New Zealand in India Test Series - 3rd Test

India v New Zealand

India won by an innings and 198 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

12.30pm McCullum was clutching his back after landing while attempting to take a catch during training. Guptill and McIntosh to open the batting. Sreesanth to bowl.

12.20pm Ryan: "When McKay first came into the team he was capable of 140-145+. Now you rarely see him hitting 140. When they first brought him into the squad the public was told the reasoning being for his extra pace. Now the pace is down."

In case you haven't already, check out Sidharth Monga's preview to this game.

This is Siddarth Ravindran bring you the ball-by-ball details, with Binoy George taking care of the scoring.

And in Abu Dhabi, Tanvir Ahmed is having a dream morning. He has taken three wickets, South Africa are 33 for 3. Commentary here.

Subby gets this off his chest: "Why is there always a song and dance when india is involved in a toss, when its a home series its dhoni who spins the coin and the away captain who calls it. How can the outcome be in his hand? Its always the other captain who can guess right or wrong and win or lose the toss. Dhoni has absolutely no say in the matter. So why dont people(ravi shastri and co) just stop with the same awful joke. Its just annoying."

Roy from Australia isn't a member of the McKay fan club: "What is cricket world it coming to that 140-145 considered as "extra pace" and mediocre bowlers gets picked in the NATIONAL team for it. And then people complain when their true face comes out.

Do you really think class batsmen, like eg Indian batsmen or any others will be troubled with 145 kmp? They've been playing cricket for ages."

12.10pm Harsha Bhogle on Twitter: "mckay for arnel is a good change.with ryder and wiliamson capable of bowling a bit,mckay can be used in short bursts of speed."

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12.05pm Toss: MS Dhoni spins it, 'Heads,' is the call, Vettori wins and wants to bat. Vettori confirms: "McKay comes in for Brent Arnel."

Dhoni: "I'm quite used to losing tosses, but this would have been a good one to win since this is a dry pitch. What's important is to concentrate on the basics and lets the results take care of themselves. We need to put pressure from both ends. Once change for us: Ishant in for Zaheer."

Brendon McCullum seems to have injured himself after slipping while warming up. Vettori says they need to assess how bad the injury is, and that they will play him lower down the order if necessary.

Aravind: "Just in case you're still wondering about that photo, Phillip Hughes is auditioning for 'Shaolin Cricket.'"

Anirudh sees the half-full glass: "I think the injury of Mcculum maybe a blessing in disguise for NZ..Because it gives excellent depth to their batting..imagine if Mcculum comes in at no 7!"

12.00pm Update The match will start at 12.30. Seventy overs to be bowled today. First session between 12.30 and 2.40pm, and the next between 3.00 and 5.30pm. And Andy McKay will make his Test debut.

Sunil Gavaskar's pitch report ends with "This is a batting paradise." Toss coming up.

11.45am Trivia: Tanvir Ahmed's first Test wicket was his 400th first-class wicket. Quite astonishing, especially given the subcontinental penchant for picking young players.

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Wilson from India: "Praveen Kumar- like Irfan Pathan seems to be currently unavailable to play for his Ranji side. By the way, his Ranji teammate pacemen- RP and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar are doing quite well. Why not try to develop Bhuvaneshwar kumar as the next all rounder?"

Anyone knows what Phillip Hughes is doing here?

11.20am Update More delays. The next inspection will be at 11.45, 25 minutes to go for that.

Mark: "I hope the umpires have organised the players to take an early lunch. I hate these rain delayed tests where the ground dries enough to play but then they take lunch at the regular time or play for 20-30 minutes then take a full lunch. I'd like to think that for once common sense and the fans come first but I'm not holding my breath." Doubt we will get play before the scheduled end of lunch (12.10) so that's one thing that's out of the way.

Big, big Saturday for the English Premier League: Arsenal take on the Spurs (1245 GMT), Birmingham take on Chelsea (1500 GMT) and Man U take on Wigan Athletic (1500 GMT) among a host of other games. Remember, you can catch up with all those games on ESPNsoccernet.

While wait for more news, you could spend it reading our Australasia editor Peter English's thoughts on Australia's spin selection.

Also Tanvir Ahmed has taken a wicket in his third delivery in Test cricket. Head to that commentary.

And an impassioned plea from Saurabh: "For the love of God, I hope this is a extremely low scoring test ! I just love them. Batsmen and even bowlers belting centuries does keep you engrossed, irrespective of how big a cricket fan you are. Whereas wickets falling, sides getting bowled out for 100s or so, keeps everyone interested. Curators please , please , please give us a dust-bowl."

Aditya Gupta, among others, points out: "I know there is no ESPNHockey (or is there?) but there is a big India v Pakistan Hockey match today as well in Guangzhou."

11.00am As we wait for news from this game, over in Abu Dhabi, Pakistan have chosen to bowl against South Africa. Umar Akmal and Saeed Ajmal dropped, Asad Shafiq and Tanvir Ahmed (a 31-year-old fast bowler) to make his debut, Mohammad Sami is back. Hop over for commentary from that game.

Not to start off an entire Justin Green thing again, but Bikramsial points out: "how can we ever forget ....J for "Justin"Green...indeed a sign by the Gods."

Stephen writes in: "@Aaron - seeing as the most common (European) last initial is J, that's not really too surprising." I have no idea whether that is true.

Dee: "@Aaron - what if the idea was correct but execution all wrong - the operative alphabet being "C" - martin Crowe, jeff Crowe, ewen Chatfield, jeremy Coney, lance Cairns .. ? "

For the rugby fans out there: Ire v NZ - KO 17.30 local time - All Blacks closing in on yet another Grand Slam tour. They swept Scotland aside last weekend to add to England's scalp and are favourites to extend their 23-game/105-year dominance over the Irish in their latest fixture. Also a big day for NZ's Richie McCaw and Mils Muliaina who become the All Blacks' most-capped internationals. You can catch the action over at Scrum.

Nick Willis: "Adam Milne has Shane Bond as his bowling coach? Let's hope Bond doesn't pass on his propensity to get injured."

10.55am Does anyone else think Aaron is clutching at straws: "Initially I was sceptical of this idea that this could be a new golden era for New Zealand but then I noticed - look how many of the team have a name that starts with J!!! BJ Arnel, JEC Franklin, MJ Guptill, GJ Hopkins†, AJ McKay, JS Patel, JD Ryder and BJ Watling. The last time this sort of thing was going on was in the 80s when we had an awesome side full of guys with names like John Wright John Bracewell, John Reid, Jeff Crowe & Jeremy Coney. The gods have sent us a sign!"

Sajid from the US: "Well last week was "the week of the underdogs" as Pak, NZ and WI defy all the odds to edge ahead against their higher ranked opponents and keeping them to draws. Sure those draws seem victories for those lower ranked teams but i want to see some results fairly soon or I will switch to watching baseball full time."

In a mail peppered with 'surprising' and 'puzzled', Sunil Mathew calls for Praveen Kumar's selection: "Praveen has the best credentials (wickets/strike rate/consistency/attitude etc) amongst all the pacers in india at the first class level. It’s only that when a chance came at the international level he grabbed it with both hands. At the first class level his consistency is unmatched with both the new and old ball. With his economic runup and action he consistently bowls untiringly 20-25 overs a day without fail, a trait absent in any of the current lot of pacers."

10.40am Bad news There will be another delay. Umpires will take another look at 11.00am, that's about 20 minutes from now.

Tim from Australia is tired of stalemates: "Don't care who bats, I want wickets today. None of this drawn series stuff. Test cricket needs results, whether its the underdog getting one over the top team or the top team showing its superiority. Tell your bowlers to attack, set fields to help them, batsmen go after runs."

Aravindha offers suggestions on why Taufel was grim: "Maybe Simon Taufel has a grim look as he is worried about the Australian prospects against the Poms. Or Maybe he had a bad breakfast Or Maybe he is not a morning person."

Tom from New Zealand: "Can somebody please tell me why they don't pull the boundary rope in 5 - 10 metres?" The match referee considered it but the wet patches extend beyond that.

10.35am: The groundstaff sprinkling sawdust to dry up the marshy parts of the outfield. Simon Taufel taking a walk along that portion to see whether it is fit to play. Loads of people working to get the ground ready. Taufel has a grim look on his face. I'm not going to try analyse how long a delay we will have based on his expression. We should have an update from him shortly.

Plenty of people want India to go in with five bowlers. Nagarajan: "This is regarding selection policy of Indian team. They adopt six batsmen and four bowlers theory. I think this is wrong. Because, the sixth batsmen rarely clicks and one needs Harbhajan and Ishant to bail out. Moreover if either of the five batsmen performs well then there is no need for sixth batsman. Hence five bowlers composition only will give winning edge for India."

Brett: "Honestly, reading all these posts about "golden eras" is making it quite difficult not to burst out laughing. I love the fact that the Black Caps are doing relatively well but it wasn't so long ago when head lines like "The worst NZ cricket team ever" (or something more creative) were pasted on the front page of our news papers. Really don't think we should get carried away with two draws even if it was against India."

10.25am: Five minutes to go for the inspection.

Anantha Krishna: "Ishanth's height gives him the advantage of getting very good bounce from a length, which is very difficult to play, and that is his strength. One must understand that he isnt a swing bowler and must work within in his own strengths. Asking him to pitch it up just for the sake of it isn't going to work. True Indian pitches don't allow such a bowler to use his strength to the maximum but they dont for any other bowler really. Let's wait for SA/ENG tours to test him."

Tim from Australia: "I dont believe that Hopkins has too much of a future. He is 33 and can only be a stop gap measure. Surely there must be a young and up and coming keeper who can learn his craft on these tours?! Hopkins hasnt produced as yet - so a gamble with a young player isnt going to make a difference. Also - I tend to think McIntosh purple patch wont last long."

