LIVE 2nd Test, Day 5: Kohli ton in draw, series won by NZ

Post-match ceremony

McCullum: "It was a big relief. We are going to enjoy this moment... Test series wins don't come along very often especially against this good Indian team. I am very respectful of the people I passed. Almost embarrassed to go past Crowe, he was such a good batsman."

"We talked the other night how we have had such a great summer and it will be a shame to end it on a sour note. We played so well at Auckland and this was a real test for where we are as a team," McCullum added. "We still have plenty of work to do but we are getting there. Corey and Neesham have been revelations. Our bowling has been outstanding. Things are pretty good but we need to keep getting better. We are pretty good at home but need to work on our form away."

Dhoni: "To some extent you can say so (it got away). But our bowlers bowled really well but they soaked up the pressure well. I think they batted really well. We bowled in the right areas which is very important on a flat deck. It wasn't bad bowling but they kept the good deliveries. Once you are bowling for 2 and a half days, you need to appreciate the effort of the bowlers. They were still ready to run in with the third new ball."

"We were quite disappointed in the ODIs because we had chance. the Test series was always going to be tough because we have a lot of players who have played few Tests. But we have been improving. Right from SA, we are a much improved side," he added.

After 52 overs, Ind 166-3

The umpires gave the captain's the option to end play an hour early and they agreed. The match ends in a draw -- McCullum's superb effort ensured that NZ had the advantage heading into the final day and then Kohli (105) came up with a classy ton to help India draw the match.


After 49 overs, Ind 163-3

A superb straight drive brings up the hundred for Kohli 102 off 129 balls (15 fours, 1 six). It's been a stunning knock, pity the series is lost. But that takes nothing away from this innings simply because without it, India might have been struggling to save the match.

After 45 overs, Ind 143-3

Kohli (87) showing the word just how good a batsman he is. Still early days in Test cricket but he's got the shots and the temperament. Rohit Sharma is doing his part at the other end.

After 41 overs, Ind 132-3

Kohli has moved on to 80 off 104 deliveries -- he is virtually doing all the scoring here. And he is bringing out the shots -- the hook, the pull, the drive, everything.

After 36.1 overs, Ind 100-3

Kohli's got to his 50 (off 73 balls with seven boundaries and a six) and India seem to be slowly moving towards safety and a draw.

After 31 overs, Ind 90-3

And that's tea. India have just one more session to survive and draw while New Zealand still have an outside chance of sneaking in a win.

After 30 overs, Ind 84-3

This is why Kohli is the man to lead India next. He always gives it his 100 percent and somehow he picks the right approach too. Rohit has 10 off 29 and Kohli has 47 off 70 -- playing just enough shots to not get bogged down.

After 26 overs, Ind 63-3

Rohit has been letting the ball go through to the keeper a lot. Kohli continue to play shots -- a top-edge went for six over fine leg. But NZ know... another two wickets and they will be in with a genuine chance to win the match. India, on the other hand, know they are playing for a draw.

After 22.3 overs, Ind 54-3

WICKET! Gloved down the leg-side. Pujara walking back. This has not been a good series for him. Rohit Sharma is the new batsman. They should have considered sending in Rahane surely... there is still some pace and bounce in this wicket.

C Pujara c BJ Watling b Tim Southee 17

After 20 overs, Ind 54-2

New Zealand need a wicket to spice things up a little now. Or we might be in for two very boring sessions of cricket. Kohli and Pujara have settled now, the ball isn't doing as much.

After 13 overs, Ind 31-2

Big edge but Steve Davis doesn't give Kohli out. Kohli did not walk. But things have evened out pretty quickly. Dhawan was not out but given out by David and now Kohli was out but he stays put. It was angled across Kohli by Boult, superb bowling.

After 11 overs, Ind 30-2

India have moved on to 30 without any further alarms. Kohli has come out and settled down immediately. Pujara is being very circumspect. Another wicket will hurt India badly. The ball is moving about a bit but nothing that should worry the batsmen too much.

After 4.5 overs, Ind 10-2

WICKET! Oh Oh... Vijay edged that to the slips. Corey takes the catch, Southee has the wicket. Lovely outswinger, squared up the batsman a bit. No doubts about this one. Suddenly, there seems to be something in the wicket. Kohli walks in to join Pujara.

Vijay c Corey Anderson b Tim Southee 7

After 4.5 overs, Ind 10-1

WICKET! Dhawan falls to Boult in the first over after lunch. Shouldering arms. It seamed back in pretty sharply. Ball was going well and truly over the top. Here we go.

