Sep 25, 2016 Highlights 17:02 (IST) After 37 overs,New Zealand 93/4 ( Luke Ronchi 38, Mitchell Santner 8) 16:13 (IST) OUT! Ross Taylor suffers a hilarious run-out, as New Zealand slump to 56/4 while chasing the mammoth 434-run target. Taylor ambles between the stumps initially, before picking up pace after responding 15:52 (IST) OUT! And that's Ashwin's 200th Test wicket, and it couldn't been a more special one, given that he removed New Zealand's best batsman in Kane Williamson to reach the milestone! Pitched 15:00 (IST) After 5 overs,New Zealand 3/2 ( Kane Williamson 1, Ross Taylor 0) 14:15 (IST) After 107.2 overs,India 377/5 ( Rohit Sharma 68, Ravindra Jadeja 50) 13:30 (IST) FIFTY for Rohit Sharma! His fifth in Tests! Gets there with a mis-hit off a rising delivery from Wagner. After all the talk and controversy over Rohit's selection, the Mumbai batsman manages to 12:47 (IST) OUT! Santner gets rid of Rahane for 40, with Ross Taylor taking a fine catch in the slips! India lose their fifth wicket with 277 on board, and a lead of 333. Meanwhile 11:40 (IST) After 81 overs,India 252/4 ( Ajinkya Rahane 21, Rohit Sharma 12) 11:22 (IST) After 76 overs,India 244/4 ( Ajinkya Rahane 18, Rohit Sharma 7) 11:04 (IST) After 71 overs,India 228/4 ( Ajinkya Rahane 9, Rohit Sharma 0) 10:42 (IST) OUT! Craig gets rid of Kohli, and it is Sodhi who takes the catch yet again! Another low score for the Indian captain, who is livid with his shot selection. Kohli ends up reaching out for the 10:00 (IST) OUT! The Black Caps manage to strike early in the day, with Santner trapping Murali Vijay leg-before for 76! Ends the 133-run second-wicket stand that was starting to look unbreakable. Pitched along 09:25 (IST) After 48 overs,India 160/1 ( Murali Vijay 64, Cheteshwar Pujara 51) 17:08(IST)
Can Ronchi and the middle-order salvage a draw on the final day, however unlikely it may sound at this stage. Or will the Ashwin-Jadeja pair finish things off, in one session in all likelihood. Tune in tomorrow for our coverage of the fifth and final day to find out. Till then, goodbye.
Another day that belonged to the Indians. Rohit Sharma returned to form with an unbeaten 68, Jadeja got to his second Test fifty, helping India set a near-impossible target for the Black Caps. Then Ashwin goes on to demolish the NZ top-order, becoming the second-fastest ever to 200 Test wickets with the prized dismissal of Kane Williamson. Despite Ronchi's late fightback in the closing stages of the day, the Indians are sitting comfortably in the driver's seat right now.
17:02(IST) After 37 overs,New Zealand 93/4 ( Luke Ronchi 38, Mitchell Santner 8)
And its stumps on Day 4 of the ongoing 1st Test, with Ronchi somehow managing to arrest further slide for the Black Caps. However, the visitors are still 341 runs behind the target, and have an entire day tomorrow if they hope to enforce a draw.
16:54(IST) After 35 overs,New Zealand 92/4 ( Luke Ronchi 37, Mitchell Santner 8)
Ronchi puts up a fight back against the Indians after the demolition caused by Ashwin early in the innings. Has hit four boundaries and a six so far in the innings, with Santner playing a block-a-thon at the other end, taking 45 balls to get to eight.
16:23(IST) After 25 overs,New Zealand 68/4 ( Luke Ronchi 18, Mitchell Santner 3)
Taylor's unfortunate run-out has thrown the New Zealand plans into awry, having lost four wickets already with an entire day left. Ronchi is starting to put up an inspirational fight, hammering Umesh and Ashwin for a four and a six respectively in consecutive overs. Meanwhile, Rahul is resting after suffering a hamstring niggle.
16:13(IST) OUT! Ross Taylor suffers a hilarious run-out, as New Zealand slump to 56/4 while chasing the mammoth 434-run target. Taylor ambles between the stumps initially, before picking up pace after responding to the call for the second run. He reaches the crease at the non-striker's end, but HIS BAT IS NOT GROUNDED! Shocking, given a player of his experience! A fantastic throw by Umesh from deep midwicket uproots the stump, and Taylor returns to the pavilion for 17. New Zealand lose their fourth wicket with 56 on board.
