India vs New Zealand Highlights, Kanpur Test, Day 2: Stumps taken early

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India vs New Zealand Highlights, Kanpur Test, Day 2: Stumps taken early
  • 17:05 (IST)

    Play has been called off early on Day 2, with New Zealand comfortably placed on 152/1. 

    The third day of India's 500th Test will begin 15 minutes early in order to accommodate eight more overs into the day's quota. 

  • 15:15 (IST)

    That's how well Williamson and Latham have tackled spin today. 

  • 15:14 (IST)

    Just when Kane Williamson and Tom Latham were eyeing their centuries while tightening their grip on the hosts, the rain gods decide to break their momentum. Anyway, will be interesting to see what decisions Kohli takes, should play resume anytime soon. Whether he chooses to continue with his spinners, or have a spell of pace. 

  • 14:57 (IST)

  • 14:17 (IST)

    After 47 overs,New Zealand 152/1 ( Tom Latham 56 , Kane Williamson (C) 65)

    And it's tea on Day 2 of the 1st Test, with New Zealand cruising at a score of 152/1 (almost identical to that of India at the same stage). Williamson and Latham look set on 66 and 56 respectively. Meanwhile, the covers are out with a slight drizzle descending at the Green Park. 

  • 14:05 (IST)

    After 45 overs,New Zealand 143/1 ( Tom Latham 55 , Kane Williamson (C) 57)

    The ball is starting to turn more sharply now, which has forced Latham and Williamson going slightly on the defensive now. Jadeja goes for a loud appeal for a caught-behind off Williamson in the 43rd over. Replays suggest a very faint edge though.

  • 13:42 (IST)

    After 40 overs,New Zealand 135/1 ( Tom Latham 53 , Kane Williamson (C) 52)

    Some drama at the Green Park, as the Indians appeal loudly for a catch off Latham off Jadeja's bowling. Latham gets a bottom-edge while playing a sweep, with the ball deflecting off his foot to Rahul at short-leg. However, the problem with Rahul's catch was the ball touching Rahul's helmet grille. 

    Both Latham and Williamson bring up their half-centuries in 119 and 78 deliveries respectively. Another milestone in the 40th over, with the duo bringing up the century stand in the 40th over! We've just witnessed perhaps the most eventful overs of the match so far. 

  • 13:18 (IST)

    After 35 overs,New Zealand 123/1 ( Tom Latham 46 , Kane Williamson (C) 47)

    Williamson executes a pull off Umesh to end the 33rd over, a sign of the flow that he is in right now. Meanwhile, Kohli decides to introduce part-timer Murali Vijay into the attack in the 35th, and he concedes four byes and a boundary before going for an lbw appeal off a full toss. The partnership between Williamson and Latham is worth 88, with the individuals on the verge of their half-centuries now. 

  • 13:00 (IST)

  • 12:59 (IST)

    Meanwhile, this just happened.

  • 12:52 (IST)

    After 30 overs,New Zealand 97/1 ( Tom Latham 36 , Kane Williamson (C) 35)

    Like India, New Zealand too have started off strongly in their innings. The Williamson-Latham stand will be crucial for them to conquer the hosts' first innings total

  • 12:47 (IST)

    FOUR! Kane Williamson brings up the 50-stand along with Tom Latham with a straight drive. The pair look solid at the moment, with Williamson especially batting with flair, and deflecting the arrows fired by the spin pair. 

    However, he survives a dismissal scare in the very next ball, as an outside edge off his bat falls just short of Rahane in the slips.

  • 12:30 (IST)

    After 25 overs,New Zealand 80/1 ( Tom Latham 28 , Kane Williamson (C) 27)

    The players walk out after lunch, with Jadeja being handed the ball for the first over of the session. Big appeal for a catch at short-leg off Latham, but it turns out to have deflected off his pad. Williamson ends the 25th over with an impeccable drive down the ground. 

  • 11:39 (IST)

    After 21 overs,New Zealand 71/1 ( Tom Latham 25 , Kane Williamson (C) 21)

    After a patient start, Williamson begins to attack the spinners, exhibiting the finesse that makes him a member of the greatest batsmen of the current generation. The skipper has formed a steady partnership of 36 with Latham, having tackled the spin threat quite maturely so far. Like the opening day the passage of play during the remaining sessions will be crucial, given the amount of turn that is on offer post-lunch. 

  • 11:15 (IST)

    After 15 overs,New Zealand 50/1 (Tom Latham 18, Kane Williamson 7)

    Kohli has now opted for spin from both ends, and it sets up an interesting battle between the lethal pair of Ashwin-Jadeja and a world-class player of spin in captain Kane Williamson. Meanwhile, Latham is going steady at the other end. 

  • 10:54 (IST)

    Luckily for him, he still has an entire tour ahead of him. However, he has put his place in the side under threat with the low score. 

  • 10:51 (IST)

    OUT! And it is Umesh who finally draws first blood for the Indians! The length ball is pitched outside off, but angles into the limited-overs specialist, hitting him on the front pad along the leg stumps. From the looks of it, the ball might have just grazed the stumps. 

    Martin Guptill lbw Umesh Yadav 21(31)

  • 10:31 (IST)

    After 5 overs,New Zealand 20/0 ( Martin Guptill 15 , Tom Latham 5)

    Latham and Guptill walk out, with Shami and Umesh bowling an over each at the start of the New Zealand innings. Latham looks good as he leans in for a drive through point off Shami, with Guptill getting a boundary for himself in the following over as well. Kohli introduces spin in the very third over of the innings, with Jadeja being handed the ball. 