Re: Neil Wagner, according to the Otago Daily Times, he won't qualify for New Zealand till Jan 2012, a year longer than Wagner had expected. Thanks for our reader Liam for pointing that out.

John from NZ: "I'm more excited about Adam Milne than Neil Wagner. Milne just turned 18 and was clocked at 146 k's in the Champions Trophy earlier in the year. And he has Shane Bond as his bowling coach at CD, so he couldn't be in safer hands." Milne was one of the bright spots in CD's Champions League campaign.

Sankar Ram: "I still wonder why India keep on having 15 players in the squad for a 'home' test. Mishra, it was well known that, was not going to start in the tests. And Murali Vijay what is he doing.? It's better to have him prepared for the SA tour by releasing him for Ranji Games. A back-up middle order batsman and a fast bowler is enough. That is what Australia do. Keep 12 or 13. If anything happens to the opener or spinner, there will always be time for a call-up. If the player happens to be injured on the morning of the match, that's BAD LUCK. But what's the probability? Once in 10 'home' games? Remote."

10.15am Sam: "The bowler for Otago is Neil Wagner with 10-110. He's eligble in January 2012 for NZ. Pity cause he is more aggressive than Arnel while having a tight line."

Matty presents more of Wagner's credentials: "Ryan is referring to Neil Wagner who is currently playing for Otago - a left-arm medium fast who moves the ball at reasonable pace. He also has a better first class bowling average and strike rate than Shane Bond (though he has played quite a few less matches)... promising much?"

James Shand is another of those who wants Hopkins dropped: "What about Peter McGlashan or Reece Young? NZ has lots of class keepers, and we keep going to Hopkins. He is not up to it."

10.10am Anand has a fun but slightly impractical suggestion: "When we used to play cricket in streets, we had similar problems. Water logging on the leg side. and we would say "Leg side no runs, only off!" have all players on off and bowl to batsman's leg and york him.. We improvised shots just like that. Half of them worked other half wouldnt.. fun.. hope they do the same!"

Matthew: "All this talk of a 'Golden Era' is nonsense, and this is coming from a NZer. Until we get a decent keeper and match-winning bowlers we will remain a middling team. Even our batsman are inconsistent this series apart. In saying that their is some real potential in them and some exciting bowling prospects in Wheeler, Southee, Wagner and Derek de Boorder is an exceptional keeper. Wait another 4-5 years and NZ could be a real threat."

Aman from the UK sounds giddy with excitement: "Absolutely loving the England surge. I'm looking beyond this series, the Ashes, India's South Africa tour, the world cup, ipl.. and am upbeat for India's tour of England. Already have tickets for the last two days at Oval! India absolutely must tour England and Australia every two years, such thrills!"

10.05am Jacques from India: "With conditions overcast, India should be bowling first if winning the toss and get the feeling that , this time over, Sreesanth will be in business if he bowls full and allows the bowl to swing. Ishant will need to pitch it up rather than just bang it short, time and time again.Seems like the Indian bowling is getting the stick from Media etc. But I am confident, they`ll do their job well in this test."

The NZ wicketkeeping debate rumbles on. Michael: "Hopkins' batting isn't the issue, he lacks the exceptional keeping skills required of a test match specialist keeper. I could live with an average of 4 if he could stump like Dhoni or catch like McCullum."

Hayden: "If we're looking to replace Hopkins isn't Kruger Van Wyk gaining residency soon? He's been ultra consistent recently both for Canterbury and now CD, give him a shot!" South African cricketers are everywhere.

The splendidly named Rick Mahibubani asks: "Surprising, after the outcome of the 1st 2 tests they are still playing with 4 specialist bowlers, why not 5?"

I believe the Justin Green phenomenon was born out of a mail just like this one. Ryan: "Regarding NZ's not so talented bowlers, there is a South African bowler currently playing for Otago. He recently took 10WM. He bowls at a lively pace of 135-140kmph. The only thing stopping him from playing is he is around a year out from residency! Blast it all!"

10.00am PTI reporting that there will be an inspection in half an hour.

Alister: "Give the gloves to Watling and drop Hopkins. Watling may be inconsistent but at least he can score runs on occasion. Not to forget Hopkins is an old man and BJ is still in his early 20s."

JB: "Thought I missed 20 min of action and felt bad, only to realize the richest cric board had not learnt anything from Goa wash. Can't they buy huge covers or arrange good drainage."

AK: "How worried should Australia be? Worried, very worried. They are already showing signs. when did you last hear they give bowl to a rookie for the series that matter most."

Aditya is one of several commenters wanting R Ashwin in the side: "Talking about spinners for India, I think R Ashwin has a great future ahead. He needs to be given enough chances. Maybe time for him to make his test debut with Bajji not performing even in Indian conditions?"

9.50am England have just won their warm-up match against Australia A by ten wickets. Here's the scorecard. How worried should Australia be? Tony says: "If i was Gibbo, i wouldn't go throwing stones, the aussies are not the force they think they are and if they end up not being able to win the Ashes back at home well."

Beejay: "Can't understand the continued criticism of McCullum's decision to quit keeping. Surely any team in the world would give up their keeper in exchange for an opener with an average around 70?"

Jo Harris: "To Mark, Brendon McCullum needs to open cause he is the only one capable of doing the job effectively. BJ Watling would be the answer his average is 25."

9.45am No word yet from the ground. Will brings you updates as and when.

Gen: "@ Mark, Watling can keep instead, he can bat too, just like Guptill, he needs chances too. We all saw what he did vs Pak series."

Fred: "Ha that reminds me of the old joke about Ken Rutherford and how talented he was yet we never saw it because he always got dismissed so quickly. To hell with "talent", let's praise the gritty centuries by Ryder, McCullum, Mackintosh and Willaimson over the flashy Taylor and Guptill 20s and 30s any day."

Aman: "@Jaswant- You have got to be kidding! Mumbai has been over-represented over the years. It's so good to see a wider mix now, with more accountable selection (except ofcourse, dare i say the all-rounder spot with jadejas and fast inexplicable pick and drop policy being used for fast bowlers)"

9.35am Mark from NZ wants either Hopkins to improve his batting or McCullum to resume keeping: "No, Tony Simpson is not getting carried away. Maybe the bit about a golden era but he is correct in that having McCullum keep gives a better balance to the side, even if he was to bat lower down and another opener was brought it. Most top teams have keepers with a batting average of at least 30 - and often quite a bit more. The keepers tried since McCullum gave away keeping are just not delivering as batters and the NZ side can't afford that luxury."

Jaswant Singh: "Since I grew up in Mumbai, I naturally have a slight weakness for Mumbai players. But regardless, shouldn't Dhaval Kulkarni and the old warhorse Powar deserve some consideration. The just get lost in the crowd of Mishras, Sharmas, et al.

How is that Mumbai wins the Ranji Trophy year after year?"

Jerry fires this in: "You seem to be slightly skeptical of the comments coming in from New Zealand? See that's the problem, all of you guys are so used to calling us hard working and gritty -lacking in star-power, it seems that you can't recognise that we have immense talent at the moment. McCullum, Ryder, Taylor, Guptill and Williamson are as talented a set of batsmen as you could hope to see. Anywhere. Yes the bowlers aren't all that talented, but the batting is another matter, merely inconsistent, not lacking in talent."

Trust an Aussies to puncture New Zealand: Gibbo asks: "My goodness. Didn't the 'Golden Age' of NZ cricket just get pasted all over their homeland by Bangladesh?"

9.25am I could tell you about how Nagpur is famous for its oranges and all that sort of stuff, but our World Cup travel site will probably do a far better job.

And another fan favourite, Murali Kartik, makes an appearance. Yogesh says: "The one left armer missing from all discussions is Murali Kartik. He is always picking 2-3 wickets, be it in India or England. He is the best left-arm spinner in the country and on Bhajji's current form, the best spinner too. "

Hayden is another believer: "Still unsure on Macintosh, very hit and miss. Guptill too, but the rest could be the real deal! It may well be our Golden Era."

9.20am Jaidev Unadkat is Zaheer's replacement in the squad. What does this mean for the other quick bowlers India have tried over the past few years - Munaf Patel, RP Singh, etc. And as Sandip asks: "Whatever happened to Mithun? How come the Indian selectors abandoned him suddenly after choosing him not so long ago? Seems to me that there is lack of consistency in the selectors' decisions."

And Tony Simpson writes in from New Zealand: "This could be the start of a golden era for NZ cricket. Imagine if McCullum was still keeping and opening, McCullum+, Mcintosh, Guptill, Taylor, Ryder, Williamson, Franklin - BB, Vetorri - BB, Southee, Patel, Martin, 6 specialists 8 recognised batsmen, 5 specialist bowlers with 2 extra part timers, nicely balanced team." Is he getting a bit carried away?

9.15am Derik provides a blast from the past: "Guys regarding allrounder woes for India. Can anyone tell me why Sanjay Bangar is being left out? He is a decent batsman with medium pace bowling." I'm sure plenty of people remember his battling 68 at Leeds in 2002 but doubt even Bangar is seriously expecting a recall.

Soumyadat asks: "Speaking of Irfan Pathan,what has happened to him? The last domestic match he played was in February 2010.Any updates?" I think he is recovering from a back injury and is expected to play for Baroda soon.

Clear skies and sunshine in Nagpur right now. But the sun isn't shining on the marshy part of the ground because of the shade provided by one of the stands. It's pretty ridiculous that play is being delayed. Nagpur is probably India's most modern stadium and it doesn't have facilities to cover the entire ground?

