That's it from us at Firstpost Sports for Day 3 of the 1st Test. Do tune in tomorrow for our coverage for Day 4. Till then, goodbye.
That's it from us at Firstpost Sports for Day 3 of the 1st Test. Do tune in tomorrow for our coverage for Day 4. Till then, goodbye.
Ravichandran Ashwin: Pleased as much. We had a very good match today. We held up really well this morning. Nothing changed really. We were creating a lot of oportunities yesterday before the rain spell. Once the break happened this morning. I mader a shift in line this morning against Latham, and that paid off.
I think the first 20 overs, when the ball has a bit of gloss in it, it doesn't turn much. In general, the Kiwi batsmen play differently. They plonk their feet straight down, and not towards covers, which is why the shift in line was needed.
The wicket is a good batting wicket. A batsman just has to use his feet well.
After 47 overs,India 159/1 ( Murali Vijay 64, Cheteshwar Pujara 50)
End of what has been a fantastic day for the Indians, reaching a comfortable position of 150 for one after their spinners wreaked havoc on the oppposition batsmen. Pujara manages to get to his half-century barely a couple of deliveries before the umpire signals the end of the session. The duo complete the century stand — the third such partnership for the second wicket in this match, and the hosts are comfortably-placed with a 215-run lead with nine wickets in hand right now
After 40 overs,India 143/1 ( Murali Vijay 61, Cheteshwar Pujara 42)
The Indian lead is one run shy of the 200-run mark, and Vijay and Pujara are relentlessly going about business at the moment. 143 runs have been accumulated on the board after the loss of just one wicket. Meanwhile, Wagner looks to target Pujara down the leg side with short balls, with one of those deliveries resulting in a loud appeal from the Black Caps for a caught-behind. Replays suggest a slight nick, though not comprehensive enough for the umpire to rule in favour of the bowler.
For hours in India a Test heads decidedly in one direction. Then comes the sharp U-turn. Test progressing at pace and pitch not diabolical.— Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) September 24, 2016
After 35 overs,India 127/1 ( Murali Vijay 52, Cheteshwar Pujara 37)
Vijay brings up his 14th Test fifty, and his second this match, with a single off Guptill in the 32nd over! With his place as the first-choice opener in safe hands, Vijay seems to be pulling his role off with perfection. Pujara too has been rock solid at No 3 so far, much like in the first innings.
After 30 overs,India 86/1 ( Murali Vijay 28, Cheteshwar Pujara 20)
Williamson introduces Guptill into the attack in the 28th over, perhaps to give his frontline spinners some rest. Vijay and Pujara bring up the 50-stand between themselves in what has been a fantastic partnership so far. With nine wickets in hand, and two set batsmen at the crease, India's lead of 167 would be a looming source of worry for New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.
After 23 overs,India 86/1 ( Murali Vijay 28, Cheteshwar Pujara 20)
Vijay and Pujara seem to have been instructed by captain Kohli to go for a relentless attack against the spinners after tea. As many as eight boundaries have been hammered since the resumption of play, with Pujara scoring all his runs in the five fours that he has effected so far.
OUT! Just what India did not want! The wicket of a well-set Rahul at the stroke of tea! Was turning out to be a gem of an innings, but in the end, Rahul ended up executing a cut a tad late, and edging a short one from Sodhi to Taylor in the slips. Rahul walks back on a disappointed note, falling for 38, as India lose their first wicket with 52 on board.
KL Rahul c Ross Taylor b Ish Sodhi 38(50)
After 15 overs,India 33/0 ( KL Rahul 24, Murali Vijay 9)
Rahul is attacking the spinners and pacers alike, and he is scoring nearly at run-a-ball. India stretch their lead past the 100-run mark, with Rahul looking increasingly more settled and dangerous for the visitors. Despite the turn on offer, Santner and Craig aren't able to get much purchase. Or maybe the Indian openers are tackling them really well. Let's see when Ish Sodhi gets introduced into the attack.
After 10 overs,India 33/0 ( KL Rahul 24, Murali Vijay 9)
Rahul is attacking the spinners and pacers alike, and he is scoring nearly at run-a-ball. The two will look to get India past the 50-run mark without letting their partnership go. The way Rahul's batting so far, looks as if he wants to bring up his half-century in no time.
After 5 overs,India 17/0 ( KL Rahul 6, Murali Vijay 6)
Vijay and Rahul walk out to bat, and they should not be surprised if Kane Williamson introduces Santner and the spin contingent early in the Indian innings. Rahul goes for a clever sweep off the last ball of the fifth over.
They ended up sharing nine wickets between them. They were the chief destroyers of South Africa last year. Can they do it again this time?
