New Zealand in India Test Series - 1st Test

India v New Zealand

India won by an innings and 115 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

9.25: Not much of a crowd. Hey, this is a weekday. Hopefully it should fill up better from day 3. Slight delay with the sightscreen, crowd's getting impatient. 3 slips a gully and short leg

Jyotishman longs for the days he played truant: "Aah, that feeling again, of an early morning start, of a cup of tea, of a newspaper in your hand, and of test cricket in India. Takes me back to my college bunking days..."

Brad: "I'm reasonably happy with first NZ team. Mike Hesson has done well. That's a worringly long tail though. At best, Bracewell is a No.9, Boult is a No.10, Patel is a No.11 and Martin is an under-9's reserve grade waterboy."

Toss: India have won the toss and they will bat first. Dhoni says the spinners will really come into play later. The team? Rahane, Chawla, Badri and Ishant are not playing. So, as expected, Raina will bat in the middle order.

For New Zealand, James Franklin comes in. Jeetan Patel is the only spinner. Chris Martin too returns, after missing the Jamaica Test. The teams will be updated soon, above. No Hyderabad debut for Tarun Nethula, unfortunately. He learnt his early cricket here before moving to New Zealand at 12.

Narayanan isn't entirely happy: "I dont know how many chances will Raina get and what Badri should do to get in the team. Raina has demonstrated in the numerous chances he got that he is not a test material??"

He wasn't too bad in the West Indies last year, in his defence.

Hemanth: "I feel the scepticism around Raina's possible inclusion was unfair. He has played well for India under pressure in One-dayers. He does have a problem against the short ball, but as we have seen from Bairstow the other day, it can be easily overcome. So give him time to prove all the sceptics wrong!"

Fifteen minutes to go. Just getting something to eat before we begin. For the moment, read this piece on Pujara.

Pitch: Looks pretty dry, grass has been shaved off. Bit of dampness. Will take turn fairly soon. If you lose the toss and bowl first, you might still have a chance with some swing, says Craig McMillan.

Let's just turn our attention to New Zealand now. They're just coming off a tough tour of West Indies. I'd reported on the two Tests, staying up late in India, and really didn't quite look like the side that stunned Australia at Hobart. There were too many poor shots after the senior batsmen made starts. The captain himself, Ross Taylor, was culpable. But don't write them off. Two years ago, they arrived in India looking miserable, and yet, made India sweat for the first two Tests.

8.30am: Nice and early. Good morning everyone and welcome to the coverage of the first day of a long home season for India. They're at Hyderabad for the first of two Tests, against New Zealand. Clear skies. Toss is at 9, the first ball 30 mins later.

Speaking of India and New Zealand, there's another game happening live. The Under-19s are playing the World Cup semi-final at Townsville. I hope the seniors here are keeping a ear out to what's happening there. India have been kept to a competitive 209 at the break. My colleague Venkat Raghav is tracking that. Follow it here.

The talking point is the Indian batting order. Evidence points towards Pujara at No.3, Kohli at No.5 and Raina at 6. Ganguly, on TV, reckons Kohli should come in at 3, because he's done it with flair in the one-dayers. Pujara is surely playing, he says. He doesn't want to reveal his position yet. We should find out soon.

0.1

Martin to Gambhir, FOUR, runs straightaway and it's a boundary down to fine leg, loosener on the pads and gently eased away, fine leg couldn't cut it off

0.2

Martin to Gambhir, no run, much better line, angles across the left-hander and easily left alone

0.3

Martin to Gambhir, no run, Ganbhir drops it to the off side and jogs out of his crease and is sent back

0.4

Martin to Gambhir, no run, a touch fuller and he gets a bit of movement across, good carry and left alone

0.5

Martin to Gambhir, 1 run, drifts on the body and he eases it wide of short leg to get off the strike

3 slips and a short point for Sehwag

0.6

Martin to Sehwag, no run, hits the deck hard and it's a good bouncer, Sehwag leans back to evade it

Shripad: "I am positively jealous of Jyotishman. I am a teacher now, of Mathematics at that, and have to go soon for a lecture."

End of over 1 (5 runs) India 5/0
V Sehwag    0* (1b)      CS Martin    1-0-5-0
G Gambhir    5* (5b 1x4)     

Boult to bowl. He was very impressive in the Jamaica Test

1.1

Boult to Gambhir, 1 run, makes Gambhir play straightaway, bowls it full and swings it in, he digs it out to the off side

1.2

Boult to Sehwag, no run, this one comes back into the right-hander and Sehwag was caught unawares, he wanted to cut and the ball kept low and went underneath the bat

1.3

Boult to Sehwag, 1 run, swings it in and it's a loose drive, gets an inside edge to the leg side, wanted to play straightter

1.4

Boult to Gambhir, no run, well left by Gambhir, good carry again and the ball held its line

1.5

Boult to Gambhir, 1 run, fuller and swings away, gets forward and works it just wide of mid-off

In Jamaica, Boult really kept Gayle quiet

1.6

Boult to Sehwag, no run, bowls it a touch wide outside off and Sehwag watchfully leaves it alone

Vrijilesh: "Very interesting stat about test matches in Hyderabad. The first two tests were held at the Lal Bahadur Stadium in 1955 and then in 1988, both against the Kiwis. The current Rajiv Gandhi Stadium made its debut in 2010 when India played the Kiwis. And well, today again, the fourth ever test match in Hyderabad is also against the Kiwis!"

End of over 2 (3 runs) India 8/0
V Sehwag    1* (4b)      TA Boult    1-0-3-0
G Gambhir    7* (8b 1x4)      CS Martin    1-0-5-0

2.1

Martin to Gambhir, no run, continues over the wicket to Gambhir, bowls it back of a length and the batsman lets it go outside off

2.2

Martin to Gambhir, no run, bowls a much fuller length, draws him forward and he pushes it down the track on the walk

2.3

Martin to Gambhir, no run, excellent delivery and good leave as well, this was back of a length and moved away slightly, Gambhir let it go over the off stump

2.4

Martin to Gambhir, no run, fuller and good movement off the seam, this landed on middle and left him outside the off stump

2.5

Martin to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir looks to pinch a single as he often does, played it with soft hands to the off side, not worth the risk

He has a silly point

2.6

Martin to Gambhir, no run, fuller outside the off stump and the ball goes through to the keeper, not much movement this time

End of over 3 (maiden) India 8/0
G Gambhir    7* (14b 1x4)      CS Martin    2-1-5-0
V Sehwag    1* (4b)      TA Boult    1-0-3-0