9.05am Bad news: Play will not start on time. Simon Taufel: "At the moment, a section from fine leg to third man is boggy, the ground staff has their work cut out. The wet portion is a safety concern. We are looking to aerate the soil as the wet part doesn't get any sun because of the grand stand. We want to make conditions fair for both sides before we start." Taufel is wary of mentioning any start time, though.

Ravi Shastri on NEO cricket: "There no sun here, so I can't see it dry up anytime soon." Wait, watch and be patient is his advice.

9.00am Seems there will be a delayed start. The toss should have been happening about now, but it isn't. No official word yet, though. They like to keep us all guessing.

An early Irfan Pathan mention, but it's not a plea to get him back in the team. Anurag Acharya says: "I hope Bhajji is not going to do an Irfan Pathan in this match. Yeah, we all love a few (or a lot of) more runs, but let's face it: India are in a crisis of bowlers, not batsmen! So I pray Bhajji doesn't become the next Irfan Pathan!"

8.45am The outfield is a bit wet, particularly around the boundary, and Danny Morrison says on TV that the match referee is considering bringing the boundaries in a touch.

India's bowling has struggled in this series and the team management have a job deciding the make-up of the combination - should Pragyan Ojha be persisted with or should Amit Mishra get a look-in?

And, over in Australia, in case you haven't heard, Nathan Hauritz has been dropped from the Ashes squad and left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty is set for his Test debut.

On Page 2, Anand Ramachandran has nicknamed Cheteshwar Pujara 'the Nose' because no one wants to be seen picking him. Do you think he should be in the XI in Nagpur?

8.40am Hello and welcome to the final Test of what was widely predicted to be a one-sided series. It's still 0-0 though after two matches, and India are without their pace spearhead and most impressive bowler, Zaheer Khan, for this Test in Nagpur.

There's been plenty of rain over the past few days in Nagpur so we are still not sure whether we will start on time, waiting for official word on that. The good news is there was no overnight rain.

0.1

Sreesanth to McIntosh, no run, Sreesanth slants away his first delivery from the left-hander, left alone by McIntosh

Two slips for Sreesanth

0.2

Sreesanth to McIntosh, no run, too far outside off to bother McIntosh, nice bounce through to Dhoni though

0.3

Sreesanth to McIntosh, no run, this is closer to off, but not close enough to make McIntosh play, this time it bounces twice before reaching the keeper, 128kmh delivery

0.4

Sreesanth to McIntosh, no run, shorter and well away from the batsman, who shoulders arms again

0.5

Sreesanth to McIntosh, no run, yet to make McIntosh play, just outside off this time, McIntosh raises his bat over his head as he leaves the ball, quickest delivery so far, 135kmh

0.6

Sreesanth to McIntosh, no run, and that ends a quiet over, McIntosh hasn't had to play any of them, again through to the keeper outside off

End of over 1 (maiden) New Zealand 0/0
TG McIntosh    0* (6b)      S Sreesanth    1-1-0-0
MJ Guptill    0* (0b)     

Ishant to share the new ball

1.1

Sharma to Guptill, 1 run, and Ishant falls over as he delivers the ball, losing his footing there, he starts with a back of length ball that is on offstump, defended to the off and Guptill rushes through for a single

1.2

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, Ishant forces McIntosh get bat on ball, just outside off, blocked off the back foot

1.3

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, length ball on off, 138 kmh, defended back down the pitch

1.4

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, on middle stump, McIntosh stands tall and taps it to the leg side

1.5

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, fired in outside off, angling across the batsman who lets it go, not much bounce there

Ishant's 6'5" , McIntosh about that tall as well. This is a battle of giants

1.6

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, and McIntosh lets the ball delivery through to the keeper

End of over 2 (1 run) New Zealand 1/0
TG McIntosh    0* (11b)      I Sharma    1-0-1-0
MJ Guptill    1* (1b)      S Sreesanth    1-1-0-0

2.1

Sreesanth to Guptill, no run, pretty short from Sreesanth, outside off, and left alone by Guptill

2.2

Sreesanth to Guptill, no run, finally Sreesanth makes the batsman play, a length ball on off, blocked towards the leg side

2.3

Sreesanth to Guptill, no run, back of length ball, on middle and leg defended back down the pitch

2.4

Sreesanth to Guptill, no run, close to offstump, just back of a length, played with an open face towards backward point

2.5

Sreesanth to Guptill, 1 leg bye, slants it down the leg side, off the pads and rolls towards fine leg, Guptill was looking to glance that one but doesn't get bat on it

2.6

Sreesanth to McIntosh, no run, ends the over with a delivery that seams into the left-hander a touch, not even to make him play though

End of over 3 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 2/0
TG McIntosh    0* (12b)      S Sreesanth    2-2-0-0
MJ Guptill    1* (6b)      I Sharma    1-0-1-0

3.1

Sharma to Guptill, 1 run, a polite enquiry from India for an lbw, the ball jags in after pitching outside off, umpire signals runs as the ball dribbles towards square leg

3.2

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, another stifled shout, this time for caught behind, McIntosh wafts at a wide delivery, going for a drive away from his body, he misses

3.3

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, length ball in middle and leg, worked towards gully off the back foot

Ishant round the wicket

3.4

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, bowls from wide of the crease, outside off, and left alone, McIntosh is 0 off 15 now

3.5

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, full and much too wide to interest the batsman

3.6

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, this one is quick and much closer to off, McIntosh happy to shoulder arms

Allan: "I'm certain with UDRS at least one if not both Tests would have had a result."

End of over 4 (1 run) New Zealand 3/0
TG McIntosh    0* (17b)      I Sharma    2-0-2-0
MJ Guptill    2* (7b)      S Sreesanth    2-2-0-0

4.1

Sreesanth to Guptill, no run, Sreesanth gets this one to seam away from the right-hander, starts from too far outside off to trouble Guptill

4.2

Sreesanth to Guptill, no run, nice and tight from Sreesanth, Guptill defends off the back foot, the ball bounces towards the slips, Guptill checks anxiously to see where the ball is

4.3

Sreesanth to Guptill, no run, good line again from Sreesanth, pushes Guptill onto the backfoot, Guptill plays with soft hands towards cover and thinks of a single before deciding to turn back, Sreesanth fields and gives the batsman a glare

4.4

Sreesanth to Guptill, no run, getting the ball to move away nicely, but again Guptill is happy to leave it to the keeper

Babu: "To make test match interesting and bit bowlers friendly, after 60 over bowling side can use 2 balls (older one and new ball) as per there wish till 100 overs. So that we may get some result oriented test matches"

4.5

Sreesanth to Guptill, FOUR, first boundary of the match, it was short and wide from Sreesanth, Guptill stands tall and carves it in front of a diving backward point, Sreesanth grimaces

4.6

Sreesanth to Guptill, no run, again Guptill shoulders arms to a delivery outside off

End of over 5 (4 runs) New Zealand 7/0
MJ Guptill    6* (13b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    3-2-4-0
TG McIntosh    0* (17b)      I Sharma    2-0-2-0

Ishant round the wicket again

5.1

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, poor delivery to start the over, full and very wide

5.2

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, makes the batsman play this time, length ball coming into the batsman, who pushes it towards cover

5.3

Sharma to McIntosh, FOUR, lovely stroke to get off the mark, short delivery, not that wide, but McIntosh slices that on past backward point for four

Ishant switches to over the wicket. A 7-2 off-side field for Ishant

5.4

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, good bounce there, pitching on off and just carrying on with the angle, well left by McIntosh

5.5

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, fullish delivery, McIntosh leans forward and blocks this to the off side

5.6

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, length ball slanting across the batsman, left alone

End of over 6 (4 runs) New Zealand 11/0
TG McIntosh    4* (23b 1x4)      I Sharma    3-0-6-0
MJ Guptill    6* (13b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    3-2-4-0

6.1

Sreesanth to Guptill, OUT, what a delivery from Sreesanth to make the breakthrough, gets his line right, just outside off, and pitches it back of a length , moving away from Guptill, who has to play at it, he nicks it to the keeper, and it isn't a no-ball either, so Guptill's got to go

MJ Guptill c †Dhoni b Sreesanth 6 (30m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

6.2

Sreesanth to Taylor, no run, good delivery first up to Taylor, length ball on off, defended back down the pitch

6.3

Sreesanth to Taylor, no run, Taylor is opened up by the movement away, pitching on middle and off, a bit of an outside edge towards gully

6.4

Sreesanth to Taylor, no run, too far outside off to bother Taylor

6.5

Sreesanth to Taylor, FOUR, back of length delivery, bowled from wide of the crease, Taylor slashes that through cover to get a couple

6.6

Sreesanth to Taylor, no run, full delivery to end the over, pushed to mid-off

Rafi: "This is my 16000 th message to cricinfo, without any message being published... This is better record than SRT.." A record better than SRT? Indian fans will beg to differ

End of over 7 (4 runs) New Zealand 15/1
LRPL Taylor    4* (5b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    4-2-8-1
TG McIntosh    4* (23b 1x4)      I Sharma    3-0-6-0

7.1

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, outside off, McIntosh provides his favourite response - leaving the ball through to the keeper

7.2

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, again angling across the batsman, starts too far outside off to bother McIntosh

7.3

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, fuller delivery, Dhoni collects the ball at ankle height after McIntosh shoulders arms

Round the wicket now

7.4

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, change of angle makes the batsman play, a fullish delivery heading for middle and off, defended by McIntosh

7.5

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, and McIntosh reverts to letting the keeper collect the ball, he offers no stroke to a ball outside off

7.6

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, well outside off, McIntosh doesn't need any prompting to leave the ball

