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India vs New Zealand Highlights, Kolkata Test, Day 2: Kiwis tottering at 128/7 at stumps

  • Play will start at 9:05 am IST on Day 3 on Friday, in order to cover up on the time lost due to rain today. Do tune in on Sunday morning for our coverage of the third day. Till then, goodbye! 

  • After 34 overs, New Zealand 128/7 (BJ Watling 12, Jeetan Patel 5); trail by 188 runs

    And its stumps on Day 2 of the 2nd Test, with the umpires deciding that play cannot go any further due to the poor light available at the moment. 

    New Zealand are in tatters at the moment, with BJ Watling being the last recognised batsman at the crease. Bhuvneshwar used the conditions brilliantly, and ran through the lower middle-order, collecting two-in-two to register his maiden fifer on home soil.

  • OUT! Bhuvneshwar is on a hat-trick! Pitched just outside off yet again, the ball angles into the off-stump. Hardly any footwork from Henry, as his feet remain stuck at the crease, and the ball stays low and crashes through his defence to clip the off-stump. New Zealand collapse to 122/7!

    Matt Henry b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 0(1)

  • OUT! That's a plumb decision for umpire Rod Tucker! Pitched just outside off, the ball angles into the batsman, and raps him on the pad right in front of the stump! Big blow for the Black Caps, for they have lost one of their most consistent batsmen this series so far! New Zealand 122/6

    Mitchell Santner lbw Bhuvneshwar Kumar 11(20)

  • After 30 overs, New Zealand 104/5 (Mitchell Santner 10, BJ Watling 5); trail by 212 runs

    New Zealand are dealt with a rude blow right after the resumption of play, with the dismissal of Ross Taylor off Bhuvneshwar's bowling. Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar and Shami are bowling in tandem at the moment, with skipper Kohli hoping to utilise the moisture for some swing. Santner and Watling are perhaps NZ's last recognised pair, and a breakthrough at this stage would signal their collapse. 

  • OUT! After getting a lucky edge or two, Taylor finally edges a length ball from Bhuvneshwar just outside off to Vijay in the slips. The NZ captain could've just left it alone, but ended up pushing out a tad. New Zealand lose their fifth wicket with 104 on board. 

    Ross Taylor c Murali Vijay b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 36(80)

  • Play resumes after the brief spell of shower on Day 2 of the 2nd Test. Jadeja completes his sixth over, with Santner getting off the mark first ball. 

  • Finally! We should have at least an hour's worth of play today!

  • Getting worse now. Turning out to be a repeat of the Kanpur Test, where the final session was washed out. The only difference was that New Zealand were quite solid with Kane Williamson and Tom Latham at the crease. 

  • Not good at all. 

  • Go ahead! Tell us what you think!

  • Let's hope play resumes soon. 

  • During the interval, Sourav Ganguly shares an interesting anecdote, where he recounts how VVS Laxman would often give him heart-attacks due to his habit of taking a shower before going out to bat. According to Ganguly, Laxman would take the shower when the No 3/4 batsman would be batting, with the stylish former India batsman coming in at No 5. Ganguly, who would come in at No 6, would be on his toes in trying to get Laxman ready for his innings. 

  • That's good news for cricket fans. Except there's no word on how quickly play will resume at the Eden Gardens. 

  • News from the Eden Gardens: Early tea has been taken. The shower is being described as a light one. Let's hope play gets underway in about 20 mins. 

  • After 24.4 overs, New Zealand 85/4 (Ross Taylor (C) 30); trail by 231 runs


    While Jadeja is bowling along a tight line, barely giving anything away, Ashwin is leaking a few runs at the moment. Ronchi goes on the backfoot, and executes a well-timed cut in the first ball of the 22nd over through point. Ashwin, however, responds with a ripper that gets a faint inside-edge off Ronchi's bat, although an unsuspecting Saha fails to hold on to the chance. 

    OUT! Jadeja finally gets the much-needed breakthrough, trapping Ronchi leg-before for 35 as New Zealand lose their fourth wicket with 85 on board! 


