New Zealand in India Test Series - 2nd Test

India v New Zealand

India won by 5 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

All set to start. Sehwag jokes around with McCullum. Guptill takes guard. Dhoni puts on his blank match expression. But the man has a surprise for us. We have Pragyan Ojha opening the bowling. Did I spot Zaheer reluctantly put his cap back on? Slip in place, silly mid off, forward short leg, now come on

India are out in the middle, about to get into that huddle. Zaheer Khan is gingerly doing some stretches. He does almost everything gingerly, apart from bowling

ryan wants Ryder back: "Jesse come back....please !!! Man thats a thin batting order at the moment." Thin alright, in whatever terms you want to think of

Jono: "Can't understand NZ sticking with van Wyk. Surely picking Watling would shore up their lower order batting a bit?" I'm all for BJ. Van Wyk didn't look the part in Hyderabad with the bat, although that's only one game

Andrew is not happy with the choice of Martin's replacement: "While I admire the selectors nerve to drop Martin, whose bowling frankly has never been good enough to vindicate his spot in the lineup, I don't understand why they replace him with Southee. Wagner would've been the far better choice. Bowling is on par, but at least Wagner won't throw his wicket away. Or they could've played two spinners then use Franklin as a 3rd seamer. Until they get the mix right they will continue to struggle." Two spinners? Against India?

Sandy is going to miss the Ghost Who Walks: "A sad decision for Phantom batting fans..." Did you see his forward defensive in Hyderabad in the first innings? Perfect stride I tell you, too bad the damn ball had to sneak in and hit the stumps

9 am Toss: New Zealand win and will have a bat

Ross Taylor thinks it will move around for the first hour or so but he hopes New Zealand can get through it and post a big score. Tim Southee is in for Chris Martin, who looked slightly flat in Hyderabad. He had been left out for a Test in West Indies as well

"Can't win every toss," says MS Dhoni. India would have batted first as well. Dhoni says it will be key to make the New Zealand batsmen play as many deliveries as possible early on. India are unchanged from Hyderabad

8.55 am Slight grass on the pitch. Sunil Gavaskar says it is a typical Indian pitch, it will turn later as the match progresses, but will be good for batting first couple of days. Some movement for the quicks is expected, more because of the overcast conditions.

Anyway, MS Dhoni wants Indian pitches to turn more. The Hyderabad wicket wasn't exactly a turning track, he said yesterday. He is right too, it was the bounce that was more threatening in Hyderabad.

8.50 am R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha. 60 wickets between them in four Tests, against West Indies and New Zealand. How staggering is this stat? "It is like two rookie openers reeling off four double-hundred partnerships in their first four Tests," writes former New Zealand and India coach John Wright

8.45 am Typical Bangalore weather at the moment. Cool, pleasant, overcast. It being Bangalore, rain is expected towards the afternoon. It being Bangalore, the expected rain apparently did not arrive the past two evenings. It being Bangalore, it is probably overdue today. Then again, it might not come. Confusing? Blame the Bangalore weather. Forget about it. Toss coming up in 15 minutes. I have Siddarth Ravindran's preview for you for the moment

8.40 am Hello all, it is time for some more Test cricket. The second and final Test between India and New Zealand starts in about 45 minutes in Bangalore.

0.1

Ojha to Guptill, no run, new ball tossed up full, leg stump, patted back

0.2

Ojha to Guptill, no run, pitches leg stump and carries down the leg side

0.3

Ojha to Guptill, no run, lots of flight, full delivery, pushed awkwardly to mid on

0.4

Ojha to Guptill, no run, hurries on and straightens on middle from a length, he gets forward in time to defend

0.5

Ojha to Guptill, no run, full delivery pushed towards midwicket

0.6

Ojha to Guptill, no run, struck on the pads with the forward press, that bounced, carried in with the arm, and was going down leg, comfortably

End of over 1 (maiden) New Zealand 0/0
MJ Guptill    0* (6b)      PP Ojha    1-1-0-0
BB McCullum    0* (0b)     

Will it be Ashwin from the other end, just for the heck of it, MS? Oh no, it will be Zaheer from the other end

1.1

Khan to McCullum, no run, defended off the back foot

Three slips, gully.

Ravi Shastri informs us on air that it is the first time a spinner has opened the bowling for India in a Test

1.2

Khan to McCullum, no run, pitched up, middle and leg, blocked

1.3

Khan to McCullum, no run, pitched up again, middle and leg once more, turned softly to midwicket

1.4

Khan to McCullum, no run, just outside off with the line, around good length, some bounce, he gets across and slightly forward and taps it away

1.5

Khan to McCullum, OUT, Zaheer Khan strikes, and roars, caught plumb in front is McCullum, good length again, pitching middle, McCullum pushes outside the line for the angle across him, the ball strikes him in front of off and middle, the umpire nods his head immediately

BB McCullum lbw b Khan 0 (4m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

doesn't look that plumb on replays, but McCullum was half-forward, and there did not seem to be that much angle on the ball for it to have missed off

1.6

Khan to Williamson, no run, Zaheer accurate again, this one ends on middle stump, bouncing from good length, he goes back and blocks

End of over 2 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 0/1
KS Williamson    0* (1b)      Z Khan    1-1-0-1
MJ Guptill    0* (6b)      PP Ojha    1-1-0-0

Ojha to continue

2.1

Ojha to Guptill, no run, carrying down the leg side with the angle

2.2

Ojha to Guptill, no run, defended towards midwicket off the front foot

2.3

Ojha to Guptill, no run

2.4

Ojha to Guptill, no run, tossed up, driven hard to mid off

2.5

Ojha to Guptill, no run, flighted one blocked down the pitch

2.6

Ojha to Guptill, 2 runs, hello, where was that from, that kicked and straightened after being angled in on leg, in fact, outside leg, Guptill had no chance of avoiding that as it jumped at him, took the edge and flew past a diving Sehwag at slip

End of over 3 (2 runs) New Zealand 2/1
MJ Guptill    2* (12b)      PP Ojha    2-1-2-0
KS Williamson    0* (1b)      Z Khan    1-1-0-1

3.1

Khan to Williamson, no run, pitched up around leg, bat in front of pad to push firmly to mid on

3.2

Khan to Williamson, 1 run, thick edge runs past the cordon towards vacant third man

3.3

Khan to Guptill, no run, hint of straightening into the right hander as Zaheer gets it to bounce from a good length, defended

3.4

Khan to Guptill, 1 run, got the front leg across, but the bat came down in front in time to tuck the length ball to fine leg

