MS Dhoni: “First of all a massive congratulations to the Under-19 team for winning the World Cup… Unmukt Chand batted very well. For us, Pujara did great. He is someone who is known to play long innings even for his domestic side. We were constantly battling the weather and the bowlers did not give away too many runs which meant we could have close catching fielders.”
Ross Taylor: “We showed in periods that we can survive but we could not sustain the pressure. India showed a masterclass in bowling. Not playing practice matches is not an excuse and myself included, we should learn from McCullum and Williamson’s temperament while batting for long periods. We will surely be a much better side come the Bangalore Test.”
NZ second innings 164 all out after 79.5 overs
Chris Martin lbw b Ashwin 0 (3b, 0×4, 0×6)
Another doosra and the ball smacks Martin on the back leg. Plumb LBW and Ashwin’s second 6-wicket haul in a row. India win by an innings and 115 runs.
NZ second innings 164-9 after 79.2 overs
Trent Boult c Sehwag b Ashwin 0 (6b, 0×4, 0×6)
Doosra from Ashwin and Boult falls to it. Edge goes straight to Sehwag at slip. Great catching and great bowling. That’s Ashwin’s 5th wicket of the innings.
NZ second innings 160-8 after 77.2 overs
Kruger van Wyk lbw b Ashwin 13 (34b, 2×4, 0×6)
Van Wyk goes for a sweep and it hits his rib-cage. Ashwin appeals and the umpire raises the finger. This is Ashwin’s first 10-wicket haul in a Test match.
NZ second innings 148-7 after 75 overs
Doug Bracewell c Kohli b Ojha 1 (16b, 0×4, 0×6)
Bracewell gets an edge as he tries to defend and it falls low to Kohli, who goes low to catch with both hands. The ball is hanging off his palms and looks like it touches the grass a wee bit, but Bracewell walks and India edge closer to victory.
NZ second innings 146-6 after 73 overs
Van Wyk 2, Bracewell 1
Dhoni has unleashed the spinners on the remaining NZ batsmen. As the teams head in for tea, all the Kiwis will have on their minds is to survive as long as possible and hope for some showers. Going into the final session, NZ trail by 133 runs.
NZ second innings 145-6 after 70 overs
James Franklin c Sehwag b Ashwin 5 (17b, 1×4, 0×6)
What a catch! Let’s say that again… what a catch! Franklin’s bat takes the faintest of edges and Sehwag dives to his right and takes it one-handed. Ashwin’s third wicket, that one.
NZ second innings 142-5 after 67.2 overs
Daniel Flynn lbw b Ashwin 11 (54b 1×4 0×6)
Another one bites the dust. Flynn goes for a sweep shot and the flight disrupts his timing. The ball hits the pad low and bang in front of the stumps. India are halfway to a win.
NZ second innings 138-4 after 64.2 overs
Kane Williamson c Sehwag b Ojha 52 (163b, 4×4, 0×6)
There’s the breakthrough! Ojha’s turn surprises Williamson and his outside edge is well taken by Sehwag at first slip. This is a big wicket and India’s celebration tells us that they sense an NZ tumble.
NZ second innings 130-3 after 61 overs
Williamson 48, Flynn 7
Couple of boundaries— Williamson smacks one through square-leg before Flynn pulls past mid-wicket. Raina has bowled a couple of overs, but there’s an indication he might be changed for Ojha to be back in the attack.
NZ second innings 120-3 after 54 overs
Williamson 44, Flynn 1
Yadav has looked pretty dangerous and has come close to getting another LBW, but the ball just veering away from Flynn’s leg stump. The spin-pace combo is troubling New Zealand. There’s also some news from the dressing room— Pujara, who got hit by the ball earlier while fielding at forward short leg should be fine. Just some bruising on the knee.
NZ second innings 105-3 after 49 overs
Ross Taylor b Ashwin 7 (9b, 0×4, 0×6)
Taylor’s disappointing tour continues. He leaves an Ashwin delivery and it sharply turns before cracking at the stumps. India should start capitalising now.
NZ second innings 98-2 after 45.1 overs
Brendon McCullum lbw b Yadav 42 (130b, 3×4, 0×6)
Bad, bad decision from the umpire. There was a huge knick before the ball hit McCullum’s pads but it’s been given out. McCullum is in absolute disbelief and makes no secret of it.
NZ second innings 81-1 after 40 overs
McCullum 37, Willianson 22
Slow, steady progress. Quite boring really. New Zealand have no option but to bat out time. It’s interesting to watch McCullum play in a subdued manner though.
NZ second innings 71-1 after 32 overs
McCullum 31, Willianson 18
Pujara was down after taking a blow at forward short leg. Play was held up as he got treated. But one has never understood why the younger players should field at silly point and short leg. It’s just silly. You need experts there — not novices. Pujara is off the field and his place has been taken by guess who? Ajinkya Rahane.
NZ second innings 64-1 after 28 overs
McCullum 26, Willianson 16
Slow and steady. Honestly, the U-19 world cup final is making much more interesting viewing right now. India are plugging on though. They need a wicket — they can’t allow the weather gods to deny them here.
NZ second innings 50-1 after 23 overs
McCullum 20, Willianson 8
Play has finally begun, the players haven’t got into their rhythm yet. India would love to get a wicket or two before lunch is called at around 1230 pm.
Latest: Lunch will be taken at 12:30pm. A minimum of 75 overs to be bowled in the day.
Latest update: Covers have come off at Hyderabad. Ground looks good and pretty dry. Inspection by the umpires at 10:45 am. We could have play as early as 11:00 am.
Rain delays start of play
Just 38 overs were bowled on day 3 before play was officially called off but it was enough to help India take control of the Test match. It’s drizzling today as well, so New Zealand will be hoping that the rain gods continue to help their cause. There is no other way to save the match.
Day 3 close
NZ second innings 41-1 after 18 overs
McCullum 18, Williamson 3
The players are leaving the field. It’s 2 pm, but the skies look like it’s 8pm. So bad light and rain forces them off. As things stand, New Zealand trail by 238 runs with 9 wickets remaining.
Day 2 in brief
- At lunch: India were 371-5 after 108 overs
- India bowled out for 438
- At close on day three: NZ 106-5 after 42 overs
- For India, Ashwin took three wickets and Ojha took two
Day 1 in brief
- India won the toss and elected to bat
- Raina was picked ahead of Rahane
- At lunch: India 97-2 after 25 overs
- Tea: India 182-3 after 54 overs
- Stumps: India 307-5 after 87 overs