End of over 8 (maiden) New Zealand 15/1
TG McIntosh    4* (29b 1x4)      I Sharma    4-1-6-0
LRPL Taylor    4* (5b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    4-2-8-1

8.1

Sreesanth to Taylor, 1 run, short of length ball on off, played with an angled bat towards cover

8.2

Sreesanth to McIntosh, no run, well outside off, McIntosh decides to play it, stabbing it towards point, where Ojha fields

8.3

Sreesanth to McIntosh, no run, nice delivery from Sreesanth, moves in a touch after pitching outside off, McIntosh content to leave it

Silu has this update on the Asian Games: "By the way India leading in hockey by 2-1 against Pakistan in half time"

8.4

Sreesanth to McIntosh, OUT, McIntosh is castled, he has a befuddled look after being bowled, seam is upright as Sreesanth fires the ball in, pitched off and middle, close to the off stump, enough movement to take the ball between McIntosh's bat and pad and onto off stump, Sreesanth gets his second, the openers are gone, that was a beauty from Sreesanth

TG McIntosh b Sreesanth 4 (44m 32b 1x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

Jesse Ryder is the new batsman

8.5

Sreesanth to Ryder, no run, this delivery goes on with the angle after pitching around off, Ryder shoulders arms

8.6

Sreesanth to Ryder, no run, too far outside off to tempt Ryder, who is happy to watch that one to the keeper

End of over 9 (1 run) New Zealand 16/2
JD Ryder    0* (2b)      S Sreesanth    5-2-9-2
LRPL Taylor    5* (6b 1x4)      I Sharma    4-1-6-0

9.1

Sharma to Taylor, 1 no ball, the first no-ball of the match, Ishant oversteps as he bowls to Taylor, defended by the batsman

9.1

Sharma to Taylor, 1 leg bye, short of length and angling towards the pads, brushes the thigh pad and balloons to the left of Dhoni

Round the wicket to the left-hander

9.2

Sharma to Ryder, no run, again not close enough to the batsman to make him play

9.3

Sharma to Ryder, no run, full and wide, Ryder is tempted to play at that one, pushing his bat at the ball before withdrawing it at the last moment, ball goes through to the keeper

9.4

Sharma to Ryder, no run, too far outside off from Ishant, left alone

9.5

Sharma to Ryder, no run, and again, Ryder doesn't have to play the delivery, though this one was much closer to the off than the previous ones

Tom from New Zealand: "Saw a brilliant battle between Ryder and Ishant in the series in NZ last year, hopefully we get something similar today, might make for good watching!"

9.6

Sharma to Ryder, no run, this time Ryder plays the ball, gets forward and taps it towards mid-off

End of over 10 (2 runs) New Zealand 18/2
JD Ryder    0* (7b)      I Sharma    5-1-7-0
LRPL Taylor    5* (8b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    5-2-9-2

10.1

Sreesanth to Taylor, no run, Sreesanth starts the over with a ball heading for middle and leg, blocked by Taylor to the leg side

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10.2

Sreesanth to Taylor, no run, short and well outside off, Taylor swipes at it and misses, the ball zips over the top edge of the bat

10.3

Sreesanth to Taylor, 3 runs, again it is short and wide, this time Taylor makes contact, clubbing it towards backward point, where Harbhajan misfields to give away three runs

10.4

Sreesanth to Ryder, no run, short ball just outside off, carries nicely to the keeper, Ryder is quick to get under that one

10.5

Sreesanth to Ryder, no run, short of length, on legstump, Ryder backs away and taps the ball towards cover, no single for Ryder so he's still on 0

A little overcast in Nagpur now. Ravi Shastri says it has been raining at this time of the day in Nagpur over the past few days

10.6

Sreesanth to Ryder, no run, another short ball from Sreesanth, Ryder sways out of the way, keeps his hands low and the ball whizzes past to the keeper

End of over 11 (3 runs) New Zealand 21/2
JD Ryder    0* (10b)      S Sreesanth    6-2-12-2
LRPL Taylor    8* (11b 1x4)      I Sharma    5-1-7-0

Ojha to bowl now

11.1

Ojha to Taylor, no run, defended towards the leg side

11.2

Ojha to Taylor, no run, length delivery, punched back to the bowler

11.3

Ojha to Taylor, no run, careful forward defensive from Taylor

11.4

Ojha to Taylor, no run, and again, slanting into the pads, blocked by Taylor

Michael is playing it cool: "No worries - clear the air at the top of the order and make way for four class batsmen from here."

11.5

Ojha to Taylor, 3 runs, length delivery from Ojha, spins across from Taylor, who closes the face of the bat too early, outside edge races past slip towards the boundary, Tendulkar gives chase and does well to pull it back, he stopped that in the area which was soggy in the morning

11.6

Ojha to Ryder, no run, on legstump, tucked behind square on the leg side

Akil: "Asiad Updates : Ind vs PAk..field Hockey..lnd leading 3-2 against Pak. Sania Mirza through to semis..."

End of over 12 (3 runs) New Zealand 24/2
JD Ryder    0* (11b)      PP Ojha    1-0-3-0
LRPL Taylor    11* (16b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    6-2-12-2

Back from drinks. Ishant switches ends

12.1

Sharma to Taylor, 1 run, bowls one which slants into the pads, tucked towards square leg by Taylor

Round the wicket to the left hander

12.2

Sharma to Ryder, no run, short of length and heading for off, defended to the off side

12.3

Sharma to Ryder, no run, too far outside off, full delivery which goes harmlessly to the keeper

12.4

Sharma to Ryder, 1 run, overcompensates by getting it on the leg side, Ryder glances it towards fine leg to get off the mark

12.5

Sharma to Taylor, no run, good delivery from Ishant, length ball angling into the batsman, who defends to the off side, thinks of a single but decide against it

12.6

Sharma to Taylor, FOUR, short ball outside off, Taylor swishes at it and gets it wide of the slips and away for four

End of over 13 (6 runs) New Zealand 30/2
LRPL Taylor    16* (19b 2x4)      I Sharma    6-1-13-0
JD Ryder    1* (14b)      PP Ojha    1-0-3-0

India's over-rate isn't particularly good here. Thirteen overs in an hour and 15 minutes.

13.1

Ojha to Ryder, no run, flighted delivery, defended off the front foot by Ryder

13.2

Ojha to Ryder, no run, Ryder charges down the track and defends a shortish ball from Ojha

13.3

Ojha to Ryder, no run, Ojha pushes it up further, Ryder content to block it to the leg side

There 's a long-on for Ojha now.

13.4

Ojha to Ryder, FOUR, clubbed by Ryder, an overpitched delivery, Ryder whips it over midwicket four a boundary, a lofted shot but in control

13.5

Ojha to Ryder, no run, shorter for Ojha, defended off the back foot

13.6

Ojha to Ryder, FOUR, another boundary for Ryder, again it is a lofted hit to the leg side, this was a controlled sweep from offstump, it was squarer than the previous shot for four, was wide enough of deep square leg

End of over 14 (8 runs) New Zealand 38/2
JD Ryder    9* (20b 2x4)      PP Ojha    2-0-11-0
LRPL Taylor    16* (19b 2x4)      I Sharma    6-1-13-0

14.1

Sharma to Taylor, no run, fullish delivery on middle and off, Taylor shuffles across and taps the ball towards square leg, not too well timed

14.2

Sharma to Taylor, FOUR, short and wide, don't bowl there to Taylor, who pounces on that delivery, powers it behind backward point to pick up another boundary

14.3

Sharma to Taylor, no run, much better from Ishant, fuller and heading for offstump, blocked down the pitch off the front foot

14.4

Sharma to Taylor, no run, shorter delivery this time, Taylor stays on the backfoot and taps it towards cover

India win 3-2 over Pakistan in Asian Games hockey

Sreesanth has some words of advice for Ishant

14.5

Sharma to Taylor, OUT, it seems to have worked, Taylor is gone lbw, Taylor is looking unhappy, not sure why, that looked plumb, the ball jags in after pitching outside off, Taylor is undone by the movement, hit just below the knee roll as he looks to defend, it didn't take long for the umpire to raise his finger

LRPL Taylor lbw b Sharma 20 (48m 24b 3x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

14.6

Sharma to Williamson, no run, Williamson gets a corker first up, nips in sharply from a short of a length, Williamson manages to keep that one out, prods it towards cover

Santhana Krishan: "Dhoni made three field changes after each of the last three boundaries. Playing the game of ball following perfectly."

End of over 15 (4 runs) New Zealand 42/3
KS Williamson    0* (1b)      I Sharma    7-1-17-1
JD Ryder    9* (20b 2x4)      PP Ojha    2-0-11-0

Ojha continues

15.1

Ojha to Ryder, no run, Ryder plays the ball late after tentaively going forward, gets an inside edge to the leg side

15.2

Ojha to Ryder, 1 leg bye, on the pads this time, looks to sweep it, mistimes it towards short fine

Two slips in place, and a forward short leg

15.3

Ojha to Williamson, no run, a bit of an outside edge towards slip

15.4

Ojha to Williamson, OUT, a flighted and full delivery from Ojha, Williamson checks his drive, India are celebrating after Williamson the ball spooned towards short cover, Sehwag is pumping his fists, umpire is not sure whether that is a bump ball, third umpire is called for, batsman says he's not sure, replays show the ball was hit after bouncing and went straight to Sehwag, New Zealand are four down and in deep trouble

KS Williamson c Sehwag b Ojha 0 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

15.5

Ojha to Vettori, 2 runs, Vettori gets off the mark, whacking the ball towards midwicket to pick up a couple

15.6

Ojha to Vettori, no run

Jaspreet: "Is everyone praying to see McCullum bat or what?"

