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Right time to start. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir walk out. Bright morning. No crowd. Tom Martin to bowl. Gambhir on strike. Three slips and a gully

9.20am People, people. Already started complaining about selections. Lewis writes in, "Where are Guptill and Arnel? I thought Guptill was meant to be a batsman for the future, and Arnel bowled OK against Australia earlier this year." Hmm

Wanderer wasted little time in asking ths: "Where, oh where, is Carmen San Diego, I mean Irfan Pathan? Why is he not playing..." Well he is not even playing Ranji Trophy because of a back injury. And as things stand, he will need some 80 wickets in the first-class season to force his way back into the Indian Test side.

Jeremy Sparrow writes in, "Don't think I've ever said this about watching cricket before but I'm scared." Reece, on the other hand, says, "Enough with writing NZ off so early. Its boring to read." Keith Bennett perhaps deserves the last word here: "New Zealand's really in trouble. Vetorri couldn't even beat Dhoni at the toss." Or maybe to Jason Denton: "Only positive I can find for New Zealand in this series is Jesse Ryder will be returning home very, very slim."

9.10am Talking of the conditions, it is of course going to be hot, and the pitch looks bare. It is actually a miracle that this pitch is ready for Test cricket after this.

Okay, still time for the start, and as if you were sitting at the ground, waiting for the first ball, I will give you stuff to read. won't be the good-old newspaper, though. For laughs first, Herchelle Gibbs compares his literary effort to Andre Agassi's. Seriously? Anyway, moving on, like Anil Kumble has - to administration. A former team-mate, Sanjay Manjrekar, is proud of his decision and has high expectations. And to bring you back to the Test, here are some stats

Team news M Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara, heroes of India's last Test, are having to sit out: VVS Laxman and Gautam Gambhir come back. Sreesanth, though, keeps his place ahead of Ishant Sharma

New Zealand will be handing out two Test black caps today: to Kane Williamson and Hamish Bennett

Toss Stop the press! MS Dhoni has won a toss in a Test match! "If I had lost this toss, I would have walked towards the other side, media centre, and not towards the pavilion." He is grinning from ear to ear - this is the first toss India have won in 10 matches. of course India will be batting first. Sings are not good for Dan Vettori. India have won even the toss!

8.55 This looks bleak for New Zealand right now. Many many things will have to go right if they are to pull of upsets in this series. On the other hand, India will want to be ruthless. They will like to think in terms of stringing together their longest winning streak. They have never won more than four in a row, and their sequence stands at three wins in a row right now. Toss in five. I am Sidharth Monga and will be calling the whole match, and Sanjay Murari will be doing the scoring. Of course when there is a mistake in the commentary, feel free to assume I am on a brief break.

8.50am Test-match time. Welcome to the start of another series. Everyone is hoping New Zealand will put up a stronger fight than they did in Bangladesh. Toss is in 10 minutes. As usual, a lot of anticipation as we await the start. Always love the start of Test series

A look at the kind of personal milestones people are nearing:

# Vettori needs 38 runs to become the third allrounder after Kapil Dev and Ian Botham to have 4000 runs and 300 wickets

# If Dravid takes a catch of Harbhajan's bowling, it would be the 50th time the pair would have been involved in a dismissal. They would become the fourth pair in Tests to do so: Muralitharan-Jayawardene (77), Kumble-Dravid (55) and Warne-Taylor (51). Dravid needs two more catches to become the first player to hold 200 catches in Tests.

# Sachin Tendulkar needs one more hundred to make it 50.

# Vettori is set to become the second player after Stephen Fleming to play 100 Tests for New Zealand. He has also played one for World XI in the "Super Series" in Australia. So 101 in all, 100 for NZ

0.1

Martin to Gambhir, no run, bowled him? No. It was awfully close. Tentative poke from Gambhir first up. Hanging the bat to a full, widish delivery, and the inside edge nearly trickled onto the stumps

0.2

Martin to Gambhir, no run, shaping away from GG, who is surer in defence this time

0.3

Martin to Gambhir, 1 run, nearly a run-out! Tentativ, tentative start. Pushed this towards mid-off and dashed off for the single. What worked for Gambhir was that McCullum had to come around and throw off balance

0.4

Martin to Sehwag, no run, short and wide, Sehwag goes for it, but it stays low, and sneaks under his bat. Not good signs from the pitch

0.5

Martin to Sehwag, no run, fuller, still wide, gentle 130ks of pace, Sehwag leaves that one alone

0.6

Martin to Sehwag, no run, another leave from Sehwag, wide enough to not involve him

End of over 1 (1 run) India 1/0
V Sehwag    0* (3b)      CS Martin    1-0-1-0
G Gambhir    1* (3b)     

Debutant Bennett to bowl

1.1

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, dramatic action, a flurry of arms it seems, a bit like Harmison, but wide outside off

1.2

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, 140ks in India, that can't be too bad, but doesn't make Gambhir play

1.3

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, bowls on the stumps now, Gambhir tucks it away off the hips

1.4

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, stays around that 140ks mark, on an Indian pitch on Indian speed guns, left alone again

1.5

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, wide outside off again, no movement

1.6

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, closer to off, GG is nicely behind it

End of over 2 (maiden) India 1/0
G Gambhir    1* (9b)      HK Bennett    1-1-0-0
V Sehwag    0* (3b)      CS Martin    1-0-1-0

2.1

Martin to Sehwag, no run, wide outside off, Sehwag shoulders arms

2.2

Martin to Sehwag, 1 no ball, full, close to the stumps, drilled to point. No-ball too. And Sehwag is asking for a free hit! Does he need free hits?

2.2

Martin to Sehwag, FOUR, no he doesn't! He has hit this one as if a free hit, stands tall and drives a length ball through the covers

2.3

Martin to Sehwag, no run, another drive on the up, but straight to mid-off

Dhand: "Another mile stone, If Sehwag and Gambhir score 46 runs opening stand, they would have surpassed Chetan Chauhan and Gavaskar to become India's highest run getting openers"

2.4

Martin to Sehwag, 2 runs, short cover is in, and Sehwag has driven past him, off the toe end, though, so it won't travel

2.5

Martin to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag is off! What a shot! Back of a length, wide, and Sehwag meets it away from the body, opening the face late, and placing it past gully

2.6

Martin to Sehwag, FOUR, replay of the previous delivery and what happened to it! Wide of off, Sehwag stands there, and just forces it through point with an open face

End of over 3 (15 runs) India 16/0
V Sehwag    14* (10b 3x4)      CS Martin    2-0-16-0
G Gambhir    1* (9b)      HK Bennett    1-1-0-0

3.1

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, angled across him, and GG is happy leaving those alone

3.2

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, long, long appeal, but it has pitched way outside leg. There is no way this can be out, because the ball is hitting the stumps from over the stumps, and there is no movement

3.3

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, defends a length ball towards mid-off

3.4

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, full, on the stumps, defended back to the bowler

3.5

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, looking to run this down to third man, but the ball stays low and he doesn't quite make good connection

Nick M: "Why hasn't the NZ attack started off with bouncers? Indian batsmen love to get out to short deliveries. It's not that hard to employ that tactic: even the Australians can!"

