New Zealand v India, 1st Test, Auckland, 3rd day February 8, 2014

New Zealand lose ground but stay ahead

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India 202 (Rohit 72, Wagner 4-64, Southee 3-38, Boult 3-38) and 87 for 1 (Dhawan 49*) trail New Zealand 503 and 105 (Taylor 41, Ishant 3-28, Shami 3-37) by 319 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Martin Crowe: NZ should have enforced follow-on

MS Dhoni spoke to his team-mates in a huddle before India took the field 35 minutes before lunch. They had lost their last six wickets for 72 runs on the third morning and handed New Zealand a 301-run lead in the first innings. A deficit of such magnitude is hard to overcome. Whatever was said, India not only found the inspiration to produce a dramatically improved bowling effort and reduce New Zealand to 15 for 4 by lunch, they also sustained their intensity for the rest of the day to dismiss the hosts for 105 and then produce a vastly superior batting effort in the chase.

India need another 320 runs to win the Test with nine wickets in hand. With two days remaining, time is not an issue, but the task ahead is gargantuan. To win, India would have to better their highest chase by one run. They will have to pull off the third highest successful chase in Tests. No team has chased more than 348 to win in New Zealand, but India have already knocked 87 off their target.

New Zealand will wonder how they allowed India even a sniff at a remotely achieveable target after the third day had begun so beautifully for them. On a humid morning after overnight rain had juiced up the pitch, their fast bowlers ripped through India. Brendon McCullum did not enforce the follow-on, though, and New Zealand's day was about to take a ghastly turn.

Mohammed Shami exacerbated the hosts' recent first-wicket problems. Hamish Rutherford was lbw in the first over, and in the third Peter Fulton drove a full ball straight to Ravindra Jadeja at cover. Kane Williamson had not fallen for less than 50 on India's tour so far, but today Jadeja cut him short on 3 with an acrobatic catch - diving full length to his right - at short midwicket.

Brendon McCullum was dropped by M Vijay at first slip in the last over before lunch, but three balls later Jadeja, electric and seemingly everywhere in the field, ensured the mistake did not cost India. His throw from square leg caught McCullum short on the second run and Ishant Sharma had the presence of mind to rush in and collect on the half-volley. New Zealand went to lunch shell-shocked.

Their prospects of revival diminished early in the second session when Shami, bowling from round the wicket, skidded a quick delivery into Corey Anderson and hit the top of leg stump. It was Shami's third wicket of the day in a 10-over spell spread either side of lunch.

There was no let-up for New Zealand because Ishant started with three maidens in a row and stuck to a good length. Luckily for Ross Taylor and BJ Watling, a number of edges fell short of the cordon. They added 38 runs at slow pace with Taylor doing the bulk of the scoring. But Zaheer Khan, bowling with increased intensity, provided the breakthrough, picking up the wicket of Taylor.

At 80 for 9, New Zealand were in danger of folding for their lowest total against India but a 25-run stand for the last wicket - the second best of the innings - took them past 100. They were eventually dismissed in the 42nd over, for 105, with the Indian quicks taking eight wickets for 88.

New Zealand were still in control of the Test, though, due to the performance of their pace attack. Trent Boult and Tim Southee had warmed up with maiden overs and struck early in the day. Ajinkya Rahane pushed at an outswinger in Southee's third over to be caught at first slip, and six balls later Rohit Sharma had a loose poke at a Boult inswinger that splayed the stumps off the inside edge. The batsmen on whom India had pinned their hopes were removed on the same score after an 87-run stand.

India, trailing by 365, were down to their last recognised batting pair of MS Dhoni and Jadeja. They didn't have a comfortable stay against the moving ball and were repeatedly beaten. In 13 overs from Boult and Southee, India could manage only 28 for 2.

Once Southee and Boult finished their spells, Neil Wagner maintained the same intensity and picked up three of the last four wickets. The tail could only add 35 runs after Dhoni's dismissal and India were bowled out for 202, 45 minutes before lunch.

New Zealand's fast bowlers did not get much rest, though, because they were dismissed in such a hurry that India began their chase 50 minutes after tea. Shikhar Dhawan, who has endured a torrid time in Tests since his debut, had easier batting conditions but was lucky to survive an early chance. In the second over, he played an aerial drive that was momentarily caught by a diving McCullum at cover before the ball popped out as the fielder's elbow hit the ground.

India lost Vijay, caught behind down the leg side, but Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara played out the day. Dhawan was unbeaten on 49, his highest score outside India, and the result of this Test will hinge on how he and the rest of India's top order cope with early morning conditions on the fourth day.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • csowmi7 on February 8, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    I think its important to remember that this is a very young Indian side with hardly any match experience. At the moment I do not believe that we should be the number 2 ranked side in the world but there is definitely promise in this side that will bear fruit in another 2-3 years perhaps. The likes of Kohli Pujara Dhawan and Rahane have immense talent and I believe India will be a much better side in another 2 years or so. But nevertheless I do think that our bowling lineup needs a look into. Ishant Sharma is exremely inconsistent and I do not think he deserves so many chances. Zaheer Khan is well past his prime and I believe one of Umesh Yadav Varun Aron and Ishwar Pandey should be given a chance by the next test. Ishwar Pandey has taken wickets in whatever little chances he has been given in practice matches and deserves a chance in the side. Hopefully if one of Pujara or Kohli goes on to get a century tomorrow we will have a good chance in this match.

  • tests_the_best on February 8, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    This test has all the makings of a classic similar to the Wanderers test a while ago. I feel NZ are still favorites to win this game but Ind could run them close. Of the top 8, India need a century from one and atleast a couple of half-centuries from the others to even come close. The first session is going to be very important. If India don't lose more than 2 wickets, they are in the game otherwise it might get over quickly.

    The more important thing is even if they lose, it's important for this young side to be put in such a position and try to fight it out. Even the Fab 4 era started performing well only after a few overseas tours. The worst case would have been NZ declaring at 250 odd to set India a 500+ target and for India to roll over cheaply. Ind ensured the first didn't happen, it's important for them to ensure the second doesn't happen as well and come as close to NZ as possible. Game on!

  • Zainnajam on February 9, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Haha, Yeah, Defended 400? Maybe, but that isn't Gonna happen everyday, so, Yeah just try and get Ready for yet another loss.

  • CricktingGenius on February 9, 2014, 0:32 GMT

    This is really poor play by BB MCCULLUM. Sure he scored 224 runs, but hes done a lot to nullify this innings. I believe his mistakes have actually left his contribution to this game 0 runs. Firstly, he dropped and regulation catch of shikhar dwawan on 1, so far this has costed 80 runs (and surely more to come). In addition to this there is his not following on blunder, i know people are going to say "easy to criticize after the fact" but here is the problem, choosing to bat gave India a window to get back into this game. Because if india was forced to bat again even if they bat perfectly, the best they could hope for was a 200 run lead. I don't believe New Zealand would have collapsed like this chasing. The conditions were very humid and a lot of movement on day 3, as you can see now it has died down as Mccullum should have seen coming. Most importantly making India bat again would have been kicking them while they were down and EVEN if they did well india would still be in a bad spot

  • IndianSRTfan on February 9, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    Posted by mzm149 on (February 8, 2014, 20:08 GMT): "@saminincolumbia: I hope they don't emulate India here by failing to defend 400 runs in 4th innings...."

    Umm.. India DID defend 400 runs. SA didn't win that match...did you watch a different game??

  • IndianSRTfan on February 9, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    @jb633: Yes there's no denying it. Ishant did bowl well. Particularly in the second innings he applied pressure with some tight bowling. But he's almost consistently inconsistent. So he has do this more often to justify a permanent place in the lineup. Shami has been a great find but I just hope India don't bowl him into ground. We currently have a good selection of bowlers who are waiting to get their chance. Wish India rotate them according to conditions and develop a good attack. We are still waiting for our own Ben Stokes type of players though...I was mightily impressed by him during the Ashes. That guy has talent and flair

  • on February 9, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    Its looking like the pedestrian NZ attack is showing it true colors since the swing conditions are not there anymore and pitch still playing true. Indian batsmen are very skillful and if they apply themselves like in this first session NZ will be on the ropes. NZ shoulders are drooping, their attack is getting tired so India appears to have a slightly upper hand now (55/45). Mc's not enforcing the follow on is looking to be more like a blunder now. This is cricket.

  • TheBigBoodha on February 9, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    This is going to go down as one of the dumbest decisions ever in the history of test cricket. With perfect bowling conditions and the bowlers relatively fresh, there was no reason not to force the follow on. All it did was give India a chance - and they had no chance if the follow on had been made. Dumb, dumb, dumb. How can you lose a test match with a 300 run first innings lead? Only the kiwis could pull that one off. I know they haven't lost yet, but the fact that they have handed the ascendency back to India is beyond belief.

  • on February 9, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    kohli u beauty!

  • on February 8, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    A bad decision by McCullum in hindsight, but his batsmen let him down. Another 100 runs and NZ would have had a big psychological edge and fresher, rested bowlers going into the 4th innings.

  • csowmi7 on February 8, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    I think its important to remember that this is a very young Indian side with hardly any match experience. At the moment I do not believe that we should be the number 2 ranked side in the world but there is definitely promise in this side that will bear fruit in another 2-3 years perhaps. The likes of Kohli Pujara Dhawan and Rahane have immense talent and I believe India will be a much better side in another 2 years or so. But nevertheless I do think that our bowling lineup needs a look into. Ishant Sharma is exremely inconsistent and I do not think he deserves so many chances. Zaheer Khan is well past his prime and I believe one of Umesh Yadav Varun Aron and Ishwar Pandey should be given a chance by the next test. Ishwar Pandey has taken wickets in whatever little chances he has been given in practice matches and deserves a chance in the side. Hopefully if one of Pujara or Kohli goes on to get a century tomorrow we will have a good chance in this match.

  • tests_the_best on February 8, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    This test has all the makings of a classic similar to the Wanderers test a while ago. I feel NZ are still favorites to win this game but Ind could run them close. Of the top 8, India need a century from one and atleast a couple of half-centuries from the others to even come close. The first session is going to be very important. If India don't lose more than 2 wickets, they are in the game otherwise it might get over quickly.

    The more important thing is even if they lose, it's important for this young side to be put in such a position and try to fight it out. Even the Fab 4 era started performing well only after a few overseas tours. The worst case would have been NZ declaring at 250 odd to set India a 500+ target and for India to roll over cheaply. Ind ensured the first didn't happen, it's important for them to ensure the second doesn't happen as well and come as close to NZ as possible. Game on!

  • Zainnajam on February 9, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Haha, Yeah, Defended 400? Maybe, but that isn't Gonna happen everyday, so, Yeah just try and get Ready for yet another loss.

  • CricktingGenius on February 9, 2014, 0:32 GMT

    This is really poor play by BB MCCULLUM. Sure he scored 224 runs, but hes done a lot to nullify this innings. I believe his mistakes have actually left his contribution to this game 0 runs. Firstly, he dropped and regulation catch of shikhar dwawan on 1, so far this has costed 80 runs (and surely more to come). In addition to this there is his not following on blunder, i know people are going to say "easy to criticize after the fact" but here is the problem, choosing to bat gave India a window to get back into this game. Because if india was forced to bat again even if they bat perfectly, the best they could hope for was a 200 run lead. I don't believe New Zealand would have collapsed like this chasing. The conditions were very humid and a lot of movement on day 3, as you can see now it has died down as Mccullum should have seen coming. Most importantly making India bat again would have been kicking them while they were down and EVEN if they did well india would still be in a bad spot

  • IndianSRTfan on February 9, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    Posted by mzm149 on (February 8, 2014, 20:08 GMT): "@saminincolumbia: I hope they don't emulate India here by failing to defend 400 runs in 4th innings...."

    Umm.. India DID defend 400 runs. SA didn't win that match...did you watch a different game??

  • IndianSRTfan on February 9, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    @jb633: Yes there's no denying it. Ishant did bowl well. Particularly in the second innings he applied pressure with some tight bowling. But he's almost consistently inconsistent. So he has do this more often to justify a permanent place in the lineup. Shami has been a great find but I just hope India don't bowl him into ground. We currently have a good selection of bowlers who are waiting to get their chance. Wish India rotate them according to conditions and develop a good attack. We are still waiting for our own Ben Stokes type of players though...I was mightily impressed by him during the Ashes. That guy has talent and flair

  • on February 9, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    Its looking like the pedestrian NZ attack is showing it true colors since the swing conditions are not there anymore and pitch still playing true. Indian batsmen are very skillful and if they apply themselves like in this first session NZ will be on the ropes. NZ shoulders are drooping, their attack is getting tired so India appears to have a slightly upper hand now (55/45). Mc's not enforcing the follow on is looking to be more like a blunder now. This is cricket.

  • TheBigBoodha on February 9, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    This is going to go down as one of the dumbest decisions ever in the history of test cricket. With perfect bowling conditions and the bowlers relatively fresh, there was no reason not to force the follow on. All it did was give India a chance - and they had no chance if the follow on had been made. Dumb, dumb, dumb. How can you lose a test match with a 300 run first innings lead? Only the kiwis could pull that one off. I know they haven't lost yet, but the fact that they have handed the ascendency back to India is beyond belief.

  • on February 9, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    kohli u beauty!

