The light does not seem to improve and the umpires have called stumps early on Day Two of the first Test. India are at 130 for four and they trail New Zealand’s 503 by 373 runs. Rohit Sharma is batting on 67 and Ajinkya Rahane is on 23. That is all from us on Day Two. Join us again on Day Three for the live updates. Have a good day.
Sodhi comes in and Rohit hits that towards mid-on and takes off for a quick single. The batsmen almost get in each others’ way while running, but manage to avoid a collision and complete the run. Williamson bowls a length delivery and Rohit comes down the track and lofts one over deep mid-wicket for a six. Sodhi bowls a full delivery and Rahane plays an inside-out shot over extra-cover for a four. Play has been stopped due to bad light. The umpires are discussing the situation, so, there will be a break in play. We will be back as soon as play resumes.
Southee bowls a length delivery and Rohit comes on the front-foot and drives that wide of mid-off for a four. Sodhi is getting to bowl on a better line and length now. Plus he is getting the ball to spin and bounce, so, the batsmen have to be careful. The lights are fading at Eden Park and the umpires are having a discussion with Brendon McCullum. So, not to waste more time, McCullum brings spinner Williamson into the attack. He gives away two runs in his first over.
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Southee gets a length delivery to find the outside edge of Rahane’s bat, but the ball just bounces short of the second slip. Sodhi has been brought into the attack. He is getting the ball to spin away from the right-handed batsmen. Southe comes in and Rohit gets to his half-century with a single towards mid-wicket. Funnily, this is Rohit’s first Test half-century. The other two times he has crossed the 50-run mark, he has gone onto score centuries. Rahane pushes one from Southee to deep point and gets three.
Wagner comes in and Rohit gets two runs towards deep cover. He then gets two runs towards third-man. Wagner bowls a length delivery on the stumps and Rohit plays that towards deep mid-wicket for three runs. Wagner bowls a length delivery and Rohit pushes that with classical timing to the left of mid-off for a four. Drinks have been taken.
Boult bowls one wide and full outside off-stump and Rahane hits that in the air over extra-cover for a four. Wagner digs one in short and Rahane unconvincingly pulls that in the air in-between mid-wicket and square-leg for three runs. Boult bowls a maiden over to Rahane. Southee then bowls a testing over to the Indian batsmen giving only one run away.
Boult bowls the first over after tea. He gives one run in the over. Wagner comes in from round the wicket. He finds the outside edge of Vijay’s bat, but the ball goes past the slips for a four. The next ball lands outside off-stump and just holds its line. The ball beats the edge of Vijay’s bat and clips the off-bail. Vijay shows his bewilderment at the delivery, but he has to go. Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in. He gets off the mark with two runs to deep cover. Boult then bowls one down the leg side and the ball swings after going past the batsman and Watling has absolutely no chance to stop it. That has been signaled as four byes. Wagner then bowls a bouncer and Rohit pulls that behind square on the leg side. Wagner follows that up with a short and wide delivery and Rohit cuts that in front of square on the off side for a four. Rohit then opens the face of the bat and guides a short delivery over the slips for a four.
OUT! Vijay 26 (60)
Anderson bowls a full and really wide delivery and Vijay gets his bat to it and guides it for a four towards cover-point. Neil Wagner has been brought into the attack. He too is a left-arm medium-fast bowler. He bowls one short and wide and Rohit cuts brilliantly to get a four in front of square on the off side. Right-arm leg-spinner Ish Sodhi comes into the attack. He is getting the ball to turn, but he is not getting the right line nor length yet. He gets his last delivery to pitch outside off-stump and turn and bounce. Wagner bowls a short and wide delivery and Rohit times it past backward-point for four runs. Tea is soon taken and India trail New Zealand by 458 runs after losing three wickets. Join us after the tea break.
Boult bowls one coming in from round the wicket. Vijay flicks it towards wide mid-on for a four. Corey Anderson comes into bowl. He is a left-arm medium-fast bowler. He bowls one a little wide and Vijay drives that towards wide mid-off for a four. South bowls a testing over to Rohit, but his last ball is short of a length and down the leg side. Rohit guides that towards fine-leg for a four.