S Dhawan lbw Trent Boult 2

After 4 overs, Ind 10-0

That's lunch. India 10-0 (4 ovs). NZ declared on 680-8. McCullum got his triple, Neesham got debut ton. India still need a further 425 to win. That isn't going to happen.

After 204 overs, NZ 680-8

Neesham finishes unbeaten on 137 (equal 4th highest score in 2nd innings of a debut, 2nd best since 1930) and McCullum wants 12 minutes at the Indians before lunch. Zaheer ended up with 5-170. NZ lead by 434 runs. Inspiring stuff by the Kiwis -- no one has ever scored this many runs in their second innings in a Test, and New Zealand were 94-5 at one point.

After 204 overs, NZ 653-8

NZ's lead is 407 now. Time to declare and allow India to shoot themselves in the foot?

After 201.3 overs, NZ 639-8

WICKET! Zaheer gets his fifth wicket of the innings (5-156) -- he has toiled hard and is now bowling quicker than Ishant. Southee was going for his shots... got a top edge, skied it and Pujara took a good catch. It is Zak's 11th five-wicket haul, 4th vs Kiwis.

T Southee c Cheteshwar Pujara b Zaheer Khan 11

After 199.3 overs, NZ 625-7

WICKET! McCullum defended the first ball after getting his triple ton -- the first New Zealander to do so. The crowd cheered some more and then he edged on through to the keeper. A stunned silence for a minute and then they cheered him off the field. McCullum is the 28th cricketer to score 300 runs in a Test match.

B McCullum c MS Dhoni b Zaheer Khan 302

After 199.1 overs, NZ 625-6

He has done it. A standing ovation and the cheers won't stop. They refuse to sit down. McCullum takes off his helmet, no one has run onto the ground. It was steered just wide off point for four. 302 off 557 balls.

After 199 overs, NZ 621-6

A four and a single. McCullum moves on to 298. Everyone has their cameras out. Take the pic... people. James Neesham has 100 on debut -- brilliant knock by a 23-year-old just 123 balls.

After 197 overs, NZ 602-6

Edged and once again it doesn't carry. McCullum survives. Come on Dhoni... move up a couple of steps. It's the fifth day --- the ball isn't coming in particularly quick.

After 196 overs, NZ 593-6

It was slightly short and McCullum was onto it in a flash. Four! The NZ skipper is into the 290s now. He has 293. The four also brought up the 150 of the partnership -- 151 from 211 balls. Since the 5th wicket fell, India are 1 for 503.

After 195 overs, NZ 593-6

First four of the morning for McCullum. Ishant Sharma was too straight and the NZ skipper flicked it away. He moves on to 289 -- just 10 runs short of the New Zealand record -- Martin Crowe's 299. The lanky medium-pacer is bowling in the 120s.

After 193 overs, NZ 584-6

Neesham has come out and played some shots. McCullum has been circumspect. The Indian bowlers though are a tired lot -- all the main bowlers have gone for more than a 100 runs and bowled more than 40 overs. McCullum on 284, Neesham on 77, partnership is 138 from 197 balls. NZ lead by 338.

Day 5
After 189 overs, NZ 571-6

A maiden from Zaheer to start things off. Ishant takes over from the other end. McCullum still 19 short of his triple ton, which will be the first for New Zealand.

After 188 overs, NZ 571-6

That's close of play. NZ led by 6 runs at the start of the day for the loss of 5 wickets. Now, they lead by 325 for the loss of 6 wickets. Superb fight shown by NZ and McCullum and Watling. McCullum 281*, Neesham 67*

Tomorrow, McCullum has a date with history and NZ go into the final day as favourites now. The pressure will be on India. Wow. What a turnaround...


After 186 overs, NZ 565-6

McCullum has 280 now. The highest ever individual score for NZ in Martin Crowe's 299 but only 3 overs left in the day.

After 184.4 overs, NZ 552-6

Neesham gets his fifty too. 52 off 79 balls. The lead is up to 306. This is simply incredible. India and Dhoni are simply waiting. They are unable to make anything happen now.

After 183.1 overs, NZ 546-6

Partnership 100 off 138 runs, lead by 300. India have taken just one wicket for 452 runs. Wow.

After 179 overs, NZ 528-6

And we go back to Rohit Sharma. The lead is 282 runs and given the opportunity, NZ will keep batting for as long as possible. McCullum has gone past 500 runs in the series and this includes scores of 1 and 8.

After 177 overs, NZ 518-6

The lead is up to 272. Very steady stuff from New Zealand. India once again have run into a wall. McCullum's powers of concentration are simply outstanding. Neesham not throwing it away.