  • on February 8, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    A bad decision by McCullum in hindsight, but his batsmen let him down. Another 100 runs and NZ would have had a big psychological edge and fresher, rested bowlers going into the 4th innings.

  • on February 8, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    kiwis underestimated Indian team basing on their previous performdances.. Indian team came out really good and outclassed kiwis. go india!

  • Temuzin on February 8, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    Some of the Indian fans appear very disappointed as India doing good at the moment. I guess they are sensing a lost opportunity to criticize Dhoni and Ishant sharma.

  • on February 8, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    they should rotate strike, at least let the bowler change angle once every over. By running between wickets frequently, you can get your feet on the alert ready to move.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 8, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    India have bunch of players in team who can win a game for India. Main thing is lack of expirience. Rahane, Rohit, Dhawan, Jadeja played less then 10 tests.Poojara or Kohli to main players for India till to play 25. But all guys are successful at FC level as their avg shows. Poojara-63, Rohit-61, Rahane-60, Kohli-50, Jadeja-49, Dhawan-41.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 8, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    Poojara is very good at close in fielder. not much faster to stop runs like Jadeja. Why we don't try him as a slip fielder?

    Kohli is good slip fielder of spin bowling. Why he is not doing job for fasters?

    Rahane & Jadeja are great fielders ever India had. Both produce wickets by their fielding (catching / runouts).

    Vijay or Dhawan must not be their at slip.

  • CurrentPresident on February 8, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    I will state again, the importance of 'Baap' players - those who have the mental strength to impose themselves and shake the opposition mentally. They not only win games, they set up future victories by dominating mentally.

    It was a NZ tour that Sehwag opened with 3 sixes in the very first over bowled by Tim Southee. That put him in place for the rest of the tour. Again, when India had to chase 300+ against SA, he came in and belted 60+ with utter disdain for their bowlers. That made it possible for others coming in later to do their job more easily.

    Hopefully, Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli etc. will get there someday.

    Another example would be Imran Khan, esp. against the English and the Indians.

  • basusri133b on February 8, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    It was most heartening to see the fight back by the Indians. Kudos to Shami,Zaheer,Ishant & Jadeja for his excellent fielding. India are by no means out of the woods. All the batsmen will have to chip in and do their part. Dhawan is very lucky to still be at the crease. It makes you cringe to watch his technique against the short balls. He can expect more of the same today.The New Zealanders aregoing to come hard at us today. Murali Vijay should be banished from the slip cordon. Wearing sun glasses makes it that much harder to judge the trajectory and speed of the ball.

  • howzzattt on February 8, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    Good spell by the bowlers but need to be consistent. Now it is the turn of our batters to shine and show us the way. I think Pujara and Kohli will be the key and the other batsmen need to bat around these two. I am sure we can win the game from here on but common sense has to prevail

  • WC2011Champs on February 8, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    It is shame that most of the matches overseas, especially NZ and England, are decided by the weather. A single session can ruin a five day game for a team. If it is overcast conditions in the morning the wickets would tumble. If the sun is out early then India is capable of putting up a fight. Let's pray for the Sun!

  • big_bond75 on February 8, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    This match is a part of ICC big three agenda deal

  • johnhamilton on February 8, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    People keep going on and on about the follow on decision but the reality is it was our BATTING that let us down.

    Many captains dont enforce the follow on for a number of reasons these days, and only Maccullum knew about the state of our bowlers after the first innings.

    You would think that if our bowlers were so on top we would have them 87/4 right now, not 87/1. They looked tired last night, and it wasnt about holding the bat.

    It was a reasonable assumption from Maccullum to assume that we would score about 200 and bat india out of the game, and we wouldnt even be having this discussion.

  • on February 8, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    come on team India.. This would be moral booster win if we chase down the target. First session gonna important. Dhawan needs to keep playing his natural game. Pujara must stay till we get 300 on the board. Kohli needs to play an inning of immense patience and aggressive at the same time. Rohit and Rahane also need to chip in with big 50s. Excited to look forward to today's game.

  • on February 8, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    I seriously thought of McCullum as an intelligent and aggressive captain until today, I have my doubts on the former now. I understand the test match was only in its 3rd day and he may not have wanted to stress out his bowlers too much, but if common sense prevailed he would've known that batting for NZ wasn't going to come easy in the given conditions, besides his bowlers didn't bowl that many overs anyway. Had he put India to follow on, chances were high Dhawan and Vijay would go cheaply and after a little bit of resistance from Pujara and Kohli one more would depart, from there it would've been a cake work for the Kiwis. A bad call by McCullum to not use the follow on.

  • mzm149 on February 8, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    @saminincolumbia: I hope they don't emulate India here by failing to defend 400 runs in 4th innings.

  • realfan on February 8, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    one good thing that india did in batting is they scored as many runs as possible in day 3.... imagine if they were too protetive and scores at 2 runs per over and ended up being 50 for 1... that was extra 40 runs to chase down .... now its just 320.. difficult, bat through 1st session ton day 4 without much damage, and you are in to it.... all the best...

  • on February 8, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    To be very honest & practical, India is going to face another defeat by a margin of at least 100 runs. But I also appreciate the way India fought back. Shikhar batting is just like sehwag, if u gives him life (drops his catches) he will continue to thrash u.

  • on February 8, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    ON the basis of this one good performance, Ishant has secured his place in the coming Asia Cup, T20 World Cup and England tour. I am pretty sure Ishant's this good show will be followed by 10 poor outings. I would be more than happy if Ishant proves me wrong.

  • on February 8, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    McCullums decision making skills are awful sometimes. Had he made India follow on, it was a guaranteed win by an innings.

  • Jaganplus on February 8, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Regardless of the result here, Dhoni has got to go from test captaincy. If India wins from here, everyone will go ga ga over indian batsmen. However, they would have scored on average of 300/innings. And it can only be worse if they lose. Not bad but not great.

    Yes the bowling is weak (they did bowl opposition for ~100), but it's not supported by fielding and captaincy leaves a lot to be desired. Dhoni bowling Rohit when NZ is 9 down... priceless !!

  • on February 8, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    actually i went to bed after dismissal of rohith ..and after 6 hrs i saw dhawan batting...But i think our team was playing because of follow -on BUT HERE IT WAS DIFFERENT SCENARIO..INDIAN Bowlers showed their best peformance and packed the newz for 105..Great play guys ..Continue this form ever..and Now its the duty of the batsmen to show their talent in the second innings...All the best to TEAM INDIA

  • on February 8, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Congrats & Good work by the india bowlers and fielders on Day 3. Hope the same will be continued by the Batsman on Day 4 and to prove the world that India is very strong and keeps the sprit to challenge any Team. Keep the momentum going on Day 4. Hope Pujara / Kohli play a innings of their career to keep the india on top. Others needs to support. (Rohit / Shami shown early during the Westindies tour) Looking for a Indian Win tomorrow...

  • on February 8, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    The reason New Zealand have given India a chance is because of one person and that's Watling's batting in the second innings, leaving Taylor to do all the scoring and eventually losing his wicket. With a 301 run lead, NZ should have come in guns blazing and Watling should have at least rotated the strike better and looked for boundaries instead of defending and going nowhere. He should be dropped and Ronchi tried in the next test.

  • rogues13 on February 8, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    I dunno why everyone is blaming BMac for not enforcing follow on...i m a die hard indian fan and i didn't believe we cld them out for a 100 odd runs....esp the form Kane, ross, bmac and corey are in.....

  • on February 8, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    firstly, a good job by indian bowlers. the first session today will be a uphill task for india

  • on February 8, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Good performance by India, especially by the much maligned seam attack. India desperately need a medium-fast bowling allrounder; otherwise its too much for 4 bowlers. It was evident in the first innings, when the seamers were getting tired after long spells. Also we desperately need to hold on to catches in the slip cordon. Murali Vijay was terrible there, and his drop in the first innings cost India. Had the slip catches been pouched, NZ would have scored 370-400, and that is a huge difference. NZ are very much ahead, and are still favorites, but it was heartening to see some fight by the bowlers. Jadeja may be criticized, but he is an asset on the field, very much responsible for Williamson's and McCullum's wickets. He was electric on the field, and as Abhshek Purohit wrote, Shami and he were responsible for waking up India.

  • Raginggbull on February 8, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    What a stunning bowling effort by Indians. I watched Shami spell with awe - like a predator he looks out for his prey well supported by Tigers - Jadeja,Rahane,Ishant. What a presence of mind from Ishant. He bowls with all the heart. Though we know he disappoints at multiple moments at multiple time, only his commitment to try and try again(With helpful captain) he has to justify more with this bowling effort. Zaheer ball to double-ton confident Macullum was so good and he nearly produces a perfect ball only to be missed by Vijay, Pity.You can see how the fielders are UP and supported the bowling units. Vijay is really maturing as a opener - he really have to not play the leg glance, remember the missed hundred in SA. Tomo, 1st hour is very crucial as we know. I am not pointing Pujara/Virat to carry, It should be team effort and really want NZ to bowl and test us. Let's see how the young lineup carry the team. Excited day of cricket tomorrow. Not getting sleep here waiting...

  • sheru-sher on February 8, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    Brendon Mc Callum has shown again that he does not have a clue about captaincy of a Test Team. Against the West Indies he chose to apply the follow on and nearly lost the match. Here against India he failed to apply the follow-on on a humid day with swing for the fast bowlers and subsequently will cause NZ to lose this match. India hold the upperhand against NZ due to self inflicted errors by MC Callum .Still it does not and will not prove that the better team will in this match . Change the captain of NZ and replace him with Taylor

  • Ibanezfan on February 8, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Great comeback by India. And whoa, what's with the sudden improvement in fielding, especially the catching?! Has Dhoni been following comments on Cricinfo?:D Now all he has to do is replace Vijay with a more alert catcher in the slips and we should be ok. That drop off MacCullum is unforgivable as was Dhoni's missed stumping. C'mon guys, you're a top ranked test team. But most importantly, very poor batting by NZ. What was that?! How does a team that made 500 in the first dig fold for 100 in the second?! Pretty cavalier when they had an opportunity to grind India out of the match. I was really looking forward to some entertaining batting from BMac and Ross Taylor to maximize the lead. Also, on a day India played well, the many "non-fans" are conspicuous by their absence/silence. Hmm, I wonder why?

  • warneneverchuck on February 8, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Great come back by india. Though match is still in NZ favor

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    The difference in bowling in the two innings was India bowled full, slips were standing up and catches were taken.

  • jimmyvida on February 8, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Again, NZ lucky to make more than 60. Thanks to Indian captain who seem to think slip fielders should be very far from the bat. 90% of snicks fell short. NZ telecasters pointed out again and again how far the slips were placed. Balls kept falling short. For NZ to win they again need the weather to get the ball swinging. If not they are in for a rude awakening. Problem is, India has only 5 genuine batsmen. If the ball is moving even a little Dhoni looks like fish out of water. And NZ need luck too. For those who say that NZ should have enforced the follow on, Brendon is quite aware that he will not rip through this batting a second time. He did not want to chase 200 on the last day. Jadeja can be quite a handful on a helpful wicket.

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Good bowling performance. But the team balance is shaky. Ishant bowls well only rarely. Zaheer is aging and known for fitness issues. That leaves too much for Shami to do. Jadeja or Aswin could be okay in spinning conditions where India can even play a batsman less or just two fast bowlers. But India always seem to have just 4 bowlers - spin or pace put together. NOT RIGHT. Shewag, Sachin. Ganguly did contribute. But now none of the batsmen even bowl a bit. Raina and Yuvraj do not figure in tests. So that leaves us with 6 pure batsmen + Dhoni. But with jadeja and aswin showing they can be useful, I think Dhoni should take a bold call and drop one of the batsmen not in form and get in someone who can bowl a bit. That batsman need not be classical. Maybe drop an opener - vijay or dhawan or Rohit and get in say Irfan or Binny or someone else. use that player like shewag - to hit or like Shastri - to defend or like bangar or prabakar - to open or later. Such a move will help India.

  • ICKY on February 8, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    @samincolumbia: It is not doing as Pak coz Pak has beaten Australia, England in their last test series. Beat SA in SA and beat India in their last bilateral series in Indian backyard. No offense but NZ is also like India, lions in their own backyard but lambs abroad.

  • hnlns on February 8, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    MS Dhoni should now acknowledge that his bowlers have done their job and must demand and get his batsmen to put a heavy price on their wickets and get the 320 runs that are required under whatever conditions they get tomorrow. As an Indian supporter, I hope the pitch will not be too spiced up in the first session, knowing fully well that it won't be easy out in the middle in the first hour of play. NZ bowlers will be coming fresh after a night's rest and so will be expected to go for the kill in the first session.

  • yuvi_gladiator on February 8, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    this game would have been over had nz enforced follow on. still NZ is way ahead IMHO, couple of wickets and india will fold. dhoni needs to stop flaunting his terrible defense and play some shots thats what he is good at, otherwise he is not good enough a batter for tests and should quit

  • bhargav1512 on February 8, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    I dont get these ppl who try to critisize a team weather it be india or any other team, do they think tat they are amazing at the game and can play the game better than the players, if so ur welcome , millions can give advises but only a handfull of them can play upto the international level, so plz try to tire out ur patience and wait for this indian team to blossom. If u remember the same australian team tat we beat in India 4-0 beat england 5-0 see the result of having faith in ur players.

