India vs New Zealand, Highlights, Indore Test, Day 3: Hosts lead by 276 at stumps

  • That's it from us at Firstpost on our coverage of the second day's play. Do tune in tomorrow for Day 4. Till then, goodbye! 

  • Ravichandran Ashwin: Don't find my rhythm very quickly. Takes my five overs to get into my groove, and once I do, my body lightens up and everything changes very quickly after that. Got to credit Rahane for the way he took the catches in the morning. (On the follow-on) we're just trying to give it the best chance to wear a little more. 

  • After 6 overs, India 18/0 (Murali Vijay 11, Cheteshwar Pujara 1)

    The hosts decide against implementing the follow-on after bowling the Black Caps out for 299, gaining a 258-run lead in the process. Gambhir walks out to bat alongside Vijay despite sustaining an injury on his right shoulder. Both openers start off with boundaries, before Gambhir worsens his injured shoulder with a dive at the striker's end to retire hurt for 6. And its stumps on Day 3 of the final Test, with the hosts scoring 18 at the end of the day's play. 

  • Gautam Gambhir retires hurt after diving at the striker's end while coming back for a second run. Worsens his injured shoulder, and the southpaw opener has to walk back to the pavilion as a result. Gotta feel for him — trying to seal his place in the side and having to walk back like this. Pujara walks out to bat now. 

    Gautam Gambhir retired hurt 6(7)

  • After 90.2 overs, New Zealand 290 (Matt Henry 15)

    Matt Henry walks out to bat, and starts off with a four and a six. Jeetan Patel tries to accelerate the Black Caps towards 300 from the other end as well, but ends up getting run-out in the most unfortunate manner in the  at the non-striker's end. 

    OUT! Boult looks to heave it towards midwicket, but ends up top-edging it to Pujara to depart for a duck, as New Zealand are bowled out one short of 300.

    Trent Boult c Cheteshwar Pujara b Ravichandran Ashwin 0(5)

  • OUT! For the second time in the day, Ashwin is involved in a run-out at the non-striker's end. Henry pats the ball back to Ashwin, with the offie dropping a low-chance. The ball however, travels to the non-striker's stumps and ends up catching Patel short his crease. New Zealand 294/9; trail by 263. 

    Jeetan Patel run-out (Ravichandran Ashwin) 18(26)

  • OUT! Neesham's innings ends at the 71-run mark, with Ravichandran Ashwin grabbing his 20th Test five-for! Quicker one along off, Neesham looks for a sweep one one knee, and gets rapped on the left thigh in front of the off-stump! Replays suggest the ball might have barely clipped the stump, if not missed entirely. New Zealand 276/8

    Jimmy Neesham lbw Ravichandran Ashwin 71(115)

  • OUT! Neesham's innings ends at the 71-run mark, with Ravichandran Ashwin grabbing his 20th Test five-for! Quicker one along off, Neesham looks for a sweep one one knee, and gets rapped on the left thigh in front of the off-stump! Replays suggest the ball might have barely clipped the stump, if not missed entirely. New Zealand 276/8

    Jimmy Neesham lbw Ravichandran Ashwin 71(115)

  • After 85 overs, New Zealand 274/7 (Jimmy Neesham 71, Jeetan Patel 8)

    Patel gets his first boundary in the 84th over, getting a thick edge towards third-man off Shami's bowling. Meanwhile, Neesham looks fairly well-set in his pursuit towards his third Test century. 

  • After 80 overs, New Zealand 254/7 (Jimmy Neesham 59, Jeetan Patel 0)

    An eventful last five overs, with Neesham bringing up his fourth Test fifty, as well as the fifty-stand with Santner, before Jadeja comes in to break yet another solid partnership with the dismissal of Santner. The Black Caps pin all of their hopes on Neesham, hoping for him to get to the three-figure mark. 

  • OUT! Jadeja breaks yet another fifty-plus partnership, with Santner getting an inside-edge while looking for a cover drive against the turn. A bemused Kohli takes a simple catch at leg-slip as New Zealand lose their seventh wicket with 253 on board.

    Mitchell Santner c Virat Kohli b Ravindra Jadeja 22(52)

  • FIFTY FOR JIMMY NEESHAM! The just-recalled Black Caps all-rounder brings up his fourth Test fifty in 85 balls, and is providing vital runs for the struggling visitors. Timely knock for Neesham to establish his place in the side. 

  • After 75 overs, New Zealand 233/6 (Jimmy Neesham 46, Mitchell Santner 14)

    Jadeja pitches a loud appeal for an lbw against Neesham shortly after the start of the final session. Neesham responds by lofting the next ball towards long-off. Vijay gets introduced into the attack for the time being, presumably to give the pacers and Ashwin some time off. Meanwhile, Neesham is getting close to his half-century. 

