That’s from Day One. A clinical performance so far not allowing the hosts to dominate the proceedings. India were in a spot of bother when Murali Vijay was dismissed in the second over of the innings but Dhawan once again showed application to be patient and rally the team ahead. Pujara was once again the calming effect but was dismissed towards the end of the day. Catch the Day One Report Here.
It was a disciplined performance from India. They bowled out New Zealand cheaply and then lost just two wickets in reply. Ishant Sharma survives as nightwatchman while Dhawan is going strong on 71.
Pujara had survived a leg-before call initially against Boult. The next one is much fuller and hits him in the back leg and this time is trapped leg-before. Ishant Sharma has been sent in as night watchman and he leaves the first ball which hits him high on the pads.
OUT! Pujara 19(59)
Corey Anderson has been brought in to the attack along with Neil Wagner but the duo have just helped Dhawan, Pujara ease up. The batsmen are playing their strokes much more freely. Pujara struck a solid straight drive and Dhawan too has worked his way after a patient start.
The patient approach continues. But Shikhar Dhawan has some nervous moments against Tim Southee in the 17th over. He finally whips one on the leg and runs three.
Pujara as usual brings in the solidity for India trying to drag down the bowlers by not attempting for any balls not directed towards the stumps. Dhawan in the meanwhile is going steady.
Dhawan has decided to go for anything pitched in the slot. But overall, both the batsmen have been watchful against one that moves away from them. The Kiwis have virtually five pacers, with Anderson and Neesham being the other options.
Trent Boult starts the proceedings with a short ball well wide and above Dhawan’s head. It’s a maiden and Vijay too is watchful against Southee. Pushes the fourth ball past covers for a couple. But the last ball of the over brushes Vijay’s gloves on the way to wicketkeeper Watling. India lose their first wicket.
OUT! M Vijay 2(6)
Excellent bowling performance from India. Ishant Sharma registers his career-best bowling performance in an innings with 6-51, Shami picks up four as New Zealand fold up for 192. It will take some hard work for the Indians to score against the pace attack of the Kiwis.
OUT! T Boult 2(5)
STAT: In Auckland, Ishant Sharma picked up his 2nd-best ever match figures (9/162), straight after his 2nd-worst ever in Durban (0/143)! — Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) February 14, 2014
Tim Southee lofts two sixes off Jadeja before Ishant snares his wicket with a brilliant catch from Vijay. Sixth wicket for Ishant.
OUT! T Southee 32(40)
It’s tea on the first day, New Zealand have accumulated 115 runs in the session losing four wickets. Before the match, skipper McCullum felt 225-was still a good score on this wicket. It’s up to Tim Southee now to whack a few out of the ground and propel the score.
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Not a memorable but an impressive debut from Neesham under trying conditions. Neesham has been dismissed by Shami for 33. He tries to leave the ball very late but it deflects from the bottom of the bat to Dhoni behind the wickets.
OUT! J Neesham 33(35)
Kane Williamson finally runs out of luck. A good length ball from Mohammed Shami has williamson tentatively defending it. He gets an edge and Rohit Sharma in the slips takes a good low catch. Tim Southeee is the new batsman.
OUT! K Williamson 47(100)
It’s a fifer for Ishant Sharma. He forces BJ Watling to go for a drive and the ball brushes past the shoulder of the bat and flies to Rohit Sharma in the slips. Some more drama on offer here, Kane Williamson is brilliantly caught by Cheteshwar Pujara at forward short-leg. Replays show it was a no-ball. He has survived twice on a no-ball !
BJ Watling 0(4)
He was taking his chances against the pacers and finally falls for it. Ishant comes round the wicket and Anderson tries to flick him, gets a faint edge and the deflection off the pads is caught by Virat Kohli in the slips.
OUT! Anderson 24(43)
Positive start from the batsmen post break. Corey Anderson is trying to score as much as possible. He did give some close chances but no harm done. In the 32nd over, he timed a lofted sot for a six and then followed it up with a flashy drive past mid-off for a boundary.
Shami and Zaheer resume post lunch. Anderson got off the mark with cheeky boundary but he is facing the heat with the ball passing the outside edge consistently.
It’s lunch on Day One. They could have had five down but Zaheer dismisses Williamson on a no-ball. Nevertheless an excellent first session for India. The openers started off well, but Ishant Sharma kickstarted the slide removing Rutherford with a short ball, Fulton cheaply and debutant Tom Latham for a duck. Williamson and McCullum hung on for a while before McCullum gifted his wicket away.
McCullum gifts his wicket away. It was at a driving length and he chooses to hit it straight to Jadeja at mid-off. Jadeja didn’t sight the ball well, but in the end catches it comfortably. He almost got Anderson first ball, it was at a yorker length and Anderson is beaten all ends up.
OUT! B McCullum 8(19)
A long spell for Ishant here while Shami has replaced Zaheer. The pacers have still kept the batsmen tied up. But a few short deliveries isn’t helping the cause.
Third wicket for Ishant. He has been brilliant this morning, After removing the openers he gets one to rise from short of good length, Latham is awkwardly fending it off and gives a regulation caught behind catch to Dhoni
OUT! T Latham 0(8)
Ishant Sharma is looking a totally different bowler today. He had Fulton in trouble with a good length delivery hitting him on the pads, but the next ball is full enough to be adjudged leg-before. Tentative stride from Fulton and pays the price. Another wicket-maiden for Ishant.
There it is, the first wicket of the day goes to Ishant Sharma. A well directed short ball from the pacer. Rutherford was expecting another fuller ball going away from him. He was forced to play at the short one and he edge it straight to Murali Vijay in the slips.
OUT! H Rutherford 12(34)
Ishant Sharma replaces Mohammed Shami. Starts off over the wicket and takes the ball away from the left-handed Rutherford. On the last ball, Ishant pitches it full and Rutherford is beaten trying to go for a drive.
Shami has troubled the batsmen occasionally but the openers have been adept at leaving a few and attempting some of them confidently. Zaheer too keeps Rutherford in check with some good length deliveries. Both Shami and Zaheer have been disciplined in their line. The openers have done well by picking up quick singles. Rutherford on the last ball of the sixth over, punches down the ground for a boundary.
Swing straightaway for Zaheer Khan, gets the ball to come in to Peter Fulton and he taps it in front of the wicket and sets off for a single. Hamish Rutherford gets wide deliveries moving away from him. The fifth delivery is flicked by Rutherford for a single.
India have won the toss again and elected to field in the second Test. India are fielding the same playing XI. But there are two changes for the Kiwis, Ross Taylor is out of the team since his wife is expecting the birth of their second child. Tom Latham gets a Test cap while James Neesham also makes a debut. Latham is player No 262 for New Zealand while Neesham follows as the 263rd Test player. His father Rod Latham played four Tests for New Zealand in 1992. New Zealand: Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum (c), Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, BJ Watling (wk), Tim Southee, James Neesham, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult India: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma. There it is, McCullum losing all the tosses in this series.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the Second Test match between India and New Zealand at Wellington here. I am Abhijit Banare and I will be bringing you live updates from the match. After a close 40-run defeat at Auckland, India are still in search of that elusive away Test win as well as their first victory on this tour. The pitch at the Basin Reserve will more conducive for the quicker bowlers rather than spinners. And on expected lines, New Zealand include four pacers with Neesham pitching in replacing leg-spinner Ish Sodhi. Neesham also gets to contribute with the bat. The task for India will be the bowlers delivering to a plan just like they did in the second innings of the Auckland Test.