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    key wicket tomorrow is che pujara, he can bat for weeks - Bmac

    so much recognition in.ust a short span of time..... great going pujara....

  • nikhil_indian_fan on February 8, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    what an amazing performance by the Indian bowling unit!!! the Indian bowlers who looked so toothless and boring in the 1st innings did an amazing job in the 2nd innings.amazing turnaround to the match the match is now wide open with all 3 possibilities alive. its up to the Indian batsmen now to do something amazing and make sure the bowling unit's feat doesn't go to waste.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on February 8, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    @tom120 At first I really didn't wanna barg like you did here WITH ALL POSSIBLE HILARIOUS STATS!! But it was necessary to get you some ideas about cricket. Maybe you are new to this sport!! well the world knows how many players you have got in top 10. maybe 1 or 2?? And ITS AWESOME TO SEE YOUR REACTION WHEN YOU BRAG ABOUT IT!!!! Jadeja and Ashwin mediocre all rounders??? ha ha man you almost got me!! courtesy to dropped catches by NZ in odi?? Man THATS THE PART AND PARCEL OF THE GAME. learn it!! you can't see a team lose with 300+ lead?? go check the stats! even my 10 year old bro is better at stats than you are!!And dude leave Indian media for your guys will be in pieces left if they start biting you!! you will feel the most horrible experience ever!! ha ha and losing odis in abroad??? Man that is one piece of an awesome joke!! keep it up!!Even your players will feel ashamed in admitting that!!!

  • ThilankaK on February 8, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    NZ should have enforced follow-on

  • on February 8, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    a superb performance ny the indiance on day 3 as they was not in the upper hand on 1st and 2nd day they dominated the 3rd day credits to indian bowlers. dodnt forget jadeja,s spectacular catches most probably india have chances of winning as 2 days are remaining and india should play a deffencive mode as nz bowlers are good enough to take early wickets

  • Coolcapricorn on February 8, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Seems to me the Indian team was greatly aided by their fans making comments here. So many of their fans like myself have been having a go at poor Ishant that it appears that even the NZ batsmen read this & convinced themselves that Ishant was totally inept. Therefore a lot of them played carelessly against him & ended up throwing away their wickets - resulting in Ishant taking 9 wickets in the match! Good psychological ploy or co-incidence - whatever it was, it worked! :))))

  • on February 8, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    players should think they they have 180 overs to chase the target and should take it nice and slow.... there is absolutely no need to panick or no need to score quick runs..... just watch the ball and make sure less damage is done in the first session.... all the best India...

  • samincolumbia on February 8, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    New Zealand doing a Pakistan here...folding for around 100 runs!

  • JustIPL on February 8, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    India are still on the back foot after handing 301 runs lead. When NZ did not enforce the follow on then it was clear that they want to add some quick runs before opening the doors of the slaughter house. In the process indian seamers got a chance to take advantage and soon NZ lost few wickets and then could not up the run scoring. Even 100 runs more is handy and 400+ target is good enough to ensure that india lose this test. Just the morning session on 4th day will decide the fate of the game and most likely india will fold into defensive mood after losing early wickets.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 8, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Very poor decision from McCullum not to enforce the follow on when your bowlers are still fresh and hold the upper hand mentally. NZ have handed the advantage back to India and are possibly showing why they currently hold that World ranking position.

    Pujara is very difficult to get out and will simply leave the bowling until they tire or forced to bring weaker bowlers on. Advantage India.

  • Indiaforever on February 8, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Tomorrow will be a very important and interesting day. If Pujara and Dhawan can get past the first hour, I can see India winning, especially with Pujara. The key will be not to lose wickets in bundles and create partnerships. Our bowling was very good and was very happy to see Shami perform well. There is still a massive problem with the bowling, which has to be addressed and hopefully this one innings will not allow these bowlers to continue. Yadav and Bhuvi should come in for Zaheer and Ishant.

  • stormy16 on February 8, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    I made the comment yesterday to all those calling for Dhoni's head ETC that its only day 2. Well 24 hours later and the test is on its head and really its still anyone's game. I even went so far as to compare the NZ team to that of the 80's but there is no way a team with a lead of 300 with Haddlee in the team would not enforce the follow on. What sort of a decision was that? Yes there is a chance that India could make 450 and NZ have to chase 150 on a dodgy track but surely a more likley probability is for a team that just crumbled 200 to crumble again! India still has alot of work of do to win this game but yesterday they were only looking at possibly drawing this game which is now not a possibility.

  • on February 8, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    At the close of day three India are in a comfortable position. But to win the match from this point they will need to ensure two things. One, not to lose any wicket in the first session of day four and second Pujara and Kohli need to play long innings n stay at the wicket for at least four hours each.

  • on February 8, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    I think india should manage to win this one atleast... Ths way they can build there confidnce... Nz had loose the chance of winning the contest... Still it is in their hands... Bt its much fr india to chase the scre...

  • prof_aks on February 8, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    ProfAksBSP: India played superbly on Day 3 and honestly speaking Day 3 belonged to India specifically Post lunch session. Now game is on and offcourse NZ and Ind have 70:30 chances depending on the first session of play on Day 4. I bet on Pujara and Shikhar and Kohli as they have to prove here. Anyway much exciting game ahead...hope for a busy sunday...

  • on February 8, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    I cant believe how many people think just bcz india batted well today, they can bat similarly tomorrow as well. This team will not score more than 250. And I am being optimistic to say that. after the second day too, people were dreaming about hundreds from rohit and rahane.

  • on February 8, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Tomorrow, morning session will be the MOST crucial one for India. Can we survive without losing wickets.

    With his risky approach, I'm not sure about Dhawan. So, let me say, losing just one more wicket!

  • GRVJPR on February 8, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    @ East_West, for your information 7 out of 11 players in this team have not even have experience of 15 test matches. Any other team with that experience would have been out of contest, but young India is showing fight and that's all what can be asked for from such a young unit on their first tours. Aussies hasn't yet come out of transitions since last 8 years, so young Indians are doing exceptiona;l job. Even 1-0 in South Africa was an excellent effort. Howlers from ICC umpires gifted south africa that series. These youngsters made dale steyn struggle, even huff and puff, without a wicket for 80 odd overs.

  • on February 8, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    current selection policy under Dhoni captaincy presence very gloomy picture. India won last under 19 world cup and finalists in 2010 world cup but anyone remember how many boys considered for national selection? I think zero. Now under Dhoni there is no surprise selection of new and exciting talent. last time when a young batting talent came in Indian team was Virat Kohli. Now a days if anyone expect even a remote chance to get selected, he have only one way - perform in payjama cricket IPL. If selectors don't pick young and raw talent , how can we get players like Tendulker, or Afridi. If any young player plays in his early age , his any apparent weakness can be spotted and corrected at proper time. So many young talents get wasted in last 10 years because in feb 4 era it was really tough to be in final 15. We badly need some young exciting talent in our team. Unfortunetly now Dhoni has become very conservative captain . Even the players who got selected , don't get chance to show

  • on February 8, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    NZ lost the match from the moment they decided to bat again and put on runs. I forecast that on my FB page and India should win this comfortably, unless there is some freak umpiring. The umpires have allowed NZ a ball change in the both innings but denied India when India requested. One more thing that comes to mind is the way one commentator, sarcastically during the first drinks interval of the day when India had lost more wickets, commented that "NZ will have sweet Drinks and India Sour". Some of the comments have been totally against Indian batsmen , even the snicks they try to prove that Indian batsmen did make a contact. Let me give you an idea about the enlargement of the Negatives that show as white line on the bat or pad as "Snicks".As you enlarge a picture the Grains of the Picture split apart and show white and black patterns, so it is debatable and has to be checked into to.This any good Photographer, who has done printing , can tell you.

  • on February 8, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Dhawan's "'gambling style" continues! Hope Lady Luck stays with him for one more day. If he stays for a sufficiently long time, India will improve the chances of winning this match.

    Dhawan is the left-handed version of Veeru. "See the ball hittable, just hit it"; don't bother whether it is the first ball of his innings, lat ball of a session, or he is reaching a milestone... nothing matters! Has he ever scored a big one without getting a life? Or, without a handful of dangerous edges going beyond the reach of the fielders? Many Delhi players seem to have imbibed this trait from their idol Veeru.But, if such guys get going , India probably wins!

    Over the next two days, if the batsmen manage TWO BIG PARTNERSHIPS, most likely, India may cross the finishing line. Would like to see which of the young batsmen desperately wants to hit a century. They will confirm their position in the Indian line-up for quite some time to come. At least they will deserve so!

    Let us wait and watch!

  • on February 8, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Very well balanced comments from. Csowmi and test_the_ best placing no undue burden on this young Indian side, bulk of it touring overseas for the 1st or 2nd time. India may very well lose this, but have sent a message that they( the bowlers) will fight after being trashed in the media. It's up to the batsmen to show the same spirit. Vijay was unlucky to be given out though-fabulous work in the field by Jadeja. Rahane does seem to have technical issues playing always on his backfoot-will see how all show the intensity tomorrow- All the best

  • srikanths on February 8, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    The key is to survive the first session. Morning definitely would help swing, 2/3 wickets could mean all over whereas if they survive that and say get to 200 with just 3 wickets down max, they will be in with a sniff

  • half_blood-prince on February 8, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    that bad part in India is that either I will see india fighting or rolled over due to tine difference between two countries

  • ShanNachimuthu on February 8, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Zak bowled very sensibly in the 2nd innings. He kept his end tight and pressure was always mounting on NZ batsman. On contrary to this, in the first innings Zak bowled too many boundary balls which allowed McCullum and Williamson to settle. This was the major improvement in bowling dept. In fact this tight bowling by Zak induced a false stroke from Williamson also drove McCullum to run out. Shami was exceptional and Ishant also capitalized the pressure created by Zak and Shami. This what could have happened in 1st innings also but unfortunately fielders let the bowlers down. The fielding was improved dramatically and Jadeja was exceptional. Almost every opportunity created by the bowlers was converted. Good job Guys!! Tomorrow's first session will decide the fate of the match. If India play through the 1st session without loosing too many wickets ( not more than one ) then the match will be pretty much in India's favor. Whatever the way the match goes tomorrow I appreciate the efforts.

  • on February 8, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    i think india will get those 320 more runs...dhawan n pujara r playing quit well so lets hope for the best..

  • lee_man on February 8, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    This is why I love Test cricket. Had this been an ODI NZ would have would handsomely. Now instead we have a game on our hands.

  • on February 8, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Drop Murali Vujay who has so far dropped 4 catches in the slips. Dhoni's insistance on asking him to stand in the slips is rediculous.

  • Hanumall on February 8, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    Forget whatever has transpired in the match thus far. The equation for India, at the start of play tomorrow is simple. Make a fresh start and score 320 runs in 180 overs in virtually a full innings by batting carefully and positively on a decent track against a NZ attack to win the match. One 100 plus stand and two 50 plus stands should see India through. It is a golden opportunity to pocket a test win. Unless there is a sudden deterioration in the wicket, or India bat very poorly, one would think the odds are in India's favour.

  • Archit_Shridhar on February 8, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Great chance for young Indian team to make a BIG statement.

    However, Early morning session extremely critical to decide the fate of the match. Wagner & Southee are pretty dangerous in those conditions...

    Built for a great finish though...

  • on February 8, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Some fans from neighboring countries need to worry about their own backyards. Their getting upset about Indian power in world cricket is like that of a Dog howling at the moon

  • gladiatorgannicus on February 8, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    New Zealand are slightly ahead.but the Indians if they dont lose more than 2 wickets by the second session they will be well on way to one of the greatest wins,but this wont be easy as all 4 bowlers look good.Either way tomorrow there's gonna be a cracking day of cricket.

  • on February 8, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    well done india for today...

  • on February 8, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Talk cricket , not politics here, if India lose, we say India played badly, but if India win we do not say the opponent played poor cricket .. Why?? Win or lose this test will be remembered for the excitement it brought to what could have been a straightforward boring result in 3 days game, thanks to Mccullum..

  • on February 8, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Eight (8) wickets for 88 runs on 8th of Feb! Is the 'fat lady 8' the mascot of Indian pacers?

  • ASK3 on February 8, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    @Mahi Bal, woah let's calm down there! Vijay did not drop McCullum and Taylor in both innings respectively; he dropped Williamson in the first when he was about 18 (I think) and he scored 100 odd so about 70-80 runs and in the second innings he dropped BMac who scored one more run before he was run out by Jadeja in the same over ; not defending his fielding (pretty standard catches tbh) but let's get our facts right.

    I think Ashwin fields in the slips because you can't really put him anywhere else; he's not fast and agile, and pretty much best to keep him stationary, hence slips.

  • on February 8, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    It surely will be a defining moment for this young indian batting line up if they can successfully chase this target. it would be the first by any indian team after 1971. means almost more than 3 decades. even fab four couldn't do it. lets see !

  • on February 8, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    What a day of test cricket ! The test is nicely poised with NZ slightly ahead. test cricket is truly up and running. A session on either side of lunch changed the match upside down. Indians have to bat really well to compliment the splendid job their bowlers did. its easier said than done. first session is the key though, no session is free of risk as NZ second innings have indicated. Awaiting another day of exciting cricket ! may the best team when. on final note I appeal to all the fans to adhere their comments strictly to cricket.

