Ind vs NZ: Ashwin's fiver keeps India in match

NZ 232-9 after 69.0 overs
Patel 10, Boult

At that's close of play. NZ have an overall lead of 244. For those who don't know, highest successful fourth innings chase at Bangalore is only 207-3 by India vs Australia in 2010. This won't be easy -- either which way, the fourth day will be thrilling. R Ashwin took another 5-wicket haul. Franklin top-scored with 41 but got out rather needlessly.

NZ 222-9 after 66.1 overs
D Bracewell lbw b Ojha 22 (43b, 3x4)

Ojha takes another wicket. Bracewell trapped lbw. Two wickets in two balls, India look like they can wrap this innings up this evening itself.

NZ 222-8 after 66 overs
TG Southee b Ashwin 2 (11b)

Another five-wickethaul for Ashwin. Southee beaten in the air, and then the ball turned to go through the gap and hit the stumps. Classic off-spinners dismissal. New Zealand lead by 234 runs with 2 wickets remaining.

NZ 216-7 after 61.5 overs
J Franklin st †Dhoni b Ashwin 41 (90b, 3x4)

Ashwin has looked in good touch again. PTI

Ashwin has looked in good touch again. PTI

Rush of blood, Franklin walks down the wicket to hit the big shot, missed by a lot. Easy stumping. Ashwin gets another. Franklin could have avoided that. Really good fight being shown by the New Zealand lower order. The lead is up to 228 runs with 4 wickets remaining.

Bracewell on 18 is batting well and Frankling didn't need to play that shot at all. This could come back to haunt the Kiwis.

NZ 195-6 after 55.4 overs
K van Wyk lbw b Ashwin 31 (48b, 3x4)

Ashwin finally strikes. He got in close to the wickets, as he always does, and then bowled a nice quicker one. That would have smashed into middle and leg. The partnership was worth 55 runs in 14.5 overs. Doug Bracewell is in next.

NZ 190-5 after 53 overs
Franklin 37, Van Wyk 25

The lead is up to 200 now and from here on things are only going to get tougher. India have allowed things to drift a little bit here. Not really sure whether they want to attack or defend. Either way, the best option would be to attack -- they want to get out there before the pitch starts misbehaving.

Off twitter, @rgcricket: Highest successful fourth innings chase at Bangalore is only 207-3 by India vs Australia in 2010

More short stuff

More short stuff directed at Van Wyk... this one hits the forearm... he wasn't wearing an arm-guard. Sehwag walks in smiling -- he has been there before. The phsyio is out.

Hit on the head
Van Wyk gets hit on the back of the head by Umesh Yadav. Bam! That must've hurt. NZ 171 for 5.

NZ 165-5 after 48 overs
Franklin 27, Van Wyk 16

Another good partnership for NZ. These are vital runs -- the pitch seems to have eased out and now, they are batting quite well. New Zealand lead by 177 runs with 5 wickets remaining. The partnership is worth 25 runs in 7.1 overs.

Bowling for Bhajji

Anil Kumble also feels that Harbhajan should be part of the 'scheme of things especially with Eng and Aus coming.' The former India skipper also felt that Bhajji could certainly complement Ashwin and Ojha well. But here's the bigger question: Is Bhajji India's third best spinner? Is he better than Chawla?

NZ 140-5 after 40.5 overs
DR Flynn c Sehwag b Ashwin 31 (65b, 6x4)

Sehwag takes another catch in the slips, Ashwin gets Flynn... didn't need to play that though. Franklin is on 18 and he needs to bat really well. Van Wyk is in next and he did quite well in the first innings.

NZ 137-4 after 39 overs
Flynn 30, Franklin 16

Laxman thinks India can chase 150-200 on this wicket. Means that India needs to get some wickets pretty quickly. FRanklin comes out and hits the odd shot. New Zealand are playing this well.

NZ 123-4 after 35 overs
Flynn 25, Franklin 11

Tea. Another interesting session. India would come out of it feeling pretty happy. They've managed to get the big wickets but they need to finish the job. New Zealand lead by 135 runs with 6 wickets remaining.

