(A brilliant maiden Test century from Ajinkya Rahane andvaluable contributions from MS Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan has helped India take a 246-run lead. Catch all the live updates of this second Test below)
It’s Stumps on Day Two and India have gained an upper-hand once again at the end of the day.
A tentative New Zealand batsmen are trying their best to avoid any casualties before stumps. Zaheer though hasn’t bowled with much pace has managed to trouble the batsmen.
Gone, the openers continue to fail. Zaheer’s delivery nips back in and Fulton isn’t offering a shot and umpire Steve Davis declares it out leg-before. Height might have been an issue but Fulton wasn’t offering a shot there. Earlier, Dhoni’s confidence in Ishant was visible when he brought the lanky pacer in to open the bowling.
OUT! Fulton 1(6)
The last time India took such a large lead in an overseas Test: 241 runs lead at Hamilton in March 2009 (to win by 10 wkts) #NZvInd
Zaheer is caught behind trying to flash one through backward point. The have been bowled out for 438 and there is a massive 246-run lead for MS Dhoni and co. to attack the Kiwis in their second innings. We’ll resume with the live updates of the second innings of New Zealand shortly.
OUT! Zaheer 22(19)
A fine innings comes to an end. It was a blinder from Trent Boult. Rahane lofts it and the shot is mistimed and flies in the air. Boult comes running in from deep cover and stretches his right arm; the ball somehow stick in hand. Boult is delighted and so are the Kiwis. But the lead is now inching closer to 250.
OUT! Rahane 118(158)
Rahanes composure and poise after his ton tells us there are many more to come good and bad days,I like his understated demeanor,balanced
Neil Wagner’sfrustrations have sky-rocketed. He manages to get Zaheer caught in the slips and after several talks about Wagner’s foot touching the pooping crease, this time the umpires adjudge it as no-ball. Rahane then adds more frustration with a pull shot that flies over the head of mid-wicket fielder for a six. And Wagner has gone fore over 100 runs in this innings.
The last #7 before Ajinkya Rahane to score a Test 100 for India: MS Dhoni 100* vs SL at Brabourne Stadium Dec 2009 #NZvInd
Maiden Test hundred for Ajinkyta Rahane. What an innings from the No 6 batsman. He missed out on a century at Durban. It was a familiar situation batting with the tail-enders but Zaheer did well to hang on. He came in at 165 for five and batted positively. His innings has helped India gain the momentum in this Test with a lead beyond 200. He is the 76th Test batsman to score a century for India.
Jadeja once again departs after a quick cameo. He hits three boundaries in an over off Neil Wagner and then edges one to the slips. Wagner is pumped up and gives Jadeja a send-off.
OUT! Jadeja 26(16)
Meanwhile, the celebrations are on in New Zealand with a reunion of the 1992 World Cup squad which made it to the semi-final.
Boult tested Dhoni with some short balls but they were on leg-side. Dhoni kept trying to work it away until one delivery brushed his glove and went to the keeper. Unfortunate dismissal but nevertheless New Zealand have the key breakthrough. A crucial 120-run partnership for India, the lead has gone up to 164. Ravindra Jadeja gets one on the g and he clips it away past fine-leg for a boundary.
OUT! Dhoni 68(86)
The partnership continues to flourish. Dhoni entertains with flashy shots while Rahane shows his class. In the 88th over, Dhoni used the upper-cut to hit a six off Southee. But Rahane was more impressive with two cover drives coming right out of the middle of his bat. The Indians have accelerated post tea.
That’s 29th Test fifty for MS Dhoni. He walks down and lofts Tim Southee over long-off for a six and then takes a couple to complete his half-century. In the first over after tea, Ajinkya Rahane hit a crisp off-drive between cover and mid-off for a boundary. The Indians are looking to accelerate and build on the lead in this session.
It’s TEA on Day 2. India once again bag this session with the unbeaten 73-run partnership. Dhoni has helped India provide some quick runs whereas Rahane completed his third Test fifty filled with neat strokes through covers. The lead is 109 runs and India still have Ravindra Jadeja to come. The new ball fails to provide the magic for New Zealand.
New Zealand opted for the new ball straight after 80 overs. Trent Boult and Tim Southee came back in to the attack, but the batsmen are watchful. Just few minutes away from tea.
Fine half-century for Ajinkya Rahane. His third fifty in Tests. He came in when India were five down for 165 and kept his calm to carve a valuable innings. He played his strokes at the start but was equally watchful post lunch. Along with Dhoni he has already put on 52 runs. Dhoni is going strong with 32 from 42 balls.
There is a slight cloud cover now, but the conditions still hold good for batting. India have once again gone on the cautious route. Four overs left for the new ball. Last 30 minutes before the tea break.