3.5

Khan to Williamson, no run, for once, he drags it too wide with the angle across the right hander

Not much of a crowd at all at the moment

3.6

Khan to Williamson, no run, back on target right again, good length with some carry just outside off, angle taking it away from KW's uncertain push

End of over 4 (2 runs) New Zealand 4/1
KS Williamson    1* (5b)      Z Khan    2-1-2-1
MJ Guptill    3* (14b)      PP Ojha    2-1-2-0

More Ojha. Seedha rakhna (keep it straight), Dhoni tells him

4.1

Ojha to Guptill, no run, Taylor said NZ wanted to attack the spinners, Guptill charged out this time, almost yorked himself, ball takes the inside edge, hits the pad, could have been dangerous, he gets back in time

4.2

Ojha to Guptill, no run, right forward this time to defend a tossed up ball

4.3

Ojha to Guptill, no run

4.4

Ojha to Guptill, no run, straightening on off stump, he is late in bringing bat down, defends, just about

4.5

Ojha to Guptill, FOUR, that's the way to tackle 'em, tossed up full, Guptill calmly takes a big stride forward and mows it high over mid off

4.6

Ojha to Guptill, no run, going back now to a flighted length ball, hurries on towards off, punched to covers

End of over 5 (4 runs) New Zealand 8/1
MJ Guptill    7* (20b 1x4)      PP Ojha    3-1-6-0
KS Williamson    1* (5b)      Z Khan    2-1-2-1

Mark: "So our bowlers are not given use of what life there is in the pitch and our batsmen are exposed to it at its greenest. Probably worried about facing spin in the fourth innings but it seems to make no difference when we face it. Can't believe they've shafted Martin. They give him no warm-up matches, one innings to bowl in and then drop him. Obviously pays to be a batsman if you want a secure spot in the NZ side. I predict we'll miss Martins experience and ability to bowl long spells."

5.1

Khan to Williamson, no run, length ball defended to mid off

5.2

Khan to Williamson, 3 runs, pitched up full, on the pads, slowish, worked past short leg

5.3

Khan to Guptill, 1 run, bang on target again, off stump line, length ball, bit of bounce, pushed to the right of mid off

5.4

Khan to Williamson, 1 run, neatly done, KW, softly taps a length ball as he gets half-forward, by the time point runs in, the single is taken

5.5

Khan to Guptill, no run, some more effort in this length ball from Zaheer, wider, more angle, slight away movement, Guptill pushes at it and is beaten

5.6

Khan to Guptill, FOUR, thump! slightly short of a length, enough for Guptill to rock back and punch hard through extra cover

End of over 6 (9 runs) New Zealand 17/1
MJ Guptill    12* (23b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-1-11-1
KS Williamson    5* (8b)      PP Ojha    3-1-6-0

The fast bowler Umesh Yadav will bowl now, replacing Ojha

6.1

Yadav to Williamson, no run, he is right on target too, first ball, skiddy length ball angled in on off, blocked

three slips, gully, short leg

6.2

Yadav to Williamson, no run, pitched further up, off stump line again, KW reaches forward and pats it away calmly

6.3

Yadav to Williamson, no run, angled in further this time, ending middle, lifting too from a length, pushed to mid on

Dhoni wanted his bowlers to make NZ play, they are making them play alright

6.4

Yadav to Williamson, 1 run, fired in quick and full, into the pads, flicked wide of fine leg, Zaheer gets around

6.5

Yadav to Guptill, 1 run, getting the front foot across early, allows the length ball to come on around off, and taps it towards cover

6.6

Yadav to Williamson, no run, hits the thigh pad with all that angle into KW, rolls to Dhoni, decent first over from Yadav

End of over 7 (2 runs) New Zealand 19/1
KS Williamson    6* (13b)      UT Yadav    1-0-2-0
MJ Guptill    13* (24b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-1-11-1

7.1

Khan to Guptill, no run, pitches it up on middle stump, he pats it back softly to the bowler

7.2

Khan to Guptill, 1 run, that nipped back in, from a good length, thick inside edge to fine leg

7.3

Khan to Williamson, no run, pitched up full for the drive outside off, there is short extra cover, who fields after KW mistimes the stroke

7.4

Khan to Williamson, no run, left alone outside off

7.5

Khan to Williamson, no run, testing line, lots of bounce, that moved away after pitching around middle, past the outside edge

7.6

Khan to Williamson, no run, defended safely this time

End of over 8 (1 run) New Zealand 20/1
KS Williamson    6* (17b)      Z Khan    4-1-12-1
MJ Guptill    14* (26b 2x4)      UT Yadav    1-0-2-0

8.1

Yadav to Guptill, 2 runs, short of a length, wide at 135 kph, not much bounce, he mistimes the cut through cover

Floodlights coming on, it is overcast

8.2

Yadav to Guptill, no run, 138.3 kph as he puts some shoulder into this one, ending on middle and off, good length, blocked

Not been any swing so far, some movement off the pitch for the quicks

8.3

Yadav to Guptill, 1 run, shortish, worked through midwicket, Sachin from mid on cuts it off

8.4

Yadav to Williamson, no run, gets forward, still head, calm stride, defends a length ball around off

8.5

Yadav to Williamson, no run, pushed down the pitch

8.6

Yadav to Williamson, no run, 138.5 kph, hits the pad down leg, and rolls away as he shuffles to try and work it square

End of over 9 (3 runs) New Zealand 23/1
KS Williamson    6* (20b)      UT Yadav    2-0-5-0
MJ Guptill    17* (29b 2x4)      Z Khan    4-1-12-1

Grubb: "Good positive move to bat first. Sends the right message and if they can get a total on the board will give them their best chance to win the match. Also think including Southee was a good move. He did well in the ODIs in WI, but wasn't picked in the tests. Hopefully he hasn't lost that form in the meantime."

