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India vs New Zealand, Highlights, Kolkata Test, Day 4: India go No 1 in Tests with win

  • That's it from us at Firstpost Sports for the second Test between India and New Zealand. Do tune in on the 8th for our coverage of the third Test at Indore. Till then, goodbye! 

  • Virat Kohli: Brilliant Test cricket wicket. It was a complete all-round performance by us. Very important to get those extra runs. Took character to bounce back every time. Saha is the best keeper in the country right now. He's wonderful behind the stumps and with the bat as well. Second innings the NZ bowlers bowled really well. Then Rohit comes in and played a lot of positive cricket. Showed positive intent. In the last session, the crowd helped us take the wickets. Helped someone like Shami steaming in. That's why the extra effort to get the crowd to get behind the team. (ON NO 1) That's our objective,to keep playing consistent cricket. Rankings is not always in our hand, but with the coming home season, we have control over that. 

  • Ross Taylor: Very impressive the way the bowlers struck and the conditions were testing. Credit to India, the way they fought. To be honest, it was a little different, but a good wicket nevertheless. The partnership between Rohit and Saha took it away from us. The way Latham batted today was outstanding. Plenty of positives to take away from this Test, and we have nothing to lose in the next one. Good to see Williamson in the ground today, but hopefully he'll be back in the nets soon. 

  • Wriddhiman Saha: Very happy for winning the series and getting the Man of the Match. Crowd has supported me a lot. I just did my job behind the stumps (on keeping on a difficult pitch). 

  • Wriddhiman Saha is the Man of the Match for his two half-centuries!

  • Update: If India manage to draw/win the final Test, they'll remain No 1 even if Pakistan whitewash the three-match Test series against West Indies on home soil.

  • The result couldn't have been more satisfactory for the hosts, and especially for skipper Virat Kohli, who is yet to lose a Test on home soil as of now! Shami ends with figures of 3/46, with the match belonging to the pacers all the way in this match! 

  • Bhuvneshwar: We generally don't get these wickets. Throughly enjoyed it. When you're out of the team, you mature in terms of what is needed to come back into the team. Shami is most lazy in the team, but gives his hundred percent on the field. Its a sweet victory for us. 

  • After 81.1 overs, New Zealand 197 (Neil Wagner 5); India win by 178 runs

    Just two more over to go today! Can the hosts end it today itself? OUT! India win by 178 runs! Shami removes Boult, with Vijay taking the catch near short third man to end the game! India are now the No 1 side in the world, and it had to happen in their 250th Test! 

    Shami bangs in a short on, which Boult top-edges. Vijay shuffles back, and collects the catch! Celebrations all over the park, with the Eden crowd going jubilant at the prospect of dislodging India from the top spot in the ICC Test rankings. 

  • After 81 overs, New Zealand 197/9 (Neil Wagner 5, Trent Boult 4); Need 179 more to win

    New ball taken by the Indians with three more to go after this. Bhuvneshwar handed the new ball. Bhuvi fires a couple of inswingers, giving three runs away in the first two balls. Plenty of rotation of strike between the two this over, which has barely happened in the last few overs. Bhuvi ends the over with a couple of outswingers. 

  • Talking about Gambhir's missed chance, how cool would it have been if he had sealed India's historic winning moment, with India becoming the new No 1 side in Tests!

  • After 80 overs, New Zealand 192/9 (Neil Wagner 2, Trent Boult 2); Need 184 more to win

    Shami goes for a loud appeal for lbw in the first ball, but umpire Rod Tucker turns it down. Replays show an inside edge off Wagner's bat. Another leading edge off Wagner's bat in the fourth ball, although the ball lands short of Rahane in the slips. New ball due after this over. Wonder if Kohli will introduce another pacer next? 

  • After 79 overs, New Zealand 192/9 (Neil Wagner 2, Trent Boult 2); Need 184 more to win

    Jadeja back with the ball. Will he get the final wicket? Well Henry and Boult are blocking the deliveries quite well right now (almost as if its Day 5, and they's playing for a draw). DROPPED! Gambhir nearly took a blinder at short-leg, but failed to hold on in the last second.  

  • After 78 overs, New Zealand 192/9 (Neil Wagner 2, Trent Boult 2); Need 184 more to win

    Shami returns to the attack in the 78th over, replacing Ashwin (kind of expected wasn't it?). Meanwhile, the light is getting worse right now, and the extension of play looks bleak. Bowls some good variations — firing a bouncer, followed by a sucker ball. The crowd is on their feet right now, sensing the win. Five overs left. 

  • After 77 overs, New Zealand 192/9 (Neil Wagner 2, Trent Boult 2); Need 184 more to win

    The equation for India comes down to one wicket after Jadeja manages to remove Henry, with Kohli taking a fine one-handed catch near short cover. 