3.1

Boult to Sehwag, no run, and once again the bounce looks a bit suspect from this end, lands it outside off and the ball goes through low to van Wyk

3.2

Boult to Sehwag, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it softly towards mid-off and calls quickly

3.3

Boult to Gambhir, no run, keeps it fuller and he gets forward and drives towards cover

3.4

Boult to Gambhir, no run, holds the length back slightly and the ball holds its line before reaching the keeper, good leave

No catchers around the bat for Gambhir

3.5

Boult to Gambhir, no run, a bit straight and he clips it down to square leg

3.6

Boult to Gambhir, FOUR, Boult created an opportunity there! This was pitched up and swinging in, Gambhir wanted to drive straighter but got an outside edge on the drive which sneaks past the gap between third slip and gully

End of over 4 (5 runs) India 13/0
G Gambhir    11* (18b 2x4)      TA Boult    2-0-8-0
V Sehwag    2* (6b)      CS Martin    2-1-5-0

4.1

Martin to Sehwag, 1 run, gets half forward and pushes it softly wide of point

4.2

Martin to Gambhir, 1 run, tip and run, Gambhir shows the way, dropped softly towards point and he sets off quickly

2 slips and a gully for Sehwag, short leg too

4.3

Martin to Sehwag, no run, gets this one to jag back in sharply from outside off, manages to fend it off

4.4

Martin to Sehwag, no run, nips back in again and he softly tucks it off his pads but short leg gets in the way

4.5

Martin to Sehwag, no run, fuller in length and driven firmly but straight to mid-off

Meanwhile at Townsville, NZ have lost their first wicket, 29/1

4.6

Martin to Sehwag, no run, sharp bouncer and that sails over Sehwag, the bowler wasn't penalised for this one

End of over 5 (2 runs) India 15/0
V Sehwag    3* (11b)      CS Martin    3-1-7-0
G Gambhir    12* (19b 2x4)      TA Boult    2-0-8-0

5.1

Boult to Gambhir, no run, a touch wide outside the off stump and left alone

5.2

Boult to Gambhir, no run, dropped softly to the off side and Sehwag for some reason set off thinking there was a single, wisely sent back

5.3

Boult to Gambhir, no run, close shout for an lbw! Boult got this ball to straighten and hit the pads and the umpire reckoned it was missing leg and he was right

5.4

Boult to Gambhir, no run, extra bounce this time and well fended by Gambhir, cramped for room but chopped towards gully

5.5

Boult to Gambhir, FOUR, extra bounce again, this time off the turf, not a bad ball really, back of a length and nipping back in, he wanted to cut but ended up chopping it hard towards the slips, kicked up and sailed over the cordon

5.6

Boult to Gambhir, no run, bowls the bouncer and he safely leaves it alone

End of over 6 (4 runs) India 19/0
G Gambhir    16* (25b 3x4)      TA Boult    3-0-12-0
V Sehwag    3* (11b)      CS Martin    3-1-7-0

6.1

Martin to Sehwag, 1 run, gives him width to slice which he does, Jeetan Patel dives to his right at deepish point

Tim: "Early on in his innings NZ should target Gambhir like they did Phil Hughes. He does have a tendency to feed the Guptills of this world. Keep it on off and angle it away. Test the openers patience and most of all keep the cordon full."

6.2

Martin to Gambhir, no run, short of a length and he stays back and defends

6.3

Martin to Gambhir, 1 run, tip and run again, dropped to the off side and the calling and communication is good

6.4

Martin to Sehwag, no run, another solid punch to the off side but straight to cover

6.5

Martin to Sehwag, FOUR, that's what Sehwag's been looking for, good length outside off and Sehwag keeps his weight on the back foot and neatly slices it wide of backward point and cover

6.6

Martin to Sehwag, FOUR, back to back boundaries, delicately done this time, the width was there outside off and he angled it wide of the slips and gully

Pretty comfortable start by these two

End of over 7 (10 runs) India 29/0
V Sehwag    12* (15b 2x4)      CS Martin    4-1-17-0
G Gambhir    17* (27b 3x4)      TA Boult    3-0-12-0

7.1

Bracewell to Gambhir, no run, Bracewell lands his first delivery outside off, not at full pace, left alone

7.2

Bracewell to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir tries to chop this one over the slips again, has the width but not too much pace on the ball, third slip collects it

7.3

Bracewell to Gambhir, 1 run, pushed softly towards point and Patel slides and fumbles

7.4

Bracewell to Sehwag, FOUR, outside edge! Bracewell needn't kick himself here, he does the right thing by pitching it fuller, Sehwag was still on the back foot and half-heartedly poked at it, beats the diving gully fielder

7.5

Bracewell to Sehwag, FOUR, plays it with more conviction this time, on the pads and he goes back and stylishly whips it away wide of square leg, highest opening stand for India in 9 innings, true story

7.6

Bracewell to Sehwag, 1 run, punched towards backward point and well fielded

End of over 8 (10 runs) India 39/0
V Sehwag    21* (18b 4x4)      DAJ Bracewell    1-0-10-0
G Gambhir    18* (30b 3x4)      CS Martin    4-1-17-0

8.1

Martin to Sehwag, no run, back of a length and tucks him up, he hops and fends it to the off side

8.2

Martin to Sehwag, 2 runs, Dropped: But a tough one, Martin bangs it in short and Sehwag goes for the pull, gets the top edge and Flynn jogs backwards at square leg and nearly pulls off a catch, close call for India

8.3

Martin to Sehwag, no run, stays on the back foot and chops it to the off side

8.4

Martin to Sehwag, no run, the indipper catches Sehwag unawares again, nips it back in from outside off, nearly squeezes past the daylight between bat and pad, his arm comes in the way and he's in a bit of pain

8.5

Martin to Sehwag, 4 byes, plenty of action already in this over, another one jags back in sharply and nearly slices him in half, beats the drive and it seemed like an inside edge, the umpire signalled byes but Sehwag signalled that he touched it, nevertheless a tough chance for the keeper

8.6

Martin to Sehwag, no run, comes forward and there's an outside edge that drops short of slip

End of over 9 (6 runs) India 45/0
V Sehwag    23* (24b 4x4)      CS Martin    5-1-19-0
G Gambhir    18* (30b 3x4)      DAJ Bracewell    1-0-10-0

9.1

Boult to Gambhir, FOUR, convincing boundary here, full outside the off stump and he gets behind the drive and effortlessly drives past cover

9.2

Boult to Gambhir, no run, holds the length back and he safely leaves it alone

9.3

Boult to Gambhir, no run, a touch shorter and he stays back and blocks it away

9.4

Boult to Gambhir, no run, fires that on the blockhole outside the off stump, Gambhir gets forward and squirts it out

