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  • 4:55 PM IST

    New Zealand 197 all-out | Neil Wagner 5*: That’s it! India dethrone Pakistan to become No. 1 team in ICC Test Rankings. Shami dismisses Trent Boult and puts the final nail in the coffin. What an exciting session we had. New Zealand lost as many as 7 wickets in this session, losing the match by 178 runs.

    Well, that’s it from us as well! See you in the 3rd Test at Indore.

  • 4:33 PM IST

    New Zealand 192/9 | Trent Boult 2*, Neil Wagner 2*: India one wicket away from victory. Kohli takes a one-handed blinder to dismiss Henry. Oh, the Kohli swag! He does it with ease. The crowd is on its feet.

  • 4:22 PM IST

    New Zealand 188/8 | Matt Henry 16*, Neil Wagner 2*: Bhuvi joins the party. Picks his first scalp. Patel, who scored a brisk 47 in the first innings, goes for 2. Oh, this is fun! This is exciting. 2 more wickets, India need. They will be No. 1 team if they win this contest.

  • 3:55 PM IST

    New Zealand 178/7 | Matt Henry 8*, J Patel 2*: Jadeja dismisses Ronchi for the fourth time this series. Jaddu knocks him over with a straighter one. India are 3 wickets away from sealing the series 2-0. Will the match wrap up today? At least half an hour’s play to go. Moreover, if New Zealand manage to survive today, they’d expect it rain all day tomorrow. Okay, sorry. I am going a little overboard.

  • 3:29 PM IST

    New Zealand 156/6 | L Ronchi 20*: 15 lbw dismissals so far. Ashwin traps Santner in front. Now, wait. There was one more wicket. Shami cleans up Watling with an absolute peach of a delivery. Angles it in and hits the top off-stump. What a sight for a pacer!

  • 3:09 PM IST

    New Zealand 149/4 | L Ronchi 18*: Latham must have had the same tea Ashwin had. Tata Tea – Jaaaaaaago re. Anyways, I think, I need a chai, too. Anyways, Latham departs. Meanwhile, Aakash Chopra says, “Josh jyada, hosh kum.” I have no clue what’s going on.

  • 2:49 PM IST

    Analysis of session 2:

  • 2:29 PM IST

    **Tea time**

  • 2:29 PM IST

    New Zealand 135/3 | T Latham 74*, L Ronchi 9*: Chai Biskoot time, friends! Well, I am yet to have my lunch. Way behind my schedule, just like this match. It should have ended by now. But New Zealand and their resilience have kept India at bay.

  • 2:22 PM IST

    New Zealand 132/3 | T Latham 73*, L Ronchi 7*: This session has been eventful. Lots of loud shots. Indian spinners are on top. So are Hindi commentators Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman. Let alone the accent, it’s the choice of words that keeps us on the edge of our seats.

  • 2:01 PM IST

    New Zealand 117/3 | T Latham 64*, L Ronchi 1*: Gone! Another one bites the dust. Taylor plays for the turn, but the ball holds its line. He is adjudged lbw. Ashwin gets another scalp. India back in the driver’s seat.

  • 1:45 PM IST

    New Zealand 113/2 | T Latham 62*, R Taylor 3*: Just when things were getting boring, Jaddu dismisses Henry. India’s hopes are reignited. The excitement level will shoot up now. In comes Ross Taylor.

  • 1:14 PM IST

    New Zealand 96/1 | T Latham 50*, H Nicholls 22*: Jadeja into the attack. He has not bowled much in the second innings. Meanwhile. Latham scores another fifty. Great application, must say. He has looked rock solid so far. India’s task gets tougher.

  • 1:00 PM IST

    New Zealand 85/1 | T Latham 42*, H Nicholls 19*: Ashwin tried his best to take a wicket (don’t forget, he loves to hunt down southpaws). Shami, on the other hand, came around the wicket and angled it in. The wicket has slowed down. Latham and Nicholls are playing with ease.

  • 12:37 PM IST

    New Zealand 64/1 | T Latham 34*, H Nicholls 6*: If Henry scores a hundred, toh New Zealand ki Nicholl padegi. No? Okay. Meanwhile, after Guptill’s wicket, the run-rate has scaled down, and New Zealand have gone on the defensive.

  • 12:20 PM IST

    New Zealand 55/1 | T Latham 31*: Ashwin draws first blood (this is not the first time we wrote this and won’t be the last thing either). India’s go-to man (in Test cricket, be it batting or bowling). Tosses up and almost yorks Guptill in front. India are 9 wickets away from victory.

  • 11:37 AM IST

    **Lunch time**

  • 11:36 AM IST

    New Zealand 55/0 | M Guptill 24*, T Latham 31*: Kiwis openers hold fort. They need 321 runs to win, as they go into lunch. They need to keep piling runs to lay strong foundation for the middle-order. The track looks easier to bat on. The match is equally poised, to be honest.

  • 11:19 AM IST

    New Zealand 40/0 | M Guptill 19*, T Latham 21*: Eventful session so far. Kiwis, yet again, are punching well above their weight (my Editor loves to uses this idiom). They are not willing to give away their wickets. This is some contest. Meanwhile, Ashwin into the attack. The oooohs and aaaahs are back.

