New Zealand v India, 1st Test, Auckland, 4th day February 9, 2014

New Zealand seamers deliver thrilling win

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New Zealand 503 (McCullum 224, Williamson 113, Ishant 6-134) and 105 (Ishant 3-28) beat India 202 (Rohit 72, Wagner 4-64) and 366 (Dhawan 115, Wagner 4-62, Southee 3-81) by 40 runs
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Crowe: NZ pacers showed great character

The New Zealand seamers kept their wits against an Indian side that was hell-bent on achieving the tallest chase in the country and secured a thrilling 40-run win in Auckland. A fourth-innings century from Shikhar Dhawan, a solid 126-run stand between him and Virat Kohli and an unexpected counter from Ravindra Jadeja kept the game alive. But Neil Wagner, menacing in every spell he bowled, picked up four wickets, including Dhawan, Kohli and MS Dhoni, to help New Zealand take a see-saw Test and hand India their 10th overseas defeat in 11 Tests.

India had come within 139 runs of a record win with six wickets in hand when the second new ball was taken. What transpired in the next 16.3 overs was less of cricket and more of a boxing match, with both teams throwing punches and counter-punches to knock each other out.

New Zealand jabbed first. Trent Boult trapped Ajinkya Rahane lbw with the first delivery he bowled with the new ball and Tim Southee lured Rohit Sharma with a perfect outswinger in his first. Rahane had a reason to be peeved with the decision - there was a thick inside edge involved - but within the space of seven balls, New Zealand had control of the match back after a long hard toil. However, India were not going down without a fight.

Jadeja had not done much wrong in the Test and he continued in the same vein with the bat. The first ball he faced was punched down the ground with a shot that oozed class. He even held the pose for a considerable time, appreciating the shot. But that was the only classical shot he played before shifting into Twenty20 mode.

Jadeja drove a length delivery from Southee over mid-on for his second boundary, then came the upper-cut in the same over for his third. In Southee's next over, he charged down the pitch and flat-batted a length ball down the ground. The umpire was lucky that the ball flew past his left. He then launched Boult over long off for another six.

MS Dhoni was playing shots of his own. He smashed four boundaries off Boult and the partnership between the two bulged to 54 in 34 balls, bringing the target down to 83. From what seemed like a boxer throwing blind jabs, upper cuts, hooks and crosses at an opponent while going down, India were managing to do some serious damage.

Jadeja's brief stay ended the way it had lasted as he failed to clear mid-on. In response, Dhoni shunned his aggression. Zaheer Khan, though, threw the bat whenever the bowlers allowed him to free his arms and hit a six and a four in the point region.

Wagner, in his first dig with the new ball, made Zaheer hop with a short of length delivery that the batsman could only edge to first slip. An over later, Dhoni chopped a slower bouncer from the same bowler on to the stumps, effectively ending the match. Boult just provided the final push that brought India crashing down.

The frantic finish was in contrast with the slow build both teams had gone through in the first two sessions. The conditions on the fourth day were markedly different from the third, with the air much drier. It meant that the swing that created problems for the batsmen on the third morning didn't make an appearance for most parts of the day. The only time it did, it was when Southee was in operation.

Southee stuck to impeccable lines and managed to extract just enough movement to put doubts in the batsmen's mind. The one ball that did something extra fetched him the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara in the fifth over of the morning. Bowling from wide of the crease, Southee got the second ball of his third over to lift and seam away appreciably from a length. Pujara, playing from the crease, could only edge it to the wicketkeeper.

Southee then ensured Kohli didn't get an easy start as he bowled 28 consecutive deliveries at the batsman giving away just nine runs.

Meanwhile, Wagner kept the typically aggressive Dhawan quiet at the other end. Dhawan was content on defending everything in line of stumps and left most of the wider deliveries. Only 34 runs were scored in the 14 overs in the first hour of the play. It was almost a case of who would blink first.

The second hour though proved to be a release for the batsmen as Southee, after a spell of 7-3-11-1, tired out. Kohli broke the stalemate with consecutive boundaries off Wagner - a check drive that raced through extra cover followed by a pull on a short delivery that lacked zing. He reached his half-century off 80 balls. Together with Dhawan, Kohli added 126 to bring the target under 200, but had a lapse in concentration as he attempted a pull at a wide Wagner delivery. Wagner, in a tireless 10-over spell with the old ball, made the big strike when he removed Dhawan with a sharp bouncer from round the wicket.

Dhawan had shown remarkable discipline in the morning session and had made slow progress to move into the nineties. Ish Sodhi didn't pose the same threat as the New Zealand seamers and Dhawan used the chance to race to his second century with a six and a four. However, New Zealand chances surged once Dhawan was dismissed. The new ball hastened New Zealand's rush to their first Test win against India in 12 years.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • jb633 on February 9, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    This was a top game of cricket. I have been critical of India in away tests but they must be given credit here. The bowlers were exceptional in that second innings and their batsmen gave it a good crack too. Overall you would have to say NZ deserved the test match win but tactically they need to think about how to go forward. I always thought Sodhi would get clattered against good players of spin and he offers neither control nor wickets. I would bring Nathan McCullum in for him to basically hold the game whilst the seamers rotate. It sounds negative but on the wickets in NZ spinners rarely win matches. I would bring Ryder in for Fulton who has failed to impress yet again.

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    @abhi and saleem, Pakistan won the T20 WC in England (2009), 2003-04 in NZ Pak won 2 test match series 1-0, 2009-2010 3 test match series drawn 1-1, 2010-2011 Pakistan won 2 test match series 1-0, 2012-2013 Pakistan beat FTBs in their own backyard, in 2013 beat WI in WI, 2013 beat SA in SA which no subcontinent team has achieved and I was so happy that at least Pakistan didn't run away by the fear of playing SA despite loosing the first two series in the same year and didn't curtail the series to loose 2-0 like India did.. If it was a 7 match series as decided, the result could have been 6-0 with one match rained out :-p I'm a cricket lover, I admire good cricket but since the ICC revamp, I want BIG 3 loosing each and every game they play and there would be million others like me sharing my concern. I'd still watch and admire good cricket though despite what my heart might feel. India lost fair and square so just stop bashing other teams and focus on your own threatening failures

  • on February 11, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    If India stubbornly refuses to use DRS system they cannot complain when they get in the wrong end of an umpiring decision. In the end, the better team emerged victorious.

  • on February 10, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    For me the only low spot in a great test match was the virtually empty stadium throughout the match. A city of almost 1.5 million, 2 days over the weekend, not to mention a public holiday, decent weather, exciting fluctuations in fortune during the match, but nobody there to watch. If people won't turn up for a game like that then thet're never going to. Shows how much trouble test cricket must be in, in some countries. Very, very sad.

  • on February 10, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Well said Shane Bond. 1 thing that has really annoyed me is the almost total lack of acknowledgement that Dhoni has made for the NZ team performances throughout the whole tour.

  • on February 10, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    @Nampally That's what I said. 3rd innings of NZ was crucial as well, infact all sessions are crucial. Had watling been there, he would have scored at least 20 more to add to the total. Also Anderson got out to a howler, he "could have" scored a century and NZ "would have" gotten to 600+. But that is cricket for you, no could have, would have. And you haven't read my comment as well my friend. I said, no Indian fan was out there when these 2 decisions went against us and when it went in favour of us, you lose your mind. Wagner I again repeat never said he'll run through the line up but you come up with another excuse of "boasting his morale". If Kohli was that good, he "would have" pulled the worst ball of century.

    Hypocricy shouldn't be prevelant in the world's biggest democracy but sadly for a few fans and BCCI, it does.

  • on February 10, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    So many excuses here from Indian fans. Out played again. Take some humble pie

  • on February 10, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    for all those who are upset by the wagner dismissal of dhoni.... it got checked by third umpire that in itself is unjust!!! why was it not done with watlings dismissal??? replay showed clearly that the bowler had overstepped! Umpire's had a bad test all round but both teams had their share of bad calls. dhonis was close call but should not even have been refered at all

  • cricfan_aus on February 9, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    @ for all of those SL and BD fans who is been winging about dhoni complaining about the bad decisions, he did not say that the match is lost just because of those decisions. He was going through the whole 4th innings and the factors that could have been different. In saying that NZ deserved to win the match based on their first innings itself. Although IND put up a fight in the second innings there are quite few disappointing performances from the side. Batting wise for me Rahane and Pujara, a lot of people expected a lot from these two. If the batters could have handled the 1st innings a little better and scored 20 runs and fielders hold on to the catches or saved few more runs the result could have been different.

  • bhavesh__j on February 9, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    Undoubtedly Kiwis played better cricket. Dhoni, please always say this in your closing comments apart from the other analysis of our own side. Secondly, Dhoni's own defensive approach cost us the match. If there is any batsman in the squad who can accelerate is Dhoni himself. Not sure why he adopted such defensive approach to ask Jaddu for big shots. Also, isn't Jadeja capable of scoring triples in domestic? All that was required after 6 wickets down was to be a real Dhoni (i.e. captain cool) instead of panicking. Another disappointment in this match was that both Dhawan and Nohit scored a few runs. It means they will be in the 11's for another 15-20 failures.

  • jb633 on February 9, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    This was a top game of cricket. I have been critical of India in away tests but they must be given credit here. The bowlers were exceptional in that second innings and their batsmen gave it a good crack too. Overall you would have to say NZ deserved the test match win but tactically they need to think about how to go forward. I always thought Sodhi would get clattered against good players of spin and he offers neither control nor wickets. I would bring Nathan McCullum in for him to basically hold the game whilst the seamers rotate. It sounds negative but on the wickets in NZ spinners rarely win matches. I would bring Ryder in for Fulton who has failed to impress yet again.

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    @abhi and saleem, Pakistan won the T20 WC in England (2009), 2003-04 in NZ Pak won 2 test match series 1-0, 2009-2010 3 test match series drawn 1-1, 2010-2011 Pakistan won 2 test match series 1-0, 2012-2013 Pakistan beat FTBs in their own backyard, in 2013 beat WI in WI, 2013 beat SA in SA which no subcontinent team has achieved and I was so happy that at least Pakistan didn't run away by the fear of playing SA despite loosing the first two series in the same year and didn't curtail the series to loose 2-0 like India did.. If it was a 7 match series as decided, the result could have been 6-0 with one match rained out :-p I'm a cricket lover, I admire good cricket but since the ICC revamp, I want BIG 3 loosing each and every game they play and there would be million others like me sharing my concern. I'd still watch and admire good cricket though despite what my heart might feel. India lost fair and square so just stop bashing other teams and focus on your own threatening failures

  • on February 11, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    If India stubbornly refuses to use DRS system they cannot complain when they get in the wrong end of an umpiring decision. In the end, the better team emerged victorious.

  • on February 10, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    For me the only low spot in a great test match was the virtually empty stadium throughout the match. A city of almost 1.5 million, 2 days over the weekend, not to mention a public holiday, decent weather, exciting fluctuations in fortune during the match, but nobody there to watch. If people won't turn up for a game like that then thet're never going to. Shows how much trouble test cricket must be in, in some countries. Very, very sad.

  • on February 10, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Well said Shane Bond. 1 thing that has really annoyed me is the almost total lack of acknowledgement that Dhoni has made for the NZ team performances throughout the whole tour.

  • on February 10, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    @Nampally That's what I said. 3rd innings of NZ was crucial as well, infact all sessions are crucial. Had watling been there, he would have scored at least 20 more to add to the total. Also Anderson got out to a howler, he "could have" scored a century and NZ "would have" gotten to 600+. But that is cricket for you, no could have, would have. And you haven't read my comment as well my friend. I said, no Indian fan was out there when these 2 decisions went against us and when it went in favour of us, you lose your mind. Wagner I again repeat never said he'll run through the line up but you come up with another excuse of "boasting his morale". If Kohli was that good, he "would have" pulled the worst ball of century.

    Hypocricy shouldn't be prevelant in the world's biggest democracy but sadly for a few fans and BCCI, it does.

  • on February 10, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    So many excuses here from Indian fans. Out played again. Take some humble pie

  • on February 10, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    for all those who are upset by the wagner dismissal of dhoni.... it got checked by third umpire that in itself is unjust!!! why was it not done with watlings dismissal??? replay showed clearly that the bowler had overstepped! Umpire's had a bad test all round but both teams had their share of bad calls. dhonis was close call but should not even have been refered at all

  • cricfan_aus on February 9, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    @ for all of those SL and BD fans who is been winging about dhoni complaining about the bad decisions, he did not say that the match is lost just because of those decisions. He was going through the whole 4th innings and the factors that could have been different. In saying that NZ deserved to win the match based on their first innings itself. Although IND put up a fight in the second innings there are quite few disappointing performances from the side. Batting wise for me Rahane and Pujara, a lot of people expected a lot from these two. If the batters could have handled the 1st innings a little better and scored 20 runs and fielders hold on to the catches or saved few more runs the result could have been different.

  • bhavesh__j on February 9, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    Undoubtedly Kiwis played better cricket. Dhoni, please always say this in your closing comments apart from the other analysis of our own side. Secondly, Dhoni's own defensive approach cost us the match. If there is any batsman in the squad who can accelerate is Dhoni himself. Not sure why he adopted such defensive approach to ask Jaddu for big shots. Also, isn't Jadeja capable of scoring triples in domestic? All that was required after 6 wickets down was to be a real Dhoni (i.e. captain cool) instead of panicking. Another disappointment in this match was that both Dhawan and Nohit scored a few runs. It means they will be in the 11's for another 15-20 failures.

  • cricfan_aus on February 9, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    What a fantastic game of test cricket. Although finished in 4 days it offered all the emotions as fan could ask for, including boredom at some stage. This match proved again the one session could be the difference between winning or loosing the match. Kudos to Ind for putting up a fight and NZ to throwing everything they have and coming out as winners. There are disappointing aspects or players from both teams but this match offered 3 different formats in 4 days. As an Ind cricket fan am little disappointed but every one knows the first innings made a lot of difference. Ind fielders need to learn to hold on to those chances and bowlers need to maintain the intensity and line and length.

  • Vikum72 on February 9, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    @madmasthathi1: As a SL fan I can tell you that we don't hate the Indian team. However the recent despicable actions of the BCCI has led us extremely disappointed to say the least. I personally won't trust any outcome of a match involving Indian team (or any other team for that matter) in future. Cricket is not a sport anymore but a business. Good businessmen cater to the demand. So its natural when teams strike these lucrative bilateral deals in future that they'll agree upon the script as well.

  • on February 9, 2014, 23:33 GMT

    What's it all about? India playing away, we all know what's gonna happen so whats new here ?

  • The-Stoat on February 9, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    I'm really enjoying the current New Zealand cricket renaissance, but would still like to see some work on the team. I'm unconvinced about Rutherford and Fulton - obviously Rutherford has some talent and perhaps should be persisted with, but Fulton isn't taking his chances. Latham and Raval should be considered as an opening pair - or bring back Papps, which I know people will criticize based on age but hey - you've got Fulton in the team and Papps is in great form. I like Sodhi, I think he should be kept in the mix, but on non-turning NZ tracks Henry or Neesham would probably be more useful?

  • on February 9, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    FUN FACT: India Population - 1250 million, there is no sport next to cricket New Zealand Population - 4.5 million, rugby is by far bigger than cricket

    Keeping these facts in mind I fail to comprehend the Indian humiliation at Kiwi hands (not a single win)! Moreover, the Indian cricket infrastructure is by leaps better than its Asian counterparts. Each year Indian population increases four times New Zealand in size. Flat track bullies!!

  • on February 9, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    The game would have been more interesting if the last Indian wicket put atleast a 20 run partnership. Shami can bat much better than Ishant (free wicket) who doesn't know how to hold the bat. India should develop Bhuvi as a bowling all-rounders and train tail enders to bat. This pathetic Indian tail is the worst tail among the cricketing nations. An Aus or SA or NZ's last wicket would have made at least 20 runs given the situation.

  • on February 9, 2014, 22:49 GMT

    Well done NZ. I would have enforced the follow on but what would I know? I've never captained my club team let alone an international side and I have the benefit of hindsight. Martin Crowe says it was a fifty fifty call so I'll go with that.

    After watching this test from ball one I have to say that I want the DRS in all games of cricket. This is the match that has pushed me firmly into the DRS camp.

    And Neil Wagner. My God, the man has a heart bigger than Phar Lap. Well done both teams and wow, can't wait for the next one.

  • Silverbails on February 9, 2014, 22:49 GMT

    Sad to see another Indian loss, and that against a minor team like the black caps. And that the first after 12 years. After the first innings, I predicted a 1- 0 lead to N.Z., which was quite easily achieved on the fourth day, despite the fourth innings heroics from Jadeja. Despite some umpiring errors, Dhoni's men had no real answers to the fast bowling firepower of the N.Z. pacemen. I would now expect the black caps to ram home their advantage in the second Test for a 2 - 0 whitewash of this pathetic shambles of an Indian Test team!!

  • playboy142 on February 9, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    Congratulations to team New Zealand from Pakistan. You really makes us happy. Thank You

  • on February 9, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    Get over it people, you lost fair and square. Bad umpiring decisions went both ways (as they always do, because umpires are human and make mistakes). Give credit where credit is due. Good on you NZ. Well played!

  • Nampally on February 9, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    @Mintsweety: No Kidding, Sir! I am referring here to a specific case of cutting the return crease consistently when bowling "Over the wkts" by Wagner. He bowled round the wkts. mostly but in between some overs he went over the wkts. to exploit bowling wide of the crease. He went so wide that he was cutting the return crease on at least 50% of his deliveries but the Umpire appeared to be ignorant of No ball rule!. Dhoni was bowled - Played on- to one such ball as was ZAK caught. The TV Umpire - Baxter from NZ- should have declared that a No Ball. Slow motion replay showed it as No Ball as judged by NZ commentators. Do you need more blatant example? You cannot ignore about dozen No balls - One fan(in here) quoted 50 No balls! Congrats. to NZ- they played well. But so did India. After a poor first innings showing, it took lot of guts to rise from Ashes to fight back so courageously. Cricket is known to be a fair Game- let us play Cricket! Higher Umpiring standards are needed.

  • legfinedeep on February 9, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    Stop calling the Indians flat-track bullies. Durban was flatter than a pancake and they still lost. They are home-track-bullies :)

  • on February 9, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    India will come back and beat new Zealand in the second test. New Zealand were not the better side. India deserved to win yesterday and they will win in the second test since they are the better side

  • on February 9, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    Why Indians feeling that they're on top 3! By loosing Oneday and test matches how they prove that they're on top!

    They're the worse team now I guess! Because same NZ team were lost by Bangladesh at 2013!

    And England wow! You guys have to feeling shame on your own performances at Australia.......................

  • on February 9, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    NZ's top order has some serious holes in it. Bar one outstanding series against England, Fulton and Rutherford have been poor, and they provide little protection for the middle order. 30/3 and 25/5 are terrible starts by anybody's standards, regardless of the fact that NZ made 503 after the first poor start. Time to go back to Guptill opening: 1) Guptill 2) Latham 3) Williamson 4) Taylor / Ryder - depending on birth of Taylor's next child 5) McCullum 6) Anderson 7) Watling 8) Southee 9) Sodhi - I would persevere with Sodhi as he is young and will continue to develop 10) Wagner 11) Boult

  • AlSmug on February 9, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    A fabulously entertaining match to watch it could of gone either way whom would of thought that on day two. New Zealand lack 2 things to be a world class side a quality spinner and a quality quick southee is more than useful , wagner tries hard but lacks skill , Boult looked mediocre, what ever happened to D Bracewell he looked a world beater in tasmania against the Aussies.

  • reality_check on February 9, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    @madmasthathi1

    I have been visiting cricinfo for a long time and all I can say is that the hatred goes both ways even when own team is not involved.

  • BobCo on February 9, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    I feel that Dhoni needs to play the aggressive brand of batsmanship he showed while Jadeja was at the crease, and which is his ODI standard mode of play, all the time in tests too. (Think back to his 200 against Australia for a test match example.) As soon as he shut down in the 2nd innings (upon Jadeja's dismissal), I felt NZ were going to win it. If the more positive Dhoni had remained, who knows what might have happened? Does anyone else feel the same about Dhoni's approach to batting? India really lost this game after lunch on the 1st day; they went from being well in control of things to bowling too much loose stuff and NZ just batted themselves first into the game, and then into a totally dominant position. After that, India needed too much heroics to really win it. They got pretty close though! :-)

  • slasher on February 9, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    Great game, this was a real "test" India did not give up and showed real character. NZ showed the talent and commitment that their followers have been aware of for a while, they still have improvement and a couple of spots to sort out and of course need to get consistent. I think India should tour NZ every 18 months to two years, because I think they can gain a lot from it, get used to different conditions, try new and different players, and experience different kinds of ground they will get in SA, Aus and Eng. The only way they will improve overseas is keep playing overseas and put in place a plan, touring NZ regularly could be part of that plan.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 9, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    Guys according to the BCCI we should not use anything that is not 100% fool proof. I would like to ask you all to stop driving your cars, bicycles, motor bikes, planes, trains, mopeds immediately. As neither of these are 100% safe.

    I cannot for the life of me understand how anyone can go through life with this attitude. If you dont use Technology, then it wont develop and can never be perfected. We went from steam trains to Ferraris over time, if we didn't try, experiment and fail - we wouldn't be here.

    Maybe I wont leave my house tomorrow in case I get hit by lighting as its not 100% safe to leave home....Come on, wake up!

  • fair_paly_1 on February 9, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    @Nampally Is it only "democratic" when you talk about umpiring errors when it concerns Indian team only? For your information, every such error is a "major factor" not just in 4th innings. For example, if Anderson had gone on to make a 100 it would have shut India out completely with a massive lead.

    By the way, even when everyone plays well, some match turning feat gets a special mention and that's what happened in Wagner's case. That's why even his captain spoke about him especially at post match presentation. Shane Bond, one of the fastest bowlers of his time would know what he is talking about when he sees a bowling performance - have some respect.

    You have a right to support India but have a heart and give credit where it's due.

  • hamzaboy on February 9, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    I am a Pakistani fan but i must India did really well to come back from where they were on 3rd day morning... I still believe India can do well overseas but they must admit that Dhoni is not tailor made captain for test Cricket..Overall a very good test match and Win well deserved NZ:)...India should improve their away record their performances are really different overseas.. Lions at home Cat ....

  • Mintsweety on February 9, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    @nampally, you cannot be serious...it's a wind up right? India still got over 50% of the decisions their way so I suggest you go back and watch the entire match. Not just the selective bits in which you feel hard done by. NZ deserved to win this, and justice prevailed.

  • GreenBouncySpin on February 9, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    This might be India's 10th defeat in last 11 away tests. But we have to look beyond just the number of away defeats. This is a team with very young players. We may not have results to show that this team is better than the one which lost 0-8 against England and Australia. But believe me - this is far better, at least in the batting and fielding. The tests we lost to England and Australia were all one sided. India never was in any of those games and was beaten fair and square. But this new Indian team has shown lot of fight in SA and now. We must be patient and give some time for this young blood to become match winners. However I do agree that there is no ray of hope with our bowling as long as we continue to not look beyond ZK & I Sharma. We found Shami - he's a gem. We should start investing heavily into B Kumar, U Yadav, V Aaron & I Pandey. They should be trusted and given long hauls. And for all away tests (barring SL and BAN) we should have 4 seamers in the playing XI.

  • madmasthathi1 on February 9, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    The animosity shown by SL and Pak fans against India is staggering for a game not involving them. I am sure that NZ were the better side and India are poor tourists. But the level of hatred shown by SL and Pak is mind boggling.

    SL cricket would be dead if it were not for India touring them again and again and again. As far as Pak goes, well what can I say.

  • Asad_Khan1 on February 9, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster You are saying that no other team would have come even close to this target. SA scored 450 runs in 4th innings against your beloved team not so far ago. Short Memory?

  • m_ilind on February 9, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Kohli's wicket set the panic button for India. The batsmen that followed just didn't have the confidence in building the chase as Kohli & Dhawan did in the morning. Credit to the NZ bowlers that they kept the pressure with their accurate & hostile bowling, but Indians were in a " hit out or get out" mode after Kohli & Dhawan's dismissals. From a score of 220 for 2 chasing 407, any team would have shown patience and application to try and win the game. Batsmen slogging without getting set is a poor reflection of the team's confidence level. SA had almost chased a similar tall target of 456 set by this same team a few weeks back. Dhoni for once looked relieved with India's bowling effort in NZ second innings. Not a good sign for a team that had claims to the No. 1 spot.