9.5

Boult to Gambhir, no run, full again and there appeared to be an inside edge to the pads

9.6

Boult to Gambhir, OUT, Boult strikes! Poor shot by Gambhir, Boult got this one to holds its line after getting it to move in, Gambhir attempted to dab it down to third man, not the wisest choice of shot, no foot movement and a thick edge to van Wyk

G Gambhir c †van Wyk b Boult 22 (44m 36b 4x4 0x6) SR: 61.11

End of over 10 (4 runs) India 49/1
     TA Boult    4-0-16-1
V Sehwag    23* (24b 4x4)      CS Martin    5-1-19-0

Ok folks, the future. Pujara walks in

10.1

Martin to Sehwag, no run, full outside off and left alone

10.2

Martin to Sehwag, no run, fuller and wider and Martin gets this one to nip back in, Sehwag would have chased that any day but he's cautious this time

10.3

Martin to Sehwag, no run, nips back in and hits his pad as he gets forward, struck outside the line, Martin posed the question anyway

2 slips and 2 gullys fairly close to each other

10.4

Martin to Sehwag, 1 run, shorter outside off and neatly punched through the off side, cover was pushed to the boundary

10.5

Martin to Pujara, no run, fullish outside the off stump and he safely leaves it alone, bit of width there

Looks like he has two fielders close to midwicket

10.6

Martin to Pujara, no run, expectedly nips it back in and he tucks it off his pads to the leg side, packed field there

NZ in trouble at Townsville, Carter and Horne gone, 55/3

Balaraj: "Did I just see Pujara walking in ahead of Kohli? Oh man! thats so disappointing."

End of over 11 (1 run) India 50/1
CA Pujara    0* (2b)      CS Martin    6-1-20-0
V Sehwag    24* (28b 4x4)      TA Boult    4-0-16-1

11.1

Boult to Sehwag, 1 run, nips it back in and he works it to the on side for a single

11.2

Boult to Pujara, no run, sharp, rising delivery and well negotiated by Pujara, stayed back and fended it off

11.3

Boult to Pujara, no run, keeps it short and he stays back and defends

11.4

Boult to Pujara, no run, solidly defended again, shows the full face of the bat

11.5

Boult to Pujara, no run, drifts on the body and he tries to work it away, catches him on the hip and rolls to the on side

11.6

Boult to Pujara, no run, teases him with one that moves sharply away from the right-hander, Punjara's not chasing it, he watchfully leaves it alone

End of over 12 (1 run) India 51/1
CA Pujara    0* (7b)      TA Boult    5-0-17-1
V Sehwag    25* (29b 4x4)      CS Martin    6-1-20-0

This is the first time I'm seeing Pujara bat. I missed his Test debut. Was in the middle of a lecture in Sheffield while that was happening

12.1

Bracewell to Sehwag, no run, stays back and hammers it straight to mid-off

12.2

Bracewell to Sehwag, FOUR, vintage Sehwag! Bracewell bowls it short and angles it in to Sehwag who arches backward and upper cuts it over the slips, no third man and four

12.3

Bracewell to Sehwag, 2 runs, punched off the front foot but there's protection at deep cover to cut that off

12.4

Bracewell to Sehwag, FOUR, Bracewell errs by giving him too much width, didn't look to slam it hard but sliced it well enough to beat gully

12.5

Bracewell to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag gets a let-off! New Zealand can't afford this really, Bracewell did everything right pitching it fuller outside off, drew him into the drive, thick outside edge flies past the sea of confusion between van Wyk and Taylor at first slip, one waited for the other

Two lives for Sehwag already

12.6

Bracewell to Sehwag, no run, punched to the off side

Gopinath: "To Balaraj. On the contrary,its a good move to send Pujara ahead of Kohli.He needs confidence to make a mark in Intl cricket.And moreover,since its Dravid's position,customary for Dhoni to think of a conventional test batsmen."

Mike: "Franklin and Williamson are going to be vital in this bowling effort, our bowlers will do well if they are given strong support from the part timers. Glad to see Boult playing and doing well!"

End of over 13 (14 runs) India 65/1
V Sehwag    39* (35b 7x4)      DAJ Bracewell    2-0-24-0
CA Pujara    0* (7b)      TA Boult    5-0-17-1

More trouble for NZ at Townsville. 4 down

13.1

Boult to Pujara, 3 runs, Pujara is off the mark with a flick off the pads, clips it with the swing past Flynn at short leg

13.2

Boult to Sehwag, FOUR, neatly done, Boult swings it away and gives him width, Sehwag waits for it and plays it late, dabs it nicely wide of gully, he knew there was no third man

13.3

Boult to Sehwag, no run, tries to flick it towards fine leg and there was a sound and Boult appealed, it clipped the pad on the way to the keeper

13.4

Boult to Sehwag, no run, good delivery on the stumps, he ensures he covers the line and defends just in front of the off stump

13.5

Boult to Sehwag, no run, tries to flick it away and he gets hit on the pads

13.6

Boult to Sehwag, FOUR, another neat slice through the off side, he has the width and Sehwag merely uses the pace of the ball to guide it past the vacant point region, Franklin slides at the boundary but his foot was touching the rope as he tried to pull it back

End of over 14 (11 runs) India 76/1
V Sehwag    47* (40b 9x4)      TA Boult    6-0-28-1
CA Pujara    3* (8b)      DAJ Bracewell    2-0-24-0

14.1

Bracewell to Pujara, no run, goes back and knocks it firmly down the pitch

14.2

Bracewell to Pujara, 1 run, keeps it short and he knocks it towards extra cover

14.3

Bracewell to Sehwag, OUT, Sehwag's luck runs out! Poor shot really, Bracewell bowls it short of a length and gets it to come back in, Sehwag tries to dab it away behind the wicket and gives catching practice to Guptill at second slip, neat catch though

V Sehwag c Guptill b Bracewell 47 (71m 41b 9x4 0x6) SR: 114.63

After two let-offs, Sehwag falls three short of his fifty. Tendulkar walks in

14.4

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, leaves it alone outside the off stump, fuller in length

14.5

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, a touch shorter and he goes on the back foot and pushes it to the on side

14.6

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, well well Tendulkar contemplated poking it outside the off stump, read the bounce at the very last minute

Both openers gone to one-day dismissals

End of over 15 (1 run) India 77/2
SR Tendulkar    0* (3b)      DAJ Bracewell    3-0-25-1
CA Pujara    4* (10b)      TA Boult    6-0-28-1

15.1

Boult to Pujara, 3 runs, nice flick, strays on the pads and uses his wrists well to work it away wide of midwicket

2 slips, a gully and a short midwicket

15.2

Boult to Tendulkar, no run, fullish outside the off stump and he pushes it to the off side

15.3

Boult to Tendulkar, 1 run, swings it towards the pads and he flicks it with the line to fine leg

15.4

Boult to Pujara, no run, good defence there by Pujara, gets forward and across and pushes it back to the bowler

15.5

Boult to Pujara, 1 run, on the pads again and worked away to fine leg

15.6

Boult to Tendulkar, no run, slower off the surface, not really an effort ball, watchfully left alone to the keeper

John: "Apart from the run rate being high, I think NZ have done well here. Tendulkar is the last experienced batter left and the NZ bowlers are no mucks with the ball. If NZ can get Sachin out before he settles its going to be an interesting day of test cricket. Not sure why everyone wrote NZ off for this series."