Five men in the slip cordon

9.1

Khan to Guptill, no run, and immediately there is an edge off a pitched up ball, and it is put down, it was second slip's catch, Raina was preparing himself, but in comes Virat with a dive from third slip, gets hands to the ball, and puts it down, it was going straight to Raina, were they standing too close together, the new close-in fielders caught well in Hyderabad

9.2

Khan to Guptill, FOUR, good reply from Guptill, gets hold of the length ball and pushes hard down the ground, past the non-striker

Virat is brooding over that drop

9.3

Khan to Guptill, no run, time for Zaheer to reply, beats Guptill with a short of a length ball that jags across and bounces with the angle, beaten completely

9.4

Khan to Guptill, no run, left alone outside off

9.5

Khan to Guptill, no run, super bowling, bounces from a good length and pings him on the thigh pad, too high

9.6

Khan to Guptill, no run, left alone outside off, Zaheer getting good carry

End of over 10 (4 runs) New Zealand 27/1
MJ Guptill    21* (35b 3x4)      Z Khan    5-1-16-1
KS Williamson    6* (20b)      UT Yadav    2-0-5-0

10.1

Yadav to Williamson, no run, holds its line outside off stump, 137 kph, left alone

10.2

Yadav to Williamson, 2 runs, worked through square leg with the angle into him

10.3

Yadav to Williamson, FOUR, pitched up, too full, and KW puts it away, good stride out, and firm push to dispatch it through mid off

Two slips and gully now, short extra cover comes in

10.4

Yadav to Williamson, no run, defended off the back foot

10.5

Yadav to Williamson, no run, drives a full delivery to the left of mid off

10.6

Yadav to Williamson, no run, hurries him into a nudge towards midwicket with a 139 kph length ball

End of over 11 (6 runs) New Zealand 33/1
KS Williamson    12* (26b 1x4)      UT Yadav    3-0-11-0
MJ Guptill    21* (35b 3x4)      Z Khan    5-1-16-1

Five men in the cordon for Zaheer again

11.1

Khan to Guptill, no run, good length left with the angle outside off stump, tight lines from Zaheer

11.2

Khan to Guptill, 2 runs, lovely bowling, brings it closer, around off stump, the front leg is well across by then, and he gets the bat down just in time to work it through square leg

11.3

Khan to Guptill, 2 runs, length ball on the stumps nudged through midwicket for two more

Zaheer goes round the stumps

11.4

Khan to Guptill, no run, angled in on off stump, he gets well forward to block

11.5

Khan to Guptill, no run, slight inward movement after pitching outside off, but wide enough to be left alone

11.6

Khan to Guptill, 1 run, right forward again to push this length ball into the covers for one

End of over 12 (5 runs) New Zealand 38/1
MJ Guptill    26* (41b 3x4)      Z Khan    6-1-21-1
KS Williamson    12* (26b 1x4)      UT Yadav    3-0-11-0

Two slips, gully, short extra cover

12.1

Yadav to Guptill, no run, bouncing from a good length, he adjusts and pushes to the off side

12.2

Yadav to Guptill, no run, able to play off the back foot because of the bounce, good length ball is pushed away towards mid off

12.3

Yadav to Guptill, no run, that has zoomed in at 142 kph and struck him high on the pad, came in after pitching as well

12.4

Yadav to Guptill, 1 run, goes for the yorker now, jammed away to fine leg

12.5

Yadav to Williamson, no run, straight length ball outside off, left alone

12.6

Yadav to Williamson, no run, allows the length ball to come on and defends from close to the body

End of over 13 (1 run) New Zealand 39/1
KS Williamson    12* (28b 1x4)      UT Yadav    4-0-12-0
MJ Guptill    27* (45b 3x4)      Z Khan    6-1-21-1

Zaheer, round the stumps

13.1

Khan to Guptill, 1 run, well forward to the pitched up ball and pushes towards covers

13.2

Khan to Williamson, no run, moved in with the angle, but far enough to be left alone, swung further in as it approached Dhoni

13.3

Khan to Williamson, no run, full, 129.1 kph, he lets it come on and pats it away to the bowler

three slips, gully, short leg

13.4

Khan to Williamson, no run, lovely delivery, angled in, good length, straightens just outside off stump, well watched all along by KW and allowed to go past

13.5

Khan to Williamson, no run, pitched up again and blocked tightly again

13.6

Khan to Williamson, no run, ends the over with a careful leave outside off

End of over 14 (1 run) New Zealand 40/1
KS Williamson    12* (33b 1x4)      Z Khan    7-1-22-1
MJ Guptill    28* (46b 3x4)      UT Yadav    4-0-12-0

Ojha is back, two slips, forward short leg

14.1

Ojha to Guptill, FOUR, angles it in, wide down leg and it is helped along to fine leg with a nudge

14.2

Ojha to Guptill, no run, tossed up at 81 kph, defended to the off side

Short mid off, very close to the pitch

14.3

Ojha to Guptill, 1 run, tapped towards cover for a single

14.4

Ojha to Williamson, no run, straightening and bouncing around off stump, defended off the back foot

Forward short leg moves to silly mid on, short mid off to short extra cover

14.5

Ojha to Williamson, no run

14.6

Ojha to Williamson, no run, appeal for leg before as the ball hurries in with the angle, going down leg

End of over 15 (5 runs) New Zealand 45/1
KS Williamson    12* (36b 1x4)      PP Ojha    4-1-11-0
MJ Guptill    33* (49b 4x4)      Z Khan    7-1-22-1

Good over rate from India in the first hour. And they have made New Zealand play alright. There has been bounce, nip and some movement off the pitch, but no swing. Guptill and Williamson have dug in; Guptill has also benefited from that drop by Virat in the slips

Zaheer's spell continues. three slips, gully

15.1

Khan to Guptill, 1 run, pushes at a pitched up delivery around off, the ball rolls wide of mid on

15.2

Khan to Williamson, 1 run, slightly wider one pushed firmly, Ojha at short extra cover scrambles and puts in the dive

15.3

Khan to Guptill, no run, he's bowled some beauties, this is another one, taking off from a length, those lines where a batsman has to play, and beats him with the slight angle

15.4

Khan to Guptill, no run, defended off the front foot

15.5

Khan to Guptill, no run, squares him up with a full one around off, opens the face a bit to run it towards covers

15.6

Khan to Guptill, no run, fine line, about a foot outside off, going away with the angle from over the stumps, left alone

End of over 16 (2 runs) New Zealand 47/1
MJ Guptill    34* (54b 4x4)      Z Khan    8-1-24-1
KS Williamson    13* (37b 1x4)      PP Ojha    4-1-11-0

16.1

Ojha to Williamson, no run, bounce from a fullish length outside off, left alone

Slip,gully, silly mid on

16.2

Ojha to Williamson, no run, pushed to Raina at short extra cover

16.3

Ojha to Williamson, FOUR, just a bit flat and he is quick to go back and punch it through extra cover

16.4

Ojha to Williamson, no run, gets back and defends one straightening on off stump from a length

16.5

Ojha to Williamson, no run, flighted full, patted back to the bowler

Gully has disappeared

16.6

Ojha to Williamson, no run, defended off the front foot

End of over 17 (4 runs) New Zealand 51/1
KS Williamson    17* (43b 2x4)      PP Ojha    5-1-15-0
MJ Guptill    34* (54b 4x4)      Z Khan    8-1-24-1