Ross Taylor run out (Umesh Yadav) 17(36) 16:08(IST) After 20 overs,New Zealand 52/3 ( Ross Taylor 14, Luke Ronchi 9)
Williamson's departure has to be the biggest blow to the visitors, given that they have an entire day to try and salvage a draw. Ronchi hammers a boundary towards mid-on shortly after arriving at the crease. Attempts something similar off Ashwin's bowling in the 20th over, looking for a slog, only to edge it high towards cover. Vijay, running towards the boundary, fails to hold on to the chance however.
15:59(IST) 15:53(IST) 15:52(IST) OUT! And that's Ashwin's 200th Test wicket, and it couldn't been a more special one, given that he removed New Zealand's best batsman in Kane Williamson to reach the milestone! Pitched outside off, the ball turns square yet again, this time hitting him on the front pad in front of the leg stump. New Zealand lose their third wicket with 43 on the board as a result.
Kane Williamson lbw Ravichandran Ashwin 25(59) 15:37(IST) After 15 overs,New Zealand 33/2 ( Kane Williamson 21, Ross Taylor 9)
Ashwin and Jadeja are stepping the pressure on the Black Caps, appealing at nearly every delivery. Taylor survives a couple of close appeals for LBW, and an edge off his bat flies to Vijay in the slips, where he fails to hold on. Williamson sweeps the fourth ball of the 14th over towards backward square-leg, where Umesh fails to hold on to a tough chance near the boundary rope.
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Ashwin's delivery that led to the Indians appealing for an LBW against Taylor.
15:17(IST) After 10 overs,New Zealand 15/2 ( Kane Williamson 8, Ross Taylor 4)
Plenty of action at the Green Park right now, with the spinners appealing at nearly every opportunity that they can get. One can only imagine the pressure on the Kiwi pair of Williamson and Taylor right now. While one is batting with a sense of steadfastness, Taylor looks slightly unsettled. He survived an appeal for an lbw — pitched well outside off, but turning square towards the leg-stump — off an Ashwin delivery earlier.
15:05(IST) 15:00(IST) After 5 overs,New Zealand 3/2 ( Kane Williamson 1, Ross Taylor 0)
OUT! One over and Ashwin sends both Kiwi openers back in the pavilion! Guptill falls prey to yet another case of bad luck — the ball rebounding off his foot to Rohit Sharma at silly point while looking to clear midwicket. Guptill dismisses for a five-ball duck, failing to justify his selection as a Test opener yet again!
Latham departs a couple of deliveries later, getting trapped lbw by a delivery that stays straight and hitting him in front of middle-stump. Latham was looking to defend the ball, expecting some turn. New Zealand are reeling at 3/2. Unless Williamson produces a magical innings, the Black Caps will find it difficult to last more than two sessions henceforth.
Martin Guptill c Rohit Sharma b Ravi Ashwin 0(5);
Tom Latham lbw Ravi Ashwin 2(15) 14:16(IST) 14:15(IST) After 107.2 overs,India 377/5 ( Rohit Sharma 68, Ravindra Jadeja 50)
Ravindra Jadeja takes a single off the second ball of the 108th over. Not only does he bring up his half-century in 58 deliveries after hammering two fours and three sixes (which should seal him as the favourite for the Man of the Match award), but it also brings up the century stand between him and Rohit, who is batting on 68 at the other end. Jadeja pulls off the sword celebration at the behest of Kohli, as India set New Zealand a near-impossible target of 434.
14:00(IST) After 105 overs,India 365/5 ( Rohit Sharma 61, Ravindra Jadeja 45)
Rohit and Jadeja and menacingly going about business right now, with the latter hammering two sixes off Sodhi in the 105th over. The partnership is nearly touching the 100-run mark, the lead is worth 421 at the end of the 105th over, and the Indians couldn't have found themselves in a stronger position. What then could be the reason behind Kohli deciding to let the batsmen continue? Rohit's century perhaps?
What're you waiting for? Tell us what you think.