Ashwin & Jadeja genuinely brilliant post lunch. Not sure why they weren't bowling in tandem more regularly in the first session.— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) September 24, 2016
After 95.5 overs,New Zealand 262 all out ( Neil Wagner 0)
A collapse is what we all had expected to occur in the New Zealand innings, given the way the ball was turning in the morning, but somehow we had out doubts given the way Williamson was batting. However, the Black Caps collapse from 255/5 to 262 all out, with Jadeja in particular running through the lower order. The 94th over has turned out to be one of the most dramatic overs of this year, with Jadeja grabbing three wickets without conceding a single run, sending Craig and Sodhi back off successive deliveries. Jadeja, who had earlier struck a useful, unbeaten 42, finishes as the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5/73, his fifth five-wicket haul in Tests.
Mark Craig lbw Ravindra Jadeja 2(8).
Ish Sodhi lbw Ravindra Jadeja 0(1).
Trent Boult c Rohit Sharma b Ravindra Jadeja 0(3).
BJ Watling c&b Ravichandran Ashwin 21(54)
OUT! Ashwin's decision to bowl over the wicket to Santner works as the latter gets caught-behind for 32. The length delivery turns away a tad, and instead of keeping it close to the pad, Santner attempts to prod the ball gently, getting a feather edge as a result. New Zealand lose their sixth with 255 on board.
Mitchell Santner c Wriddhiman Saha b Ravichandran Ashwin 32(107)
Good thinking from Ashwin to come over the wicket to Santner. Mostly bowled round the wicket to him earlier#indvsnz— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) September 24, 2016
After 90 overs,New Zealand 251/5 ( Mitchell Santner 32 , Bradley Watling (W) 12)
Kohli starts the proceedings off with Shami and Umesh at the resumption of play after lunch. Santner executes a straight drive that would have made Stephen Fleming proud, and is certainly showing a lot of flair at No 6. Much like Rohit Sharma/Martin Guptill, he could draw comparisons with Ashwin should he get a big score today.
After 85 overs,New Zealand 238/5 ( Mitchell Santner 28 , Bradley Watling (W) 3)
And its lunch on Day 3, with the match poised for an interesting battle! Santner's batting on 28, with Watling on 3 at the other end, and the two will have to slog it out in the next session if they are to close in on the 80-run deficit that they face right now.
After 80 overs, New Zealand 220/5 (Mitchell Santner 17, BJ Watling 0)
OUT! Just when Ronchi was looking set for a big score and bringing New Zealand back to their feet, Jadeja sends him back to the pavilion a few overs before lunch. Might have been a tad unlucky though, as the ball hit him on his thigh, and looks like it might have missed off. Ronchi was gearing up for a sweep off the full-pitched delivery along middle.
Luke Ronchi lbw Ravindra Jadeja 38(83)
After 75 overs, New Zealand 207/4 (Luke Ronchi 32, Mitchell Santner 11)
The Ronchi-Santner partnership, which is worth 37 at the end of the 75th over, is really starting to irritate the Indians now. The pair are putting up a patient display, not forgetting to despatch the bad deliveries away to the boundary in time.
After 70 overs, New Zealand 201/4 (Luke Ronchi 27, Mitchell Santner 10)
We have Umesh bowling in tandem with Jadeja now, with Ashwin being given a bit of a rest by skipper Kohli now. Meanwhile, the Black Caps would have been given a fair bit of warning about the turn on offer on Day 3. While the likes of Latham and Taylor lost a bit of concentration, it took an absolutely unplayable delivery to get rid of Williamson.
After 66 overs, New Zealand 197/4 (Luke Ronchi 24, Mitchell Santner 9)
Ronchi begins to open himself up against the spinners, hitting Ashwin for a couple of boundaries in the 66th over through cover and point. Despite the dismissal of their pillar in Williamson, Ronchi is quite capable of anchoring the innings from this point onwards, and can get the necessary support from the likes of Santner, Watling, etc.
After 60 overs, New Zealand 172/4 (Luke Ronchi 7, Mitchell Santner 1)
What a morning this has been so far for the Indians! Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were expected to cause mayhem for the New Zealand batsmen while working in tandem. They just had to wait till the pitch deteriorated a bit to start getting the wickets! Three quick wickets early on Day 3, and suddenly you can see a spring in the steps of the Indian fielders! Meanwhile, a lot will depend of the likes of Ronchi and Watling and they are going to need a big stand to help their side recover.
OUT! Ravi Ashwin you beauty! What a delivery to get rid of Kane Williamson! Pitched outside off, Williamson was readying himself for a cut, only for the ball to turn square and brush his hip before crashing into the stumps! No century for the skipper today, as New Zealand lose their fourth wicket with 170 on board, including three for just 18 runs!
Kane Williamson b Ravichandran Ashwin 75 (137)
After 53 overs, New Zealand 160/3 (Kane Williamson(C) 71, Luke Ronchi 0)
What a start for the Indians on the third day of the ongoing Test! Ashwin and Jadeja start the proceedings for the Indians, and are getting a plenty of turn and a fair amount of bounce early in the day! Williamson and Latham opt for a cautious approach. However, it does not take long for Ashwin to get his first scalp of the day, trapping Latham leg-before, with the batsman looking to defend down the wrong pitch. Jadeja strikes minutes later, dismissing Taylor for a duck in similar fashion.