Aditya wants Zak to be given a break: "8-over spell for Zaheer in indian conditions? Talk abt managing your resources!" Well, not exactly Indian conditions at the moment, quite overcast and cool

17.1

Yadav to Guptill, FOUR, short ball sits up, 141 kph, but it didn't bother Guptill at all, he takes it on and pulls with control past midwicket

17.2

Yadav to Guptill, FOUR, they are now starting to open up, into the pads now with a pitched up ball and Guptill flicks it in the air over square leg

17.3

Yadav to Guptill, no run, tried the short of a length ball just outside off, Guptill is not getting lured, leaves it

17.4

Yadav to Guptill, FOUR, goes very full, on the stumps, Guptill uses the angle to whip it through square leg, third four of the over

Deep square leg goes on the rope now

17.5

Yadav to Guptill, no run, bouncing short of a length ball guided deftly to point

17.6

Yadav to Guptill, no run, goes back and across and pushes a shortish one into covers

How much are India going to rue that drop? Guptill was on 17 when put down by Virat

End of over 18 (12 runs) New Zealand 63/1
MJ Guptill    46* (60b 7x4)      UT Yadav    5-0-24-0
KS Williamson    17* (43b 2x4)      PP Ojha    5-1-15-0

18.1

Ojha to Williamson, OUT, that has got to be close, and umpire Davis upholds the appeal, spin striking after NZ had got through the first hour, tossed up ball sliding in with the angle, KW pushing well outside the line for the straightening one, caught in front, did not seem to be too much doubt with the line, but he was well forward, and was struck on the back thigh pad as he pressed forward, bounce could have been a factor, in hindsight

KS Williamson lbw b Ojha 17 (74m 44b 2x4 0x6) SR: 38.63

Ross Taylor is in, he made 2 and 7 in the first Test

18.2

Ojha to Taylor, 1 run, pushed towards point and he is away

18.3

Ojha to Guptill, 1 run, worked square on the leg side

18.4

Ojha to Taylor, no run, Taylor goes for the cut and is beaten by a skiddy bouncing delivery

18.5

Ojha to Taylor, no run, the sweep comes, from well outside off, straight to short fine leg

18.6

Ojha to Taylor, no run, that hurried on outside off, kept a bit low too, Taylor keeps it out awkwardly as he gets across

End of over 19 (2 runs) New Zealand 65/2
LRPL Taylor    1* (4b)      PP Ojha    6-1-17-1
MJ Guptill    47* (61b 7x4)      UT Yadav    5-0-24-0

19.1

Yadav to Guptill, FOUR, full and swinging in slightly, but well outside off, and Guptill stabs it away to the third man rope to bring up a very positive 50

19.2

Yadav to Guptill, no run, straightish one left alone outside off

19.3

Yadav to Guptill, no run

19.4

Yadav to Guptill, no run, pithched up full, ending around off stump, pushed back to the bowler firmly

19.5

Yadav to Guptill, 1 run, he keeps going for his strokes, full and widish outside off, driven to deep point

19.6

Yadav to Taylor, FOUR, fine shot, that was quick, full and aimed at leg stump, Taylor got bat down quickly and worked it in front of square leg with superb timing

End of over 20 (9 runs) New Zealand 74/2
LRPL Taylor    5* (5b 1x4)      UT Yadav    6-0-33-0
MJ Guptill    52* (66b 8x4)      PP Ojha    6-1-17-1

gone quite overcast, floodlights blazing away

Ashwin comes on now

Madhav: "not because of the wicket, but i always thought Ojha should be the first choice spinner Overseas, he's got lot more control and will be economical. On spinning tracks though Ashwin is far more attacking and dangerous."

slip, short leg, short midwicket

20.1

Ashwin to Guptill, no run, tossed up full, he thinks about it for a moment before pushing it down the pitch

20.2

Ashwin to Guptill, no run, played towards point off the front foot

20.3

Ashwin to Guptill, no run, tossed up offbreak, not a lot of turn, defended

20.4

Ashwin to Guptill, no run, tossed up high and full for the drive outside off, patted away instead

20.5

Ashwin to Guptill, 1 run, middle stump line now, eased to deep mid on for one

20.6

Ashwin to Taylor, 2 runs, sweeps, from outside off stump, drags it wide of fine leg

End of over 21 (3 runs) New Zealand 77/2
LRPL Taylor    7* (6b 1x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-3-0
MJ Guptill    53* (71b 8x4)      UT Yadav    6-0-33-0

Spin from both ends now, Ojha will bowl to a silly point, slip and gully

21.1

Ojha to Guptill, no run, bounce as it straightens on middle, defended off the back foot

21.2

Ojha to Guptill, no run, short of a length, punched to mid off

21.3

Ojha to Guptill, no run, gets well forward to defend a fuller one to short extra cover

21.4

Ojha to Guptill, no run, angled in at 87 kph, flatter, rolls away off pad

21.5

Ojha to Guptill, no run, goes hard at a tossed up ball now, mishit to Sachin at mid on

21.6

Ojha to Guptill, no run, goes right forward to defend down the pitch

End of over 22 (maiden) New Zealand 77/2
MJ Guptill    53* (77b 8x4)      PP Ojha    7-2-17-1
LRPL Taylor    7* (6b 1x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-3-0

22.1

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, fired in way down the leg side at 91.3 kph, Dhoni does well to stop it

22.2

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, ripper, 87.1 kph, Taylor expecting it to turn in, this one bouncing and holding its line to beat him

22.3

Ashwin to Taylor, SIX, there is that slog sweep, he did it so many times in the IPL at this ground for RCB, fetches it from outside off and mows it over deep square leg

22.4

Ashwin to Taylor, 2 runs, into the pads, and nudged fine down the leg side, they are being positive alright against spin

22.5

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, tries to go after a full delivery, will have to be careful with this attacking approach, mishits it into the pitch

Only backward short leg in place now close to the bat

22.6

Ashwin to Taylor, 1 run, down the pads, and nudged square on the leg side, this will be a test for Ashwin, they are looking to go after him

End of over 23 (9 runs) New Zealand 86/2
LRPL Taylor    16* (12b 1x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    2-0-12-0
MJ Guptill    53* (77b 8x4)      PP Ojha    7-2-17-1

23.1

Ojha to Taylor, 3 leg byes, carries in with the angle, he goes down for the slog sweep again, the ball rolls fine down leg off the pads