End of over 16 (3 runs) New Zealand 45/4
DL Vettori    2* (2b)      PP Ojha    3-0-13-1
JD Ryder    9* (22b 2x4)      I Sharma    7-1-17-1

16.1

Sharma to Ryder, 2 runs, well outside off, slapped by Ryder towards deep point to pick up a couple

16.2

Sharma to Ryder, (no ball) 1 run, Ishant oversteps as he bowls a slower one, on the leg stump, pushed to the leg side and batsmen zip through for a single

16.2

Sharma to Vettori, no run, Ishant greets Vettori with a short one, Vettori ducks though it is well outside off and doesn't rise as much as he expected

Hopkins padded up, perhaps McCullum's injury is serious

16.3

Sharma to Vettori, no run, again it is short and wide, Vettori ducks though he doesn't have to given how far away from offstump the ball is

16.4

Sharma to Vettori, 1 run, a short ball, an ungainly heave from Vettori toward deep midwicket to bring up the half-century

16.5

Sharma to Ryder, 1 run, angling into the batsman, who backs away and jabs the ball towards backward point

Rajiv: "Kane Williamson is ticking all the stats boxes - one 100, one 50,one 0 and he is just 4 innings old ! "

Ishant over the wicket

16.6

Sharma to Vettori, OUT, bowled 'im! not a great shot from Vettori, he is distraught after that, it was short and outside off, an innocuous delivery, Vettori went for the pull and contrived to get an under-edge, the ball rattles into middle stump, India can't believe this gift of a wicket

DL Vettori b Sharma 3 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Greg: "Why is McCullum even playing if he can't bat in the top six?"

End of over 17 (6 runs) New Zealand 51/5
     I Sharma    8-1-23-2
JD Ryder    13* (25b 2x4)      PP Ojha    3-0-13-1

17.1

Ojha to Ryder, no run, Ryder pushes the first ball towards mid-off

17.2

Ojha to Ryder, no run, on the legstump, blocked towards midwicket

17.3

Ojha to Ryder, no run, more defence towards the leg stump from Ryder

17.4

Ojha to Ryder, no run, fuller delivery, pushed back towards the bowler

17.5

Ojha to Ryder, 1 bye, turns further away after pitching outside leg, Dhoni can't collect and NZ pick up a bye

Two slips, gully and short leg for Hopkins

17.6

Ojha to Hopkins, no run, starts with a prod towards second slip, who dives to stop the ball

Tim from NZ: "Time for Hopkins to prove his worth in the team...."

End of over 18 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 52/5
GJ Hopkins    0* (1b)      PP Ojha    4-1-13-1
JD Ryder    13* (30b 2x4)      I Sharma    8-1-23-2

Round the wicket

18.1

Sharma to Ryder, 1 run, short of length ball angling into the stumps, Ryder backs away and cracks the ball towards sweeper cover

Over the stumps for the right-hander

18.2

Sharma to Hopkins, no run, good line and length from Ishant, on offstump, defended by Hopkins

18.3

Sharma to Hopkins, no run, short of length again, just outside off, confidently defended off the front foot towards the off side

18.4

Sharma to Hopkins, no run, this one nips in a touch, just outside off, well left by Hopkins

Balaji: "Why in god's name did Vettori chose to bat when his opening batsman is injured on a overcast day?? And why is cricinfo silent to speak against the one-man-everything of NZ??" It was supposed to be a batting beauty...

18.5

Sharma to Hopkins, no run, a short ball from Ishant, well-directed, Hopkins ducks under, just about

18.6

Sharma to Hopkins, no run, fuller ball to end the over, blocked off the front foot towards the off side

Brijesh: "Seeing Ojha turn a bit away from the right hander makes me realize there is no leg spinner in today's cricket whose bowling I can look forward to!! What a shame! Bring Shane back for Ashes !!"

End of over 19 (1 run) New Zealand 53/5
GJ Hopkins    0* (6b)      I Sharma    9-1-24-2
JD Ryder    14* (31b 2x4)      PP Ojha    4-1-13-1

19.1

Ojha to Ryder, no run, down the leg side, swept by Ryder, leg slip gets a hand to it but can't stop the ball, fielder gives chase and stops it a few yards within the rope, batsmen take two

19.2

Ojha to Ryder, 2 runs

19.3

Ojha to Ryder, 1 run, flatter delivery from Ojha, Ryder gets forward and pokes it in front of point

Simon: "Hopkins has had 10 years or so to prove his worth to the team and hasn't managed a single score over 50 on any form of the game - it's unlikely he'll prove us doubters wrong today!!"

19.4

Ojha to Hopkins, no run, watchfully defended off the front foot from Hopkins

19.5

Ojha to Hopkins, no run, and again, Ojha keeping it steady here, length balls heading for off

19.6

Ojha to Hopkins, no run, a bit of turn this time, after pitching on middle, Hopkins adjusts late to defend

End of over 20 (3 runs) New Zealand 56/5
GJ Hopkins    0* (9b)      PP Ojha    5-1-16-1
JD Ryder    17* (34b 2x4)      I Sharma    9-1-24-2

Will Ishant continue, or will Sreesanth be brought back? It's Harbhajan actually, who starts round the wicket

20.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 1 run, well outside off, Ryder pushes it towards cover to pick up an easy single

Shreyas: "NZ seem to have miscalculated. They seemingly thought this is a batting paradise and McCullum wont be needed till late in the third session or early tomorrow and picked him up thinking the same. "

20.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hopkins, no run, good bounce for Harbhajan, defended towards backward short leg

Mark: "All the good work on tour starting to unravel. Time to promote the Phantom up the order. I'm backing him for a maiden 50 and a 10 wicket haul."

20.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hopkins, no run, a good stride in from Hopkins as he blocks towards the off side

Slip and two short legs for Harbhajan

20.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hopkins, no run, more compact forward defense from Hopkins

20.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hopkins, no run, down the leg side, tucked to backward short leg

Hopkins 0 off 13

20.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hopkins, no run, make it 0 off 14, on middle and leg, defended off the back foot this time

End of over 21 (1 run) New Zealand 57/5
GJ Hopkins    0* (14b)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-1-0
JD Ryder    18* (35b 2x4)      PP Ojha    5-1-16-1

21.1

Ojha to Ryder, 1 run, pushed back towards the bowler, who misfields to allow a single

21.2

Ojha to Hopkins, no run, outside off and left alone by the batsman

21.3

Ojha to Hopkins, no run, defended off the front foot this time by Hopkins

21.4

Ojha to Hopkins, no run, still can't get his first run, a touch short from Ojha, Hopkins rocks onto the backfoot and chops it towards point

21.5

Ojha to Hopkins, no run, again Ojha pitches it short, Hopkins slashes it to cover, Dhoni asks Ojha to push it up

21.6

Ojha to Hopkins, no run, outside off and left alone to end the over

End of over 22 (1 run) New Zealand 58/5
GJ Hopkins    0* (19b)      PP Ojha    6-1-17-1
JD Ryder    19* (36b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-1-0

22.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 2 runs, a bit of width for Ryder, he rocks back and hits it towards wide long-off, substitute Murali Vijay chases

22.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, fuller this time, defended by Ryder

22.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 1 run, length delivery just outside off, Ryder leans forward and pushes it towards cover

22.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hopkins, no run, spins in to Hopkins, who is beaten by the turn, hit above the knee roll and perhaps just outside off, big appeal for lbw, umpire turns it down

22.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hopkins, no run

Round the wicket

22.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hopkins, no run, fired into legstump, blocked to the leg side

End of over 23 (3 runs) New Zealand 61/5
GJ Hopkins    0* (22b)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-4-0
JD Ryder    22* (39b 2x4)      PP Ojha    6-1-17-1

23.1

Ojha to Ryder, 1 run, down the leg side, guided behind square for a single

23.2

Ojha to Hopkins, no run, nice flight from Ojha, Hopkins hops onto the backfoot and defends

23.3

Ojha to Hopkins, FOUR, a confident stroke to get off the mark, full delivery, Hopkins get down on one knee and sweeps powerfully along the ground towards midwicket

23.4

Ojha to Hopkins, no run, on middle and leg, defended to the leg side

23.5

Ojha to Hopkins, 1 run, just outside off, Hopkins rocks back and carves the ball but he can't beat point, gets a single though

23.6

Ojha to Ryder, 1 run, easy single for Ryder, gets forward and pushes the ball towards cover and ambles through for a run to keep strike

End of over 24 (7 runs) New Zealand 68/5
JD Ryder    24* (41b 2x4)      PP Ojha    7-1-24-1
GJ Hopkins    5* (26b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-4-0

Possibly the last over before tea coming up, Harbhajan around the wicket

24.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder backs away to make room and guides the ball towards point to take a single

24.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hopkins, 1 run, Hopkins also helps himself to a single, a fullish delivery is tapped towards cover

24.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, this one gets the outside edge, turns away from Ryder who looked to drive on the up, landed safely though on its way to backward point

24.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, inside edge this time as Ryder pokes his bat at a middle and off delivery, ball dribbles towards point

24.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, a quicker delivery, poked to point

Field comes in to prevent the single. Dhoni shouts that the next over will be the final one of the session and that they should get Hopkins on strike

24.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, length ball outside off, defended towards the off side, Hopkins will face

End of over 25 (2 runs) New Zealand 70/5
JD Ryder    25* (46b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-6-0
GJ Hopkins    6* (27b 1x4)      PP Ojha    7-1-24-1

25.1

Ojha to Hopkins, no run, length ball from Ojha, watchful forward defense from Hopkins

25.2

Ojha to Hopkins, 1 run, bowled from wide of the crease, fired down leg, pushed towards the vacant midwicket

25.3

Ojha to Ryder, 1 run, on middle and leg, whipped off the back foot towards fine leg

25.4

Ojha to Hopkins, no run, slows up the delivery, gets some turn, and Hopkins is beaten as he looks to defend

25.5

Ojha to Hopkins, no run, on the pads this time, blocked to the leg side

Last delivery before tea

25.6

Ojha to Hopkins, no run, a bit short from Ojha, Hopkins gets solidly behind the line and blocks

No debating which team will be happier at this stage. Ishant and Sreesanth will be thrilled with their efforts with the new ball. Ryder is crucial for New Zealand, just as crucial will be McCullum's fitness.