End of over 16 (5 runs) India 82/2
SR Tendulkar    1* (6b)      TA Boult    7-0-33-1
CA Pujara    8* (13b)      DAJ Bracewell    3-0-25-1

16.1

Bracewell to Pujara, 1 run, solid cut but straight to point, Pujara was on his toes and whacked it with conviction, fumble by Patel

16.2

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, stays on the back foot and punches it towards point

16.3

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, fullish in length outside the off stump and gets it to move in late , left alone, he needs to get it up to the batsman

16.4

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, too wide outside off, even Tendulkar wasn't tempted into the drive

16.5

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, keeps it wide outside off again and safely left alone to the keeper

16.6

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, and again he persists with that line outside off and he leaves it alone

I remember in Sydney Siddle and Pattinson really kept Tendulkar quiet by bowling that line outside off

End of over 17 (1 run) India 83/2
SR Tendulkar    1* (11b)      DAJ Bracewell    4-0-26-1
CA Pujara    9* (14b)      TA Boult    7-0-33-1

17.1

Franklin to Pujara, no run, well well that kept pretty low! Not what you'd like to see on day 1 session 1, well kept out by Pujara

17.2

Franklin to Pujara, 1 run, slower ball on the pads and easily worked away down towards fine leg

17.3

Franklin to Tendulkar, 1 run, another loosener on the pads by Franklin and easily flicked to fine leg

17.4

Franklin to Pujara, no run, more towards middle and off this time, stays back and tucks it to the on side

17.5

Franklin to Pujara, no run, not much pace on that at all but he bowls it straight, he defends on the back foot

17.6

Franklin to Pujara, no run, quietly pushed away to the on side, Pujara not trying anything flashy

End of over 18 (2 runs) India 85/2
CA Pujara    10* (19b)      JEC Franklin    1-0-2-0
SR Tendulkar    2* (12b)      DAJ Bracewell    4-0-26-1

18.1

Bracewell to Tendulkar, 2 runs, a bit too straight and forcefully worked down to fine leg

18.2

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, now he pitches it fuller and gets it to move away, that's more the length he should bowl, needs to make the batsman play more

18.3

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, tucks him for room for the cut and he ends up slicing it straight to point

18.4

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, that's more like it, he drew Tendulkar foward and an induced an outside edge that dropped well short of slip, Tendulkar did well to play it softly

18.5

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, fuller in length again and he draws him forward for the drive

18.6

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, much shorter in length but no width offered, stays on the back foot and defends

Yash: "I can understand the need of bouncers or balls just outside the leg stump(in order to get catch through to the keeper just down the leg side) but I've never understood why they allow bowling huge 'wides' outside the off stump in test cricket. The focus should be on getting the batsmen out and hence you should bowl at off stump or just outside."

End of over 19 (2 runs) India 87/2
SR Tendulkar    4* (18b)      DAJ Bracewell    5-0-28-1
CA Pujara    10* (19b)      JEC Franklin    1-0-2-0

Spin now. Patel to bowl

19.1

Patel to Pujara, no run, starts off a bit too short, Pujara stays back and defends

Slip and short leg

19.2

Patel to Pujara, no run, fuller and flatter and clipped off the pads

19.3

Patel to Pujara, no run, gets forward and pads it away outside the off stump

19.4

Patel to Pujara, 1 run, stays back and clips it with the turn down to fine leg

19.5

Patel to Tendulkar, no run, flatter delivery and defended back to the bowler

19.6

Patel to Tendulkar, 1 run, brings out the broom, swept down to fine leg who's standing well in front of the rope, unconventional position

End of over 20 (2 runs) India 89/2
SR Tendulkar    5* (20b)      JS Patel    1-0-2-0
CA Pujara    11* (23b)      DAJ Bracewell    5-0-28-1

20.1

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, good length outside the off stump and watchfully left alone, no swing

20.2

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, good delivery from Bracewell, fuller and swinging in and Tendulkar was hit on the pad but outside the line of off

20.3

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, went for the cut but ended up chopping it to the off side

20.4

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, nips back in and he stays back and clips it to the on side

20.5

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, plenty of width outside off and he punched it hard but Patel, who's had a mixed morning in the field, did well to slide and save a boundary

20.6

Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, watchfully leaves it alone to the keeper

End of over 21 (maiden) India 89/2
SR Tendulkar    5* (26b)      DAJ Bracewell    6-1-28-1
CA Pujara    11* (23b)      JS Patel    1-0-2-0

21.1

Patel to Pujara, 1 run, Pujara uses his feet for the first time to Patel, down the track and works it past backward short leg

21.2

Patel to Tendulkar, no run, bowls it shorter to get it to turn, stays back and defends softly

21.3

Patel to Tendulkar, no run, stays back and defends to the on side

21.4

Patel to Tendulkar, 1 run, shuffles and works it with the turn to the leg side

21.5

Patel to Pujara, no run, gives it more air and pushes a low full toss straight to cover

21.6

Patel to Pujara, no run, flatter delivery and softly knocked down the track

Patel's not really flighting it enough. Seems to be bowling it flat

End of over 22 (2 runs) India 91/2
CA Pujara    12* (26b)      JS Patel    2-0-4-0
SR Tendulkar    6* (29b)      DAJ Bracewell    6-1-28-1

Change here, Franklin returns

22.1

Franklin to Tendulkar, no run, at this pace van Wyk might as well stand up to the stumps, lollipop ball turned to the on side

22.2

Franklin to Tendulkar, 2 runs, drifts on the pads and easily worked down towards square leg

22.3

Franklin to Tendulkar, no run, on the pads again, can't achieve much by bowling it there, worked to the pads

22.4

Franklin to Tendulkar, no run, much better, keeps it on the stumps and forces Tendulkar to get behind the line and play

22.5

Franklin to Tendulkar, no run, fuller delivery outside the off stump and squeezed away to the off side

22.6

Franklin to Tendulkar, no run, shorter in length and punched firmly down to mid-off

5 minutes to lunch.