A few moments ago, Wagner was the bowler to watch out for but Dhoni has already changed the complexion of Wagner’s bowling figures with four consecutive boundaries in an over. The first one is driven with authority, the second is pulled past mid-wicket for a four. Wagner then drops one short and wide, Dhoni cuts it for a four. Wagner is already irked now but Dhoni is not done yet, the next ball is clobbered over the bowler’s head for another boundary. The lead has gone to 60 now. Rahane is steady on the other end inching closer to his half-century. DRINKS BREAK.
Gone. The persisted with the wide length for Kohli and he finally fell for the trap trying to drive on the of and was caught at short cover, a fielder specially stationed at that place. Great patience from the Wagner and it is once again him finding the breakthroughs. A similar dismissal to how Brendon McCullum got out in the first innings, loose shot flying straight to the fielder. Wagner’s six overs post lunch has only gone for seven runs, shows the patience.
OUT! Kohli 38(93)
Exremely cautious approach from Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, Little bt of luck for Rahane there. Tries to push at a delivery from Wagner and it flies between the slips and gully for a boundary. Meanwhile, the umpires have taken a note of Wagner’s landing foot touching the outside of the crease. But significantly for India, the pitch has become flatter and the demons in the pitch are no more to be seen. Not much swing on offer and the ball is much softer now. The duo have completed a fifty partnership.
Sedate start for India after lunch. They avoid going for any expansive shots. Neesham has been brought on to bowl along Wagner post the break. No damage done so far. Kohli has been more watchful out of the two batsmen.
It’s Lunch on Day Two. India haven’t run away with the match but still a session in their favour losing three wickets including that of a nightwatchman. However a slender lead means India will be the more confident of the two sides when they resume after lunch. Shikhar Dhawan’s 98 was the highlight of the innings so far. Rohit Sharma threw his wicket away to a poor shot. Read the Lunch Report here
India have erased the deficit and have equaled New Zealand’s first innings score of 92. Kohli flicks one Wagner for boundary to level scores.
Rohit Sharma in Tests after 2 inngs: 288 runs (ave 288.00) next 7 inngs: 136 runs (ave 19.42) #NZvInd
Poor shot from Rohit Sharma. James Neesham pitches this wide and Rohit wants to go for a drive. He makes no effort to get close to the ball, an inside edge hits his stumps. An ugly dismissal. Ajinkya Rahane is the new batsman. New Zealand pacers eager to limit the damage by getting more breakthroughs. First Test wicket for James Neesham.
OUT! Rohit 0(3)
An opportunity to score a ton goes begging for Dhawan. He had survived run-out in the Tim Southee over. The last ball of the over was edged behind the wickets and Watling takes a good catch. Dhawan is gone for 98.
OUT! Dhawan 98
Shikhar Dhawan has moved in to the 90s with a well-timed drive off Tim Southee for a boundary. It has been a steady start from India with Ishant knocking a few runs before being dismissed. New batsman Virat Kohli too had no problems against the swing bowlers.
Seems like anything that Ishant does in this Test, turns to gold. He continued to frustrate the bowlers, hit consecutive boundaries in one Trent Boult over and then played a delightful cover drive. Ishant is finally dismissed by Boult caught behind brilliantly by BJ Watling. 50th Test dismissal for Watling.
OUT! Ishant 23(50)
Good start for India, they have added 23 runs in the six overs since morning. But more important for India is that these runs are coming from Ishant as well. He has been tested with some short balls but somehow managed to survive. Ishan’t running between the wickets though needs a lot of improvement. Failed to convert the twos into threes.
Good first over from Trent Boult. Ishant Sharma was hopping around to the short ball. But somehow survives the over. Tim Southee starts off the second over of the day with a beauty going past Dhawan’s defence but luckily flew above the stumps. Dhawnan then picks a couple each in the next two deliveries playing it on the leg-side. The last ball of the over is driven through the line by Dhawan for the first boundary of the day.
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live updates of Day Two of the second Test between India and New Zealand at Wellington. I am Abhijit Banare and I will be bringing you the live updates. It was a devastating spell from Ishant Sharma with his career-best performance in a Test innings with a 6-51 (Read more on Ishant’s spell here). After packing England off for just 192, the batsmen too did well to score 100 for the loss of two wickets. After the century in the precious match, Shikhar Dhawan sizzled once again with an unbeaten 71. It will be a crucial Day Two for India. A good start without losing wickets in the first hour will be the key for Indians, whereas the swing bowlers of New Zealand will be hungry to make early inroads on favourable conditions. Catch the highlights of Day One here. The pitch still looks good. The grass isn’t as green as on Day One but the surface looks hard and is likely to offer more bounce and pace.
New Zealand Team gearing up for a crucial second day: