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  • 1:22 PM IST

    So, India finish well after starting ordinarily in their 500th Test. Kohli is their captain and he gets them their 130th win out of these 500, a truly blessed cricketer. We take your leave from this blog with the promise of coming up with a lot more to read and enjoy about the game we all love so much. See you in the second Test, three days from now.

  • 1:20 PM IST

    India captain Virat Kohli says his team applied themselves well. He speaks about the contributions from the lower order in the first innings, and the flurry of wickets on Day Three helped his side. Kohli says he’s a young captain, looks around for advice. Kohli praises New Zealand for showing resilience and resistance, and expects the series to get even more competitive.

  • 1:17 PM IST

    Kane Williamson praises India for their all-round effort. He says the way Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner batted was fantastic.

  • 1:15 PM IST

    Ravindra Jadeja is the Man of the Match for the first Test. Any surprises? Jadeja says he and Ashwin keep talking a lot between overs, and also congratulated him for completing 200 Test wickets.

  • 12:59 PM IST

    India win the first Test by 197 runs, and in hindsight, they have set the ball rolling in an impressive manner for this big home cricket season.

  • 12:58 PM IST

    Ashwin has levelled with Harbhajan Singh in terms of taking most 10-wicket hauls, they both have 5 of them in their career so far. Only Anil Kumble has most 10-wicket hauls for India, which is 10.

  • 12:56 PM IST

    NZ 236 | IND win by 197 runs | T Boult 2* — And there it is! India finish the formalities of taking the three wickets, and win the first Test by 197 runs. Neil Wagner is the last man to be dismissed, declared OUT leg-before against Ashwin.

    OUT! Neil Wagner lbw Ravichandran Ashwin 0 (12)

  • 12:45 PM IST

    NZ 236/9 | IND need 1 wicket to win | T Boult 2* — BOWLED HIM! Ashwin completes his five-wicket haul — his 19th overall — as he cleans up Sodhi. The batsman moves across, tries to work it on the leg side but misses to connect. Leg stump dislodged.

    OUT! Ish Sodhi b Ravichandran Ashwin 17 (38)

  • 12:42 PM IST

    India have taken the second new ball.

  • 12:32 PM IST

    NZ 223/8 | IND need 2 wickets to win | I Sodhi 6* — Very, very well played Mitchell Santner! But now he will have to walk back, after being foxed by Ravichandran Ashwin. The spinner pitches one outside leg, which bounces more than Santner expected. The ball takes a leading edge off the shoulder of the bat and goes straight to the second slip.

    OUT! Mitchell Santner c b Ravichandran Ashwin 71 (179)

  • 12:20 PM IST

    NZ 215/7 | Need 219 to win: M Santner 67*, I Sodhi 2* — New Zealand have resumed in the same passion where they left. Santner has moved into his 60s, and if this pair as well as the rest of the batsmen who will come continue to bat like this, he may record his maiden century.

  • 12:12 PM IST

    We are back to live action with Ashwin starting the proceedings. Santner survives a stumping chance off the Indian spinner.

  • 11:32 AM IST

    It’s time for lunch with India being in complete command of the Test. They were expected to end the game in the first session itself, but some strong resistance by the Kiwis, and an excellent pitch has taken the contest further into the fifth day. Stay tuned, we will be back shortly.

  • 11:29 AM IST

    NZ 204/7 | Need 230 to win: M Santner 56*, I Sodhi 2* — Quality seam bowling by both Shami and Umesh, who are maintaining a very tight line and not letting the Kiwis breathe easy. Santner is still standing tall, taking the Kiwis past 200 with a flick for a boundary off Shami.

  • 11:27 AM IST

    NZ 204/7 | Need 230 to win: M Santner 56*, I Sodhi 2* — Quality seam bowling by both Shami and Umesh, who are maintaining a very tight line and not letting the Kiwis breathe easy. Santner is still standing tall, taking the Kiwis past 200 with a flick for a boundary off Shami.

  • 11:13 AM IST

    NZ 196/7 | Need 238 to win: M Santner 50* — Mohammed Shami, you beauty, again! The right-arm bowler comes around the wicket, angles one into Mark Craig who’s battling an injury and will soon be taking the flight back home. Shami finds a massive gap between bat and pad, and knocks down the middle stump. Literally.

    OUT! Mark Craig b Mohammed Shami 1 (2)

  • 11:10 AM IST

    Well played, Mitch Santner. He brings up his first half-century in Test cricket.

  • 11:08 AM IST

    NZ 194/6 | Need 240 to win: M Santner 49* — Mohammed Shami, you beauty! What a fantastic ball to dismiss BJ Watling, who was dead-batting everything with the lunch break around the corner. This is quality stuff from Shami: he pitches one on off and middle, and swings the ball into the right-hander. With a high backlift, Watling has no time to get the bat in on time. Rapped on the knee roll in front of the middle stump, which means, even if there was swing, it would have hit the leg stump.

    OUT! BJ Watling lbw b Mohammed Shami 18 (30)

  • 10:58 AM IST

    NZ 193/5 | Need 241 to win: BJ Watling 18*, M Santner 48* — India cannot allow this pair to settle in. Watling was struggling with his lower back yesterday, he was forced to leave the field towards the end of the Indian innings. But he is looking totally fresh now. Both these batsmen have been hitting a boundary each over, which means, the Kiwis are not giving up the fight that easily. Their defense is water-tight as well, which means India will have to work hard for their wickets. Vijay has been summoned to find a breakthrough.

  • 10:37 AM IST

    NZ 170/5 | Need 264 to win: BJ Watling 5*, M Santner 38* — Santner has hit two sixes in his 38 not out so far, one of those was hit after Ronchi got out. Watling, who must be fresh after overnight’s rest, begins with a cracking sweep shot for a boundary. New Zealand continue to bat much better than what they did yesterday.

  • 10:29 AM IST

    NZ 158/5 | Need 276 to win: BJ Watling 2*, M Santner 31* — My colleagues were telling me that this is the kind of game Ronchi plays: he attacks, scores briskly and is not among those batsmen who would do both — drop the anchor as well as score runs at a good rate. I did not agree, since his was the wicket India wanted he should have looked to spend as much time on the wicket as possible. Runs were coming New Zealand’s way anyway. After a few mishits, he gets a leading edge off Jadeja while trying to heave, and has missed out on a deserving century. India 5 away from a win.

    OUT! Luke Ronchi c Ravichandran Ashwin b Ravindra Jadeja 80 (124)

  • 10:17 AM IST

    NZ 158/4 | Need 276 to win: L Ronchi 80*, M Santner 31* — Ronchi and Santner have done what the Kiwis’ top-order should do. They have added 100 runs for the fifth wicket, taking the New Zealand total past 150 and that too in style. Both Ronchi and Santner are hitting out as if they are attempting to bring down the target, and India are leaking boundaries as well as sixes at the moment.

  • 10:14 AM IST

    BREAKING: New Zealand have lost one of their spinners into the first Test itself. Mark Craig has been ruled out for the remainder of the Test series, and Jeetan Patel has been brought in.

  • 10:08 AM IST

    NZ 136/4 | need 298 runs to win: L Ronchi 65*, M Santner 24* — The Kiwis have done extremely well to keep India at bay. The credit has to be given to Ronchi and Santner, for having batted positively against the Indian bowlers. India have bowled decently, but the pitch remains excellent for batting and that is what the Kiwis have been able to exploit.

  • 10:03 AM IST
    NZ 131/4 | need 303 runs to win: Luke Ronchi 60(99)*, Mitchell Santner 24(99)* — Short one from Ashwin and Santner rocks on the back foot and pulls it away in the mid-wicket region for a boundary. Very good approach from New Zealand batsmen, only if they had better support from the top order.

    Same over, fourth ball, Ronchi steps out and hoists Ashwin over mid-on for a boundary. India have brought pace from other end. Umesh Yadav to continue.
  • 9:54 AM IST
    NZ 119/4 | need 315 runs to win: Luke Ronchi 53(90)*, Mitchell Santner 19(96)* — Virat Kohli is having a lot of discussion with Ashwin. Hope Indians are not getting restless at the moment. This is Test cricket and at times we have seen him Kohli get a bit impatient when things do not go team’s way. India should keep looking to bowl at the right channels. The wicket has turn aplenty and the need is to be patient.

    Santner just rocks on the back foot and beautifully smacks it through the point region for a boundary. New Zealand have now played 50 overs.
  • 9:49 AM IST

    NZ 113/4 | need 321 runs to win: Luke Ronchi 51(84)*, Mitchell Santner 15(90)* — Ross Taylor was run out in the 26th over. Since then, these two Kiwi batsmen have played almost 23 overs. Guess what, Ashwin just bowled a leg-spinner. India have slown things down in terms of over rate. There are discussions after every ball. Meanwhile, with another glorious drive Ronchi brings up his fifty. Very good knock in context of the game.

  • 9:39 AM IST

    NZ 107/4 | need 329 runs to win: Luke Ronchi 47(78)*, Mitchell Santner 13(78)* — Last innings, the partnership betweent he two was of 49 and a beautiful cover drive from Ronchi off Jadeja, brings up the 50 partnership. Very good application shown by these two batsmen.

  • 9:36 AM IST
    NZ 101/4 | need 333 runs to win: Luke Ronchi 42(73)*, Mitchell Santner 12(77)* — Stephen Fleming says four day Tests can be the way forward and suggests extra days added. Well, not sure if that is a good idea. But considering the situation of the game, New Zealand would have hoped for the same 🙂

    Meanwhile, Santner has finally had it enough. He steps down the ground and tonks Ashwin straight for a boundary. 100-up for the Kiwis
  • 9:32 AM IST

    NZ 96/4 | need 338 runs to win: Luke Ronchi 40(72)*, Mitchell Santner 8 (72)* — Ashwin and Jadeja are both getting vicious turn off the surface. India will like to finish it off soon. They do not want weather to play the spoilsport.

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India are as of now certainly in the driver’s seat over New Zealand © AFP

Good Morning, Namaste! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 5 of the first of the three-Test series between hosts India and visitors New Zealand at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Monday. I am Devarchit Varma, and I will be bringing to you all the live updates from this tie. India are as of now certainly in the driver’s seat, as they have posted a challenging total of 434 for the visitors to chase it down in the final innings, while they find themselves four crucial wickets down with 93 runs on the board, and still 341 runs short of the target.

India, who had a soft start to their campaign, scoring 318 in the opening innings, certainly did a fruitful job with the ball, as they managed to restrict the Kiwis to 262 in their first innings, and also earning an all-important 80-run lead in their second innings. As for their second innings is concerned, they came up with a stellar performance with the bat, with four batsmen scoring half-centuries, in the form of opener Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, while India posted a mammoth total of 434 for the Kiwis to draw first blood.

As for the Kiwis second innings, India as expected, came strong with the ball, especially the spinners, as Ravichandran Ashwin, who is currently India’s star spinner, and is in the form of his life, claimed the three opening wickets in the form of opener Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, and skipper Kane Williamson, while Ross Taylor suffered an unfortunate run out, as they lost four crucial wickets, and now face a serious situation of losing out the match with just six wickets in their bag, and also with the Indian spinners killing it with the ball, as the pitch at the Green Park Stadium has certainly started to turn heavily. New Zealand face inevitable defeat

As far as Day 5 is concerned the opening session, especially the opening hour is indeed going to be crucial for the Kiwi batsmen, as they need to handle the early hour seam and turn of the ball from the Indian bowlers. Also, they need to maintain a composed attitude, rather than just going for the kill right from the start, as it could just make things easier for the Indians to finish off the job fast. Also, the Kiwis can go for a draw, rather than just focusing on a win. However, the alarming situation is that they don’t have much batsmen left. With the pair of Luke Ronchi, and Mitchell Santner out in the middle as of now, the dismissal of both these men would mean a certain end to their batting order, with the tail-enders certainly not so flexible with the bat. Watch Ravindra Jadeja’s fencing skills after completing half-century

As far as the pitch is concerned, it is certainly not going to be in its best shape, especially on the final day of play, as they cracks have definitely widened up, and is sure to assist the spinner, as was evident in the first innings  from the Indian bowlers, and are sure to possess grave threat to the Kiwi batsmen. Also, the fast bowlers can have a little assist from the pitch in the form of reverse swing, which certainly makes the Task more uphill for the Kiwis. However, an interesting final day lies ahead, as India are most certainly poised for a historic win. Ashwin 2nd fastest to reach 200 Test wickets


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