    Luke Ronchi lbw Ravindra Jadeja 35(52)

  • After 20 overs, New Zealand 74/3 (Ross Taylor (C) 30, Luke Ronchi 25); trail by 242 runs


    Ashwin starts off on a terrible note, leaking 13 off his first over including three boundaries. Jadeja puts up a loud appeal for an lbw in the following over, and is visibly frustrtated after the appeal gets turned down by umpire Rod Tucker, who insists the ball didn't straighten enough. Replays however, suggest that the ball would've gone on to hit the leg-stump. So Jadeja's frustration might have been just after all. 

  • Jadeja goes for a huge appeal for an LBW against Ronchi, but umpire Rod Tucker thinks the ball didn't straighten enough. The all-rounder is visibly frustrated, and replays suggest that the ball might have gone on to hit the leg-stump. 

  • FOUR! Ross Taylor brings up the fifty partnership with Luke Ronchi for the fourth wicket, going for a cut off a Jadeja delivery. The two have helped the Black Caps somewhat recover after the initial blows, but have been lucky on a few occasions. 

  • After 15 overs, New Zealand 52/3 (Ross Taylor (C) 17, Luke Ronchi 16); trail by 264 runs


    Skipper Taylor and Ronchi are helping the Black Caps somewhat recover after the initial blows. Meanwhile, Ronchi survives on 16 after substitute fielder Gambhir drops a tough chance at backward point after the batsman goes for a cut off Shami's bowling. The fielders however, are supportive towards Gambhir, who was brought into the squad in place of the injured Rahul, but was eventually overlooked in favour of Shikhar Dhawan.

    India finally opt for a change of bowling, with Jadeja being handed the ball in the 15th over. The 'Man of the Match' in the 1st Test starts off with a maiden. 

  • The final wicket of the Indian innings. 

  • Meanwhile, BCCI chief Anurag Thakur has hinted at completely severing cricketing ties with Pakistan.

    Vedam Jaishankar writes how the move is intended to kill two birds with one stone.

    BCCI president Anurag Thakur's statement on Friday, that he'd ask the ICC not to place India and Pakistan in the same group at the Champions Trophy in England is a veiled threat so superbly timed that it would take out two birds with one stone.

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  • For those who missed out, de Kock hammered a scintillating 178 in a match-winning effort, as South Africa romped to victory with six wickets and a plenty of deliveries to spare in the 1st ODI against Australia on Friday.

  • After 10 overs, New Zealand 40/3 (Ross Taylor (C) 12, Luke Ronchi 9); trail by 276 runs


    New Zealand are in the dire straits after the loss of three early wickets. Skipper Ross Taylor, and Luke Ronchi however, give some aggression back to Shami in the 10th over, getting a four and a six respectively by pulling short deliveries. 

  • It's been a Bhuvi-Shami show so far in the innings. 

  • BOWLED 'EM! Barely has a few balls been bowled after lunch when Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes for India for the second time! Nicholls looks to play the back-of-length delivery with an angled bat, but ends up chopping the ball onto his stumps for depart for 1. New Zealand lose their third wicket with 23 on board, and Ashwin-Jadeja haven't even been introduced into the attack. 

    Henry Nicholls b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1(11)

  • After 5 overs, New Zealand 21/2 (Henry Nicholls 1, Ross Taylor (C) 2); trail by 295 runs

    And its lunch on Day 2, with the first session clearly belonging to the Indians. Not only did they manage to cross the 300-run hurdle, but they also grabbed two early wickets towards the end of the session. The Black Caps batting order looks shaky sans the world-class Kane Williamson, and facing the vicious duo of Ashwin and Jadeja looks all the more intimidating. Spinners aside, both Shami and Bhuvneshwar have managed to grab wickets with a ball that is relatively new. 