  • OUT! Superb catch by Kohli at short cover, as Jadeja grabs his third wicket! Henry was looking to drive this flighted delivery along off through the coves, but did not expect the opposition skipper to take a fine one-handed catch! 

    Matt Henry c Virat Kohli b Ravindra Jadeja 18(44)

  • After 76 overs, New Zealand 190/8 (Matt Henry 18, Neil Wagner 2); Need 186 more to win

    Ashwin starts off with the carrom ball to Wagner at the start of the 76th (trying some variations here is it?). Wagner is blocking away all the deliveries at the moment, which is also the approach by Henry, though he is getting a couple of runs here and there. 

  • After 75 overs, New Zealand 190/8 (Matt Henry 18, Neil Wagner 2); Need 186 more to win

    DROPPED! Edged off Henry's bat, the ball travels the slip-specialist Rahane, who fails to hold on however, as the ball slips out of his grip while going for a dive. Henry survives on 16. To be fair though, the ball was travelling quite quickly. Two runs collected in the final ball to prevent a maiden. Eight overs to go now.

  • After 74 overs, New Zealand 188/8 (Matt Henry 16, Neil Wagner 2); Need 188 more to win

    Spinners bowling the remaining overs in tandem, with Ashwin replacing Bhuvneshwar (Will Mohammed Shami get another shot though?). For the Black Caps, batting the remaining overs out might be something of a moral victory. Maiden for Ashwin. Nine overs left in the day's play.

  • After 73 overs, New Zealand 188/8 (Matt Henry 16, Neil Wagner 2); Need 188 more to win

    Virat Kohli goes off the field for a bit (probably to catch his breath after all the action in the last few overs!). Henry takes a quick, albeit risky double in the second ball of the over. Plenty of chatter among the Indians (you can sense them going for the kill now). 

  • After 72 overs, New Zealand 186/8 (Matt Henry 14, Neil Wagner 2); Need 190 more to win

    Ashwin into the attack for the 72nd over, with spin from both ends now (or is Kohli looking to change bowling from both ends?). Wagner finally gets off the mark in the over, paddling one towards square-leg. Meanwhile, 11 overs left today. 

  • After 71 overs, New Zealand 184/8 (Matt Henry 14, Neil Wagner 0); Need 192 more to win

    The hosts are closing in on victory today, and skipper Kohli has set a tight field around the two tail-enders, especially aroundthe off-side. Two runs scored off the 71st over, with Henry running a couple to move to 71. Wagner yet to score. 

  • After 70 overs, New Zealand 182/8 (Matt Henry 12, Neil Wagner 0); Need 194 more to win

    The Black Caps barely have any hope from the pair of Henry and Wagner, who find themselves at the crease after a barrage of wickets in the recent overs. Henry sends one towards the extra-cover fence off Jadeja in an act of defiance in the 69th over to move to 12.

  • OUT! And the hosts are two wickets away from a famous victory now! Bhuvneshwar sends Jeetan Patel's stumps cartwheelingm, sending the batsman back to the pavilion for 2 off 7 balls. New Zealand lose their eighth wicket with 178 on board! Need another 198 to win with two wickets in hand! 

    Jeetan Patel b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2(7)

  • OUT! Jadeja strikes right after the drinks break, and renmoves the last remaining thorn in Luke Ronchi, who departs for 32 after 60 balls! Pitched along middle, Ronchi looks to play across the line on the backfoot, and gets an inside-edge, from where the ball deflects onto his stumps after his pads. The hosts are closing in on a famous win now! 

    Luke Ronchi b Ravindra Jadeja 32(60)

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  • After 65 overs, New Zealand 175/6 (Luke Ronchi 32, Matt Henry 7); Need 201 more to win

    Ronchi shows some defiance, punching a boundary off a short one from Ashwin towards point, while getting another one with an outside edge off Shami in the subsequent over. Meanwhile, Jadeja returns to the attack in the 65th over, with skipper Kohli looking to exploit the turn on offer and give Shami a break.

  • After 61 overs, New Zealand 156/6 (Luke Ronchi 16, Matt Henry 0(2)); Need 220 more to win

    OUT! Shami sends Watling's off-stump cart-wheeling with an inswinger that results in the fall  of the sixth wicket for the Black Caps with 156 on board! The Indians go frenzy with celebrations at the moment, sensing the possibility of victory today itself! 

    BJ Watling b Mohammed Shami 1(8)

  • OUT! Now it's Shami who strikes, and removes Mitch Santner for 9 off 20 balls. Pitched wide outside off, there's plenty of movement in the delivery, which takes the leftr-hander by surprise. Would've gone on to hit the leg stump. The Black Caps are in dire straits, losing half their side with 154 on board, needing another 222 to win!