  • 11:02 AM IST

    New Zealand 18/0 | M Guptill 7*, T Latham 11*: Kiwis are being watchful. Indian pacers, on the other hand, have been on a rampage. They have been right on the money this morning, seaming the ball both ways. Game on, folks!

  • 10:42 AM IST

    New Zealand 7/0 | M Guptill 0*, T Latham 2*: There’s still some swing on this track. But the track has slowed down a bit. The ball is coming smoothly onto the bat. And it will get slower as the day progresses. Indian pacers might have to thrive on reverse-swing later.

  • 10:20 AM IST

    India 263 all-out | W Saha 58*: That’s it. Shami departs. Saha stays unbeaten. He has been unbeaten for the last four days. I wrote an article a day before. I wrote an article last month when he scored his maiden hundred. And I will write an article today. That’s what a player of his class does. He brings the best out of writers. Meanwhile, NZ need 376 runs to win.

  • 10:08 AM IST

    India 259/9 | W Saha 56*, M Shami 0*: Another 50 for India’s crisis man. He has made it a habit of scoring runs under pressure. Cool, calm and composed. We need 100, Saha! Come on!

  • 10:00 AM IST

    India 251/9 | W Saha 48*: Bhuvi departs. It’s the short ball that gets the better of yet another Indian batsman. However, Saha is 2 runs short of his consecutive fifty. Shami has to hang around to let his teammate reach his half-century. Fingers crossed!

  • 9:33 AM IST

    India 243/8 | W Saha 47*, B Kumar 16*: So, Day 4 starts and Wriddhiman Saha looks to be strong for yet another half-century. Well spotted by my colleague Suvajit Mustafi, if Saha remains unbeaten after the day, he will be unbeaten on all 4 days of the Test. Bhuvneshwar at the other end also looks good enough to help Saha with the bat.

  • 8:45 AM IST

    Update: Rohit Sharma continued his brilliant run at Eden Gardens, playing a crucial knock of 82-runs. At the crease now is Wriddhiman Saha, who performed exceptionally well in the first innings. Along with him is Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

  • 8:25 AM IST

    Update: A very good morning! It is Day Four and India are already going strong to win the match and series straight away. India had a tumbling start on Day 3 but recovered pretty well, thanks to the skipper Virat Kohli’s 45-run stabiliser!

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Good Morning, Namaste! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 4 of the second Test between India and New Zealand at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. I am Kaustubh Mayekar, and I will be bringing to you all the live updates from this match. This Test is a iconic one for the hosts as  it also marks the 250th game played at home. India have fared well so far after electing to bat first on Day 1. Their batsmen did a decent job collectively after which it was just the seam bowlers, who wrecked havoc in the New Zealand dugout. New Zealand at the end of Day 2 were precariously placed at 128 for the loss of seven wickets and find themselves in all sorts of trouble.LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand 2nd Test at Kolkata, Day 4

At the start of Day Three, it was speculated that within the first hour or so, the Indian bowlers would scalp the remaining three wickets of the visitors, as they were left struggling at 128 for 7 at the end of Day Two, trailing by 188 runs. But the day started with the visitors displaying some gritty batting from their tail-enders, especially Jeetan Patel’s run-a-ball 47 which helped the visitors to reach a decent total of 204 before all the batsmen were sent back into the dugout. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the successful bowler for India as he took five-for followed by Mohammed Shami  who took three.

India had a lead of 112 runs as they began their second innings which started off in a disastrous manner as India lost their first wicket at the score of 12 as Murali Vijay was the first of all. It was soon followed by Cheteshwar Pujara who was the star for the hosts in the first innings. Pujara could score only four before Matt Henry trapped him on his pad. Dhawan on the other side of the crease survived amidst outrageous pace bowling. He hit three more boundaries. Eventually, he was done by Boult’s pace, getting trapped in front.

It was not until Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma took the matter in their hands that the fall of wickets took some pause. Rather than the  usual style of Test cricket, both displayed some elegant stroke-play before the Indian skipper was sent back to the dressing room. He struck a fluent 65-ball 45. Nonetheless, he was victimised by the track’s uneven bounce, as Boult’s short-of-length delivery stayed low, leaving no time for Kohli bring his bat down. The Indian captain had a wry smile on his face. He knew he was unlucky.

Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin soon joined their captain in the dressing room. India were 106 for 6. India’s crisis man Wriddhiman Saha was yet again placed at a crucial juncture. But it was Rohit Sharma who continued piling on runs at his favourite ground (he scored 264 in ODIs and 177 on his Test debut at Eden Gardens). With dependable Saha at the other end, Rohit took on the New Zealand bowlers quite well sending a clear signal of his elegance regained. He scored 82 off 132, including 9 fours and 2 sixes. It seemed like he had clear intentions of raising his bat for his century before the day ended, but a mistimed shot ended his innings at 82. India finished Day Three at 227 for 8, leading by 339 runs.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD & BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARY: India vs New Zealand 2nd Test at Kolkata, Day 4