23.2

Ojha to Guptill, no run, shortish on the stumps, punched to silly mid off, off the back foot

23.3

Ojha to Guptill, OUT, Ojha has struck , this man is extremely underrated I tell you, tosses it up again, NZ had to be careful which balls to attack if they were going to be aggressive, Guptill goes after this full one, and ends up mishitting it straight to midwicket, came off the inner part of the bat, probably did not turn

MJ Guptill c Gambhir b Ojha 53 (102m 79b 8x4 0x6) SR: 67.08

Guptill is disgusted with himself

Slip, gully, silly point

23.4

Ojha to Flynn, 1 leg bye, and Ojha tosses it up onto the pads, Flynn nudges it in the air to vacant backward short leg

23.5

Ojha to Taylor, 2 runs, length ball, nudged with the angle into him, fine down leg

23.6

Ojha to Taylor, no run, defended carefully to midwicket

End of over 24 (6 runs) New Zealand 92/3
LRPL Taylor    18* (15b 1x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    8-2-19-2
DR Flynn    0* (1b)      R Ashwin    2-0-12-0

Mark: "Its as if the Black Caps forget it's a test match! your teams lost 18 wickets to spin within the last 10days and then you play that shot in the opening session of the next test, unbelievable!"

Ashwin round the stumps to the left-hander Flynn

24.1

Ashwin to Flynn, 1 run, worked to square leg

24.2

Ashwin to Taylor, 1 run, going across and standing outside off to work it with the slight spin towards square leg

24.3

Ashwin to Flynn, no run, thick inside edge to the leg side as he goes forward to block

24.4

Ashwin to Flynn, no run, flighted generously, full delivery, smothered

24.5

Ashwin to Flynn, no run, more flight, full again, pushed hard to mid off

24.6

Ashwin to Flynn, no run, goes back and punches a bouncing ball to extra cover

End of over 25 (2 runs) New Zealand 94/3
DR Flynn    1* (6b)      R Ashwin    3-0-14-0
LRPL Taylor    19* (16b 1x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    8-2-19-2

25.1

Ojha to Taylor, 1 run, goes across, opens up and works to square leg for one

25.2

Ojha to Flynn, FOUR, slog-swept away, full delivery tossed up on middle and off, Flynn sizes it up and swipes it away in front of square leg

25.3

Ojha to Flynn, no run, goes across to a 88.7 kph full one and pats it away

25.4

Ojha to Flynn, no run, right forward to block a flighted one

Slip, gully, backward short leg

25.5

Ojha to Flynn, no run, full one nudged to square leg

25.6

Ojha to Flynn, no run, length ball, allows it to hit the pads outside leg stump

End of over 26 (5 runs) New Zealand 99/3
DR Flynn    5* (11b 1x4)      PP Ojha    9-2-24-2
LRPL Taylor    20* (17b 1x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    3-0-14-0

Jeeves: "Shocking captaincy from Dhoni, amazed how often he gets away with this. A batsman who got out to the same bowler just last week for scores of 2 & 7 hits one six and all catchers in front of the wicket are banished to the fence. Horrible stuff." Not for the first time indeed

Zaheer comes back, just before lunch

26.1

Khan to Taylor, no run, length ball going across, left alone

26.2

Khan to Taylor, no run, goes across and defends a length ball to extra cover

26.3

Khan to Taylor, FOUR, short of a length, he forces it away off the back foot, was cramped for room a bit, but manages to get it away past extra ocver

26.4

Khan to Taylor, no run, length ball, hurrying off the pitch around off, 129.2 kph, blocked tightly

26.5

Khan to Taylor, 3 runs, fine shot, slight width and he guides it neatly, pulled back by Sachin just inside the deep backward point rope with a sprint and a slide

26.6

Khan to Flynn, no run, appeal for leg before, umpire Davis says no, the pitched up ball seemed to be going down leg with the angle from over the stumps

End of over 27 (7 runs) New Zealand 106/3
DR Flynn    5* (12b 1x4)      Z Khan    9-1-31-1
LRPL Taylor    27* (22b 2x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    9-2-24-2

27.1

Ojha to Taylor, no run, the slog sweep almost consumes him, swings at a skiddy one angled in, fell just short of a diving Gautam at square leg

27.2

Ojha to Taylor, no run, leans across and defends a tossed up ball towards mid on

27.3

Ojha to Taylor, no run, hurries in at 88 kph from a good length, bat in front of pad as he blocks

Slip, silly mid on, backward short leg

27.4

Ojha to Taylor, no run, nudged to silly mid on

27.5

Ojha to Taylor, no run, pushes forward to block, thick inside edge rolls to silly mid on

27.6

Ojha to Taylor, no run, gets just inside the line and drives the full delivery to mid off

End of over 28 (maiden) New Zealand 106/3
LRPL Taylor    27* (28b 2x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    10-3-24-2
DR Flynn    5* (12b 1x4)      Z Khan    9-1-31-1

Will be the last over before lunch

28.1

Khan to Flynn, no run, straight length ball a foot outside off, left alone

Anees: "How many MPs can slide like that?"

28.2

Khan to Flynn, no run, left alone again

28.3

Khan to Flynn, no run, pitched up, he comes forward and pushes to extra cover

28.4

Khan to Flynn, no run, this one came in with the angle form a length, ending on middle and off, nudged towards midwicket

28.5

Khan to Flynn, no run, full delivery pushed to extra cover

28.6

Khan to Flynn, 2 runs, aimed it at the stumps, good length ball angled in, tucked away through square leg

Interesting session of Test cricket that. New Zealand came out determined to be positive, especially against the spinners. Zaheer Khan has been superb throughout the session. Have a look at Ojha's figures - 10-3-24-2, having opened the bowling and having been targetted. New Zealand have scored quickly, but have also lost three wickets.