Meanwhile, going back to the McCullum-Watling partnership. @rajeshstats on twitter says: 352 is the 4th-best stand for any wkt, any team, in the 2nd inngs of a Test. Highest also by NZ, in Wellington

After 172 overs, NZ 502-6

One partnership ends, another begins. No respite for Dhoni and India's bowler's. Neesham and McCullum have put on 56 runs from 72 balls.

After 170 overs, NZ 493-6

The lead is up to 247 -- if NZ can get it to 300, India won't have it easy. McCullum continues to bat on and on and on. Neesham has come in and looked good -- he has 23 off 30 balls.

After 163 overs, NZ 464-6

McCullum hitting a few more shots now. It looks like he has decided to put up some quick runs on the board. Watling was superb in defence and never looking like getting out. The lead is up to 218.

After 160.2 overs, NZ 446-6

WICKET! Finally! The new ball has done it. Watling (124) stuck on the crease, trapped LBW by Shami but is now a world record holder (for highest-ever 6th-wicket stand with Brendon McCullum). They put on a remarkable 352 runs. Neesham is in next and he can bat.

BJ Watling lbw Mohammed Shami 124 (367 balls, 13 fours)


After 160 overs, NZ 446-5

And that is the world record for the sixth wicket. McCullum and Watling have put on 352 runs from 737 balls -- breaking the world record set by Mahela Jayawardene and P Jayawardene against India in 2009-10. Lead is 200 runs. For some strange reason -- Dhoni bowled after the break and then Kohli. Anyway... time for the third new ball.

After 158 overs, NZ 440-5

And that is tea. 31 overs, 93 runs, 0 wickets in the session. The lead is 193. NZ 440-5. Partnership is 346 -- the equal 2nd-best ever for 6th-wkt, alongside legends Bradman and Fingleton. McCullum 228*, Watling 119*

After 156 overs, NZ 435-5

McCullum has 226 -- past his previous best of 225 against India. Brilliant innings that shows no sign of stopping any time soon. The world record for the sixth wicket partnership is 351 -- the duo are almost there. Four overs to the third new ball.

After 152 overs, NZ 422-5

The lead is up to 176 runs. And perhaps it is time to talk about totals... what will it take for NZ to think about a win? To put India back in...

After 147 overs, NZ 417-5

 LIVE 2nd Test, Day 5: Kohli ton in draw, series won by NZ

New Zealand's Brendon McCullum has been simply exceptional. Reuters

McCullum has a double ton. Watling has a ton. And India haven't been able to get a wicket since... forever. The fields have been strange. Dhoni has simply backed off completely.

Another record: Brendon McCullum has become the first ever captain in Test history to hit two double-centuries as captain in two-match series.

After 143.1 overs, NZ 398-5

McCullum 203 off 395 balls, just short of six hours at the crease. This has been an amazing innings. NZ lead by 152. This is his 2nd 200 of the series. 3rd of his career, all against India. Equals Fleming and Turner on top of NZ's list with 3 200s.

After 143 overs, NZ 394-5

439 minutes. 632 balls. 300 runs. McCullum-Watling have been exceptional. What a partnership... Dhoni... India need to do something... NZ lead by 148. McCullum 199, Watling 105 and it's time for drinks. Another hour to tea.

After 138 overs, NZ 384-5

Watling gets 103 off 297. NZ 384-5. What an innings! He has batted for almost 50 overs and not played a false shot.

After 136 overs, NZ 375-5

281 runs -- now the highest partnership against India for all wickets. Going past Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder's 271 in 2008-09 at Napier. Plenty on singles on offer. Scoring has been pretty easy for the batsmen. There simply is no stopping this duo today. McCullum 191 and Watling on 95.

After 130 overs, NZ 358-5

Back after lunch and no change in status. Dhoni can't seem to decide on one plan of action. It just keeps changing every couple of overs and that is not helping the bowlers. This is where India needs Zaheer to step up and show the value of his experience.

After 127 overs, NZ 347-5

Another session without losing a wicket. McCullum has 169 and Watling 90 as NZ reach 347-5, a lead of 101 runs at lunch. In the session: 28 overs, 95 runs, 0 wickets. It shows that despite India trying to keep the run-rate down, the tactics haven't worked. The bowlers have not been accurate enough -- every once in a while, there is a loose ball and the batsmen haven't missed out.

After 126 overs, NZ 346-5

A boundary from Watling takes him to 90 and the partnership is now worth 252 runs from 535 balls. Still no sign of a lapse in concentration.

After 124 overs, NZ 337-5

The lead is 91 now. And it's almost time for lunch -- McCullum and Watling have been together for almost a full day's play worth of overs. Dhoni telling his bowlers to settle into the channel outside off-stump. Watling is closing in on his ton as well -- he has 86 now.


