India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 3rd day September 2, 2012

Match in the balance after eventful day

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New Zealand 365 and 232 for 9 (Franklin 41, Ashwin 5-69) lead India 353 (Kohli 103, Dhoni 62, Southee 7-64) by 244 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A teetering third day had the second Test in Bangalore turn into a second innings shoot-out. As it stands at stumps on day three, New Zealand are 232 for 9, with a lead of 244 and a single wicket remaining for them before India can launch themselves into their target.

It must be remembered though that, while the Indians did record the highest successful chase at the Chinnaswamy Stadium during the last Test held here in 2010, that target against Australia was merely 207.

A clatter of wickets in the last hour of play, after a 55-run sixth partnership, meant that New Zealand lost nine wickets over the course of two sessions, their highest scorer being James Franklin (41). It was the fall of his wicket with less than half an hour remaining, to an extravagant stride down the wicket to an R Ashwin off break, that set in motion the New Zealand lower order slide.

It gave Ashwin his third five-for in four innings in the series so far. His 5 for 69 has continued to build his reputation as a wicket-taker, partnership breaker and tail demolisher in home Tests.

The Bangalore wicket did not offer the extravagant turn sought by MS Dhoni due to what he called the labours of Hyderabad. Neither was it a disintegrating surface or one offering uneven bounce on the third day. Yet, 14 wickets fell in what was undeniably a bowler's day. What started with Tim Southee's 7 for 64, ensuring that India lost its last five wickets for 52 runs, ended with New Zealand's collapse, backed by the trickery of quality spin as well as poor strokes and bad timing.

The lower order has kept both teams in the game so far; if the five remaining India batsmen have 52 runs to their credit this morning, it was largely because of a handy tenth-wicket partnership of 33 between Ashwin and Umesh Yadav. Add those runs to the New Zealand lead and it would end up as daunting. If New Zealand could push their lead ahead past the 200 mark it came about because of a half-century stand between Franklin and Kruger van Wyk for the sixth wicket for over an hour after tea. Take that away - along with Doug Bracewell's 22 - from the New Zealand total and India would consider themselves favourites to win on Monday.

In the last hour of play, the Franklin-van Wyk partnership came to an end in Ashwin's second spell after tea. Ashwin had removed Flynn in his third over after tea, and had van Wyk leg before with one that sneaked past his bat and hit him low on the pad.

It was the dismissal of Franklin though that may have critically reduced the fourth-innings target, because even at seven down, the batsmen looked in control. The close of play was not so far away, Bracewell was proving good company, and the lead had climbed past 225. A rush of blood was to end Franklin's two-hour long vigil. He charged out to Ashwin, missed the ball completely and was stumped for 41. New Zealand were to lose three wickets for six runs.

Southee's morning spell had given New Zealand a chance to take control of the Test. All that their batsmen had to do was to come close to replicating their first innings performance. Instead, the top three could manage only 69 runs between them. The openers, who had added 30, were out to Umesh Yadav just after lunch, Guptill going for a somewhat flashy, rather lazy shot on the first ball he faced after lunch and edging it to the leg stump. Yadav opened his next over by getting Brendon McCullum caught behind; Kane Williamson went after the drinks break - nicking to slip - and Taylor before tea, dismissed exactly like in the first innings - leg before trying to sweep Pragyan Ojha.

The drama of the morning, however, had Southee pressing on with a nine-over spell that had him take four of the last five Indian wickets. The new ball swung, and four wickets fell in three successive Southee overs. These included the wickets of Virat Kohli and Dhoni, both leg before, misreading the ball coming into them. Television replays showed that a disguised scrambled seam could have led Kohli to pad up, not offering a shot. Dhoni was out to a similar delivery, trying to hit the ball onto the on side. Southee then removed Zaheer Khan and Pragyan Ojha in one over, before a stubborn tenth-wicket partnership clipped New Zealand's lead to 12.

The match goes into its fourth day with the knowledge that one team is going to be left cursing its lack of runs.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • g.narsimha on September 3, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    BRAVO-BRAVO - Yaa , just waite & see , with in few moths who stays where , we will surly be in top by next year .

  • g.narsimha on September 3, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    MOHMMADALI- Why this comparision , we are not sreaming at the top of our throats that ASHWIN is next big thing WE ARE HAPPY THAT at last we got aplayer with substance, u r so called best bowler didnothing against top teams in AUS, ENG all thier wickets are at at UAE , even failed in SL , SO MY DEAR not demeaing coments against each others , we are enjoying matches at UAE , hope u will also do the same .

  • g.narsimha on September 3, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Well played NZ, SAOUTHEE is awesome , very sportive wicket we need this type of wickets , which offers some thing for fast bowlers , spinners , bats men as well , i will not mourn even if NZ going to win this match , they deserve the way they batted bowlled in this match, at the other hand INDIA needs to address some serious setbacks particularly in fast bowling , it is foolish to asume our spinners will bail out us in every match particularly out side subcontinent .

  • on September 3, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Great show Ashwin. You have shut the mouths of your critics with your ball and bat as well. you have sealed your place in Indian side atleast for some time from now. Prove yourself outside India too so that your critics who r waiting for chance to bash you and could not digest your success wont even open their mouth again.

  • sri2001 on September 3, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Irresponsible batting by the kiwis on a good pitch. New Zealand should look for a good batsman for the over- rated Brendon Mcallum. Also poor shot selection by Ross Taylor on the both the innings.