13:39(IST) After 100 overs,India 336/5 ( Rohit Sharma 56, Ravindra Jadeja 21)
While Rohit brings up his half-century in 75 balls, the current pair at the crease also complete the fifty stand in 56 deliveries. Both Rohit and Jadeja have attacked the pacers and spinners alike, and India are just a few runs away from reaching the 400-lead mark.
FIFTY for Rohit Sharma! His fifth in Tests! Gets there with a mis-hit off a rising delivery from Wagner. After all the talk and controversy over Rohit's selection, the Mumbai batsman manages to hit back at his critics with a pacey innings. Looks like he is not losing his place from the team anytime now.
13:19(IST) After 95 overs,India 304/5 ( Rohit Sharma 37, Ravindra Jadeja 8)
Rohit and Jadeja seemed to have hit the gas pedal now, with the latter bringing up the 300-run mark with a cut through point. At this point, a target of 400 is probably what Kohli has on mind. If that is the case, the current pair at the crease are seeing to it that the hosts get to the mark in quick fashion.
13:03(IST) After 90 overs,India 280/5 ( Rohit Sharma 19, Ravindra Jadeja 2)
Rahane was lucky to have survived a close lbw appeal (Ross Taylor was adjudged out in a similar situation) in the third ball of the 89th over, before he edges the very next delivery — with a slight change in line towards off — to Taylor in the slips. Meanwhile, Kohli sends Jadeja, who contributed to the Indian total with 42 quickfire runs in the first innings, ahead of Ashwin and Saha.
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There's a lot of speculation about Kohli's declaration. What do you think should be India's ideal score for declaration, so that they set a target that creates enough pressure on the minds of the Kiwi batsmen?
12:47(IST) OUT! Santner gets rid of Rahane for 40, with Ross Taylor taking a fine catch in the slips! India lose their fifth wicket with 277 on board, and a lead of 333. Meanwhile Ravi Jadeja walks out to bat. Wonder if he can hit a few lusty blows to guide India to 300 in quick time.
Ajinkya Rahane c Ross Taylor b Mitchell Santner 40(81) 11:57(IST) 11:40(IST) After 81 overs,India 252/4 ( Ajinkya Rahane 21, Rohit Sharma 12)
And its lunch on Day 4 of India's 500th Test, with the hosts heading into the break comfortably perched on a 308-run lead with six wickets in hand. The New Zealand bowlers produced a turnaround today, getting three wickets and nearly dismissing Rahane on two occasions. What remains to be seen are Kohli's tactics — how long he takes to declare the innings.
11:22(IST) After 76 overs,India 244/4 ( Ajinkya Rahane 18, Rohit Sharma 7)
Rahane survives a couple of dropped chances in the 74th over, bowled by Craig. Rohit brings up India's 300-run lead a couple of overs later with a single. Will Kohli consider declaration anytime soon?
11:05(IST) 11:04(IST) After 71 overs,India 228/4 ( Ajinkya Rahane 9, Rohit Sharma 0)
OUT! And now Pujara heads back to the pavilion after getting caught by Taylor in the slips off Sodhi's bowling. Pitched outside leg, Pujara does not expect the amount of turn that the delivery eventually produces, eventually getting his outside edge. India lose their fourth wicket with 228, with Rohit Sharma walking out to bat, although a lead of 284 is one that already looks out of hand.
Cheteshwar Pujara c Ross Taylor b Ish Sodhi 78 (152) 10:48(IST) 10:48(IST) 10:42(IST) OUT! Craig gets rid of Kohli, and it is Sodhi who takes the catch yet again! Another low score for the Indian captain, who is livid with his shot selection. Kohli ends up reaching out for the delivery, and ends up top-edging it towards midwicket, where Sodhi would be too careful to let go of such an opportunity. India lose their third wicket with 214 on board, though they still are in a position of strength and have a plenty of batting options left. Meanwhile, Craig gets his 50th Test wicket.
Virat Kohli c Ish Sodhi b Mark Craig 18(40); India 214/3 10:25(IST) After 65 overs,India 209/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 71, Virat Kohli 17)
Kohli brings up the 200 for India with an outside edge off Santner that sends the ball over the slips towards third man. Meanwhile, India's lead stretches to 265 at the end of the 65th over.
10:18(IST) After 60 overs,India 196/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 65, Virat Kohli 10)
Captain Kohli walks out to the crease, and pulls the furth ball that he faces towards midwicket. However, he's forced to be extra vigilant in the next few deliveries due to the unpredictable deliveries, especially from Santner. Meanwhile, India are touching the 200-run mark, and will look to get another 40-50 runs on the board.
