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  • 8:32 AM IST

    Perhaps choosing to field was the right call from Joe Root. In reply to NZ’s 375, his own team managed 476 with the skipper himself coming back to form in style, amassing his third double century. Do not forget the contributions of Rory Burns and Ollie Pope.

  • 8:32 AM IST

    A bit of a disappointing pitch from a spectator’s and player’s point of view. A batsman’s paradise – yes. As many as 5 centuries. But look at the bowling strike rate – 100.09! A deathbed for the bowlers as all struggled. Yes, Wagner did get a 5-fer, Broad did get a 4-fer but at what cost? Heavy. The batsmen enjoyed, albeit scoring at an attritional rate but that hardly mattered in this Test.

  • 8:32 AM IST

    Sigh. This was coming, wasn’t it? THE GAME HAS BEEN ABANDONED AND THE SECOND TEST ENDS IN A DRAW. The umpires had a look at the ground and seeing the puddles forming, there was no way we could have had a resumption soon. Given the rain forecast, this was always on the cards but who knows, if England had held on to their catches this morning, would they have been in a chance for a win? Ifs and buts are nothing but whims and fancies…

  • 7:50 AM IST

    3.15 pm local update (0215 GMT) – Called off? Don’t think so. It is raining, no one can win, no one can lose, why can’t common sense be used? Paul Wilson and Kumar Dharmasena have a chat with one another, then the groundstaff and then with the captains. But no handshakes. So no official confirmation yet. But we are not far from an abandonment. We are hearing that there will be an official announcement at 4 pm local (0300 GMT). Cannot promise any positive news. Just delaying the inevitable…

  • 7:34 AM IST

    3 pm local update (0200 GMT) – Rain, rain and more rain. We are hearing that the umpires could take a call at 3.15 pm local time. Would that be a call off? Don’t see this rain stopping any time soon.

  • 7:05 AM IST

    2.30 pm local update (0130 GMT) – Nothing much to update. If any, the rain has gotten heavier and looks set to reside. Hopefully, we get some news soon.

  • 6:27 AM IST

    1.55 pm local update (0055 GMT) – Drip, drip, drip. The drizzle has begun. And now, it has increased. The rain is falling properly. Williamson and Taylor shake hands and the players go off the field. It is not too heavy right now, with only the main square being covered. But the forecast looks pretty grim. Please stay tuned for updates.

  • 6:27 AM IST

    74.6 Joe Root to Ross Taylor, no run, Full and around off, well defended.

  • 6:27 AM IST

    74.5 Joe Root to Ross Taylor, no run, Punched off the back foot by the batsman.

  • 6:27 AM IST

    74.4 Joe Root to Ross Taylor, SIX, SIX! Another massive hit and there comes the century! His 19th in Tests. Full and outside off, Rosco gets down and mows the slog sweep again, well over mid-wicket! He really likes this venue. 1066 runs in Tests here, at an average of 56.10, with 6 centuries and 2 fifties in 23 innings. Gets it in the nick of time too, with the heavens about to open up.

  • 6:27 AM IST

    74.3 Joe Root to Ross Taylor, SIX, SIX! 99 is the score for Rosco! Full and around middle, Taylor gets down and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket. There is a man in the deep but it does not matter as the ball sails over!

  • 6:27 AM IST

    74.2 Joe Root to Ross Taylor, FOUR, FOUR! THRASH! Into the 90s! Full and around off, Taylor gets down and mows the slog sweep over mid-wicket for a boundary! 200-RUN STAND IS UP AS WELL!

  • 6:27 AM IST

    74.1 Joe Root to Ross Taylor, no run, ALMOST A CATCH! Full on middle and leg, Taylor looks to flick but the bat hits the ground and the ball flies towards short mid-wicket. Rory Burns dives to his left but the ball falls short of him.

  • 6:23 AM IST

    73.6 Joe Denly to Kane Williamson, no run, Full and around off, Williamson lunges and smothers it.

  • 6:23 AM IST

    73.5 Joe Denly to Ross Taylor, 1 run, Very full, outside off, drilled through the covers for one.

  • 6:23 AM IST

    73.4 Joe Denly to Ross Taylor, 2 runs, Full and outside off, Rosco gets down and laps it through fine leg for a couple.

  • 6:21 AM IST

    73.3 Joe Denly to Ross Taylor, no run, Short now, outside off, cut straight to backward point.

  • 6:21 AM IST

    73.2 Joe Denly to Kane Williamson, 1 run, Floated generously outside off, pushed through the covers for a run.

  • 6:21 AM IST

    73.1 Joe Denly to Ross Taylor, 1 run, Full and aroud off, eased through the covers for a single.

  • 6:20 AM IST

    72.6 Joe Root to Kane Williamson, no run, Another one on the pads, flicked towards the leg side.

  • 6:20 AM IST

    72.5 Joe Root to Kane Williamson, FOUR, FOUR! 100 for Kane Williamson! He has surely been lucky to get to this milestone but a man makes his own luck. Floated on middle and off, Williamson gets down on one knee and sweeps this one through backward square leg for a boundary. This is the Kiwi skipper’s 21st hundred but this one should be counted among one of his lucky ones.

  • 6:20 AM IST

    72.4 Joe Root to Kane Williamson, no run, On the pads, worked towards square leg.

  • 6:20 AM IST

    72.3 Joe Root to Kane Williamson, 2 runs, Run out chance missed! How many lives has Kane Williamson got? Floated ball on off, Williamson pushes this one towards mid off and sets off. Curran there picks up the ball and goes for a direct hit towards the non-striker’s end but misses. Had he hit, Williamson was gone for all money and that too so close to his ton. The ball goes towards fine leg as the back up fielder fails to collect it and Williamson is back on strike. Moves to 99 with that.

  • 6:18 AM IST

    72.2 Joe Root to Kane Williamson, no run, Williamson prods forward and defends this one.

  • 6:18 AM IST

    72.1 Joe Root to Ross Taylor, byes, 1 run, Down the leg side by Root, Taylor looks to pull but misses. The ball goes off the keeper’s glove over the leg slip fielder and the batters steal a bye.

  • 6:18 AM IST

    71.6 Joe Denly to Kane Williamson, no run, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

  • 6:18 AM IST

    71.5 Joe Denly to Ross Taylor, 1 run, Taylor takes this one on the full and paddles this towards the leg side for a single.

  • 6:16 AM IST

    71.4 Joe Denly to Kane Williamson, 1 run, First run of the session as Williamson pushes this one towards cover and takes a single.

  • 6:16 AM IST

    71.3 Joe Denly to Kane Williamson, no run, Williamson prods forward and defends again.

  • 6:15 AM IST

    71.2 Joe Denly to Kane Williamson, no run, Floated on off, pushed down towards mid off.

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