  • St0rmbringer on February 8, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    EXCELLENT DAY at the wickets for India. amazing how a side that could not hang on to a catch to save their lives got transformed into looking the best fielding side in the world! Jadeja ''s justifies his worth to the side as a fielder alone. Shami looked to be the bowler he has been promising to be and Zaheer put up his hand as the crafty bowler we all know he can be. Ishant once again bowled with hostility after his 6-fer the other day. Jadeja bowled to a plan and at the end of the day India managed to knock off 50odd runs keeping the vital Wickets of Pujara and Kohli intact. A very interesting game is on the cards when the day begins tomorrow in New Zealand. If ONE was to look for a single factor that transformed INDIA'S game today, it would be the intensity and pace at which Shami bowled. It lifted the whole side up and the side looked transformed.

  • AltafPatel on February 8, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    McCullam seems stressed from captaincy and needs rest now.

  • Vishal_Bagmar on February 8, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    I strongly believe that people have short term goals. I mean if a player does not perform for couple of matches, he has to be removed. I think the plan is to give 5 or 10 test to player and assess the progress. If progress shown ,the player continues. If not, removed. Reason for this system is constructive morale & confidence building.

    I believe re. the choice of bowlers. Yadav may not be match fit to last entire test, that is the primary reason he is not selected. Pandey, because he has to accumulate experience. Amit Mishra - Because of Jadeja (all rounder). Ishant is a decent confidence bowler, like old/new?? mitch. cant do anything about it.

    To be openly Frank, this team of youngsters, will learn to gel and perform as a unit and to do so takes time. This is the third overseas test match and they have played as a unit. As time passes they will become a formidable side.

    We did not roll over in any circumstances. We got close to couple of ODI's and now a outside chance to win.

  • on February 8, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    whatever happens, there will b be a result for this test. either India will score the remaining 320 or new Zealand will take the last 9 wickets. With two days left I can't see either one of those things not happening. unless of course it rains.

  • AltafPatel on February 8, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    NZ made a big mistake. When you have load over 300 runs and opponents struggle to score 200, or say half of what you scored, why not to follow on? It seems it's been illogical trend not to follow-on after big lead. NZ made over calculations and now paying for the mistake.

  • on February 8, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    Zaheer khan was the man behind collective effort of all the bowlers. Presence of zaheer khan has really made the difference in shami and ishant. After zaheer come back Ishant looks totally defferent bowler. If india wins this match credit must be given to bowlers and especially zaheer khan who has shown other bowler where to bowl and how to make batsman in two minds. If zaheer khan was not there than dhoni would not treat fast bowler like he have shown in the third day. For example standing right behind close to wicket when bhuvaneshwer kumar is bowling is certainly telling other fast bowler that their bowling is not fast enough which was the main reason why fast bowler had lost confidence on previous matches, actually the stuff dhoni does in the field is making other bowler loose their confidence. It was Zaheer khan who took incharge of fast bowling department and with his experience and with his approach fast bowlers were in full control in their approach and their plan.

  • on February 8, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Oh dear! If you have a 5 man bowling attack, yor bowlers have only bowled 20 overs in the day, they are all Young and fit and the conditions are perfect for bowling you enforce the follow on!!! DonĀ“t you Baz? I have a sneaky feeling India are going to win this one now....

  • East_West on February 8, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    India SHOULD win this thing - esp. if they want to prove to the world that they were #1 test nation most recently! not even a DRAW but a WIN will show that WE HAVE SPINE! anything less is laughable! ......oh, well, India loves to surrender, .......hope they prove me wrong and go for a WIN!! ..

  • on February 8, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    role of dhoni in test cricket is a leader cum wicketkeeper cum run basher

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 8, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Some ungracious fans from our neighbors say NZ is gifting this match because of srinivasan. Perhaps they could stick to their own teams and players who are good at inflating their averages against BD.

    Kholi and Pujara are the key. Also i am afraid we might retain both sharmas in the next match.

  • tom120 on February 8, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    I am LOLing @ NZ. Auckland again. They should have won one day at Auckland, but Mediocre all rounders Jadeja & Ashwin tied the match, courtesy dropped catches by NZ. And now it will be the height of upset if India wins. I mean with a 300 runs lead, I haven't ever seen a team lose a match. Auckland seems to be not lucky for NZ. I hope NZ will win this match , and not give the Indian fans not to give any chance to talk big, they will forget how they have lost all the matches (one days +tests ) abroad, and their fans and media will go gaga and proclaim they are the best in the world,lol. It will be the breaking news on their media channels tomorrow, and they will show it all day long. Lol.

  • reason-galore on February 8, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    indian bowling is about to raise to the world class level as no one will want to play good against the new lords of cricket... they will bow down and lose intentionally so that these money mongers may reward them for losing otherwise face the consequences...

  • on February 8, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    wat is the role of Dhoni in test cricket????????????

  • on February 8, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Let us see, what our boys do in this test. I think, the blue boys will come back sharply and reply by their bats.

  • IndianInnerEdge on February 8, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    What a test match, turned right open, though must say NZ have a heavier hold on the proceedings....key is Ch Pujara....hpefully he is the spine around which all the others bat....the task is difficult...not impossible....go for it india....this is why test cricket is alive n kickin........to Nadun Maduranga Piyasiri ....dude get a Life Style Manager....u need all three....:)

  • martin000 on February 8, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Our bowlers just had an off day i guess to dismiss NZ for 105... But we still have a very less chance of winning this match considering our first innings batting failure. Tomorrow will be an interesting day and the first 1 hr will be crucial. New zealand are a really good team with the correct combination of batters, bowlers and all rounders and it will be an interesting world cup for them. Good luck guys!!!

    @corzaNZ, we always are and will be following our team India in all forums even in tough times like these unlike you who appear only when your team performs which don't often happens.

  • on February 8, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    India has scored more than 400 in the 4th innings many times and won a test in 1976 in West indies against Clyve Lloyds team. I am sure India will win this time again by scoring more than 400 in the 4th innings. Our team members have to believe in themselves and play their natural game. I wish them best of luck.

  • on February 8, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    ishant got 162/9 in this match , shami got 128/4...guess who is getting praised....right.

  • on February 8, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    let us look at a huge positive. our bowling bundled NZ and steam rolled them in their backyard and their home conditions. So our fast bowlers lead by ever improving Shami have done a good job. Our young and inexperienced test batsmen Dhawan/Kohli/Pujara/Rohit and Rahane will fight and MSD is going to finish off as usual in style. Go India Go.

  • on February 8, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    come on India! Give us some reason to be happy at last!

  • memoriesofthepast on February 8, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    NZ played cleverly. With a huge lead of 301 runs in the 1st innings-this was a clever move to get all out quickly for 105 runs. History of test cricket shows that any target above 200 runs becomes tough to chase for the side batting last in a test. Australia has lost many test matches while chasing even targets less than 200 runs and that too on home grounds. Its tough to chase in a test. Now NZ have full two days to get the remaining 9 Indian wickets. If NZ batted more in their 2nd innings then they would have got less time to bowl out India. Teams like Aus use this strategy-do not enforce a follow-on but in the end ensure that they have two days to bowl and opponent has to chase 400 plus target. One reason is Aus lost 3 test matches after asking opponent to follow-on. NZ win looks most likely-wud be disappointing if they do not win or India save the test.

  • Realistic_cri_fan on February 8, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    I always believe that Indian batsmen are the best in the world.But the real problem is their bowling.Surprisingly they bowled well today.Now it's upto the batsmen to prove themselves.If they survive the first 2 hours tomorrow, without much damage, then India will definitely win this match.But still some change has to be done. For the next match Ishwar pandey in.Zaher out.It's time to groom the young talents like shami and pandey.

  • on February 8, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    look like nz going to give victory for india. why shouldn't nz gave india to follow on. simpley , their big three..... heee heee... sirinivas ass hole call nz chairman and told they cant lost any more matches in nz,

  • matchfixerpkn on February 8, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    one session tomorrow morning...hard for indina batting line up to go for 2 dn session..so india will loose tomorrow in 1st session..

  • shevateganeshd on February 8, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Cricket is only the game which is uncertainty. Everybody knows Why? In Cricket specially in Test Cricket we have to play session by session according to the situation and necessity. One delivery can change the nature of game that we have seen many times in T20's, ODI's and Test as well. But the kind of batting, India is having thats why I think NZ decided to bat even after India bowled out on 202 score with trailed by 301 in first inning. Indian batting is only the batting line up can do anything against any opposition in any formats of the game that we have seen many times. But finaly its game of cricket so we have to see what will happen. Thank you Administrator...

  • shripadk on February 8, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Tomorrow will show what this new look Indian side is made up of. They have a mountain to climb but lot of time to do it. But they have to do it against quality batting attack on deteriorating pitch. If they pull it off, then this will be this teams first gigantic performance. They have won matches in dominant manner before, but never from such adverse situation before. Matches like this shows mentality of a team. Tomorrow is shaping out to be a cracker of a Sunday.

  • JoshFromJamRock on February 8, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Shami is truly a great bowler. Pity he had Zaheer, Ishant and Jadeja for company in this Test. I'm pretty confident that NZ wouldn't pass 450 if Ojha, Aaron and Bhuvi were played alongside Shami. The batting lineup in Test can't get better for India at the moment but its just for Dhawan and Rohit to get their temperament right. For once Pujara and Kohli failed in the same inning but they'll make up as usual. The out fielding has been pretty good but the close fielding, particularly slip catching and wicket keeping has been poor. Dhoni should stand where the ball rarely reaches him below the waist when standing. Slips should stand so ball reaches them at no lower than waist also. A bowler prefers a edge going just over slip than just failing to reach it. Trust me on that one.

  • JustIPL on February 8, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    One upset has happened and that is NZ did not get quick wickets as happened in last three innings. If the second upset happens that is they don't dominate tomorrow morning then india will prevail. Also, NZ have to lift their fielding, many run outs and catches missed so far. Specially, the catch of dhawan which turned his mustache other way round after dismal returns in the series so far.

  • vipinchirackal on February 8, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    everything is purely depend on kohli

  • barryrichardsfan on February 8, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Spirit in the Indian camp is high after the day's play. The first hour will be decisive in the outcome. If India get through lunch with atmost 2 down, they have a great chance of a historic win. Stage is set for Virat for a career-defining innings, as is for Pujara. Dhawan ain't gonna last long(hope he defies me), but a big hundred is needed of Pujara/kohli. Enjoy the show, folks.

  • on February 8, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Tommorrows Morning session will be critical if India dont loose any wicket in that session they have outside chance to win this match if they loose the lost the test match... As per current standing New Zealand are still favourites

  • on February 8, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    @Will Hargreaves agree, Fulton hasn't kicked on from his two test centuries against England in 2012 and Rutherford just hasn't performed either , with one 50 in eight innings.

    Guptill is worth a shout again. Average of 30 and a HS 189 shows he can play in tests. Throw in Latham as well and see how he goes.

  • Rohit... on February 8, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    India's bowling had a off-day.... So, NZ failed to pile up the runs... But Kiwis bowlers are capable of running over this batting line-up... I don't care if India wins or not... ALL I WANT IS A CENTURY FROM A PLAYER OTHER THAN KOHLI... A century against Aus in Aus saw the rise of Kohli... His confidence reached new heights and he became a run-machine... Now if another player can pull a century in NZ, then there will be 2 run-machines in the Indian team.

  • shevateganeshd on February 8, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    My opinion is our bowlers did well and bowled out NZ's 2nd inning as expected to some sort of releif for reasonable target as India's point of view. I am with Indian batsman. If Tomorrow Shikhar and Cheteshwar could play for 2 hours then India will Win this match and will make big record of chasing the Mammoth Target of 407 runs.

  • on February 8, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    The decision not to enforce the following on close to bordering insanity. Name one test side that would not have enforced the follow in ??? Our bowlers had only bowled for 3 hours for peaks sake !!! With India's batsman MacCullum has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory , is looking very likely . Did NZ not learn from the England test at Eden park !!!!!!

  • Kashi0127 on February 8, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    NZ should have enforced follow on when the pitch was still helping the bowlers. I just hope he has not Dhoni off the hook

  • on February 8, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    I think india team will not change the batting performances. In outside asian pitches i will give rating 2 from last. They will play for money like ipls not for country. The selectors also like the players only. so god as to save this country

  • on February 8, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    First two sessions critical , if india can get thru with the loss of say 2 wickets we will have a game....

  • Mutunga on February 8, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    What a difference a day makes. India will believe that they can chase these runs down, particularly with the batting line-up they have. Both Shami and the much-maligned Ishant Sharma can be pretty pleased with themselves tonight.

    On the other hand, NZ will surely pass their most uncomfortable night of the whole series as they rue that batting collapse. Early wickets will be key to their cause tomorrow. (Go NZ!)

    This is an epic test match that might have a few twists left in it yet.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on February 8, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    @ALANGASKON " omg india does a little bit good" what exactly was that??? Didn't quite get you!!! ooopppsss!! I suppose that was slip of you tongue!!! eh?? YEAH OFCOURSE " nz does a bit of good resistance and we praise them" Even Bangladesh scored 400+ in their second innings!!! Now I suppose where YOUR team is!!! ha ha

  • on February 8, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    I was wondering what would have happened if Indian slip fielders stood half metre up and Williamson edge carried. NZ commentators were talking about their superiority techniques over Indian team. It is their chance to show how good they are.