After 119 overs, NZ 321-5

McCullum got his 150 with a classic four. He needed 303 balls. The lead is up to 75. This is getting worrisome. Jadeja has plugged one end up and Zak is bowling outside off-stump inviting McCullum to try and get the ball from there.

After 114 overs, NZ 312-5

The lead is up to 66 runs now and India are turning to Jadeja in the hope of a breakthrough. This is not easy for India -- the fast bowlers must be tiring and they are probably missing a fifth bowler.

After 109.2 overs, NZ 297-5

NZ lead by 51 runs now. Dhoni has spread out the field, the plan seems to keep changing with every bal. The partnership between McCullum and Watling is now 203 from 436 balls.

After 103 overs, NZ 271-5

No alarms for NZ this morning. Ishant bowled a solid first over but after that nothing. The lead is up to 25. McCullum 125, Watling 59.

Day 4

McCullum and Watling walking back in to the field. Can India break this partnership early? The lead at the moment is just 6 runs. No need for India to panic.

After 99 overs, NZ 252-5

And that's close of play -- unbroken partnership of 158 (257 minutes) between McCullum and Watling keeps NZ in the game, they have a lifeline. McCullum (114) and Watling (52) came together when New Zealand were 93-5 but they haven't looked back since. New Zealand are effectively 6 for 5 at stumps -- tomorrow is a new day and the job is just beginning.

India's bowlers were good but they will come to rue dropping McCullum twice. It gave the hosts a chance and they have grabbed it with both hands. India still have the advantage.

After 94 overs, NZ 250-5

Edged and four. It was never in the air and there was no third man. New Zealand have the lead now -- ahead by 4. India will have to bat again. Brilliant fightback.

After 93 overs, NZ 244-5

Watling gets a gritty 51 off 190 balls. Very good innings by the NZ keeper. NZ trail by 2 runs. The partnership between McCullum and Watling is now worth 150.

After 87.2 overs, NZ 227-5

McCullum gets his 100 with a six -- a bit of a slog but it'll do! Off 197 balls, 9th Test ton. What a knock! NZ trail by 19. The NZ skipper now has scored 4 Test centuries against India, the most by any Kiwi batsman against India in Tests.

After 86 overs, NZ 221-5

NZ trail by just 25 runs. The surface has evened out and McCullum has looked very good in defence too. India are trying very hard to find some answers now. McCullum 94, Watling 45, together they have put on 127 runs.

After 82 overs, NZ 209-5

McCullum has continued along his merry way. He is no longer stone-walling. He is on the attack and anything full is being dispatched to the boundary line. Along the way, he has also become the 4th Kiwi to register 5000 Test runs. This is a great fightback. NZ trail by just 37 now.

After 80 overs, NZ 194-5

80 overs done. New ball taken. India need to break this partnership now. Will the new ball swing?

After 79.2 overs, NZ 194-5

McCullum and Watling bring up their 100-run partnership off 255 balls, 165 mins. SR of 39. NZ trail by 39. Superb batting.

After 76 overs, NZ 191-5

The runs are flowing now. McCullum has slowly but surely started to play his shots. This is brilliant batting. Watling has been the perfect partner. NZ trail by 55 runs and India seem to have rested their hopes on the new ball now.

After 69 overs, NZ 163-5

NZ trail by 83 runs now. McCullum got to his half-century in the last over, a patient 51 off 146 balls, 5 fours. Watling has been very patient as well.

After 67 overs, NZ 149-5

NZ trail by 97 now. Very slow, deliberate and careful from the Kiwis. India are still not panicking.

After 64 overs, NZ 146-5

And it's tea. McCullum and Watling have put on 50. NZ trail by exactly 100. In the session: 29.5 overs, 59 runs, 1 wicket. Slow going but NZ are slow whittling away the lead. The next session will be interesting -- not too much reverse swing for the Indian bowlers.

After 61 overs, NZ 141-5

Moving along slowly. Trail by 105 runs. The pitch has settled down and there is not much in it for the bowlers. Now to wait for McCullum to lose his cool.

After 54.2 overs, NZ 130-5

McCullum dropped for the second time in the innings. It was hit -- not very well -- but straight back at the bowler, Ishant Sharma. McCullum on 36.

After 49 overs, NZ 120-5

Eight runs added in the last five overs. India are bowling well -- not giving anything away and Dhoni is experimenting with the field settings. McCullum has 29 (96) and Watling has 15 (47).

After 44 overs, NZ 112-5

NZ still trail by 133 runs. McCullum is still there in the middle but he needs the others to stand with him. Batting conditions are still not bad --- NZ need a partnership... India need McCullum's wicket.