  • rajiv_cruise on September 3, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    @Mervo: Yes u r right to an extent. Aussie wickets are spin friendly like indian wickets are pace friendly. In the most recent test series vs Ind none of the wickets u mentioned were spin friendly. All spinners struggled. Ashwin was shown mediocre because of lack of runs from indian batsman. Our batting let us down. I want to correct you on another thing you said. Ashwin wasn't mediocre in English wickets as he was not in the squad for tests.In ODI's you can tell Jonathan Trott how mediocre Ashwin was in England. English players were found out against spin in ODI's. They struggled to read Ashwin and was playing him out. Ashwin was forced to bowl flat because of lack of runs in Aus. Time will tell. For now he is performing well and is not afraid to attack. I agree he was a bit on the shorter side in Aus as he had no option but to bowl flat. He is an aggressive bowler and is young and inexperienced. Give him the benefit of doubt.

  • satish619chandar on September 3, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Southee waas just awesome to look when bowling. The way he setup Kohli was classic and deliveries to Zak and Ojha were too good. Lovely to see fast bowlers bowling like this in SC. Kudos to Bangalore curator to produce a good wicket - to nature too for maintaining conditions which made it possible to achieve it. Thrilling game and wish it lives its billing on the fourth day - last day in all probability..

  • satish619chandar on September 3, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    @Mervo : Ash NEVER played tests in England. And, Australia - he was 3 tests old. We all know how the conditions were aiding the spinners in that series. Let us leave the comparison stuffs alone. What matters is, he performs when the conditions aids him like most of good bowlers.

  • Mervo on September 3, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    Kaushiktrendy - not correct. Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney are all big turning wickets these days. Ashwin was a very mediocre performer across the three tests in Australia. His batting was far better than his bowling. Opening the new ball bowling with a spinner, as in the current test against NZ, is an admission that - either India has no pace bowlers - or the wickets are not made of turf, but rolled mud to suit only a certain type of bowler. Neither is a good sign for India's future in test cricket.

  • Mervo on September 3, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    So Ashwin was the fastest Indian to 50 wickets. That is amazing as he was completely innocuous on Australian and English wickets, even the turners, and there are plenty.

  • g.narsimha on September 3, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    BRAVO-BRAVO - Yaa , just waite & see , with in few moths who stays where , we will surly be in top by next year .

  • g.narsimha on September 3, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    MOHMMADALI- Why this comparision , we are not sreaming at the top of our throats that ASHWIN is next big thing WE ARE HAPPY THAT at last we got aplayer with substance, u r so called best bowler didnothing against top teams in AUS, ENG all thier wickets are at at UAE , even failed in SL , SO MY DEAR not demeaing coments against each others , we are enjoying matches at UAE , hope u will also do the same .

  • g.narsimha on September 3, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Well played NZ, SAOUTHEE is awesome , very sportive wicket we need this type of wickets , which offers some thing for fast bowlers , spinners , bats men as well , i will not mourn even if NZ going to win this match , they deserve the way they batted bowlled in this match, at the other hand INDIA needs to address some serious setbacks particularly in fast bowling , it is foolish to asume our spinners will bail out us in every match particularly out side subcontinent .

  • on September 3, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Great show Ashwin. You have shut the mouths of your critics with your ball and bat as well. you have sealed your place in Indian side atleast for some time from now. Prove yourself outside India too so that your critics who r waiting for chance to bash you and could not digest your success wont even open their mouth again.

  • sri2001 on September 3, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Irresponsible batting by the kiwis on a good pitch. New Zealand should look for a good batsman for the over- rated Brendon Mcallum. Also poor shot selection by Ross Taylor on the both the innings.

  • rajiv_cruise on September 3, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    @Mervo: Yes u r right to an extent. Aussie wickets are spin friendly like indian wickets are pace friendly. In the most recent test series vs Ind none of the wickets u mentioned were spin friendly. All spinners struggled. Ashwin was shown mediocre because of lack of runs from indian batsman. Our batting let us down. I want to correct you on another thing you said. Ashwin wasn't mediocre in English wickets as he was not in the squad for tests.In ODI's you can tell Jonathan Trott how mediocre Ashwin was in England. English players were found out against spin in ODI's. They struggled to read Ashwin and was playing him out. Ashwin was forced to bowl flat because of lack of runs in Aus. Time will tell. For now he is performing well and is not afraid to attack. I agree he was a bit on the shorter side in Aus as he had no option but to bowl flat. He is an aggressive bowler and is young and inexperienced. Give him the benefit of doubt.

  • satish619chandar on September 3, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Southee waas just awesome to look when bowling. The way he setup Kohli was classic and deliveries to Zak and Ojha were too good. Lovely to see fast bowlers bowling like this in SC. Kudos to Bangalore curator to produce a good wicket - to nature too for maintaining conditions which made it possible to achieve it. Thrilling game and wish it lives its billing on the fourth day - last day in all probability..

  • satish619chandar on September 3, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    @Mervo : Ash NEVER played tests in England. And, Australia - he was 3 tests old. We all know how the conditions were aiding the spinners in that series. Let us leave the comparison stuffs alone. What matters is, he performs when the conditions aids him like most of good bowlers.