  • OUT! That's one dismissal that is going to haunt Guptill for a long time! He looks to leave a chest-level bouncer from Bhuvneshwar, with the ball deflecting off his elbow onto his middle-stump! First wicket of the series for Bhuvi, as Guptill rejoins fellow Kiwi opener Latham back in the pavilion, with the Black Caps having gathered just 18 runs on the board so far. 

    Martin Guptill b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 13(13)

  • OUT! Early breakthrough for the Indians, as Shami manages to trap Latham leg-before with a length ball that angles into the batsman! Terrible start for the Black Caps, as they lose their first wicket with 10 on board.

    Tom Latham lbw Mohammed Shami 1(2)

  • The hosts will be a satisfied unit, with its lower-order once again defying the Black Caps attack to cross the 300-mark after a lower middle-order failure. The 316 runs on the board should serve as a confidence-booster for Ashwin and Jadeja. Let's see how the New Zealand innings pans out. 

  • OUT! WHAT.A.CATCH! Short ball from Boult, to which Shami goes for a pull towards the leg side. Henry runs to his right towards deep fine-leg, and pulls off a fantastic catch — stretching way above his height to complete a one-handed catch! Shami departs for 14, as India's innings comes to an end with 316 on board — thanks to Saha's gritty half-century! 

    Mohammed Shami c Matt Henry b Trent Boult 14(14)

  • FIFTY for Wriddhiman Saha! He hammers Santner towards long-on in the previous delivery, before going for an inside-out shot towards deep extra-cover after getting along the line of the delivery! Having got off the mark in a similar fashion, Saha not only brings up his fifty, but also helps the hosts cross 300 in style! 

  • After 100 overs, India 285/9 (Wriddhiman Saha 33, Mohammed Shami 4)


    After the uneasiness against pace at the start of the day, Jadeja looks to step up the scoring rate, coming down the track and launching Santner for a six over cow-corner. However, he falls into the trap setup by Wagner in the following over. The boundaries continue though, with Bhuvi getting off the mark in style in the same over as Jaddu's dismissal, while Saha dances down the pitch in the next over, and smashes Santner over extra-cover. 


    Santner however, bowls a couple of brilliant deliveries in the 100th over of the Indian innings, both of which should were plumb lbw decisions, but only one was awarded by umpire Rod Tucker. India lose their ninth wicket with 281 on board, with Saha being India's only hope for crossing the 300-run mark.

  • OUT! After a howler by umpire Rod Tucker in the previous delivery, where he turns down a plumb LBW appeal by Santner, the spinner gets his man the very next ball. This time the ball looked to be drifting slightly towards the leg side, though it still would have brushed past the stump. Tucker raises his finger almost instantaneously. Saha meanwhile, is India's only hope for crossing the 300-run mark. 

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar lbw Mitchell Santner 5(11)

  • OUT! Wagner sets up a trap for Jadeja, who is increasingly looking to flex his muscles. Bowls  short one along his leg side, to which Jadeja responds with the pull. Unfortunately for him, the ball heads straight into the palms of an Matt Henry, who was positioned there for that very purpose. India lose their eighth wicket with 272 on board. 

    Ravindra Jadeja c Matt Henry b Neil Wagner 14(31)

  • After 95 overs, India 262/7 (Wriddhiman Saha 27, Ravindra Jadeja 6)


    Boult and Wagner continue to fire one snorter after another to Saha and Jadeja, though the Indians are holding fort with steadfastness. Change of bowling, with Wagner getting introduced into the attack in the 95th over. Wagner was brilliant in setting up the dismissal of Kohli on Day 1, and will look to utilise the new ball in getting an early wicket today. 

  • Jaddu slogging it out in the nets before the start of the day's play. Can he guide India past the 300-mark today?

Preview, Day 1: Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane rescued India from initial jitters before New Zealand hit back with late wickets to seize the initiative on an eventful Day One of the second cricket Test at Kolkata on Friday.

The hosts were 239/7 at stumps, with local boy Wriddhiman Saha (14) and Ravindra Jadeja (0) in the middle at the Eden Gardens, where around 10,000 cricket buffs turned up to watch an absorbing duel between the leather and the willow.