  • zexmanoz on February 9, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    We cannot blame umpire for wrong decision..and we cannot blame either any side for winning or losing.being a indian cricket fan,i suggest BCCI should approve DRS,Dhoni has poor captaincy in test so bring next captain for test,give some general knowledge to batsman i.e.if bat got nicked not bat he must raise his bat as clarke did in recent games that Rahane didnot did but atay sleeplessly hopeless and if India wanna win next test,they should try new bowlers especially my favour goes to Pandey as he is currently in form and has taken tremendous wicket recently in domestic games and practice game .better luck favours ypou india next time and plz Dhoni you have world class batsman so plzzzz choose to bat first if you win the toss coz tremendous target can pshychologically make newzealands batsman weak and in addition it makes indian batswan strong enough for ton run leading play.lollll

  • BatBowlCatch on February 9, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    Anybody can bat well in India but India can't bat very well anywhere else (yes, I do realise NZ barely made 100 in their second innings). A good, fair result won by the better all round side. Due to over 50% of India's games being played in India their rankings will always show them to be better than they are. I wonder if the stubborn BCCI will adopt the DRS. Finally, will all the Indian Ishant haters out there retract or is this some sort of personal thing?

  • on February 9, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    indian fans should stop blaming umpires.. both teams gad bad descisions go against them... remember a certain decision that enabled jadeja to tie the third odi???? would have been 5-0 my friends.

  • Nampally on February 9, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    @Shane Bond: I have not commented on Wagner or his bowling- least of all calling it "Mediocre"! Every bowler bowled his heart out in 3rd innings too. One does not need to go out of his way to point that out - as you are doing. Read my comments carefully before your unwanted rant!. I was commenting on the level of umpiring in this match & more particularly in crucial 4th innings. when a bowler is not no balled for cutting the return crease. The NZ commentators showed in slow motion when Dhoni's was given out & called it a clear no ball. Normally the Umpires go thru' for every out to check the No ball of the Bowler before declaring the batsman out. You are questioning my where abouts when Your NZ batsmen were given out. You had as much right to rant about it too- why didn't you? It is a democratic world where Fans are free to express their opinion especially when they see glaring errors! I was pointing out about the Umpiring errors in 4th innings - a major factor on Indian loss too!

  • reluctant_fan on February 9, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    India shouldn't be given too much credit for this "fightback". Getting beaten by a team ranked much lower than you in no way helps you enhance your reputation. Their backs were against the wall for the most of the game. Time and again they show the lack of reading the situation and applying themselves accordingly. I have no idea what they decided to hit out their way after loosing a couple of quick wickets after the new ball. They probably forgot that there was one more day left in the game.

  • on February 9, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Okay, okay!!! STOP!! Please Indian fans? Let me explain, once and for all, why the DRS is disliked by India and was an epic failure for them when they trialed it (they got 1 from 20!!):

    - The DRS allows infinite successful reviews, to eliminate the howler, when the batsman knows it was not out (edge on lbw) or when the bowler or keeper know it was out (unheard edge) - India use it incorrectly (or would) because they think like the comments in here reflect they think... they are spoiled and do not know when they are beaten and would use it up challenging LBWs on line and height before the howlers came (there are often two - and was ONE for NZ and ONE for India - which DRS would have eliminated). After all, Dhoni was out & the no-ball on Watling should have been picked up auto-review (as Oz do) when batsman walking off (not a DRS issue). BMac knew Anderson wasn't out and would have DRS challenged that lbw as would have Rahane. So that is ONE overturn for NZ and ONE for India. Irony! 1-0

  • on February 9, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    It was the best Ploy ever to Blow India away :1) Make sure they never got off to a flier...result Vijay out. 2) Make sure the middle Order fails...result Rahane ..out. 3) Make sure they do not finish ...result ..Dhoni out. Do you need any proof of this.

  • Stat1977 on February 9, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    Umpires' decisions absolutely play a major role in decisive games.They on the other hand are human beings,human errors are inevitable and it's not deliberate.We have a solution for that,the DRS. But who did oppose it and why? Now it's biting the back of it's very haters.In this game both were at the receiving end of poor decisions.That must not take anything away from black caps fighting spirit, especially Wagner,you are the man! He saved them from crazy, irresponsible collapse of second innings, which would have caused a nightmare for black caps.

  • blthndr on February 9, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    @JG2704 ........and these usual thing i m sure its not going to stop anytime soon....and the new one in market is "THE BIG THREE LOL lOL lOL"...:)

  • andaman99 on February 9, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    NZ played fantastic!! at the post match presentation Indian captain Dhoni said they lost because of some "unlucky decisions" instead of accepting defeat & superb performance from black caps throughout the match. Dhoni has lost the true spirit of the sport as a leader.

    If Rahane was unlucky then Corey Anderson in the first innings,Williamson, Watling were also unlucky they could have posted a big score and more difficult for India to chase. Moreover it was a decision of India not to use DRS that way they can put more pressure on field Umpires and if the decision goes against Indian team eventually BCCI can remove the Umpires.

  • reluctant_fan on February 9, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    I am surprised that not much is being said about the quality of umpiring in this game. The end result notwithstanding, you expect umpires at international level to perform better than this.

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut - As an Englishman - where we are used to so many rain interrupted games , I would nearly always enforce the follow on. We were fortunate that your side collapsed against us in the 2nd test in England otherwise we would have drawn a game we should have won. The problem with our weather is you often don't know how much bad weather will materialise so if you bat again you could bat on for too long - if there is maximum bad weather , but you can also allow the opposition too much time to chase a total if you allow for weather which doesn't materialise. The weather was set fair and IMO they did the right thing as I think the odds on scoring a very low total in the last inns were more likely than in the 3rd inns where they had a big lead and les scoreboard pressure. Also the bowlers get a rest (albeit not much of one). If I was a NZ fan and India won this game I'd still have felt worse about not beating Eng in the 3rd test when Bmac batted on for way too long

  • on February 9, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    dhoni should be given rest and some other players should be given the oppurtunity to prepare for future.

  • on February 9, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Nice try by India but our short-coming(pun intended) is clear. Why can't BCCI introduce a few bouncy wickets in the domestic circuit? Where is all that money being spent. If you ever watch a Ranji game, you'd be hardpressed to find a ball that reaches chest high. Wake up BCCI. 10-1 is humiliating.

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    @Venkat_Gowrishankar on (February 9, 2014, 5:11 GMT) I'm guessing you were reading different threads from the rest of the world then. There was plenty from the usuals on our threads too.

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    @Aman Khan on (February 9, 2014, 1:11 GMT) /Arun Shivaswamy on (February 9, 2014, 1:16 GMT)

    Yeah , can see your reasoning (and this isn't just hindsight) but I think NZ probably did the right thing here. India had NZ out in the field for long enough to have them a little tired and had India taken a 2nd inns lead of any sorts - scoreboard pressure can do funny things. Usually I'd go for the follow on but then coming from England where we get so many weather issues you dont always know how much time you've got to bowl a side out 2nd tima around. Here - with the weather set fair was different.

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    @pommy80 on (February 9, 2014, 0:17 GMT) As an Eng fan I don't see us doing any whitewashing any time soon unless the players are seeking new careers in painting and decorating

    @Smash42 on (February 9, 2014, 0:09 GMT) Great reading of a game there bud lol. Still at least you show no bitterness in your later comms

  • kiwicricketnut on February 9, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    @ Gagg, i suppose 5 seamers is an option but we just proved 4 is enough, no spinner in the country is going to really threaten these indians but at least sohdi beat the bat a bit, he just bowls a few too many four balls, only vettori could handle these guys and he's not an option. even the great shane warne struggled against india so i didn't expect miracles from sohdi, i thought it would be a valuable learning experience for him though and i still think he is the best spin option in the country, if the selectors go with 5 seamers then fair enough but i think they should stick by this young man bowling the hardest craft there is.

  • on February 9, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    don't worry in Asia cup they will get some flat ties..and no doubt they will fire with all guns..come on flat track bullys...

  • Lakpj on February 9, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    Brendon Mac must be thanking his lucky stars, if those 40 runs were scored then it could have been the worst moment in his career. As for India they did well when they were offered some hope by NZ by not enforcing follow-on. But they still seem to have the old problems they used to have. NZ may be terrible on sub-continent and other unfamiliar conditions, but they are a good team when right conditions are given.

  • mohsin9975 on February 9, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    People who r wondering why MSD & Jadeja were in such hurry to finish the match today. Answer-Both hav a dodgy test match technique becoz of which even they themselves do not believe that they can survive a session of test cricket outside India(even sometimes in India). So, their best chance to get India to victory was to do what they can do best-SLOG. They almost succeeded doing so. So, nothing wrong with that. But, it was strange to see MSD giving strike to Zak after 1st ball of each over. Zak is not even a good slogger. Instead MSD shd hav tried doing what he tried to do during latter part of their partnership & got a few more boundaries.

  • wolf777 on February 9, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Never liked Dhoni's strategy of playing 6 batsmen...however, as an India fan, it was nice to see them going down fighting as oppose to a tame surrender. Well done guys.

  • on February 9, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Bag the so called improvement team india and keep on loosing..well done! U r moving in the right path..but till when??.

  • blthndr on February 9, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    @Great_Lion....u hav a wonderful memory...btw when is the last time Srilanka won a test match in INDIA and Australia....plz reply...:P:P:P:P:P:P:P ROLF

  • Sudhir65 on February 9, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    0-10-1 record would have any team in the world make captain or coaching changes. But it is normal business for BCCI. Dhoni is untouchable and has a cult status, just like Bedi stated.

  • SkyCutter on February 9, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    A super came of Cricket. It was fun to watch. Congrats are in order for NZ who I thought before the series couldn't even win one match. Now they have not only won the ODI series but also are one up in the Tests. And IND's losing streak continues.

    Well Done!!!

  • seantells on February 9, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    India Exposed again , nothing new

  • yorkslanka on February 9, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    well done to New Zealand on a good win...india almost got over their overseas tour matches wins duck....nice to see some indian fans congratulating New Zealand but the usual suspects still come up with the lame excuses " we got beaten by the umpires"...

  • amilag on February 9, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    This match would have been ended yesterday had the NZ enforce the follow on! Such a pathetic decision by Macculam!

    They lost the way in the second innings by trying to over attack and being complacent! NZ should be shameful of that effort cos even Zim or Ban could have scored more than 200 in any sort of pitch (green or brown) against this pathetic Indian bowling attack!

  • sheru-sher on February 9, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    @Trevor Landers on (February 9, 2014, 0:27 GMT) They (NZ) won .Didn't they ? So that is why they are ahead.

  • Great_Lion on February 9, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    @amilag I can't remember either brother.But I think it's 3 years ago in WI. After that they lost 10 out of 11.

  • theRule19 on February 9, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    The Indian stats in recent Tests shows Dhoni is not interested in Test captaincy..Too many wrong decisions to play the players simply based on their experience. Players like Zaheer, R.Sharma, I.Sharma, Ashwin, Vijay etc. simply do not look fit to play test cricket at the Int'l level. Zaheer more so now due to fitness. There seems to be no harm in failing in tests with new players as it will only give them experience and exposure of abroad conditions in their future tours.

  • blthndr on February 9, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    @Samudra Perera ..."A great feeling!Team India looses again.Don't believe in 2014"...............................................................................................WOW what a feeling thanks for ur appreciation....FYI Whenever india plays irrespective of result it makes people happy if not in billions at least millions.....i am proud of u TEAM INDIA....cricinfo plz publish

  • sheru-sher on February 9, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    The biggest irony of all is that India is in the so called BIG 3 and also is in the BIG 1 . Lets face it India is the big 1 because they will "run out" the other 2 in the big 3 to end up ruling cricket .But where are their fast bowlers? Where are their batsmen who could bat good fast bowling? Of course they are Flat track/ dust bowls kings but is that cricket? Is world cricket going to be IPL and spin bowling ? Is this going to be the face of cricket? If so then cricket will die naturally as has been happening in the West Indies , Zimbabwe , South Africa and more so in the minnows.After 1 season CPL in the WI is being downsized. May be in 20 years all cricket will be isolated to India?

  • mohsin9975 on February 9, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Best jokes on Drs by MSD "If a lifejacket is nt 100% foolproof do not use it" Our College-bunking, illogical , Motorsport Indian team captain is needed to be lectured that no lifejacket can be & will ever be 100% foolproof but still has been & will continue to be used in the future. No motor engine is 100% efficient nor is 100% danger-free, still the thick-headed guy continues to buy bikes whenever a new one springs in the market. He needs to leave the working of a machines to the technical guys

  • amilag on February 9, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    Excuse me! when was the last time India win a test match outside the subcontinent?

  • kumarcoolbuddy on February 9, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    I think that NZ was destined to win this match after looking at how B-Mac didn't go for follow-on, Indians bowling and batsmen exceptionally well in2nd innings, umpires doing blatant mistakes in 2nd innings which has changed the result. NZ for their dedication definitely deserves this win. They didn't play like an 8th ranked team especially in 1st innings. NZ's performance in 2nd innings was not great but their effort and fire to win (especially bolwers like Southee) was commendable. India to compensate their worst performance in 1st innings played like a top ranked team in 2nd innings but some dismissals like Kohli's bad shot, Rahane's umpiring blunder, Dhoni's no ball wicket changed the game. Finally I wished India should win the match for their show in 2nd innings but over all happy that NZ won the test. NZ is a humble team unlike AUS, ENG. They deserve these kind of wins for their good.

  • on February 9, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    what if we have won this match?... all PAK & SL fans would have said it not cricket but money have won this match....the so called fans who were very proud of their respective boards said that they will not watch or care about cricket then why they are basing and wasting time here....some of them already chose alternative for cricket as Football(which doesnot exist in either countries)...and by the way...NZL and IND are in the same side and if the ICC revamp is the only reason for you guys then NZL also have same share in that.......we played some bad cricket after WC2011 so as other teams(except SA)..no visiting team has dominated the home team in the past couple of years...We have very bad record outside India but we have equal good records if not in Test's then we have won CB series 2008 in AUS beating them in their home ground...In SA we have won T20WC and in Eng 2013 CT....what multinational trophies u have won in SA,AUS & ENG in last 10 or 15 years........

  • on February 9, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    No worries Team India for any loss in tests We are big 3 now. So our ranking is never down. Keep losing & make money 

  • shot274 on February 9, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    I find some comments from Indian fans fascinating! Whether SL have a good team or Pakistan get rolled over for 50 has nothing whatsoever to do with Indian cricket. You are playing NZ and got whipped! That will not change -irrespective of how other teams perform.

  • on February 9, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    it is ashame to lose 10 out of 11 away. this is one of so called big three. yes they are big in money but not in talent.

  • abhi_242671 on February 9, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    I can see lots Pakistani and Sri Lankan giving their comments here out of frustration. They thought like their team would also go down without any fight overseas. This is a very young Indian batting line up and many of them playing overseas for the first time. This is great sight fighting till the last wicket even after conceding 303 runs in the first innings. I can see a bright future for this team. Few of the positives: 1) Shami's bowling 2) Ishant finally showing if he bowls in the right area he can be a match winner 3) Rohit and Dhawan can curb their natural games to build innings in tough condition.Although I feel Rohit should have batted till the end in the second innings. But he showed remarkable technique and stroke play in the first innings 4) Jadeja has improved a lot would be a key man going forward. I am very sure India will win the second test.

  • Gunston on February 9, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Such pathetic display of cricket by India overseas makes me think, with the new ICC revamp, BCCI are bound to either play more at home, or put pressure on the little cricket boards such as NZ or WI to produce flat tracks for their FTBs to flourish and to show off their uber averages...quite worrying really. On sidenote, I never really doubted the black caps. They fight till the end. A trait not seen by India ever!

  • on February 9, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Hats off @ Syed Muhammad Ali Bukhari. Well said!

  • on February 9, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    India should be quite pleased about making it a contest. That said, NZ will follow the same formula in the next test and make things difficult for the Indian batsmen. Dhoni's Team India has gone back to being lions at home and lambs abroad.

  • on February 9, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    A great feeling!Team India looses again.Don't believe in 2014

  • on February 9, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Here what India laced is temperament of VVS Laxman, he has that special knack of playing along with tail enders. Dhoni should have played till the end, when it comes to test cricket Dhoni needs to be more responsible. He must see how Ricky Ponting played at oval in 2005.

  • mohsin9975 on February 9, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    NZ deserved to win this one just bcoz of the efforts of Wagner. One of the best bowling performances when his team was under pressure. Indian compatriots need to stop whining about umpiring decisions. Umpiring affected both sides equally. India need a workhorse-like pace bowler ala Wagner/Siddle who can bowl 10-over spells on the trot without losing intensity. Great find for NZ. Great fight-back by India on Day 3 & 4, but were left to do too much after the poor show on day 1&2. Finally, BCCI at least allow opposition teams to use DRS if they hav trust in d system. U can do without DRS if u want. Mutual acceptance is not right. We would not be robbed of good cricket in that case.

  • NelaturiShyam on February 9, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    The match had gone by. We have so many passengers in the team who do not apply themselves to the situation and play accordingly. Some of the players are to be shown the door. Match by match, the performance of the team is going down.

  • Jaganplus on February 9, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    @Baltimore_Ravens .... how dare you !!!!!! ha ha.. ok I am kidding. I am Indian I enjoy every Indian loss too (though I have to confess I like to see some of players perform well). It's such a farce watching a match where rest of the world is in on the secret except folks on ground (DRS situation). Do not like BCCI.

  • warneneverchuck on February 9, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Lol few people from sl criticising india shud remember that they r yet to win a test in india and aus. Isnt it ordinary. Now lets talk abt pakistan's last two away series. Against SA 3-0 and got out in less than 50 and against zim they couldn't win a test series. So it answers the question abt lower ranked team like pakistan amd Sl how ordinary they r outside asia and despite playing equal no. Of matches in their own conditions amd never been at top 3

  • on February 9, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    @baltimore: I take my hat off to what you just wrote below.

  • keerthitommy on February 9, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    I have just read some comments.They said that india 's bowling in 2nd innings is just a fluke. I cant understand why you just criticize india. If india s bowling is better is a fluke and if opposite teams bowling is better they are wonderful ?

  • bplusa on February 9, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    I think too much have already been said regarding this match. Its history now. Just think about the next match. I think it 'll be an absorbing one . India will try to win and level the sereis and the Kiwis ; will emerge as winners again that's my prediction. Let's wait & see .

  • Baltimore_Ravens on February 9, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    For all those people who are blaming umpiring for the Indian loss, take a walk. It was BCCI who didn't want the DRS claiming that it isn't perfect. Let's discuss some common sense stuff here....yes it may not be perfect but isn't it better than just the umpires working because it can avoid such howlers as inside edges and top edges. If BCCI doesn't want it till it's perfect, what's perfect....????? May be they should also consider not flying and driving everywhere or taking ships to overseas, oh because the flights we have right now can't travel to outer space yet and they are not perfect.... My above example is just as stupid as BCCI's excuse.... oh and for the record, I am an indian and been an Indian fan for 20 years till about say 2008.....now I ENJOY every Indian team loss...after all its not the country, it s acompany called BCCI owned and RULED by Srinivasan...

  • Amo0377 on February 9, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Big 3 lol now that there gonna be in charge they won't play away from home and that way they can be number one in all formats lol

  • jimmyvida on February 9, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Bad umpiring cost India. Rahane's bat was about four inches from his pads. The ball hit the inside edge before going on to the pads. It would have been too high also. This umpire just did not make a bad decision. He changed the outcome of this match.Rohit seems unable to play the swinging ball. If he does not address this problem, he will be like Sami who comes in at #11. You must know that today bowlers look at each batsman on TV, and are able to work on their weaknesses. Rohit will be fresh meat for the new ball bowlers in England. Look how late Chanderpaul plays the swinging ball. He has no problem whatsoever. How is Rohit trying to solve this problem of his? .

  • on February 9, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    India did put up a fight and I respect them for that. 'Tough luck' they lost. However funny thing is whenever India loses they always emphasize on how the umpires decision changed their fate of the game or else how they could have ended up winning it. Or how the pitch or any external matter was the reason behind their loss. Sad thing is they never admit to the fact that their team was not good enough to win.

    Recent away test results for India and Bangladesh, a team India literally thinks doesnt deserve to play cricket in the same platform with them:

    India's Last 10 Away Test Matches: Won- 0 Drawn- 1 Lost- 9

    Bangladesh's Last 10 Away Test Matches: Won- 3 Drawn- 1 Lost- 6

    And yes Bangladesh didnt only play Zimbabwe during the time. Check statistics for those who have to argue.

    Being a member of the big 3 & calling themselves elite - such poor performances abroad sure sheds doubt on India's credibility as a member in it and on the whole as a team.

  • on February 9, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Indian batters (in SA and NZ) showed acquired temperament. They are willing themselves to leave balls outside offstump. Until they start enjoying that and make it an involuntary habit, they will not succeed overseas. All overseas bowlers (except Indian bowlers) are adept at consistently bowling the 4th stump line.

    Batters like Dhawan/Kohli/Rohit leave leave leave and then suddenly nick one. Hopefully this is more a sign of youthful impatience than an incorrigible flaw.

    In due course of time, this batting unit will be scary overseas if 1) Virat refuses to get out to a bad ball against run of play 2) Che Pujara solves his only weakness (getting out before 50) 3) Rohit Sharma stops throwing away starts 4) Murali Vijay/Ajinkya get more lucky 5)Dhoni realises the only way he can bat in tests is by attacking All 5 , I believe will happen with more experience. About #3 I have my doubts, but I hope so.

  • umair.maniar on February 9, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    To all of those praising India so much for this fight, quite astonishing to remind that it was a contest between 2nd and 8th ranked team :S come on!

  • on February 9, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Everything was in control until Jadega tried to become hero and lost his wicket...Next Dhoni also tried to become hero......Hard to understand that how can players at this level can show such attitude playing in a Test Match. There was ample time left in the match and these 2 CSK teammates threw their wickets as if they were playing IPL.Cannot blame Zaheer, Ishant and Sami....This could be the last tour for Murali Vijay and Ashwin.

  • on February 9, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    This is how Sri Lanka and India played in Australia, South Africa, England and New Zealand (in their last series). Sri Lanka 11 - matches, 2 -won, 7 - lost, 2 - draw India 11 - matches, 0 - won, 10 - lost, 1 - draw So, its clear who has played better in bouncy pitches between India and Sri Lanka.

  • roook on February 9, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    That is test cricket about you can fight till end I was amazed Indian seamers bowling out opposition for just over 100. England win ashes in England, Australia win ashes in australia. South Africe are number one because they beat Australia in Australia, beat india in india.

  • CodandChips on February 9, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    (continued)

    India: 1.Dhawan 2.Vijay 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Rahane 6.Sharma 7.Dhoni 8.Jadeja 9.Kumar 10.Shami 11.Yadav

    I reiterate Indians- stick with your batting line up. Let them settle- there is talent there.

    NewZealand 1.Ryder 2.Rutherford 3.Williamson 4.Taylor 5.McCullum 6.Anderson 7.Watling 8.Southee 9.Wagner 10.Boult 11.Martin

  • CodandChips on February 9, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    India is on the way up. It was always going to be a struggle, bearing in mind they had not played away in tests before the South Africa series in almost 2 years. Also they are still in a transition phase. New Zealand are a dangerous team because they have players like Taylor and McCullum batting, although they hardly show consistency. New Zealand have a decent attack with Boult, Wagner, Anderson, Southee, but they still need to find a spinner imo.

    For New Zealand they need to bring in a spinner- I don't think Sodhi is ready just yet. Aslo the opening combination of Fulton and Rutherford doesn't look the most threatening- perhaps Ryder ought to come in.