Boult bowls a straight delivery and Kohli hits that back past the bowler for a four. He gets off the mark with that glorious shot. Southee bowls a bouncer and Kohli tries to play it with a straight bat. The ball touches the gloves and the the helmet before Peter Fulton takes the catch at second slip. Kohli cannot believe it, but he has to go back to the dressing room. India in serious trouble now. Southee bowls a length delivery and Vijay plays at it with soft hands and gets an edge. The ball keeps low goes through the slip cordon for a four. McCullum has kept five slips.
OUT! Kohli 4 (13)
Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay walk out to bat for India. Trent Boult will open the bowling. Boult strikes third ball with an away moving delivery close to Dhawan, who edges it to Kane Williamson at gully. Chetehswar Pujara is the next man in. Boult bowls a full and wide delivery and Pujara uncharacteristically plays at it. The ball finds the edge and wicketkeeper BJ Watling takes a comfortable catch. Two wickets in the first over itself. Boult has rocked the Indians.
OUT! Dhawan 0 (3), Pujara 1 (3)
Boult gets off the mark with a single towards mid-wicket off Jadeja’s bowling. Ishant comes in and digs one in short. McCullum slices a pull high in the air towards fine-leg. Dhoni and Murali Vijay from straight third-man converge, but neither go for it and it drops in-between them. Ishant bowls a back of a length delivery and McCullum hits that in the air towards long-on. Jadeja takes the catch. His momentum tough takes him over the boundary line, but he throws the ball high in the air before that. He comes back in onto the field of play and catches the ball comfortably. That is the 10th and last wicket to fall for New Zealand. They have been bowled out for 503. McCullum fell one run short of his career-best 225 which also came against India in 2010. The Indian innings will begin shortly, so join us then.
McCullum 224 (307)
Jadeja bowls straight and McCullum sweeps that in-between short fine-leg and deep backward square-leg for a four. Jadeja then gets one to pitch at the rough marks outside off-stump and Wagner prods at it. The ball just bounces a little extra and it takes the edge and Virat Kohli catches it at first slip. Trent Boult is the new man in. Ishant bowls a back of a length delivery and McCullum pulls that in the air and just above Rahane at long-leg for a six. Rahane tried his best with a jump, but was not close enough. That also brings up the 500 for New Zealand. McCullum then plays one towards Rohit at third slip, but the fielder stops it and throws at the striker’s end where McCullum is well short of his crease. The ball misses the stumps.
OUT! Wagner 0 (7)
Welcome back. Shami bowls the first over after lunch. He gives only two runs away in that over. Ishant comes in from the other end. He bowls a length delivery and Sodhi flicks that for three runs through deep mid-wicket. Jadeja comes in and McCullum comes down the track and hits that over long-on for a six. The partnership is now over 50 runs between McCullum and Sodhi. Ishant bowls a length delivery and Sodhi edges that to Rohit at second slip, who takes a good low catch to his right. That is Ishant’s fifth wicket of the innings. Neil Wagner is the new man in.
OUT! Sodhi 23 (27)
Shami bowls a quick bouncer from round the wicket to Sodhi, but it is too high and the umpire calls it as a wide. Shami bowls a full and wide delivery and Sodhi gets a thick edge to it. The ball goes past the slips for a four. Shami bowls a length delivery and Sodhi hits that towards wide mid-on for a four. Jadeja comes from round the wicket and McCullum comes down the track and launches that over long-on for a six. McCullum slog-sweeps the last ball before lunch towards deep backward square-leg for a four. That is McCullum’s double century. This is actually his second double century in Test cricket and both have come against India. That is also lunch on Day Two. Join us when the second session begins.
Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack. He bowls a short and wide delivery and Sodhi cuts that towards point. Substitute fielder Ambati Rayudu mis-fields and the batsmen run three. Jadeja bowls a straight one and McCullum comes down the track and hits that over the bowler for a four. Shami bowls a length delivery and McCullum gets a thick outside edge past the slips for a four. Jadeja bowls one down the leg side and Sodhi times it beautifully for a four towards square-leg.