NZ 111-4 after 28.3 overs
R Taylor lbw b Ojha 35 (66b, 3x4)

Ojha's wicket of Ross Taylor was key. AP

Ojha's wicket of Ross Taylor was key. AP

Toss it up and the New Zealand batsmen will go for the sweep. Most of the times, they miss and India gets a wicket. That's exactly what happened here too. Ojha tossed it up, the ball straightened after pitching and Taylor missed. Gone. Big, big wicket.

NZ 87-3 after 23 overs
Taylor 29, Flynn 10

Spinners in action now from both ends. Taylor continues to play shots but India's spinners have a better control of things than they did in the first innings. Taylor and Flynn got NZ out of trouble in the first innings -- can they do the same again?

NZ 69-3 after 18 overs
KS Williamson c Sehwag b Ashwin 13 (37b, 2x4)

Williamson falls, Ashwin strikes in his first over again! Done in by the one that goes away from the bat -- it took the edge and Sehwag took it well at first slip. You've got to watch the hands... New Zealand lead by 81 runs with 7 wickets remaining.

NZ 66-2 after 16 overs
Williamson 13, Taylor 20

Taylor has had a few hits and misses but he continues to play his naturally aggressive game. That's what New Zealand need anyway. Batting is not going to get easier and they need to continue scoring runs, they cannot get bogged down. At the same time, they need to bat out time as well.

NZ 41-2 after 11 overs
Williamson 3, Taylor 7

Taylor came in and smashed the first ball he faced for a four but thereafter the Indians have managed to keep him pretty quiet. Lead is up to 53 runs.

NZ 31-2 after 7.1 overs
B McCullum c †Dhoni b Yadav 23 (21b, 3x4)

Gone! Another wicket for Yadav, McCullum walking back to the pavilion. Outside edge through to the keeper. Super line and just enough movement to get the edge.

NZ 30-1 after 5.3 overs
M Guptill b Yadav 7 (16b, 1x4)

It was a full toss and deserved to be hit to the boundary line but instead an inside edge gave Umesh Yadav a wicket. Not the best start to the session for NZ but India won't be complaining.

NZ 29-0 after 5 overs
McCullum 21, Guptill 7

That's lunch. NZ are off to a decent start but this Test is far from over. They had a 12-run lead after the first innings and will be looking to bat at least for a day and a half. India's spinners may have other ideas but the pacemen need to get into the act as well.

NZ 23-0 after 3 overs
McCullum 15, Guptill 7

Big shout for lbw from Zaheer against McCullum turned down. That was out... you could see leg-stump. But the umpire thought otherwise. Anyway, some quick runs for the Kiwis here. Ojha into the attack now.

NZ 12-0 after 2 overs
McCullum 9, Guptill 3

No spin to begin the innings this time round. It's a short session before lunch, New Zealand will just hope to survive without losing any wickets.

Ind 353 all out after 96.5 overs
UT Yadav b Boult 4 (21b, 1x4)

India all out for 353 -- trail by 12 runs. Small advantage for the hosts. Boult gets Yadav, bowled. The last wicket partnership was 33. Southee ended up with 7 for 64. This match is now going to be a battle of nerves. It's virtually even at this stage.

Ind 353-9 after 96 overs
Ashwin 32, Yadav 4

Nice straight drive over the bowler's head for 4 by Ashwin to bring up India's 350. What a vital partnership this is! 33 runs in 8 overs.

Off twitter, @rgcricket: Since 2011 R Ashwin has been averaging more than Gambhir, Sehwag, Raina and Dhoni in Tests.

Ind 340-9 after 92 overs
Ashwin 20, Yadav 4

The last wicket partnership is already worth 20 invaluable runs. In the fourth innings, when the match is little more than a battle of nerves, these runs scored by Ashin and Yadav will be vital. India trail by just 25 runs.