    For India, Jadeja should keep his place as he is a much better spinner than Aswhin. Batting-wise you should stay the same as well- all of the top 6 have scored some sort of runs in the last 3 tests. Perhaps seam bowling is the issue. I like Yadav for his pace, and Kumar for his control and swing, and would back them over Sharma/Khan

  • on February 9, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Indian fans don't even go there with rough umpiring. News flash its you guys that are so stubborn you don't want drs. Couldn't have lost in better fashion. Good job nz. lets whitewash this overrated outfit

  • donnao on February 9, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    i think this is the 10th oversee loss since WC victory,,,,,,,india will be underdog in 2015.

  • Amjad_Bukhari on February 9, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni can give One strong excuse that " India lost the match to NZ in turn of their VOTE for Bog 3 favor in ICC" otherwise Ind have won the match.

  • AK_25 on February 9, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    @Great_Lion.....same thing apply on SL not to tour india to avoid the record no of test match won in india .....:)..plz publish

  • on February 9, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    yaye, largest of the big 3...

  • on February 9, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    @Nampally Wagner bowled his heart out and people like you say "he got lucky." What the hell man? At least he has got the guts to bowl ten overs on trot while even your spinners look unthreating. Where were you when Anderson on 77 and looking good for 100+ was out by a howler. Where were you when Watling was out by a front foot no ball? Where were you when Rahane and Sharma were given not out in first innings? If it favours you it's good and we get it, it a cheat. And all of your rants our victory even more sweeter. For most part of day India batted superbly and whole hearted wags got them. Worst ball? Having Sharma and old Zaheer isn't enough that you call a man bowling his heart out at over 135 ks in hot afternoon for 10 over spells mediocre?

  • on February 9, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    No one is asking what would have been the outcome if Rahane was not unfairly given out. I'm hard pressed to believe that the umpire did not see that big edge of the bat the ball took when he was adjudged LBW.

  • AK_25 on February 9, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    @K K Kamran Khan .........i am afraid we may not see this happen any time soon....its more of a political issue....otherwise who dont wanna enjoy the great rivalry of all time of course on field be it cricket or hockey high pressure intensity always there....:)

  • on February 9, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    real colours of indians....he he home track bulleys..

  • GrindAR on February 9, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Good Show by team India last 2 days. It did shouted out this is not a 400+ wicket. 1st innings piling by NZ was by many dropped catches... Hope team India do better in the next game. Kohli shd have held his short better, clearly it was the shot selection, same goes to Dhawan.... it would have been different, if they stayed together for another 15-20 overs

  • on February 9, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    India is such a team, they never win, they only buy events like ICC WC, Champs Trophy. They can only play in India. What happened to Sharma, Kohli, Shikhar, Dhoni & Pujara outside India. They can buy people or counteries in Big 3, but not respect.

  • CodandChips on February 9, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Surprised by the lack of accusations towards New Zealand having players born outside of their country playing for them, considering the grief England get. Personally, I have no issue with the likes of Sodhi playing for New Zealand. Take Sodhi as an example, he's grown up in New Zealand, therefore arguably he has more right to play for them than for India

  • on February 9, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    India Should Play test Cricket Against Pakistan

  • on February 9, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    @sleem ur rehman idk which records u r talking about all i see is pak hav more victories even in india. ohh i think u forgot we beat india in india recently lol just check u r stats again all i see is india lost or draw everything since more then 12 matches lol

  • CodandChips on February 9, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    (continued)

    India: 1.Dhawan 2.Vijay 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Rahane 6.Sharma 7.Dhoni 8.Jadeja 9.Kumar 10.Shami 11.Yadav

    I reiterate Indians- stick with your batting line up. Let them settle- there is talent there.

    NewZealand 1.Ryder 2.Rutherford 3.Williamson 4.Taylor 5.McCullum 6.Anderson 7.Watling 8.Southee 9.Wagner 10.Boult 11.Martin

  • Nampally on February 9, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    After a wonderful knock by Kohli, a brain-cramp seems to have ended his innings. It was the worst ball of the century which got him caught behind. Even a school boy with basic discipline would never have offered a stroke let alone the type of cross bat swing by Kohli. That was really the beginning of the End. Just after Lunch India had added 40 runs in about 5 overs & it looked like the match will be won by India by Tea break- before Kohli's suicidal shot. The worst side of it was it gave wings to Wagner's boastful "No panic" comment. When the 2 batsmen are set & playing their best cricket with total discipline, Kohli's rank bad shot showed how to lose a winnable test. The umpiring left much to be desired with Wagner cutting the return crease repeatedly(bowling over the wkts.) without being No balled. He got ZAK as well as Dhoni with No balls & the commentator caught one of these & actually showed the No Ball in slow motion replay. Ishant's caught behind also looked dubious.

  • CodandChips on February 9, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    India is on the way up. It was always going to be a struggle, bearing in mind they had not played away in tests before the South Africa series in almost 2 years. Also they are still in a transition phase. New Zealand are a dangerous team because they have players like Taylor and McCullum batting, although they hardly show consistency. New Zealand have a decent attack with Boult, Wagner, Anderson, Southee, but they still need to find a spinner imo.

    For New Zealand they need to bring in a spinner- I don't think Sodhi is ready just yet. Aslo the opening combination of Fulton and Rutherford doesn't look the most threatening- perhaps Ryder ought to come in.

    For India, Jadeja should keep his place as he is a much better spinner than Aswhin. Batting-wise you should stay the same as well- all of the top 6 have scored some sort of runs in the last 3 tests. Perhaps seam bowling is the issue. I like Yadav for his pace, and Kumar for his control and swing, and would back them over Sharma/Khan

  • on February 9, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Dhoni's wicket was no ball

  • Great_Lion on February 9, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    BCCI plz arranged some tours in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.Otherwise this can be a world record.Surely Bangladesh can play better than this in oversease.Atleast they will draw the matches.

  • Batmanian on February 9, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    As an Australian, I find the way many Indian fans bash their team simply for losing a bit bizarre - the same people who I suspect would crow disproportionately if the team won. By and large Australians bash the Australian team for playing badly (which they've done quite a lot lately), but reserve respect for fighting back as best they can from the holes they dig themselves or superior opposition dumps them in. When Australia wins despite playing badly, they get credit for doing the job yet serious analysis of their shortcomings.

    Players learn through adversity, and there are several young Indian players who will benefit much more from struggles abroad than from pillar-to-post dominance at home.

    A more discriminating approach would be to praise their performance coming back from an awful position, and giving NZ more credit for pulling off a hard task against quality, rallying opposition.

  • getsetgopk on February 9, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Some things just dont change for example Indian cricket and especially indian teams away performances. Indias record against Pakistan is also set in stone, never gona change. Well played and congrats to black caps for showing these overrated paper tigers where exactly they belong.

  • jam-11 on February 9, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    my team for next match Ashwin,shikhar,pujara,kohli,rohith,rahane,dhoni,Zaheer,ishant,shami,pande. Pls v have to go for win

  • fair_paly_1 on February 9, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    @ kiwiexpat

    that's a good one!

  • anil.b on February 9, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    What a disappointment Mr Dhoni. Both SA and ...New Zealand ? Change the pitches back home to pace if you want to be world class again . And BCCI, I hope, is not lost in their politics to find the better bowlers that i am sure are out there . And our batsmen need to get down from their high horses, that home games put them on, and get a reality check

  • sandwipcricket on February 9, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    I am very very happy to see NZ beat India in Test. What a enjoyment !

  • on February 9, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    Dear Indian Fans..Dont be ashamed. After all what is new.

  • ultrasnow on February 9, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    From an Indian perspective I'm not disappointed with the way we lost. Those criticising the Indian approach, read the article carefully.

    ''From what seemed like a boxer throwing blind jabs, upper cuts, hooks and crosses at an opponent while going down..'' so well written.

    Much better going down all guns blazing than just nudges and pushes and going nowhere.

    And yes, WELL played NZ.

  • on February 9, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    well done new Zealand keep it up

  • kiwiexpat on February 9, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Glad India don't want DRS. It could have cost NZ the game.

  • RichDeGroen on February 9, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Interesting to see in the 3rd innings that Dhoni replicated McCullums attacking field placings to good effect. I've always been frustrated by how quick Dhoni is to defend in the field. Leaving a gap at point and using genuine catching positions was a revelation, and his bowlers responded with some attacking verve. Maybe the Indians at least discovered their mojo in defeat and will bring some serious intent to Wellington.

  • on February 9, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    and out of 59 test matches pak won 12 and india 9

  • bappcric on February 9, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    ICC has banished all practice matches so that the home team only wins or draws. This has nothing to do with tight schedule. Visiting teams have enough time to leave 10 days early and play couple of practice matches. Of course - this policy hurts batting-dependent teams more.

    So for overseas tours, India needs to pick the same batsmen for Test and ODI's. Neither ODI or Test batsmen are getting any match practice and as a result - both sets of batsmen are laying big GOOSE EGGS. Net practice just doesn't cut it.

    But getting out in 5 balls is not considered "valuable experience" either. So if ODIs come first, India needs to sacrifice them and allow the batsmen to get "REAL valuable experience".

    Praveen, RP, Nehra needs to be given a second chance in ODIs and Sehwag in Tests.

  • on February 9, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    In 130 Matches = 50 India, 71 Pakistan. No result = 4, abandoned = 5. 32 in India = 11 India, 19 Pakistan. No result = 2. 27 in Pakistan = 11 India, 14 Pakistan. No result = 2. 26 at Sharjah = 7 India, 19 Pakistan. No result = 0. 47 at other neutral venues = 21 India, Pakistan 19. No result = 7.

  • on February 9, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    i think the Biggest of the Big3 i.e BCCI should also shift their focus from their current money minting madness and spare sometime to concentrate on their team's dismal on ground performance....the way Indian team is constantly failing abroad on fast & grassy pitches and their pitiful inability to handle seam and swing must ring bells in the mind of Mr. SriNawasan.....its indeed disappointing to see the current world champs being tamed by weaker Kiwis (at least on papers). Pandits of Indian Cricket should take a leaf out of their neighboring Pakistan's Cricket which despite being denied of home ground incentive has given tough times to teams like England, South Africa & Sri Lanka in recent past

  • on February 9, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    @saleemur rehman.lolz.kindly check india vs pak record on stats guru.we pakistani have better win ratio even in india against you.then kindly check record in any country.we have better record against you at any place including moon.dont talk rubbish without checking stats guru

  • on February 9, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    A great spectacle for test cricket.Both teams must be applauded however, with the current changes being proposed will cricket be the same again . Surely a democratically elected and an independent body free of any interference from the playing nations is the best forward for cricket. The new structure is a commercially driven vehicle,fuelled by the self interests of the so called "Big three". Cricket should be run by an independent and a democratically elected panel which represents each playing nation.

  • on February 9, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    I once thought Sri Lanka is just small country , cannot believe they have small heart too....

  • hamza893 on February 9, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Wake up in the morning ,heard that India lost that made my day. I think India deserve this loss and wait Mr Dhoni had recieve another recoed of become first Indiancaptain to lose most test matches overseas :) I as a Pakistani supporter is very on NZ win ,hope they crush Indians in the next test too .Period

  • on February 9, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Indians can hardly win matches away home.They are tailor made only for their small grounds.See their recent performances.That tells the entire story.It is really pathetic to watch them outside India.It is hard to remember a series victory by India away home unless it is either ZIM or Bangladesh...It is high time for them to produce fast bowlers like Kapil Dev and Zaheer..Good luck for the rest of their away series..

  • linusjf on February 9, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    It's time Team India realized that well-set batsmen ought to ensure that they are around to bat out the second new ball and not throw it all away before the second new ball arrives. A quiet chat with Sunny Gavaskar is the need of the day!

  • StevieS on February 9, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    kiwicricketnut now do you agree that Shodi needs to be dropped? Wasn't far of my prediction, just didn't think he would get smashed as much as he did.

  • Great_Lion on February 9, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Check this out since 2011 WC ,

    In Australia against Australia India - 4 matches and 1 wins / SL - 12 matches and 6 wins

    In South africa against South africa India - 3 matches and 0 wins / SL - 5 matches and 2 wins

    In England against england India -6 matches and 1 wins / SL - 6 matches and 3 wins

    How about that. Sri lankans are miles better than so called indians.Plz comment

  • kr_kinshuk on February 9, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    And I still don't get why people are being so harsh on Mc Cullum for the declaration.

    Chasing is a tricky business and they could well have ended up chasing a 150 ish total on the last day and who knows what might have happened then.

  • imtiazjaleel on February 9, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    NZ's batting is highly dependable on RT, BM and Williamson. If our bowlers get them cheaply then we can definitely win the match because our Batsman has got some confidence going.

  • kr_kinshuk on February 9, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    All said and done, this was a decent game played between two evenly - matched sides. A game where a 300 run 1st innings lead yields a 40 run win has to be considered as special.

    I guess all these games have been close b'coz both the sides are very young overall. So the cricket on display has swung from the exquisite to the bizarre. So, We had Murali Vijay and Ravindra Jadeja on the opposite ends of the spectrum of fielding performance from the Indian side. And then Mc Cullum went from "wonderful double - centurian" to "crazy to get run - out in a test match" batsman in the matter of an innings!

    I just hope that India can come out on the right side of the result in the coming games because this side has potential and just needs some momentum.

    The kiwi side also looks competitive but just as the Indians need to start winning abroad to prove their ability, I will resreve judgement on the Kiwis till I see how they fare in the sub - continent.

  • lee_man on February 9, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Oh well. A second tier team just toppled a perpetual top tier. That's cricket for you. I love test cricket. The rest is just a shadow of cricket.

  • RaviNarla on February 9, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    I wouldn't complain on Rahane's dismissal. Sometimes it is really hard for the umpire to pick those kind of nicks.Remember it is India who did not want DRS. But in the case of Dhoni's dismissal It was clear error by 3rd umpire. 3rd Umpire did not see the the back foot touching the side crease. We all know what Dhoni can do. We were just 45 runs away. Good century by Dhawan but he needs to keep his bat down when avoiding a bouncer. That is the 2nd time he has got out in this fashion. Sometime Kohli has this rare concentration lapse. He could have let the ball go. He was carried away by the previous boundary. Though India was on the losing side they fought it out and brought them back in the game after being pushed to the wall against a 300 runs first innings lead. Overall a good test. After SA and NZ tests I hope they play better in Aus.

  • henchart on February 9, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Agreed Jadeja is no Sobers but his approach need not be faulted.The so called better batsmen in the team read Rohit and Rahane didnt cover themselves with glory either. @RichardMLindsay:Kiwis no doubt deseved to win and Indians over the years have been poor in NZ but what about Kiwis performances in India?Point is -both these teams are tigers at home and lambs abroad.I agree with someone over here who has compared Dhoni to a poker player.A careful look at Dhoni's batting positions ever since 2007 T20 WC would reveal that he prefers to shirk responsibility and come in only to protect his average.Why doesnt he come in at no.5 in tests overseas for all the claim of being a better player of fast bowling?He has ran out of ideas as a skipper and need sto be replaced but wont be ,at least till 2015 WC.

  • on February 9, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    I agree with Dhoni's tactic of adopting an aggressive riposte at that stage. There were options; but not a better option! But for it, India would have lost by a bigger margin. Had it paid off, it could have created history. It is Captaincy like this, and what Michel Clarke displays quite often, which makes Test Cricket interesting. Keep it up boys. True cricket lovers do appreciate the risk-takers, but for whom Test Cricket would be run over and crushed under the T-20 army tanks and ODI bulldozers!

    I salute guys like you.

  • FighterKallis on February 9, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Its fully of comedy. Dhoni takes a single and gives strike to Zak. It Shows that how confident and responsibile he is . Poor dhoni take rest .we will do it in Ipl

  • shot274 on February 9, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    India lost because their opposition played better; nothing to do with umpiring decisions or any other excuse! To be frank they should never have come this close and wouldnt, had it not been for a massive mistake of not inserting the follow on.NZ are improving rapidly but need some self belief; amazed that even when 250 odd runs were left for India the NZ commentators were constantly talking about the prospect of a loss for their team. And finally, Indian fans, Indian players and their entire hapless management have no right to talk about umpiring decisions after their entire nations ' stance on DRS.

  • yogicoolboy on February 9, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    In the next test match they should play ashwin. In todays match they missed ashwins batting.

  • kr_kinshuk on February 9, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    And btw, there's a lot of non sense here about Indian tracks favouring Indian batsmen.

    The problem is that tracks across the world are becoming more and more batting friendly because administrators across the world think that more runs make for more entertaining cricket which is an unfortunate way of thinking.

    The pitches in India are nowhere near as venomous as they were in the Kumble, Raju days. In my opinion tracks everywhere should support the bowlers. And I'm slightly more inclusive in my definition of bowlers. I don't think a sporting pitch is only one where seamers dominate. The only chance of seeing decent cricket in india is if the pitches turn. In trying to make everyone happy they don't turn anymore which is y we see so many boring run - fests.

  • on February 9, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    This is a bad result. I wish Brendon Macullum would have enforced the follow on and India would have then lost the match on the third day. Hopefully there would be radical changes in the team. Now as Ishant, Rohit, Dhawan and Jahdeja have made run Dhoni and Fletcher will keep playing the same team and India will continue to lose. Soon it will be 11-12 India.

  • on February 9, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    it has happened only because Indian captain feeling more proud when he lead a CSK as a caption not as a national team caption and also due to dependency on the so called "talented" players like Rohit Sharma, Murli Vijay who performed in one series in every two years and secure their place in team instead of the less talented players like Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh. if anybody show the mirror to dhoni n srini and compare first six years records what Rohit Sharma/Murli Vijay did better compared to Gambhir/Yuvraj rather than playing politics.

  • gauravm5 on February 9, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    @Kavindu Darshana: Pujara is not an overrated batsmen, he is a class act and better than all of SL batsmen except Sangakkara. Recently in SA tests he scored 280 runs in 4 innings against the same bowling attack which bundled out Sri Lanka for just 43 runs in the 1st ODI of the SA-SL bilateral series, Jan 2012 in SA. Mahela Jayawardena is an overrated test batsman who never performed in tests outside subcontinent. Mahela averages 27.71 in NZ, 27.87 in SA, 31.41 in Australia and 34.11 in England. Outside subcontinent (excluding Zim & WI), in tests Mahela Jayawardena has scored only 1694 runs in 56 innings at a very poor batting average of just 30.25 and you SL fans call him a great batsman.

  • stonk on February 9, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Keep losing to lower ranked teams away from home and you will certainly generate 80% of ICCC income. What a joke!!!

  • on February 9, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    come on india you can do it. now you dont need to loss again now you got the power to play only at home then u might beet any team apar from PAKISTAN. so dont need to worry about it.

  • gauravm5 on February 9, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    @Kavindu Darshana: Pujara is not an overrated batsmen, he is a class act and better than all of SL batsmen except Sangakkara. Recently in SA tests he scored 280 runs in 4 innings against the same bowling attack which bundled out Sri Lanka for just 43 runs in the 1st ODI of the SA-SL bilateral series, Jan 2012 in SA. Mahela Jayawardena is an overrated test batsman who never performed in tests outside subcontinent. Mahela averages 27.71 in NZ, 27.87 in SA, 31.41 in Australia and 34.11 in England. Outside subcontinent (excluding Zim & WI), in tests Mahela Jayawardena has scored only 1694 runs in 56 innings at a very poor batting average of just 30.25 and you SL fans call him a great batsman.

  • kr_kinshuk on February 9, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Recent results indicate that apart from South Africa to a certain extent no other side is having a very good time overseas.

    England got a royal roasting from the Aussies in the Ashes. (The Aussies were returning the favour from their trip to England)

    Australia and India traded identical whitewashes (I think England would probably have met with a similar fate had India blooded in the youngsters earlier but let's not go into that)

    Even Sri Lanka were held to a draw by Bangladesh in the second test match which is a surprise result at least for me.

  • on February 9, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    The Indians were playing shots not because they are attacking players, but, because they were afraid to defend against quick bowlers and simply taking chances.

  • Jackpot6 on February 9, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Full marks to NZ Well done team; it's always joy to watch this team playing & Zero marks to Indians slaves of IPL. True enemies of the game. My new year pledge STOP WATCHING IPL & T20 Tournaments.

  • on February 9, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    2-0...4-0....1-0.....coming up 3-0....stay tuned....empowered India:D

  • kr_kinshuk on February 9, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    contd.

    *Bad umpiring isn't an excuse (coz it was horrible througout the game) but it can't be condoned either just b'coz of no DRS. The umpiring was poor and needs to be criticized, independent of the DRS debate.

    Btw, will anyone care to explain how DRS would help eliminate wickets off no - balls??? Specially when it comes to detecting the kind that Wagner bowled. Since the batsman has no way of judging it and it's he who has to take the risk of asking for one of the limited reviews on offer, it's unlikely that the no - ball wickets could be avoided without better umpiring.

    Which means that the umpiring deserves criticism not because it harmed India's cause alone but because it leaves you wondering what would have been the actual result had the right decision been made.

    P.S: A request to cricinfo. Please allow higher character limits. Like Dhoni I love giving long - winded opinions about the game and the limit is a bummer. :-)

  • on February 9, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    The so called Anti-India fans(Pak & SL) told yesterday that they will not follow cricket from Today & RIP cricket bla-bla-bla.....see...more than anyone they have followed the match ball by ball....that too of Indian team involved....from these, one thing is sure that these people are commenting because of India's popularity and growing.....even though we are losing at this point of time...we will do better in coming days....rather than getting jealous have a life friends......Record wise we have better than both of you...And for Pak, please check this stats....In neutral venues(Excluding Sharjah) we have beat them everywhere(in SA,AUS,ENG) and with SL no need to tell....record speaks itself....we have 2 world cup to our name and 2 Champions trophies and 1 T20 WC....what else you need to prove....I am proud of my team....we done boys ....

  • on February 9, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    india can never win outside india ,"flat track bullies" perfect name , first they looked toward tendulkar to score runs which he did everywhere and now kohli(mostly) and stop talking about little country , whatever sport newzland plays they are really good at it , and yeah drs system no go by india then decisions went wrong india blames umpires , india from fear of losing cut short series in south africa also otherwise , score would have been much worse there too, 5 onedays ,3 tests , 2 t20 cut down to 2 tests and 3 one days .haha they cant ever face any team outisde india and yeah they won from bangladesh bcoz of almost same conditions , but anyway india should invite from now on every team to play in india ,they dont have to go outside to be demolished

  • sanjaykk on February 9, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    ... he will be just like shewag was for india. He just have to improve his pull and hook as I cant count how many times he has got out to these shots lately. India has potential but can they make it count remains to be seen! I suggest bring back sachin for the world cup as he would be perfect anchor for the conditions and he knows aus like back of his hand. He is still very fit to play and he must return for india to defend that world cup! Newzealand is not a great side barring there home conditions. There batting was pathetic to say the least, had it not been for dropped catch of taylor they would have been out for 100-41=60 for pets sake! India has beaten them last time when they visited them. To be a force to reckon with india has to find a fast bowler,all rounder and there erratic batting has to improve. They blew this match!

  • kr_kinshuk on February 9, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    And now request to the India - bashers.

    Plz ignore the frustrated opinions flowing in. Now relax for a moment and consider the following:

    * India are a very young side. Yet, they've more than held their own in the three test matches that they've played till now.

    *India were trailing by 300 in the first innings and almost turned it all around to come within a few shots of a victory. Anyone in his right mind would recognize that it was a special performance.

    *People conveniently pick the post World Cup phase to bash team india. coz they lost 8 on the trot. But that side and this one has completely different players. And if the earlier side has to be judged it's unfair to ignore their performances before the world cup. They picked up test matches on successive tours of Australia (1-1, 1-2), South Africa (1-2, 1-1), and england (1-1, 1-0).

    contd.