  • Mervo on September 3, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    Kaushiktrendy - not correct. Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney are all big turning wickets these days. Ashwin was a very mediocre performer across the three tests in Australia. His batting was far better than his bowling. Opening the new ball bowling with a spinner, as in the current test against NZ, is an admission that - either India has no pace bowlers - or the wickets are not made of turf, but rolled mud to suit only a certain type of bowler. Neither is a good sign for India's future in test cricket.

  • Mervo on September 3, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    So Ashwin was the fastest Indian to 50 wickets. That is amazing as he was completely innocuous on Australian and English wickets, even the turners, and there are plenty.

  • GasPipe on September 3, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    Disappointing second innings, if Patel and Boult can hang around an be a pain as long as possible, maybe hopefully (and optimistically) another 20, maybe 30 runs, we could make this a real contest. India batters will still have a fair amount of time, but if Tim and the boys can back up their first innings performance with another probing attack, we could be in with a shot. Come on Black Caps!

  • mikriket on September 3, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    The question is, what should be done about NZ's contiual batting failures. This present innings is typical. McCullum cannot continue opening. If his wicket keeping is still good enough, then he can justify his place by keeping and batting at 7. Flynn has proved over and over again that he's not international quality and must be dropped.

  • Buckers410 on September 3, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    This is southee's first 5 fer since his test debut back in 2007-08

  • beejaytee on September 3, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    Another tough call for McCullum when he was looking pretty good. I'm not claiming the dismissal was a shocking decision, but he could have easily got away with it. The rest of the batsmen disappointed again, Taylor & Franklin in particular. That said, they've given the bowlers a chance. Just a slim one, but it's more than they usually get, so let's hope they can grasp it. And let's hope that the slippers can grasp any catches that come their way, while we're hoping. Has Tim Southee got inside the Indian heads? Will Sehwag just motor to 80 and kill the contest? A big, big opening session from Tim & Trent required. Even with early wickets, it'll be a big ask for Bracewell & Patel. Without them, NZ's Kiwi is cooked.

  • AMAZINGFAN on September 3, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    kudos to ashwin and ojha.there was no help for the spinners,ball wasn't turning that much but still they managed to pick wickets on pflat pitch.zaheer's form is a worry,he is not picking wickets regularly.loved watching yadav-van wyk contest.

  • on September 3, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    @ Gerard Pereira - please no Rohit Sharma mentions for another season

  • BG4cricket on September 3, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Just on Ashwin - has bowled well this series and at home in general (albeit against the lowly NZ and WI teams) but nowhere as strong away and for me the jury is out until we see what he does against Eng at home and SA away in coming months. In my mind Ojha looks a better bet for away series but India are very reliant on Ashwin's batting so he will probably still get the nod where they only take in 1 spinner.

  • praveen4honestremark on September 2, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    Time to cheer for India now. They worked hard for 3 days and 4th day will be a real test. As some like @Deepak Kaushal have rightly mentioned that Indian batsman lost confidence , especially the openers. Gambhir is a real god player except for that poking the ball too early in Innings. It the same with some other guys as well. Come on Team India, you are good, we all know. It's time to show up. Concentrate and work hard and you will win it for sure. Chak de India. We love you.

  • Freewheeler on September 2, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Ashwin is slowly but surely hammering the last few nails on Harbhajan's international cricket career. He has answered most questions asked of him (except his performance in non-spin friendly pitches) and he has demonstrated the skills required of a top order batsman. Once Harbhajan's coterie (read Sachin Tendulkar) is phased out, he will have no realistic chance of making it into the team. To be more provocative, I would prefer Ravindra Jadeja and Irfan Pathan as all rounders in the team in addition to Ashwin. Notwithstanding all his shortcomings, Jadeja's domestic bowling record is similar to Pragyan Ojha's, and he adds an element of solidity both in batting as well as fielding. Moreover, he has the penchant for big scores. A team of Gambhir, Rahane (Sehwag), Pujara, Tendulkar (to be replaced by Badrinath after he retires), Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Pathan, Ashwin along with two fast bowlers on form (two of Zaheer, Ishant, Yadav, Kulkarni) will make the team a well-balanced one!

  • Nerk on September 2, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    The kiwis need another fifty on the board and I don't think they have it in them. Good comeback from Southee, he is a good bowler, just lost his way in international cricket recently. Hope he keeps going. Loving watching Ashwin. Pussy cat in Australia, tiger at home, eh?

  • Mervo on September 2, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    It is amazing that India open the bowling with a spinner. The new ball is not even given to a fast bowler. What kind of faith in their fast bowling is that? This seems to be a real problem for the future, in Indian and abroad.

  • Nampally on September 2, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    But for the fine effort of the spinning duo of Ojha & Ashwin, India would have lost both the tests due to weak bowling. This duo got 13 wickets between them in this test match following the 18 wkt. effort in the First Test. ZAK & Yadev between them captured a total of 7 wickets in 4 innings. On the same wicket, NZ's Seamer Southee captured 7 wickets in just one innings! Was the Indian batting poor or the NZ seamer too good for India even on a perfect batting wicket where ZAK & Yadev jointly were 5 for >250 whilst Southee was 7 for 64!.The Indian Selectors need to give serious thought to this aspect because in SA the seam bowling rules not spinners. Also the Indian opening batsmen, Sehwag & Gambhir have performed consistently badly since the England tour.They are both flashing at the balls outside the off stump & their weakness is open secret now.India needs new openers whose batting technique is sound & who will bat responsibly to give India a good opening wicket stand. Sad situation!