Ire v NZ - KO 17.30 local time - All Blacks closing in on yet another Grand Slam tour. They swept Scotland aside last weekend to add to England's scalp and are favourites to extend their 23-game/105-year dominance over the Irish in their latest fixture. Also a big day for NZ's Richie McCaw and Mils Muliaina who become the All Blacks' most-capped internationals. Follow it on ESPNscrum.

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End of over 26 (2 runs) New Zealand 72/5
GJ Hopkins    7* (32b 1x4)      PP Ojha    8-1-26-1
JD Ryder    26* (47b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-6-0

Ajay Sri: "Seems to me like Gavaskar conned Vettori into batting first by calling the pitch a batting beauty. Either that, or there is one sheepish commentator somewhere in Nagpur."

Bhajji from round the wicket

26.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, on offstump, blocked down the pitch

26.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, just outside off, poked towards point

Sreesanth not on the field

26.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, FOUR, full and on leg, Ryder gets on one knee and sweeps it behind square for an easy four

26.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 1 run, length ball outside off, driven hard through cover, there's a sweeper in place and he does the fielding

26.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hopkins, no run, fullish delivery, on middle and off, clipped towards the leg side

Sreesanth waiting to come back onto the field

26.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hopkins, no run, fired down the leg side, batsman lets it go

End of over 27 (5 runs) New Zealand 77/5
GJ Hopkins    7* (34b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-11-0
JD Ryder    31* (51b 3x4)      PP Ojha    8-1-26-1

Only a slip and mid-off on the off side

27.1

Ojha to Ryder, FOUR, Ojha starts with a short and wide delivery, Ryder has acres of space to put that away, and he does, cracking it through cover

27.2

Ojha to Ryder, no run

27.3

Ojha to Ryder, no run, on the pads, tucked towards short midwicket

27.4

Ojha to Ryder, 1 run, fullish delivery on middle and leg,Ryder sweeps, a bit of a top-edge, cries of 'Catch' but the ball lands safely wide of Tendulkar at deep midwicket

27.5

Ojha to Hopkins, no run, fired in quicker by Ojha, Hopkins looks o defend, gets an inside-edge onto the pads, stifled appeal for lbw

27.6

Ojha to Hopkins, OUT, lovely from Ojha, he ends Hopkins' resistance, loops it up, turns away from the batsman after pitching on a length, Hopkins looks to defend off the front foot, doesn't bargain for the spin, and it takes the outside edge to second slip, Raina is dleighted, as is Ojha

GJ Hopkins c Raina b Ojha 7 (40m 36b 1x4 0x6) SR: 19.44

End of over 28 (5 runs) New Zealand 82/6
     PP Ojha    9-1-31-2
JD Ryder    36* (55b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-11-0

28.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, turns away from Ryder, who stays off the backfoot and pushes the ball towards short cover, where Raina dives to stop the ball

McCullum at the non-striker's end, Ryder also seems to have an injury, to his calf, he doesn't seem too keen on running between the wickets

28.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, pushed to Raina at short cover again

28.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run

28.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, FOUR, Whack! moves away from the stumps, length ball, a clean swing of the bat sends the ball rocketing over the bowler, nearly a six

28.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, poked towards point by Ryder

28.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, gets forward and pushes the ball back towards Harbhajan

End of over 29 (4 runs) New Zealand 86/6
JD Ryder    40* (61b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-15-0
BB McCullum    0* (0b)      PP Ojha    9-1-31-2

29.1

Ojha to McCullum, no run, speared into offstump, McCullum pushes the ball towards the off side

29.2

Ojha to McCullum, no run, ball spins away from a length, McCullum, clearly not comfortable due to his back problem, opens the face to play the ball towards slip

29.3

Ojha to McCullum, no run, McCullum defends with soft hands towards the off side

29.4

Ojha to McCullum, no run, an appeal for lbw, McCullum has his bat and pad together as he is hit on the pads, Hawk-Eye says the ball would have sailed over the stumps

29.5

Ojha to McCullum, no run

29.6

Ojha to McCullum, no run, blocked back towards the bowler

End of over 30 (maiden) New Zealand 86/6
BB McCullum    0* (6b)      PP Ojha    10-2-31-2
JD Ryder    40* (61b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-15-0

30.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, well outside off, chopped towards point by Ryder

30.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, length ball outside off, looped up, Ryder stretches forward and defends

30.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 1 run, flatter and heading towards middle and leg, clipped towards midwicket, painful to watch Ryder hobble across for a single

30.4

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, 1 run, a reverse-sweep from McCullum to get off the mark, the ball rolls towards point

30.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 1 run, just outside off, Ryder backs away and powers it towards sweeper cover for another painful single

30.6

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, no run, mild appeal for lbw, McCullum looks to defend off the front foot but is hit on the pads outside off

End of over 31 (3 runs) New Zealand 89/6
BB McCullum    1* (8b)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-18-0
JD Ryder    42* (65b 5x4)      PP Ojha    10-2-31-2

31.1

Ojha to Ryder, no run, length ball on off, pushed to the off side off the front foot

31.2

Ojha to Ryder, no run, on middle and leg, a bit of bounce for Ojha, Ryder looks to whip that off his thigh pad but can't connect

31.3

Ojha to Ryder, 1 run, fuller this time, Ryder sweeps behind square leg for a single

Two slips, silly point in place

31.4

Ojha to McCullum, 1 run, fullish delivery, swept by McCullum, very fine, Dravid make a smart stop near the boundary, McCullum gets only a single for his troubles since both batsmen can barely walk through for the runs

31.5

Ojha to Ryder, no run, on the legstump, Ryder looks to whip that one away, but its off the thigh pad to leg slip

31.6

Ojha to Ryder, 1 run, swept off one knee by Ryder, there's a fielder at deep backward square leg for that

End of over 32 (3 runs) New Zealand 92/6
JD Ryder    44* (70b 5x4)      PP Ojha    11-2-34-2
BB McCullum    2* (9b)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-18-0

32.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, spins away from outside off, Ryder looks to pull out of the shot at the last moment, gets it off the bottom of the bat and the ball harmlessly dribbles to the off side

32.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 1 run, this time he drives it to wide long-off for a single

32.3

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, 1 run, McCullum is scoring exclusively in sweeps and revers-sweeps, this one is a reverse for a single down to fine leg

32.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, Ryder leans forward and defends towards the off side

32.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, Ryder backs away and goes for the big hit down the ground, he misses a flighty delivery

32.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, streaky from Ryder, he stretches forward to play that one and gets a bit of an outside edge towards point

End of over 33 (2 runs) New Zealand 94/6
JD Ryder    45* (75b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-20-0
BB McCullum    3* (10b)      PP Ojha    11-2-34-2

Vishnu Rajan: "Errr... I might be wrong, but wouldn't bringing the seamers back on for some short pitched stuff to stretch the poor backs of the kiwis?"

Dhoni has heard him, Sreesanth is back

33.1

Sreesanth to McCullum, no run, blocked by to the bowler off the front foot

Neither McCullum nor Ryder can have a runner since both had their injuries coming into the match. McCullum's back problem was before the toss, and Ryder had aggravated a calf problem which he has carried into the game

33.2

Sreesanth to McCullum, no run, McCullum is lucky to survive, a short of length ball outside off, McCullum swishes at it without moving his feet, gets an edge which Dhoni picks up smartly as it was dying on him, should have been given out but umpire Nigel Llong doesn't pick it up

33.3

Sreesanth to McCullum, no run, closer to off this time, defended back down the pitch

33.4

Sreesanth to McCullum, no run, well outside off, McCullum looks to carve that one, doesn't beat cover

33.5

Sreesanth to McCullum, no run, short of length ball, just outside off, defended by McCullum

33.6

Sreesanth to McCullum, no run, short of length and just outside off, punched off the backfoot by McCullum towards mid-off

End of over 34 (maiden) New Zealand 94/6
BB McCullum    3* (16b)      S Sreesanth    7-3-12-2
JD Ryder    45* (75b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-20-0

34.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 1 run, just outside off, Ryder cracks it to sweeper cover

34.2

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, 1 run, length ball heading for middle, McCullum whips it towards midwicket

34.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 1 run, length ball outside off, clubbed towards sweeper cover, Tendulkar has to race across to his left to field that one

34.4

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, no run, pitching on off and turning in, McCullum defends off the backfoot

34.5

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, 1 run, length ball outside off, McCullum stretches forward and defends to the off side

34.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, length ball heading for off, blocked off the front foot to the leg side

End of over 35 (4 runs) New Zealand 98/6
JD Ryder    47* (78b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-24-0
BB McCullum    5* (19b)      S Sreesanth    7-3-12-2

Two slips for Sreesanth

35.1

Sreesanth to McCullum, no run, starts with a length ball on middle stump, tapped back down the pitch

35.2

Sreesanth to McCullum, no run, good delivery, in the channel outside off, left alone by McCullum

35.3

Sreesanth to McCullum, no run, short of length and angling into middle and off, played off the back foot to midwicket

Gilad: "Jesse Ryder has been the one constant for NZ this series, consistently performing well and what's more, playing through an injury. This is all the more impressive considering his recent personal problems. Good on ya, mate."