OUT! Tom Latham lbw Ravichandran Ashwin 58; Ross Taylor lbw Ravindra Jadeja 0(2)
Hello and welcome to the coverage of day 3 of the first Test between India and New Zealand in Kanpur. Play starts at 9.30 AM IST. Follow this space for live scores and updates.
Day 2 report: Tom Latham and Kane Williamson struck half-centuries to take New Zealand to a comfortable position before heavy rain forced match officials to call off the final session's play on the second day of the first cricket Test against India here on Friday.
Latham (56 batting) and Williamson (66 batting) were the two New Zealand batsmen holding fort in the middle at the Green Park Stadium with the visitors on 152/1 in their first innings in response to India's first innings total of 318 runs.
The duo held the Indian bowlers at bay and steadied the visitors' innings following the early departure of the dangerous Martin Guptill (21).
New Zealand now trail the hosts by 166 runs with nine wickets remaining.
Latham had hit five boundaries so far during his patient 137-ball stay in the middle while Williamson had managed to find the ropes seven times in his 115-ball knock.
Fast bowler Umesh Yadav (1/22) was the only Indian to bag a wicket, trapping Guptill leg before.
Rain played spoilsport just as the players were about to leave the field for tea with a steady drizzle forcing the groundsmen to bring the covers out.
Resumption of play was subsequently postponed for an indefinite period.
With the rain continuing to lash the ground more than an hour after the tea interval, the match officials eventually decided to call it a day.
The ongoing Test is the 500th for India and the hosts will be eager for a win in order to make the occasion even more special.
India, who made their debut as a Test cricket playing nation against England in 1932, are also be targeting the top spot in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Test rankings by clinching the three-Test series.
A 1-0 or 2-1 win will take India to 111 points, similar to current top spot holder Pakistan but ahead of them on decimal points while a 2-0 win margin will see India surge ahead at 113 points.
A 3-0 win will move India to 115 points. New Zealand, which is currently on 95 points, will remain at the seventh position with any of these margins with the maximum drop to 91 points in case they lose all the three matches.
A 1-1 series draw will result in India dropping to the fourth position on 108 points and New Zealand rising to fifth on 97 points.
If New Zealand is able to beat India by 1-0 or 2-1, they will move to the fifth position at 100 points with India one slot ahead on fourth with 104 points. New Zealand can overtake India to take the fourth position only with an improbable 3-0 win.
Should India go to the top of the rankings, it would be the third time this year and fourth overall.
Earlier on Friday, with the pitch beginning to show signs of wear and tear, the Indian bowlers got a fair amount of turn and movement off the wicket.
But despite the challenging conditions, the New Zealand batsmen still managed to maintain a decent scoring rate.
Except for Yadav, the rest of the Indian bowlers -- Mohammed Shami (0/26), Ravindra Jadeja (0/47), Ravichandran Ashwin (0/44) and Murali Vijay (0/5) -- were unable to bag any wicket although there were quite a few close calls.
The visitors suffered their first blow in the 10th over with Guptill, who seemed to be in good form, beaten by an in-swinger from Yadav.
The ball moved very slightly after pitching around the off-stump before hitting Guptill's pads plumb in front of the middle stump.
Guptill smashed three boundaries during his 31-ball knock.
Williamson then joined Latham in the middle and the duo ensured that the visitors lost no more wickets before lunch.
The duo continued to bat on steadily after lunch, finding the boundaries at regular intervals.
Ashwin bowled quite well, getting the ball to loop and dip in the air. He came close to bagging a wicket on a few occasions, most notably when Williamson was beaten by the vicious turn and the ball hit the back of his helmet. One of the helmet flaps came off and hit the stumps, but did not have enough force to disturb the bails.
Jadeja too beat the batsmen on several occasions and there were quite a few loud appeals for leg before.
The left-arm spinner will consider himself unlucky not to have got Latham's wicket when the ball got the inside edge, hit the Kiwi's boot and went to Lokesh Rahul at short leg.
Rahul managed to hold onto the ball after some initial fumble, but the third umpire ruled Latham not out as the ball had hit the grill of the fielder's helmet.
During the morning session, the hosts were bowled out for 318 runs early on Day Two.
The Men in Blue scored 27 runs in seven overs to get past the 300-run mark in their historic 500th Test.
Resuming the day on 291/9, Ravindra Jadeja scored an unbeaten 42 from 44 balls with seven boundaries and a six, putting on an invaluable stand of 41 runs for the final wicket with Yadav, who survived 15 balls before gloving a short ball from pacer Wagner to New Zealand wicketkeeper Bradley-John Watling for nine runs.
For New Zealand, spinner Mitchell Santner (3/94) and fast bowler Trent Boult (3/67) claimed three wickets each, while Wagner (2/42) bagged a couple. Inderbir Singh Sodhi (1/50) and Mark Craig (1/59) got one wicket each.