  • on February 8, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Is was a great and fascinating day of cricket. It will be a huge ask from Dhoni boys to win this match when wickets are tumbling in heaps in the 3 day of the match. A lot will depends on the weather conditions. Mornning session will be crucial. still New Zealand way ahead in this game.

  • OttawaRocks on February 8, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Loving the fightback put up by India. Go India!

  • on February 8, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Both New Zealand openers need to go, bring in guptil, latham or ryder (2 of those).

  • on February 8, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    For all Indian fans who see only bad side of BCCI Aus and Eng did for last decade Those days they saw themselves as the saviour of world cricket. They couldn't bear the rise of BCCI If not its BCCI ICC would have been still dominated by Australia and England and nobody would have talked anything. You can see how they bend the rules like 4 fielders outside etc. They made an impression only fast bowling is good and playing spin is a flat track bullies. Divide and rule policy. They make sure sub continent team never be a one group. As a Srilankan we should not forget we get more respect after BCCI dominance than last decade. Some of you might have forget Murali no ball match. Did Eng question that? I hope Ind SL Bd and Pak together fight for change in rules to have equal support for spin bowling otherwise spin bowling would be dead.

  • sudeep_sarkar on February 8, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Historical blunder by Macullum by not forcing India follow on.The match might have finished by today only but India should thanks to Macullam for his wrong decision.I think India will chase the run tomorrow easily.

  • ThemanID on February 8, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    My fellow Indian fans, calm down. We haven't even come close to winning this test match yet you guys are talking trash. Knowing how Dhawan plays, it's either out first ball or hundred for him. So chill out. We played amazing this day, but NZ still have the advantage

  • on February 8, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Indian team has achieved Miraculous Victories on many occasions in the past. Let us hope this time also there will be another Miracle, all the Indian Batsmen will play with full vigour and stamina, will score the required 407 runs and bring an outstanding victory for India.

  • baranasai on February 8, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    I will still go with kiwis as favourites as they have class bowlers who can change the tide in a early morning madness. My prediction is a win for Kiwis 70; 30 for india -odds are in favour of kiwis heavily unless the Indians continue to show the batting ability in a 4th iniings .

  • ICCexpert.... on February 8, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Any chance of setting up a third tier of cricketing nations consisting of Iceland and outer Mongolia, India etc ?

  • iceaxe on February 8, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Brendan McCullum is to batting second and not enforcing the follow-on, as MS Dhoni is to choosing to field first.

    This game could have been nearly done and dusted had McCullum enforced the follow on. Now, unfortunately, the NZ squad look a bunch of clowns, and have just given India a great moral boost. I'm expecting they will take full advantage of it, however, I'm hoping the NZ quicks will have the final say tomorrow morning.

  • on February 8, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    India already got 87 runs...they only require 320 ....how can you think its not possible for India....Dont look at the past matches how they played....we have good batting line up to change any game.....India wins for sure

  • ICCexpert.... on February 8, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Any chance of setting up a third tier of cricketing nations consisting of Iceland and outer Mongolia, India etc ?

  • on February 8, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    omg india does a little bit good and GRVJPR appears, when they lose, he disappears off the face of the earth! New zealand attack still a lot better, i expect them to take this.

  • OttawaRocks on February 8, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Well even though the Kiwis are celebrating their crushing ODI wins and great performance early in the first test, I'd like to point out that this is India's 2nd overseas tour without the leadership of the Big 6 in the dressing room, i.e. Ganguly, Kumble, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, and Sehwag. Its pretty much Dhoni and Zaheer by themselves (who really represent the 2nd generation), struggling to groom the 3rd generation as this new generation looks to find their feet abroad. Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the SA test series and I'm liking the fighting spirit in this NZ test series (so far). They're coming along a little faster than I expected and I hope they can give NZ a good fight in this test match.

  • jb633 on February 8, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    @IndiaSRTfan, well said my friend. It's great to see an Indian fan praising test cricket. You guys have done remarkably well to get back into this contest when you looked dead and buried. Surely you must confess Ishant has had a good game. I was impressed with all the seamers yesterday. Good signs for you lot.

  • rajcl on February 8, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    guys give credit where its dudes no body imagined that india looks for result end of indias 1st inngs ,forgot the follow on after lead by 302 to 408 target is great achivment

  • truecric_fan on February 8, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Very proud of India for stunning bowling performance. NZ team is in a state of shock. Now its time to crush them. Also, please stop criticizing MSD. He is the greatest captain Indian has ever produced and one of the best in the history of the sport. I agree he is biased towards some players but he has lot more positives.

  • Iceman29 on February 8, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    @Winner_Stands_Alone: Hats off to you mate...refreshing to see such comments from a true cricket lover....best wished to your team as well...

  • on February 8, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Game is still firmly with NZ.Its probably130 runs too many for India.if target was 280-300 ,yeah in it.But 407 ,in your dreams.NZ to roll over by 130 runs

  • bandyopadhyay_rupam on February 8, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Itz all bcoz of dat Historic Kolkata test ! No body still dare India to force for follow-on , though dat team had pearls lyk SRT , RD , SCG , VVS nd Bhajjii ! #Respect , their era still continues as a nightmare for others

  • Simple8 on February 8, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    It was a very Good bowling effort by India in second Innings.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on February 8, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    @spiritwithin It doesn't matter here if you are an Indian or not .and SENSIBLY talking I think you might have the slightest of the idea that we made 400+ in 2nd innings recently in SA against world's best pace and I see no reason why India will be not able to dominate sided match!!! Hope you got it!! And yeah I am thumping my chest here bcoz like every SENSIBLE guys out here knows that there is no reason losing with the llikes of PUJARA and KOHLI and ofcourse with Dhawan still in the middle. If a guy like Mcullum can add 100 runs to his account on the second day I suppose you can expect much frm us . eh???

  • Smash42 on February 8, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    NZ is the only team in the world who can lose a test from a 300 run first innings lead. Embarrassing to say the least.

  • Masculineffort on February 8, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Honestly, I'm hoping for a schism within the BCCI. Something like a break away body, say the ICB (Indian cricket board). This way India can field two international cricket teams. Indian cricket fans can choose which team to follow and invest emotionally in. If the UK with a 60 million population can have 4 international rugby teams and 3 international football teams, why can't India with 1.2 billion people have 2 cricket teams. The competition between the two boards can only mean good news for Fans and players alike. We all know that a monopoly situation leads to shoddy products and competition leads to quality products. Right now series losses simply do not affect the BCCIs financial bottomline. But with the ICB as a competitor, they will care a lot. They will actually try to deliver a quality product. I sincerely believe that with the ICB and BCCI competing for TV viewership and fan base support, each of the two Indian teams will be far superior to the present one.

  • on February 8, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    1) In the 2117 test matches played so far, only four times has a team scored four hundred or more to win a test match. 2) Though India is one of those four teams, it was way back in the 70s. 2) In NZ, the highest successful run chase is 348.

    Thus stats are favoring NZ. But now it should also be noted that twice a team has scored more than 400 in NZ in the fourth inning, albeit in a losing cause. Once in 2002 and then in 2008. So all is not lost for India. What remains a concern is weather in the remaining 2 days and the ability to handle pressure by both the teams. NZ doesn't look a good bowling unit if a wicket doesn't fall for some time and the tiring feet will not help them et al.

    Thx in advance for both the teams for making our brains do overtime.

  • GRVJPR on February 8, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    @cooljack_143, India already chased such targets twice, as far as South AFrica is concerned - they are CHOKERS! They can't do it even in dreams.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on February 8, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    @spiritwithin It doesn't matter here if you are an Indian or not .and SENSIBLY talking I think you might have the slightest of the idea that we made 400+ in 2nd innings recently in SA against world's best pace and I see no reason why India will be not able to dominate sided match!!! Hope you got it!! And yeah I am thumping my chest here bcoz like every SENSIBLE guys out here knows that there is no reason losing with the llikes of PUJARA and KOHLI and ofcourse with Dhawan still in the middle. If a guy like Mcullum can add 100 runs to his account on the second day I suppose you can expect much frm us . eh???

  • on February 8, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    first tym for an year or so Dhoni showed the sign of a good captain.. you can't always sit and back wait for the opponents to make mistakes, you got to be on there neck every possible moment,, Hope he continues this urgency .. Indeed a great sign for all indain fans..

  • on February 8, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    @eashwar Sai . India would be relegated from 2 position in test if they have dare to play test series away to test their batting where as Pakistan concern they have much better record in away series then india .India still searching to win in newzealand and in south africa as well. face the reality and admire it

  • Masculineffort on February 8, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    @Winner_Stands_Alone Thanks for the kind words towards India and Indian people. Wonderful quotation from the DhammaPada. Knowledgeable Indian CricketFans have always admired the fighting spirit and clutch performances of the Sri Lankans on the field. Small nation, Big hearts. That being said, we also believe that the BCCI is a beast that needs to be put down. The BCCI has always been a bully. It has always bullied Fans and Players alike. It has now just moved on to the Domain of Bullying other boards. Nobody has suffered because of the BCCI's attitude more than Indian Cricket Fans.

  • Iceman29 on February 8, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    I will say a "not bad" comeback by India after the first innings slaughter, will wait and see how we perform in the second innings...If the dropped catches would have been taken by the Indian fielders 100 or 150 odd runs would have been NZ 1st innings score....Indian team always have this tendency to even make an ordinary team a great one....no offense my NZ friends but that's the way India plays even with Bangladesh team....we give equal opportunity to opposition no matter if its SA or BD :P

  • jahbert58 on February 8, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    India take to NZ the same mind set they take from SA and still do not have the right set up for test cricket. No good batting line up like India should need 8 specialist batmen with only 4 front line bowlers who give up big score and hard to recover from to win matches especially when abroad. Khan days are number, I.Sharma very inconsistent most times and M Shami & R Jadeja have less than a dozen test between both of them. Too much is asked of 4 bowlers none the likes of a Steyn or a go too wicket bowler. this test was over but NZ always leave the door open not a closing team. India have to change their set up, drop Dhawan or Rahane and play an extra seam bowler a more balance team...

  • on February 8, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    guys give a break to ur predictions njoy d game its goin to be an exciting contest like d last month ind vs sa and d better part is dis time dre will be a result for sure great contest btw future batting stars vs rising bowlers

  • on February 8, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    No hate only love guys for the love of cricket please stop fighting. Let's enjoy the cricket

  • BreathingCricket on February 8, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    Was very pleasantly surprised by the turn of events after lazily switching on the television today around 10 am to see india batting. The dismissal of NZ for a paltry 105 in the second innings came as a bolt from the blue. Anyways a couple of good innings by the indian batsmen could lead us to an exciting finish. Something to cheer for the indian fans.

  • coherent_critic on February 8, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    now india has great chance to win the match..expect pujara to bat sensibly which he does so often but my concerns are about dhawan who is playing too many shots...he needs to play for atleast ist session tomorrow then we would have real good chance but we know that rohit often crumbles under pressure and our tail starts with dhoni..so basically it all left to pujara , dhawan , kolhi and rahane..pujara is the key man if he gets out early than india will loose

  • on February 8, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    the only advantage that India has tomorrow mornin is that the ball is 25 overs old and they can expect less talk from the ball in the morning, but you never know morning, cloudy, green on pitch, good bowling attack.... carefull India...

  • on February 8, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    its a great opportunity for India to record a famous victory but much will depend on dhawan here... I'm sure pujara will be very hard to dislodge from here on and thus the other 5 batsmen have to play around him ... keeping my fingers crossed for kohli-he s the guy who can really turn this chase into a no show! if rohit rahane dhoni and jaddu bat responsibly we can surely win this.... will be one of the best escapes from India if they pull this off!

  • theRule19 on February 8, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    What an absorbing day of test match cricket. Test cricket at its best. On current form, both the teams are even in their skill and ability (not at all considering their rankings here as they seem) The NZ have an edge though as they are driving on the confidence gained from the recently concluded ODIs and decent 1st innings total. India on the other hand just trying to settle down outside the subcontinent with the young players they have in their team..who will only get better playing abroad with experience. The bowling still looks weak with Zaheer and Ishant both playing together (Zaheer due to age and Ishant due to lack of skills) and I.Pandey and Aaron should be tried in the next game with Shami retained. Its game on from now..with India in with a real chance to make a statement both with ball and bat ( hopefully which is yet to be proven)..but given their skill and ability in batting, this looks a chaseable total. Good luck to India.

  • EashwarSai on February 8, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    @Mohamad Azam. Pakistan does not even have the guts to chase 200 against Zimbabwe, at least India are still No 2 in tests. Pakistan will soon be relegated to tier 2.

  • mzm149 on February 8, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    The picture is still not rosy for India. Chasing 400 on 4th day when you get out on 200 in first innings is quite a tough job. Getting all out on 100 is not worrisome for New Zealand. They might have made 100 more. India might have made 100 more. The situation would still have been the same.

  • Winner_Stands_Alone on February 8, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    I think India finally has a great chance of bagging this match.As a Sri Lankan, I want India to win this match. Hope Kholi and Pujara score well. "Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule". They are our neighbors and they came to play on our home soil when no body else did.Hope every fan could understand this.