End of over 23 (2 runs) India 93/2
SR Tendulkar    8* (35b)      JEC Franklin    2-0-4-0
CA Pujara    12* (26b)      JS Patel    2-0-4-0

23.1

Patel to Pujara, no run, gets forward and easily blocks it away

23.2

Patel to Pujara, no run, gives the bowler a chance by using his feet, works it with the turn and it's in the air wide of short leg, keeps them interested

23.3

Patel to Pujara, no run, gets forward and blocks it away

23.4

Patel to Pujara, no run, flatter delivery and defended to the off side

23.5

Patel to Pujara, no run, flatter and defended again

23.6

Patel to Pujara, no run, gets his pad across and safely pads it away

Nishad: "@ Yash: Test Cricket is like the Stock market. There are a lot of things going on which an onlooker cannot understand. Bowling wide balls is one such strategy. Bowl a few wide deliveries and follow it with one than nips back in."

End of over 24 (maiden) India 93/2
CA Pujara    12* (32b)      JS Patel    3-1-4-0
SR Tendulkar    8* (35b)      JEC Franklin    2-0-4-0

24.1

Franklin to Tendulkar, no run, gets this one to climb from outside off, stays on the back foot and fends it off to the off side

24.2

Franklin to Tendulkar, no run, fuller and angling across and he safely leaves it alone

24.3

Franklin to Tendulkar, no run, good length on the off stump and safely blocks it away

24.4

Franklin to Tendulkar, FOUR, looked like Franklin wanted to bowl the slower ball but he ended up tossing it up on the stumps, Tendulkar was quick to the task and drove it with ease past mid-off

24.5

Franklin to Tendulkar, no run, full again but watchfully left alone

24.6

Franklin to Tendulkar, no run, bowls it on a good length outside off and safely left alone and that's lunch

11.30: Could have been a much better session for India. Poor shots from the openers cost them their wickets. India may have slowed down a bit after those two wickets but the pace at which they're going is just fine. Tendulkar and Pujara have done the ground work to build a partnership. New Zealand managed to create chances with the swing on offer. They need to keep it fuller more consistently. At times, they've bowled a bit too short. Join us at 12.10 for the second session.

In the meantime, you can keep track of the Under-19 guys at Townsville. It has the makings of an engrossing chase.

End of over 25 (4 runs) India 97/2
SR Tendulkar    12* (41b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    3-0-8-0
CA Pujara    12* (32b)      JS Patel    3-1-4-0

We're back

25.1

Patel to Pujara, no run, nudged to the on side

25.2

Patel to Pujara, no run

25.3

Patel to Pujara, FOUR, that's a cracking shot! Too wide by Patel, Pujara had the time to rock back and slap it wide of point

25.4

Patel to Pujara, no run, quicker and flatter and tucked away wide of short leg

25.5

Patel to Pujara, no run, stays on the back foot and defends down the track

25.6

Patel to Pujara, no run, slower through the air, gets turn, plays it late and defends

At Townsville, Ish Sodhi is in. 54 needed off 38

End of over 26 (4 runs) India 101/2
CA Pujara    16* (38b 1x4)      JS Patel    4-1-8-0
SR Tendulkar    12* (41b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    3-0-8-0

26.1

Martin to Tendulkar, 1 bye, Martin begins his new spell by drifting down the leg side, lot of swing there, some work for van Wyk

26.2

Martin to Pujara, no run, swings it in again and Pujara works it off his pads, to midwicket

26.3

Martin to Pujara, no run, 137 kph, lands it a touch wide outside off and still gets it to move in, safely left alone

26.4

Martin to Pujara, no run, 138 kph, holds the length back and Pujara ensures he gets behind the line to defend

26.5

Martin to Pujara, 1 run, 136 kph, short on the body and easily worked away to fine leg, batsman not troubled by the pace

26.6

Martin to Tendulkar, no run, 136 kph, flicked towards midwicket and the fielder dives and saves it

Twenty years ago, against a good Australian pace attack, he scored a wonderful century at Perth, he was all of nineteen then. And he is still around. Ian Chappell recounts Sachin Tendulkar's taming of the WACA pitch in 1992.

End of over 27 (2 runs) India 103/2
SR Tendulkar    12* (43b 1x4)      CS Martin    7-1-21-0
CA Pujara    17* (42b 1x4)      JS Patel    4-1-8-0

27.1

Patel to Pujara, no run

27.2

Patel to Pujara, 1 run, skips down the track and works it with the turn to fine leg

27.3

Patel to Tendulkar, no run, bowls it flatter and Tendulkar gets forward and pushes it down the track

27.4

Patel to Tendulkar, no run, stays back and flicks it straight to short leg

27.5

Patel to Tendulkar, no run, flatter and quicker and defended off the back foot

27.6

Patel to Tendulkar, no run, stays back and pads it away, outside the line of the leg stump

Joy: "I'm not against giving an opportunity to youngsters only if their selection is justified & there is a method to it. Raina was dropped last year from test team due to non-performance & susceptibility to short balls. He hasn't overcome any of these two convincingly in first-class / domestic cricket to be selected yet again to the test team. And that too ahead of the likes of Rahane (first class avg of 64), Badrinath (61), Rohit (60) or Tiwary (59). And now compare it to Raina's mediocre avg of 43. So am I wrong to interpret that being best friends with Indian captain gets you preferrential treatment?"

End of over 28 (1 run) India 104/2
SR Tendulkar    12* (47b 1x4)      JS Patel    5-1-9-0
CA Pujara    18* (44b 1x4)      CS Martin    7-1-21-0

28.1

Martin to Pujara, no run, solid in defence there, he played it late and waited for the ball to swing in before defending

28.2

Martin to Pujara, FOUR, sheer class! Martin bowls it short to test out the young batsman but Pujara was up to the task, swivels and clubs it to deep square leg, maintained his balance there

Square leg goes back

28.3

Martin to Pujara, 1 run, swings it in and he clips it down to fine leg

28.4

Martin to Tendulkar, no run, comes forward and across and pushes it down to point

28.5

Martin to Tendulkar, no run, bowls it wider outside the off stump for the sake of the angle, brings it into the right-hander, left alone

28.6

Martin to Tendulkar, no run, slips in a fuller one outside off and he safely leaves it alone

At Townsville, Sodhi goes and it's advantage India. Ironic saying that, actually.