  • sanjaykk on February 9, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    .. they get enough exposure to defend the world cup!! they also have to come and take a break after that long series in australia( last time they had a terrible outing despite a very good team). India needs one more match winning bowler in the form of yadav or I dont know who? I have no idea what is Mr irfan up to( that guy can bat and bowl) and he would be handy for the world cup in australia with mostly yuvi/raina missing out! Rahane and rohit have to find there feet in the middle order. Rahane does not have time as he comes under crisis and india is always in crisis when he comes inn these days. And sharma cant play these casual shots that can get him out any time. This was a great opportunity for both of them to win a match for an india under alien conditions but they blew it. Shikhar showed he got the temperment, skills to play big innings outside the subcontinent. If he improves his hook shot or choose to hook the right ones along the ground. He will be a huge threat upfront for

  • sanjaykk on February 9, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    this was the match india could have won! But they just know how to win abroad. the middle order blew it once again. kohli played a terrible shot which opened the gates and barring pujara they all could have made it count. india need couple of all rounders to make this happen as 4 bowlers just cant hang around outside subcontinent( remember how kumble played in england when india won that series?) the loss of form of ashwin and even bhajji has hurt india( infact loss of form of gambhir,shewag,bhaggi has hurt india as none of them are that old!) the non usage of DRS is hurting india and dropped catches( taylor was dropped and so was other guy who got hundred in the first innings). Though the bowling was much better in this test match there was no way they should have given 503 in the first innings. newzealand should have been bundled out under 300! india wont win a match in these conditions for a long time. There only hope now is that they get enough experience in these conditions to

  • DaveMorton on February 9, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    This was wonderful cricket. I stayed up all through an English winter night to watch. Isn't this the best NZ team since the Crowe and Hadlee days? Possibly even better, with more top players than that one had; same excellent spirit and leadership too.

    And let's not forget the Indians. They seem to have successfully replaced the great batsmen of the recent past, but perhaps not the bowlers yet? They too are well led by a charismatic captain.

    I am hugely looking forward to the series in England.....and to watching Kane Williamson batting for Yorkshire again.

  • iamgroot on February 9, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Congrats NZ..for a very good win.. India on the other hand fought well but too many mistakes.. as long as the same playing 11 continues ..we can forget about victories.. .no use coming "close" to victory and squandering away.. win by40 runs is good enough for NZ..Now can the team management kick out Rohit sharma? ever since he came into the team it has been bad luck..team became worse..and he has been a dead weight..nothing to show for his performance.. Jadeja at least has something to show..2 nice catches..some excellent fielding and batting effort and of course bowling.. Rohit sharma? nothing to show..nothing..India needs to make serious changes..They should remove some players and shouldn't select players like rohit sharma..to get selected in squad..but selectors are still in coma..congrats NZ ..you deserve it..

  • Cyril_Knight on February 9, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    Really great Test cricket. Indian fans should be excited having watched such a match, just because they lost should not put people off.

    It is wonderful to see NZ improving, especially at home. Now if they can keep a consistent side and integrate some of the promising youngsters into a winning team they can close the gap on the top sides.

  • kr_kinshuk on February 9, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    A request to the hyper - active Indian supporters.

    Dhoni made a mistake by bringing up the umpiring errors. He undid all the good work done by his side in fighting back in the last two games. Maybe, the pressure of leading and keeping is finally getting to him. India lost b'coz its fielders dropped sitters in the first innings, and not because of the umpiring errors. The kiwis were also on the receiving end of some very poor umpiring in this game.

    I'm also a Team India supporter and don't agree with all these assertions by over zealous supporters of other sides about India being a very poor side. But let's all be graceful in defeat and give credit to the kiwis for running in hard on that flat track and getting the win.

  • on February 9, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Well well...Mighty India lost again to 8th ranked country...Southee,Boult, and Wagner are too good for Indians...Not long ago these lethal bowlers got hammered by 10th rank team Bangla and Mominul and Mahamadulla far far better playing against fast bowling than this overrated young Indian batsmen like Pujara,Rohith and Dhawan..cric info plz publish..

  • Batmanian on February 9, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Great work NZ. I definitely doubted the sanity of not following on, but am glad McCullum can live by/with it. Good fight from India.

  • TheBigBoodha on February 9, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    The harsh truth is that India can barely compete when they face teams away from home in any format, unless they get dry turners, such as the CT. Not a single win since they left for the SA/IND tour. How many losses? Must be about ten.

    I can't but help remembering the big grins on Dhoni's face after wins on those horrendously doctored tracks in India e.g. the Chennai farce vs Aus - has the game ever seen such a track micro-managed down to the square inch? No wonder India can't win away from home! Other than Bishin Bedi, no Indian critic is willing to tell it like it is - that the entire set up in India generates mass delusion - amongst players and fans. I for one am happy to see India get its comeuppance - the ICC should have acted long ago on the tracks in India.

  • TheLastJeed on February 9, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Just curious though. Ashwin was demoted from being the lead spinner of Team India because of just 1 test match and 3 odi in south africa. Dhoni has so far lost 10 of his last 11 away test matches captaining a good test team. Why is he still the captain?

  • baranasai on February 9, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Yes India lost the match The Kiwi bowling was quite good and they deserve it . There is no doubt about the good batting of Kiwis. The new look Kiwis are shaping up much better -I know them only as a sporty and a gentle team unlike their neighbours. In this test there were some poor atleast 3 decisions Rahane Dhoni Vijay and Zaheer. It happened to South Africa and they accepted it gracefully but as fans we saw what happened -umpiring is such a thankless jobs-so no point in lashing out ,it is part of the game. However if the last 4 batsmen scored the required runs the talk of NIKKO might be different It was going well for Indians till the loss of Rahane who could have chipped in some valuable runs. Never mind - accept the defeat -move onto the next venue and play better as they did in second innings-the INDIAN BOWLERS AND BATSMEN have to show their full potential then the series will become much interesting to watch

  • Salman_Shakeel84 on February 9, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    Thanks New Zealand for delivering big punch on one of the big 3.

    Humiliation for one of the big 3 for a fact that they could win only on test match after 2011 WC outside India. What a shame!

    But do not worry, BCCI has it all covered. Now India will be getting more home series and their thrashing outside India will also stop because there will be no more series for India outside because this shows their below average class.

    With evolution of big 3, India might come up with a rule India will only bat on the flat track roads outside stadiums if they continue to play in foreign....

  • Gzero on February 9, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    this was a great test match, Congratulations to Nz & well played india.

    Though almost all comments here are blaming India for their poor tactics/decisions, DRS, Dhoni's team selection & whatever reasons they find, they deserve appreciation for the opportunity they created in 2nd innings. it is not a piece of cake to take down this Nz team in 105 considering current form of Kane Williamson, Macallum, Taylor & Anderson. also, They put up fair batting performance in 2nd innings & fell shot of 40 runs. Chasing 400+ runs in final innings is always a tough task in test cricket & Nz conditions make it more difficult.

    So keep it up guys! you played well.

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Well played NZ. I'm really pleased for you. You deserved to beat us (England) on our visit to your shores last year and had Bmac not batted on for so long in the 3rd test you would have that series. I reckon that NZs 2nd inns collapse probably helped the teams cause as it meant a certain result. Vs England I remember NZ should have won the 3rd test.Had NZ lost (if I was a NZ fan) I'd have felt worse about not beating England than I would have about losing this one as it was purely a poorly timed declaration that cost them the win in that game. Disappointing but all too predictable responses by many of the fans of the defeated side but as others have put DRS would have corrected these issues and not all the incorrect decisions went one way. It seems that if BCCI dont like/trust DRS and they want better decisions , they should invest some money into a better review system. Otherwise just grin and bear it PS well played India too for making a decent fist of it

  • vkumar_086. on February 9, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    This Indian defeat means justice prevailed in the cricket world. NZ were the worse affected in this test by umpiring howlers. Anderson was robbed of a century in the 1st innings and Watling was dismissed off a no ball. Rahane was plumb lbw in the 1st Innings and not given. So if umpires got it right, NZ would have scored 650 against this world's best bowling attack. Come on black caps thrash the Indians 2-0.

  • Iceman29 on February 9, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    10 loss in a row is not acceptable by any means....what is the role of duncan fletcher and bowling coach in the team...these two guys must be immedietly sacked and kohli should be made captain of the test team....Dhoni and Jadeja are not test materials...

  • on February 9, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    The problem lies with coach and captain. When you are landing on a foreign playground, the behavior of the pitch is not the same as at home. It was coach and captain's responsibility to inject the adaptabiity in the team, which homework, perhaps, was not done, or done in a half hearted manner relying more in the confidence "we are the best".

    Having said this, Test cricket is a different ball game. In that temptation to hit your favorite stroke is reduced and patience is increased. Thats what Dhawan learned after a succession of failure. You can't hit the ball in the same fashion that you have mastered on Indian slow pitches (again adaptibility is the key word). We are happy on Ishant Sharma's performance but I think he was over used that might be harmful in his future career. For five days cricket bowlers of high physique should be picked.

    Lastly India, having an array of batsmen and bowlers, should have replaced at least four or five players as other sides are doing.

  • johnhamilton on February 9, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Maccullums call not to enforce the follow on wasn't a huge mistake.

    It was a 50/50 call based on information from his own bowlers which we aren't privy to

    Many captains don't enforce the follow on these days for a variety of reasons

    It was our 2nd innings batting that let us down, not the decision

  • NixNixon on February 9, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Im a Saffa first but my second favourite team has been NZ for the last 2 years. I have said it about a year ago and I will say it again; NZ is fast becoming a very dangerous team. Test , ODI and t20. I just love the look of their test team. Cant wait for the next SA vs NZ test series.

    Also India, whom deem themselves as the dominant force in world cricket have now not won a single match since playing outside of India. Talk about an overrated team!

  • RichardMLindsay on February 9, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    I see someone is complaining about losing to a small country. NZ is a small country but we punch well above our size in international sport, not just cricket. India's record in NZ is poor overall. Played 22...NZ win 9, India 5 and 9 draws. We would play them anyday, and it's a shame for them that Zaheer is past it and Sharma didn't really get much support. I think there's too much ODI and T20 for them and they can't handle the short ball sustainably in a test match. I am very happy with the result.

  • priceless1 on February 9, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    India should immediately arrange a home series and break all the batting records out there ... , otherwise at this loosing rate soon their fans will stop worshiping their cricket gods

  • on February 9, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    The umpiring was fine. Every match ever played has a decision or two that you disagree with but that is because you are watching a slow motion replay in high definition. I thought India threw the game away, especially Dohni and Jadeja. They should have got there easily once there was less than a hundred to get but they chose to play too aggressively in my opinion and it cost them dearly.

  • knightryder on February 9, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Tips for basin reserve. If pitch is suitable, NZ should consider going in with 4 front line seamers (henry not bracewell)+Anderson + Williamson. Nz will stick with opening combo - but could be a last chance for Fulton.

    India is light on bowling and batting heavy. They wont get Nz so cheaply again. India should consider Jadeja and Dhoni should be batting 6 & 7 and add a seamer. Rahane would have to miss out. Oh and get murali vijay out off the slip cordon.

    NZ looking good for another victory unless kohli or pujara hit big knocks.

  • Great_Lion on February 9, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Can't bellieve india win only one match(against poor WI) away from home after the 2011 WC.But sri lanka Beat South africa , Pakistan and Bangladesh.So who is the flat track bully.I don't want to compare away ODIs in this period because SL is miles head than IND.

  • ThilankaK on February 9, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    TOSS , the only thing India can win outside home !!!

  • Herath-UK on February 9, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    NZ board in fact agreed to go down in the first draft even if india was no 8 position. How would they have felt after a such close game determined their fate in spite of winning. At least Sri Lanka & Pak resistance helped to restore that irony.

  • on February 9, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    If, as claimed, the umpires cost India the match... then you cost yourselves the match India. You turned down the use of the DRS which would have prevented the dismissals of BOTH Watling for NZ and Rahane for India. Oh, you conveniently forgot the no-ball? You reap what you sew India.... But the real reasons are being swept under the carpet and the post-match comments from the two captains showed that Dhoni reflects Indian fans' and players' attitudes... only given credit to opposition when the series is wrapped, allowing delusion to reign supreme until the inevitable result arrives. Also @Smash42... um, surely after the ODIs you would have learned? Your live update during the game reads, "This match is over...NZ has no realistic chance of winning".... bro, remember I said I would hold you to your predictions? 4-0 and now 1-0 and you have been unintentionally the most hilariously misguided and deluded comments man of all-time... Karma's a vengeful beast India. And she's hungry.

  • on February 9, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    If I was an Indian fan I would be furious! How can India lose to a such tema from such a small country? I would demand the heads of the captain, the coach and the chief selector. Their tactics were wrong, the selection was wrong and strategies were wrong. What were they thinking? This is almost a repeat of England in Australia. The players did not have the right mindset. They should watch how Pakistan and SL play test cricket. I think these players have got too much IPL and money issues in their tiny minds!

  • on February 9, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    the positives out of these test match... dhawan and rohit have that credibility to score outside India. shami has shown the promise which we can rely upon once zaheer hang up his boots.... And the most important thing is this team has the ability to perform and win... let people shout but I have a gut feeling that this team is gonna win the next match and level the series.... other things I observe is jadeja shown be given more responsibility in batting department which I think is very necessary outside India. I'm waiting for the century from rahane in next test. this team has the ability to become world beaters. go India go! cheers!

  • on February 9, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    dhoni is no more match winner batsman or match winner captain his innings is simply doing good to his averages only, infact credit for indian bowler doing good in second innings goes to zaheer khan approach. Dhoni should be replaced as a captain. If indian is not performing good it is because of captain strange decision. Batting second in foreign condition has put lot of pressure to indian team. common if sachin, dravid, vvs laxman, shewag find difficult to bat in south African condition than how can we expect our young players to bat freely. India should have batted first in every matches not thinking of huge target and once batsman get used to pace of wicket batsman would have score better.

  • avvinav on February 9, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    First of all 1 question to all Dhoni fans: Why couldn't this so called 'great finisher' couldn't win a single match for India in SA and NZ ? I guess he had the oppurtunity to 'finish' the match in soo many matches and I dont remember him winning a single one of them. I think Dhoni is a "great opportunist" rather than a great finisher who always thrived on good performance of other good batsmen. Earlier it was Ghambir who used to do all the hardwork before Dhoni 'finished' a game and in recent time it was Kohli. But Now when Kohli is not able to perform all of a sudden Dhoni's magical ability to finish is finished. This is no coincidence.

    The thing Dhoni do very well is wait for the right opportunity to come to bat. He would be a better poker player than a cricketer.

  • on February 9, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Indian fans should not blame this loss on the umpires. It's their arrogance to use DRS is at the heart of the problem. Serves them right. My fear is now that they have got more influence in the ICC they might do their best to get ride of the DRS altogether!

  • fair_paly_1 on February 9, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    People forget that Corey Anderson's first innings LBW decision was a shocker too. So this whinging about just Rahane only is unjustified and that includes Dhoni - very unsportsman like behaviour.

    Imagine if Anderson had stayed on, NZ lead could have been even more substantial shutting India out completely.

    If you don't accept DRS then you win some you lose some. Accept NZ are deserved winners. Well played!

  • Samir619 on February 9, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Go home and learn how to play short balls.

  • drnaveed on February 9, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    the Indians should not complain about the umpiring errors , as it is part of the game , sometimes the decisions go your way sometimes not ,secondly their team is suffering just because their board has not accepted the current running DRS system ,had it been employed , those wrong decisions ( if any ) could have gone their way.team India has now lost 10 tests out of 11 tests played abroad, .their fans should not get worried , as their leading cricket status will remain the same even , if they loose 100 out of 100 test matches ,and their test cricket playing status is secure as that of BD side.. mr N Srinivasan , will probably buy series for their side in the future , who knows.....

  • lankantone on February 9, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Great news for all cricket lovers

  • on February 9, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Was there today. Great battle full of twists and turns. Could have gone either way and there were times when NZ were close to falling apart only to strike at crucial moments. Test cricket is unbeatable. And if the cricket wasn't enough for you, the banter and singing from the Indian supporters was both hilarious and priceless. Well done you boys. You made a lot of people laugh today!

  • dnsvija on February 9, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Excellent work by NZ bowlers!! With their bowling and fielding they were able to cover their poor batting performance in the second innings of this first test!! well done kiwis...

  • Humdingers on February 9, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    This is the BEST thing that could happen to India. Hopefully it will be another whitewash and then FINALLY we will see the end of Fletcher, Dhoni (in Tests), Zhaeer and Ishant. That may trigger the others to get their act together or face the axe as well.

  • the_predator on February 9, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Dear fellow indians, I am also an indian. We lost because of our own mistake. if we would have fileded in 1st innigns like we did in second we would have won. Its not because of umpiring.Whatever little knowledge of cricket i have. i can asssure you in a year or two the core of the batting line up will be a very good one. The week link we have is our captain. He just does not have technique in test. Apart from this we need to find a good spinner (that has been our strength). Give them time its a new team. we all know what others faced when they were rebuilding.

    And coming to what other saty. Let them say whatever they want to say.most of the fans are shouting at us who has legends with average in 30s (and outside asia in 20s) if they are from aisa, and if they are from outside aisa, lets not mention (apart from few exceptions). This new team has very good promise. just wait for 1-2 years. remember even sachin-dravid-ganguly-laxman took time.

  • on February 9, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    India has the worst bowling line up. Somebody should do a proper research as to how can India produce a pair of genuine pacers who can bowl at good pace. Besides, Indian batsmen are often clueless against short pitched fast bowling. Having a strong batting line up ain't enough. Try to produce a few genuine fast bowlers who can rattle batsmen.

  • on February 9, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    great spirited effort shown by 11 players who atleast played for 2 days as a team its high time when India changes its support staff...get a new coach Duncan fletcher is just taking this team down with each passing match

  • kiwicricketnut on February 9, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    i still think not enforcing the follow on was a massive mistake, but the hearty display from our seamers was just fantastic, special credit has to go to wagner who i thought was playing for his spot in alot of ways but he showed the value he brings to the side and good on him, man of the match has to go to double centurian but wagners effort was just as influential on the end result and got mccullum out of jail after not enforcing the follow on, it really was a massive effort. there is an old saying that you don't change a winning team but we have to do something about our openers they are not only the weak links in the batting line up but also in the feild, ryder, latham, guptill, i don't mind but rutherford and fulton must go, they look out of their depth, sohdi was also not very effective but he deserves more time and they should perservere with him, 5 seamers might be an option but if 4 can't do it then neither will 5 so keep the spinner, he needs to learn.

  • on February 9, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Well done New Zealand who seem to be building quite a decent and competitive side now. Batting still fragile at times although some world class batters like Williamson and Taylor are present. I feel Ryder needs to be brought back in for Fulton. Bowling attack looks very threatening. Well done

  • Naeem578 on February 9, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Pathetic batting attitude by jadeja and dhoni. All ind need was just to rotate the strike n the pitch was also good for batting but they gave it away by turning to sloging mode too early. A well deserved victory to N.Z (No.8 ranked team in pathetic indian cricket councel rankings). No.2 is the team which gets whitewashed everytime they go abroad. But no need to worry 4 ind now as in the future BCCI will decide the fate of the match before a single ball bowled of a match. NOT FAIR NOT FAIR NOT FAIR.

  • Great_Lion on February 9, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    My dear indian brothers, Thease are some stats for you.Please refer this and give me a reply. Results of top 8 countries away tests After the WC2011. Ranked according to wins against MC (MC - Major country) w-win L-lost D-draw

    (Country: mat: w: w(against MC): L :D :Beaten opposition) = (SA:11: 5 :5 :1: 5 Eng-2/Aus-1/NZ-1/pak-1 );(Aus :17 4 4 8 5 WI-2 /SA -1/SL-1) ; (Eng :17 :3 :3 :10: 4 :Ind-2/SL-1) ; (SL :17 :3 :2 :8: 6: SA-1/Pak-1/Ban-1) ; (NZ :15: 3 :2 :10 :2 :Aus-1/SL-1/Zim-1 ) ;(Pak : 13 :5 :1 :6 :2 Ban-2/Zim-2/WI-1 ); (Ind :14: 1 :1 :10 :3 :WI-1) : ( WI :15: 3: 0 :8 :4 :Ban-3)

  • CricketingStargazer on February 9, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    I was amazed following this game last night just how quickly New Zealand fans gave the match up as lost. You knew that the chase had only been managed 3 times in 2118 Tests (there is a reason for that) and that it would only take a single wicket to change the game. Even so, before India was even half way there it seemed that people had thrown in the towel.

    Good win. Well deserved. But, oh India, when are you going to compete in an overseas series?

  • kayzedcrick on February 9, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    You can win big three status with money and domestic performance. You cannot and will not win overseas as proved recently in South Africa and now New Zealand. India will again improve their ranking by inviting teams to visit India. How long can you continue like this. You need to play against all sides on neutral avenues. well done Pakistan for keeping their team alive in spite of all odds against them. India also needs to learn. Kayzedcrick

  • tom120 on February 9, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Indian fans shouldn't blame bowlers. It was the batsmen who lost the game. It was not a very green fast pitch. In 1st innings Indian batters played reckless shots, and got all out for 202. They should have batted more carefully. Their bowlers gave them an opportunity to give a fight in the last innings. But batsmen have to take the blame for their poor batting in the first inning.

  • on February 9, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    looser india it wasnt even 5th day yet but they were playing like it is ipl lol but bad luck it wasnt a flat track like india haha btw couple of weeks back misbah saved a historic test match from a similar position but msd is a looser and all india is too haha. btw msd was bowled anyways keep crying indians hahaha u deserve it from a proude pakistan fan.

  • on February 9, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    I think India deserved what they got. They and many of their rabid fans were behaving too high and imperious for too long ; now they got go whitewashed by a team in the ODIs that got whitewashed twice in a row by another team they refuse to play. And, this time, they are not doing much better in test matches either.

  • ThilankaK on February 9, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    keep Dhoni as a captain, keep jadeja as a bowler, drop Khan or Shami and take ashwin to the team, keep Vijay as a opener, keep rahane in the team, keep rohit in the team, keep dhawan in the team (he is a score every 10 innings & gave chance on 7), keep sharma in the team (take wickets every 10 innings, lol) & IND can easily win every match. thanks !

  • on February 9, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Another horrible show of team india. Dhoni once again had shown that he is never interested to lead his team from the front. After the fall of 2nd wicket, he could easily get 50-60 quick odd runs but alas, he usually came down to bat in a situation when india had almost lost the match. If dhoni & team management really wants an equalizer than they must go with 4 seemers including ishwar pandey. Also they should immediately drop rahane and vijay for the last match, if they really want to keep some hopes alive in the heart of indian fans otherwise it would again be a 3 day practicing match for the hosts who are on top at the moment in every department of game. Come on Dhoni keep raising your flag against DRS & see how quickly your team mates gets bundled out. All the very best for next match. God may give you some intellectual power...

  • Ibanezfan on February 9, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Congrats to New Zealand for a good win. Wagner's intensity while bowling was good to watch. Maybe rest Sodhi next match & get another pacer? As for India, great fight back in the bowling and fielding departments. That said, with two full days to bat, we should have won this one. I lay the blame for the failed chase at Pujara's door. When you've been chosen as a specialist batsmen, with much touted impeccable technique, you must make it count in situations exactly like the one he found himself in. Scoring 23 when the team requires you to bat a full day or more is silly. (A replacement for Dravid?! ha! I don't even...) As a specialist batsmen, you're supposed to do your bit every time. A chase of 400 requires all the specialist batsmen to score upwards of 50. In any case, an entertaining test match. I'm looking forward to another engaging contest in the 2nd test. Now that India's catching and fielding are back in the reckoning, I have a feeling the next match will be a closer finish.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 9, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Why don't we come up with a really simplified version of DRS so that the BCCI can get involved. My proposal.

    LBW reviews - Hawkeye is scrapped. The 3rd umpire can only use the 'mat' for pitched outside leg-stump and video replays for inside edges - This will reverse howlers like Kallis and Rahane's decisions.

    Caught behind / Outside edges reviewed by the 3rd umpire using stump mic and visual replays only (hotspot and sniko scrapped)

    No-ball. After every wicket the 3rd umpire will check for no-ball automatically and radio the onfield umpire immediately. If no-ball occurs - player is called back. They should be able to do this in seconds.

    Reviews stay at 2 per 80 overs. This will ensure players don't review every single decision and slow the game down. It will also force batsmen to think of teammates before reviewing when they are plumb. Keep in mind that if reviews are successful, then you don't lose the review.

  • WannaBeRusta on February 9, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Away record of 0-10. Good riddance. This is where India needs Sri Lanka help to arrange a test tour. Even if they fail to win there they have a good chance of drawing a match and braking the trend.