  • HDG1978 on February 8, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Hope India can win this Test from this position. However, Dhoni's tactics of bowling Rohit with NZ at 90/9 shows that in recent memory, he has been India's worst captain in Tests overseas. India won 22 away Tests between November 2000 and June 2011. Since the 2011 England tour India is having a horrendous run in Tests abroad bar the 2013 Jo'burg Test. Dhoni may be successful in the ODI and T20 format. However, India's recent results in the post-Tendulkar era outside the subcontinent is a clear indicator of what is in store for India over the next 1 year in the run-up to the World Cup in Aus/NZ with upcoming tours to Eng and Aus later this year. Hope we see the sun set on MSD's career after next year's WC. If MSD has been quite successful as captain, he should equally face the flak for India's recent reverses that can be attirbuted to poor strategising and selection policies due to Dhoni's stubborn and intransigent nature, inexplicable to ardent Indian cricket fans.

  • dunger.bob on February 8, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    There can't be too many ways too stuff up a quick first innings of 500+. Letting the opposition get 600 is one way. Tick, didn't do that. In fact, bowled em out for 200. Extra tick there actually. Getting rolled for 100 in the second innings is another way. Whoops.

    It makes for an exciting finish though. India could very well get these runs. They are #2 in the world and got there largely through their batting. .. It's definitely on and NZ will want to start making inroads before the target gets below 250.

    All eye's on NZ tomorrow if you're at all interested in cricket as a spectacle.

  • rajcl on February 8, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    i dont no india loose or win , i am always says india is the best to beat for the any oponents

  • MiddleStump on February 8, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    It is a race to the bottom. Even though New Zealand has a slight advantage, their quality of cricket is not a whole lot better. All the mistakes that India made in the first innings have nearly been matched by NZ in their second effort at batting, bowling and fielding. McCullum led by example with his suicidal run out at the stroke of lunch and his dropped catch in the Indian innings. The NZ bowlers got little rest even though that was the whole intent behind not enforcing the follow on. If India survive the morning session they have a good chance to win against a tiring attack. The overall quality of cricket has been poor but it was good comedy. Watling moving to his left for edges going to slip, Wagner missing the entire width of the pitch when bowling a wide, Dhoni dropping an edge and missing the stumping with the batsman stranded and then asking Rohit Sharma to bowl with NZ at 90/9. Typical of a contest between weaklings both trying to seize defeat from the jaws of victory.

  • spiritwithin on February 8, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    @Ashokdmightyindian..being an indian fan i just dont agree with your comments.Let be very honest here,we are not counted as the best team because we struggle so much away from home,and NZ set a target of 408 which is still a huge target.To say that India will have the last laugh even though we still need 320 more is laughable.Instead of predicting why not enjoy the game.For any neutral observer the game is still under the control of NZ.Its exactly the kind of chest thumping(done by u) that most sensible fans doesn't want to see.

  • straighttalker on February 8, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    wid d wicket playing well one has to say this test is very much in the balance. i hope Nz will still be able to pull it off. #NZvsInd

  • sergio11 on February 8, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    @Johnny_129....yeaa..that was a great resting session for the NZ bowlers...but i think i saw wager and boult with the bat, jumping and dancing at the pitch...is that the way kiwis generally take rest???well i donno...lol...

  • Johnny_129 on February 8, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    I have been critical of certain Indian players and also the BCCI, recently. However, it is time to get behind the team and land encouragement as all is on the line now! The task ahead is a tough one BUT in this modern day it is NOT IMPOSSIBLE. Pitches are made to last - NZ has prepared a pitch so it would not ware and bring spinners into play later in the match. I don't fault them - That is home ground advantage. However, this may work against them now. The pitch is good, there is plenty of time and India's batting is mostly intact with 320 to get. Conditions in the morning will be tough but if India can see it through by leaving as many balls as possible then they have a chance of getting the required runs. It is crucial that two of Dhawan/ Pujara/ Kohli get huge scores because once wickets start tumbling, there will be too much pressure on the later batsman. Hope there are no more soft or unfortunate dismissals - make NZ earn every wicket, including Shami and Ishant's.

  • anupkeni on February 8, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Team India has a golden opportunity to record its greatest come-from-behind victory in Test cricket after the Kolkata Test match against Australia in the spring of 2001.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on February 8, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    @nothingnew @ baranasai @ kiwicricketnut @ jb633 whoa !! Hold on my NZ lads. I think you are duly mistaken who you are playing against or the fact that It's Indian batting line up and you have to try pretty hard but still you will find a day remaining of play with India winning comfortably!! I suppose you would think that it's NZ or BAN batting line up like they would just crumble. INDIA JUST SHOWED WHY WE ARE THE COUNTED IN AS THE WORLD'S BEST TEAM!!! i think NZ are pretty excited with Vijay's wicket (which was obviously not NZ's ) !!!!! Have your night for we'll have the last laugh!!!

  • on February 8, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    I don't think India are the favorites here.... they have literally less than 10% chance of winning this match.... if at all they want to win they should not lose more than one wicket in.morning session and that's unlikely.... hope they come.close...

  • IndianSRTfan on February 8, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Time to stop predicting anything and everything. All that needs to be said is that Test Cricket provides a kind of excitement that Limited Overs Cricket will never be able to provide. If it's not suited to your taste, good on you but if it is, then come what may do not miss tomorrow's play.

    India have the momentum, NZ have the runs and a skillful bowling attack.India have a talented but inexperienced batting lineup but if they show the same hunger and desperation that they showed while bowling in NZ's second innings, we are in for an exciting match. Temperament and nerves of steel will win the match rather than skill and flair.

  • on February 8, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    @Muhammad Azam : India chased target over 370 runs twice in test matches.... ans countless 300+ targets in odi.... so you better not talk about guts..... same was said about our bowling after 1st innings.... you have seen the result in 3rd innings....

  • RapidCommentsPlz on February 8, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    @nothingnew @ baranasai @ kiwicricketnut @ jb633 whoa !! Hold on my NZ lads. I think you are duly mistaken who you are playing against or the fact that It's Indian batting line up and you have to try pretty hard but still you will find a day remaining of play with India winning comfortably!! I suppose you would think that it's NZ or BAN batting line up like they would just crumble. INDIA JUST SHOWED WHY WE ARE THE COUNTED IN AS THE WORLD'S BEST TEAM!!! i think NZ are pretty excited with Vijay's wicket (which was obviously not NZ's ) !!!!! Have your night for we'll have the last laugh!!!

  • IndianSRTfan on February 8, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Posted by pommy80 on (February 8, 2014, 6:03 GMT) "The battle of the minnows is interesting again"..

    Sure but has Eng-WI series started already??

  • Johnny_129 on February 8, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    @ pommy80 on (February 8, 2014, 6:03 GMT) - I think ENGLAND is the only team below India at present - won't you agree? At least, both Indian and NZ play in good spirit - Unlike England, who stand their ground after nicking to slip!! Sadly, for all of Stuart Broad's achievements, I will remember him for two things - 1. Broadgate 2. The 6 sixes by Yuvraj!!

  • RapidCommentsPlz on February 8, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    whoa !! Hold on my NZ lads. I think you are duly mistaken who you are playing against or the fact that It's Indian batting line up and you have to try pretty hard but still you will find a day remaining of play with India winning comfortably!! I suppose you would think that it's NZ or BAN batting line up like they would just crumble. INDIA JUST SHOWED WHY WE ARE THE COUNTED IN AS THE WORLD'S BEST TEAM!!! i think NZ are pretty excited with Vijay's wicket (which was obviously not NZ's ) !!!!! Have your night for we'll have the last laugh!!!

  • on February 8, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Although I was very much (a pleasant) shock & surprized as a follower of Indian cricket all things are possible. a complete batting collapse, or a strong finish but one guy will surely stand in the way just like our Sachin but the only difference while Sachin prefers hits back with his bat while this guy also hits with both bat & his aggressive behaviour & that's Virat Kohli for us. I pray the Lord Almighty should keep his mouth shut not until we win the test match. I am I asking the Lord Almighty more? Tomorrow we will see & whatever happens never mind falling down but try to get up every-time we fall or at-least make a genuine effort for rising.

  • on February 8, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    An opening batsman who drops crucial cathes and misses the inswingers while batting is a real burden for any team...buy why not for india..

  • on February 8, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    awesome come back by team India , semers definitely deserve all the credits well done but tomorrow u all got a long way to go , pujara dhawan should build some good partnership tomorrow too at least have to convert the total to 250 then only we can win

  • Johnny_129 on February 8, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    The truth of the matter is NZ batted again only to give their bowlers a bit of rest between the innings. They know that they have enough runs to win. India was out of the game once the first innings was completed for both teams. NZ bowlers will come out fresh tomorrow morning and wipe India out! Don't be fooled by the low second innings score of NZ - It only provides India with a false sense of security and reserves a place for the likes of Ishant for the next Test. Ishant was dropped from the ODI team after many pathetic performances - It was a long overdue dropping. However, the exile lasted one match!!

  • Nero28 on February 8, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    If someone say india have the probability to win this match, in would rather say Bangladesh have the probability to win the SL game. It is hard to imagine although Ban are batting well. So better is to see the match how it goes.

  • on February 8, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    it has been a sensational comeback by The indian bowlers.....who bowled their hearts out....pujara and then kohli are the key for india....1st session is crucial for india...if india survives that one,then we r having a sniff....come on india,make the nation proud once again.....BLEED BLUE...

  • on February 8, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    We should criticize India bowling and fielding in the first inning. hope that doesn't cost India the match. they always have the talent and skill to kill any kind of attack in the world, the only thing is they are not focused.

    hope India win their first match of the year and continue it till the end of the season.

  • on February 8, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    test cricket at his best.

  • on February 8, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    If indian team want to team win abroad..? my best advice.. 1, Our pacers shuld allowed to play english counties to improve thr bowling skills and thy learn how to bowl bouncy condion, many pak bowlers playing in counties thts why thr bowlers more skill full even indian bowlers lik srinath,kumble,prasadh and zaheer played counties thr ofter thy become grt bowlers, 2. our batsmen also play counties nd improve thr batting ablities facing bouncers on bouncy condition and thy learn how to bat in this condition nd devolope thr patience, Grt players lik dravid, ganguly, laxman, hayden, langer,ponting, hussey nd grame smith devoloped thr batting skills playing counties, BCCI shuld give permission to our players to play counties and this county matchhes held every yr in jun,july nd aug this period thr is no first class matches in india, Bcci shuld prepare two pitches fr evry ground one is helpful fr pacy nd bouncy condition nd other one is subcontunent spinner friendly tracks, this gives opparrunity to devolope fast bowlers nd past bolwing allrounders..

  • CurrentPresident on February 8, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Let's not get too romantic, India will still likely lose this tomorrow (the morning session is the kicker).

    But it would still be great if they retain the lessons learned in the bowling dept in the second innings. Always attack, that gives you a head start with defense. Give your bowlers a chance.

    Also impressed with the positive batting in the second innings, so far.

  • PrasannaVenkateshan on February 8, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    A decent batting display by India in the 2nd innings,then India will surely win the match

  • Assertive-Indian on February 8, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    @Pommy80: And England fan should be the last one to call another team a minnow. The kind of thrashing which your team has received recently, I am not sure whether they are capable of defeating even Bangladesh or Zimbabwe home, or away. They are the first team which should be relegated under the new rules.

  • cricmatters on February 8, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    This will be a real test for young Indian batting lineup. If they can keep their heads and bat sensibly, they have a very good chance of overhauling the total. There is plenty of time left in the match. I don't believe in past records or history as the game has changed a lot and also the drop-in pitches don't break up that easily. India has a real opportunity to salvage some pride after the drubbing they received in the ODI's. Go India

  • Nero28 on February 8, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    Everything is happening surprisingly in this match. 1st dhoni choose to bowl out allowing his batsman to bat freely. Then the sitting duck BMc scoring not just a hundred but a double. Ishant getting 6 haul. Then India's so predicted successful batsman VK & pujara got out for single run, so called duck rohit scored top. BMc decided to bat again. Then the most surprising Indian attack got NZ for 105. And now dhawan is still not out in the scorecard.

  • Resultpredictor on February 8, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    India is going to chase this target

  • on February 8, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    If dhoni would hav selected 5 th bowler fr ishwar pandey or umesh NZ could hav scored 200 runs less becas murali vijay dropped crucial catches one in first inings of mcallum was at 18 runs and he scored 223 runs nd then second inings taylor was dropped wen he was 2 runs and he scored 49 runs, vijay mistakes cost us 250 runs its too costly fr india, why dhoni stick to CSK players in slips Ashwin nd vijay this players dropping the catches ofter catches, Pujara got two operation on his knee bt dhoni put him at forward short leg instead of tht dhoni shuld hav put vijay or dhawan becs pujara is best batsmen in indian team and how can a team captain put a player lik pujara in danger fielding position i cant understand dhoni logic behind it..

  • on February 8, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    Its the wicket. Always plays badly in the morning and eases out later in the day. So it is really praiseworthy of the Indian pacemen to get wickets in afternoon session. Tomorrow morning they have to block and not lose their wickets in the morning session. Then they are hopefully home.

    Imagine the outcry from the media and pundits if India had prepared such a track (17 wickets in a day). I think that we need some objective reports from the media now. WAS IT THE WICKET, THE WEATHER, POOR BATTING ??

