1. Cricket score: India beat New Zealand, displace Pakistan, grab World No. 1 rank; Virat Kohli says ‘Lovely Test match’

Cricket score: India beat New Zealand, displace Pakistan, grab World No. 1 rank; Virat Kohli says ‘Lovely Test match’

India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 4: With some luck and Rohit Sharma's immaculate innings, Team India batted itself into a position of total control in Kolkata and made it count to become World No. 1 Test playing country.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 3, 2016 10:30 PM
India vs New Zealand, Live cricket score: Ind beat NZ, displace Pak, grab World No. 1 rank; Virat Kohli says 'Lovely Test match' India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 4: Captain Virat Kohli celebrates the wicket of Ross Taylor during 4th day of 2nd Test match against New Zealand at Eden Garden in Kolkata on Monday. PTI

Live Cricket Score India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 4: With some luck and Rohit Sharma’s immaculate innings, almost, Team India has batted itself into a position of total control in the match. The New Zealand team have no one to blame but themselves. After having bowled their heart out to put themselves back into reckoning in the Test, they frittered away the advantage at the fag end of the day allowing Sharma and Saha to graft runs and get a lead as big as 339 runs with two wickets still standing. If India score in excess of 400 it will will ensure that Virat Kohli wins the match.

After a sensational day of cricket, when bowlers were going berserk and the batsmen were looking for places to hide, India managed to emerge with the honours, although the Kiwi bowlers did a superb job of keeping the score restricted and at the same time taking wickets regularly. They may be fighting a losing cause at Kolkata, but credit must be given to the New Zealand side that is without its regular skipper Kane Williamson. With the 4th day upon us and the Kiwis set to bat, presumably anytime after lunch if India declare or anytime now if they take quick wickets, on this wearing pitch, from Bhuvi, to Shami and Ashwin to Jadeja, all Indian bowlers must be just salivating at the prospect of getting their hands on the ball. At stake in the Test match is the World No. 1 cricket playing country ICC rank. If India win, they will be crowned No. 1 , muscling out  current leader Pakistan.

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* Check out what Captain Virat Kohli said immediately after beating the Kiwis and snatching the World No. 1 spot from the Pakistanis. Virat Kohli: “Our objective is to stay on the top and do good consistently. I was expecting Rohit to score runs. His has a love-affair with this ground. Saha is the best ‘keeper in the country at the moment. We ticked all the boxes. Lovely Test match.”

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* Virat Kohli is shouting and screaming, running and hugging his teammates! He has won series against Sri Lanka, West Indies and New Zealand. And the cherry on the top is the World No. 1 ranking!


* OUT Trent Boult dismissed by Shami. India win by 178 runs to become ICC World No 1 ranked team by displacing Pakistan from top. Boult done in by a short ball. He moves his feet, but leaves himself in no position to play the ball, yet takes a swipe at it, gets an edge that loops into air and Murali Vijay moves smartly to take it safely. Trent Boult c Murali Vijay b Mohammed Shami. Kiwis bowled out for 197 in 81.1 overs.

* OUT! Jadeja gets another wicket, that of Matt Henry. A fully delivery is hit in the air and at short extra cover, Virat Kohli moves smartly and effects a great catch. Matt Henry c Virat Kohli b Ravindra Jadeja 18 (44). New Zealand 192/9 (77.0).

* Rahane drops easy chance off Henry! Moves to his right fast, but is unable to hold it!

* Indian bowlers have done well for themselves. While Ashwin has 3 wickets, Mohd Shami has taken 2 and Jadeja 2, with Bhuvi grabbing 1. Clearly, they have complemented each other. Everyone has raised his hands when called in to get the team a breakthrough. Magnificent bowling effort.

* OUT! It is Jeetan Patel now. Bhuvi is the bowler. All over bar the shouting. Will the win come today or tomorrow, that is the question on everyone’s mind? 11 overs still to go, but bad light may come into play. Matt Henry and Neil Wagner at the crease.

OUT! Ronchi goes. Jadeja the bowler. Just when the batsman had played himself in, he wasted it all. Ronchi rocks back and tries a stylish shot, but only manages to get an inside edge and the ball goes and shatters the stumps. Luke Ronchi b Jadeja 32. In his previous over, Jadeja should have had a wicket too. He coaxed 2 edges that fielders could not reach. NZ need 198 runs to win.

* OUT! Yet another wicket goes down. This time it is BJ Watling. Shami wrecks Watling’s off-stump. For some reason, Watling thought the ball was going to turn. It does not and crashes into the off-stump. Indian bowlers have sowed total confusion in Kiwi batsmen’s minds! BJ Watling b Mohammed Shami 1. NZ 156/6.

* OUT! New Zealand 154/5. Another wicket goes down as Indian bowlers take a throttle-hold on the Test match. Shami gets one to move in to the left-handed Santner, and raps him on the pad as the batsman fails to connect. Out LBW, says Umpire. Mitchell Santner lbw b Mohammed Shami.

* OUT! Tom Latham dismissed! Kiwis lose 4th wicket. Crucial wicket for India. Ashwin the bowler. A wide ball that Latham could have left alone, but he chooses to hit it, takes the edge and Saha completes the formalities. Tom Latham c Wriddhiman Saha b R Ashwin 74.

