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  • 4:57 PM IST

    NZ 93/4 (Overs 37); Target: 434 | BATTING: L Ronchi 38*, M Santner 8*: Not that it is any great achievement, but New Zealand will be happy not losing any more wicket post that Ross-Taylor-brain-freeze. They will return to field tomorrow with no high hopes of saving this Test; they do not have much batting left.

  • 4:42 PM IST

    NZ 90/4 (Overs 32); Target: 434 | BATTING: L Ronchi 36*, M Santner 7*: The Kiwis have done well to slow down things. India too have allowed the tourists to breathe easy with taking off their spinners and calling in the pacers.

  • 4:18 PM IST

    NZ 77/4 (Overs 26); Target: 434 | BATTING: L Ronchi 25*, M Santner 5*: About 30 minutes or so left in the day. The Kiwis have lost all the chunk of their batting, what they are left with is this pair in the middle, a little big of BJ Watling followed by the tail. You can back India to finish things off in the first session itself tomorrow.

  • 4:12 PM IST

    Umesh Yadav welcomes himself into the bowling attack by getting hit for a boundary off the very first ball.

  • 4:02 PM IST

    NZ 56/4 (Overs 21.3); Target: 434 | BATTING: L Ronchi 10*: Oh dear! Poor, poor cricket by Ross Taylor. One of the most basic cricket rules is to drag your bat inside the crease while completing the run. Taylor has his bat hanging in the air while a sharp throw from Umesh Yadav broke the stumps.

    OUT! R Taylor run out (Umesh Yadav) 17 (36)

  • 3:50 PM IST

    NZ 45/3 (Overs 18); Target: 434 | BATTING: , R Taylor 14*, L Ronchi 2*: And there it is! Ravichandran Ashwin completes his 200 wickets in Test cricket, and there would not have been any better wicket than that of Kane Williamson’s. Another delivery that turned in sharp, and the Kiwis’ captain was left surprised. BOOM!

    OUT! K Williamson lbw R Ashwin 25 (59)

  • 3:39 PM IST

    Ravi Ashwin being made to wait for his 200th wicket in Test cricket.

  • 3:28 PM IST

    NZ 33/2 (Overs 14); Target: 434 | BATTING: K Williamson 21*, R Taylor 9*: Ashwin continues to ask questions, not to the batsmen but to Richard Kettleborough with his sharp turn rapping Taylor quite a few times. But credit must be given to the Kiwi captain Kane Williamson for batting positively, and Taylor too has started to look good. Dropped? Umesh Yadav! Williamson went for a sweep, the ball took a leading edge and went just over the fielder at deepish square leg.

  • 3:11 PM IST

    Ross Taylor survives a leg-before appeal against Ashwin. It looked OUT! The ball spun in sharply, Taylor walked across the wickets, but was trapped in front of the middle. Maybe it spun so much that umpire thought it was going down the leg.

  • 3:09 PM IST

    NZ 11/2 (Overs 9); Target: 434 | BATTING: K Williamson 5*, R Taylor 3*: Ashwin has created a lot of problems for Ross Taylor, but the veteran Kiwi batsman has been able to survive everything that was thrown at him. New Zealand still under a lot of pressure, a few more wickets will put them out of contest.

  • 2:58 PM IST

    Too much happening in the middle. There was an appeal against Ross Taylor for caught-behind, caught at short midwicket, leg-before; all in one over. New Zealand living dangerously.

  • 2:50 PM IST

    NZ 3/2 (Overs 3.5); Target: 434 | BATTING: K Williamson 1*: And the procession continued! Poor, poor by Tom Latham as he misses a straight one angled into him by Ravichandran Ashwin. Trapped in front of the wickets. One more scalp for Ashwin to get to 200 Test wickets.

    OUT! Tom Latham lbw Ravichandran Ashwin 2 (15)

  • 2:47 PM IST

    NZ 2/1 (Overs 3.1); Target: 434 | BATTING: T Latham 2*: And the procession begins! Martin Guptill goes for a wild heave, fails to connect the way he wanted to. The ball crashed into his boots after taking an inside edge, and the silly point fielder had a dolly to take. New Zealand one wicket down!

    OUT! Martin Guptill c Murali Vijay b Ravichandran Ashwin 0 (5)

  • 2:39 PM IST

    NZ 2/0 (Overs 2); Target: 434 | BATTING: M Guptill 0*, T Latham 2*: Mohammed Shami begins with a quiet over, and Ravichandran Ashwin comes on to share the new ball in the fourth innings. There is bounce, there is turn, and there are at least 3 close-in fielders.

  • 2:11 PM IST

    For some totally unexplained reason. Ravichandran Ashwin is there at the ropes. But no. He is not needed. Ravi Jadeja swings the sword (bat) after his half-century. Kohli is all smiles, waves the signal we were all waiting for. But he makes it look quite amusing: Kohli signals declaration moving his hands just like Jadeja, that is, of swinging the sword. New Zealand need 434 to win.

  • 2:02 PM IST

    UPDATE: BJ Watling is not fit, which means, Luke Ronchi was back in the dressing room to get decked up and he is all set to keep the wickets.

  • 1:59 PM IST

    INDIA 365/5 (Overs 105); lead by 406 | BATTING: R Sharma 61*, Ravindra Jadeja 45*: Two SIXES by Jadeja off Sodhi in the last over means___. Sorry, I cannot make out why India are going on batting. If it is for Jadeja’s half-century as well, then he is 5 runs away. Don’t tell me India are looking at 450?

  • 1:48 PM IST

    INDIA 350/5 (Overs 104); lead by 406 | BATTING: R Sharma 60*, Ravindra Jadeja 31*: BANG! SIX! Jadeja lifts one off Sodhi over midwicket and takes India’s overall lead past 400. The Kiwis are looking slightly tired, Watling already has had taken some treatment on his back. He is not even standing in the right posture that is for a wicketkeeper. The Indian dressing room looks stoic, no sign of Virat Kohli anywhere.

  • 1:44 PM IST

    Ice pack, wet towel and some stretching for BJ Watling. Welcome to India, mate.

  • 1:38 PM IST

    The day has belonged to Rohit Sharma. He has also completed his 1,000 runs.

  • 1:35 PM IST

    Said the man himself…

  • 1:31 PM IST

    A moment to cherish for the hitman

  • 1:27 PM IST

    Okay, so Rohit is through with his fifty. No declaration yet. Close to one hour’s play left in the second session. India looking at 400?

  • 1:27 PM IST

    INDIA 326/5 (Overs 98); lead by 382 | BATTING: R Sharma 50*, Ravindra Jadeja 17*: A pull shot by Rohit off Wagner, in the air, there was a fielder, but the ball lands far from him. Rohit took a single, and took sometime to raise his bat to acknowledge those celebrating his fifth Test fifty — after three completed Tests and seven innings.

  • 1:16 PM IST

    Time for drinks. India lead by 374. Rohit 6 runs away from fifty. What are we playing for?

  • 1:14 PM IST

    INDIA 312/5 (Overs 96); lead by 368 | BATTING: R Sharma 38*, Ravindra Jadeja 15*: The pertinent question is: should India declare before Rohit gets to his half-century or should they take the call now. The second innings total has gone past 300, the lead is well past 350. Let’s see.

  • 1:00 PM IST

    INDIA 298/5 (Overs 93); lead by 354 | BATTING: R Sharma 32*, Ravindra Jadeja 3*: Rohit Sharma is looking well set for his half-century, and India have already crossed the 350-run mark. It will be interesting to see how long will India bat, and at the same time, give Rohit the time to score his fifty. He is hurrying up as well, any room is being dealt with disdain.

  • 12:44 PM IST

    Surprise, surprise! Ravindra Jadeja comes in ahead of the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha. Means, India looking to make runs quickly.

  • 12:43 PM IST

    INDIA 277/5 (Overs 88.5); lead by 333 | BATTING: Rohit Sharma 18*: WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane survives a close appeal against him for leg-before, but on the next ball Santner drives him forward, gets a leading edge off his bat and Ross Taylor does the rest. New Zealand make a crucial breakthrough!

    OUT! Ajinkya Rahane c Ross Taylor b Mitchell Santner 40 (81)

  • 12:29 PM IST

    India are currently ahead by 322 runs. Anything above 350 is more than enough keeping the pitch and conditions in mind…

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India have had their noses in front following the end of third day’s play on Saturday, as they have a healthy 215-run lead © AFP

Good morning, Namaste! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 4 of the first of the three-Test series between hosts India and visitors New Zealand at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Sunday, as India are also playing their 500th Test match. I am Devarchit Varma, and I will be bringing to you all the live updates from this match for this day. India have had their noses in front following the end of third day’s play on Saturday, as India have a healthy 215-run lead, as they finished Day 3 on absolute top, thus giving the visitors no chance to stay ahead, while the hosts aim to maintain the same momentum on Day 4, and inch closer towards a win.

India had a tough day in the opening day, as they lost nine wickets, while they were bundled for 318 at the start of Day 2, with opener Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara being the top scorers, scoring 65, and 62, respectively, while Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner claimed three wickets each. As for New Zealand, they had a strong start to their innings, as they lost just a wicket on Day 2. However, the Day 3 was a nightmare for the Kiwis, as they lost wickets in a flurry just after the lunch break, as they were shot out for 262, with opener Tom Latham and skipper Kane Williamson being the top scorers, scoring 58, and 75, respectively, while it was the Indian spinner in the form of Ravindra Jadeja, who claimed 5 for 73, along with Ravichandran Ashwin, who claimed 4 for 93, thus dismantling the New Zealand batting lineup, as India gained an 80-run lead.

Meanwhile, as India began their second innings, they were off to a steady start, while the lost just a wicket in the day in the form of opener KL Rahul, who fell for 38 to Ish Sodhi, while the batsmen in the form of fellow opener Murali Vijay, and Cheteshwar Pujara took charge again, as they executed themselves brilliantly, thus almost tearing apart the New Zealand bowling attack, and not allowing the bowlers to settle down, as they continued the same momentum in the similar fashion, as they possessed in the opening session. Both the batsmen put up an unbeaten 107-run stand by the end of the day’s play, while Vijay scored his 14th Test half-century, along with Pujara, who too scored his 10th Test half-century, to keep India on top, and turn the tides in the favour of the hosts in just a matter of day. IND vs NZ: Williamson’s dismissal was game-changer, says Jadeja

 

Teams:

India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling (wk), Mark Craig, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand, 1st Test at Kanpur