3.6

Bennett to Gambhir, FOUR, Bennett goes for the full, straight delivery, but it is too straight, and all Gambhir has to do is get a tickle down the leg side. He does more than tickle, and gets four for it

End of over 4 (4 runs) India 20/0
G Gambhir    5* (15b 1x4)      HK Bennett    2-1-4-0
V Sehwag    14* (10b 3x4)      CS Martin    2-0-16-0

4.1

Martin to Sehwag, no run, after an over of wide bowling, Martin gets closer to the stumps, Sehwag defends it solidly

4.2

Martin to Sehwag, no run, this one doesn't quite come on, Sehwag has to wait that split second extra, and defends with an open face

4.3

Martin to Sehwag, FOUR, nice, juicy half-volley, outside off, Sehwag obliges with a cover-drive for four

4.4

Martin to Sehwag, no run, tries the bouncer, 125.8ks, Sehwag sways out, hardly carries to the keeper

4.5

Martin to Sehwag, no run, another bouncer, 126.9ks, Sehwag shapes up for the pull, but pulls out. Again, hardly carries through

4.6

Martin to Sehwag, no run, looks to cut this, but is cramped up for room, and ends up paying it to gully

End of over 5 (4 runs) India 24/0
V Sehwag    18* (16b 4x4)      CS Martin    3-0-20-0
G Gambhir    5* (15b 1x4)      HK Bennett    2-1-4-0

5.1

Bennett to Gambhir, 1 run, tip-and-run, to the right of McCullum at cover. Not great running, and McCullum is really quick and is even quicker with the throw. He was a goner had he hit the stumps

Bennett to bowl to Sehwag for the first time

5.2

Bennett to Sehwag, no run, short and wide, 143ks, still it seems Sehwag has had to wait for it to arrive. Curbs the cut shot, and guides it to gully

5.3

Bennett to Sehwag, no run, bouncer, Sehwag sways out of the line again

5.4

Bennett to Sehwag, no run, goes wide of the crease to bowl another bouncer. Sehwag sways out of the line again. But these bouncers aren't really getting up. Seems like a really slow wicket

5.5

Bennett to Sehwag, FOUR, smashed away, short, wide, not even getting up much, Sehwag rocks backs and cuts. Fifth boundary already

5.6

Bennett to Sehwag, no run, another cut, powerful too, but he finds Jeetan Patel this time, at deepish point

End of over 6 (5 runs) India 29/0
V Sehwag    22* (21b 5x4)      HK Bennett    3-1-9-0
G Gambhir    6* (16b 1x4)      CS Martin    3-0-20-0

6.1

Martin to Gambhir, no run, back of a length, around leg and middle, defended

Tristan: "I am the staunchest kiwi cricket fan. However, where is the worst place possible to play test cricket after losing 4-0 to Bangladesh? India. with our bowling attack. With India batting first. With India's batting lineup. Holy cow, India might rack up 1000. Seriously."

6.2

Martin to Gambhir, no run, full, on the pads, misses out on that, gets hit on the pad

6.3

Martin to Gambhir, no run, angled across him, left alone

Niranjan Shah in the crowd. Doesn't need any introduction. With him is Narendra Modi, a top-ranking Gujarat Cricket Association official

6.4

Martin to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, misses out on a leg-side offering, gets only a leg-bye

6.5

Martin to Sehwag, no run, pushed to point, can't find the gap

6.6

Martin to Sehwag, FOUR, top shot, just a check-drive. Just meets the ball with a straight bat, and it goes flying across, between bowler and mid-off

End of over 7 (5 runs) India 34/0
V Sehwag    26* (23b 6x4)      CS Martin    4-0-24-0
G Gambhir    6* (20b 1x4)      HK Bennett    3-1-9-0

7.1

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, back of a length, middle and leg, defended

7.2

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, another leg-side offering and Gambhir misses out. Stifled shout for lbw, but they know it has pitched outside leg

7.3

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, and again the bat face turns early, misses out again. Not in the greatest of touches, is Gambhir

7.4

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, looks to drop and run, but it has gone straight to cover

Bruce: "Maybe Australia should play New Zealand in what could be called the confidence boosting series. Surely one of them would come out on top?"

7.5

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, way down the leg side, can't touch it

7.6

Bennett to Gambhir, 2 runs, clipped away off the stumps, not timed sweetly, but beats midwicket

End of over 8 (2 runs) India 36/0
G Gambhir    8* (26b 1x4)      HK Bennett    4-1-11-0
V Sehwag    26* (23b 6x4)      CS Martin    4-0-24-0

As Sehwag gets off to a rapid start, do check out this video of his answering some rapid-fire questions. Already Dan has to turn to, well, Dan

8.1

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, and he gets off to a good start, Sehwag is looking to defend but the ball doesn't turn and gets an inside edge, which lands safe

8.2

Vettori to Sehwag, 1 run, already a long-off and sweeper cover in place... Sehwag comes down the track and gets a single to long-off

one slip and a forward short leg in

8.3

Vettori to Gambhir, no run, flighted outside off, GG stretches forward and defends

8.4

Vettori to Gambhir, no run, comes down the track and pushes this down to mid-off

8.5

Vettori to Gambhir, no run, slight dip there, GG defends this in front of his body but keeps it down

8.6

Vettori to Gambhir, 1 run, turns this to wide of mid-on for a single

End of over 9 (2 runs) India 38/0
G Gambhir    9* (30b 1x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-0
V Sehwag    27* (25b 6x4)      HK Bennett    4-1-11-0

9.1

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, back of a length, around off, defended solidly

9.2

Bennett to Gambhir, FOUR, first flowing shot from Gambhir, it was a length ball outside off, Gaambhir came forward and drove straight - the bat face turned a bit and that is what sent the ball back damn straight, bisecting mid-off and mid-on