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

    geez cry me a river india, not only are your players in complete denial about being beaten by a better side, the fans can't seem to accept this fact either.all this talk about umpires costing them the match is just a cop out, how quickly they forget andersons shocker, watlings, the fact trent boult had one pitch in line, hit in line and would of cannoned into middle stump turned down as well, this all escapes indian fans short term memory, nobody can predict the butterfly effect on the match these decisions have, its just part of the game without the DRS and who is to blame for that. it was a great test match but in the end india just wern't good enough, why is that so hard for indians to accept rather than all the excuses, i feel for one fan in particular, truecric_fan has not had a single statement of his come true yet, it must be agonising for him, you got to love a tryer but i hope he's not a fortune teller that would be too funny

  • on February 9, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Most disappointed! India has become masters in dolling out thrilling test matches only to lose it in the end. I went to sleep when Dhawan and Sharma doing well thinking no way we can loose from here. But saw the morning news and still in shock. How does it happen ?

    But lets appreciate our fight back in the second innings , Dhawan's most uncharacteristic and faultless innings. Dhoni should have stuck around for 2-3 overs more and finishes off the chase.

    But still my hearty congratulations to both teams for a superb Test match. Let the dogs bark in any way they want about Indias away series, we are't meekly surrendering to opposition. Whether in SA or in New Zealand. Its a team in the making and Iam with my team..

  • InsideHedge on February 9, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    With all due respect, I reckon Wagner delivered several no balls during the course of the match but it's nigh on impossible for an umpire to check that vertical crease and then look down the wicket. Hence, when he dismissed Dhoni, it was only right that the umpires wanted to verify.

    I've never understood how an umpire is expected to check for a no ball and instantly turn his attention to the other end of the wicket *and*be able to tell if the ball pitched outside leg stump!

    Only in cricket do we have so many absurdities. All this and the silly rain rules, the light meters etc etc. It's really time that a tech device is used to determine no balls, I've been saying this for years. In tennis, we had all sorts of controversies with foot faults till they intro'd technology.

    The umps should only be concentrating on matters at the striker's end.

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on February 9, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Stormy16, what do you mean India will start to dictate the types of wickets that they will be playing on? Isn't it already happening? I just saw a world cup played in subcontinental conditions in England. Whenever they play in Australia they always seem to avoid our fastest and bounciest wicket - currently Brisbane. Two of the three tests are normally in Sydney and Adelaide (the most conducive to finger spin).

  • rickyvoncanterbury on February 9, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    I remember when India were whitewashed in Australia 2 years ago asking them to show some respect and acknowledge Australia's performance, and two years later it looks like nothing has changed.

  • on February 9, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    I can't understand why India is against DRS.....offcourse everything has its pros and cons but technology always benefits the game. Obviously there will be some issues but the benefit will be much profound. Ajinkya Rahane could hve been not out, Vijay could hve got the benefit of the doubt, Shami should hve got the 1st wicket of the 1st innings. Even without DRS Dhoni's wicket stands a controversy so why not use the technology. Atleast there would hve been less faults. All in all it gets frustrating if u hve to get up at 3am to watch the game and u see ur team coming so close to victory yet falling short of it.

  • on February 9, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    there was nothing great in this game, don't make a fuss, India lost as they normally do in foreign pitches, in the past two years India played 11 test matches abroad, dont be surprised they managed a draw and lost ten.

    stop playing cricket in India if you want to become world beaters, as a Pakistani its always pleasure to see India loose, well played black caps, keep it up and win the second test too.

  • throughthelense on February 9, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    NZ in next test must bring in Ryder, Guptill and Bracewell. No point playing a spinner.If at all they need a spinner, Nathan McCullum can be the one who will tighten up things and stop Indian batsmen from getting some easy runs. Fulton, Rutherford are not delivering the goods despite opportunities galore. One-odd hundred against WI is not enough. For India, they must think of a two captain format. One for overseas Test series and Dhoni for test series in India. You cannot do away with Dhoni because he is with Chennai Super Kings. Just look at the way he gets out, shameful for a Test match player. India Tigers at Home Lambs Abroad. At home, absence of DRS helps the spinners, and its top-rated corporate-sponsored batsmen.

  • on February 9, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    What a stupid way to go after 407 runs in fourth innings. Did Indians think that they were playing back home on a insipid pitch in front of their followers? This test should have brought Indians down to earth. Usually they not just cricketers think they are the smartest. This test showed how to gauge them. What Dawan and Kholi did wax right, taking one thing at a time. But in comes Dhoni and Jadeja and with more than a day to spare set about trying to blast the NZ attack and the result is there for all to see. They should have planned to take one bite at a time when eating the elephant size target and set about it in about 140 overs of batting. There was no shortage of overs. The way the batters got out showed their mind set. Poor captaincy from Dhoni and poor planning by the coach.

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

    Results of top 8 countries away tests After the WC2011 Ranked according to wins against MC (MC - Major country)

    w-win L-lost D-draw

    Country mat w w(against MC) L D Beaten opposition

    SA 11 5 5 1 5 Eng-2/Aus-1/NZ-1/pak-1 Aus 17 4 4 8 5 WI-2 /SA -1/SL-1 Eng 17 3 3 10 4 Ind-2/SL-1 SL 17 3 2 8 6 SA-1/Pak-1/Ban-1 NZ 15 3 2 10 2 Aus-1/SL-1/Zim-1 Pak 13 5 1 6 2 Ban-2/Zim-2/WI-1 Ind 14 1 1 10 3 WI-1 WI 15 3 0 8 4 Ban-3

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

    @liht wagners foot was not over the side box in my opinion. Its where his foot LANDS, so this is the sole and studs of his boot ONLY. If you look at the replay you can see the shoe overhangs the sole where it bulges off to the side. This does not mean his foot is touching the line! That part of the shoe is off the ground! Also I found it inconsistent that the umpire even checked for a no ball. As you said yourself, if they gave that a no ball, they would have to go and check all 300 of wagners balls to see if its a no ball!! The umpires were fine with his bowling all match, he wasnt overstepping so why check part of his "bowling action" when the game becomes "CLOSE" to create drama? This is inconsistent and unfair umpiring to pull wagner up about his action when he has just got a KEY WICKET. If they warned him earlier he could have actually done something about it. Instead of waiting for him to win the game AND THEN tell him hes doing something wrong. ( which i don't think he was)

  • Lankyone on February 9, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Wagner has shown how difficult it is for umpires to identify a no-ball resulting from a foot violation of the return crease. While watching the live broadcast of the Test I identified three wickets which could require further inspection of his foot's position. Dhoni in particular seems hard done by. Having umpired myself I appreciate this is a most difficult problem and as Tests have such good additional technology surely the TV umpire could intervene. There need be no delay in play - the batsman makes to leave the field of play but before crossing the boundary rope checks the scoreboard to see if a green or red light is shown ie keep going or stop and return. Such a pity India refuse to play using DRS it could help them, that however presupposes they know how to use it correctly and the limited evidence we have of their usage shows they have much to learn.

  • taslu613 on February 9, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    I would blame dhoni and jadeja. They were playing like there is no tomorrow.They should have played sensibly but they fail to do that.They thought that they will chase down 109 odd runs in 10 overs.Very poor display of batting by them.Game was totally in india,s hand untill jadeja got out.I am very disappointed of seeing this india approach.

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on February 9, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    It a bit rich if Indian fans are complaining about umpiring when the unchecked overturnable decisions went 3-1 against NZ. I am including the Watling decision which should have been checked under the existing rules. The other three howlers (clear without using ball tracking) would have been overturned under the current DRS. Yes the current DRS will still lead to incorrect decisions (nothing can be 100%). The only issue should be how the decisions should be reviewed. I think it should be in the hands of the umpires. Not the captains.

  • stormy16 on February 9, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    If there ever was a valid reason cricket must stay a sport where the #8 team can upset the #2 this is it. As opposed to what we now have where series will be based on economic viability as opposed to a sporting competition. It was a great test match and full marks to both teams and NZ were too good in the end and India's 202 in the first innings was simply too poor for even a draw. India still did well and poor shots by Kholi, Dhoni and Jadeja didnt help the cause.

    The good news for India is the constant battering away from home will soon be over when they can pick and chose who they play and when. Soon they will realize that no matter how much revenue, its not much fun losing overseas all the time. The BCCI will then use its muscle to force hosting teams to prepare wickets to suit India and claim to the be the best team in the world. Sadly it will not be a sport but a concucted television event that pulls alot of money. But hey, as of today it is all about money and not about sport!

  • on February 9, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    India in previous 11 away Tests: 0-10

    India in previous 8 away ODIs: 0-6

  • U.A.1985 on February 9, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    I think umpires checking no ball for Dhoni was unfair to NZ because they did not check the same for poor Watling. Why are Indian fans so quiet about rough ones which New Zealand recieved?

  • Richienz on February 9, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    Congratulations to New Zealand great win over the King Pin team of India. McCallums innings was first class he batted brilliantly showed composure and later some brilliant attacking play when New Zealand were struggling ably supported by Kane and some big hitting via Corey. The first innings set up the win well for NZ, not a good decision to follow on and just about backfired through indias excellent batting line up. Next test look at having no spin bowler bring in Bracewell for Sodi, our strength is in our pace/swing bowling not spin bowling which Indian batsman play too well. Also Ryder in as opener for Rutherford or Fulton both of these players have lost confidence at this level. Good on you Wagner and Southie the 2 best bowlers on show today. Also great fight to get back into the game from India superb swing.pace bowking by Shami very unlucky not to get a lot more wickets then he did. And Kolli a class act and some nice great grit and determination by the opener dahwin, great game

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Good match. Well played both sides. Doesn't having Taylor make a difference to NZ ? (hoping to see Ryder and perhaps Vettori back soon as well). I feel for Ishant Sharma. He has had match figures of 9 for 160 odd and is getting caned by his own supporters.

  • siri12345 on February 9, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    inspite of many umpiring decisions against the kiwis they played really well and r the deserved winners.moreover to give a chance to india to make a comeback they didnot enforce the follow on n got allout for 100..if corey was not given out wrongly nz would have won this test by 400 runs.

  • liht on February 9, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Poor umpiring on and off the field . Giving poor decisions . Wagner is keep on crossing the box ,there is no one to stop him.Especially third umpire decision on dhoni wicket is totallly disaster.Its clearly visible that Wagner is touching the line . Even if there is no enough evidence, benefit of the doubt should go the batting side. I hope that Wagner would have bowled more than 50 no balls in this match.

    Being an indian, i am not trying to say that india would have win this match if all those decision reverted rather we would have seen the honest result.

    Not using DRS is really costing the indian team. I dont know when will BCCI realize this?

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Dhoni has lost so many test series especially abroad, its shocking that he hasnt been sacked as test captain. the message is- his job is his for keeps - no matter how poorly he performs with the bat outside the flat tracks of home, unimaginative captaincy, poor team selection etc. If a captain cant keep his main bowlers on their toes and ignores developing newer talents, he cant complain match after match that his bowlers arent good enough. its high time bcci look at this objectively and act - after forming the cartel of 3, their team just got kicked by a lower ranked team. nice! maybe bcci can use their clout and float 2 teams - the current one of csk and has-beens and the other one with boys who still are raring for the opportunities. what?

  • victortrumpet on February 9, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    As a Third Eye Umpire, I'm in a qualitatively unique position to tell if there was any racist motivation for some umpiring decisions today. I can confirm that based on -ocker-metric readings; (measures bogan tendencies), and when combined with data which measures mean tested overweight overage Australian Umpire. Outcome suggested 66%.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on February 9, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Unlike others, who are blaming Dhoni and Jadeja for switching to T20 mode, I wish such an assault had happened earlier. I am sure that if Dhoni and Jadeja had played 'thoughtful cricket', we would have lost by more than 100 runs. This way, we at least came close and can hold our head high. To lose by only 40 runs, after conceding a lead of 300 runs in the first innings, takes some doing. The only blame I could lay on Jadeja is that he was just trying to hit all the balls out of the park. For example, when he got out, in the same over he had already scored 6 runs, so there was no need for him to go for a premeditated shot. Nevertheless, it is better to go down with all the guns blazing, rather than to surrender meekly, and then wonder later on as to why we did not play positive cricket. And all these posts coming from Pak fans are simply funny given that they recently lost a test match even against Zimbabwe. Now that deserves a big LOL.

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    This test match reminded me about the india of post ganguly era, where we were heavily dependent on sachin now we have pujara. If they fail in overseas, it is almost impossible to win a test match abroad. Thank You dhoni for bringing the old days back, when india winning was a very big news. Dhoni's hurried decision of axing so called slow movers and old war-horse has brought us here. His so called young blood policy has given place to some players who are not worthy of even domestic 5 days cricket. Even he is not worthy of test cricket, so why does not step out of the team and give chance to a young blood. Thanks for wasting the efforts of 10 years to build team india and putting us back at the starting point.

  • Anukalp_23 on February 9, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Great game of cricket ... But i think context of next test pick 5 proper bowlers... its ok if we loose anyway from here we can't win the test series ... left ajinkya out(but his 25 avg outside subcontinent certainly won't win matches for us) and bring in ishwar pandey(at least we can amend for 300 runs deficit if our premier bowlers are tired or one of them is not clicking)...but with 6-4 u can't win matches and pull of 400 every time its like once in a blue moon situation..give it a go see all great test team has atleast 4 seemers ...rest is upto selectors or team dhoni hoping for a gud decision :)

  • CricktingGenius on February 9, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    I think Deepu makes a good point, asking the question why are Indians so afraid of DRS? I think this is because then Indians cannot blame the umpires every time they lose. Its like a batsmen who cant afford to buy a new bat, always blames it when he gets caught on the boundary, but when he finally can afford a new bat he thinks if he buys a new bat and continues to get out he might have to face the truth that he is a poor batsmen and it has nothing to do with his bat. New Zealand copped some terrible umpiring this game too that cost at LEAST 100 runs.

  • JustIPL on February 9, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: Dont think so mate as Mc made it 500 imposed on india in the first innings and proved opposite captain wrong and then added another 100 innings not taking care of how many wickets fall to finally win by 40 runs. So, Mr. Mc Cullam was the right man of the match. It would have been dhoni had he finished it for India yet again.

  • Rooboy on February 9, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    @Pranesh Ryan Joel - if you don't understand that fact, here's the obvious point you clearly failed to consider. Aus were ranked 4th or 5th and they lost to the third ranked side. And they copped considerable heat for that series performance anyway. Meanwhile , what we witnessed today was the number two ranked side lose to the number eight ranked side. Starting to see any differences in the situation? Plus Australia do occasionally win an away test. India's away record is abysmal and constant bleating by indian fans doesn't change that ... Cue indian fans reminding me Aus lost 4-0 in India, focussing only on one series, which only proves the extent to which they just don't get it

  • Greatest_Game on February 9, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    @ Pranesh Ryan Joel is puzzled: "I just don't understand one fact in the recent past all teams have lost overseas but only wen India plays there's too much pressure created by everyone one n mostly media."

    All teams have NOT lost overseas in the recent past. South Africa last lost an away series in 2006. Since then SA have lost only 5 out of 32 away matches, in 12 series, and never more than 1 match in a series. Seven years without losing a single "overseas" series.

    Losing overseas has nothing to do with media pressure, and has everything to do with not playing well. Because India loses away from home does not mean that ALL teams lose away from home.

  • InsideHedge on February 9, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Agree with the facebook Kiwi poster that reckons NZ would have beaten Eng if they had Vettori. However, disagree that spin is your last bucket to fill. Ish Sodhi was very impressive in this game. Don't be fooled by his wicketless performance rather by the promise he showed.

    Also, he was up against Indian batsmen who whatever the haters may wish, in their dire dreams, play spin with great skill.

    Still, Sodhi was ripping the ball past the bat, I felt he was under bowled. It takes a very knowledgeable captain to handle a leg spinner, modern captains take them off as soon as they're hit for a couple of boundaries but seamers are treated very differently.

    None better than Mark Taylor alto Oz have a history of producing great leggies. Then again, strictly speaking, one of the best ever was actually a Kiwi: Clarrie Grimmett.

  • AspiLfc on February 9, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Thanks NZ for bringing Indian players back to earth. I was tired of seeing episodes of Outstanding Ojha , Allrounder Ahswin, Perfect Pujara, Stunning Shami , Verstile Virat , Devastaing Dhawan and others on Star network from their WI and Australia home series. Indians have been badly bullied in all their away tours since winning the worldcup. Hope this run of away defeats continue for India & BCCI.

  • Rohit345 on February 9, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Another humilating defeat outside of India. Now ICC ( India ) should make a new law for Indian Team that we will play all matches inside India Only so that we can maintain our ranking. And we will invite Kenya, Zimbabwe and now Bangladesh to play series.

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    A test match to cherish & enjoy, if you are not excessively jingoistic.

    NZ, India & the umpires did commit mistakes. Who committed more is a matter of perception & individual prejudice.

    Both teams were adversely affected by poor decisions. However, those who willingly chose to live with the on field umpires goofs over the errors of DRS, have no business to complain. That is cricket. That had been, even in Dickey Bird days. Anyone remember, Shepherd missing many no-balls affected the results in an England-Pakistan test match?

    This had been part of the thrills & spills of what is generally called the "uncertainties of cricket".

    I am happy for both the teams. Apart from the Indian team, I love to see two other teams making good progress - West Indies & New Zealand. NZ showed in this test, they had made a quantum leap.

    I am also happy with the way,the young Indian players are developing. Zak is the only old-timer in this team. Have patience. Give these youngsters more time.

  • CricktingGenius on February 9, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    There were a lot of bad umpiring decisions in this game. Many of them going against New Zealand also Corey Anderson was giving out lbw on 77 when the ball was going way over and missing leg stump! He was looking solid batting with Mccullum also - Mccullum ran out of partners in this innings so this umpiring decision cost NZ 100 runs at least as it lead to mccullums wicket aswell because he was running out of partners and had to play recklessly with no Anderson at the other end. Also, I don't think Wagners ball to dhoni was a no ball. The SOLE of his foot didnt land over the line, merely the bulge over the side of the sole was on the line, but this never landed on the line so its not part of his foot considering this decision. Also why was this even checked for a no ball? Inconsistent from the umpires as NZ's wicket keeper was given out off a no ball but it wasnt checked. The no ball was checked because at this stage the game was very CLOSE so it adds drama. But this is unfair on NZ.

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Dhoni has always opposed DRS. I can't understand why. If the technology is available, why not use it. Always helps to help out the umpires who have to make a decision in split seconds.

  • reywob on February 9, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Well well well, India the team so great it only plays two tests against the minnows like nz and sa welcome to the real world, drs would of helped both sides, stop complaining, go look in the mirror and you will see where the real issues with world cricket lie, yes you provide a lot of the revenue but jeez start winnig abroad and no one will complain about your stance on drs or the changes that are proposed

  • georgejax on February 9, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    This game was truly sensational and if India had pulled it off then it might have been a fairy tale ending. New Zealand´s victory was never in doubt despite India´s splendid rear guard action. The earlier comments have addressed most of the interesting points facing the current Indian squad . The more Indian players play and practice overseas and perform as a cohesive team, the favorable results are bound to follow.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on February 9, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    I think it is high time that Dhoni retired from test cricket. He is short of fresh ideas, and keeps repeating the same mistakes. He is a very good ODI and T20 player, and he should continue to captain the team in those formats. He is above 30, and it will be too much for his body and spirit to captain the team as well as keep the wickets. For example, Brendon McCullum has stopped keeping the wickets now in the tests which last 4-5 days. During his captaincy, Dhoni has won two test series outside of SC: NZ in 2009 and WI in 2011. After that he has lost 10 tests abroad. For the 8-0 loss in Eng and Aus, he could blame the failure of Sehwag, Gambhir, VVS, Dravid, and Tendulkar. Now that none of those fabulous five are in the team anymore, who will Dhoni blame now? He is not a test level batsman, and his keeping is also very ordinary. It is high time he concentrated on T20s and ODIs exclusively, given that those world cups will be played shortly.

  • Rooboy on February 9, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Good work Kiwis. A country that has more registered cricketers than the side they lost to has entire population, but all the majority of indian fans want to talk about is umpiring. Even when it's their teams fault those decisions couldn't be reviewed! Time for indian fans to get some maturity.

  • manish1977 on February 9, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    For me, it was jadeja`s irresponsible shot that turned the tide away from us. He played a rash stroke when there was no need of it. In the end winning only matters, no one remembers if you`ve won by hitting sixes or by slowly accumulating runs. Aggression is good but madness ............

  • tough_cool on February 9, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    So India makes a match out of it and we need not blame anyone for this yet another insufferable defeat, and not least the Courageous captain Dhoni. Let us all think he is captain courageous even with a 0-10 record. And that is even after India is playing only 2 test matches. Imagine what would be the score if India played 4 -5 test away tours. Incidentally the last time India won away test match was when Dravid got a hundred and it might as well remain India's last unless BCCI schedules some out of turn Ban and Zim tours. Is it a pleasant sight to see the way Jadeja batted in a test match. Is India devoid of classic batsmen that we need jadeja's services, what about the glorious history of India's past batsmen and India's long history of producing them does it not mean anything to anyone. Instead of playing Ishant and Jadeja can India not play one specialist batsmen and one specialist bowler. India must play the Dhoni XI even if Sehwag and Gambhir rot to death.

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    congratulations NZ, that was way too close from where we were early on in the test, Wagner's ability to take wickets at the right time being the difference in the end. re DRS yes ball tracking must go, it is ridiculous but what is wrong with the rest of it?? It shouldn't be that hard to get it to a workable system that works relatively quickly. I look forward to when theres a checkbox system where each box is ticked off until it is determined you are out, one red x and obviously youre not out get on with it. I was GUTTED Anderson got a 'dud' decision, he was looking at a guaranteed ton, his second in a very short test career. India has some class batsmen, but how can their career stats be taken seriously when they cant do jack away from home as a unit, then you look at their home stats and who in world cricket will take indian test batting stats seriously when you bat on roads with it appears no deviation or bounce. IPL certainly cannot be helping your test game.

  • henchart on February 9, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Teams ,usually,dont win tests after conceding 300 odd runs lead.No wonder India lost despite a poor second innings score from hosts.Please dont call this win a thrilling one.Indians were always on the losing curve even if final score suggests 40 run loss.Rahane and Sharma contributed below par while Dhoni failed yet again in trying to do too many things by himself.It may not be a bad idea to revamp the bowing line up for the tour of Blighty by axing both Zak and Ishant .

  • Greatest_Game on February 9, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    @ GRVJPR wrote " Just like umpires gifted wickets to toothless South Africa they have done the same here. That day Kohli, Rahane, Jadea wickets were gifted to SA. Today Vijay, Rahane, Dhoni wickets were gifted by umpires. Well done umpires, we know how much you would have got from New Zealand and South AFrican boards to make those decisions."

    GRVJPR - thank you for your graceful and humble comments. Your wisdom is a clear and shining example why India should dominate the ICC and world cricket. I am sure that all India feels honored to have you represent them, to have your humble words display to the world the depth of character and sense of sportsmanship and fair play inherent to the Indian cricket fan. Where other fans may be insensative, short-sighted or bitter, you are radiant with the good grace, fellowship and brotherhood that chatacterises the true cricket fan. Thanks for reminding us of the spirit of fair play that unites all those who love this unique game.

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Jadeja didnt need to play that stroke after smashing the ball allover the park, some key decisions went against India but understand that this guys are still very young and they need time to adapt to overseas conditions. I think India will win the next game comprehensively

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    I think its high time Indians should act as professionals in the field. This game is not all about some excellent batting and razor sharp bowling....its too depends on how u r in the field. look at those stunning catches taken by jadeja and rahane in the second innings. that was not really a bowler's wickets. look how the game has turned with some professional assistance by those fielders. now think about that simple chance lost by M Vijay of Williamson. I think that really cost a game for India. if that simplest of chance was not let down at such a crucial moment where they have lost 3 big wickets for a low score, India could have easily wrap up things under at least 400. secondly why are we so afraid of drs? with the technology so brilliant its high time I feel. are we waiting for some bad umpiring to blame for?