  • 10:02 (IST)

    OUT! That's it! India are bowled out for 318 with Umesh Yadav getting caught behind off Neil Wagner's bowling. Decent total for the track, or so the Indians will be thinking. The change of bowling worked for Williamson and co, with Yadav getting a bit of glove while trying to glance a short one down the leg side. Jadeja remains unbeaten on 42, his quickfire knock helping the Indians cross the 300-run milestone. 

    Umesh Yadav c BJ Watling b Neil Wagner 9 (27); India 318 all out.

  • 09:50 (IST)

    After 95 overs, India 312/9 (Ravindra Jadeja 36, Umesh Yadav 9)

    Three boundaries off Jadeja's bat helps the hosts cross the 300-run mark, a psychologically important milestone for the Indians. Jadeja is particularly harsh on Santner, hammering three boundaries, and a six off the last ball of the 95th over.

  • 08:58 (IST)

    Day Two pitch

  • 08:56 (IST)

    Welcome welcome welcome

    Welcome to our live coverage of the second day's play of the first Test between India and New Zealand at Green Park, Kanpur. The hosts began Day One in fine form, but lost their way in the middle and completely disintegrated towards the end. The team will be extremely disappointed with their score of 291 for nine, especially considering they were 154 for 1 at one stage.

India faltered after a sound start to their first innings as New Zealand banked on a strong bowling performance to grab the upper hand on the opening day of their first cricket Test here on Thursday.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, the Indians had a promising start to their innings, doing well in the pre-lunch session. But the Kiwi bowlers hit back, claiming eight wickets in the next two sessions for the hosts to finish the day at 291/9.

In the historic 500th Test match for India, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav were at the crease at the close of play on 16 and eight runs, respectively.

New Zealand players celebrate a wicket on day one. PTI

New Zealand players celebrate a wicket on day one. PTI

For New Zealand, pacer Trent Boult (3/57) and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (3/77) picked up three wickets each while Neil Wagner (1/42), Mark Craig (1/59) and Indian-origin leg-spinner Inderbir Singh Sodhi (1/50) chipped in with a wicket apiece.

Most of the Indian batsmen fell to poor shots after misreading the turn or bounce of the ball rather than any top quality bowling by the visitors.

The Indians started off on a positive note with opener Lokesh Rahul hitting Boult for a couple of boundaries in the very first over of the series.

The New Zealand pacers recovered thereafter to restrict the flow of runs to some extent.

Rahul, however, continued to target Boult, hitting a couple of consecutive boundaries off the pacer in the seventh over.

The opener swept Santner for a six in the 11th over, but the spinner had his revenge off the very next ball when Rahul misread an outgoing delivery.

Rahul scored at a decent rate, posting 32 runs off 39 deliveries. His innings was studded with four boundaries and a six.

Cheteshwar Pujara then joined Murali Vijay in the middle and the duo negotiated the New Zealand bowling with skill and patience to ensure that the hosts went into the lunch break at a decent 105/1.

Santner was the only Kiwi bowler to bag a wicket in the morning session.

The rest of the Kiwi bowlers toiled away without reward under hot and humid conditions.

But whatever advantage the hosts had managed to claim was fritterred away in the post-lunch session as the Kiwi bowlers struck back to claim the crucial wickets of Vijay, Pujara and Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

Boult outfoxed Vijay in the very first over after lunch with a cross-seam short pitched delivery. The Indian opener was surprised by the extra bounce as the ball took the outer edge of his bat and travelled to where first slip should have been.

But the lack of a fielder at that position saved Vijay and the Kiwis could only watch as the ball raced to the boundary.

Santner bagged his second wicket when Pujara misread the spin on a slightly overpitched delivery which did not turn much after pitching. Pujara played for the spin, expecting it to turn towards the off-stump but only managed to offer a tame caught and bowled chance to Santner.

Kohli (9) seemed to be in good touch, hitting two boundaries during his short stay at the crease. But he fell to a rash shot, attempting to pull Wagner for a six. The Indian captain misjudged the bounce and the ball flew off the top edge for a relatively easy catch for Sodhi.

The Kiwis continued their resurgence after tea, clinching five wickets in the final session.

Craig sent back Ajinkya Rahane (18) shortly after the resumption when the batsman edged one to Tom Latham at short leg.

Rohit Sharma (35) and Ravichandran Ashwin (40) then tried to stitch together a partnership before the former attempted a rash shot off Santner, only to see Sodhi palm the catch at long on.

Wriddhiman Saha (0) and Ashwin soon went back in quick succession while Mohammed Shami's (0) off-stump was uprooted by a beautiful delivery from Boult.

Earlier, Indian skipper Kohli won the toss and elected to bat in the first Test of the three-match series against New Zealand at the Green Park Stadium here.

India are playing their historic 500th Test. The hosts are playing with six batsmen, two fast bowlers and two spinners while the visiting New Zealand are playing with three spinners and two fast bowlers.

India have played 14 Tests under Kohli's captaincy so far, winning 10 of them. The hosts will be eager to register their 11th win under Kohli and make the historic 500th Test a memorable one for cricket lovers in the country.

Updated Date: Sep 23, 2016 17:05 PM

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