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Second Test Match

India v New Zealand

2004:

Richard Boock

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 5th day

India have got to be disappointed

Oct 20, 2003: This series was neither special, nor, thanks mainly to anxious moments on the last day of either Test, entirely forgettable

The Wisden Verdict by Rahul Bhattacharya

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 5th day

The artist with the building blocks

Oct 20, 2003: VVS Laxman has redefined his role in the India team magnificently, and has been a reliable presence in the middle order since his Kolkata masterpiece

Amit Varma

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 5th day

No satisfaction

Oct 20, 2003: There was a lot more cricket left in the New Zealand-India series but the draw at Mohali ensured that arguments about the respective merits of the two teams remained inconclusive

New Zealand View by Lynn McConnell

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 5th day

Laxman and Chopra salvage a draw

Oct 20, 2003: New Zealand gave India a frightful scare on the morning of the final day, played a session of magnificent cricket and yet did not have enough firepower to go all the way and win

The Wisden Bulletin by Anand Vasu

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 4th day

Watching greatness struggle

Oct 19, 2003: Every previous evening of this Test match Sachin Tendulkar has emerged from the dressing-room after play and asked for soft half-volleys to be thrown at him

Rahul Bhattacharya in Mohali

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 4th day

Trevor Bailey in disguise?

Oct 19, 2003: Those who watched the fourth day's play might have been dulled into thinking that Trevor Bailey and Chris Tavare were out there in disguise

The Wisden Verdict by Dileep Premachandran

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 4th day

Turn in the tale

Oct 19, 2003: It was a sight to be expected

New Zealand View by Lynn McConnell

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 4th day

Sachin and the leg-side blues

Oct 19, 2003: Sachin Tendulkar's tendency to play across the line into the on side got him in trouble against the New Zealanders

Amit Varma

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 4th day

Laxman plays a lone hand

Oct 19, 2003: VVS Laxman kept one end up as wickets fell around him and India struggled towards the follow-on target

The Wisden Bulletin by Anand Vasu

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 3rd day

Sheep were jumping fences

Oct 18, 2003: Three days, seven wickets

Roving Reporter by Rahul Bhattacharya in Mohali

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 3rd day

Self-denial ... and self-indulgence

Oct 18, 2003: All those who have classified Virender Sehwag as an exciting one-day strokeplayer who does nothave the temperament for the longer game had better think again

Amit Varma

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 3rd day

Sehwag calls for wickets that aid spinners

Oct 18, 2003: Making himself heard in a debate that will not die, Virender Sehwag has called for India to return to preparing pitches that can be exploited by their spinners

Rahul Bhattacharya in Mohali

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 3rd day

Kill complacency, not Test cricket

Oct 18, 2003: No excuses can be made for a pitch that's overly loaded in favour of batsmen, or for bowlers who don't give it their all

The Wisden Verdict by Dileep Premachandran

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 3rd day

Vettori shines on a batting paradise

Oct 18, 2003: Daniel Vettori, the left-arm spinner, looks as happy as a pig in muck

New Zealand View by Lynn McConnell

The resurgence of Craig McMillan

'He's got the mistakes out of his system' - Hadlee on McMillan

Oct 18, 2003: Richard Hadlee on Craig McMillan

Lynn McConnell

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 3rd day

Sehwag's century lights up Mohali

Oct 18, 2003: New Zealand declared at 630, after McMillan completed the fourth century of the innings

The Wisden Bulletin by Anand Vasu

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 2nd day

The V for Victory

Oct 17, 2003: If Lou Vincent and Mark Richardson prospered yesterday by swatting deliveries to midwicket and square leg constantly, Scott Styris followed a different drummer

Samanth Subramanian

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 2nd day

Richardson: 'We don't want to cock it up'

Oct 17, 2003: Mark Richardson's dismissal was a rare bright spot in a bleak Test for India © AFP Cruel as it may be to rub it into one's opponents after keeping them in the field for two days, Mark Richardson managed it effortlessly

Rahul Bhattacharya

India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mohali, 2nd day

Some more intent, please

Oct 17, 2003: Just what are we to make of this

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal
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