    OK

  • Rags57 on February 8, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    What happened today was quite unbelievable by any stretch of imagination. Was it good Indian bowling or bad NZ batting or the great fielding especially of Jadeja and Rahane to turn things around? May be a bit of all but I feel McCullum has been unfairly criticized for not enforcing the follow-on. The recent trend by most captains (and I am sure Dhoni would have taken the same decision if he had been in Brendon's position) is to play it very conservative by batting on again and letting the opposition bat last and score 400 or 500 runs to win. India's magical performance in Calcutta following on in 2001 when they we,nt on to win a historical test match following on must be on the mind of most captains when they are left to make a similar decision. If NZ go on to win all will be forgotten but India have their foot in the door now so it is up to them to make it count. We are in for an exciting finish!!

  • Toyohashi on February 8, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    I think there may be reasons that we/commentators are unaware of as to why BMac didn't follow on. One possible thing he had in mind is that India are easy to bowl out when they're batting defensively. So he was hoping to put quick runs on the board, set them an unachievable target, then bowl at them when they're aiming for survival. It's been clear that bowling to India when they're looking to play positively can be difficult (e.g.. Indian batsmen in the ODI's usually got quite close to our 300+ totals when playing with intent). However, he could never have anticipated such a collapse from his team! Still, statistically NZ has the upper hand. The winner will probably be decided tomorrow, and hopefully our pace attack has similar conditions to this morning to get those early wickets!

  • LAKINGSFAN on February 8, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    If you get your basics right you perform well. That's what happened today. Excellent performance by India in the field. The job ahead is the responsibility of the batsmen. All India needs is a couple 100+ partnerships. Hope Pujara plays sheet anchor role tomorrow. If he holds up one end Dhawan,Kholi and Rohit can play around him. This match is solidly even at the end of the 3rd day.

  • on February 8, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    this is the problem with Vijay, he plays very well in the initial stages...just when you think he is going to make his start count, he will throw his wicket away for a nothing delivery.... that's why his average is lower.... he needs to convert his starts.... India are in a decent position now.... just think.of minimum damage in the first session and take off from there.... it's tough but not impossible.... go India..

  • IndianSRTfan on February 8, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Time to stop predicting anything and everything. All that needs to be said is that Test Cricket provides a kind of excitement that Limited Overs Cricket will never be able to provide. If it's not to your test, good on you but if it is, then come what may do not miss tomorrow's play.

    India have the momentum, NZ have the runs and a skillful bowling attack.India have a talented but inexperienced batting lineup but if they show the same hunger and desperation that they showed while bowling in NZ's second innings, we are in for an exciting match. Temperament and nerves of steel will win the match rather than skill and flair.

  • cooljack_143 on February 8, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    SA needed 320 on final day to win in Johannesburg,IND need 320 to win with two days remaining with 9 wks in hand .SA managed to draw & Ind ?????????????????

  • on February 8, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Well I do not think India has any chance of winning this match considering their brittle and timid batting line. A fall of one wicket in the morning will open the flood gates for NZ. It is the poorest batting line up for India in several years. You can't expect the likes of Rahane, Rohit, Ravindra etc to chase +400 runs.If India are to successfully chase +400, at least two batsmen have to score big hundreds. This looks like a pipe dream.

  • on February 8, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Decision against vijay very poor,commentators babbling utter nonsense ,two sounds on snicko are pad and thigh pad no bat involved,better get some better technology and drs for test cricket

  • on February 8, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    First hour if India do not loose a wicket and Dhawn holds on for the next 30mins N ew Zealand will have a rough time

  • pommy80 on February 8, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    The battle of the minnows is interesting again. Only NZ draw/lose from winning positions.

  • on February 8, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    You have to be incredibly stupid to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    How on earth can you allow an opponent who is down and out to get up and start attacking you.

    The way Indian batsmen are approaching the game shows they have the momentum on their side and have an unbelievable chance to go one up.

    They would never have had this chance if they were forced to follow on 301 runs behind They would have been trying to save the game . Now they have been offered an even chance of victory. If NZ lose this one, they will fare even worse in the next test.

    Surely India will have the wind on their backs. It's all about momentum. The recent ashes series is a classic example of how momentum can work in your favor. Surely England wee not as bad as the results show.

  • johnhamilton on February 8, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Easy to say its a huge blunder not to follow on after the event, but no one was expecting Nz to collapse after scoring 500+ in the first innings.

    Nz are still in the driving seat no matter all about all this bravado from indian fans on here.

    At least now we will get a guaranteed result, go Nz!

  • on February 8, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    why did Dhony replace shami & give ball to rohit for nz ladt wicket? because he wanted hs favourite ishant takke a last wicket.

  • on February 8, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    I know Vijay was not out in the 2nd innings, but the way he has been assisting NZ by dropping catches, a failure from Vijay would do India good - hopefully, he will be replaced with someone who can at least catch a ball.

  • on February 8, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    India will lose ...they do not have the guts to chase this big a total..

  • sergio11 on February 8, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    awesome fight back from ind...stil long way to go...i donno what haters will find out in this performance....bolwing out NZ for 105,taking unbelivable catches ending the day with only one wicket dow...really deservers lot of credit..its the morn session tommarow that will be tricky..if they can survive it without much of a damage i think ind will win...pujara has to hold one end..if you gonna expose Rohit or Rahane too early in the morn session i am affraid they will fail...NZ have the upper hand no doubt about it...and whtr its NZ or IND, game will end tommarow..

  • lobsterchampion on February 8, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    Just when I had lost all hopes in Indian pace bowling, they have sprung a huge surprise. They deserve all the credit for giving India an outside chance of winning this match. Though NZ had a disastrous second innings, they still have their noses in front. I think NZ made a huge mistake in not enforcing the follow-on. It was not as if their bowlers were tired, they just bowled 60 overs in Indian first innings, out of which 39 were bowled y'day. Indian batsmen would have been under more pressure batting under follow-on than now. Now India has the momemtum on their side, not saying that the target is going to be easy. The first session tomorrow will decide the course of match. If India lose quick wickets, it would be game over for them. On the other hand if the batsmen stick around, then who knows.

  • simpleguy2008 on February 8, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Come on BCCI lets go for the ORS or DRS see the dismissal of Murali Vijay he was not out after seeing the replay on hotspot come on accept drs now

  • sumit1982 on February 8, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    Gr8 comeback by Indian blowers .Now it is the time for batsmen to repay the hard-work shown by 3 fast blower and spinner.

    Indian team need approx two to three big partnership in order reach the target.

  • on February 8, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    What a comeback, I can bet my life that India is going to chase it down and for those who thinks NZ should have enforced the follow on, B Macullum underestimated India and thought of scoring quick 200/250 to seal the match.

  • yuvi_gladiator on February 8, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    if it swings like it did this morning, the game will probably be over in the first couple of hours tomorrow. if it does not we have a game in our hands, wrong call by Nz to not force the follow on, i mean india were on there knees with no confidence in there batsman

  • on February 8, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Superb comeback by Indian bowlers. Its a huge total no doubt for a second innings to reach, but not impossible for our batsmen. I think if Pujara, Kohli and Rahane can show their class and bat to their potential, we have the game in our hands. But they will need very good support from Dhoni and Jadeja. Dhawan showed today lot of patience and aggressiveness and good to see him scoring runs. Just someone has to tell him to duck to a rising ball. Good luck India. Game will be more or less decided tomorrow first half itself.

  • kiwicricketnut on February 8, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    @ jb633 i like your thinking on watling, he has opened before, opens for his state side, if mccullum wont move up then maybe watling could especially if we bat first but even after being in the field if he opened unless he batted through the innings, which is rare, after his innings he could put his feet up for a while before going back in the field, something has to happen our openers are hopeless. @ truecric_fan you do relise everytime you have opened your mouth you have been so horribly wrong, thank you for jinxing your team yet again, when will you learn your blind faith in your team is so misguided, you're in the box seat but india away from home does not have a good track record.

  • on February 8, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    only nz can loose a game from the position they were in useless

  • Blackholesun on February 8, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    @SANATP22

    Poor Umpiring are you sure? In fact it is superb umpiring. All decisions given were right. DRS system and sneko has verified the umpires decision. It is India's own stubbornness that we do not wish to use DRS, why ? because we get freaked out that every decision is the LBW, but forget technology can help us to determine faintest of edges or pick up noise.

    NO Technology is perfect from day 1, unless we are gonna use it how do we determine what needs to be fixed or improved? We will wake up when we loose some crucial matches around the world due to umpiring mistakes, we need this lesson.

  • Smash42 on February 8, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    To all those who naysayed when some of us predicted an Indian victory: what have you got to say now?

  • corzaNZ on February 8, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Wow, heres all the indian fans!!! Welcome back

  • on February 8, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Dhawan has got a life today as always when he gets a big score. . Will he do that this time? ?

  • tom120 on February 8, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    India still has a chance to win this game. A dropped catch of dhawan may cost NZ. How many dropped catches we've seen from both India and NZ Lol. The ball isn't swinging, looks good for India. It all depends on tomorrow's first morning session, if India doesn't lose too many wickets they have a good chance of winning this game.

  • on February 8, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    One more observation Dhoni stand very deep while keeping and take balls on below his keen roll subsequently slips also stand deep, first innings catches would have been taken if slips are little closer, catches coming on body are more easy to grab not one on the low side. Mr. Dhoni is responsible for all the debacles out side, now the time has come he should be replaced and pass rein to virat.

  • baranasai on February 8, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    I think Indians will score about 275 before they are all out as the wickets will be more favouring the bowlers at this point of time. Lets hope some miracle happens but it is highly unlikely we will get a positive result for Indians.i will still bet in favour of Kiwis who have been a better team so far. I was quite surprised about the collapse of Kiwis -same may happen to Indians

  • truecric_fan on February 8, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Brendon McCullum made a huge blunder to not enforce follow-on. India have a golden opp to chase down the remaining 349 and put NZ in their place at #8 in the rankings. Dhawan and Pujara are well settled, Kohli next, feel sorry for NZ.

  • Resultpredictor on February 8, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    Could any one believe or not " INDIA WILL CHASE THIS TARGET ". Its going to happen for sure, 100% sure. Mark my words, by third session tomorrow India will be victorious. Remarkable come back by India. What a turn around

  • StreetView on February 8, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Vijay was not out. Accept DRS, BCCI.

  • on February 8, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    be prepared to see Indian team collapsing!!!

  • StreetView on February 8, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Vijay was not out. Accept DRS, BCCI

  • on February 8, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    I think Indian bowling deserves some credit now .Hopefully this is not a one off

  • SANATP22 on February 8, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    Umpiring is very poor. Richard Keithbrough made 3 mistake in test which cost Indian in this match . Hope BCI think on DRS.

  • YesKayR on February 8, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    NZ finally played to what their potential is. India showed that they will still allow tail to wag - 10th wkt adding 25 invaluable runs which cud prove very very crucial. with more than two days available, india can get to the target if they put their mind on & show the right temperament. I still insist that this NZ bowling is no better than our bowling. Only we see some demon in that.. Pujara and Kohli will of course be our main strings. Ishant taking 9 wkts has cemented his place for another 2 yrs. Would certainly have liked to see Shami getting more wickets.

  • on February 8, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    India playing yet another spectacular abroad game only to lose badly.. And the story goes on and on again.. Wake up BCCI.. it is no use just playing spectacular games and not winning them at all.

  • Blackholesun on February 8, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Now that's more like it, a Brilliant fightback by India ! however the first innings lead conceded is gonna hurt Indian.

    The match is most probably out of India's reach, but as it is said nothing should be concluded till the last ball is bowled, so let's hope for the best.

    Unfortunately as I was typing this comment India lost one wicket :(

  • on February 8, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    why did Dhoni give ball to Rohit replace of Shami for last nzlnd wicket? because Dhoni wanted that Ishant takes last wicket.enough Dhoni its not your home team so stop the promotted some players only its not good for Indian cricket.

  • on February 8, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    if you see in the past those who have nit enforced the follow on have lost the game. first ut shows their kack if confidence. .secobd the opponent grows in confidence. .Thats what going to happen now! .

  • on February 8, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    Just cant figure out why Brendon didnt enforce followon on India... That too with the ball maving around and the pitch all in favour of seam bowling and NZ bowlers tails-up after their rip-through of the Indian lower order... If Dhawan and Vijay make a 150 stand...the match will go India's way. But Dhawan looks to be in a one-day mood and he is all set to throw away hiw wicket...

  • mxnmxn on February 8, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    What to say about this test. NZ is on smoke. Whether they win or loose, NZ cricket team is bringing misery to themselves and, for worst, to this wonderful game. I want NZ to win and (win on merit ... like Aussies). So I am the fiercest critic of them. Really, what a shame! Time and time again, I don't see BMc deserves captainship.

  • kohli_kuttu on February 8, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    we should make some excuses now as the result is quiet obvious (we are going to lose by a huge margin) and quit this series. If we play anymore matches outside the subcontinent we will end in the bottom of the rankings in all 3 formats. We should go play with Nigerian Cricket team, as that is the ONLY team we have a hope for winning.

  • on February 8, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    New Zealand has dig their grave themselves. Foolish attempt of their captain to not enforce follow on. It was his strategy to keep his injured Bowlers to rest them or fear of the Indian Batsmen to built big score and then chase difficult? The 2nd notion should have been wiped off his mind as he has already seen their failure in all formats played so for. Why he did this blunder next two days will clear every thinhg.