  • on September 2, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    This is shocking from India, New Zealand are missing Vittori, Ryder and Oram, the Same NZ team were thrashed by West Indies. It is time to boot Zaheer, Shewag , Sachin and Gambhir into touch. Ready replacements in Rohit Sharma, Rehane, and Irfan Pathan, cant get any worse.

  • jb633 on September 2, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Although the chase will not be straight forward I expect India should come through it with maybe 5 or 6 down. In their home conditions they generally bat pretty well and the pitch still looks really flat. It has been encouraging to see the improvements from NZ in this game and in particular the seamers. What they really need is both Guptill and Williamson to become more consistent. I hope NZ can use performances like these as a launching pad to regenerate their cricket.

  • BG4cricket on September 2, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    NZ look about 50 runs short given India will have use of a pitch which is only just over 3 days old - could have been better if any of the middle order converted the start they made. It would be a miracle if they get up from here and the match should be over today.

  • ste13 on September 2, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    It will be an interesting chase - with pressure on some players as factor. New Zealand bowlers exceeded expectations so far in this test. Indian pacers were disappointing, but Ashwin and Ojha are OK, they will be useful against England, too. Swann in his current form is not superior on them

  • playinrain on September 2, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Great bowling Tim, and Trent was unlucky not to get a few more wickets too. A disappointing second innings for sure, so advantage India. If Boult and Patel can eek out another 40 runs, we might be able to push India with a good performance in the field.There seems to be the odd ball keeping low now which might assist the NZ medium pacers and if it swings all day again, Boult and Southee could be a threat. The way the wicket has been playing, I'd expect 350 wouldn't be unobtainable with two days and a classy batting line-up. As in Hobart, The Kiwis relish small targets to defend.

  • AnoMaLy on September 2, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Not a good match for Steve Davis. NZ did well but gave the advantage away. India should wrap this up today.

  • on September 2, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    Ashwin has been great with the ball,I prefer watching his batting though.His drives seem more pleasant than ones played by some test players from major teams.I just want Ashwin to lose some weight because it affects his running between the wickets.Kohli awesome as usual,,

  • Ajayvs on September 2, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Actually been impressed by the Newzeleand seamers. They have a pretty decent set of seamers to build on for the future. If you add Vettori to this attack it will become a pretty good bowling attack. Good game of Test cricket,let the best team win!!

  • on September 2, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    let ashwin play against top sides then raise noise....even hafeez can get wickets against windies and new zealand...

  • ramvishak on September 2, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    harbhajan has no way back simply because both ashwin and ojha are performing well.If ashwin takes a wicket tomorrow or in the next test match against england on november 15th at ahmedabad he will hold the world record for the fastest to reach 50 wickets in test(either in 8 or 9 matches).Another interesting fact is he will break the record for the fastest asian(current record is Waqar younis - 10 matches) to reach that milestone also.Kudos to him and we all should appreciate and encourage him for this rather than comparing him with any other one.Its not only about the record but also the manner he has taken his wickets with flight and guile is simply commendable.

  • SoulTaker on September 2, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    What a fight back from NZ, its amazing....gud luck to both the teams...

  • moBlue on September 2, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    wait... to all of y'all who don't remember... the last test match IND won at the bangalore ground was against AUS chasing a little less in the 4th inning... IND won that match comfortably. yes, i miss VVS, of course in these situations... but guess who won that match for IND? pujara! :)

  • nlambda on September 2, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Now we know this is the same team that lost 0-8 to Eng and Aus. We will probably still win this one, but Australia following after this series will beat us.

  • Ra_Thore on September 2, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    NZ is a good team ...Remember, there were one of the semi finalists in the last WC and it was not a fluke. I don't understand so many UPs and DOWNs.

  • TRAM on September 2, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Didn't realize Ashwin came in the 84th over, that is, in the 4th over after the new ball was taken. While Kohli, Dhoni, Ohja, Zaheer and Yadav succumbed to new ball, Ashwin manages the new ball with good technique. Very well done. I wish the lower order Ind batsmen practice little more batting at the nets especially managing the new ball.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on September 2, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Fascinating test the highest chase is 207 but 250ish doesn't seem too improbable, Tendulkar is due a decent knock. Bravobravo NZ haven't acheived a lot true but it is a very small population you know (less tha 4.5 million) and they are quite useful at rugby and also won 6 golds at the Olympics (13 medals) and they HAVE won a series in Australia (1985). Not bad all things considered (I am not a Kiwi BTW).

  • Vizag_Kiss on September 2, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    We miss the 4th innings GOD... let's see who will replace him in 4th innings and won the match for India.. Already we have seen the collapse of lower order.. so no hopes on tail..In my view risky or brisky big innings from sehwag and one more good partnership in the middle order will win the match..

  • on September 2, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    It was for NZ to grab the bull by its horns and push India out of contention. They committed too many mistakes and despite their howlers they are in a reasonable position.

    Regardless of we win or loose one thing is evident - We have got the shittiest fast bowling attack among-st the top 8 test nations.