* TEA! New Zealand have scored 135/3 and are in a lot of trouble and must now be thinking of just saving the match. They have very few wickets in hand and with the Indian bowlers on the rampage, they would not be thinking of trying to win the Test. They need another 241 runs to win.


* The Kiwis are now thinking that there is a bomb in every delivery. Even innocuous ones, the kind they would usually have blasted to the boundary, are making them uncomfortable. And this was seen when Jadeja got Luke Ronchi to snick the ball that Rahane caught. However, fielder says it may have hit ground first. Umpire agrees. Good sportsmanship!


* OUT! Ross Taylor gets out cheaply! Ashwin gets a LBW decision. A straight delivery that Taylor did not pick. The fact that it stayed low may have confused the batsman too. Ross Taylor lbw b R Ashwin 4.

* LBW? Not out! Jadeja vents fury after umpire denies LBW appeal to a ball that pitched in line and was all set to hit stumps.

* OUT! A straight delivery accounts fo Nichollas as he shaped to play for spin. The resultant snick is pouched in the slips by Rahane. Kiwis in big trouble. Lunch break did not agree with them. They lost their concentration and are now being made to pay the price by Team India. Henry Nichollas c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravindra Jadeja.

* 50! Tom Latham gets a quickfire half-century. Kiwis will need him to stay on crease and see out the day. Not just a century, they will need much more than that from this set batsman. Else it is curtains for them.

* Mohammed Shami back in attack with Kiwis at 72/1 after 25 overs. Kohli has tried various combos spin-spin and pace-spin in search for wickets. He does not want to leave it till tomorrow to get a breakthrough.

* OUT! New Zealand lose first wicket after tremendous fightback. Kiwis 55/1! Guptill makes the cardinal mistake of hiding his bat behind the pad. Ball pitches and turns. There is a lot of spin on it. Would it have hit the wickets or miss? The Umpire says OUT and that is what it stays. The fact that Guptill had taken a huge step forward creates doubts about the dismissal. Martin Guptill lbw b R Ashwin 24.

* India are in a fair bit of trouble as the pitch is working in batsmen’s favour. Whether it was the Indian fast bowlers or spinners, none of them found any purchase in the pitch. They would be hoping that the lunch break breaks the batsmen’s focus enough for them to get out! At the moment, that is all they can hope for as the bowling is not really working.


* LUNCH! Magnificent display of batting prowess by the Kiwis. They have defied the best that the Indian bowlers could throw at them and marched to 55 without the loss of any wicket with Latham batting on 31 and Guptill 21 – 321 runs to win the Kolkata Test.

* Before lunch break, the closest that India came to taking a wicket was that of Guptill who missed a Shami delivery that came in and all the Indian fielders went up in unison. But the umpire was not impressed.


* New Zealand openers are not looking to score runs. Anything on the stumps is stoutly defended and the rest is left alone. Remains to be seen how long they keep this up.

* New Zealand are 7/0 after 3 overs. Shami has bowled a maiden. Runs off Bhuvi

* Gautam Gambhir on field. Shikhar Dhawan missing – he was hit twice on his thumbs by pacer Trent Boult while batting yesterday.

* Tom Latham and Martin Guptill to open for NZ. Bhuvneshwar Kumar first up to bowl for India.

* The New Zealanders have done well to take two quick wickets to wrap up the Indian tail. The winning score is tough, very tough and the Kiwi batsman will find it very hard to get anywhere near it especially as they are batting last on a wearing pitch. Having said that, if they put up an outstanding show, something that none of their batsmen has done so far in the Test series, they may give India some anxious moments. Great opportunity though for India to go 2-0 up in the series and retain the trophy!

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* Mohammed Shami OUT! KIWIS MUST SCORE 376 RUNS TO WIN! Trent Boult forces a snick from the batsman and the ball flies to slip where Tom Latham takes it very low. Umpires turn to third umpire and he says it was caught fairly. Shami out. Saha unbeaten on 58.

* 50! Saha gets half-century in each innings! His attacking brand of cricket in Tests may not appeal to everyone, but as long as the runs came and he batted into a comfortable position, then well played it is! Saha does not stop there, he blasts another 4! India lead by 370 runs. Is this enough to win the Test, or 400 is better? What if NZ plays out a draw, if Virat Kohli does not give the bowlers enough time to bowl them out?


* OUT! Bhuvneshwar was not able to handle a short ball. His indecisive prod took the ball into air, where Nichollas pouched it. Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Henry Nichollas b Neil Wagner 23

* With Bhuv Kumar batting on 22 and w Saha on 48, India bring up their 250.

* Saha starts in customary fashion by looking to blast the bowlers out of the park. He is on 47; 50 beckons. India 250/8 (72.0 ov)


* The Eden Gardens Bell was run by BCCI President Anurag Thakur today to kick-off the Day 4 proceedings.


* The pitch, for a change, has not been the focus of attention too much. It has played well and is now likely to help spinners. A true sub-continental pitch.

 

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