After 37.2 overs, NZ 94-5

It didn't take long after lunch to get the wicket. Anderson turned his bat too quickly, and the resulting top edge was taken easily by Jadeja, who was also the bowler. Soft dismissal. This is heading towards a quick finish.

C Anderson c & b Ravindra Jadeja 2

After 34.1 overs, NZ 87-4

WICKET! Shami gets Latham to push at one that was going across him. Dhoni takes the edge easily. It was the last ball before lunch. India are just six wickets away from victory. The first session belonged to India: 25.1 overs, 63 runs, 3 wickets.

Latham c MS Dhoni b Mohammed Shami 29

After 29 overs, NZ 81-3

Kohli dropped McCullum off the first ball. He has been stationed right next to the pitch at silly mid-on. Kohli almost grabbed at it with one hand --- couldn't hold on. It wasn't that quick. McCullum on 9. Big escape. A bit of a lull now. NZ are digging in. Latham playing the odd aggressive shot -- almost nothing from McCullum.

After 23 overs, NZ 61-3

Slow going in the middle. Latham and McCullum aren't playing too many shots -- they are still trying to figure out how to go about this innings. The hosts are in a tough, tough position.

After 17 overs, NZ 52-3

WICKET! Today, it's Zak. In the first Test, he looked a bit off-key. But he's pressing all the right buttons now... using his experience to beat the batsmen. Rutherford was being aggressive and attacking but Zaheer got it just right. Zak now have 3-15 from 7 overs.

H Rutherford c MS Dhoni b Zaheer Khan 35

After 10.4 overs, NZ 27-2

WICKET! Williamson gets a thin edge through to the keeper. Zaheer does the damage early in the day. Williamson was lucky in the first innings, no such fate today. India are chasing their first away win in 32 months. Zaheer makes the difference -- the one that got Fulton came back into the right-hander, this went straight on with the angle. Zak's figures at the end of the over were 4-3-7-2.

Day 3
After 10 overs, NZ 27-1

Ishant will hope to continue his good form. AP

Ishant will hope to continue his good form. AP

Good pace and bounce in the wicket today. Better than what it was on Day 1 and Day 2. There isn't as much movement though. All in all good batting conditions. India will have to bowl well too -- don't expect NZ to just roll over.

Day 2
After 9 overs, NZ 24-1

And that's close of play. NZ trail by 222 runs and will have to fight to take the match into the fourth day. It won't be easy.

After 8 overs, NZ 23-1

NZ still trail by 223 runs. One last over -- Rutherford and Williamson in the middle.

After 1.3 overs, NZ 1-1

Zaheer traps Fulton, who was shouldering arms, LBW. The NZ opener got his judgement pretty wrong. It came back just enough, replays show it would have clipped the top of off-stump.

P Fulton lbw Zaheer Khan 1

After 102.4 overs, India 438 all out

Zaheer is the last man out. India are 438 all out. He was going for his shots, made space to hit that through the off-side, got the edge through to Watling, who took his 5th catch of the innings. Overall lead of 246.

Zaheer Khan c BJ Watling b Neil Wagner 22

After 101.1 overs, India 423-9

WHAT A CATCH! Boult takes a superb one-handed running catch to end Rahane's innings (118). The right-hander was going for his shots but this was a stunning take.

A Rahane c Trent Boult b Tim Southee 118

After 100 overs, India 414-8

It was short and Rahane pulled it away. No big celebrations, a quiet nod and he gets on with again. One of the better Test match tons you will see by a young Indian batsman overseas. Rahane got to 100 in 152 balls and then followed it up with another couple of classic fours. Lead is up to 222.

After 92.2 overs, India 385-8

Jadeja plays a good cameo but Rahane would have liked him to hand around for a little while longer. The left-hander attacked the bowler and pushed India's lead to almost 200. Rahane is on 90.

R Jadeja c Peter Fulton b Neil Wagner 26

After 92.2 overs, India 348-7

WICKET! Short delivery into the ribs does the trick for Boult. Dhoni tried to play it but gloved it to the keeper down the leg-side. This was a very important knock for India -- the lead now stands at 156. Rahane is on 81.

MS Dhoni c BJ Watling b Trent Boult 68

After 88 overs, India 328-6

100 off 120 balls -- the partnership between Dhoni and Rahane has been superb. After Kohli's wicket, NZ would have felt they had a chance but instead, Dhoni has attacked and Rahane has been very steady.

After 86 overs, India 317-6

Dhoni is playing with some very interesting tactics. He has been shuffling around the crease, getting outside the line of the stumps and when he gets the opportunity -- as he did in the last over, he walks down the wicket and slams Southee for six. He also got to 50 off 64 balls. The partnership with Rahane is already worth 89.