  • legfinedeep on February 9, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    So are all Indian fans still going to pin the blame on India's bowlers for this one. Even when the bowlers *finally* do their job, the Indian batsmen did not collectively show up. Why were they trying to convert this into a one-day match? It really does not feel like some of them are playing in a test match. As for bad decisions - you take the bad with the good. Every team gets both good and bad decisions. Very very unclassy of Dhoni to single out the Rahane wicket as an excuse, especially since the BCCI themselves refuse to use the DRS.

  • reality_check on February 9, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    It doesn't matter team India is actually less than a mediocre team away from home and has lost 10 out of last 11 test matches away from home. Only thing that matters is that Mr. Srinivasan is now the chairman of ICC and has all the power to keep team India among top three in the world no matter how many matches the team loses. This is the new cricket world order.

  • mohanram82 on February 9, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Posted by blthndr on (February 9, 2014, 6:58 GMT) i am not fan of DRS in this form...instead of this why not give full power to the third umpire to overrule the on field umpire decision in case of error....that will be faired to everyone.. where is your point when kallis given out in wanderers in crucial game???? how it only burns so hot at this moment alone??

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    I don' think any of the test cricket ever lost 10 out of 11 matches away.(except bdesh and zimbamwe).loosing rate over 90%. indian just flat track hitters without dravid and vvs.yes indians got lot of good batsmen in local. but they not included to dhoni's 11. things will be worst in future. oh yes abhi ipl.

  • anupkeni on February 9, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Team India is now winless in 11 matches in South Africa and New Zealand. It has truly been a winter of humiliation for Team India after a golden summer and a triumphant autumn. It remains to be seen whether Team India can end their winter by winning the Wellington Test.

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Umpires two decision cost INDIA ... clearly MS Dhoni was not out as it was a no ball.. BCCi should think about this and also about DRS. Very upset with the poor umpiring.

  • tests_the_best on February 9, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    @InsideHedge on (February 9, 2014, 6:42 GMT): Apt comment, echoes my thoughts as well. It's very easy in hindsight to say why someone played a particular shot but run-scoring shots often are wicket-giving shots as well and if batsmen curb those shots, not many runs are going to be made. One has to keep in mind this is not a situation where India were trying to play out a draw where it would make sense to curb all attacking instincts.

    Also lots of people commenting why India decided to slog after they were 6 down and lots of time remaining in the game. If they didn't slog, most likely they would have gone into a defensive shell with the bowlers continuously attacking them and producing the edge. The brilliant counterattack only put the pressure back on the bowlers and atleast gave them a chance of a win which was actually the right approach in that kind of situation.

  • ns4ckt on February 9, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Fantastic game! Well played both teams. Both teams made their mistake, India in first and NZ in the 2nd batting. Still they fought through. Both must be commended for the way they played. As an Indian, fan I don't like it. But the blame should be on everyone in the first innings. Instead of blaming, appreciate the spirit in which they came back strong in the second. They were very positive in the first test at SA. So, a wonderful young team we have got. I hope bowlers learn and show consistency and plan in their attack in the future.

    Good job guys. Congratulations NZ.

  • fzsTrio on February 9, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Don't worry, India will come up with some sort of innovation not to lose test match overseas because they got the power.

  • Annihalator on February 9, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Enough proof to vindicate the formation of a two tier format... with India and NewZealand in the same tier. At least Pakistan won the last ODI and test series played at NewZealand in 2011. And that was supposed to be a home series for us.

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Jadeja's wicket was the turning point. I know Rahane's wicket was also crucial (No DRS so we can't really complain about it) but jadeja's wicket was like a gold for New Zealand . After Jaddu went back to the pavilion Dhoni went back to defensive mode(obviously he had to). Why the rush of blood when you have already 7 in the over and Dhoni at the non striker end. New Zealand was in defensive mode when they both were dealing everything in boundaries but Jadeja did what he normally does in the tests; throw away his wicket.Jadeja needs to understand his role in the team. When you have 3 triple centuries in your back people expect you to do better with the bat

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    I just don't understand one fact in the recent past all teams have lost overseas but only wen India plays there's too much pressure created by everyone one n mostly media. Aus lost in Eng, now eng in aus,India thrashed aus in both test n odi same happened in 2011-12... This team building is on course n improvements are here n there another year or so that complete matured team would be ready....In this yest match great bowling by new Zealand n catches dropped cost for the loss in 1st innings of williamson n mccullum,Indian middle order needs a serious look, fresh legs need to be tested over number of games considering the future prospect of Indian bowling attack..expecting another exciting 2nd test match...

  • HDG1978 on February 9, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    From an Indian perspective, India lost the Auckand Test and the margin, whether 40 or 400 runs does not matter. A defeat is a defeat and remains that way even 2 decades later. India did show some fight over the last 2 days. But Dhoni's inexplicable tactics, not necessarily poor umpiring cost India the match. 7 singles in 7 overs with Zaheer in a tantalizingly close chase, repeatedly exposing the tailender to NZ fast bowlers, clearly underlines his insipid Test captaincy. Dhawan did well to curb his instincts and retain his place with a century and Dhoni's blue-eyed boy Ishant's 9 wickets in this Test means he gets the license to be in Team India for another year. More pain for the die-hard Indian fan. While Pujara can become the ideal replacement for Dravid, Kohli has a long way to go before he fills in SRT's shoes. Zaheer's experience to groom new fast bowlers like Pandey, Aaron and Shami will be crucial. However, as an Indian fan, wish to reiterate that we have had enough of MSD now.

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Rubbish Umpiring . Look at the crease from where the bowler was bowling . it was a no ball to Dhoni . and a really bad bad one against Rahane . Indians were on a rampage . but done in by some bad umpiring . hope to thrash Kiwis in the next one . Surely a hard thrashing is needed.

  • nkoch on February 9, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Why no DRS, India? Don't be adamant and accept what technology offers. Very very Positive Rahane would have been saved and who knows, the outcome could have been different. Also why are these OLD umps who can't see HUGE edges still officiating the games? There should be a retirement age for umps and it should be below 55. Hos about eye and ear tests every quarter? They certainly seem to lack clarity of vision and hearing.

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    "Team Whitewash" never really had a chance in this game.. Hats of to NZ.. At least they can also enjoy the joy of a whitewash..

  • cheesemethod on February 9, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    An awful lot of bitter indian fans spamming the facebook forums over umpiring decisions yet not one of them criticised dhoni and jadajas smash to win attitude. NZ had some decisions go against them and so did india. The fact is that umpires are human and will get it wrong. Its part of the game. Much like the draw against the west indies earlier- you can blame the weather all you like but its part of the game. Despite some of experts saying the umpires should be the ones to enforce a DRS review - it just wouldnt work. Would they be reviewing every decision? Would they get two challengers? The DRS in my view is fair and a good system, while predictive path cant be 100% accurate, its only used to back up an onfield call. Ie. BCCI has a problem with predictive, yet LBW decisions are the hardest to overturn as a ball clipping the stumps sticks with the onfield call.

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Nz are a top 4 test team. Top 3 Odi team. We had a disasterous 2012/13 season which saw our rankings plummet. We lost to Bangladesh badly. But we were without Taylor, Ryder, Vettori, a regular keeper, Southee. We must be the only team ever to play more than a year without a top spinner. That was the key in this test and I reckon we could have beaten England if Vettori wasn't injured. Spin is our last position to fill full time.

  • gorukula on February 9, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Well Well Well, if it had been any other team than India, the last pair would have added that 40+ runs, except for India. Why the hell when you had a day left and Jadeja and Dhoni had to play that aggressively, did they had any appointment tomorrow, pathetic team play and senseless batting.

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    I just heard my friend saying umpire steve davis gave 8 wrong decisions. It seems dhoni's wicket tacking delivery was a no-ball.i'm frustrated. Bcci please accept d drs

  • StreetView on February 9, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Well played both teams. NZ deserved it! Way to go India. With experience and better team selection, they will improve in the future. But the funny part is , why are some SL fans spamming this post? Arent they celebrating their team's 'MAGNIFICENT' performance against Bangladesh? :P

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Revel in the big 3 approval. No need to win in nz, aus,eng and sa. Call wi at home and thrash them. Dont play pak any tests. Bcci is champion without their team winning any matches in sa and now nz.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on February 9, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Ind fans take heart! Well I'm sure BCCI will bring Bang for a 2- test series just before IPL to Ind and they will be heroes again. Couldn't be a better time for Bangladesh's tour to Ind to take place. At least from Ind p.o.v. Surely ! -:)

  • blthndr on February 9, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    i am not fan of DRS in this form...instead of this why not give full power to the third umpire to overrule the on field umpire decision in case of error....that will be faired to everyone...

  • Greatest_Game on February 9, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    @ sergio11. Dhoni lost. Bad strategy. End of story. If he can't face up to the new ball by now, time to retire. Jadgega is supposed to have three 1st class triple centuries. Did he not EVER face the new ball? Again - the strategy FAILED. It was no good. It did not work. Excuses excuses excuses. Bad judgement, bad decisions, bad strategy, lost the test. They should try playing TEST cricket!

  • VJGS on February 9, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    Great match. I never expected India to win this match after their 1st Innings performance, but they almost proved me wrong. Kohli once again proved that he is more that capable of replacing the great Tendulkar at the all-important No. 4 spot. Dhawan also seems to be back in form. Great to see Dhoni and Jadeja play their natural, aggressive cricket. I think that suits them a lot more than trying to play defensive, controlled innings (though they might have to play such an innings if the situation demands that). It was by playing his natural game that Dhoni was able to score the 200 runs against Australia.

  • Samdanh on February 9, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    The reason for BCCI, Dhoni, and most India fans to be against DRS is that it is not fool proof. DRS depends on video replays. On this premise, how come BCCI, India and most India fans are referring to replays and keep whinging? Accept DRS, learn using it effectively Or just stop crying when you lose. Period

  • Mitty2 on February 9, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Last 10 away tests: Aus 7,2,1 Eng 5,4,1 SA. 1,4,5 Pak 5,2,3 SL 5,2,3 NZ 7,2,1 Ind 9,1,0.

    Make with it what you can. I already mentioned my conspiracy theory.

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    It hurts to see as an Indian fan that Indian team lost 10 of the last 11 overseas test matches, also they lost most of the ODIs in these series. Last 4 overseas tour & they just no where to proof themselves. But whats more demanding is the lack of determination & characters. With our top guys & experienced guys, we lost 8 matches in a row in Eng & Aus. This time a team up with a few experienced guys & new bunch of guys. No one showed that they have any temperament.

    We always blaming on bowlers but what about our batsman. They're even pathetic outside. I believe that experienced Zaheer actually down our bowlers. When an experienced bowler like him gets punished in such manner and giving away runs at 4.40 in test, then how to blame other new bowlers like Shami & Kumar.

    Ishant is not good too but his 9 wickets in the match is really appreciated in compare to other bowlers. But still our senior bowlers need to step ahead & lead from the front, same goes with batsman like Dhoni...

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on February 9, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    well done NZ, really enjoyed the thrashing dished out. 1-0 up go for the w/w with a 2-0 scoreline to go with 4-0 w/w in ODIs. Well Mac nearly went from hero to 0 in a day .Very nearly .Despite his best efforts -the villainous 1- yesterday that had every chance of gifting another sure win to the opps. hands by NZ, they pulled through. 1 thing for game 2 is not give the ordinary Ind bowlers so much respect -as they did in their 2nd inn. 100- and make them look unplayable. Sure they learned from it. Cant wait for 2nd test. And Ross is due . Ind's bowlers will least like to hear that!

  • kohli_ponnaya on February 9, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    Way to go NZ. We Indians fought back bravely but our legends were just not good enough.

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    @johnhamilton....Indian fans are never gracious in defeat. Always full of excuses. Same comments on these threads when they lost in SA. What makes them think India is such a great cricketing nation? They are unfortunately very ordinary!

  • gladiatorgannicus on February 9, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    ok guys did you forget Peter Fulton was out but not given

  • tests_the_best on February 9, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Lots of silly arguments from both sides on the umpiring/drs issue. Arguments that say bad umpiring is part of the game are valid but just because BCCI said no to DRS doesn't mean BCCI is responsible for the umpire making a wrong decision, it's still the on-field umpire's responsibility to make the correct call. It's also true that wrong decisions were made against both sides but the Rahane one was at a very crucial time and probably more of a game-changing decision than the others.

    Bad decisions part of the game? Yes. Bad decisions happened for both the sides? Yes. BCCI's fault that umpire's decision costs the team? Hell NO!! It's still the umpire's fault! Stop blaming BCCI for everything that's wrong in cricket.

  • Greatest_Game on February 9, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    @ johnhamilton commented "Thought Wagner deserved the man of the match, in the end his performance was the most crucial."

    Agreed. When it came down to the wire, he delivered the moist crucial wickets. Bowled his heart out in long spells and never stopped giving his all. He broke India's 2nd innings batting resistance. Bowled like he was on fire!

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    This is the first time I've got more than one comment past the moderators so going to ride my luck. To team BCCI fans asking for patience with a young team: there has to be accountability for 11-0 since 2011. Capt Cool must fall on his sword to draw a line in the sand. Otherwise the newcomers get tarred with the 11-0 record and will get no patience.

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Well, people keep forgetting that this is a very young Indian side. Dhoni is the only batsmen to have played in excess of 30 tests. I am more than happy with their performance and the next time they tour this part of the world they'll be world beaters. Frankly, India is shaping up into a maverick test batting side. Only saffas have a more accomplished batting side, but they are atleast 5 years older on an average. And, Shami is the new Zaheer. Bhuvaneshwar kumar is a fitter Praveen kumar. Jadeja is the best Indian all-rounder in a while. So, rest of the cricketing would should be worried.

  • vkumar_086. on February 9, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Another familiar common item which you see in the news. A humiliating defeat for India inside 4 days. Always there is a cache when India ever wins. India win only due to umpiring assistance. Their last away test win which was in Durban back in Dec 2010 was purely fue to umpiring specials of Rauf who erroneously gave De Villiers and Boucher lbw when they were not out helping India illegally win by 93 runs which should never have happened!! That test series should have been 3-0 SA if not for umpires helping India.

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    please guys come on we won champions trophy its a great thing but if u see the stats (india won a weak SA without steyn ) and every four matches played by india there was some luck in favour for us all the four teams are always indias punchbags except SA but the luck was steyn was not there in that match (thats how Dhawan rohit got their triumph)but these players need some motivation from senior players to play in overseas but the only senior players in the team are dhoni and virat so there is no way in a million years this team is going to win a overseas match so please sectors bring some experience in to the playing 11 else we are going to get humiliated in england (please dont praise and encourage team india if the win ASIA cup there is no surprise this team got the potential to win in asia )

  • prij on February 9, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Again I see the comment either bashing India or new Zealand or poor umpiring. No body is appreciating the spirit in which this game was played. I think both the teams played very well in right spirit. one was marginally short than the other which cost then the game but it truly shows how good test matches can so quit cribbing, appreciate good game and move on.

  • pull_shot on February 9, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    I an happy with this effort from young indian side, Ya we lost d match but we put up d fight, that's d way to go, If indians fans searching for reasons that should be drop catches in 1st innings but for indian cricket sake please sent A tour during time of IPL because our future players will never concentrate on test matches everybody loves to a samson who never achieved anything for indian u19 team and i think never achieve anything for india

  • bobbo2 on February 9, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    I thought NZ would lose after the inept second innings of 105 but they did well and have a lot of heart. Congratulations to McCullum and coach Hesson for making NZ a much stronger and hungry team. Reality is India should not have come close had NZ batted better in the second innings. Still some improvement for NZ but they are looking the best NZ side I have seen for some time. The openers need to get sorted though. If Fulton fails again Ryder or Guptill must come in.

  • InsideHedge on February 9, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    <contd>... A few years back I would have agreed with those posters questioning the tactics of Dhoni and Jadeja. But I think the game shifted in a big way towards NZ with the fall of Rahane and Rohit's wicket either side of tea in what was basically the space of a few deliveries.

    It took guts to counter attack, esp against the new ball. But the new ball meant that NZ had close fielders, it would come on to the bat nicely and fly off the wood just as fast. Had Dhoni/Jadeja opted for the MCC manual approach, it wouldn't have even been close.

    Instead, the counter attack twisted the game on its head. Not only was it compelling viewing but given India's travails against the new ball, it was a smart move. Had Rahane and Rohit survived, they would certainly have gone about things differently. Please note, that neither fell to attacking strokes.

    We have an issue against a laterally moving delivery that needs sorting out. However, it wasn't going to be fixed in the middle of the game!

  • Greatest_Game on February 9, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    @ Nampally wrote "The approach should be to "Tire them & punish the bowlers when they are tired". This worked well against SA- Steyn, Morkel & Philander- who got tired of bowling similar stuff unsuccessfully."

    It worked so well India won exactly zero games in South Africa. And it only "worked" when Morkel was injured and NOT bowling - as in that was the only time India put together an innings of note. It would be more accurate & valid to say "sprain the ankle of one of the bowlers, & punish the other bowlers when they are tired." To say this "worked" against Morkel is, of course, a monumental inaccuracy. In fact to say it worked at all is a fallacy. India did not win a single match. Not one. How useful is this approach when it wins NOTHING?

    But, then again, we would not reality to get in the way of the fantasy that the Indian batsmen did so well in SA, would we? Isn't revising history just great? Soon we will be reading about how the Indian batsmen carted NZ all over the ground ….

  • KiwiPom on February 9, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Whilst I can't really begrudge Brendan McCullum the MoM award, my own choice would have been Neil Wagner. On this last afternoon we were down to three bowlers because Anderson & Sodhi couldn't be risked. Boult hadn't started well in the morning and Southee would have been out on his feet if used . Both these latter needed rest to use the vital new ball due round about tea time. If Neil Wagner hadn't stepped up with the old one by first drying up the run rate and then coming up with those two vital top order wickets before the new ball we could not have won this game. Wagner held us together by a strand of pack thread during that spell.

  • bplusa on February 9, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Indian Team beaten by # 08 team in test ranking!!! A white wash is very much on the cards keeping in view the current form of both the teams.Yes India can win abroad if they play against Bangla Desh & Zimbabwe only. For rest of the teams (excuuding Pakistan) they should play at home in front of their crowd and umpires. To play against Pakistan they have to raise the level of their game.

  • ACrickLover on February 9, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    NZ also was also at the receiving end from bad umpiring (about 3 decisions went against them in this test), in fact if Anderson was not given out in the first innings then NZ would have gathered easily 600 in their first innings and in that case any blunders from Macmillan would have given no chances to dhoni to save or win this test. And coming to dhoni's out decision, after all it was not clearly a no ball, and such decisions commonly go either way. He himself of late has been receiving lots of decisions in favor of him, umpires trying to please bcci/srinivasan by this approach so that DRS will not be implemented by bcci; and also in so many crucial games dhoni's catches were dropped by fielders, and even inexplicably. And Champion trophy was won by dhoni due to 2 crucial umpiring decisions went in his favor. Dhoni is among India's worst cricket captains out side India.

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Even though it was a great test match , it was a wrong decision to bat once they had india kneeling...the conditions were really difficult for batting which was conspicuous as india had lost 6 wickets for not too many...if they had to bat again,...they would have been psycologically beaten already...the conditions would have worsened it and India might aswell have been wrapped up on the third day...i dont know how they didnt enforce the follow-on because I,without any international experience could tell that the wicket was tough at that point of time...newzealand did india a favour by batting the toughest time of the match and allowing india to bat in easier conditions..mcculum surely has learnt a few lessons...glad that they were able to pull this off even though they made a huge mistake..india's ranking is absolutely ludicrous...how can a team with no wins overseas for the past 11 matches be rated so high...the ranking is clearly biased...all i can say about the indian team is LOL !!

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    India will never be a great cricket side because of the media bias against bowlers. Bowlers create opportunities by bowling well. Specialist batsmen who can't bowl stand in the slips & grass those opportunities AND don't get blamed for the drops. Specialist batsmen get out to stupid shots AND don't get blamed enough for that. Whole articles are written about how the bowling is weak, naming bowlers for the fact that they conceded runs there is barely a passing mention of the sitters dropped by specialist batsmen who were standing in the slips. Worse - those same guys will play reckless shots to show-off their IPL marketability & lose their wickets AND thereby the matches, there will only be a passing mention of the fact that the guy tried to be reckless. My man of the match in this test was Murali Vijay, his performance in the test was decisive - 2 catches dropped & almost no runs scored, what more could NZ ask ? If NZ had a Murali Vijay I am sure India would have won this test.

  • udayblr on February 9, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Stop complaining about umpiring. It at all t is Kiwi's who shoud complain. corey Anderson was given LBW in first innings, when he was thrashing our ordinary bowlers. In the first session Kohli and dhawan were not given LBi in couple of close ones. How many LB's are given against BCCI playes. Umpires are scared to give indian;s Lb. Our players are good nacting. Why was virat refusing to go in first innings when it was clean out and so was vijay in2nd innings. If UDRSis there, BCCI team wont win a single test even @ home.. :)

  • Mitty2 on February 9, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    On India, we'll ignore the whole you got stuffed by not having DRS irony, and instead comment on your current away standing of 0-10. An extremely talented batting line up that so far hasn't really fired collectively but has still been adept at the least in overseas conditions, and an improved bowling line up with Shami, but still a pretty poor one (how would Shami, Yadav, Aaron and Jadeja/Ashwin go?) still manages to lose. The 8-0 was marked down to senior players being past their prime and there's an element of truth to that, but still on paper the batting line up was still very good (like now) and the bowling line up was the same. Maybe it's a Fletcher/Dhoni mindset thing. Surely 0-10 can't be tolerated... But as the BCCI's still racking in the cash maybe it doesn't matter... Maybe the status quo of doctored pitches and failing away from home will continue. I sure hope not. Either way I reckon India need to replace Dhoni - 0-10 should not be accepted.

  • sergio11 on February 9, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    @Greatest_Game ...poor knowledge about the game mate....David and VVS had the techique to survive the new ball on any pitch....does Dhoni or jadeja have that??no..so what can they do ??upset the rhythm of the new ball ballers..and they successed doing that...under pressure southee was balling half volleys,boult half tracker...the jaddu and dhoni punished those balls...will they ever ball those kinda poor balls if both of them tryd to be a Dravid???if so the game might have over 2 hours early...that was amazing counter attack from both..jaddu has got lost of potential with bat than any of us ever imagine...i always felt the problem of Dhoni against moving ball can be over come by doing the same he did today...try to be agrressive initally ,once he set,then he can push forward...that 4-5 stump channel outside off stump..its like every team knws how to get dhoni out in test these days...

  • InsideHedge on February 9, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    It's easy to see that the majority of comments coming from my fellow Indian fans are from those who are of a young age. And some who simply don't understand the nuances of the game.

    Chasing 400 is an incredibly difficult task, even against a poor attack on a dead pitch. This was neither; in such a large chase there will always be twists and turns.

    It's not fair to criticise anyone who has scored 50+ and then ask "why did he play <that> shot" or "why didn't he play <this> shot instead"? How do you think said player got to 50+ in the first place? The manner in which some folks question you'd think the team was expected to score 409-0.

    Most batting units would never have got to 222 for 2. That was the hardest part but the remaining 48% or so was always going to be nerve wracking. You can always count on an umpiring error too, it's just the way it is, you always hope it occurs at an insignificant moment but errors will occur....<contd>

  • tests_the_best on February 9, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    First off, great game of cricket! Lot of credit to both teams and especially to India for coming so close after conceding a 300 run lead. Whereas in the 90s and even after a 300-400 run target would mean India collapsing for < 200 (often at home as well), atleast they managed to cross 350 which is quite creditable.

    One place where India lost the plot a bit was to have been closer to 300 than on 268 when the new ball was taken. The new ball was always going to result in a wicket or two but if India had ensured they needed only around 100 by the 80 over mark, even the quick wickets wouldn't have hurt them that much. Which is what turned out to be the case in the end as the margin of 40 runs indicates. In that light, Kohli's dismissal was probably a big turning point as India were around 220 in 60 overs and could easily have had another 75-80 in 20 overs. This is to be contrasted with the 200+ stand between ABD/Faf at Wanderers a while ago. But it's a young team, & will only get better.