  • on September 2, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    The problem India is facing is their inability to cope with the new moving ball. This was our downfall in the 0-8 whitewashes last summer/winter in Eng/Aus. Looks like our batters lost some confidence after that. Gambhir certainly did and is out of form. Sehwag has always been a streaky customer. We are i) unable to start well against the new ball and ii) we fold against the second new ball. This needs to be addressed soonest. One way to do is to demote either Gambhir or Sehwag (I prefer the latter) to the middle order at the expense of Raina (would have been easier if Sachin had retired) and play Ajinkya Rahane as an opener instead.

  • AVRAJAN on September 2, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Answer to Bilbowden's query-See Ashwin had played only one series away from India.That too in Australia Indian Batsmen miserably failed. And at most of times they could not bat for one day fully. When runs are not in the board and the captain himself is confused as to whether to attack or defend how can we blame Ashwin for his ordinary show. Another point is Ojha should have also been included to make things tight at the other end. Remember when Kumble captained in the famous Perth Test we played both Bhajji and Kumble and won. You need support at the other end to take wickets. The biggest mistake is we should make a Test batsman as captain. Dhoni is a captain who thinks that a part time bowler is enough.And he himself bowls making Test Cricket a comedy. So one should encourage a potential good bowler and advise him to correct mistakes or suggest him strategies. None of the former Indian stalwarts take initiative to give tips to promising young talents.

  • on September 2, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    @ovzdata151. Out of sheer frustration with the drastic decline in the current No 4 Sachin's ability to read the line, length, swing, & bounce. And declining reflex. As a tactic to push him down so that the other regular batters will not get bogged down looking at his struggles at the opposite end. I am also hoping, our best batsman of all times will gracefully retire at the end of this series, & I can continue to cherish the memories of his 20 odd years of unparalleled services to Indian cricket. I fully agree, Ashwin is essentially a bowler, who can bat. And No.8 is the right position for him. And, I don't want him to go the Irfan way. The proposal is just for the 2nd innings in the current test, where, even if the target approaches 300, with nearly 2 days in hand, India has a chance to win. I want at least one end to be held up by a reliable guy. And other regular batters can get the runs. It is risky. I just don't want to lose a regular at that position; at that critical time.

  • Sakthiivel on September 2, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Well done Ashwin with bat n ball..

  • on September 2, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Great performance by Ashwin with both both Bat & Ball...His 32 runs are very vital which could help india to chase a trarget less than 250..

  • AjitNarayan on September 2, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    @billbowden311: Ashwin has only played 8 tests so far. 5 in India and 3 in Australia. Give him some more time.

  • billbowden311 on September 2, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    While watching R. Ashwin, I don't know why everyone is calling him a good bowler, because to be a good bowler, you must be able to perform at home as well as abroad and I'm afraid he has only achieved that target halfway and that too against teams like west Indies and New Zealand, who have weak batting line-ups.

  • SimplySoms on September 2, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    244 is not easy and also at the same time not difficult also. One needs lot of mental strength to play fourth innings, interesting to see how this young team play tomorrow. We miss VVS in a situation like this n my only hope is Kohli.

  • ovzdatta151 on September 2, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta: Why do you want Ashwin to come up at number 4 in test match? He is good at bowling, why you want to put pressure on him to become a batsman or an all rounder? I hope you will remember Irfan Pathan use to come up at number 3 spot at ODI, when Greg Chapel was a coach for India. How Irfan Pathan's performance came down and lost his Midas touch of swing bowling.

  • Resultpredictor on September 2, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    what match in balance India is in commanding position, and will chase the target easily. tomorrow record will be made as highest successful chase at Bangalore. Good luck team India.

  • on September 2, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    i want nz to win seriously...........they need a boost in test matches.

  • BravoBravo on September 2, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Turned out to be interesting contest considering that it is being played between #5 and #8 teams, not between the TOP 4 sides. I doubt that NZ is going to make anything out of their slim first inning lead. NZ remains a team without any major accomplishment in their game history of 80 years.

  • citizenkc on September 2, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Test cricket lives on, folks. All the news of its demise are exaggerated. Even the number 8 team in the world is capable of putting up a fight away from home. New Zealand's pace bowlers (even those not playing--Wagner and Martin--would walk into the Indian team) are about 23 years old and they have a terrific future. Our cupboards, meanwhile, are bare. Zaheer is almost done, and Yadav is incredibly expensive. Ishant is injury-prone; Varun Aaron has disappeared. God help us in SA. Anyway, congrats to NZ for setting up an excellent match. May the best team win. A fourth innings chase without VVS is going to be a real test!

  • sweetspot on September 2, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Special kudos to Tim Southee! What a beautiful bowling performance! Looks like all Chennai Super Kings players in this match are doing well - Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, Southee! Kohli is playing on his local ground with his awesome RCB reputation behind him, so no surprise he got a ton.

  • Hardy1 on September 2, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    It's great seeing Pujara & Kohli in the same lineup for India but Rahane in there would be the icing on the cake. This guy has got to be given a chance. He can either push Sehwag down the order or replace him directly. Rohit Sharma would be the ideal no.6 but has been horribly mismanaged and needs to return to domestic cricket and do well. Then he needs to be picked for TESTS and not ODIs when his first class and list A records so clearly suggest this. Oh and great match! Well done to the Kiwis for being competitive. All fans should be glad to see this as world cricket needs a strong New Zealand team.