    Mitchell Santner lbw Mohammed Shami 9(20)

  • After 55 overs, New Zealand 146/3 (Luke Ronchi 16, Mitchell Santner 4); Need 230 more to win

    OUT! Ashwin strikes after tea, and boy does he get the big fish in Latham! Pitched outside off, the ball drifts away from the left-handed opener. Latham opens the face of his bat and looks to go for a late-cut, and ends up getting a faint nick to the keeper. Departs for 76, as the Black Caps lose their fourth wicket with 141 on board. Brings Mitchell Santner to the crease. 

    Tom Latham c Wriddhiman Saha b Ravichandran Ashwin 74(148)

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  • And got two wickets in return. 

Day 3, Report: Rohit Sharma came up with a resolute knock of 82 runs on a two-paced track as India survived a top order collapse to grab the driving seat on a riveting third day of the second Test against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens at Kolkata on Sunday.

The hosts reached 227/8 in their second innings at stumps, opening up a comfortable 339-run gulf with their rivals. Earlier in the day, the New Zealand first innings folded at 204, conceding a 112-run lead to the hosts. India had totalled 316 in their opening essay.

Rohit (82; 132 b, 9x4, 2x6), who had struck an unbeaten 68 in the first Test at Kanpur, delivered when his side needed the most, as he continued his love affair with the famed ground where he scored 177 against the West Indies in a Test and 264 in a One-Day International opposite Sri Lanka.

At close of play, local boy Wriddhiman Saha (39; 87 b, 3x4) was unbeaten -- the junior partner in a 103-run seventh wicket stand off 179 balls with Rohit that consolidated India's position post-tea break. Giving Saha company was Bhuvneshwar Kumar (9; 1x6).

Ravindra Jadeja celebrates a dismissal with team-mate Rohit Sharma. AP

Ravindra Jadeja celebrates a dismissal with team-mate Rohit Sharma. AP

Mumbaikar Rohit showed exemplary grit as he earlier combined with skipper Virat Kohli (45, 65 b, 7x4) for a 48-run fifth-wicket partnership at a time India were tottering at 43/4 in the post-lunch session with the Kiwi pacers causing havoc, exploiting the uneven bounce on the wicket.

Kiwi quicks Trent Boult (2/28) and Matt Henry (3/44) had virtually brought their side back in contention in the match after lunch by unleashing a barrage of short-pitched offerings which caught the Indians repeatedly on the wrong foot.

India lost four star batsmen cheaply, with Henry claiming three of them.

Henry picked up Murali Vijay (7) off the fourth ball of the session, with the angled away moving delivery inducing a nick that finished at second slip. The Indian opener had got out to the same bowler in the first innings.

The Christchurch-born then saw the back of Cheteshwar Pujara (4) in his next over with a leg before verdict, though television replay indicated that the ball could have missed the leg stump.

Dhawan, who was struggling against the rising deliveries and once even took a hit on his left shoulder in the morning, became Boult's first victim, reducing India to 34/3. The left hander offered a defensive bat to a delivery that cut in, and the leather struck his pad in front of the middle stump.

India suffered a further setback when Ajinkya Rahane (1) tried to pull a short ball from Boult and managed only a top edge to long leg.

Kohli, whose blade has never quite fired in Test matches at Eden Gardens, played some wonderful strokes, including an out-of-the-world on drive to Henry that rocketed to the fence. He also negotiated well the aggressive Boult, who kept up a nagging line on or a shade out of the off stump hoping for an edge.

But Boult finally won the duel with one that kept low bringing the Indian skipper to his knees and hit the pad.

Mitchell Santner saw the back of Ravichandran Ashwin (5) close to tea, with the Indian falling leg before- - the fourth batsman to get out in this fashion during the innings.

Rohit began cautiously -- though he hit an early six off Jeetan Patel -- taking 50 deliveries to strike his first four. But once Kohli went back, Sharma took charge, and showed his flair with some elegant shots in the off region, as also a couple of delicate sweeps on the leg side.

He got out to a sharp turning ball from Santner that took a fatal edge. Santner tasted another success in the same over, by getting rid of Ravindra Jadeja (6) to finish with figures of 3/51.

Saha seemed to be continuing from his valiant unbeaten 54-run opening innings knock as he played a polished innings.

In the morning, the visitors' overnight batsmen put up a gritty fight to cut India's lead to 112 runs.

Comeback man Jeetan Patel (47; 47b, 9x4) and wicketkeeper B.J. Watling (25) stitched together a 60-run stand for the eighth wicket after resuming at the overnight score of 128/7.

Patel, who got his highest Test score, luckily survived in the day's 12th over when a straight one from Ravindra Jadeja caught him rooted to his crease and plumb in front. Patel, who had started the long walk back towards the hut, was called back by the umpire after replays showed the left-arm spinner had overstepped.

Patel though failed to capitalise on the "life" provided, falling in the next over to Ravichandran Ashwin.

Mohammed Shami (3/46) then removed Watling and Neil Wagner, as the tourists' innings came to an end 37 minutes before lunch. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5/48) was the most successful Indian bowler.

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