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Well its dissapointing that India lost but what a match they made out of this.Why do we have Kettleborough and Davies as umpires?.407 was always gonna be tough with a new team

  • navneethp on February 9, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    India have now lost 10 out of 11 Test Matches Overseas. Its high time we stop playing Ranji Trophy in India. BCCI should organize Ranji matches in such a way that we play Ranji matches one year in England, another year in South Africa, then Australia and finally New-Zealand. BCCI can afford it, they have all the money in the world.

  • madnayar on February 9, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Well done KIWIs ! Nice to bring the Team India down to the earth. As an Indian ,I was and still am proud of great test batsmen like Sachin , Dravid and Laxman. Kohli is a good batter who lapses into ODI mindset quite regularly in the middle of a test match. The pitch at Hamilton on 4th day carried no serious threats and Team India lost the match with a day to spare because of the batters not applying their minds to the task ahead. Dhoni cannot blame the bowlers this time for the team's debacle.With so much time at their command Team India should have romped home by playing sensible cricket. When are you coming out of your IPL mentality and play for your country's glory?

  • theRule19 on February 9, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    Zaheer and Ishant are past their best. Whats amazing is without pace these guys keep dishing out short pitch stuff over and over again, with no yorkers at all, even when they are being carted for sixes by regular batmen and tailenders, which calls for the batsmen to spank them for boundaries. For once include players like I.Pandey, Rasool and Varun Aaron to support triers like Shammi and see the game change. Even if they fail..this way they have the much needed exposure to play in overseas conditions and they can be given fair amount of chances as others have got.

  • sumit1982 on February 9, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    I couldn't understand the batting attitude by jadeja .When he and dhoni are most established batsmen of that time what make him hurry of scoring those runs .When he got out ,ever Indian fan known match over.

  • humi_cric on February 9, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Indian away defeats (Royal humiliation) started from England then Aus then SA and now in NZ. In June/July again in England (complete cycle) but the results remain the same. What a team full of stars (Indian media created, overrated, overhyped) and unable to win a single match, hats off to Indian team. I just heard that Indian players are planning to demand the BCCI to reaise their yearly contract money, as the Big - 3 proposal have been approved, so BCCI will have more money and all those money would be because of these stars and I personally think, they deserve more money, right. Win or loss is a part of the game, they definitely deserve more money and some winning/loosing bonuses.

  • InsideHedge on February 9, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Pity that a superb victory by NZ is marred on these CricInfo pages by haters who suddenly become Kiwi fans for the day. I can safely say on behalf of true Kiwi fans that these pathetic trolls should stick to their own team's fortunes (or lack of in most cases).

    Still, I reckon the Kiwis will be happy to see how much bandwidth they generate when playing India.

    On a more serious note, it was disappointing to see the lack of spectators at the ground. I know this being Auckland, many other things distract the locals but such an exciting Test should have seen more fans, esp on the two weekend days. No wonder then that Martin Snedden & Co went with the ICC proposal which guarantees Test cricket at least for the forseeable future.

    It's well known that Tests don't attract fans at the stadium on the sub continent but we're seeing the malaise spread. This game would have been even better in front of a good crowd.

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Couple of points:

    1) Its vulgar the way people are commenting on non cricketing issues on this forum. India did not lose this because of one decision, however crucial it was. India have decided not to go with DRS so you have to take the good with the bad. Personally, I do not believe the DRS is usable in the present form as Hawk Eye just cannot be used for LBW decisions. DRS should be given to umpires and power be given to the third umpire to over rule absolute howlers ( Stuart Broad's, Kallis', Rahane's decision a case in point)

    2) Team India lost this on the first two days. NZ played well and are a very good side at home, much better than their 7th rank so let's give them credit. What an advertisement this game is for Test matches though and this young Indian batting lineup is really good. Trust me even our best batting line up from 5 years ago would not have fared much better. Fans should be happy if India does not give up and fight because before we know it will turn around.

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Congratulations New Zealand and well done! Over the last year several Indian fans made much of England's travails in New Zealand. Well, at least England were good enough not to lose and if India want to become the No 1 ranked test team again, they must perform much better overseas. In the end, losing against New Zealand is no shame and could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for India.

  • johnhamilton on February 9, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Great win by Nz, and vindication for not enforcing the follow on.

    Funny reading comments saying that Maccullum has absolutely no idea, and comments at the start saying Nz will NOT win.. haha

    Thought Wagner deserved the man of the match, in the end his performance was the most crucial.

    Wish some of the indian fans were a little more gracious- DRS did NOT cost you the game, you werent good enough, end of

  • dadasupporterNO.1 on February 9, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    some guys are suggesting rayudu over rahane that would be real bad decision though i think in ODI's rayudu should be preferred over rahane.rahane can plays well in test matches he proved that against SA.I am amazed people forget that very easily and conclude rahane is poor batsman.another thing that favours rahane is his fielding remember two runouts against SA and two catches in this match.this match was avg for him but he was unlucky in second inning. rohit did fared well in this match stilll i think he should be replaced with yadav.

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    India can never be a great test side simply because their bowling is weak. The only time they won series in England and drew in south Africa and Australia was when they had zaheer and Irfan bowling well. after that, even with all their big batting guns, they were white washed in England and Australia. a champion side needs to have strong batting and equally strong bowling. that is why India and pak both are poor travellers because both of them have only one strength.

  • mrmonty on February 9, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    To those ridiculing Indian team, don't forget that this is a very young team and they came within a hair of running down 400. If the same teams play in Indian conditions tomorrow, I don't see NZ escaping innings and 10-wicket defeats.

  • SajithaD on February 9, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Nobody surprised to see India lose... This result was expected...Anyway its big improvement for India at-least close the gap to 40 runs... Anyway im pretty sure India will win a test overseas inside next 5 decades unless BCCI driven ICC decide to stop Test cricket from playing..Oh no, that would not happen because they would have to stop playing india from ODIs and T20s too.... There is are good solutions for BCCI - stop playing any overseas matches, take all ICC tournaments to India, always make india in semi finals without matches, make a rule that a team c use only 2 seem bowlers, do not let them bowl faster than 140kmph, bouncy pitches are prohibited because they are dangerous for batsmen...Do these and maybe India will win a match...Good luck..:)

  • theRule19 on February 9, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    And the pathetic batting display continues for India..assisted by some very ordinary umpiring. Rahane and Dhoni both got harsh decisions but others (e.g. Rohit, Jadeja, Kohli who absolutely threw his wicket and Vijay, etc.) except Dhawan never looked like they were going to chase this total which was chaseable as NZ being still considered to be not as dangerous and accurate as compared to what the Indians have recently faced in SA. The Indians, did loose a golden opportunity of being in the record books for a team to come from behind an winning the game. Really hope Dhoni does not retain I.Sharma, R.Sharma, Z.Khan, for next game..instead bring in I.Pandey, V.Aaron and R.Ashwin (mainly for lower order batting) as a support to Shami.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 9, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    I didn't watch the game live so I had to read through all the ball by ball commentary so see what had unfolded.

    In conclusion, I just cant believe how reckless Indias batsmen were!!! They had this game in the bag and then started to play rash shots in what can only be described as some form impatience or arrogance. Some of the shots Kohli, Jadeja and Dhoni played, you would think it was the last 20 overs of the match or they were playing in an IPL game - but there was still another DAYs play?!! Why!!??

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Bad umpiring decisions" spoil India's party. There is no DRS in the matches involving India. These umpires are used to DRS .The wrong decisions they make during the crucial stages of a match, can make a team lose their match. Here ground umpire make too many bad decisions. In spite of the possibility of the rare bad decisions by the third umpire, ICC should go for DRS for all matches. The logic is simple : it is a better situation and fairer game in which third umpire makes" fewer bad decisions" than "too many bad decisions " by the ground umpires.BCCI's obstinate refusal against DRS is against common sense and cricket loving fans.

  • OceanBreeze on February 9, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    India lost!!!!!!!! Indians are sore losers, always blaming others. Watch Dhoni's post-game interviews from their England and Australian tours, blaming others. The truth is India can't even win at home against good teams - lost to England 2-1 (Test), lost to Pakistan 2-1 (ODI). India losing is way too much fun!!!! Time to go out and celebrate. :))))

  • espncricdiehrtfan on February 9, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    congratulation kiwis !!!! There are soo many probkems in india team its natural when u lost continuely, not win a single match since last 2 series. I was surprised to see jadeja nd dhoni who r stil in slog over mindset, i think de plesi nd dewlers are more attacking than jadja nd dhoni, 120 overs r left, y are they luking soo hurry, either they soo confident or they have losed hope. Tes match is all about technice, passions,and long partnerships, even india had recently learned frm SA how to chase a big score. There is no way to change figures overseas unles n until dhoni resign. Dhoni is soo overconfidant his batting line up, which is Just a flat track bullies.... Dhoni has decided wheather he wil make ishant sharma world class bowlers or finish his carreir....lol all plz dhoni u r in newzealand playing crick for win nt for win playing cions.

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    great match ! kudos to NZ bowlers who really stuck to their plan even when dhawan and kohli were going great. Dissapointment for india who put up a spirited fight & almost came strikingly close to chase the mammoth total. In the hindsight, I think few dropped chances especially of mccullum & some poor first innings bowling cost them the match. nevertheless, team india can take heart for lot of positives & still can win the 2nd test & level the series. that wouldn't be bad either.

  • kr_kinshuk on February 9, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Again. let's all relax and think calmly for a moment. India, with a very inexperienced line-up came to within 40 runs of chasing down what would have been only the 5th time a score in excess of 400 was chased down successfully in all of test cricket's history playing away from home.

    We Indian fans should actually feel very happy that our young team is gaining valuable experience and are competing consistently.

  • sumit1982 on February 9, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Congrats NZ.

    Without taking the DRS technology makes the India suffer, by losing two wicket on wrong decision .First Vijay then rahane.

    Dhoni is out on no-ball. I can't understand the strategy of India batsmen they still have one day left after these day . What makes them hurry of chasing those run.None of them batsmen shows the patience. IPL has totally ruin these players.

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Well played New Zealand, Tough luck India! That being said these are the most resent performance of India and Sri Lanka(excluding bangaladesh tour) overseas: India: won 0 Lost 10 Drawn 1 Sri Lanka: Won 2 Lost 8 Drawn 3 (And they were the last team to beat South Africa in South Africa in a test match)

    Now knowledgeable cricket fans please tell me why Sri Lanka deserves to be in such low rankings? And my fellow Indian cricket fans might say Sri Lanka cannot win test series in their home grounds, But they hardly loose! India lost to England in their own back yard. My point is Sri Lanka is more deserving to have some overseas test cricket than Indian does. Are they not?

  • Biggus on February 9, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Posted by Iceman29 on (February 9, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

    pommy80 wrote "At least they can enjoy this series as no doubt they will get whitewashed in England (again) in a few months."...your team oh sorry your "world 11 team" just got creamed in Aus, I think its that fatigue caused by those loses that makes you comment in this forum to get some satisfaction...atleast we have an Ind team full of "Indian Players" you cant even say that abt your team can your team....

    Well Iceman, that sort of thing happens because people want to go and live in England. If people wanted to go and live in India you might have that situation too, but no-one wants too. Indeed, Indians seem to be trying to leave India in droves. I wonder why that would be?

  • ASK3 on February 9, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    This was a brilliant game of cricket, especially in contexts of other series' surrounding it,(Ashes, SL v Bangladesh etc.). There were moments where both teams deserved to win; NZ had a brilliant first innings display with both bat and ball, while India came back strongly to showcase what the young team can achieve once they have more games abroad. While we Indian fans may berate the umpires for poor decisions (Rahane and Dhoni), NZ too had their fair share with Watling and Anderson in the first innings.

    It's too early to point to the fact that India have not won a test overseas in their last 11 outings when you consider the fact that this cohort has played just 3 tests (away) together; 2 of them went right down to the wire and the other was simply a case of not taking key moments (which SA did).

    It was a tremendous match. Kudos to both teams and here's hoping the next game brings much of the same.

  • dnsvija on February 9, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    it is the first innings that spoiled india's chances. Blame must be take by indian bowlers as well indian batsmen in their first innings efforts. Though Rohit is a classic batsmen, he does not inspire confidence....either for himself or for his team mates...he is a big let down...he never seems to enjoy his cricket and gives an impression as though 'why he needs to play'....there looks to be no purpose in his play...also i feel dhoni should have inspired Jadeja and Zaheer to calm down and play the aggressive play mixed with good defence.....the sight of his playing another hoick following the fantastic six shows clearly that he needed some guidance...

  • vince163 on February 9, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Maybe the BCCI will accept DRS now? What goes around comes around! NZ cricket can match it with the big boys. BCCI can control the board room but results on the field is all that matter!

    Only two test series against NZ? In future it should be a 3 test series!

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Breaking news India will play only in India with own umpires and icc allow them to do this because we r big three

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Great game and great result. This series is all but over - team BCCI batsmen will fold like a house of cards in the second test. I hope Pandey gets a debut and the bowlers continue their good show. For the England test series, I can only hope that Capt Cool is replaced by a competent wicket-keeping batsman so team BCCI can play 4+1 bowlers. This is the only way team BCCI have non-zero probability of winning a test match abroad. Heck bring in Vinay Kumar as captain - he's got more of a chance of winning a test match abroad than Capt Cool.

  • Jay.Raj on February 9, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    India showed a brilliant fight. But why would u bring the umpiring decisions and make urself look bad during this time?? Lets look at where umpiring decisions went wrong. Then Dhonr's lbw is not given out during the latter part of second innings and Watling is not out because its a NO ball. Accept the defeat and try to sort out what you can do to preven another defeat next match. Good luck

  • Greatest_Game on February 9, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    Complaints about the Indian bowlers when they concede 500. Complaints about the Indian bowlers when they concede just 100. No complaints about reckless, intemperate Indian batsmen. It is always the fault of the bowlers!

    India's bowlers pulled them right back into this match, and gave them a shot at victory. India did not lose because of their bowling. India did not lose because of the umpires. India lost because of their BATTING.

    Rahul & VVS would have patiently batted out 2 days to win this match. The new kids on the block - and the old kid Dhoni - threw it away in an afternoon. And the really big question for Dhoni & Co to answer is THIS: if you lost the ODIs, what on earth makes you think you think you could win this TEST by batting like it was an ODI?? Why not try batting like ……… test batsmen??

  • op_man on February 9, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Incredibly proud of this gutsy NZ team. Like the ABs..they never think they are beaten. A bit easy to say a combination of poor strokes and bad umpiring cost them the match. You only play as well as the opposition allows you to. It was a great match, and someone had to win. Enjoy it for what it was...a fine advertisement for test cricket. India is a fabulous team of stars..they were only allowed to play well for part of this match. Roll on Wellington.

  • banglafan on February 9, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Sadly, for the cricket-crazy Indian fan, this is what happens when the Board is too busy finding ways to up its earnings and snatch the throne of ICC. They are showing total disregard to the dismal showing of the Indian team away from home. The sio-called number one team is heading towards a whitewash from number 6.

  • kr_kinshuk on February 9, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    I don't get the reason for all this hate coming Indian team's way. A look at the two squads reveals that New Zealand had a collective experience of 295 games while the indian squad had a totAl experience of 316 games. Not much of a difference there. Out of those 316 games 91 are the number of games played by zaheer.

    New Zealand were playing at home. India managed to get incredibly close after conceding a lead of 300. i don't know of too many instances of such a fightback.

    Against south africa the gap in experience was even more. And yet, they've competed.

    Give these guys some time. I've a feeling that Pujara, Kohli, Vijay and Rahane will pull off some major wins in the years to come.

  • Alexk400 on February 9, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    congratz nz. for me nz bowlers giving too much respect to indian batsman. Dhoni almost stole this test. I still blame mccullum for tough win instead of easy win. Yes if nz did apply follow on , game would have gone to 5 days. i think it was great pitch both team had chance to win. Worst umpiring. Nz got more worst call than india.

  • Mobin_My_Name on February 9, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    Bangladesh iz better than india ;) they white washed NZ .

  • Rattlethatcage on February 9, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    Once again, a lot of graceless and quite frankly ridiculous comments from a large number of passionate, blindly loyal, ill-educated Indian fanatics. Great test match which was won by a whisker to a not quite champion team but certainly a lot more deserving than the visiting team of champions. Three in a row now boys! Confidence is high heading into what should be Peter Fulton's last test match. C'mon NZ!

  • Samdanh on February 9, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Either accept DRS like all other teams or keep whinging. Decisions have impacted both teams-without DRS. NZ can cry if they needed to as they have accepted DRS. But India, most of their fans, and Dhoni cannot. Why does not Dhoni accept that some of India's wins were lucky too with opposition impacted by umpiring errors, when he is so keen to point at even a single umpiring error? Grow up to accepting DRS so it helps all sides. BCCI, most India fans, and Dhoni will keep being adamant against DRS until they lose few series due to their not accepting to play with DRS. Well played both teams. Congrats NewZealand

  • ANKYZ on February 9, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    It is not fair to declare New Zealand as winners. ECB and CA must intervene here. Their Godfather is being humiliated by No. 8 and this is against the new code of ethics. Why not ban New Zealand from playing test cricket since 08/02/14 morning and declare this test match as a draw. After all, NZ are paid in millions (?) out of the pocket of BCCI. And then, a case of poor hospitality also. Slight hesitation in making prompt and timely decision, and NZ will be 2-0 in next 10 days. Hurry Up you great BIG-2, your master is in some crisis.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    After losing 4-0 to aus and 4-0 to eng india became world beaters playing in home series and reaching top rank as soon as they step out from the comfort of their home condition they losing again to SA and NZ . Its time for the big 3 to make the first decision of regulating India to 2nd tier in test so that they can give good competition to the likes of ban, zim, wi,

  • Blade-Runner on February 9, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara - The Real God of Cricket.

  • A.Sarkar17 on February 9, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Dhoni on several previous occasions has highlighted tough umpiring decisions when explaining defeats, yet on the issue of DRS says that they would not want technology which is not full proof and believe umpries do a good job. You just can't change your stance to suit you. Anyway, i have never heard him say how lucky he was when opposition batsmen or bowlers got a raw deal from the umpire. India would have lost the ODI series 5-0 as Jadeja was clearly caught behind and was not given. Yet McCullum praised Jadeja's effort and did not bring up this issue at all. It is time Indian fans admitted that Dhoni is not up to the mark as a test captain. But who cares. A good IPL and all is forgotten.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    In spite of few rough calls , india managed to put up a brave fight and we can draw motivation from this for next match.There is no point in blaming umpiring errors , its tough time and we should back our team.

    People who denigrate India for 10 away losses , seems to have conveniently glossed over the fact that this is still a very young team and last 3 away test matches have been reasonably close.These guys are certainly very promising and the ones to look out for in future.

  • mikecj on February 9, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    @Carlos. The umpires couldn't use tech even if they wanted to, India didn't want DRS.

    There were a number of bad calls made where DRS would have put Indian batsmen out. Particularly in the first innings. Hoping that some people aren't forgetting this.

    I thought NZ had thrown it away by not enforcing the follow on though, so I guess it is bad luck.

  • Nacyr on February 9, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    WOW so they are the 1 of big three… hehehe,

    My suggestion to all team, don't say big words… see the England condition & now India…

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    The Big Three will be brought down to Bug Two if India keeps performing this way. It seems to me that Dhoni and Jadeja were having practice for upcoming IPL and just forgot that they have a test match to win. Whatva shame !!

  • dogandbone on February 9, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    I believe every time Wagner goes around the wicket and he takes a wicket , the umpires need to go upstairs.....not that is an excuse as to drop two sitters at first slip probably cost India the test...dropping Williamson on 30 odd was the test match. You cant go into a test without a specialist in that position...this is where NZ are doing things smarter.

  • lobsterchampion on February 9, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    To those who are pointing at India's dismal away record, the fact is India is not the only team which has a bad away record. In fact most the teams have that. England were thrashed by Pakistan in UAE and by Australia recently. Australia less than a year ago lost badly to England and India in away series. Pakistan were thrashed by SA in SA a little more than a year ago, and SL lost badly to Australia in 2012-13. The only team that seems to be playing well away from home is SA.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Congratulations black caps for amazing win and for showing what does it takes to play with your heart out! India, bad luck, probably one more good session was lacking to make it even more interesting. There could be many reasons why the match was lost but one thing is sure India are not a great visitors or rather very good visitors :p Ipl has ruined Indian cricket!

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    India played well but lost, the team created chances and showed why they are rated high, however the match was won for NZ when Mccullum took the game by the scruff of its neck and score 200+, truly a great innings considering the difficultly in scoring. NZ deserved and won the game. India is a side that is building up, people like Jadeja , Pujara , Rahane, Dhawan and Rohit will improve as players, this is their initial days , it is too much to ask them to score everytime, Dhawan showed some intent and the teams fighting spirit must be applauded, Also no No.7 has won matches consistently for his country, expecting Dhoni to do that in tests is a bit too much to ask, his captaincy was dodgy , especially the choice of bowling rohit was strange. Having said that I think India will be a side to watch out for in the future, fans need to have patience, appreciate the effort put in by players, nurture them else there is no difference between us and some other countries.

  • rajcl on February 9, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    @ 512fm ,its not about the just 2 , u r spoking about andy & waligton, in this test india got 7 or 8 & nz got 2 wrong dicission, we r talking those because that those 2 cost us match I WANT TO ASK QUESTION TO OTHERS every time india plays wrong dicision majority comes againest india only its just not acceptable

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Well, Kohli made a wrong selection of shot, he would have been better off cutting the than trying to drag and pull. But the way people are blaming him for the loss is ludicrous.

  • Greatest_Game on February 9, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    With all due respect, do not complain about umpiring decisions when you refuse to use the Umpire Decision Review System. That is the 'Official Umpiring Decision Complaints Channel.' That is the time & place to complain. But, if you refuse to use it, you lose the right to complain. You cannot have it both ways, even if the BCCI says you can. You can't!

    Stop complaining. As ye sow, so shall ye reap. People in glass houses should not throw stones. Do not look a gift horse in the mouth.<Insert any other favorite cliche here>

    If you think India lost because of bad umpiring decisions, send a letter to the BCCI. Tell them your opinion. But please, save us your opinion. The decisions WERE bad. They COULD have been overturned. They WERE not, because India refuse to use the UDRS. Don't whinge about it now. Please.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on February 9, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    @sangeetkhatri, I fully agree with you. At least 3-4 Indian batsmen were wrongly given out starting with Murali Vijay who was really looking good. DRS is not the solution as you say. Let each decision be made with the help of computers/snickos/white-spot/Hawkeye so that no one is given out wrongly, ever. Let the on-field umpires ensure that the game proceeds smoothly, but the decision making powers must rest with a DRS like panel. DRS in its present form is a joke, and allows only two referrels. If you make wrong calls on those, then you effectively have no DRS, which is truly unfair.

  • Solid_Snake on February 9, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    @SaranshKaul: "It happens to all the countries"

    Lol..It does happen to all countries..You are picking up worst examples and comparing India with it...SA were beaten in Sharjah but they defeated Pak in the next match..Aus might have lost in India but they gave a tough time in ODI's..Almost won the series from India..Comparing India with these teams just made me laugh.Indian batsmen and bowlers both played really bad cricket..Just say that..These are just excuses when people blame everything on the conditions.Why you fans never criticized the conditions of Eng in CT..Just because India was winning?What was the performance of India in recent ODI's & Test matches?White washes lol..Can't even win from kiwis who were recently white washed by BD..Amazing comparison really... Other teams might have lost the series but at least they did not get that bad thrashing like India.Keep on supporting your team..It's 10-0 or 11-0 & this record will be getting better & better :P

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    whenever India lose the match they are blaming either umpire or the pitch and something else, but tendulkar is a gentleman he never put the blame on to opponents.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    patience is the name of the game and the Indian batsmen didn't play that kind of a game and as usual lost a match they could have easily won shameful

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    The cricket gods ;) hikzz deserve this..pealse india brng all mtches to indian carpets and try to win them..

