victory in the first Test, in Auckland.

At stumps on Day III, India still need 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.

“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.

“Everybody was very happy with the decision. It was a bit of a time for the bowlers to freshen up a little bit and have the legs ready enough for the second innings.” (PTI)