35.4

Sreesanth to McCullum, no run, short of length just outside off, McCullum skips across to get behind the line and defend

35.5

Sreesanth to McCullum, no run, shortish ball, outside off, McCullum gets back and looks to play with a horizontal bat, bottom-edges it towards cover, that shot couldn't have been too easy to play given the state of his back

Aruni Mukherjee: "Has Harbhajan ever appeared so toothless in his career? As an Indian supporter I am concerned that he is in terminal decline. When was the last time he ran through a line-up like he did in 2001?"

35.6

Sreesanth to McCullum, no run, pushed back to the left of the bowler to end the over

End of over 36 (maiden) New Zealand 98/6
BB McCullum    5* (25b)      S Sreesanth    8-4-12-2
JD Ryder    47* (78b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-24-0

36.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 1 run, ungainly slog from Ryder sends the ball from outside off towards deep midwicket, gets a single for his troubles

over the wicket

36.2

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, no run, tossed up by Harbhajan, blocked to the leg side

36.3

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, no run, on middle and leg, tapped to forward short leg

36.4

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, no run, flight from Harbhajan, McCullum opens the face after taking a half-stride to defend the ball to the off side

36.5

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, no run, gets back and pushes the ball to mid-on

36.6

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, no run, well outside off, poked towards point, McCullum wanted the single but Ryder didn't, so after taking a few paces he has to hobble back to the crease

Jim Robertshaw: "New Zealand have just passed their lowest test score against India in test match cricket - all out for 94 in Hamilton (December 2002)."

End of over 37 (1 run) New Zealand 99/6
BB McCullum    5* (30b)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-25-0
JD Ryder    48* (79b 5x4)      S Sreesanth    8-4-12-2

37.1

Sreesanth to Ryder, 1 run, on the leg side, clipped towards the leg side, batsmen were walking the run, Harbhajan rushes in and throws down the stumps, making sure McCullum has to run hard to complete the run

37.2

Sreesanth to McCullum, no run, short and outside off, left alone by McCullum

Sreesanth round the wicket

37.3

Sreesanth to McCullum, 1 no ball, short ball into the ribs, McCullum grimaces as he keeps the ball out, Sreesanth had overstepped

Nish: "What unimaginative captaincy from Dhoni today - giving away easy singles, over-persisting with the spinners, continually 'chasing' the ball with his field settings!"

37.3

Sreesanth to McCullum, 1 run, short ball on legstump, McCullum whipped it down to fine leg for a single

Over the wicket now

37.4

Sreesanth to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder has a grin on his face after pulling a short ball behind square to get the single which takes him to fifty, well played

37.5

Sreesanth to McCullum, no run, another short ball from Sreesanth, McCullum had to take evasive action quickly, he ducks under, that movement has hurt McCullum

37.6

Sreesanth to McCullum, FOUR, superb from McCullum, no footwork at all, but he saw the width and hammered the ball past covers for a boundary, what a response to the bouncers from Sreesanth

End of over 38 (8 runs) New Zealand 107/6
BB McCullum    10* (35b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    9-4-20-2
JD Ryder    50* (81b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-25-0

38.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, spins and bounces, Ryder beaten as he looks to cut

Tim: "After the injury to McCullum, his best batsman, the decision to bat first was nothing short of a brain explosion by Vettori.

McC and Ryder now need to get massive scores to get NZ out of the muck; would be a miracle with the injuries they're carrying. Pray for rain, Kiwi fans."

38.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, pushed quicker through the air, Ryder looked to drive, didn't turn as Ryder expected and the ball goes through to Dhoni past the inside edge

38.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, crunched to mid-off by Ryder

38.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 1 run, a bit of width for Ryder, who carves the ball to sweeper cover and limps through for a single

38.5

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, no run, flighted delivery from Harbhajan, inside-edged onto the pad by McCullum

38.6

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, no run, again looped up by Harbhajan, McCullum goes on the backfoot and taps the ball to the leg side

P Satish: "Comments: Not too many "entertaining" comments about India's bowling resources suddenly? When conditions are helpful Indian bowlers make the most of it. Otherwise India could not have taken 60 wickets in 3 consecutive test starting in the last one in SL, and then the two versus Australia recently."

End of over 39 (1 run) New Zealand 108/6
BB McCullum    10* (37b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-0-26-0
JD Ryder    51* (85b 5x4)      S Sreesanth    9-4-20-2

Ishant into the attack

39.1

Sharma to Ryder, 1 run, starts with a leg side delivery, guided down to fine leg

Mark: "Well done Ryder. He is the only NZ top order batsman to get into double figures every innings of the series and, so far, has a century and two 50's. On the other hand, sadly, Hopkins looks out of his depth at this level. Unfortunately, if Ryder keeps his injury rate up, we might be missing him for the ODI's."

39.2

Sharma to McCullum, no run, way outside off, left alone by McCullum

39.3

Sharma to McCullum, no run, back of length ball, just outside off, punched off the backfoot, Trendulkar dives to stop it at extra cover, the crowd cheers their favourite son

Kevin: "Dhoni is testing Ryder's and McCullum's patience. He know both are injured and can't get a runner and will at some stage try to have a go."

39.4

Sharma to McCullum, FOUR, back of a length delivery, McCullum crunches that past point on the up, it was pretty short, McCullum stood tall and smashed it

39.5

Sharma to McCullum, no run, way outside offstump, McCullum stretches across and swipes at it but misses

Dilip d'souza: "NZ 102/6, itw last two batsmen trying to retrieve the situation over the last few overs, and of course there's a comment to criticize Dhoni's "unimaginative captaincy".

The Indian cricket fan. I tell you!"

39.6

Sharma to McCullum, no run, slanting into the pads, McCullum moves across and looks to tap that to leg side, off the pads towards midwicket

End of over 40 (5 runs) New Zealand 113/6
BB McCullum    14* (42b 2x4)      I Sharma    10-1-29-2
JD Ryder    52* (86b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-0-26-0

40.1

Ojha to Ryder, no run, 'Catch' is the call as Ryder punches the ball back towards the bowler, lands short

Ranjit: "Clearly it's difficult to impress the fastidious Indian supporter. Here we have NZ reeling at 100 odd for the loss of 6 wickets, and people are complaining about Bhajji's bowling, Dhoni's captaincy and what not!"

40.2

Ojha to Ryder, 1 run

40.3

Ojha to McCullum, 1 run, an awkward shot from McCullum, perhaps looking for the ramp shot initially, a full ball outside off, he ends up playing a kind of sweep

40.4

Ojha to Ryder, no run, blocked to the leg side by Ryder

40.5

Ojha to Ryder, no run, gets on one knee and looks to sweep, misses and is hit on the pads, that was going down

40.6

Ojha to Ryder, 1 run, overpitched, Ryder sweeps it fine down to fine leg to pick up another single

End of over 41 (3 runs) New Zealand 116/6
JD Ryder    54* (91b 5x4)      PP Ojha    12-2-37-2
BB McCullum    15* (43b 2x4)      I Sharma    10-1-29-2

41.1

Sharma to Ryder, no run, starts the over with a bouncer, Ryder gets out of the path of that one

41.2

Sharma to Ryder, no run, another bouncer from Ishant, Ryder ducks under that one

Simon: "Baz is a massively tough little guy who will play through pain quite regularly, Hopkins is a failed flat track bully who is a competent keeper - surely we can find a backup keeper who does the job behind the stumps and manages to score a few runs from time to time?"

41.3

Sharma to Ryder, no run, another bouncer, down the leg side, easy leave for Ryder

Shadows lengthening in the stadium, we may not get play till 5:30 pm, when play is scheduled to finish, 75 minutes from now

41.4

Sharma to Ryder, 1 run, short and wide, carved to deep backward point by Ryder for a single

41.5

Sharma to McCullum, no run, width for McCullum, he crunches the ball towards cover, straight at the fielder

41.6

Sharma to McCullum, no run, another short ball to round off the over, bottom hand comes off as McCullum keeps that one out, defended to the leg side

Rao from Bangalore: "I'd like to know who's preventing the batsmen from taking runners now. Umpires or the Indian Captain? I feel umpires have no right if Dhoni is okay and Dhoni should say yes, because firstly we are playing NZ not AUZ. NZ has the reputation of being good and ethical/true sportsmen. Dhoni might be correct on paper but if NZ requests for it, and Dhoni doesn't give them, he's wrong by spirit and being just another Ponting (remember Ponting on VVS just before Bangalore test?)."

End of over 42 (1 run) New Zealand 117/6
BB McCullum    15* (45b 2x4)      I Sharma    11-1-30-2
JD Ryder    55* (95b 5x4)      PP Ojha    12-2-37-2

42.1

Ojha to Ryder, no run, Ryder stretches forward and defends the ball towards the off side

42.2

Ojha to Ryder, no run, overpitched and just outside off, driven towards mid-off

42.3

Ojha to Ryder, no run, pushed towards the off side off the front foot

42.4

Ojha to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder looks to sweep, gets it down to fine leg and they hobble another single

Karthik from the UK: "The fact that both batsmen are injured actually leads to an interesting math problem. I believe there exists an optimum point between the pitch and the boundary, where if fielders placed, NZ will not be able to score any runs. (assuming the batsmen cannot pierce gaps with 100% accuracy). Dhoni should simply move all his men in a circle somewhere about 20 ft after the circle. (according to my rough calculations). This optimum point should be enough for catches and stopping long lazy singles. "

42.5

Ojha to McCullum, no run, charges down the ground and punches the ball back to the bowler

42.6

Ojha to McCullum, no run, McCullum looks to sweep and misses, 'Howzaaat' screams Ojha, Taufel shakes his head, must have struck McCullum outside off

Mathew Jobson: "@Tim - I dont think it was a brain explosion by Vettori to bat first - on a flat deck you should always look to bat and not base your decision on one batsman. End of the day the NZ top order have failed. You have to wonder how bad's McCullum's back is though if he can still come in now..."