End of over 29 (2 runs) New Zealand 108/3
DR Flynn    7* (18b 1x4)      Z Khan    10-1-33-1
LRPL Taylor    27* (28b 2x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    10-3-24-2

Back for the second session, Ashwin to start off. Slip, and short leg in

Ankita: "Do you see empty stands??? If I leave office now, is there a chance I could get the tickets?" You could get your entire office over, and all would get tickets I suppose

29.1

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, tossed up, pitching middle, ending on leg, nudged to the on side, cannot get the single

29.2

Ashwin to Taylor, 1 run, gets outside the line of a flighted full one on middle and leg and works it square

Slip, gully, silly point for Flynn

29.3

Ashwin to Flynn, no run, bounces from a good length, he goes back and punches to mid off

29.4

Ashwin to Flynn, no run, slow and into the left-hander, nudged to leg, Taylor wants the single but has to get back

29.5

Ashwin to Flynn, no run, tossed up high, dips and is defended to silly point

29.6

Ashwin to Flynn, FOUR, pushes at one slightly outside off, Yadav goes after it from point, fumbles the slide and pick-up, and the ball rolls away into the rope

End of over 30 (5 runs) New Zealand 113/3
DR Flynn    11* (22b 2x4)      R Ashwin    4-0-19-0
LRPL Taylor    28* (30b 2x4 1x6)      Z Khan    10-1-33-1

Spin from both ends after lunch, Ojha to bowl

30.1

Ojha to Taylor, FOUR, shot of the day so far, Taylor leans forward to a tossed up ball, drags front leg back and eases it calmly between extra cover and mid off, effortless

30.2

Ojha to Taylor, no run, defended off the front foot

30.3

Ojha to Taylor, no run, beaten on the cut with the skid and bounce outside off

30.4

Ojha to Taylor, no run, beaten again, Taylor pulls his bat away late as the ball swerves away after drawing him forward around off

30.5

Ojha to Taylor, FOUR, another slog sweep, takes on a tossed up ball from several feet outside off, and dismisses it in front of square leg

30.6

Ojha to Taylor, 1 run, tries to paddle a very full one now, it rolls away down leg, Ojha appeals for leg before, looked to be some bat/glove on it, and hit him outside the line too

End of over 31 (9 runs) New Zealand 122/3
LRPL Taylor    37* (36b 4x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    11-3-33-2
DR Flynn    11* (22b 2x4)      R Ashwin    4-0-19-0

Zaheer to start his 11th over now, from round the stumps

31.1

Khan to Taylor, no run, 126 kph, and angles it well down the leg side

31.2

Khan to Taylor, no run, brings bat in front of pad to keep out a skiddy length ball on the stumps

31.3

Khan to Taylor, no run, pushes a pitched up ball, in the air for a bit, down to mid off

31.4

Khan to Taylor, no run, another one pushed back to the bowler

31.5

Khan to Taylor, 3 runs, tries to clobber this widish one, mistimes it, extra cover and mid off are close to the ball but it beats them and scurries into the gap, Ojha runs after it, it almost beats him to the rope, before he puts in a clumsy dive, and seems to have hurt his right arm

He is in quite some pain, I am not a fan of these bowlers diving around the field, expecially clumsy fielders like Zaheer, Ashwin and Ojha, who is now back up after some help from the physio

31.6

Khan to Flynn, no run, pushed to mid off

End of over 32 (3 runs) New Zealand 125/3
DR Flynn    11* (23b 2x4)      Z Khan    11-1-36-1
LRPL Taylor    40* (41b 4x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    11-3-33-2

32.1

Ojha to Taylor, FOUR, squeezes this one away off the front foot, off the outer part of the blade to the square third man rope

32.2

Ojha to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor is getting runs quickly, poor line from Ojha, full down the pads, and Taylor helps himself to a neat sweep around the corner

32.3

Ojha to Taylor, no run, skiddy delivery bouncing outside off, left alone

32.4

Ojha to Taylor, no run, hit on the pad as he comes forward but that was going down leg

32.5

Ojha to Taylor, FOUR, crack! that is fifty for Ross Taylor, very aggressive, risky at times, but he has pulled it off, Ojha tosses it up, and Taylor throws his bat at it, smacking it through extra cover

32.6

Ojha to Taylor, FOUR, another one, fourth for the over, Taylor is doing it his way, and getting away with it, goes after it outside off, and lofts it over covers

End of over 33 (16 runs) New Zealand 141/3
LRPL Taylor    56* (47b 8x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    12-3-49-2
DR Flynn    11* (23b 2x4)      Z Khan    11-1-36-1

33.1

Khan to Flynn, no run, pushed towards extra cover

33.2

Khan to Flynn, no run, 132.6 kph lifting length ball, that bounced a lot, Flynn beaten as he drives from the crease, the ball swerves away as it approaches the keeper

33.3

Khan to Flynn, no run, gets bat and pad together and blocks one closer to off stump

steven on taylor: "one way to get yourself back in form."

33.4

Khan to Flynn, no run, right around off stump, good length, defended carefully

33.5

Khan to Flynn, no run, comes forward to defend to extra cover, Zaheer keeping it tight at the other end, against Flynn

33.6

Khan to Flynn, no run, holds its line outside off stump from back of a length, defended

End of over 34 (maiden) New Zealand 141/3
DR Flynn    11* (29b 2x4)      Z Khan    12-2-36-1
LRPL Taylor    56* (47b 8x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    12-3-49-2

Slip, backward and forward short leg for Ashwin who repaces Ojha

round the stumps

34.1

Ashwin to Taylor, 1 run, pushes an angled ball towards point

Slip, gully, silly point for Flynn

34.2

Ashwin to Flynn, no run, full and quick at 87 kph, patted away

34.3

Ashwin to Flynn, no run, tossed up, dips around off, defended to silly point

34.4

Ashwin to Flynn, FOUR, goes after a tossed up widish one, and the thick edge races to the third man rope, things not going India's way at the moment

34.5

Ashwin to Flynn, no run, 94 kph and full, pushed away towards mid off

34.6

Ashwin to Flynn, 2 leg byes, goes for the sweep to one angled in very full, appeal for lbw as he misses, but that was headed down leg, also pitched outside, the ball rolls fine

End of over 35 (7 runs) New Zealand 148/3
DR Flynn    15* (34b 3x4)      R Ashwin    5-0-24-0
LRPL Taylor    57* (48b 8x4 1x6)      Z Khan    12-2-36-1

Matt: "Oh yes, I've missed the aggressive Taylor! He is simply awe-inspiring when he is on the attack."