    Aman Ullah Khan/ Brooklyn.NY/USA

  • Night.angel on February 8, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    If India want to win test match in abroad, they need 4 fast bowlers+ 1 spinner. As some suggests, 2 spinners in overseas test match is rubbish and only useful to contain the opposition but not take any wickets.

    Dhoni as a batsman is poor in away tests. Outside subcontinent, he averages only 28, which is not ideal for a long tail of India. As a captain, he is defensive and lacks creativeness. India came back into the match is because of excellent bowling from Shami and good fielding, not because of Dhoni's captaincy.

    He should be dropped and hand it over to Kohli. As a wicketkeeper go for Dinesh karthik or Rayudu. Dhawan or Rohit should be dropped to accommodate an extra bolwer.

    My team: Rahane, vijay, pujara, kohli(C), rohit, rayudu/karthik, jadeja, zaheer, shami, pandey and yadhav.

    Pandey has got height, so he can extract bounce or in place of him, Pankaj Singh. Better than Ishant/ Yadhav got the extra pace. When shami wobbles, somebody else have to stand up.

  • on February 8, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    for a moment I dint realise that this test match is just 3 days old.... India surely love the target of under 400 .... 2 days to achieve.... no need to hurry, no need to panick.... interesting though

  • on February 8, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    crazy to not force follow on when wickets are tumbling. and to be ran out in a test is shameful. wth is bbmc doing?! im glad he doesnt captain our side.

  • on February 8, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    Even though nz are in trouble i feel that the lead they got is enough to win a test match however we can't say bcoz who knows what hppns but surely india are going to loose this nz target must be above 400

  • on February 8, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    The New Zealand public will be asking some questions if they complete what would be a monumental choke. I still don't understand the reasoning behind not enforcing the follow-on. Ideal bowling conditions with fairly fresh bowlers still, but instead have thrown it away. does he not remember what happened against England? Although Ryder has had another off field issue, he needs to be in this team asap.

  • on February 8, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    Too late for India, I assume. A 400 run lead will be difficult. Either the go for it or die trying.Pathetic overseas performance throughout in the past 2 years. All big 3 teams sre home champs.

  • baranasai on February 8, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    I still feel the KIWIS will run away with a very big win. Iam not pessimistic but the statistics -the team scored only 200 runs in the first innings has not gone on to score two and a half times in the second innings to win a match,as I expect the Kiwis to score atleast 150 in second innings- MSDs men will have their usual fumbling act very nicely-unless the openers do some miracles victory is assured for KIwis from the day 2 itself .It is time we get rid of Dhawan and bring back Ghambir or shewag as the two senior openers have some thing to offer atleast for 2 years .let ussearch for some more young blood-Like England getting so many new faces on a regular basis. Well doen Brendon and the Deserving KIWIS. God luck to India to avoid a heavy defeat-atleast you fight and loose

  • on February 8, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    Well very poor show by New Zealand in their 2nd inning at 28/5. Captain made chronic mistake in not enforcing follow on and lost the incentive gained of huge margin or lead of 301 runs. It is a game of cricket nothing could be said before the last ball is bowled but apparently New Zealand has lost the initiative.

    Aman Ullah Khan. Brooklyn, New York/ USA

  • chechong0114 on February 8, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    What a disgraceful turnout of fans for such a great day of cricket at this wonderful ball park in what is turning out to be an awesome contest between these 2 teams. The weather is great, its a weekend day and yet still cricket's number 1 fan "EMPTY SEATS" continues to dominate the back drop of the players all over the ground. Cricket oh woeful cricket what is the reason and the point of your existance? This sport has been around since the 18th century and has made absolutely no serious impact or impression on the sporting calendar worldwide. It is very clear to see why the ICC has chosen to relinquish much of its leadership role over the governance of the sport and put it in the hands of just 3 boards. Whats even more puzzling about the sport is that it continues to hold on to failing traditions and justify them. Just imagine they are considering bringing back the ICC ODI Champions Trophy I mean really? That tornament never really had great success throughout its existence.

  • popcorn on February 8, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    Stupid of Brendon McCullum NOT to enforce the follow-on,when they were 300 runs in front. He KNOWS that NZ do not have spin bowlers worth their salt to exploit the deteriorating surface on the last two days, and KNOWS that the Indians are susceptible to short -pitched balls and swing bowling. As is usually their character, the Kiwis do not know how to go for the jugular when they can. No wonder they are lowly placed in the Test Rankings. They haven't learnt from us Aussies just across the Tasman sea.

  • Johnny_129 on February 8, 2014, 1:05 GMT

    One thing I can't understand is how Ishant gets into the Indian Test side ahead of Yadav. Ishant's bowling average is 39 (very high) while Yadav's is a respectable 32 (not great but acceptable - comparable to Zak). In his last Test Yadav's bowling figures were 1/14 and 3/70 - against England at Ahmedabad - AGain respectable figures for a fast bowler in Indian conditions. Furthermore, Ishant has had far more opportunities than Yadav. Dhoni may be a good captain but he is playing god - making decisions on his gut feel as opposed to doing the correct/ deserved thing. When Dhoni's gut feel comes off, he is the hero. But when it fails (as it more often does), he is not held responsible! Ishant needs to be kicked off the team and Dhoni deserves a kick up the backside!!

  • Flighted_kiwi on February 8, 2014, 0:32 GMT

    An excellent display from NZ who were making all the running in this test until the brainless decision to not enforce the follow-on. Confidence & momentum is a huge thing in sport. At the end of the Indian 1st innings NZ would've had it in bucketloads & India feeling despondent. In 40 short minutes with NZ at 15/4, India will now be feeling good while NZ are now batting to not be rolled cheaply. Bowled out for anything less than 150 & India will feel they're in with a chance. From being played out of the game they have now been given a lifeline. NZ had only bowled 60 overs over 2 days. They'd have had a 40 minute burst at the Indians who would have been in a defensive mode and then got a lunch break. Bowling conditions were great. The forecast is for better weather tomorrow and Monday so batting could get easier. Maybe the Big 3 contacted NZC and told them they are not allowed to beat India and to let them back in the game. It's the only reason for the decision that makes any sense.

  • Ranpa on February 8, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    With the humid conditions in Auckland India has no chance in this test. With Taylor and more batting to come, NZ will have a good advantage on home ground and they have already won the psychological battle in the concluded one-day series.

  • on February 8, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    nz will regret not enforcing the follow on,thats what happens when you are not used to winning tests.

  • le-penseur on February 8, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    It's high time that MS and the coaching staff took a serious look at the slip fielding positions, and started some serious grooming for competent slip fielders. Murali Vijay , IMHO, is a good opening batsman in tests, but has not shown himself to be adept at slip fielding. The stance of Indian slip fielders also leave a lot to be desired. We don't have Dravid and Lakshman anymore, folks!

  • on February 8, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    where do we go from here? It seems we are heading for a big defeat.Only a miracle or rain can save us moize ghadially.

  • jb633 on February 8, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    I know exactly how the Indian fans are feeling right now. Actually they are probably even more angry as the NZ seamers are hardly express. Watching guys who are afraid to get into line is the most depressing thing for any cricket fan to watch. I watched our guys do it all winter against Johnson and it infuriates you. The first thing you get taught as a kid as at least to be brave and wear a couple. If they are too quick and get you out there is no shame in that. Watching guys back away is something that should never be seen at this level. I could not believe the attitude of India's tale. They had Jadeja going well at the other end but kept trying to back away and slog everything over mid on for 6. Not impressive bravery it must be said.

  • jb633 on February 7, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    Could some NZ fans tell me if Watling has ever opened the batting before? I know it is not fashionable to have your keeper open but he looks technically like he would be well suited to it. I watched him play in SA and against Eng last year and he has impressed me against quick bowling. Personally I think he lacks some options against quality spin but he looks like he could do a job up there and NZ could slot Ryder in the lower middle order. For me these two NZ openers will stop them from being a world class side. They have all the elements apart from a good pair of openers. This is not just based on today's failings but they struggle against anything that is not straight up and down. To give some credit India's seamers are bowling a top length early on. Fair play

  • Greatest_Game on February 7, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    Whoa - this match has plenty more twists and turns to go, with NZ not enforcing the follow on and promptly losing 3 for 11. Indian bowlers determined to make a fist of it it seems. More surprises to come? Can India stage a comeback?

  • thillumullu on February 7, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    I think Rahane, Kohli, Shami , Pujara should be dropped and bring back Ashwin, Agarkar.

  • kiwicricketnut on February 7, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    this is crazy, again we don't enforce the follow on, with our rubbish openers we just let india back into the match, bowlers had a good night sleep only bowled a handfull of overs each today and were getting it to swing, had india on the ropes, is there ever been a situation more perfect for a follow on just can't understand this, why put yourself under pressure like this when you have the game in the bag

  • ICKY on February 7, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    Why didn't you enforce follow-on. The confidence and monetum was on your side. Could have gone for kill when everybody in Indian camp was down and under. Now the momentum may shift to other side by few more wickets. That was an astonishing decision.

  • StuL on February 7, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    That's it for either or both of Fulton and Rutherford. I think they should have followed on rather than give Indian bowlers a sniff in these humid conditions. The nz bowlers haven't had to work too hard that they needed a rest.

  • on February 7, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    know we can clearly see, how Indian team struggle to cope with conditions outside India.. they are just media hype..

  • on February 7, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    Whats going on with NZ and follow ons? They never enforce them.

  • nothingnew on February 7, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    who is the biggest looser in ODI and Test in these days ? just one answer it is India. shame of Indian cricket . Indian fans think their batsman are legend even they can't reach 250 runs . except rohit no one can hit fifty. i am sure Dhoni will tell "our batsmen did play wrong short in bad time" . Dhoni doesn't have confident about his team. he just watched and see how games going . no involvement at all . I believe if jadeja should be replaced . most indian flat track bullies don't know how to bat long innings. if don't know ask from Sangakkara or McCullum ( for me he is not really test batsman ) . i am sure india will loose more than 350 + runs. i am worring why mcCullum didn't ask to come and play second innings of india . rather than batting NZ. any how good luck NZ.

  • nothingnew on February 7, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    who is the biggest looser in ODI and Test in these days ? just one answer it is India. shame of Indian cricket . Indian fans think their batsman are legend even they can't reach 250 runs . except rohit no one can hit fifty. i am sure Dhoni will tell "our batsmen did play wrong short in bad time" . Dhoni doesn't have confident about his team. he just watched and see how games going . no involvement at all . I believe if jadeja should be replaced . most indian flat track bullies don't know how to bat long innings. if don't know ask from Sangakkara or McCullum ( for me he is not really test batsman ) . i am sure india will loose more than 350 + runs. i am worring why mcCullum didn't ask to come and play second innings of india . rather than batting NZ. any how good luck NZ.

  • on February 7, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    Whats going on with NZ and follow ons? They never enforce them.

  • on February 7, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    know we can clearly see, how Indian team struggle to cope with conditions outside India.. they are just media hype..

  • StuL on February 7, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    That's it for either or both of Fulton and Rutherford. I think they should have followed on rather than give Indian bowlers a sniff in these humid conditions. The nz bowlers haven't had to work too hard that they needed a rest.

  • ICKY on February 7, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    Why didn't you enforce follow-on. The confidence and monetum was on your side. Could have gone for kill when everybody in Indian camp was down and under. Now the momentum may shift to other side by few more wickets. That was an astonishing decision.

  • kiwicricketnut on February 7, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    this is crazy, again we don't enforce the follow on, with our rubbish openers we just let india back into the match, bowlers had a good night sleep only bowled a handfull of overs each today and were getting it to swing, had india on the ropes, is there ever been a situation more perfect for a follow on just can't understand this, why put yourself under pressure like this when you have the game in the bag

  • thillumullu on February 7, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    I think Rahane, Kohli, Shami , Pujara should be dropped and bring back Ashwin, Agarkar.

  • Greatest_Game on February 7, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    Whoa - this match has plenty more twists and turns to go, with NZ not enforcing the follow on and promptly losing 3 for 11. Indian bowlers determined to make a fist of it it seems. More surprises to come? Can India stage a comeback?

  • jb633 on February 7, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    Could some NZ fans tell me if Watling has ever opened the batting before? I know it is not fashionable to have your keeper open but he looks technically like he would be well suited to it. I watched him play in SA and against Eng last year and he has impressed me against quick bowling. Personally I think he lacks some options against quality spin but he looks like he could do a job up there and NZ could slot Ryder in the lower middle order. For me these two NZ openers will stop them from being a world class side. They have all the elements apart from a good pair of openers. This is not just based on today's failings but they struggle against anything that is not straight up and down. To give some credit India's seamers are bowling a top length early on. Fair play

  • jb633 on February 8, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    I know exactly how the Indian fans are feeling right now. Actually they are probably even more angry as the NZ seamers are hardly express. Watching guys who are afraid to get into line is the most depressing thing for any cricket fan to watch. I watched our guys do it all winter against Johnson and it infuriates you. The first thing you get taught as a kid as at least to be brave and wear a couple. If they are too quick and get you out there is no shame in that. Watching guys back away is something that should never be seen at this level. I could not believe the attitude of India's tale. They had Jadeja going well at the other end but kept trying to back away and slog everything over mid on for 6. Not impressive bravery it must be said.