  • After 68 overs, New Zealand 216/6 (Jimmy Neesham 37, Mitchell Santner 6)

    And its tea on Day 3, with the Black Caps reaching 216 for 6 at the end of the session. The second session has been India's all the way, with Ashwin turning the game on its head with a terrific spell. Guptill and Latham started things off on a solid note with their opening stand, but Ashwin's rampage has resulted in the Kiwis facing the possibility of a follow-on on the third day itself. 

  • After a couple of slip-ups, Rahane seems to have returned to business. 

  • After 65 overs, New Zealand 203/6 (Jimmy Neesham 29, Mitchell Santner 1)

    Watling and Neesham repair some of the damage caused by Ashwin post lunch, adding 53 for the sixth wicket before Jadeja strikes. Santner is the new batsman at the crease, and we've seen how valuable he is down the order for the Black Caps. Can he produce something special for the Black Caps alongside Neesham?

  • OUT! Jadeja breaks the partnership just after it crosses the 50-run mark! Gets rid of wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling, who looks to defend a flatter delivery that turns away after pitching along middle. New Zealand lose their sixth wicket with 201 on board. 

    BJ Watling c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravindra Jadeja 23(48)

  • After 60 overs, New Zealand 189/5 (Jimmy Neesham 24, BJ Watling 15)

    Yadav replaces Mohammed Shami in the attack, and concedes two boundaries to Neesham in his 12th over. Both off leading edges though, with the second one coming off a delivery that stays low. Watling gets his second boundary with a flick off his pads in the 60th over. Meanwhile, the Watling-Neesham partnership is worth 41 at the end of the 60th over. Some recovery for the Black Caps. 

  • Frankly speaking that is...

  • After 55 overs, New Zealand 168/5 (Jimmy Neesham 12, BJ Watling 8)

    Watling and Neesham are the two new NZ batsmen at the crease, and face an uphill task in ensuring their team extends their first innings to the fourth day. All-rounder Neesham, playing for the first time this series after replacing Wagner, gets off the mark with a boundary off a square drive off Shami's bowling. 

  • After 50 overs, New Zealand 154/5 (Jimmy Neesham 4, BJ Watling 2)

    The Black Caps face a follow-on soon, the way things are progressing at the Holkar Stadium after lunch on Day 3. Ashwin has been part of all the dismissals so far, grabbing three wickets while effecting the run-out of Guptill. The way the Black Caps started off this morning, their fans would have built a lot of hopes of a turnaround. 

  • OUT! The New Zealand collapse has been triggered, with Ronchi edging an Ashwin delivery to Rahane, with a bit of a deflection off the keeper's gloves. Ronchi, who has been fairly consistent this series, departs for a six-ball duck, as New Zealand collapse to 148/5

    Luke Ronchi c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravichandran Ashwin 0(6)

  • OUT! Has to be one of the most unfortunate dismissals for a batsman, getting run-out at the non-striker's end. Ronchi drives the ball down the ground, and Ashwin manages to get a bit of hand on the leather before it hits the stumps. Wandering outside his crease, Guptill fails to ground his bat inside the crease on time, and is run-out for 72. New Zealand collapse to 148/4.

    Martin Guptill run out 72(144)

  • After 45 overs, New Zealand 135/3 (Martin Guptill 64, Luke Ronchi 0)

    Williamson starts off with a boundary in the third ball after lunch, playing with soft hands to deflect the ball towards third man. Guptill enters the 60s with a drive towards the covers off Yadav. Ashwin however, strikes twice after lunch. Dismisses Williamson for the third time in this series with a flighted one that the NZ skipper inside-edges onto his stumps. Dismisses the vastly-experienced Ross Taylor next, getting a bit of drift in the delivery which Taylor ends up edging to Rahane in the slips. Departs for a four-ball duck, as the Black Caps suddenly collapse to 135/3. 

    Ross Taylor c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravichandran Ashwin 0(4)

  • BOWLED 'EM! Ashwin removes Williamson yet again in this series — the Black Caps skipper has fallen to Ashwin in all his innings in this series so far. Tossed up, and short-pitched outside off, Williamson looks to cut it, and ends up getting cramped for room. Gets a thick inside-edge onto his stumps, with the ball deflecting onto his stumps off his foot. New Zealand lose their second wicket with 134 on board. 