35.1

Khan to Taylor, no run, meanwhile, Zaheer continues to beat batsmen at the other end, this time it is Taylor who withdraws his bat away after one bounces and jags across him

35.2

Khan to Taylor, no run, on middle from a good length, nudged to midwicket

35.3

Khan to Taylor, FOUR, shot! wide, full, Taylor had to reach out, he did, bending the knee, and dismissed it through cover

35.4

Khan to Taylor, FOUR, ho ho, now he is going after Zaheer too, Dhoni has a slightly worried look now, length ball, around off stump, he stays in the crease and thumps it straight past the bowler

Dhoni responds with a man at short mid off

35.5

Khan to Taylor, 1 run, Zaheer responds with a short of a length ball that kicks at Taylor, he fends it square on the off side, in the air

35.6

Khan to Flynn, no run, punched from the crease to mid off

End of over 36 (9 runs) New Zealand 157/3
DR Flynn    15* (35b 3x4)      Z Khan    13-2-45-1
LRPL Taylor    66* (53b 10x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    5-0-24-0

Ashwin round the stumps

36.1

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, gets across and defends to short leg

36.2

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, goes across to a length ball again and pushes to short leg

36.3

Ashwin to Taylor, FOUR, moves across even further and works a bouncing delivery past backward short leg, very well done

36.4

Ashwin to Taylor, 1 run, leg side line, from round the stumps, worked to square leg as easily as a similar ball from Harbhajan would have been

36.5

Ashwin to Flynn, 1 run, pops up in the air as he presses forward, off bat and pad, there is no one at short leg for the left-hander though

36.6

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, that goes right into Kohli's hands as he dives, but off the thigh pad of Taylor as Ashwin bangs it in on leg stump

End of over 37 (6 runs) New Zealand 163/3
LRPL Taylor    71* (58b 11x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    6-0-30-0
DR Flynn    16* (36b 3x4)      Z Khan    13-2-45-1

37.1

Khan to Flynn, no run, straight length ball miles outside off, left alone

37.2

Khan to Flynn, no run, right forward to defend a pitched up ball to mid off

37.3

Khan to Flynn, 1 run, forces a length ball to midwicket

37.4

Khan to Taylor, FOUR, clatter! Taylor keeps going for them, width for the drive on the pitched up ball, and he crashes it between extra cover and mid off

Two slips, gully, short mid off, mid off pretty wide

37.5

Khan to Taylor, no run, bounce as he leaves it alone outside off

37.6

Khan to Taylor, 2 runs, thick edge now as he is squared up by a length ball on the stumps, Zaheer cannot believe it as the ball scurries away, Sachin tidies up at deep backward point

End of over 38 (7 runs) New Zealand 170/3
LRPL Taylor    77* (61b 12x4 1x6)      Z Khan    14-2-52-1
DR Flynn    17* (39b 3x4)      R Ashwin    6-0-30-0

38.1

Ashwin to Flynn, FOUR, now Flynn gets one away, this is thrilling counter-attack, leans forward and drives a tossed up ball past mid off

38.2

Ashwin to Flynn, no run, goes forward, opens the face and runs it towards point

Slip, gully, short leg

38.3

Ashwin to Flynn, no run, defended off the front foot

38.4

Ashwin to Flynn, FOUR, he sweeps, he fell twice to Ashwin trying the sweep in Hyderabad, but this time, he smacks the offbreak and it has enough legs to race past Gambhir to the deep square leg rope

38.5

Ashwin to Flynn, 1 run, length ball, on the pads, worked fine

Slip, forward and backward short leg, long on, deep square leg, fine leg, three men in the deep on the leg side

38.6

Ashwin to Taylor, 1 run, worked through square leg

End of over 39 (10 runs) New Zealand 180/3
LRPL Taylor    78* (62b 12x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    7-0-40-0
DR Flynn    26* (44b 5x4)      Z Khan    14-2-52-1

39.1

Khan to Taylor, 1 run, that could have been close, Taylor starts for the single, stops, confusion, Flynn dives in, would have been gone probably had the throw hit from midwicket

39.2

Khan to Flynn, no run, beaten next ball after that close escape on the cut as this one bounces and moves away slightly

39.3

Khan to Flynn, no run, defended to extra cover safely

39.4

Khan to Flynn, 2 runs, allows a length ball to come on to middle and leg and works it square

39.5

Khan to Flynn, no run, defends a length ball down the pitch

39.6

Khan to Flynn, FOUR, Flynn gets it away, width from Zaheer from just short of a length, and he smacks it off the back foot through covers

End of over 40 (7 runs) New Zealand 187/3
DR Flynn    32* (49b 6x4)      Z Khan    15-2-59-1
LRPL Taylor    79* (63b 12x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    7-0-40-0

Ashwin, round the stumps, backward short leg and slip

40.1

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, pops up in the air to vacant forward short leg

40.2

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, length ball nudged to square leg

40.3

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, quick at 91 kph, flat and on middle, tapped to midwicket

40.4

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, fired in and loops straight to backward short leg off thigh pad

40.5

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, length ball, Ashwin not giving it flight this over, played out easily

40.6

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, pushes forward, on the bounce to backward short leg

End of over 41 (maiden) New Zealand 187/3
LRPL Taylor    79* (69b 12x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    8-1-40-0
DR Flynn    32* (49b 6x4)      Z Khan    15-2-59-1

Yadav is brought back

41.1

Yadav to Flynn, no run, short of a length, played out to the off side

41.2

Yadav to Flynn, 1 run, pushes a back of a length ball through cover, pitch playing quite easy now

41.3

Yadav to Taylor, no run, quick and pitched up around off stump, played out to mid on

41.4

Yadav to Taylor, FOUR, that is the 100 of the partnership, short, wide and Taylor flashes at it, four all the way over backward point

41.5

Yadav to Taylor, FOUR, Yadav goes full, Taylor flicks it away, Pujara dives at deep square, but cannot prevent another four

41.6

Yadav to Taylor, no run, bangs it in short, haven't seen too many well-directed ones, this is one of them, Taylor ducks

End of over 42 (9 runs) New Zealand 196/3
LRPL Taylor    87* (73b 14x4 1x6)      UT Yadav    7-0-42-0
DR Flynn    33* (51b 6x4)      R Ashwin    8-1-40-0

42.1

Ashwin to Flynn, no run, pushes forward and defends a flighted ball down the pitch

42.2

Ashwin to Flynn, OUT, and he's fallen for the third time this series to the sweep, and to Ashwin, tossed up offbreak. Flynn wants to sweep, misses, the ball straightens on middle and off, and strikes him on the thigh pad, looked like hitting off, credit to Ashwin for flighting the ball

DR Flynn lbw b Ashwin 33 (74m 53b 6x4 0x6) SR: 62.26

Rather poor stroke from Flynn, considering he has fallen to it before this series, and with Taylor taking on the bowling at the other end

Sam: "Flynn has a sweeping addiction! He needs rehab!"

