Boult backs batsmen to save Test

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New Zealand seamer Trent Boult feels his team's batsmen have the ability to keep the series alive despite having already surrendered a 339 run lead to India.

India lead by 339 with two second innings wickets in hand and look to be in control of the Test and while time may give the Kiwis a shot at the win the pitch still seems to have some gremlins in it.

Boult believes if they stick to their basics they cam make a game of it, saying: "We have the guys with the ability to bat long periods of time. In terms of the wicket, there is a little bit of variation in bounce and that is obviously going to be in the back of a few of our minds.

"We have to take it small steps at a time. If we can tick off our goals of trying to bat for half a session, then a session and just keep them out there and try to build like that. Anything that is set is definitely achievable."

Boult was positive about a bowling effort that saw India reduced to 106 for six.

The left-arm quick said: "The guys did extremely well to put the balls in the areas we did and apply that pressure.

"It was spoken in the huddle that we weren't just going to let them drift away with the game with a figure in mind. We wanted to put pressure on them and make them earn every run.

"We didn't want to give away anything too easy or soft. We knew if we put the ball in the areas we did we were going to be very challenging."

Boult praised the batting of Jeetan Patel, the tailender played well to get 47 in New Zealand's poor first innings.

Boult said: "He did very well. It's his first in a wee while and to come back and play an innings like that was good to watch.

"The rest of us can take a leaf out of his book and try to apply yourself like he did because they were valuable runs."