End of over 43 (1 run) New Zealand 118/6
BB McCullum    15* (47b 2x4)      PP Ojha    13-2-38-2
JD Ryder    56* (99b 5x4)      I Sharma    11-1-30-2

Ishant resumes after drinks

43.1

Sharma to Ryder, no run, fullish and outside off, driven towards extra cover

43.2

Sharma to Ryder, no run, slower one from Ishant, Ryder was initially looking for the pull, but the adjusted to defend back down the pitch

Jim: "NZ needs someone who can score runs at international level and keep wickets. About time we tried to coax Lou Vincent back? Gotta be better than Hopkins"

43.3

Sharma to Ryder, no run, full and outside off, lashed towards mid-off

Pawan: "I think Neil Broom has been at wicketkeeper from time to time. He's also a very good batsman at domestic level. Give him a chance at tests and you have someone better than Hopkins."

43.4

Sharma to Ryder, no run, no footwork from Ryder as he blocks a length ball on off from Ishant

43.5

Sharma to Ryder, no run, Ryder looks to swipe a length delivery towards deep midwicket, he misses

Mike: "You have two batsmen who can barely stand up showing more backbone than the entire new zealand top order, a little bit ironic really."

43.6

Sharma to Ryder, no run, length ball angling across the batsman, who drives it towards mid-off, nicely done but doesn't get any runs for his effort

Ishan Goyal: "@Karthik Interesting, but batsmen can always go over the infield"

End of over 44 (maiden) New Zealand 118/6
JD Ryder    56* (105b 5x4)      I Sharma    12-2-30-2
BB McCullum    15* (47b 2x4)      PP Ojha    13-2-38-2

44.1

Ojha to McCullum, no run, flighted by Ojha, driven hard and into the boot of silly point by McCullum

44.2

Ojha to McCullum, no run, defended off the front foot towards silly point

44.3

Ojha to McCullum, no run, fired into legstump, blocked to the off side by McCullum

44.4

Ojha to McCullum, no run, quick one from Ojha, Mccullum moves across the stumps and blocks to the off side

44.5

Ojha to McCullum, no run, extra flight from Ojha, full delivery well outside off, McCullum looks to swipe that one but misses

44.6

Ojha to McCullum, 1 run, outside off, cracked past covers, crowd cheers as Tendulkar gives chase and fields, batsmen only get a single

End of over 45 (1 run) New Zealand 119/6
BB McCullum    16* (53b 2x4)      PP Ojha    14-2-39-2
JD Ryder    56* (105b 5x4)      I Sharma    12-2-30-2

45.1

Sharma to McCullum, no run, length ball on middle, McCullum gets behind the line and defends

45.2

Sharma to McCullum, 1 run, full ball speared into legstump, stylishly whipped down to fine leg by McCullum

Harry: "In reply to Rao, the law states that "If the umpires are satisfied that a player has been injured or become ill after the nomination of the players, they shall allow that player to have [...] a runner when batting." The injury occurred before the toss, therefore Dhoni has no say in the matter."

45.3

Sharma to Ryder, no run, swing and a miss from Ryder, not much footwork again, it was outside off and Ryder was looking to latch onto that one

All Blacks closing in on yet another Grand Slam tour. They swept Scotland aside last weekend to add to England's scalp and are favourites to extend their 23-game/105-year dominance over the Irish in their latest fixture. Also a big day for NZ's Richie McCaw and Mils Muliaina who become the All Blacks' most-capped internationals. That game kicks off at 1730 GMT. You can follow it live on ESPNscrum

45.4

Sharma to Ryder, no run, slower ball, short of length, pitching on leg and heading towards middle and off, defended off the front foot by Ryder

Prathik Roy seems to know what he's talking about: "@Karthik: dude that is an interesting theory but I am afraid your Math is wrong since even if we were to us Snells optimum velocity theorem there is no way to predict the velocity of either Ryder or McCullum because their injuries are different, so they are relatives and not constant and we need at least two constants to calculate the positions of the fielders. So sorry mate there isn't any optimum position "

45.5

Sharma to Ryder, 1 run, chipped in the air back towards the bowler, Ryder foxed by the slower one, but Ishant had to change direction during his follow-through and so couldn't get to the ball

45.6

Sharma to McCullum, no run, length ball, defended to the leg side by McCullum

Mihir from UAE isn't one of the complaining Indian fans: "With the long eid holidays just ended in the region, our office doesnt seem to be out of the holiday mood. We are all following cricket more than our work. Three cheers to the Indian bowlers and of course Dhoni. Hip hip Hurray..!!"

End of over 46 (2 runs) New Zealand 121/6
BB McCullum    17* (56b 2x4)      I Sharma    13-2-32-2
JD Ryder    57* (108b 5x4)      PP Ojha    14-2-39-2

46.1

Ojha to Ryder, 1 run, length ball on off, Ryder comes down the track and moves toward leg to make room, looking to hit over extra cover but ends up hitting it toward long-on

46.2

Ojha to McCullum, no run, full on middle and leg, defended to the leg side

46.3

Ojha to McCullum, no run, on middle stump, pushed back down the pitch

46.4

Ojha to McCullum, no run, shortish ball, McCullum moves back to make room and cuts it towards point

46.5

Ojha to McCullum, 1 run, pushed towards cover this time

46.6

Ojha to Ryder, 1 run, tossed up by Ojha, driven by Ryder to the left of the bowler

End of over 47 (3 runs) New Zealand 124/6
JD Ryder    59* (110b 5x4)      PP Ojha    15-2-42-2
BB McCullum    18* (60b 2x4)      I Sharma    13-2-32-2

47.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, stayed low outside off, Ryder pushes it to the off side

47.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, length ball on off, defended back down the track

47.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, OUT, and there's the breakthrough India were looking for, Ryder is gone, Harbhajan has struck, lovely catch from Raina, he has already taken a smart low catch at second slip, this time he scoops another low catch at extra cover after Ryder rocked back and thumped a ball to him, India celebrate, Ryder walks off, he waits at the edge of the boundary to see whether he'll get a reprieve from the third umpire who was asked to check whether Raina collected that one cleanly. The third umpire is satisfied and Ryder has to go. Superb innings from him, much of it played in agony.

JD Ryder c Raina b Harbhajan Singh 59 (183m 113b 5x4 0x6) SR: 52.21

47.4

Harbhajan Singh to Southee, no run, 'Catch' is the cry after Southee leant forward to defend and the ball flies towards leg slip

47.5

Harbhajan Singh to Southee, no run, gets forward and defends to the off side

47.6

Harbhajan Singh to Southee, no run, fired down the leg side and spinning further away, Dhoni moves across quickly and collects, nicely done

Jake: "@Jim, The Auckland Aces had Lou playing for them last domestic season as he wanted to get into the Black Caps again. He made some great scores including a 20/20 century. He was unwanted in the Black Caps though"

End of over 48 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 124/7
TG Southee    0* (3b)      Harbhajan Singh    11-1-26-1
BB McCullum    18* (60b 2x4)      PP Ojha    15-2-42-2

48.1

Ojha to McCullum, 1 run, gets onto the backfoot and carves it to deep point

48.2

Ojha to Southee, no run, flatter from Ojha, Southee defends down the pitch

48.3

Ojha to Southee, no run, a beauty from Ojha, floated up, spins away sharply and beats the outside edge of Southee

48.4

Ojha to Southee, no run, blocked back down the pitch

48.5

Ojha to Southee, no run, full and outside off, left alone

48.6

Ojha to Southee, no run, appeal for lbw as Southee looks to defend, struck outside off so he's safe

End of over 49 (1 run) New Zealand 125/7
TG Southee    0* (8b)      PP Ojha    16-2-43-2
BB McCullum    19* (61b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    11-1-26-1

Plenty of fielders in the deep for McCullum

49.1

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, no run, tapped to forward short leg

49.2

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, 1 run, gets on the backfoot and pushes the ball towards mid-on to take a single

field moves in for Southee

49.3

Harbhajan Singh to Southee, no run, Harbhajan asks for an lbw, but that one was turning down leg though it hit in line

49.4

Harbhajan Singh to Southee, no run, this is a straighter one, goes past the outside edge and offstump, superbly done by Harbhajan

49.5

Harbhajan Singh to Southee, no run

"Bhajji, bhajji" the crowd chants

49.6

Harbhajan Singh to Southee, no run, tossed up by Harbhajan, spins in sharply after pitching on a length outside off, Southee has to scramble back to defend after thrusting his front foot forward

End of over 50 (1 run) New Zealand 126/7
TG Southee    0* (12b)      Harbhajan Singh    12-1-27-1
BB McCullum    20* (63b 2x4)      PP Ojha    16-2-43-2
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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Nov 23, 2010

The Indian team celebrates their victory in the Test series against New Zealand, India v New Zealand, 3rd Test, Nagpur, 4th day, November 23, 2010

The Indian team celebrates their victory in the Test series against New Zealand

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Nov 23, 2010

Ishant Sharma celebrates after India defeated New Zealand in Nagpur, India v New Zealand, 3rd Test, Nagpur, 4th day, November 23, 2010

Ishant Sharma celebrates after India defeated New Zealand in Nagpur

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