10:00(IST) 10:00(IST) OUT! The Black Caps manage to strike early in the day, with Santner trapping Murali Vijay leg-before for 76! Ends the 133-run second-wicket stand that was starting to look unbreakable. Pitched along middle, Vijay looks to defend the ball, expecting some turn, but ends up getting rapped on the pads. Doesn't look happy with the decision, but replays suggest a very good decision by umpire Tucker.
Murali Vijay lbw Mitchell Santner 76 (170) 09:46(IST) After 55 overs,India 177/1 ( Murali Vijay 75, Cheteshwar Pujara 57)
Vicious turn and bounce for Santner and Sodhi, and Williamson will certainly hope for an early breakthrough on the fourth day. Pujara negotiates the extra bounce with a well-timed cut on an occasion or two. Vijay lofts a Sodhi delivery over mid-off for his first boundary of the day.
09:25(IST) After 48 overs,India 160/1 ( Murali Vijay 64, Cheteshwar Pujara 51)
Ish Sodhi bowls the first over of Day 4, and concedes just one off it. There is ample turn on offer today, with some unpredictable bounce to add to it. Can the NZ spin trio make the most of the conditions, and pull the game back in their favour? Or will Vijay and Pujara stretch the lead out of their hands? Let's find out.
Kohli hits the nets early 23:58(IST)
Welcome to the coverage of the Day four of the 1st Test between India and New Zealand where the hosts are in the driver's seat with a lead of 215 runs in the second innings. Day four is poised to be a pivotal day not just in the Test match but also in the Test series. Can the Kiwis make a comeback at Kanpur? Stay tuned for all the Live updates from the day's play
Preview Murali Vijay (64 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (50 not out) struck half-centuries as India scored 159 for one, taking a hefty lead of 215 against New Zealand on the third day of the first Test match at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja ran through New Zealand's batting line-up that was bowled out for 262. Resuming the day at 153/1, the visitors were floored by left-armer Jadeja (5/73) and off-spinner Ashwin (4/93).
After taking a 56-run first innings lead, India were further driven by the 107-run unbeaten partnership between Pujara and Vijay in a match that was fairly partial to the spinners.
Luke Ronchi was batting on 38 at the end of the day's play. AP
However, credit needs to be given to the spinners who came back strongly on the third day, after a bad second day's play. Skipper Virat Kohli's decision of starting the day's proceedings with spinners paid off well for the hosts.
Resuming the day from 152 for one, Kiwi batters got off to a bad start as both the Indian spinners created problems for them with their turn and bounce.
The disciplined bowling of Ashwin got him a wicket at the start as he plumbed overnight batsman Tom Latham at 58 while Jadeja struck the new batsman Ross Taylor in the very next over via leg before.
Just when the Kiwi batters seemed at ease at the crease, Ashwin produced another beauty to rip off dangerous Kane Williamson's off stump. New Zealand were now reeling at 170/4 in just eight overs.
The dismissals of Latham (58) and Kane Williamson (70) was crucial as the duo had put up an 135-run stand and was threatening to take the match away.
The Kiwi's middle order -- Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner and B.J. Watling -- somehow tried to hold their innings together but they only managed to score 38, 32 and 21 respectively.
After that there was no looking back for India as Jadeja ran through the visitor's lower order, taking three wickets in an over to wrap up the innings.
Jadeja finished with yet another five-for, while Ashwin scalped four wickets as both the spinners together accounted for nine wickets to give the hosts a 56 run lead in the first innings.
India's openers added 52 before opener Lokesh Rahul's stay was cut short by leg-spinner Ish Sodhi for 38 runs.
The ball glanced off the high part of the bat and Ross Taylor took an outstanding catch at slip to bring the second session to an end.
Then Pujara and Vijay joined hands and a smooth partnership flourished. Their partnership began with a flurry of boundaries and that little spell of play dashed the Kiwi's hopes.
The spinners seemed lost in the middle and confused between which line to bowl or which pace to keep.
At the end of the day, Vijay was unbeaten on 64 with seven fours, while Pujara had stroked eight fours during his stay.
Come Sunday, India will look to increase the lead and set a big target for New Zealand to chase in the fourth innings.
With inputs from IANS