After 84 overs, India 301-6

And that's tea. Superb batting by Rahane and Dhoni has ensured that India are steadily taking the game away from NZ. Dhoni seems to be struggling with an injury on his left hand. India's lead is 109 runs.

After 80 overs, India 280-6

India's lead is 88. The new ball is taken. This should be fun. Boult running in and he gets movement usually.

After 78.1 overs, India 279-6

Rahane gets 50 off 93 balls -- his third Test fifty. Brilliant, classy knock. In total control. The crowd breaks out in Ajju cries and of course, the India Jeetega shouts too.

After 78 overs, India 278-6

Rahane has been batting superbly and made his way to 49. He has looked in control and surely, it is time to start asking whether he needs to bat ahead of Rohit Sharma, who has struggled badly outside India. Dhoni is batting well too and the lead is up to 85 runs.

After 71 overs, India 252-6

Dhoni coming out and being aggressive. Four consecutive fours off Wagner showing just how he wants to play today. Quick runs will hurt NZ. Dhoni has 19 off 12 balls. Wagner wasn't backing off though -- a good battle. India lead by 60 runs. 9 overs to go for the new ball.

After 68.1 overs, India 228-6

WICKET! Wagner sends Kohli (38) back. Super catch by Rutherford. 12 overs from the new ball, NZ have a big breakthrough. It was a set plan -- the fielder there for the drive, Kohli could see him and he still went for the shot, on the up. What was Kohli thinking?

V Kohli c Hamish Rutherford b Neil Wagner 38 (91 balls)

After 62 overs, India 216-5

The partnership between Kohli and Rahane is 50 off 98 balls now. It's been slow going after lunch but then there is no rush, lots of time for India to make the most of this innings. Both batsmen have been circumspect.

After 56 overs, India 201-5

India 201-5 at lunch on day 2, lead by 9 runs. 28 overs, 101 runs, 3 wkts in the session. India have their noses in front and a lot will depend on Kohli and Rahane now. The visitors need to make this opportunity count.

After 50 overs, India 183-5

India trail by just 9 runs. Kohli (22) and Rahane (9) have been very steady. New Zealand at the moment will be thinking about how to limit the damage. Can they keep the lead down to 40-50 runs?

After 45.1 overs, India 165-5
WICKET! Huge gap between bat and pad, and Rohit dragged that one from Neesham back onto the stumps. He's gone for a duck.

RG Sharma b Jimmy Neesham 0

After 43 overs, India 162-4
WICKET! Dhawan has to go after a brilliant 98. Edge off Southee taken by Watling (his 50th Test catch). IT was a wonderful innings by Dhawan -- he was patient initially and then when he got going there was no stopping him. He has almost single-handedly given India a big advantage. Now can the other batsmen make this advantage count.

Dhawan c BJ Watling b Tim Southee 98

After 37 overs, India 141-3
WICKET! The nightwatchman goes for 26 but Ishant played his part -- he got through the initial phase and then even made sure the run-rate was good. Boult deserved this... he was swinging the ball and consistently getting edges. Good catch by Watling behind the stumps -- diving to hos right. India trail by 51 runs.

I Sharma c BJ Watling b Trent Boult 26

Day 2
After 35 overs, India 132-2

Can Dhawan get a big one? AP

Can Dhawan get a big one? AP

There is no stopping Ishant Sharma on this tour. He has tormented NZ with the ball and now he is doing the same with the bat too. Dhawan is taking his time to get going.

Day 1
After 28 overs, India 100-2

Superb batting by Dhawan. It looked like he was batting on a different pitch. The way he bats has to remind you of Sehwag. India now trail by just 92 runs. The morning session on Day 2 will be crucial.

After 24.2 overs, India 89-2

WICKET! Boult gets Pujara and the breakthrough for NZ. Suddenly the left-armer has started getting swing and he trapped Pujara LBW. Ishant Sharma sent out as nightwatchman.

C Pujara lbw Trent Boult 19

After 23 overs, India 84-1

53 off 71 balls for Dhawan. Superb square cut to bring up the milestone. Then he celebrates by hitting Wagner for six off the very next ball. A bit of a sudden acceleration by Dhawan and it seems to have caught NZ by surprise. India trail by 108 runs. 14 runs in the over.

After 20 overs, India 59-1

NZ have turned to Corey Anderson in the hope for a breakthrough. Nothing much seems to be happening. India's batsmen are playing sensibly and really, they need to press home their advantage.

After 17 overs, India 44-1

Not as much seam movement as we saw in the morning session but Dhawan is playing very well here.