  • on September 2, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    My little bit of advice - I will ask Sehwag to play his natural game, and try to score quick 50 - 60 runs, even if its risky.Remember the historic chase against England and it was made easy after a blitzkrieg from Sehwag. If they can get to some thing like 120/1 - chasing 250 will not be too difficult

  • ovzdatta151 on September 2, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Sehwag, Gauti and Tendulkar no doubt they are great players. But sadly there performance is not up to there standard and desire. I am not worried about Gauti and Sehwag much because the way they got out in both test matches as they had gifted there wickets to Kiwis. My concern is about Tendulkar. His foot movement was slow in Australia as well as here too. Most of his recent wickets were taken by the fast bowlers not by the spinners. I am great fan of Sachin. The age is catching up with him and that is making his reflexes slow or some people are saying its lack of practice due to which his foot is stuck on the pitch and not moving at all. Well he is a greatest of a batsman and I am not an appropriate person to judge his technique. But I feel his appetite to score more has gone down. When he is at full flow its a delight for our eyes to watch him. I hope he get his hunger back for runs and score many more centuries (which helps India to win not like his last ODI century).

  • Resultpredictor on September 2, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Good bowling by Southee but his effort will be second best by a New Zealand bowler in a losing cause as India will chase this target comfortably tomorrow.

  • ovzdatta151 on September 2, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Hats off to kiwis, the way they have shown there fighting skills it is remarkable. In the test ranking they are at the bottom but they are playing there cricket with great spirit. I wanted to see this kind of spirited performance from my team last year when they traveled to England and Australia. Loosing and winning is part of every game. But they way our players were blown off in that alien condition that made me sad. They were totally spineless in front of the England and Aussies. The kiwis really made a great impression among-st the Indian spectators. After loosing the first test match by huge margin in Hyderabad and coming back strongly in the second test match it really shows that the team is really good and needs some time to take there place among-st the top notch test nation. Well our Indian team performance is hampered by the the non-performance of our big guns...

  • on September 2, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    @CivilGaurav helpful conditions have been favourable to NZ bigtime. do you think they will compete on a turner same way ? @mathewjohn2176 typical Banglore Wkt. will NEVER swing and seam on DAY 3. Infact that tinge of grass has aided NZ and India don't have a 3rd pacer.

  • xylo on September 2, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    It is good to see the kiwis fight back! I hope this was the spark that they were looking for.

  • on September 2, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    @iyer mukund? he has been terrible the recently concluded India A tour of west indies, he doesnt even merit a place in India As tour to new zealand, forget about Indian team, as for Badrinath he shouldnt have been selected for the Indian team, he is almost 32, its time to look forward.

  • vertical on September 2, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Anything above 275 India's in big trouble .Hope they wrap up the innings soon tomorrow.

  • Prajith4j on September 2, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    What a test match this has been so far? Hats Off to the curator for producing such a lively track. Fingers crossed-anything myt happen over the next 2 days.

  • manish21may on September 2, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    No matter whoever wins the game, test cricket is the real winner here. Of late we are lucky to see such competitive games, first SA vs End and now this. If tomorrow Sehwag falls early, India will be in deep trouble. Wish I could bunk the office tomorrow.

  • matchfixerpkn on September 2, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    love to see n z land gving fight back....newzealnad is second home to indian also w indies..

  • Iyer on September 2, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Guys don't mistake me for writing this, and for records I am a fan of sehwag, gambhir and sachin.

    If sehwag, gambhir, and sachin fail again in the second innings, it only confirms their bad form. People who are not in good form should not earn a place in the playing X1. We cannot play them based on past laurels. If they fail, I would replace them with mukund, rahane and badri. Poor badri and mukund got opportunity in tough conditions where all eleven players failed, however, these two were made scapegoats.

    Ashwin is doing a great job, probably the best all rounder India has ever produced. Harbhajan should retire now. Since he hasn't announced his retirement, ex-cricketers and senior players in the team are trying to help Harbhajan get into the side at the expense of Indian cricket. If one had watched this test match closely, dhoni's tactics to downplay ashwin was very obvious. He didn't give the ball to Ashwin until the 20th over and we all know he can bowl new ball.

  • mathewjohn2176 on September 2, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    A typical Bangalore wicket and always produces result.Good wicket for both batsmen and bowlers.NZ played a very good cricket today.India also did well to restrict them below 250/9 with two days for final chase.But then the real issue for India is their top order falter ,star from senior openers gambhir and sehwag ,then tendulkar form follows by inexperienced batting line up.Its up to an openers to perform tomorrow or if they fail again ( like last two years),they should replace by some young Guys.By looking at sehwag n gambhir madness for an yr,I will back up NZ to do better.Anyway it's an interesting test match,better team will win at the end.Good luck to both teams.

  • Natesan333 on September 2, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    The way I see it, India has to chase about 250 in two days, barring rain or something, if they can't do it (doesn't matter who the opponent is) in our own home soil with this batting line up, we have some deep problems. Having said that, I think we can do it.

  • test_cricket_is_real_cricket on September 2, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    guys please stop going after zaheer... like sachin, we need him for the SA series... we all saw what happened in england without him, and in australia where he wasnt at his best... the other indian bowlers will be helpless in foreign conditions and we desperately need zaheer

  • on September 2, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Tim Southee showed his tremendous potential while playing in the U-19 world cup itself, a few years ago. I felt the same way about our own Sandeep Sharma, during the just concluded U-19 world cup.

