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Feb 6, 2014
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That is the end of day’s play! New Zealand have done exceedingly well to get out of a muddle and finish off on a high. Kane Williamson was brilliant. But, Brendon McCullum has played a true captain’s knock. We’ll be back with more tomorrow. Do join us for Day Two.
The Indian pacers start fresh with the new ball. Zaheer and Ishant get good carry and bowl a tight line but the batsmen are settled in. The runs have dried up, but McCullum still solid while Anderson is easing in to his strokes after a slow start.
After the initial caution, Corey Anderson seems to have settled in. McCullum is still going strong.in control. To cover up a few overs, Dhoni has introduced Rohit Sharma in to the attack.
Nervous start for Corey ANderosn. He barely manages to evade a few short balls. India have regained some ground after Williamson’s dismissal.
Unfortunate end to a fine innings. Kane Williamson tries to play one down the leg-side, gets a faint edge and is caught by Dhoni. The 221-run partnership has finally come to an end.
OUT! Williamson 113(172)
India have kept a check of the rate of scoring slightly in the last few overs. Zaheer Khan has come back into the attack and Jadeja continues from the other end. They have done well to restrict the flow of runs and keep things in control.
After McCullum, it’s a century for Wlliamson. He cover drives Jadeja, takes a couple and celebrates his fifth Test hundred.
That’s Brendon McCullum at his best. He galloped in to the 90s with a few boundaries and then reached his hundred with a lofted six over long off. Eighth Test hundred and third against India. A similar story from the ODIs unfolding here. New Zealand fight back from a precarious position and then push India out of the game. After a pull shot and an on-drive from McCullum, Williamson follows it up with a late cut for four.
Brendon McCullum is ready to switch on his aggression mode in the last session. Sweeps Ravindra Jadeja for boundary in the first over post tea. Both the batsmen are heading to their respective centuries. Indian bowlers need to pull up their socks to snatch the momentum back. Fine batting performance so far by the Kiwis.
That is tea at Auckland. A brilliant session for New Zealand as they have scored as many as 126 runs. This could be a game changing part for the New Zealanders and India have got to do something to stop them.
The Indians are running behind their over rate having used pacers for most part of the innings. Their worries are only mounting as Brendon McCullum has completed his half-century. He got to his fifty with a boundary off Zaheer. Williamson is going strong on 76.
The surface looks good for batting now and the Williamson-McCullum pair is looking assured now. Williamson has completed his 11th Test fifty and seventh consecutive half-century across formats. Williamson has once again been impressive with his strokes. He got to his half-century with an awkward pull shot which flew behind the wicket for a six. Meanwhile, Shami is bowling his heart out but the batsmen have done well to sustain the consistent line of attack from Shami.
Format doesn’t matter for Williamosn. he is well on his way for another half-centruy. Will be interesting to see how costly it proved for India after being dropped by Murali Vijay. McCullum has also done well to attack the bowlers and score runs briskly. Runs are flowing for the Kiwis.
The sun is out and the conditions aren’t appearing as threatening as it did at the start of play. But the pacers are well on target. Shami is the only pacer not to have got a wicket but he has been the most impressive. This time, Murali Vjay drops an easy slip catch offered by Kane Williamson. Second catch put down in the slips. Meanwhile McCullum and Williamson have stitched a valuable half-century partnership.
Virat Kohli begins the first over post lunch. There is an appeal for leg-before on the third ball before McCullum hits a boundary on the next ball rocking on the backfoot and punching it through covers.
It has been a session that has been dominated by India. Their bowlers have done very well to exploit the conditions on offer and pick up those wickets. Ishant Sharma has been the surprise package undoubtedly and a lot more in store as we head into lunch. Do join us on the other side of the break. Jadeja bowls just before lunch and WIlliamson charges to him and hits a four through long-on.
Second wicket for Ishant. Poor shot from Ross Taylor. He looked nervous, playing some tentative strokes. It was a length ball from Ishant and Taylor went to drive the ball uppishly past mid-off; not the ideal shot early in the innings. Jadeja takes a sharp reflex catch. Third down for New Zealand
The two in-form batsmen are leading the charge for New Zealand. Williamson has looked settled but Taylor is still edgy attempting some rash shots. He tried to pull a head high bouncer from Ishant. Impressive start from the pacer but need to maintain the pressure.
Zaheer could have dismissed Fulton in his first over itself. Nevertheless, the left-hander has managed to strike one more blow to the Kiwis removing Fulton leg-before, Coming over the wicket the ball was full enough and Fulton struggled to get his bat down in time. Two wickets in quick time for India and they are back dominating the first session.
OUT! Fulton 13(35)
Shami is getting assistance from the wind to move the ball away from the right-handed Fulton but he choose to angle the ball in to Fulton. In the seventh over, he got one to move in and it hit Fulton below the knee roll but umpire Kettleborough turns down the leg-before appeal. In his next over, Shami has Fulton in more trouble, with the one hitting him well below the knee. Replays show, the ball would’ve crashed in to the middle-stump. Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma has replaced Zaheer. and managed to reap the benefit of the pressure created by Shami and Zaheer. Rutherford edges a wide delivery it to Ajinkya Rahane at gully. Brilliant catch by Rahane. Ishant has completed 150 Test wickets.
OUT! Rutherford 6(30)
Both the pacers have done well to pitch it up and keep the batsmen on their toes. Left-handed Rutherford looked subdued until he eased in to a cover drive off Zaheer’s delivery for a boundary.
Dropped! Shikhar Dhawan messes up a simple slip catch offered by Peter Fulton which was flying straight to Rohit Sharma. Dhawan, at third slip dived in front of Rohit and the first opportunity goes begging. Excellent first ball by Zaheer Khan. Fulton managed to get a boundary on the next ball with a flick through mid-wicket.
Mohammed Shami begins the proceedings under overcast conditions. Starts off with a good length ball which swings away from Fulton. The next ball is slightly on the middle and leg, Fulton flicks it and gets a single. Rutherford facing his first ball nicks it to the slips but no damage done. The fifth ball bounces and hits Rutherford high on his pads.
Midas touch with the toss! MS Dhoni has won the toss again and has elected to bowl in the first Test. The green wicket and overcast conditions have kept the captains interested in bowling first.
So the news is, Ishant Sharma remains in the side, and the Indians will get a good chance to make early inroads on the seamer friendly wickets. Dhoni is clear, that the bowlers need to pitch it up. Zaheer Khan will be the key.
New Zealand: Hamish Rutherford, Peter Fulton, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (c), Corey Anderson, BJ Watling (wk), Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Ishn Sodhi.
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma.
The toss has been delayed due to bad light and slight drizzle. Steve Davis and Richard Kettleborough are inspecting the conditions. The cloud cover has reduced and the toss is not far away.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the first Test between India and New Zealand at Auckland. I am Abhijit Banare and I will be bringing you the updates of Day One of the Test. After the 4-0 victory, New Zealand will back themselves to push the World No 2 Test side. India have a challenge ahead of them and it would be interesting to see how they live up to it. The last time around, in 2009, they defeated a weaker Kiwi team 1-0 in tests but this time, it’s not a walkover. June 2011 was the last time the Indians won an away Test match. It’s time Dhoni and his team sets the record straight away before it becomes a psychological scar.
In the first Test at Auckland, swing is going to be a major factor for both the Indian batsmen and the bowlers. The batsmen need to negate the formidable Kiwi pace attack led by Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner in their ranks. Meanwhile the Indian pacers, with spearhead Zaheer Khan at the forefront, will be eager to exploit the conditions.
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