After 13 overs, India 38-1

New Zealand bowling a bit too short here. They are not making the batsmen drive enough and India are looking at ease here. You can trust the bounce on this wicket and leave on length. India trail by 154 runs.

After 10 overs, India 31-1

Have things settled down a bit? The last few overs have seen Dhawan and Pujara look more comfortable. Maybe time for a change in the attack? The singles are coming easily for the moment.

After 7 overs, India 19-1

Dhawan is the key here. He is looking very comfortable in the middle... playing his shots as well. Very important for him to continue in the same vein. Very controlled stuff.

After 5 overs, India 15-1

This are nervous times. Pujara survived a huge appeal for lbw. And a few have gone past the edge too. India need to someone ride out this session of play.

After 2 overs, India 2-1
NZ first innings: 192 all out

India lose Vijay early. Vijay walking back... he does not look happy but he gloved it. And so it begins.

M Vijay c BJ Watling b Tim Southee 2

Indian innings

Boult has the new ball in hand as the Indian openers walk out. Dhawan produced a master class in the first Test and India need him to do the same today. Murali Vijay needs to be at his best too.

After 52.5 overs, NZ 192 all out

NZ all out for 192. Superb catch by Pujara at short leg. Shami gets the wicket. Ishant finishes with 6-51 (career-best figures). Shami ended up with 4-70. New Zealand were 86-6 at one stage, so this does count as a recovery for them. There is a lot of assistance for the pacemen from the wicket -- India's batsmen won't have it easy either.

T Boult c Cheteshwar Pujara b Mohammed Shami 2

After 51.3 overs, NZ 184-9

WICKET! A low full toss surprised Southee and he was caught well by Vijay. Ishant gets his sixth wicket -- no stopping him today. Clearly dropping Ishant has worked.

T Southee c Murali Vijay b Ishant Sharma 32

After 49 overs, NZ 165-8

And that's tea. In the session: 115 runs were scored, 23 overs bowled, 4 wickets fell. Ishant has 5-44, Shami 3-63. No wickets for Zak. India need to close this out well now. That is crucial.

After 49 overs, NZ 165-8

Jadeja coming in for the last over before tea. After 48 overs of pure pace, one over of spin.

After 46.5 overs, NZ 165-8

WICKET! It was just wide off the off-stump and Neesham couldn't make up his mind on whether he wanted leave or play at the ball. This is big wicket -- Neesham was scoring quickly and on this wicket -- that is dangerous.

J Neesham c MS Dhoni b Mohammed Shami 33

After 42.4 overs, NZ 133-7

WICKET! Williamson's luck finally runs out. Good catch by Rohit in the slips... it was low and he got down well in time, Shami has the wicket. Williamson was starting to play his shots and this is a big wickets.

Williamson c Rohit Sharma b Mohammed Shami 47

After 42 overs, NZ 133-6

The partnership is worth 47 from 41 balls and it has given India something to think about. Williamson has moved to 47 while Neesham has 21.

After 41 overs, NZ 128-6

Neesham now starting to play his shots -- he has a run-a-ball 21, Williamson isn't holding back either. These are some quick runs and will hurt India.

After 39 overs, NZ 111-6

Lucky Williamson slams Shami for four to bring up 100. It's been tough -- to say the least. If NZ can get to at least 180... we will be in for an interesting first innings. Neesham has looked solid too.

After 35.4 overs, NZ 88-6

Ishant Sharma almost had six wickets! Williamson survives thanks to a no-ball for the second time in the match! The NZ batsman has the luck of the devil -- he was caught off no-balls on 15 and 23. But this has to be the best Ishant has bowled in a long time -- the run up seems sorted, building up pace and transferring it perfectly. He isn't trying to bowl -- crazy quick. Great line and length.

After 35.2 overs, NZ 86-6

WICKET! Ishant Sharma has five wickets for the second Test running! Watling gone for a duck. Super bowling. It bounced on the batsman, came off the shoulder of the bat and Watling had no chance. Taken well by Rohit Sharma in the slips.

B Watling c Rohit Sharma b Ishant Sharma 0

After 34.3 overs, NZ 84-5

WICKET! It was too good to last. Anderson was stuck in two minds, trying to flick the ball, inside edge onto the pads and the ball looped to the slips. Ishant Sharma gets his fourth wicket.

C Anderson c Virat Kohli b Ishant Sharma 24

After 32 overs, NZ 84-4

Ishant back into the attack, pitches it up and bam! Anderson slams it for six straight over his head. The left-hander is giving Dhoni and the bowlers something to think about with his aggressive tactics. Another four off the third ball -- he is hitting straight and that is a good thing too.