  • on September 2, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    If needed, I would take a daring step; send Ashwin at No.4 ! He will give more confidence and freedom to the good batsmen playing at the other end (and also contribute his might). This suggestion is just for this test. If the match stretches over to the fifth day, this tactic has a high chance of producing a win for India.

  • rahulcricket007 on September 2, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    WHAT A MATCH IT HAS TURNED OUT TO BE ? EXCELLENT COMEBACK FROM NZ AFTER FIRST TEST LOSS, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PITCH CURATOR FOR PREPARING A REAL TEST PITCH . IT HAS EVERYTHING IN IT .

  • on September 2, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Re: Viru. I am happy about at least one thing he proved in this short series. That is, he is a worthy replacement for Dravid in the slips. Very good indeed.

  • CivilGaurav on September 2, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    It looks silly the way many of the so called experts slammed the New Zealand team after the Hyderabad game, with comments like they do not deserve to be in the same park as India, and that they are no better than a club side and are not competing. In the Bangalore test not only are they competing with the home side on an equal footing, but infact had India in a very tight spot at 88/4 with nearly 300 runs behind. At the end of the third day both sides appear to have an equal chance of wining. Now, I wonder if New Zealand manages to beat India here, will the experts apologies about their careless comments or will continue to make more such careless comments on the basis of just one game's performances.

  • on September 2, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Great stuff by first Taylor and now Southee. I'm an India fan, but I would be happy to see NZ win this Test. Post-Hadlee, post-Wright NZ winning in India without Vettori! That would really be something.

  • on September 2, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Advantage NZ. With almost two full days in hand, and with Southee & Patel in good form, Taylor can go broke and set very aggressive fields. In fact, that is the only choice he has. Defensiveness on his part will be walking into opponents' hands.At least, the two Indian openers from Delhi had been notorious to oblige to such tactics. Hope, not this time. I am looking for that Gouti who did a 'Dravidian' batting in New Zealand, on tougher pitches, not too long ago! If India doesn't get the last wicket without much ado, and its top four doesn't win it for India, in my role as an Indian supporter, I will be disappointed.

  • Sachin_the_god_forever on September 2, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Match is evenly poised now..but one has to say kiwis let the huge chance to score runs on a good third day batting wicket...India need their openers to take the responsibility because no more VVS in the team..TOUGH FOURTH DAY AHEAD FOR THE INDIANS AND KIWIS.

  • Dev_Sachinfan on September 2, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    According to me, India have some advantage by restricting the NZ side for this total... Well, tomorrow if sehwag fire's early, then we will win this match by tomorrow itself...! All the best INDIA...!

  • Kaushiktrendy on September 2, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    very good test match but i hope the wickets have bit more turn in england series. Both england and aus used their home conditions perfectly and its time we do the same.

  • on September 2, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    R Ashwin picked up his third five-for of the series to leave the Bangalore Test in the balance at the end of the third day

  • kc69 on September 2, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    well at the end of today a lead of 244 is very good for NZ(Now we are talking of a tight match) if India has to chase a 250+ target(lets suppose) with almost 2 days in hand.We definitely have a sure result in hand(not a draw until it rains).Hope our top order get some responsibility(Especially Sehwag,Gambhir and Sachin)or else we could lose this match(Because of No Dravid and VVS to save) .Team India please dont leave all on youngsters.

  • on September 2, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    While there is so much call for Sachin to make his divine departure, that call might also be applicable in Zaheer Khan's case who is suppose to be the lead Indian strike bowler but who bowls so few overs, takes so few wickets that he seems more like a substitute bowler nowadays.

  • shortsillypoint on September 2, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Watched Tim Southee become player of the U19 tournament in India in ..2009? Here again he has excelled. Trent Boult was there too and looked to have great potential. Now its coming to the fore.

    India now in charge, the last couple of wickets did the trick. Amazed how Taylor and others can get out with the exact same ball in each innings.

    Despite this, NZ side looks settled for the future. Just drop McCullum (not up to test opening) for Watling when he returns. No Dan V or Ryder for me either!! Young pace bowlers all set to go from here. Hope they can spring a surprise in the second innings?

  • on September 2, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Ashwin has 49 wickets in 8 test matches (including the ongoing).

    Philander got to 50 wickets in 7 matches recently and is joint second fastest ever.

    If tomorrow Ashwin gets the last wicket. He would be the third fastest in the World and also the fastest Indian ever to do so. Hope Dhoni gives the ball to Ashwin.

    Kumble reached 50 wkts in 10 tests Hirwani - 11 Harbhajan - 11 Subash Gupta - 12 Chandrasekhar - 12 Prasanna - 12 Venkatesh Prasad - 13 Ojha - 13

  • jagatr on September 2, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    This is a match winning lead - its NZ's game to lose. And what a wake-up call for the selectors...more like a well directed, well deserved kick up the backside!

  • test_cricket_is_real_cricket on September 2, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    new zealand's last pair at the crease might just be a blessin in disguise for india.... india wont mind them playing for the first half hour or so of day 4, hoping that they just remove the moisture off the wicket and be a bit easy for batting... the last thing india want would be losing early wickets at the start of the day's play like today morning

  • on September 2, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Ashwin has 49 wickets in 8 test matches (including the ongoing).

    Philander got to 50 wickets in 7 matches recently and is joint second fastest ever.