End of over 29 (5 runs) India 109/2
SR Tendulkar    12* (50b 1x4)      CS Martin    8-1-26-0
CA Pujara    23* (47b 2x4)      JS Patel    5-1-9-0

29.1

Boult to Pujara, 1 run, loosener on the pads and clipped to fine leg, it's important New Zealand keep it on the off stump

29.2

Boult to Tendulkar, no run, fuller on he off stump and neatly pushed down the pitch off the meat of the bat

29.3

Boult to Tendulkar, no run, 135 kph, switches to a good length but keeps it straight, stays back and defends back to the bowler

29.4

Boult to Tendulkar, no run, gets it to swing in towards middle and leg and clipped to midwicket

29.5

Boult to Tendulkar, 1 run, 139 kph, sharp single, tried to nudge it to the on side, the ball clipped the pads and dropped to the off side, Pujara was off the blocks

29.6

Boult to Pujara, no run, angles across him and he leaves it alone, too wide outside off

End of over 30 (2 runs) India 111/2
CA Pujara    24* (49b 2x4)      TA Boult    8-0-35-1
SR Tendulkar    13* (54b 1x4)      CS Martin    8-1-26-0

30.1

Martin to Tendulkar, FOUR, lovely slice, it was wide outside off and Tendulkar waited for it to come on and brought out the knife, placed it in the big gap at point

30.2

Martin to Tendulkar, 1 run, tucked away to fine leg and Pujara was thinking of the second run

30.3

Martin to Pujara, no run, gets forward and pushes it down towards cover

30.4

Martin to Pujara, no run, easily left alone, Martin getting some movement off the pitch, comes back in

30.5

Martin to Pujara, no run, 136 kph, Pujara gets a bit impetuous there, it was short and down the leg side and he went foe the pull, could easily have gloved it to the keeper

30.6

Martin to Pujara, no run, good length outside off and left alone

End of over 31 (5 runs) India 116/2
CA Pujara    24* (53b 2x4)      CS Martin    9-1-31-0
SR Tendulkar    18* (56b 2x4)      TA Boult    8-0-35-1

31.1

Boult to Tendulkar, 1 run, pushed towards extra cover and they scamper through for the single, the fielder was targeting Tendulkar's end of course

31.2

Boult to Pujara, no run, another one keeps low, Pujara left it alone and it went on the bounce to van Wyk

31.3

Boult to Pujara, no run, good length outside the off stump and he chops it to the off side

In Townsville NZ need 20 off 8. They aren't giving up yet

31.4

Boult to Pujara, no run, punched it down to cover

31.5

Boult to Pujara, no run, gets that sharp angle wide of the right-hander and he leaves it alone

31.6

Boult to Pujara, 1 run, knocks it wide of the cover fielder for a single

End of over 32 (2 runs) India 118/2
CA Pujara    25* (58b 2x4)      TA Boult    9-0-37-1
SR Tendulkar    19* (57b 2x4)      CS Martin    9-1-31-0

32.1

Martin to Pujara, FOUR, 134 kph, Martin errs by bowling it too short on this pitch, Pujara stands tall and punches it wide of extra cover, wide open spaces in the deep and it's four

32.2

Martin to Pujara, no run, fuller delivery and he gets on the front foot and defends

32.3

Martin to Pujara, no run, the fuller delivery asks questions, Pujara wasn't firm on the drive and got a leading edge to the off side

32.4

Martin to Pujara, no run, excellent fielding by Williamson, Pujara fended off a short one towards his body and tried to dab it past gully but the fielder saved a boundary

32.5

Martin to Pujara, no run, placed it straight to cover

32.6

Martin to Pujara, 1 run, 133 kph, comes in and he works it with the angle to square leg

And at Townsville India are through to the final. They will meet Australia.

Sriram: "Raina has better temperament and attitude to game than Rohit Sharma. Talent or Ranji trophy stats alone doesn't count much. A hardworker in team rather than a talented lazy fellow."

End of over 33 (5 runs) India 123/2
CA Pujara    30* (64b 3x4)      CS Martin    10-1-36-0
SR Tendulkar    19* (57b 2x4)      TA Boult    9-0-37-1

33.1

Patel to Pujara, no run, flatter delivery and pushed to the off side

3 men around the bat

33.2

Patel to Pujara, no run, gets across and defends it solidly again

33.3

Patel to Pujara, no run, uses his feet and comes down the pitch and defends

33.4

Patel to Pujara, no run, pushes it down to gully

33.5

Patel to Pujara, 2 runs, once again uses his feet and clips a low full toss down to deep midwicket

33.6

Patel to Pujara, no run, Patel continues to bowl it flat, easily negotiated again

Keshav Guha is impressed with the young man: "Pujara doesn't have the wristy elegance of Laxman or the classical grace of Dravid. But his patience, unfussy style and concentration are proof that the core values of Test batsmanship can exist in one born in 1988. That, in itself, is truly something to be celebrated."

End of over 34 (2 runs) India 125/2
CA Pujara    32* (70b 3x4)      JS Patel    6-1-11-0
SR Tendulkar    19* (57b 2x4)      CS Martin    10-1-36-0

34.1

Boult to Tendulkar, no run, 138 kph, Boult gets it to swing in late and poses questions, Tendulkar manages to tuck it away to the on side

34.2

Boult to Tendulkar, no run, 140 kph, this one leaves the right-hander and the extra bounce catches the batsman by surprise

34.3

Boult to Tendulkar, no run, clipped away with force but McCullum did well to slide and cut it iff

34.4

Boult to Tendulkar, no run, 130 kph, close call there, bowls it straight and he gets a thick inside edge to the pads

34.5

Boult to Tendulkar, OUT, Boult gets the Big Fish! Middle stump pushed back, full credit to the bowler here, it was exactly like the previous ball, landed on middle and off and nipped back in off the surface, Tendulkar was trapped at the crease and didn't have time to react as the ball skidded through and pegged back the middle stump, he crouched down after he was beaten

SR Tendulkar b Boult 19 (86m 62b 2x4 0x6) SR: 30.64

Well done to Boult for that. That will pep New Zealand up. Kohli walks in

34.6

Boult to Kohli, no run, and Kohli gets a shout straightaway, hit on the pads as he clipped it away but down the leg side, may have pitched outside leg too

End of over 35 (wicket maiden) India 125/3
V Kohli    0* (1b)      TA Boult    10-1-37-2
CA Pujara    32* (70b 3x4)      JS Patel    6-1-11-0