9.3

Bennett to Gambhir, FOUR, poor delivery, and this time Gambhir cashes in - bowled from wide of the crease, aimed at the leg stumps, and he glances it fine, with that going past the partnership aggregate of Chetan Chauhan and Sunil Gavaskar, becoming the most prolific Indian opening pairing

9.4

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, stays back to block a shortish delivery

9.5

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, half-volley outside off, drives, but finds extra cover

9.6

Bennett to Gambhir, no run, and the most prolific opening pair are still not the best of the runners. Gambhir plays this to mid-off, wants a single off the ricochet, Sehwag says no, and Gambhir has to go back

End of over 10 (8 runs) India 46/0
G Gambhir    17* (36b 3x4)      HK Bennett    5-1-19-0
V Sehwag    27* (25b 6x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-0

10.1

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, angled into the pads, Sehwag misses on the attempted flick

10.2

Vettori to Sehwag, no run

10.3

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, flat, fast and straight, Sehwag keeps it out

10.4

Vettori to Sehwag, 1 run, cut away to sweeper-cover for a single

10.5

Vettori to Gambhir, 2 runs, creates his length, going back to a length ball, and cutting it past point for a couple

10.6

Vettori to Gambhir, no run, comes down the track to defend a flighted delivery

End of over 11 (3 runs) India 49/0
G Gambhir    19* (38b 3x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-5-0
V Sehwag    28* (29b 6x4)      HK Bennett    5-1-19-0

Jesse Ryder to bowl now. That's interesting

11.1

Ryder to Sehwag, FOUR, gentle length ball, Sehwag puts his front foot down and lofts him over mid-on. Simple. Wlecome to India, Jissy. Jesse smiles

11.2

Ryder to Sehwag, FOUR, straight drive along the ground this time, has to wait for the ball to arrive, and then smashes it back past Ryder

11.3

Ryder to Sehwag, 1 run, on the pads, flicked away to fine leg, Sehwag slips while turning back... Ryder and Sehwag had a good laugh

11.4

Ryder to Gambhir, 2 runs, walks into the shot, and clips it off the pads to fine of fine leg

11.5

Ryder to Gambhir, no run, drives away from the body, finds cover

11.6

Ryder to Gambhir, OUT, Ryder has struck. Go Jissy. In his first over of Test bowling in India. That keeper standing up to the stumps might have had something to do with it. It was again a gentle back of a length delivery, but Gambhir drove at it without feet. It nipped back in ever so slightly, and got the inside edge into the leg stump

G Gambhir b Ryder 21 (54m 41b 3x4 0x6) SR: 51.21

End of over 12 (11 runs) India 60/1
     JD Ryder    1-0-11-1
V Sehwag    37* (32b 8x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-5-0

12.1

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, angled down the leg side, hits him in the pad

12.2

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, played off the back foot, towards midwicket

12.3

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, quicker through the air, pushed to cover

12.4

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, makes room, looking to cut, hurries him up, gets a bottom-side edge

12.5

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, stretches well forward to defend

12.6

Vettori to Sehwag, 1 run, comes down the track to push a single to long-off

End of over 13 (1 run) India 61/1
V Sehwag    38* (38b 8x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-6-0
R Dravid    0* (0b)      JD Ryder    1-0-11-1

13.1

Ryder to Sehwag, 1 run, punched on the up, towards deep point for a single

Dravid to face for the first time. Keeper is up

13.2

Ryder to Dravid, no run, comes forward, defends this with an open face

13.3

Ryder to Dravid, FOUR, again presses forward, looking to defend, Jesse gets it to hold its line, and the thick edge goes past slip, along the ground

13.4

Ryder to Dravid, no run, looks to drive this time, but doesn't make good connection, hitting it to mid-on

Ryder is the only bowler so far to have got the ball to move. I liked his celebration too after the wicket. Nothing hurried, didn't jump up and down

13.5

Ryder to Dravid, no run, defended outside off, off the front foot

13.6

Ryder to Dravid, no run, another forward defensive, he is getting right forward today

Here's the list of runs scored by Indian opening pairs

End of over 14 (5 runs) India 66/1
R Dravid    4* (5b 1x4)      JD Ryder    2-0-16-1
V Sehwag    39* (39b 8x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-6-0

Mark is in some very happy space, which is making him hope: "OK. Breakthrough! The Kiwi's are on their way. Martin and Bennett to come back and chip out some wickets. Kane Williamson to wrap up the tail. India rolled for less than 300. Hey I'm an NZ supporter. I've gotta be optimistic. And stranger things have happened. At 107/8 last night - who would have picked Sri Lanka??"

14.1

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, flighted delivery, pushed to mid-on

14.2

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, slog! Yes, a slog. Gets an inside edge, which doesn't go flying anywhere

14.3

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, forward defensive this time

14.4

Vettori to Sehwag, 1 run, driven towards extra cover, and Ryder makes a diving save there

14.5

Vettori to Dravid, no run, gets a sort of leading edge on this forward defensive. Nothing major, but it goes along the ground towards mid-off

14.6

Vettori to Dravid, no run, comes forward to defend but then decides to leave this alone

End of over 15 (1 run) India 67/1
R Dravid    4* (7b 1x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-7-0
V Sehwag    40* (43b 8x4)      JD Ryder    2-0-16-1

Cricinfo's Madhusudhan has some worrying figures for Gambhir: "Gautam Gambhir now has 154 runs in the last ten innings at an average of just over 17. During that period, his average has fallen from 57.50 to 50.82."