    If tomorrow Ashwin gets the last wicket. He would be thethird fastest in the World and also the fastest Indian ever to do so. Hope Dhoni gives the ball to Ashwin.

    Kumble reached 50 wkts in 10 tests Hirwani - 11 Harbhajan - 11 Subash Gupta - 12 Chandrasekhar - 12 Prasanna - 12 Venkatesh Prasad - 13 Ojha - 13

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/india/content/records/283528.html

  • kp_jersey on September 2, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    What a turnaround by NZ after all the usual dismaying hype and tripe from the media about their 'weaknesses' and India's 'strengths'. The fact is NZ seem to have done their homework and learnt from the Hyderabad test while India was probably resting on their laurels and overconfidence. The Kiwi pace attack and fielding will always be streets ahead and in this test their batting has shown that they are far from weak. I predict - and hope for the sake of the game- New Zealand will win this test and this proves to be a wake up call for the Indians. Any target above 250 will render our chase very vulnerable I feel….

  • on September 2, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    India will probably end up chasing 280-300. Will need to bat with utmost discipline to bring this home. The wicket is absolutely placid. Nothing in it

  • GerrardLK on September 2, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Lets see how Sachin is going to bat in the 2nd innings chasing the total under pressure. Definitely, he will not score more than 20. If Virat doesn't score, India will lose cause the rest of the Indian batsmen are walking wickets.

  • Sinhaya on September 2, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    I think this might be a thrilling test match. India will have a lot of time to chase the total in a rather deteriorating pitch.

  • on September 2, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    tim is the best player of newzeland. good for tim. very good player in world. thanks

  • praveen4honestremark on September 2, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Excellent bowling from Tim Southee. Good fight back from Ashwin and Yadav in batting. New Zealand is having upper hand in this test match. With 179 runs lead as now , still 5 more wickets in their hand. Their fast bowling is going to be a big threat for Indian batsman in second innings of batting. I hope Sachin to take responsibility in batting sensibly rotating strike and building partnerships. Hope he proves me wrong by playing well in second Innings and help team India win.

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  • praveen4honestremark on September 2, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Excellent bowling from Tim Southee. Good fight back from Ashwin and Yadav in batting. New Zealand is having upper hand in this test match. With 179 runs lead as now , still 5 more wickets in their hand. Their fast bowling is going to be a big threat for Indian batsman in second innings of batting. I hope Sachin to take responsibility in batting sensibly rotating strike and building partnerships. Hope he proves me wrong by playing well in second Innings and help team India win.

  • on September 2, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    tim is the best player of newzeland. good for tim. very good player in world. thanks

  • Sinhaya on September 2, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    I think this might be a thrilling test match. India will have a lot of time to chase the total in a rather deteriorating pitch.

  • GerrardLK on September 2, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Lets see how Sachin is going to bat in the 2nd innings chasing the total under pressure. Definitely, he will not score more than 20. If Virat doesn't score, India will lose cause the rest of the Indian batsmen are walking wickets.

  • on September 2, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    India will probably end up chasing 280-300. Will need to bat with utmost discipline to bring this home. The wicket is absolutely placid. Nothing in it

  • kp_jersey on September 2, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    What a turnaround by NZ after all the usual dismaying hype and tripe from the media about their 'weaknesses' and India's 'strengths'. The fact is NZ seem to have done their homework and learnt from the Hyderabad test while India was probably resting on their laurels and overconfidence. The Kiwi pace attack and fielding will always be streets ahead and in this test their batting has shown that they are far from weak. I predict - and hope for the sake of the game- New Zealand will win this test and this proves to be a wake up call for the Indians. Any target above 250 will render our chase very vulnerable I feel….

  • on September 2, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Ashwin has 49 wickets in 8 test matches (including the ongoing).

    Philander got to 50 wickets in 7 matches recently and is joint second fastest ever.

    If tomorrow Ashwin gets the last wicket. He would be thethird fastest in the World and also the fastest Indian ever to do so. Hope Dhoni gives the ball to Ashwin.

    Kumble reached 50 wkts in 10 tests Hirwani - 11 Harbhajan - 11 Subash Gupta - 12 Chandrasekhar - 12 Prasanna - 12 Venkatesh Prasad - 13 Ojha - 13

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/india/content/records/283528.html

  • test_cricket_is_real_cricket on September 2, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    new zealand's last pair at the crease might just be a blessin in disguise for india.... india wont mind them playing for the first half hour or so of day 4, hoping that they just remove the moisture off the wicket and be a bit easy for batting... the last thing india want would be losing early wickets at the start of the day's play like today morning

  • jagatr on September 2, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    This is a match winning lead - its NZ's game to lose. And what a wake-up call for the selectors...more like a well directed, well deserved kick up the backside!

  • on September 2, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Ashwin has 49 wickets in 8 test matches (including the ongoing).

    Philander got to 50 wickets in 7 matches recently and is joint second fastest ever.

    If tomorrow Ashwin gets the last wicket. He would be the third fastest in the World and also the fastest Indian ever to do so. Hope Dhoni gives the ball to Ashwin.

    Kumble reached 50 wkts in 10 tests Hirwani - 11 Harbhajan - 11 Subash Gupta - 12 Chandrasekhar - 12 Prasanna - 12 Venkatesh Prasad - 13 Ojha - 13