Live cricket score India vs New Zealand: The second day of the test series seems to have ended quite satisfactorily for the Indian squad led by Virat Kohli with Bhuvneshwar Kumar inflicting the maximum damage on the Kiwis. It was a great day for Kumar who said that it was a dream come true for him – he took 5 wkts and M Shami 3. It has become the norm in the Test series that India throws away the advantage of the toss and the first-day wicket to leave themselves staring at quite a low first innings score only for the Kiwis to get out cheaply themselves thereby giving up the momentum to Kohli. This time, the script has changed only in so far as India, in its second innings is facing the prospect of getting out cheaply. There will be a result in the second Test too, but who will win in the end?
Both the wickets at the Kanpur Green Park and Kolkata’s Eden Gardens are not that bad, it is the batsmen who don’t seem to know how to effectively tackle the conditions. While spinners had a field day in the first Test, the pacers are dominating the 2nd. The Kolkata pitch may be playing a little low, but a little concentration from batsmen in shot selection and not going into their shells will go a long way in ensuring they get big scores in. Saha in first innings and now in second have shown the way to go. Kohli too was going great, till he stopped scoring runs allowing the Kiwi bowlers to dominate and this cost him his wicket.
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5.15 PM: India 227/8, W Saha-39, B Kumar-8
5.05 PM: India 215/8, RA jadeja-6, c sub (JDS Neesham) b Santner
4.50 PM: India 209/7, R Sharma-82, c Luke Ronchi b Mitchell Santner
4.31 PM: India 203/6, R Sharma-77, W Saha-34
4.05 PM: India 170-6, R Sharma-53, W Saha-26
*Rohit Sharma reaches a much needed half century in this bowler’s pitch. This is his 6th test fifty.
* Drizzling has started as the ground staff are ready with the covers. The play is still going on.
* Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha partnership is worth 50 now. India are 157/6 after 45. The lead is a solid 267 runs. Is an under 300 lead enough to win the Test or should India target 350+?
* India 147/6 with Rohit Sharma batting 40, and W Saha 17: Rohit Sharma looks to be batting with purpose. He has not made much of an impression in Tests and would be looking to cement his position in the Test side with a big, perhaps winning, score here.
* The post-tea Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha partnership has put together 15 runs after Tea.
A sensational day of cricket, indeed! Wickets are falling like ninepins and the bowlers are on top! When was the last time we saw something like that happening in India?
After India batted itself into a position of comfort with a 300 plus score courtesy keeper Saha, The Indian bowlers reduces virtually massacred the Kiwis in their first innings and it seemed they had the Test under total control. That is when Virat Kohli saw Team India’s supremacy slipping fast through his fingers as the Indian batsmen faced the fury of the New Zealand bowlers and it was their turn to surrender on a Kolkata pitch that seemed to be delivering bombs rather than balls. The destruction has left India at 110/6 in 34 overs at tea, with a lead of 222 runs – a double Nelson. Anyone remember Dickie Bird?
* OUT! Ashwin is out! He thinks the ball hit the bat first, umpire disagrees! Ashwin walks back dejectedly. Ashwin lbw b Santner.
* OUT! Kohli is out! After playing a longish innings in which he scored an invaluable 45, Kohli gets out to a ball that kept very low. A ‘surrraa’ ball! Good innings though from a batsman who has been quite out of touch. Virat Kohli lbw b Trent Boult 45. It must be said the Indian capt went totally into his shell and was not scoring at all for quite some time. It gave the Kiwis the advantage. Before that, Kohli was blasting 4s to his heart’s content. Wonder why it has to be either this or that, why not in-between?
* After 20 overs India are 89/4.
* SIX! Rohit Sharma blasta a huge six over square-leg. T
* OUT Ajinkya Rahane out! Short ball that stays low accounts for Rahane. He was easing into a shot but gets a snick that flies to fine-leg. Ajinkya Rahane c Trent Boult b Matt Henry.
* The period after lunch has been devastating for India. They have lost 3 wickets in six overs. The new ball is really troubling India. India lead by 146 runs. Kohli and Rahane at the crease.
* OUT! Dhawan out! So much for this experiment. Do we see Gambhir walking in as opener in next Test? Trent Boult accounts for Dhawan with one that comes in and hits the pad. Shikhar Dhawan lbw b Trent Boult 7.
* OUT! Pujara out! Matt Henry the bowler. The batsman may have a grouse after he sees the TV replays. The umpire had a long look and then said ‘out’. It may have been missing leg.
* OUT! Murali Vijay comes forward and snicks one to second slip where Guptill gleefully pouches it. Murali Vijay c Martin Guptill b Matt Henry 7.
* LUNCH! India goes into lunch at 12/0 a lead of 124 runs with Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan at the crease. They ensured that the Kiwis did not get a breakthrough in the 20 or so minutes that India batted after the NZ innings concluded. It was a torrid time especially for Dhawan as Trent Boult was really tearing in and he hit him on the same thumb on 2 occasions. Painful, indeed!
* New Zealand all out for 204! Lead for India in the first innings is 112-run. Shami takes three wickets.
Shami gets Watling leg before wicket and the umpire raises his finger confirming his ouster. With this New Zealand’s last hope to cling to the game came crumbling down. It didn’t take much time for Shami to finish off the batting squad and New Zealand put up a score of 204 at the end of 1st innings.
Mohammad Shami began day 3 with a blitzer ending the 36th over by only 4 runs. By the end of 40 overs New Zealand was 157/7. The partnership between Watling and JS Patel appears to be building slowly. Come Ravichandran (R) Ashwin at the 47th over and strikes immediately. Shami gets Patel at mid-off moving to his right. JS Patel with a strike rate of 100 had to leave the crease and New Zealand sinks one step deeper in the sand. By over number 48, the Kiwis were 185 for the loss of 8 wickets.
Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (W), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami.
Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor (C), Mitchell Santner, Luke Ronchi, Bradley Watling (W), Matt Henry, Jeetan Patel, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.