Ind 335-9 after 91 overs
Ashwin 15, Yadav 4

Yadav's four runs came courtesy of an edge that went through the slips but Ashwin is looking assured. Southee though is having a special day -- he is just hitting the right spots and getting wickets. Brilliant bowling. It's surprising how much NZ's pacemen have managed to get out of this wicket. India's pacers struggled a bit, no?

Another dropped catch

Ashwin, on 14, put down by Guptill in the slips off Southee. Really bad fielding by the Kiwis, weren't they known for their fielding! Btw, Southee's figures are the best by a New Zealand bowler in India, beating Dion Nash's 6 for 27 at Mohali in 1999. Stat courtesy @rgcricket.

A quote to remember

Sports Do Not Build Character...They Reveal It. - John Wooden

We'll soon see what the youngsters in the Indian team are made of...

Ind 320-9 after 88 overs
P Ojha c †van Wyk b Southee 0 (4b)

Ojha gone too. India 320-9. Southee has 7, memories of Dion Nash? Remember how he had run through the Indian batting line-up at Mohali. The ball was just leaving the batsman and Ojha helped it along to the keeper. Southee has amazing figures of 7-45.

Ind 320-8 after 87.2 overs
Z Khan c †van Wyk b Southee 7 (5b, 1x6)

Southee has run through the Indian batting line-up. AP

Southee has run through the Indian batting line-up. AP

Southee gets his sixth wicket! Zaheer falls. India 320-8. This is looking pretty bad. It was a well-directed short ball at Zaheer's body, he looked to fend but got an edge to the keeper. Easy catch. Zaheer's batting has fallen away so much in recent times that it's shocking.

Ind 312-7 after 85.5 overs
MS Dhoni lbw b Southee 62 (94b, 8x4, 2x6)

Dhoni gone. Full and straight. This was gone -- lbw again. No doubt. India 312-7. Dhoni made 62. Five wickets for Southee.

Ind 301-6 after 83.3 overs
V Kohli lbw b Southee 103 (193b, 14x4, 1x6)

Kohli offers no shot, trapped lbw! Gone! It was too close to the stumps to leave. Kohli made a superb 103 but he needed to carry on. The last ball had left the batsman, this one came in. Plumb. These morning sessions are turning out to be a lot of fun.

Kohli's ton
Kohli not out 100 (187b, 14x1, 1x6)

Kohli gets his second Test ton. Beautifully done. Future captain? Yes, please. India still trail by 67 runs. It's his first hundred on Indian soil in Tests, expect him to get plenty more. The really impressive bit about this innings was that he wasn't out to smash the Kiwis -- he played at his own pace; at a pace that he is comfortable playing in. And that's a true sign of maturity.

Dhoni gets 50

Dhoni gets to his fifty with a punch down the ground. 26th half-century in Tests, he has 5 hundreds too. It took him 73 balls to get there. He started off with a lot of aggression but then settled down to play a good knock.

New ball taken

Second new ball has been taken after 80 overs. Tough times for Dhoni?

Ind 288-5 after 79 overs
Kohli 97, Dhoni 47

Kohli has moved on to 97 with a nice flick of his toes for four. He needs to keep it going though. One over to go before the new ball.

Survive the second new ball

India's Kohli need to get a big century. Reuters

India's Kohli needs to get a big century. Reuters

If India can survive the second new ball, which is due in 2 overs, they should be able to get an important psychological advantage. The crack are starting to widen and batting will not be easy in the fourth innings, India need to give it their best shot right now. Dhoni has played a good innings but against the new ball, he always remains suspect. The onus will once again be on Kohli.

Day 2

Virat Kohli performed a brilliant recovery act and was just seven runs short of his second Test century as India bounced back from a precarious position to leave the second cricket Test against New Zealand evenly poised here today.

After restricting New Zealand to 365 in the first innings, the Indians were tottering at 80 for four at one stage before Kohli (93 not out) led the Indian fightback as they reached 283 for five at close on the second day at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Suresh Raina (55) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (batting 46) also played an important part in India’s recovery. The home side still trail by 82 runs with five first innings wickets intact after a half-and-hour’s extended play.

Read the full report here.

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