35.1

Patel to Pujara, no run, comes forward and works it to midwicket

35.2

Patel to Pujara, 2 runs, uses his feet again and he works it wide of midwicket for a couple

35.3

Patel to Pujara, no run, flatter one and defended to the off side

35.4

Patel to Pujara, no run, stays on the back foot and defends, quicker delivery

35.5

Patel to Pujara, no run

35.6

Patel to Pujara, no run, bowls it at the same pace as the previous ball, Pujara is happy to defend

End of over 36 (2 runs) India 127/3
CA Pujara    34* (76b 3x4)      JS Patel    7-1-13-0
V Kohli    0* (1b)      TA Boult    10-1-37-2

36.1

Boult to Kohli, no run, strays down the leg side as he tries to flick it away

36.2

Boult to Kohli, no run, 138 kph, well played and well bowled, Boult poses questions with that incoming delivery on middle, flicked to the on side

36.3

Boult to Kohli, no run, this one straightens and leaves the right-hander outside the off stump

36.4

Boult to Kohli, no run, stays on the back foot and defends on the back foot

36.5

Boult to Kohli, no run, 138 kph, fullish in length outside the off stump and defended to the off side

36.6

Boult to Kohli, no run, 139 kph, lands it outside the off stump and he safely leaves it alone to the keeper

End of over 37 (maiden) India 127/3
V Kohli    0* (7b)      TA Boult    11-2-37-2
CA Pujara    34* (76b 3x4)      JS Patel    7-1-13-0

37.1

Patel to Pujara, no run, tossed up outside the off stump and defended to the off side

37.2

Patel to Pujara, no run, gets forward and defends to the off side

37.3

Patel to Pujara, no run, driven firmly down the track and the ball struck Kohli's boot at the other end on its way to mid-on

37.4

Patel to Pujara, no run, bowls it quicker and he defends watchfully

37.5

Patel to Pujara, 2 leg byes, down the leg side and the ball clips his pads and rolls to fine leg

37.6

Patel to Pujara, no run, bowls it flatter again and he defends

Patel needs to give it more air. The flatter ones are being dealt with easily

End of over 38 (2 runs, maiden) India 129/3
CA Pujara    34* (82b 3x4)      JS Patel    8-2-13-0
V Kohli    0* (7b)      TA Boult    11-2-37-2

38.1

Boult to Kohli, no run, good length delivery and he stays back and defends

38.2

Boult to Kohli, no run, lands it outside the off stump and he watchfully leaves it alone

38.3

Boult to Kohli, no run, 133 kph, moves away from Kohli and he safely leaves it alone, good stuff from Boult

3 slips and a gully now

38.4

Boult to Kohli, no run, gets some sharp away movement again, Kohli not tempted to drive, that's why the slips are there

38.5

Boult to Kohli, 3 runs, gets off the mark with his trademark stylish flick, read the swing well and worked it wide of short leg and midwicket

38.6

Boult to Pujara, no run, gets across his stumps and softly pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 39 (3 runs) India 132/3
CA Pujara    34* (83b 3x4)      TA Boult    12-2-40-2
V Kohli    3* (12b)      JS Patel    8-2-13-0

39.1

Patel to Kohli, no run, stays back and defends

39.2

Patel to Kohli, no run

39.3

Patel to Kohli, FOUR, lovely drive! Lot of width on offer outside off and Kohli had the space to crash that past mid-off and cover

39.4

Patel to Kohli, no run, turns it to midwicket

39.5

Patel to Kohli, no run, goes back at the crease and defends

39.6

Patel to Kohli, no run, defends with soft hands to the off side

Vatsal: "Member of parliament becomes member of pavilion."

Joe is brave enough to ask this: "Why isn't anyone calling for Tendulkar to come in lower down the order and allow Kohli and Raina to bat up? What does he have left to prove, that too at home and against NZ. He should do what's right for India."

End of over 40 (4 runs) India 136/3
V Kohli    7* (18b 1x4)      JS Patel    9-2-17-0
CA Pujara    34* (83b 3x4)      TA Boult    12-2-40-2

40.1

Bracewell to Pujara, no run, full on the off stump and pushed towards cover

40.2

Bracewell to Pujara, 1 run, punched off the back foot towards backward point

40.3

Bracewell to Kohli, FOUR, nervy but four nevertheless, Bracewell fired that full and wide outside off and he shaped to drive straighter but an outside edge went past the vacant third slip area

40.4

Bracewell to Kohli, no run, lands it outside off and he shoulders arms

40.5

Bracewell to Kohli, no run, goes back at the crease and pushes it back to the bowler

40.6

Bracewell to Kohli, no run, swings it away late and he leaves it alone at the last minute

End of over 41 (5 runs) India 141/3
V Kohli    11* (22b 2x4)      DAJ Bracewell    7-1-33-1
CA Pujara    35* (85b 3x4)      JS Patel    9-2-17-0

41.1

Patel to Pujara, no run, bowls it a touch short and he stays back and defends

41.2

Patel to Pujara, no run, flatter delivery and defended to the off side

41.3

Patel to Pujara, no run, quicke delivery and safely kept out again

41.4

Patel to Pujara, no run, pushed through quicker and defended

41.5

Patel to Pujara, no run, stays back and defends down the track

41.6

Patel to Pujara, no run, comes forward and pushes it down the pitch

End of over 42 (maiden) India 141/3
CA Pujara    35* (91b 3x4)      JS Patel    10-3-17-0
V Kohli    11* (22b 2x4)      DAJ Bracewell    7-1-33-1

42.1

Bracewell to Kohli, FOUR, 138 kph, if you bowl it on his pads, expect a boundary, Bracewell didn't get his angle right, bowled from slightly wide of the crease and helped on its way to fine leg

42.2

Bracewell to Kohli, no run, much better, this one leaves the off stump and he doesn't offer a shot

42.3

Bracewell to Kohli, no run, fuller delivery and driven down to mid-on

42.4

Bracewell to Kohli, no run, comes back in slightly but he safely leaves it alone

42.5

Bracewell to Kohli, no run, 138 kph, bowls it fuller and Kohli is happy to leave it alone

42.6

Bracewell to Kohli, no run, fullish in length and he gets forward and defends it

End of over 43 (4 runs) India 145/3
V Kohli    15* (28b 3x4)      DAJ Bracewell    8-1-37-1
CA Pujara    35* (91b 3x4)      JS Patel    10-3-17-0

43.1

Patel to Pujara, no run, flatter delivery and pushed towards mid-on

43.2

Patel to Pujara, no run, that time in the over when Pujara jogs down the track, pushed back to the bowler