15.1

Ryder to Sehwag, FOUR, short, not too wide, but Sehwag creates massive power in that shot with the bat speed and the wrists, the ball goes screaming past point

15.2

Ryder to Sehwag, 1 run, worked away into the leg side, with the angle

15.3

Ryder to Dravid, no run, pushed to mid-on, pressing right forward

15.4

Ryder to Dravid, no run, right forward to defend this length ball

15.5

Ryder to Dravid, no run, wide enough for him to leave it alone

15.6

Ryder to Dravid, no run, seems like he has taken a leg guard, and is moving front and across to most of the full deliveries, does the same to this and pats it back to the bowler

End of over 16 (5 runs) India 72/1
R Dravid    4* (11b 1x4)      JD Ryder    3-0-21-1
V Sehwag    45* (45b 9x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-7-0

16.1

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, appeal for lbw, but this has pitched middle and leg and had just angled through - no turn, no straightening. Can't give those

16.2

Vettori to Sehwag, 1 run, pushed to long-off for one

16.3

Vettori to Dravid, no run, big stride in, and blocks a flighted delivery

16.4

Vettori to Dravid, 2 runs, lovely shot! Good footwork. Gets front and across, then the front foot retreats a bit to make room, and he drives it past extra cover. Full enough to be driven

16.5

Vettori to Dravid, no run, flat delivery, around off, pushed to point

16.6

Vettori to Dravid, no run, another forward-defensive

End of over 17 (3 runs) India 75/1
R Dravid    6* (15b 1x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-10-0
V Sehwag    46* (47b 9x4)      JD Ryder    3-0-21-1

Brodie: "I went to school with Kane Williamson, for someone who started bowling offspin for something to do when he wasnt batting in the nets... the guy can bowl! Good flight and turn, could be a handful on Indian tracks" However, it's Jeetan Patel to bowl in the land of Patels. In fact the ground is called Sardar Patel Stadium

17.1

Patel to Sehwag, 2 runs, Viru! wide, tossed up, Sehwag throws his arms at it, a slog really! The edge just about clears the infield. I remember he got out to Patel's first over in Napier

17.1

Patel to Sehwag, 2 runs, goes front and across and leaves alone one outside off

17.2

Patel to Sehwag, FOUR, shot! This is more the Sehwag. Extra-cover drive, smashed between mid-off and extra cover. Fifty up too

17.3

Patel to Sehwag, no run, hit hard to mid-off

17.4

Patel to Sehwag, FOUR, full and wide again, and Sehwag knows he has to hit every new bowler before they bowl their second over with fields spread out. He does exactly that, reaching out, driving this between cover and cover-point

17.5

Patel to Sehwag, no run, arm ball outside off, beats his attempt at a late-cut

17.6

Patel to Sehwag, no run, another diving save from Ryder in the covers

End of over 18 (10 runs) India 85/1
V Sehwag    56* (53b 11x4)      JS Patel    1-0-10-0
R Dravid    6* (15b 1x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-10-0

18.1

Vettori to Dravid, no run, no turn for Vettori yet. Angled into pads, hits the pads

18.2

Vettori to Dravid, no run, jumps out of the crease, gets to the pitch of this one, but the shot doesn't beat short extra cover

18.3

Vettori to Dravid, no run, presses forward, then goes back to the shortish ball, hits it to mid-on

18.4

Vettori to Dravid, 1 run, does the same footwork, right forward and then quickly back to cut it away

18.5

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, defended off the front foot

18.6

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, arm ball to finish off the over. Sehwag is alert to it

End of over 19 (1 run) India 86/1
V Sehwag    56* (55b 11x4)      DL Vettori    6-0-11-0
R Dravid    7* (19b 1x4)      JS Patel    1-0-10-0

19.1

Patel to Dravid, no run, goes front and across and leaves alone one outside off

19.2

Patel to Dravid, no run, presses right forward to smother the spin

19.3

Patel to Dravid, no run, good ball, floater outside off, no turn on it, beating the outside edge - rare event

19.4

Patel to Dravid, no run, back to forward defensive

19.5

Patel to Dravid, no run, and another

19.6

Patel to Dravid, no run, nicely bowled, he is bowling the overspinners well, Dravid is again expecting it to turn but recovers well to keep it out

End of over 20 (maiden) India 86/1
R Dravid    7* (25b 1x4)      JS Patel    2-1-10-0
V Sehwag    56* (55b 11x4)      DL Vettori    6-0-11-0

20.1

Vettori to Sehwag, 1 run, low full toss, driven to long-off

20.2

Vettori to Dravid, no run, gets an inside edge on a defensive shot

20.3

Vettori to Dravid, no run, pushed to mid-off this time

20.4

Vettori to Dravid, no run

20.5

Vettori to Dravid, no run, slight dip, Dravid is sucked out of the crease, and forced to push at it in front of his body. But he keeps it down

20.6

Vettori to Dravid, FOUR, half-volley on the pads, and now Dravid is happy to play it into the leg side, driving it between mid-on and midwicket

End of over 21 (5 runs) India 91/1
R Dravid    11* (30b 2x4)      DL Vettori    7-0-16-0
V Sehwag    57* (56b 11x4)      JS Patel    2-1-10-0

goes round the wicket

21.1

Patel to Sehwag, FOUR, short and angled across, and Sehwag is waiting for it, cutting it away for four. Late-cut really. He was bowling well from over the stumps

21.2

Patel to Sehwag, FOUR, uppish! Oohs and aahs! That was angled across and full, Sehwag cleared the front leg and went at it, a semi leading edge flew smack between cover and mid-off. Not entirely in control of this one

21.3

Patel to Sehwag, no run, defends this one back to the bowler

21.4

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, worked around the corner for one

21.5

Patel to Dravid, no run, Dravid stretches forward to defend

21.6

Patel to Dravid, no run, bowled from wide of the crease, Dravid is again well forward to smother the spin

End of over 22 (9 runs) India 100/1
R Dravid    11* (32b 2x4)      JS Patel    3-1-19-0
V Sehwag    66* (60b 13x4)      DL Vettori    7-0-16-0

Pradheep: "How is it that India play three tests against NZ but only two against Australia? What is the BCCI thinking?" Well that's because NZ were supposed to tour India, and the committment has to be respected. Australia Tests were not even supposed to be Tests. It was originally planned to be just an ODI tour. You can't just cut short an FTP commitment, though. Martin comes back

22.1

Martin to Sehwag, no run, starts with a full back, which is hit back at him

22.2

Martin to Sehwag, 2 runs, full, wide of off again, and he has driven it wide of sweeper-cover

Cricinfo's Madhusudhan again: "Sehwag's strike rate now is over 82.01, which is the highest strike rate among all batsmen with over 3000 runs in Tests."