42.3

Ashwin to Franklin, no run, tossed up delivery, Franklin presses forward, appeal for lbw, there was a lot of bat on the ball though as it hit pad

42.4

Ashwin to Franklin, no run, this time he defends it cleanly off the front foot

42.5

Ashwin to Franklin, no run, forward to defend again

42.6

Ashwin to Franklin, 1 leg bye, angled into him at 91.5 kph and off the pad down the leg side

End of over 43 (1 run, wicket maiden) New Zealand 197/4
JEC Franklin    0* (4b)      R Ashwin    9-2-40-1
LRPL Taylor    87* (73b 14x4 1x6)      UT Yadav    7-0-42-0

Two slips, gully, short leg, square leg

43.1

Yadav to Franklin, no run, short of a length and straight down the leg side

43.2

Yadav to Franklin, no run, takes bottom hand off the bat as he keeps a short ball down on to the pitch

43.3

Yadav to Franklin, no run, gets out of the way of another sharp short ball, 145 kph that

43.4

Yadav to Franklin, no run, length ball onto the pads, worked to square leg

43.5

Yadav to Franklin, no run, one more bouncer, not much venom in it this time as it rises off the pitch, Franklin ducks

43.6

Yadav to Franklin, no run, pushes a pitched up ball to the bowler who threatens to throw it back, Franklin does not withdraw and returns Umesh's stare

End of over 44 (maiden) New Zealand 197/4
JEC Franklin    0* (10b)      UT Yadav    8-1-42-0
LRPL Taylor    87* (73b 14x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    9-2-40-1

Round the wicket continues Ashwin

44.1

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, angles it across and flights it full, defended

44.2

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, gets well across and defends a length ball

44.3

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, too far across this time, way outside off stump, and plays it out towards point in the end

44.4

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, drives a full and tossed up ball to mid off

44.5

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, straightening on off stump, played out to midwicket

44.6

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, flat and quick, punched back to the bowler

End of over 45 (maiden) New Zealand 197/4
LRPL Taylor    87* (79b 14x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    10-3-40-1
JEC Franklin    0* (10b)      UT Yadav    8-1-42-0

45.1

Yadav to Franklin, 2 runs, gets off the mark now with a firm push past mid off to a pitched up ball

round the stumps

45.2

Yadav to Franklin, no run, weaves inside the line of a short ball not rising up all that much

45.3

Yadav to Franklin, no run, short of a length and angled into the batsman, played out towards mid on

45.4

Yadav to Franklin, no run, back and across, behind the line of a back of a length ball, blocks down the pitch

45.5

Yadav to Franklin, no run, this time he cannot avoid the bouncer, ducks into it and is pinged on the shoulder, the ball pops up and bounces before Dhoni gets to it

45.6

Yadav to Franklin, no run, one more bouncer, sharp, sharp quick stuff from Umesh, Franklin ducks under this time

End of over 46 (2 runs) New Zealand 199/4
JEC Franklin    2* (16b)      UT Yadav    9-1-44-0
LRPL Taylor    87* (79b 14x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    10-3-40-1

Umesh bowling mid-140s consistently

46.1

Ashwin to Taylor, 1 run, swipes a tossed up ball down to long on

Adit: "This is the Ross Taylor I would ideally pay to watch. Truly believe he is playing positive cricket."

46.2

Ashwin to Franklin, no run, pushes a full delivery to short extra cover

46.3

Ashwin to Franklin, no run, more flight from Ashwin, eased down the pitch

46.4

Ashwin to Franklin, no run, length ball outside off punched to extra cover

Slip, short leg

46.5

Ashwin to Franklin, no run, angled in on a length, worked to square leg

46.6

Ashwin to Franklin, no run, right forward, head on top of ball as he defends to short extra cover

End of over 47 (1 run) New Zealand 200/4
JEC Franklin    2* (21b)      R Ashwin    11-3-41-1
LRPL Taylor    88* (80b 14x4 1x6)      UT Yadav    9-1-44-0

Pawan: "As good as it is to watch Umesh bowl consistent pace he is pitching the ball short far too often. He needs to settle on the fuller length that Zaheer's bowled all day."

47.1

Yadav to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length, guided to deep point

Dan: "Good to see Taylor able/willing to change pace with the wicket lost at the other end. Nice to see a Kiwi remembering there's five days to a test rather than seeming to want to try to win it in just two or three."

47.2

Yadav to Franklin, 1 run, was looking to probably avoid the bouncer initially, then nudged it awkwardly fine down the leg side

47.3

Yadav to Taylor, no run, Taylor's turn to get out of the way of a lifter now, Umesh bowling consistently short, from round the stumps

over the stumps now

47.4

Yadav to Taylor, FOUR, short again, wide, and even though there is a deep point in place, Taylor's stinging cut gave him no chance to cut that off

47.5

Yadav to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length, punched off the back foot to deep point

47.6

Yadav to Franklin, 1 run, swivels and turns a back of a length ball off the ribs to fine leg

End of over 48 (8 runs) New Zealand 208/4
JEC Franklin    4* (23b)      UT Yadav    10-1-52-0
LRPL Taylor    94* (84b 15x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    11-3-41-1

Taylor close to what will be a monumental hundred, for him, for his team

48.1

Ashwin to Franklin, no run, defended off the front foot

48.2

Ashwin to Franklin, no run, skips out and almost yorks himself, inside edge onto pad and towards vacant silly point

48.3

Ashwin to Franklin, no run, appeal for catch down the leg side as Franklin misses the nudge, did not seem to be bat involved

48.4

Ashwin to Franklin, no run

48.5

Ashwin to Franklin, no run, goes across and pushes a length ball to midwicket

48.6

Ashwin to Franklin, no run, skids in towards off stump, Franklin keeps it out off the back foot

End of over 49 (maiden) New Zealand 208/4
JEC Franklin    4* (29b)      R Ashwin    12-4-41-1
LRPL Taylor    94* (84b 15x4 1x6)      UT Yadav    10-1-52-0

Ojha is back, backward short leg and slip in place

49.1

Ojha to Taylor, no run, rolls away after being angled into the pad

49.2

Ojha to Taylor, no run, right around off, pitched up, defended down the pitch

49.3

Ojha to Taylor, no run, hello, that was a gift, but Taylor failed to accept it, short, half-tracker, wide down leg, Taylor swivelled and gave it everything, he did everything but connect, his wrist band comes off and falls close to the stumps

forward short leg comes in

49.4

Ojha to Taylor, no run, bat in front of pad to defend to forward short leg

49.5

Ojha to Taylor, no run, pushes a full delivery straight to extra cover

49.6

Ojha to Taylor, 1 bye, and once again, he sends in that half-tracker miles down leg, and again, Taylor has only effort and no result to show in the end

End of over 50 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 209/4
LRPL Taylor    94* (90b 15x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    13-4-49-2
JEC Franklin    4* (29b)      R Ashwin    12-4-41-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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