After 29 overs, NZ 67-4

Corey Anderson trying to play a few shots but that is not without risk. A top edge that just escaped Jadeja and then another one from Shami clattered into his mid-rib. Just trying to survive on this wicket serves no purpose, you have to try and score too.

Post-lunch session

Shami has the ball again and Dhoni will be itching to get Ishant back as soon as possible.

After 26 overs, NZ 51-4
Ishant gets a rest. Dhoni brings Zak into the attack for one last over before lunch and he does the trick -- sends Williamson back on the last ball before the lunch break. But it's a no-ball! Second no-ball of the over! Williamson survives.

Ishant finishes session with figures of 9-2-14-3.

The session: 51 runs, 26 overs, 4 wickets, 3 extras.

After 24 overs, NZ 49-4
Long nine-over spell for Ishant already. Huge LBW appeal against Williamson -- he looked out in the replays -- but Umpire Davis turned it down. But Dhoni must be thinking about a change now.

After 22.1 overs, NZ 45-4
WICKET! And we have another blow to NZ. The skipper McCullum is walking back. Jadeja didn't spot it early but held on nonetheless. It was driving lenght and McCullum went for his shot but hit it straight to Jadeja at mid-off.

B McCullum c Ravindra Jadeja b Mohammed Shami 8

After 20 overs, NZ 43-3
Slow progress, not too many runs being scored. This is good for India. Ishant has 3-9 after 7 overs -- superb bowling... but needs to get it a little more upto the batsmen. A little too short at the moment -- takes LBW out of the picture.

After 16 overs, NZ 38-3
Shami coming back into the attack. Zaheer giving him some advice -- but the left-armer himself has not been very impressive.

After 13.4 overs, NZ 26-3
WICKET! Ishant gets the edge and Dhoni takes an easy catch. Latham makes a duck on debut. How NZ will be missing Ross Taylor now... superb line and length from Ishant all morning. These are tough batting conditions but you've got to make it count. Take into account the collapse in the second innings of the first Test and New Zealand had lost their last 16 wickets for 144.

T Latham c MS Dhoni b Ishant Sharma 0

After 12 overs, NZ 26-2
Ishant has 2 wickets for just 1 run. The seam is scrambled but he is getting the wicket and that is all that matters. Dhoni being aggressive too -- five slips in place for Tom Latham's first ball.

After 11.2 overs, NZ 26-2
WICKET! Fulton didn't get his feet moving and was struck right in line. That would have hit middle and leg. Good bowling by Ishant. This is the start India needed. Tom Latham, on debut, in next.

P Fulton lbw Ishant Sharma 13

After 9.3 overs, NZ 23-1
WICKET! Short delivery, Rutherford couldn't get out of the way and gloved it to Murli Vijay first slip. Well directed bouncer by Ishant -- it even came into the batsman a bit. Rutherford stared at the spot where the ball pitched before reluctantly walking off. Williamson is in next.

H Rutherford c Murali Vijay b Ishant Sharma 12

After 8 overs, NZ 23-0
Ishant is into the attack. After his showing in the first Test, he needs to come up with another good show. You have to ride the wave when you can.

After 6 overs, NZ 19-0
Rutherford and Fulton are taking the singles and rotating the strike. The left-right combination means that India's pacemen have to constantly readjust their line. Shami and Zaheer need to remain patient and not try too much. The key is the length. A graphic illustrates how a good length is probably the most difficult to play on this wicket. Anything full can be dispatched.

NZ openers start well
When you see a green top, the first thought is that wickets will fall early and there will be a lot of movement. But so far, the NZ openers have looked solid. A few balls have gone past the edge but that much will happen.

Zak and Shami to begin things
Four slips, a gully and a man under the helmet to start things off. Zaheer and Shami sharing the new ball. Rutherford is quite an aggressive opener -- will he go for his shots or will he choose to shut shop? India's slip cordon will have to be at it's best today. There will be edges.

Toss
India win the toss and elect to field. The pitch has a decent covering of grass and that will make things difficult for the NZ batsmen in the early going at least.

Craig McMillan believes that there will be movement at least for the first two days. So India need to make it count.

India will hope Ishant can fire again. AP

India will hope Ishant can fire again. AP

IND XI: M Vijay, S Dhawan, C Pujara, V Kohli, RG Sharma, A Rahane, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, M Shami, Z Khan, I Sharma

NZ XI: P Fulton, H Rutherford, K Williamson, T Latham, B McCullum, C Anderson, BJ Watling, J Neesham, T Southee, N Wagner, T Boult

Updated Date: Feb 18, 2014 10:16:18 IST