22.3

Martin to Sehwag, no run, extra-cover drive, but McCullum dives across to save four runs

22.4

Martin to Sehwag, no run, bouncer from Martin, Sehwag sways out of the line - contemplates an upper-cut

22.5

Martin to Sehwag, no run, back of a length, looking to tuck him up, played towards midwicket

22.6

Martin to Sehwag, no run, looks to late-cut this, but has neither the length nor the room for it, and is duly beaten

End of over 23 (2 runs) India 102/1
V Sehwag    68* (66b 13x4)      CS Martin    5-0-26-0
R Dravid    11* (32b 2x4)      JS Patel    3-1-19-0

23.1

Patel to Dravid, no run, forward-defensive again

23.2

Patel to Dravid, no run, smothers the spin again

23.3

Patel to Dravid, no run, rocks back to a shortish delivery, can't get it past cover

23.4

Patel to Dravid, no run, patted back to the bowler

23.5

Patel to Dravid, 1 run, leading edge from outside leg, done in by the lack of spin, but it lands wide of midwicket.perhaps a mid-on might have had a chance, but that fielder is stationed deep

23.6

Patel to Sehwag, no run, wide outside leg, Sehwag is not interested

End of over 24 (1 run) India 103/1
V Sehwag    68* (67b 13x4)      JS Patel    4-1-20-0
R Dravid    12* (37b 2x4)      CS Martin    5-0-26-0

24.1

Martin to Dravid, no run, shortish, just outside off, pushed to point

24.2

Martin to Dravid, no run, gets forward and defends outside off

24.3

Martin to Dravid, no run, whips this away from around middle, finds midwicket

Arindham: "Sehwag is now the fifth highest run-getter in tests among Indians surpassing Ganguly"

24.4

Martin to Dravid, no run, angled into the pads, defended towards midwicket

24.5

Martin to Dravid, no run, gets forward to defend a length delivery

24.6

Martin to Dravid, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 25 (maiden) India 103/1
R Dravid    12* (43b 2x4)      CS Martin    6-1-26-0
V Sehwag    68* (67b 13x4)      JS Patel    4-1-20-0

25.1

Patel to Sehwag, 2 runs, punched off the back foot, between point and cover, takes only two

bowling round the wicket, keep in mind

25.2

Patel to Sehwag, no run, looks to work it around the corner but is hit on the pad

25.3

Patel to Sehwag, FOUR, short and wide, asking to be hit, and Sehwag obliges. Moves to 74. 16 minutes still to lunch. Can he get to 100 before the break?

25.4

Patel to Sehwag, FOUR, paddled away, that's very un-Sehwag, all these delicate touches, he doesn't even get down properly, but guides it into the gap between the keeper and short fine

leg slip comes in

25.5

Patel to Sehwag, 2 runs, pulled away now, between deep square and deep midwicket - two more - the 100 in the session is very much on

25.6

Patel to Sehwag, 2 runs, another pull shot, again between the two deep fielders

End of over 26 (14 runs) India 117/1
V Sehwag    82* (73b 15x4)      JS Patel    5-1-34-0
R Dravid    12* (43b 2x4)      CS Martin    6-1-26-0

26.1

Martin to Dravid, no run, back of a length, pushed to cover

26.2

Martin to Dravid, no run, bouncer, Dravid goes down on a knee, and sways out of its line

26.3

Martin to Dravid, no run, back of a length, angling into the pads, played to midwicket

Here's the list of hundreds before lunch

26.4

Martin to Dravid, no run, left alone outside off

26.5

Martin to Dravid, no run, right forward to defend another length delivery

26.6

Martin to Dravid, 1 no ball, back of a length, defended into the covers - overstepped

26.6

Martin to Dravid, no run, late-ctus this one, Taylor makes a nice diving save at first slip

End of over 27 (1 run) India 118/1
R Dravid    12* (50b 2x4)      CS Martin    7-1-27-0
V Sehwag    82* (73b 15x4)      JS Patel    5-1-34-0

Jesse comes back

27.1

Ryder to Sehwag, 2 runs, and a lovely shot, opening the face at the last moment of a back-of-a-length delivery, square of deep point

27.2

Ryder to Sehwag, 1 run, flicked away into the leg side, with the angle, gets a single

27.3

Ryder to Dravid, no run, looks to whip this into the leg side, beaten, but the ball is headed down the leg side

27.4

Ryder to Dravid, no run, wristily played to short midwicket

Tim: "Dravid definitely doesn't look interested in giving Sehwag much strike to help get his ton in a session."

27.5

Ryder to Dravid, no run, driven straight to mid-off

27.6

Ryder to Dravid, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 28 (3 runs) India 121/1
R Dravid    12* (54b 2x4)      JD Ryder    4-0-24-1
V Sehwag    85* (75b 15x4)      CS Martin    7-1-27-0

Six minutes to go. Sehwag needs 15 for the century

28.1

Martin to Sehwag, no run, looks to force this short ball from just outside off, but the mall moved in slightly, cramping him up

28.2

Martin to Sehwag, no run, back of a length, on the stumps, punched back to the bowler

I am sure that century is not playing on Viru's mind. But then again, you can never be sure with Viru's mind

28.3

Martin to Sehwag, 1 run, length ball around off, driven to deep point for a single

28.4

Martin to Dravid, no run, plays a defensive shot at a widish delivery

28.5

Martin to Dravid, no run, driven nicely, but straight to extra cover

28.6

Martin to Dravid, no run, stays a touch low, from short of a length, Dravid is forward to defend it

End of over 29 (1 run) India 122/1
R Dravid    12* (57b 2x4)      CS Martin    8-1-28-0
V Sehwag    86* (78b 15x4)      JD Ryder    4-0-24-1

Last over before lunch. Niranjan: "Rather than going for a century in one session and getting out in the attempt, I would rather have Shewag bat for the day and score a triple hundred." Silly mid-on in

29.1

Ryder to Sehwag, no run, and driven one the bounce to the same man

29.2

Ryder to Sehwag, no run, driven on the up, straight to mid-off

29.3

Ryder to Sehwag, no run, this one comes through a touch slow, and stays stumps to stumps, defended by Sehwag

29.4

Ryder to Sehwag, 4 byes, that's unfair on Hopkins! This was way way wide down the leg side, Hopkins dives full length, and gets a hand to it too, but it is called four byes. Wides in my book. No keeper could have saved these four runs

29.5

Ryder to Sehwag, no run, yorker, digs it out

29.6

Ryder to Sehwag, 1 run, driven with an open face, from middle and leg, past point, retains the strike for after lunch

So yet another Sehwag session - 87 off 84 out of India's 127 for 1 in 30 overs. That means the rest scored 40 in 16 overs. That's what Sehwag does. This pitch is not that easy for run scoring. It won't threaten to take your wicket, but it is so slow that playing shots is a struggle. Don't forget to head over to our Facebook page and share your thoughts on this Test. And you must know our new @ESPNcricinfo Twitter by now? And Sid Ravindran's Bulletin is asking to be read. See you at 1210

End of over 30 (5 runs) India 127/1
V Sehwag    87* (84b 15x4)      JD Ryder    5-0-25-1
R Dravid    12* (57b 2x4)      CS Martin    8-1-28-0

Welcome back. As Sehwag rips through the Kiwi attack here, a former Blackcap, Iain O'Brien tweets, "Sehwag scared me. The only guy I've bowled to that really did that to me. He makes it easier for other batters too. Genius." On that note, we are ready for session two. Vettori to resume

30.1

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, starts on target, drawing a forward defensive

30.2

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, cut away, but can't beat backward point

30.3

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, cuts this one from practically in front of off, but still can't beat backward point

30.4

Vettori to Sehwag, 1 run, punched away through point, again from in front of off, gets a single

Manish: "Perfect sort of combo for modern day tests. Viru with his bang-bang approach and Dravid with steady approach. Treat to watch. Dravid may be out of sorts in 2010 with an average of 30 odd in 2010. Still he is a key element in tests for India. For the records he averaged a whopping 83+ runs in tests last year so you cant write him off. Crticism is welcome though."