In keeping with the festive season, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) tried to add a festive touch to the proceedings with traditinal drummers beating the dhol to celebrate every wicket and every boundary.

Opting to bat first, India lost three wickets in the pre-lunch session to totter at 46/3, with the New Zealand bowlers making the most of favourable conditions on the grassy Eden Gardens track giving much carry to the pacers.

Ravindra Jadeja managed to break the solid partnership between Taylor and Ronchi. AFP

Ravindra Jadeja managed to break the solid partnership between Taylor and Ronchi. AFP

However, a gritty Pujara (87; 219 balls, 17x4) and a solid Ajinkya Rahane (77; 157 balls, 11x4) stitched together a 141-run stand to change the script. New Zealand failed to gain any success as the wicket eased under the afternoon sun.

The duo accelerated the tempo in the last session, before Pujara got out 49 minutes into the post-tea session.

The 28-year-old Pujara, in the midst of a storm over his slow strike rate, completed his third back-to-back half-century of the series during the day and was looking perfectly poised for a ton when he mindlessly went for an uppish drive against left-arm pacer Neil Wagner to finish in the hands of a waiting short cover fielder Martin Guptill.

The Indian had a strike rate of 39.72 during his innings.

India were then 187/4, but lost two more wickets soon enough within a gap of 13 runs.

Rohit Sharma (2), known for his exploits at the iconic ground, came to the park to all-round applause from the around ten thousand spectators, but did not last long.

The Mumbaikar failed to negotiate a turning delivery from off-spinner Jeetan Patel and only managed an inside edge that Tom Latham took excellently by diving at short leg. It was the New Zealander's second catch of the day.

A little later, Patel plotted Rahane's dismissal with an excellent flatter delivery that hit his pads plumb before the wicket.

Ravichandran Ashwin (26) and Saha were then involved in a 31 run partnership that ended when the former became Matt Henry's third victim of the day.

Pujara gave an exhibition of classy batsmanship to complete his tenth half century in 37 Test matches by steering Neil Wagner to the fence past backward point shortly after lunch.

He played in his typical gritty manner, but was also ruthless on the loose balls.

He reached his half century by steering Wagner to the fence past backward point, the landmark coming off 146 balls after a 185-minute stay. But 44 of those runs came courtesy 11 boundaries.

India were on 136/3 at tea.

In the morning, India struggled to reach 57/3 at lunch with New Zealand bowlers seizing the initiative on a lively and grassy track that gave their pacers, particularly Matt Henry, carry from the wicket, and they repeatedly went tantalisingly close to finding the batsmen's outside edge.

Both Henry and Trent Boult bowled to a plan, maintaining a line on or just outside the off-stump.

India began on a wrong note losing both the openers Shikhar Dhawan (1) Murali Vijay (9) by the first drinks interval.

Skipper Virat Kohli (9) also failed to break his Eden Gardens jinx in the longest format of the game.

The dashing batsman chased a ball wide outside the off stumps and finished in the hands of Tom Latham at gully. It was a brilliant catch as Latham virtually plucked the leather from thin air.

Kohli has now totalled 38 in four Test innings at the Eden, at a niggardly average of 9.50.

New Zealand got a huge jolt before the match as their skipper and batting mainstay Kane Williamson was ruled out due to indisposition with Ross Taylor becoming the stand-in captain.

For the visitors, Henry (3/35) and Patel (2/66) were the most successful bowlers, though Boult (1/33) also bowled with much fire during the day, that concluded with four of the scheduled overs yet to be delivered.

India made two changes from the team that played the first Test at Kanpur. Shikhar Dhawan replaced the injured Lokesh Rahul, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar made it to the final XI in place of Umesh Yadav.

The visitors went with three changes. Henry Nicholls, Henry and Jeetan Patel are part of the team in place of Williamson, Mark Craig and Ish Sodhi.

IANS



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 5266 117
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

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