Ishant bowls a bouncer and Southee ducks and plays a hook at the same time. He misses as the ball goes to MS Dhoni behind the wickets. Ishant bowls another bouncer and Southee goes for the hook again. The ball hits his shoulder and then his helmet and goes to Rohit Sharma at second slip. The ball was called as a front-foot no-ball. Ishant follows that up with another bouncer and this time Southee gets a top-edge with another hook shot. The ball goes over fine-leg for a six. Ishant bowls a back of a length delivery on the stumps and Southee hooks that over fine-leg for another six. There was a slight top-edge in that stroke, but it was an intentional shot. Shami then comes in and bowls on leg-stump line. Southee moves away and misses. Shami does not and Southee is bowled. A good entertaining innings has come to an end. New Zealand upped their run-rate in that partnership of 36 runs. Ish Sodhi is the new man in.
OUT! Southee 28 (21)
Ishant bowls a length delivery and McCullum knocks it back slightly in the air. Ajinkya Rahane is positioned at short mid-on and the ball just falls short of him. Ishant bowls a back of a length delivery and Southee flashes his bat at it, only to edge it wide and over the slips for a four. Shami bowls a full delivery and McCullum drives towards covers. Dhawan blocks it and turns and throws at the non-striker’s end, where Southee is well short of his crease. But the ball is way wide of the stumps. Shami then bowls a length delivery on the pads and McCullum pulls that behind square on the leg side for a four.
Ishant bowls a length delivery outside off-stump. The ball does not have any visible movement, but Watling plays at it with his bat face slightly open. He edges it and the ball flies to Shikhar Dhawan at third slip, who takes a good catch in front of his face. Watling has to depart for one. Tim Southee is the next man in. He gets off the mark with a push towards mid-on for a four. Shami has been brought into the attack for the first time on Day Two. Southee moves towards the off side and Shami bowls a fuller delivery on the leg side. Southee flicks that away for a four towards fine-leg. Shami then hits Southee on the pads and the Indians appeal. But the umpire says not out. Replays show that the ball would have clipped the bails.
OUT! Watling 1 (6)
Zaheer bowls a tight over giving only one run away. Ishant bowls a short and wide delivery and McCullum cuts that away for a four through cover. Ishant bowls a short delivery down the leg side and McCullum pulls that fine behind square on the leg side for a four. Watling gets off the mark with a quick single dabbing the ball on the off side. Zaheer bowls a full delivery and McCullum hits that straight down the ground for a four. Drinks have been taken. It has been a good positive start for New Zealand. They will not be happy about Anderson’s wicket though.
Ishant comes in from round the wicket and bowls a bouncer. Anderson pulls that in the air over mid-wicket for a four. Ishant bowls a length delivery and Anderson gets an inside-edge towards fine-leg for a four. Ishant then bowls another bouncer and Anderson pulls that through square-leg for another four. The umpires looking at the ball and have replaced it with another ball. The break looks to have broken McCullum’s concentration. He falys his bat at a back of a length delivery, but misses. Apart from a no-ball, Ishant bowls a good tight over. Zaheer bowls a full delivery and Anderson gets a thick edge to it as the ball races away for a four towards third-man. Zaheer bowls a tame short delivery and Anderson easily pulls that for a four behind square on the leg side. Ishant bowls a length delivery and McCullum hits that slightly in the air towards straight mid-on for a four. Mohammed Shami let the ball through his fingers while taking a tumble on his left side. Ishant bowls a length delivery from round the wicket and hits Anderson on the pads. The Indians appeal and umpire Steve Davis raises his finger quickly. Replays show that the ball would have gone above leg-stump. BJ Watling s the new man in.
Zaheer Khan begins proceedings on Day Two for India. Brendon McCullum gets a thick outside edge and gets four runs past the slips. Ishant Sharma gives only one run away in his first over. Corey Anderson edges one from Zaheer towards third-man for a four. McCullum drives a half-volley from Zaheer towards long-off for another four. McCullum has gone past 150 now. Anderson then gets an outside edge off Ishant’s bowling and the ball races away for a four towards third-man. He reaches his half-century. Ishant bowls a back of a length delivery down the leg side and Anderson plays that off the back-foot for a four towards fine-leg.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the first Test between India and New Zealand in Auckland. I am Shrikant Shankar and I will be bringing you the updates of Day Two of the Test. India had won the toss on Day One and elected to bowl first. New Zealand went onto to score 329 for four. Kane Williamson scored 113 and Brendon McCullum is batting on 143. Corey Anderson is batting on 42. Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma have taken two wickets each so far.
Read our live updates from Day One here. Read our Day One report of the first Test here.