30.5

Vettori to Dravid, no run, fully forward to block this

30.6

Vettori to Dravid, no run, pads up to a ball outside off, it is the arm ball, but it is not going to hit the stumps

End of over 31 (1 run) India 128/1
R Dravid    12* (59b 2x4)      DL Vettori    8-0-17-0
V Sehwag    88* (88b 15x4)      JD Ryder    5-0-25-1

Here's Bennett

31.1

Bennett to Sehwag, 1 run, whipped away off the hips for a single

Pranav: "We need some Iain O'Brien blog during this series. Where is O'Brien hiding" He lives in England nowadays, plays there

31.2

Bennett to Dravid, no run, defends one outside off, decent bounce for Bennet off back of a length

31.3

Bennett to Dravid, no run, Hopkins makes a good save down the leg side - one handed, diving to his left

31.4

Bennett to Dravid, no run, back of a length, into the hip area, played towards midwicket

31.5

Bennett to Dravid, no run, fuller ball, gets a thick inside edge towards square leg

Chris Harry: "I have a bet going on with my mates here that sehwag will be out to vetori trying to make a 100 with Six? will Ii will it ? any suggestions?"

31.6

Bennett to Dravid, no run, down the leg side again

End of over 32 (1 run) India 129/1
R Dravid    12* (64b 2x4)      HK Bennett    6-1-20-0
V Sehwag    89* (89b 15x4)      DL Vettori    8-0-17-0

Daniel: 'Actually I'd prefer it if O'Brien was playing." I always thought he gave up a bit too early. But then again, people make choices

32.1

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, flighted outside off, Sehwag lets it be

32.2

Vettori to Sehwag, 1 run, comes down the track, Vettori bowls flat, Sehwag pushes it down to long-off

32.3

Vettori to Dravid, no run, well forward down the pitch and pats it back to Dan

32.4

Vettori to Dravid, no run, arm ball, almost squeezes its way through as Dravid looks to cut - the bottom edge saves him

32.5

Vettori to Dravid, 1 run, cut away from just short of a length for a single

32.6

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, whipped away off the pads, but straight to midwicket

End of over 33 (2 runs) India 131/1
V Sehwag    90* (92b 15x4)      DL Vettori    9-0-19-0
R Dravid    13* (67b 2x4)      HK Bennett    6-1-20-0

Daniel: "And... O'Brien is coming back to NZ. http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/cricket/4261530/Middlesex-setback-has-O-Brien-heading-home"

33.1

Bennett to Dravid, no run, defends a length ball back to the bowler

33.2

Bennett to Dravid, 1 run, angling into the pads, helped away for one

33.3

Bennett to Sehwag, no run, down the leg side, Hopkins collects to his left

The Coder: "Egads! Sehwag's strike below 100! Curse Global Warming!"

33.4

Bennett to Sehwag, no run, bouncer, Sehwag ducks under it

Luke: "I can understand why Iain O'Brien retired though. It's frustrating being a NZ cricket supporter, imagine how annoying it would be to be a NZ cricket player!"

33.5

Bennett to Sehwag, no run, another misdirected ball down the leg side, Hopkins has to make a full-length dive

33.6

Bennett to Sehwag, no run, back of a length, around off, right behind it and dead-bats it

End of over 34 (1 run) India 132/1
V Sehwag    90* (96b 15x4)      HK Bennett    7-1-21-0
R Dravid    14* (69b 2x4)      DL Vettori    9-0-19-0

34.1

Vettori to Dravid, 1 run, Dravid looks to defend, the ball goes with the angle, off the inside edge, for one

34.2

Vettori to Sehwag, 1 run, punched away, to sweeper-cover

34.3

Vettori to Dravid, no run, misjudges the length, plays back to a fullish delivery, no damage done, though

34.4

Vettori to Dravid, no run, comes forward and drives, not past cover, though

34.5

Vettori to Dravid, no run, nicely cut away, but can't beat point

34.6

Vettori to Dravid, no run, comes down the track, gets right to the pitch of the ball, but plays it straight to midwicket

End of over 35 (2 runs) India 134/1
R Dravid    15* (74b 2x4)      DL Vettori    10-0-21-0
V Sehwag    91* (97b 15x4)      HK Bennett    7-1-21-0

35.1

Bennett to Sehwag, no run, back of a length, around off, Sehwag pats it back to the bowler

35.2

Bennett to Sehwag, no run, he is making Hopkins dive again and again down the leg side. This time it bounced in front of him too

35.3

Bennett to Sehwag, 1 run, full, on the pads, helped away for a single

35.4

Bennett to Dravid, no run, there is an appeal for a catch down the leg side but I think it is the bat hitting the pad

there is some reverse happening? This went with the shine

35.5

Bennett to Dravid, no run, shorter, outside off,defended with an open face

35.6

Bennett to Dravid, no run, full, around off, Dravid gives it the dead bat

End of over 36 (1 run) India 135/1
R Dravid    15* (77b 2x4)      HK Bennett    8-1-22-0
V Sehwag    92* (100b 15x4)      DL Vettori    10-0-21-0

36.1

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, flighted outside off, Sehwag meets it with an open face, point does the fielding

36.2

Vettori to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag breaks the shackles - his first boundary in 31 balls! Dances down the track and lofts Vettori over mid-on. That's also 1000 runs for Sehwag in 2010

36.3

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, goes back to defence

36.4

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, pushes this into the covers from middle and leg

36.5

Vettori to Sehwag, 1 run, punches this off the back foot, gets a single to sweeper-cover