43.3

Patel to Pujara, no run, strays down the leg side this time

43.4

Patel to Pujara, 3 runs, spanks the width, a bit short too and Pujara rocked back quickly and cut it wide of point, not enough mileage to reach the rope

43.5

Patel to Kohli, 1 run, down the leg side and clipped to fine leg

43.6

Patel to Pujara, 1 run, takes a couple of paces down and works it wide of short leg, van Wyk was expecting a miraculous catch

End of over 44 (5 runs) India 150/3
CA Pujara    39* (96b 3x4)      JS Patel    11-3-22-0
V Kohli    16* (29b 3x4)      DAJ Bracewell    8-1-37-1

44.1

Bracewell to Pujara, FOUR, well played! Full and wide outside the off stump and Pujara leans forward and behind the line to play a textbook cover drive, picks the big gap on the off side

44.2

Bracewell to Pujara, no run, full on the pads and clipped away down to mid-on

44.3

Bracewell to Pujara, 1 leg bye, 139 kph, on the body and he nudges it off his pads towards fine leg

44.4

Bracewell to Kohli, no run, 138 kph, good length on the off stump and safely leaves it alone

44.5

Bracewell to Kohli, 2 runs, just a hint of width outside off and he dabs it wide of third man

44.6

Bracewell to Kohli, no run, stays on the back foot and defends to the off side

Hisham: "I don't find sense in Joe's question.Sure , he could come at 4 or 5 (and he's done that successfully) but sending Kohli and Raina before Tendulkar could only put extra pressure on ALL of them! Plus, that's not their favoured batting positions."

End of over 45 (7 runs) India 157/3
V Kohli    18* (32b 3x4)      DAJ Bracewell    9-1-43-1
CA Pujara    43* (99b 4x4)      JS Patel    11-3-22-0

45.1

Patel to Pujara, no run, Patel continues to bowl it fairly flat, Pujara safely defends again

45.2

Patel to Pujara, no run, uses his feet and he knocks it down the track

45.3

Patel to Pujara, no run, tossed up outside off and pushed to the off side

45.4

Patel to Pujara, no run, flatter and shorter and forced down to mid-on

45.5

Patel to Pujara, no run, chips down the track again but can't force it past mid-on

45.6

Patel to Pujara, no run, turns and works it with the spin down to square leg

End of over 46 (maiden) India 157/3
CA Pujara    43* (105b 4x4)      JS Patel    12-4-22-0
V Kohli    18* (32b 3x4)      DAJ Bracewell    9-1-43-1

46.1

Bracewell to Kohli, no run, fullish on the pads and clipped away down to midwicket

46.2

Bracewell to Kohli, 1 run, lands it on middle and leg and flicked to fine leg

46.3

Bracewell to Pujara, no run, 133 kph, bowls it a touch shorter but doesn't give him room, defends to the off side

46.4

Bracewell to Pujara, FOUR, gloved past the keeper, Bracewell got it to nip back in and down the leg side, Pujara wanted to leave it but he got some glove on it to take it past the keeper

46.5

Bracewell to Pujara, no run, the short one, Pujara was circumspect there outside off, he hasn't been tested enough with these deliveries

46.6

Bracewell to Pujara, no run, 138 kph, gets half across and dabs it to the off side

End of over 47 (5 runs) India 162/3
CA Pujara    47* (109b 5x4)      DAJ Bracewell    10-1-48-1
V Kohli    19* (34b 3x4)      JS Patel    12-4-22-0

47.1

Patel to Kohli, no run, stays back and softly blocks it out

47.2

Patel to Kohli, no run, nudges it past short leg

47.3

Patel to Kohli, no run, fuller on middle and squeezed out to mid-on

47.4

Patel to Kohli, no run, stays back at the crease and knocks it to short leg

47.5

Patel to Kohli, 3 runs, the batsmen have capitalised whenever Patel's given them width, he rocks back and punches it past point

47.6

Patel to Pujara, no run, slower through the air and blocked out

Rohit Mehta on the Raina debate: "I do not understand the constant criticism concerning Raina. Agreed, he has trouble with the odd short ball, but then most Indian batsmen do. He is a priceless player in the limited over versions, and surely will make an impact pretty soon in the longer version. Also, he would be the only lefty in our middle-order. These home series are a very good chance for him to cement this berth for a while. Good luck Suresh."

End of over 48 (3 runs) India 165/3
CA Pujara    47* (110b 5x4)      JS Patel    13-4-25-0
V Kohli    22* (39b 3x4)      DAJ Bracewell    10-1-48-1

48.1

Franklin to Kohli, no run, stays on the back foot and defends a length delivery to the off side

48.2

Franklin to Kohli, no run, comes forward and pushes it down towards cover

48.3

Franklin to Kohli, 1 run, drifts too much on the pads and it's all too easy for the batsman who works it to fine leg

48.4

Franklin to Pujara, no run, fullish outside the off stump and defended to the off side

48.5

Franklin to Pujara, no run, fuller delivery and he safely leaves it alone

48.6

Franklin to Pujara, 2 runs, holds the length back but gives him width to free his arms and punch it past extra cover, two more takes him to 49

End of over 49 (3 runs) India 168/3
CA Pujara    49* (113b 5x4)      JEC Franklin    4-0-11-0
V Kohli    23* (42b 3x4)      JS Patel    13-4-25-0

49.1

Patel to Kohli, no run, tossed up on middle and pushed to the on side

49.2

Patel to Kohli, no run, comes forward and defends to mid-on

49.3

Patel to Kohli, no run, flatter delivery and worked straight to mid-on

49.4

Patel to Kohli, no run, stays back and defends

49.5

Patel to Kohli, no run, flatter delivery and he knocks it back to the bowler

49.6

Patel to Kohli, 1 run, clips it with the turn towards fine leg

Vishal: "Just to add to what Rohit said, this test series is being played on Indian wickets, isn't it? Which means his shortcoming against short ball is much less of an issue. Now, if this was being played in Australia or England, I'd question his inclusion too."

End of over 50 (1 run) India 169/3
V Kohli    24* (48b 3x4)      JS Patel    14-4-26-0
CA Pujara    49* (113b 5x4)      JEC Franklin    4-0-11-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Aug 26, 2012

R Ashwin bowls during the second innings, India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Hyderabad, 4th day, August 26, 2012

R Ashwin bowls during the second innings

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Indian fielders appeal for lbw against Chris Martin, India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Hyderabad, 4th day, August 26, 2012

Indian fielders appeal for lbw against Chris Martin

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