    Kane Williamson b Ravichandran Ashwin 8(25)

  • After 39 overs, New Zealand 125/1 (Martin Guptill 59, Kane Williamson 3)

    And its lunch on Day 3 of the final Test, with the first session largely belonging to the Black Caps. Both the openers get to their half-centuries, and bring up the 100-stand for the first wicket. Ashwin's strike a few overs before the end of the first session would have unsettled them a bit, although captain Williamson's presence would be reassuring for the Black Caps, given the form that he has been in this series so far. Guptill remains unbeaten on 59, and today would be a great occasion for him to come up with a big score. 

  • After 35 overs, New Zealand 119/1 (Martin Guptill 56, Kane Williamson 1)

    Ashwin starts the 31st over with four byes, with the ball beating the keeper after pitching outside leg. Latham gets to his half-century in style, sweeping towards backward square-leg off a Jadeja delivery. Huge appeal for a catch in the 34th over by Jadeja, which is turned down by umpire Oxenford. Replays show the ball deflecting off Latham's boot after getting an inside-edge off his bat. Rahane took a fine catch in the slips though. 

    OUT! Soft dismissal for Latham, as he gets a leading edge off a delivery pitched along leg to serve a return catch to Ashwin, who finally manages to break the 118-run opening stand. Latham was looking to push this one towards leg against the spin, but was done in by extra turn. 

    Tom Latham c&b Ravichandran Ashwin 53(104)

  • FIFTY FOR TOM LATHAM! The southpaw opener gets to the milestone with a sweep towards backward square-leg! Latham has been among the most consistent Kiwi batsmen in this series so far, getting a fifty in each match. 

  • After 30 overs, New Zealand 106/0 (Martin Guptill 55, Tom Latham 45)

    Guptill is producing a fine knock, playing most of his shots on the front foot. Fun fact — This is the highest stand between Guptill and Latham since their 169-run stand in Bulawayo in the one-sided Test series. Guptill gets to his half-century in 86-balls, with Latham bringing up the 100-stand with a drive to the ground. Fantastic start for the Black Caps, given the way they have struggled so far in the series. 

  • FIFTY FOR MARTIN GUPTILL! Barring a couple of dropped chances, the struggling Black Caps opener has finally struck form in this series! Brings up his milestone with a boundary towards cover on the backfoot! 

  • After 25 overs, New Zealand 78/0 (Martin Guptill 44, Tom Latham 28)

    It's spin from both ends, with Ashwin bowling from the other end, surrounding the batsmen with fielders. Both Guptill and Latham have largely been steady in the approach. Guptill goes for a quick single. Guptill hammers Jadeja for a four towards midwicket on the backfoot, before launching the last ball of his fifth over high over long-off — probably the largest six of this series so far. Guptill looks set to bring up his first half-century in this series. 

Day 2, Report: India continued their domination over New Zealand as brilliant batting from skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane helped the hosts to a mammoth 557/5 on the second day of the third and final Test match at the Holkar Cricket Stadium at Indore on Sunday.

Rohit Sharma (51 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (17 not out) forged a 53-run partnership before Kohli decided to declare the innings midway through the final session of the day. Sharma bought up his half century off 62 balls, with three fours and two sixes.

Ravichandran Ashwin triggered the collapse for the Black Caps after lunch. AFP

Ravichandran Ashwin triggered the collapse for the Black Caps after lunch. AFP

At the close of play, New Zealand were on 28/0 and trailed India by 529 runs. Martin Guptill (17 batting) and Tom Latham (6 batting) were at the crease.

Resuming the second day at 267/3, Kohli and Rahane helped India reach 358/3 at lunch.

Kohli continued to bat in the post-lunch session with the same authority, maintaining a high scoring rate and slammed his second double-ton in Tests.

At 199, Kiwi pacer Henry delivered a length ball and Kohli rolled his wrists nicely to work it towards deep square and became the first Indian to score two double tons as captain.

Rahane, on the other hand, was not so fluent, but supported his skipper from the other end. The Mumbai batsman scored his first 150 of his career.

Resuming the post-tea session at 456/3, Kohli and Rahane again paced up their innings as they hit the Kiwi bowlers all around the park before off-spinner Jeetan Patel broke their 365-run partnership by trapping Kohli leg-before for 211.

Kohli's 366-ball innings was laced with 20 boundaries.

Soon after he added 39 runs to the overall score with incoming batsman Rohit Sharma, Rahane too was sent back to the pavilion for a well made 188 runs when he hit out at a widish delivery from pacer Trent Boult only to see New Zealand wicketkeeper Bradley-John Watling pull off a simple catch.

Rahane's 381-ball knock was laced with 18 boundaries and four sixes.

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115