36.6

Vettori to Dravid, no run, Dravid drives inside-out, but can't beat mid-off

End of over 37 (5 runs) India 140/1
R Dravid    15* (78b 2x4)      DL Vettori    11-0-26-0
V Sehwag    97* (105b 16x4)      HK Bennett    8-1-22-0

37.1

Bennett to Sehwag, no run, another Bennett delivery down the leg side

37.2

Bennett to Sehwag, 1 run, bouncer into the ribs, Sehwag looks to work it towards fine leg, but it holds up a touch and he ends up playing it uppishly into the square leg area

37.3

Bennett to Dravid, no run, Dravid gets forward, defends around off

37.4

Bennett to Dravid, no run, opens the face on this one, but finds point

37.5

Bennett to Dravid, no run, cut away from away from his body, but again finds point

37.6

Bennett to Dravid, no run, another forward-defensive

End of over 38 (1 run) India 141/1
R Dravid    15* (82b 2x4)      HK Bennett    9-1-23-0
V Sehwag    98* (107b 16x4)      DL Vettori    11-0-26-0

HillSideMoon: "Shewag is not in his full form. I've never seen run-rate below 4 or even 5 when he is in middle. Now its 3.82." This is not unfair, you can't take the credit away from Dravid

38.1

Vettori to Sehwag, 1 run, driven inside-out, gets to 99

38.2

Vettori to Dravid, 1 run, cut away, wide of point, gets a single

will he get to 100 with a single?! How boring

38.3

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag looking to open up and go inside-out, the ball goes with the angle, he defends, gets an inside edge

38.4

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, cuts this one, but straight to point

38.5

Vettori to Sehwag, FOUR, no he won't do with with a single! Slight bit of air given to this, and Sehwag dances down and lofts him over mid-off. The whole dressing room on their feet. Sehwag acknowledges them, looks up towards the heavens. Century No. 22. A gentle pat on the back from Dravid

38.6

Vettori to Sehwag, 1 run, gets another single to sweeper-cover

End of over 39 (7 runs) India 148/1
V Sehwag    104* (112b 17x4)      DL Vettori    12-0-33-0
R Dravid    16* (83b 2x4)      HK Bennett    9-1-23-0

39.1

Bennett to Sehwag, 1 run, worked away with the angle for another single

39.2

Bennett to Dravid, no run, lunges forward and shoulders arms

39.3

Bennett to Dravid, no run, angled into the pads, helped away towards midwicket

two short midwickets in now, and he is angling them into the pads/hips/ribs

39.4

Bennett to Dravid, no run, flicked away and Williamson makes a diving save at one of those midwickets

39.5

Bennett to Dravid, no run, left alone outside off

39.6

Bennett to Dravid, no run, middle and leg again, defended towards mid-on

End of over 40 (1 run) India 149/1
R Dravid    16* (88b 2x4)      HK Bennett    10-1-24-0
V Sehwag    105* (113b 17x4)      DL Vettori    12-0-33-0

Madhu: "This is Virender Sehwag's 22nd century and his 2nd against New Zealand. This century brings him level fourth with Mohammed Azharuddin in the list of the most centuries scored by Indians."

Chris Martin back for another spell - tight cover ring but no third man

40.1

Martin to Sehwag, 2 runs, and that's what Sehwag spots too, opening the face on this late, and getting it past short third. Taylor does well with the chase

40.2

Martin to Sehwag, no run, almost gets himself out! Just goes hard at a shortish delivery, down the ground! It nearly carries to mid-off

40.3

Martin to Sehwag, FOUR, that has no effect on Sehwag, though. He goes for an adventurous shot again, and pulls this one over midwicket for four

40.4

Martin to Sehwag, no run, defends this one back to the bowler

40.5

Martin to Sehwag, no run, another defensive shot off the back foot

40.6

Martin to Sehwag, FOUR, short and wide. "Cut me for four," it says. "With pleasure," says Sehwag

End of over 41 (10 runs) India 159/1
V Sehwag    115* (119b 19x4)      CS Martin    9-1-38-0
R Dravid    16* (88b 2x4)      HK Bennett    10-1-24-0

Williamson to bowl now

41.1

Williamson to Dravid, 1 run, overpitched, and driven down to long-on for onw

Cricinfo's Monty [Madhusudhan] again: "This is the 10th century partnership between Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag in Tests which is level fourth on the list of century stands by Indian pairs. Their average of 64 is the highest among all Indian pairs with 10 or more century stands."

41.2

Williamson to Sehwag, no run, defended back to the bowler

41.3

Williamson to Sehwag, FOUR, beautiful extra-cover drive, from middle and leg, after having charged at him, between mid-off and extra cover

41.4

Williamson to Sehwag, 1 run, charges down the track again, but is not quite to the pitch of the ball and pushes it towards long-on

41.5

Williamson to Dravid, no run, hit down the ground, but KW makes a good save

41.6

Williamson to Dravid, no run, defends to leg off the back foot

End of over 42 (6 runs) India 165/1
R Dravid    17* (91b 2x4)      KS Williamson    1-0-6-0
V Sehwag    120* (122b 20x4)      CS Martin    9-1-38-0

42.1

Martin to Sehwag, no run, nice bouncer - like he meant it - and followed him with it too. Sehwag has to act urgently to get out of the way

42.2

Martin to Sehwag, no run, punched on the up, lovely shot to watch, but straight to mid-off

42.3

Martin to Sehwag, no run, punched to mid-on now

42.4

Martin to Sehwag, no run, whipped away off the ribs, on the bounce to midwicket

42.5

Martin to Sehwag, no run, another bouncer, easy to duck under it

42.6

Martin to Sehwag, 1 run, punched away to sweeper-cover for one

End of over 43 (1 run) India 166/1
V Sehwag    121* (128b 20x4)      CS Martin    10-1-39-0
R Dravid    17* (91b 2x4)      KS Williamson    1-0-6-0

43.1

Williamson to Sehwag, 1 run, flighted on the pads, flicked away to midwicket for one

43.2

Williamson to Dravid, no run, flighted again, hit back to the bowler

43.3

Williamson to Dravid, no run, goes back to open the face on this, can't get it past point

43.4

Williamson to Dravid, no run, punched down the ground, can't beat mid-off

43.5

Williamson to Dravid, no run, another forward defensive shot

43.6

Williamson to Dravid, no run, powerfully hit, but can't get it past silly mid-on

End of over 44 (1 run) India 167/1
R Dravid    17* (96b 2x4)      KS Williamson    2-0-7-0
V Sehwag    122* (129b 20x4)      CS Martin    10-1-39-0

44.1

Martin to Sehwag, no run, slower ball, Sehwag loses shape on the cut shot, but keeps it down

44.2

Martin to Sehwag, 1 run, length ball outside off, punched away to sweeper-cover

44.3

Martin to Dravid, no run, nearly played on! Dravid looks to punch it through the covers, but it cramps him up. The inside edge, though, hits the pad and misses the stumps

44.4

Martin to Dravid, no run, slight more room, played to cover

Dravid has scored 5 off 41 since lunch

44.5

Martin to Dravid, no run, length ball, slight swing in to him, driven to mid-on

44.6

Martin to Dravid, no run, driven on the up, but finds mid-off

End of over 45 (1 run) India 168/1
R Dravid    17* (100b 2x4)      CS Martin    11-1-40-0
V Sehwag    123* (131b 20x4)      KS Williamson    2-0-7-0

The difference in strike rates of the two batsmen at the present moment is 76.89 . Dravid just can't find gaps today. He hasn't struggled otherwise. Mostly the ball has hit the middle of the bat

45.1

Williamson to Sehwag, no run, into the pads, but Sehwag pushes it to short midwicket

45.2

Williamson to Sehwag, no run, fired down the leg side, padded away

45.3

Williamson to Sehwag, no run, tossed up around middle and leg, defended into the off side

45.4

Williamson to Sehwag, SIX, first six of the day! Sehwag explodes. Two steps down the pitch, enough distance between him and the ball to get the elevation. And he goes over wide long-on. Into the second tier

45.5

Williamson to Sehwag, no run, backs away and hits this to cover, can't find the gap, though

45.6

Williamson to Sehwag, no run, slides this down the leg side

End of over 46 (6 runs) India 174/1
V Sehwag    129* (137b 20x4 1x6)      KS Williamson    3-0-13-0
R Dravid    17* (100b 2x4)      CS Martin    11-1-40-0

Raghuveer: "This innings of dravid is reminiscent of the Melbourne Test of the Australian Tour. In that match, dravid acknowledged the crowd after playing 100 balls for his 16 or 17. Has he done something like that now ?" There is hardly a crowd there boss. Nobody is going to streak or anything, don't worry

46.1

Martin to Dravid, 1 bye, early into a pull shot, misses, and the ball bounces in front of Hopkins who fumbles, and Sehwag takes the bye

46.2

Martin to Sehwag, 1 run, punched away to sweeper-cover again

46.3

Martin to Dravid, 1 no ball, length ball, sliding in towards the pads, played straight to mid-on - no-ball

46.3

Martin to Dravid, no run, looks to force this through the covers, but finds cover-point

Paran: "One guy is going at a run-a-ball and another at a run-an-over :) I love the contrast when these two bat together"

46.4

Martin to Dravid, no run, drives outside off, the bat face turns in the hand, taking it towards mid-off

46.5

Martin to Dravid, 3 runs, Dravid finally gets one away, driving it through extra cover, but it doesn't quite get to the boundary

46.6

Martin to Sehwag, no run, slower ball, hit down powerfully to mid-off

End of over 47 (6 runs) India 180/1
V Sehwag    130* (139b 20x4 1x6)      CS Martin    12-1-45-0
R Dravid    20* (105b 2x4)      KS Williamson    3-0-13-0

Jesse Ryder comes back. Harsha points me to the crowd shouting "Dravid, Dravid". Yes they did that two over ago

47.1

Ryder to Dravid, no run, starts off with one really wide outside off

47.2

Ryder to Dravid, FOUR, second boundary for Dravid! Full toss on the pads, and he flicks it fine. he has found a few gaps in the last two-three overs

47.3

Ryder to Dravid, no run, presses forward and defends

47.4

Ryder to Dravid, no run, another defensive shot, this time off the back foot, towards mid-on

47.5

Ryder to Dravid, FOUR, Dravid's strike-rate has crossed 25! And what a beautiful off-drive to do that with. Gets right forward and drives it between bowler and mid-off. Lovely timing

47.6

Ryder to Dravid, no run, nicely defended back

End of over 48 (8 runs) India 188/1
R Dravid    28* (111b 4x4)      JD Ryder    6-0-33-1
V Sehwag    130* (139b 20x4 1x6)      CS Martin    12-1-45-0

From Twitter, this: @doomoo - "Haha. Cricinfo made an error. Dravid hit a 4, it seems."

48.1

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag is looking to make room, but then changes his mind and doesn't go for the biggie

48.2

Vettori to Sehwag, FOUR, beautiful! comes down the pitch, gets right to the pitch of the ball and drives it between the bowler and mid-on. And he had to make a long of room for that

48.3

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, proper forward defensive

48.4

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, defended off the back foot

48.5

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, that's the Sehwag effect! he mis-hits one towards mid-off, but the fielder has been pushed back three-fourths the way, and Patel can take it only on the half-volley

48.6

Vettori to Sehwag, no run, pushed to mid-off

End of over 49 (4 runs) India 192/1
V Sehwag    134* (145b 21x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    13-0-37-0
R Dravid    28* (111b 4x4)      JD Ryder    6-0-33-1

49.1

Ryder to Dravid, no run, driven with an open face, finds extra cover

49.2

Ryder to Dravid, no run, dropped by Hopkins! Slight movement away, with the shine, Dravid pushes at it away from his body, gets a bottom edge, but Hopkins - standing up to the stumps - can't hold on

49.3

Ryder to Dravid, no run, cut away straight to point

49.4

Ryder to Dravid, no run, comes forward and defends this one. It kept low

49.5

Ryder to Dravid, no run, defends with an open face, towards cover

49.6

Ryder to Dravid, no run, normal service has resumed. Dravid plays out a maiden

End of over 50 (maiden) India 192/1
R Dravid    28* (117b 4x4)      JD Ryder    7-1-33-1
V Sehwag    134* (145b 21x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    13-0-37-0
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Series Results
India v New Zealand at Nagpur - Nov 20-23, 2010
India won by an innings and 198 runs
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Match drawn
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Match drawn
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Nov 8, 2010

Zaheer Khan removed Tim McIntosh for a duck, India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 5th day, November 8, 2010

Zaheer Khan removed Tim McIntosh for a duck

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Nov 8, 2010

Harbhajan Singh after reaching his maiden Test century, India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 5th day, November 8, 2010

Harbhajan Singh after reaching his maiden Test century

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