  • lobsterchampion on February 9, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Excellent game of cricket. NZ won fair and square. No point in blaming the umpires. Both the team were at the receiving end of some poor decisions. At least this time India gave a fight before they went down. I dont understand why the Jadeja, Dhoni and Zaheer played so aggressively. If Jadeja and Dhoni had shown the kind of patience that Dhawan and Kohli had shown, maybe India would have won.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    people stop.complaining umpires decision.... they are humans they are bound to make errors... it's BCCI who needs to accept drs big time.... both teams.got wrong decisions.... well played both teams.... I am extremely happy with the performance.... especially the bowling...if only our fielders held the catches in the first innings... this game would be more interesting..... let's move on to next match.... congrats to kiwis for winning a test match against India after 12 years......

  • rickyvoncanterbury on February 9, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    @Mesan That cannot happen because they do not have any umpires that are on the elite panel (to umpire test matches) you would think because they are so against DRS the BCCI would spend some money training some umpires.

  • Ozzz.z on February 9, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    @Pitch_Curator. Ummm no wasn't a clear No Ball or he would of been kept out there. And did Dhoni walk off in a Tanty not waiting for the decision in the first place?

  • MiddleStump on February 9, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    This match also shows that Kohli has a long way to go before being spoken as a great player. At 222/2 with NZ on the ropes he got out to a terrible shot even worse than one played by Pujara in the first innings. I don't see Indian fans commenting about Kohli and his hara kiri. I can't seem to recall a single test when Dravid and Tendulkar both got out to such shots. If these two guys are supposed to be their equivalent replacements India is not going to win a whole lot of matches in the next few years. Then again, they haven't won many in the past couple of years either.

  • LUV_CRCKT on February 9, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Well done NZ!! They have outplayed India in ODI and now prevailed in this Test Match. I am an Indian fan and credit goes to NZ for a very good performance and staying focused on the target. Lets not bring umpiring errors in the equation. Indian team always has issues playing outside inspite of potential. All the recent away series have been disasters. Unless Indian openers click, Indian batsmen have not been able to score more than 400 runs in an innings in away series.

    Indian team and think tank (?) has lot of soul searching to do. Why is Ishant persisted as a bowler?? Why can't such a large nation not produce any spin bowlers?? Rely on Jadeja, really?? Why is the batting order in Tests constantly tinkered with?? Why do they have to go for shots all the time in lieu of taking singles?

    Anyways, great game of Test cricket and well deserved win for Team NZ!

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    As a Safa it's good to wake up to the news that the Black Caps won. Well done NZ and well done to fellow South African Neil Wagner, he is improving every game, good on you my 'China'. India are truly a poor side and it proves that money cant buy you a win and certainly cant buy respect.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    All above comments against Indian team just showing their jeleousy, they are not performing well outside home but that time will soon when this all guys will say for India JAI HO.....

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 9, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    I just cant understand the mentality of some of the fans here. DRS may not be 100% correct - but nothing in life is. Refusing technology just because its not 100% correct, is not how we advanced as mankind - we took risks and we discovered. Lets stop driving cars because they are not 100% safe?!

    Every single other country embraces the use of technology to bring the game into the 21st century except the BCCI - which now runs cricket globally. I really hope some of these fans will see the light and realize that technology can infact improve the game and sticking your head in the sand isn't always the best attitude.

    In Adelaide Faff du plessis was given out TWICE incorrectly LBW, he used DRS and the legend was made with a match saving innings. What a shame it would be not to have these brilliant moments in sports because of human error.

  • ACrickLover on February 9, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Many umpiring decisions went against NZ too, so why criticize umpiring? If Anderson was not given out then NZ could have easily made 600 in the first innings and in that case India never had any chance in this test. There were couple of other umpiring decisions too went against NZ in this test.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    A good win for NZ but I hope that the team looks at the issues they have moving forward and makes some pro-active changes for the second test, namely getting two new openers. Time for Fulton and Rutherford to go and Guptill and Latham to come into the team. Sodhi deserves more time.

  • sahil123india on February 9, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    not bad to lose a match in this way, good played Team India, but what happen to pujara, we are competing very well in ODI andtest as well in there country, Very Good, NZ never competes like that in india against india.. Nice played INDIA..

  • nothingnew on February 9, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    haha . Indian flat bullies talking about DRS . if you can't dance ,don't complain to floor that saying it is angel that's what we can't dance . big hooooooooooooooooo.... if DRS was available, dhoni and sharma out before that . any how . good bowling attack by NZ . if yesterday McCullum asked to bat for second innings for india . NZ will by innings .Indians lucky with McCullum decision . will see what happen to next test . same senario. India will lost . i bet . any one can challange ? indian doesn't have patient . they did play 100 T20 and Odi matches . they should bring test players not power hitters .

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Well... It was a good bastle..

  • KBCA on February 9, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    NZ played the better cricket and deserved to win this match. Umpiring mistakes went both ways, cry some more.

  • blthndr on February 9, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Though india lost bt it is far from disappointment.....at the end its the first inning which decided the result of the match.....overall both teams played good cricket....and those who saying about away test record they hav to consider it that its only 3rd overseas match for this new TEST team and they hav played much better n promising cricket than previous team having so called fav 4.... out of three matches two has been exciting and its the bowling that let this team down both of the occasion which is a problem most of the time....if bowling can improve than the positive outcomes will come....

  • Ozzz.z on February 9, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    @Scottyg, you said everything i needed to say go :)

  • Navaneeth1717 on February 9, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Congrats to both teams for providing entertaining cricket. Congratulations to NZ team for their well deserved win. It was a great test match which ebbed and flowed both directions. But in the end the best team won. No complaints there. But it was great advertisement for Test cricket. Well done both teams. Adding that, this is first team that Indian bowlers gave the team a winning chance. Normally, it used to always be some exceptional batting performances that used to win us matches. This is the first ever time (outside subcontinent) that the Indian bowlers brought us back into the match.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    I don't understand why our (Indian) batsmen were in such a tearing hurry - especially when I look at the scoring rates of Rahane, Dhoni and Jadeja. Today was after all just the 4th day!

  • Rajesh.Kumar on February 9, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Congratulations to NewZealand on a game well played. However, this has left a real bad taste about umpiring as far as Indian fans are concerned. Ever since DRS has arrived, I suspect that on-field umpiring as become poorer. Therefore, the best thing to do for team India is to go with the flow, and accept DRS. Of course, how to manage the DRS is a big question, because one gets only two chances every 80 overs. For DRS to be truly effective, the number of chances to review decisions should be increased to at least 5 per 80 overs. And with this test match, Dhoni's away test record since the England tour of 2011, stands at 10 losses and zero wins. But the funny thing is that, no one in India will say anything, given the clout Dhohi enjoys inside BCCI.

  • kr_kinshuk on February 9, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    The umpiring was poor through out the game. I think India need to look inwards rather than blame the umpires.

    If Murali Vijay and co will keep dropping catches in the slips then india will keep losing games.

    And we definitely were a bit unlucky that both pujara and kohli didn't really get going. Yes, Kohli got that half century. But he fell to a reckless shot and as is often the case in big chases it all went downhill from there on.

    Btw, Zaheer is a major liability.

  • ayub.khan on February 9, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    where is the big one? cricket ground will decided who is big or small, all the big three will lose soon every match........

  • crazyguru on February 9, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    as an indian fan i think indians can take a lot from this match. the team is still a work in progress. batsmen who failed in SA have performed. and atleast we can bowl out teams. i think we are on our way up. anyway congrats to NZ for a great win

  • Leggie on February 9, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    0-10 is how I see the Indian record overseas since June 2011. Clearly MSD has lost the plot of saving Test matches overseas - let alone winning them. The team's got talent. The batsmen are quite adept at playing on seaming wickets and bouncing deliveries. The fast bowling arsenal is not empty either - as was evident in NZ's second innings. There is still Umesh Yadav in the bench who is very quick too. This is where the loses in the last Test in SA and this one in NZ hurts even more. For the 0-8 loss vs England/Australia, the seniors were being blamed. That seemed a plausible explanation - but not one that can be rubbished altogether. Now with the seniors gone, India continues to lose!! So one does have to question the team strategy and the overall management. There needs to be tough questions asked on Duncan Fletcher's role MS Dhoni's captaincy skills outside the subcontinent. At this rate, India will slide very close to Bangladesh in Test cricket very soon while the BCCI focuses on...

  • ACrickLover on February 9, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Umpiring issue should not be raised at all since in this same test couple of decisions had gone against NZ too. In the first innings Anderson was given wrongly out and at that time he was in full flow at around 70s, and with the form he was in he could have easily made it very big and NZ could have reached around 600 or so and india never had any chance if that happened. Not just that 2 more umpiring decisions went against NZ, one NZ batsman was given out for a no ball (Walting I guess), and an Indian batsman was not given out inspite of being actually out, so what is all the cribbing about umpiring. And doni was given not out too in one of the recent matches (ODI) although he was clearly LBW. And in this match both NZ and india were at the receiving end from poor umpiring decisions, so it is balanced. And with BCCI being against the DRS and also due to the IPL and over all prominence in the world of cricket by BCCI lots of umpires have been favouring india and lots of umpiring

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Congrats to both teams for producing a great game of cricket ! But India should have done a better job in the 4th innings . Its high time we retrospect, on why we are not winning Test matches abroad : 1) Lack of patience : From the way the final session unfolded, it seemed there was some sort of a hurry even though there was an entire day left. They should not find it insulting to play out maiden overs. As the last recognized pair , the dismissal of Jadeja was embarrassing to say the least. 2) Lack of slip fielders : The current slip fielders look like they are point fielders fielding at slip , esp if you look the way there were going about their catches. Its fine to affect run outs and take brilliant boundary catches, but how do you win a test until one takes good slip catches ? 3) Poor stroke judgement : Its ok to pull a 120 kmph bowler out of the park on a muggy evening in Chennai, another matter altogether to do so against quality test bowlers on a pitch with bounce and movement.

  • dannyboy036 on February 9, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    Ok so there were some dodgy umpiring decisions (which went both ways, lest it be forgotten by the Indian supporters). But why did India bat like they had to win it today? Think they were stuck in ODI mode, why not leave out all the rash shots, there was another whole day to bat! Tough luck, but India didn't deserve to win this.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Select more CSK players in squad, then we will win all the matches

  • Greatest_Game on February 9, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Much criticism was leveled at SA after their chase of a much higher score of 458. The last 2 batsmen - bowlers, Philander & Steyn - had no batsmen to follow them, just wounded Morkel & walking wicket Tahir, & made the decision to NOT LOSE the match & not throw away their wickets trying to win. SA disappointingly drew the match, but WON the series.

    With another DAY to bat, Jadega & Dhoni threw away their wickets & lost the match. India cannot win the series.

    The different mindset of the 2 SA bowlers, & that of India's captain & all-rounder, is clear: its the difference between winners & gamblers! SA is criticized for being cautious & conservative, but SA is also miles ahead in the test rankings. SA are winners because they do not allow themselves to BE BEATEN.

    India's bowlers bowled brilliantly to put them back in the match. Their batsmen gambled that away. Don't blame the bowlers - they made up for a weak first innings. The batsmen failed twice. So much for India's "strong batting"

  • John_Geo on February 9, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    I like Dhoni as a person and a batsman - but not certain characteristics in him as a leader. He is a person of excuses. Each time India loses, he has an excuse(s). Here are some of the most recent;

    1. Umpiring decisions going against us 2. Fast bowlers bowling slow balls 3. Fatigue, injuries, and heavy schedule 4. Toss was the difference 5. Middle order not clicking 6. Top order not clicking 7. Bowlers did not do their job 8. Fielders did not do their job 9. Death bowling was the difference 10. Whether was against us when we bowled

    PLEASE DHONI GROW-UP. Start by congratulating the winning team and admitting the fact you did not do well as a team. Learn from the loss. There will always be another day and Indian can (and will) bounce back. Do go on the defending ALL THE TIME.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    This is all to be blamed Indian player they played very bad in starting 2 days and some fight by bowler but not well supported by batsman. DRS is there, why India doesn't use them, India need to get I pathan, Gambhir, in team hope to see them in england tour.

  • Collegefastbowler on February 9, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Selection of bowlers is all wrong. Giving away over 500 runs in the first innings is a reflection of that and it cost India the match. Zaheer and Ishant are not good enough to play for India any more.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Ha! How do you like those bad calls now India! Now DRS, no problem! HAHA

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    India deserved to lose as New Zealand were better all round, in batting, bowling and fielding. However, the umpires were a disgrace. If they make so many mistakes despite so many years of experience, why not just drop the umpires and have "technology" decide ??? But, there too, have a panel of "neutrals" interpreting the technology.

    Ajinkya was playing extremely well and looked all set to take the game away from New Zealand. Kudos to the New Zealanders for the way they played. Look forward to the next Test. Hope the umpires are spoken to as regards fairness and competency. Or sacked and replaced with better umpires.

  • SajithaD on February 9, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    There are 2 things indians are shouting here...1) Bad umpiring 2) DRS is not useful....Neither do they accept the DRS nor the Umpiring decisions... Umpires do make mistakes thats why DRS was introduced... DRS also may not complete but it reduced more mistakes... India hasn't used it because Dhoni said no to DRS just because he wasn't able to make full use of it... Anyway its good for indian fans because now there is a reason for them to not accept their inability on overseas even after this... Anyway they should remember mistakes by umpires saved them many times... For a recent example : Kallis given out LBW in test match agains india in SA which gone to the last over of the match to draw.. Otherwise india should have been lost the series 2-0 instead of 1-0...

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    I think Indian batsmen should have played with some patience, they had plenty of overs left to chase the target there was no need to play shots in hurry and lose wickets.With too much IPL,T20 cricket our Indian batsmen lack temperament and approach to play quality test cricket

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Those who think India is a flat track bully they are wrong...remember they lost to England 2-1 at home

  • nothingnew on February 9, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    what a shame of Indian cricket team . specially Dhoni and Jadeja . when 5th wicket down . they should have stayed calm and score nicely . there wasn't T20 match . 6th wicket partnership 54 from 5.4 overs (9.4 run rates ) . i don't know why dhoni made bad decision at that time scoring too high . there was huge chance for india to win . everything was going for Indian ( dhawan's drop catch at 7 and dhoni's LBW ) dhoni is not capable to win the test . try to bat like test . everytime i mentioned jadeja is not player for Indian test squad but dhoni's favor jadeja or aswin ? bcos of dhoni's favor everything happen badly . i am happy that NZ won the match . hope Dhoni will learn lesson from this match .

  • kr_kinshuk on February 9, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    I think India lost primarily due to two reasons. One, the dropped catches, secondly, kohli's reckless dismissal.

    In a big chase one of the top four needs to stay in till almost the end otherwise its near impossible. Dhawan got out to a very good ball, rahane was unlucky.

    But kohli was well set but played some very reckless shots.

    But all said and done, this indian side actually holds out a lot of hope. Let's not forget that this is a very young side. Although rohit sharma needs to get his act together soon. while he's out there he never looks convincing.

  • Equanimous on February 9, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    India played well when there was no chance of winning. Pressure mounted when it looked like they could win. They couldn't handle it and choked . They forgot all about test cricket, patience and started freaking out, slogging . What was kohli doing. He gave NZ a sniff and the rest is history. Blaming the umpires will prevent them from looking at the real reason for the loss.

  • Shaggy076 on February 9, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    As a neutral supporter not sure what the Indians are complaing about Dhoni was out, Rahane a little unlucky but over the course of four days the umpires made a lot of good decisions. I was actually impressed by the Indian comeback in this test particularly the bowling but in the later stages of this game it was a very panicked batting effort after Dhawan and Kohli had really set them up. Just about every game with India involved you see the unfair critisism of Ishant SHarma, he is a quality bowler just served up home decks that are poor for pace bowlers.He has showed again this game on decent wickets he is a very good bowler and with Shami they have a decent pace duo. Time to develop them through better pitches at home and these 2 will help you compete internationally.

  • bootlicker on February 9, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Grow up India, Accept DRS and try to play the modern day cricket.

  • anjum170674 on February 9, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    i think umpiring was balanced.two NZ batsmen were given out clearly and no one even talked about it.dhone was out as when the wagner foot hit the ground it didn,t touch the crease.so no need to make the excuses.NZ was deserving to win the match as they did in the one dayers

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    The bcci made the call to not use DRS so don't blame the umpires.

  • alesana85 on February 9, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Tremendous victory for NZ, the most valuable under Brendan McCullum across all formats of the game. Bad umpiring calls went both ways during this test, the real test for the players is, with no DRS, to accept the desicion of the umpire & move on. Great match from both teams, great advertisement for test cricket. Imagine if a test championship was on the line.

  • batman_gothamcity on February 9, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Congrats to NZ for winning and especially Wagner good spirited bowling . Well for India their overseas blues continues . But there are some basic reasons complete lack of tour matches to get used to the conditions , atleast 2 3day games are a must for test and couple of one dayers for odi series . 2nd reason is BCCI oppose to DRS which we saw the resulted in absolute howlers . Still got hope for the 2nd test seeing India ,s performance in 3rd and 4th innings .

  • Mintsweety on February 9, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Well done NZ, just as well the icc plans are on hold or India might find themselves playing in the second tier lol. Sour grapes by Dioni, the drs is there to be used so feel free to change your stance anytime you like.

  • Asif052 on February 9, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    now, these people are crying and shouting about bad umpiring when they were the only one stood against drs as they thought that their board would buy the umpires also with money....stop barking guys...zimbabwe, bangladesh these countries are always facing some wrong decisions when they are playing against top team...so, stop crying with this matter....

  • TaleEnder on February 9, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Brave effort by the Indian Batsmen seriously.. So now what.. You say this team is the best team to play overseas tests? You got to be kidding me.. Dhoni's has to change the team composition in the next match.. Just a try..

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Corey Anderson's decision in the first innings was a terrible one too. But for that, he would have scored a century for sure. So, it goes both ways. Can't complain - that's cricket...would have it no other way.

  • rajcl on February 9, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    guys even 3rd umpire also not given no ball to dhoni what drs can do at this stage & 1 or may be acceptable but 4 againest in 1 inngs its just worst umpiring

  • mjs28 on February 9, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Lots of whinging about reffing during Indian innings. But how can the umpire see the outside line from where he is standing. NZ also had a batter outed off no ball. NZ complacency let India back in the game. Hope NZ learn from it

  • ThilankaK on February 9, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    No 2 in the world but not showing No 2 capabilities !!! I thought NZ should win easily If they in forced follow on ! definitely NZ won by an innings ! but what is that jadeja's shot ???? flat track bullies !!!

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Indian supporter should stop crying and should accept the defeat gracefully. Some decision went wrong for NZ as well and It was third empire who gave not out in case of Dhoni where it was shadow of bowler foot touching the line . Third empire was not blind to not see it even when he has all technology with him and its BCCI who is not in favour of using DRS technology so blame them

  • bootlicker on February 9, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Another piece of proof that India cannot play outside India. Their ranking should be stripped. Bangladesh are much better team than India.

  • mxnmxn on February 9, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Just a friendly advice for NZ bowlers. Don't think about resting when you are in the game and dictating the course. Be clinical in your approach.

  • zn264 on February 9, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    I think most Indian fans are forgetting one thing...NZ were and are a better side. This is just too sweet, all that talk about us maybe winning one ODI and perhaps draw a test. Ha! We just mopped the floor with you. Great game of cricket though, and great to see Dhoni have a crack with the bat to make it close, fantastic stuff. Well done NZ!

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    umpire has taken three wickets for newzealand beautiful

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    India did not deserve to win. We have never been good at winning overseas series. Dhoni and Fletcher will continue for ever and ever. N.Srinivasan should use financial might to stop overseas tours by India. India should only play in India and this includes all the variants. No whining on umpiring as Dhoni, Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri have always been against DRS.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    great test. we didnt lose because of the umpiring, we lost because we conceded a 300 run 1st innings deficit and the New Zealand captain outscored us all by himself. Loved our rearguard both with ball and bat. Thought Jadeja's dismissal was the turning point in the 4th. For those hurling their derision at the team, the simple fact is that we dont win easily in New Zealand. In the 90s we had more experienced teams losing far more fecklessly to weaker kiwi lineups than the one that held its' nerve to win this wonderful test.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    if any of indian fans talks about worst umpiring,,, then you should immidietly stop... your board is the only reason for not using DRS worldwide..... so enjoy.......

  • mensan on February 9, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST... well said. NZ too suffered from umpiring decisions. Maybe from now on, BCCI will only play a test match if Indian umpires are supervising.

  • abdulrazzaq3 on February 9, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    now we indians are complaining for bad umpiring. it is better to use DRS then complaining..... its 0-10 in 11 away tests

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    After the ODI series , India is raped once again by the number 8 ranked team but they want to control over the cricket world . What a great joke !!!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 9, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Why was there no DRS being used?

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    india have lost fare and square. get over it guys. its part of the game. India don't want drs, so move on

  • scottyg on February 9, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    To all those indians who seem to think that umpiring lost this match, maybe you could consider the fact that Anderson received a shocking call in the 1st dig, Watling was cleaned up by a no ball in the second, and Wagner's 'no ball' was legal.... India just aren't good enough to win games away, but that doesn't matter, you always have your doctored dustbowls to win games at home :)

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    what a match! hats of to New Zealand .I think indian team should concentrate on their weaknesses rather than blaming empires. records show how good india is outside india.

  • Cricmaths123 on February 9, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    In this match lots of bad decisions were taken(rahane, ishant etc) but it is all part of the game and it can't be helped. After all umpires do make mistakes as they are humans but DRS is meant to correct those errors. I think this will give India a lesson that they should always take DRS in future.

  • mensan on February 9, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    I don't think it's fair to call Indians flat track bullies [unfair to flat tracks :D]. They have lost on pure batting paradises of Durban and Auckland. Maybe we should call them "home flat track bullies".

  • Blade-Runner on February 9, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    Congratz Black Caps !!! What an empathetic victory for 'em inside 4 days. Now India's away record is 10-0 LOL. Nice going India. They can't even take the game to its 5th day. Dhoni choked again. #choker. Yet they call him best finisher. lol Anyway, It was terrific bowling by NZ bowlers. Wow !! Wagnerrrrr...he was just awesome. He kept on picking very crucial wickets at crucial times. He was the hammer. I just love watching him bowl. He simply bowls his heart out. I'm sure that the Kiwis are gonna win the series 2-0. GO KIWIS !!!

  • Solid_Snake on February 9, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    @India:When will we see team India winning outside their home? Try arranging a tour to BD or Zimbabwe..Otherwise this thing is no gonna happen & losing streak will continue..India right now is the worst team in all test playing nations.Failure in Batting,bowling every department

  • UglyIndian on February 9, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    India gets beaten, and its classless fanboys start blaming everything possible to make excuses. How shameful. No appreciation for the brilliant effort of NewZealand - a country with less than 4m people...and where Rugby is the no.1 sport. Absolute lack of class from Indian cricketers and its fanboys..

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    @pitch curator ;that wasn't a simple call buddy...back angle showing d foot was in d air when it looking d foot is touching d crease by front angle n there wasn't enough proof to call it a no ball either.so wht ultimately given by umpair was fair enough..i also believe tht wasn't a bad call by any means.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Another defeat outside India but Thanks God BCCI got control of ICC now Team India will only play in India and win matches on dead pitches and become No.1 in all formates

  • nilb on February 9, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    India well on it's way to another white wash in bouncy pitches. Not quite same as playing at home isn't it?

  • WintonBoy on February 9, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Awesome game of cricket. NZ appeared in control, but India's response in the 2nd innings needs to be applauded. Dodgy umpriing calls throughout, though if the technology is there let's use it. In an age where I can sit in Califonia and watch NZ win against a team sprinkled with all time greats, it's prehistoric not to use the technology on offer. Let's face it, both teams would have benefited. And thanks to Cricinfo - as an expat NZer, the online coverage allows me to finally watch a NZ team that appears to have skill, substance, and heart...

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Wagner comes close to a no bal every time he bowls around the wickets. The umpires should be watching his feet every delivery. How is that the same as all the other decisions? Dhoni and Jadeja would have wonthe game if they had only 75-80 runs to get. Had Rahane stayed on, that would have been the case. Kohli has to stop handing his wicket to the kiwis. His wicket was really disappointing. Just dumb luck for Kiwis and they are dancing around like they just won the world cup. This is a strange tour. At no point has it seemed that the Kiwis are a better side than India but the Indians cant seem to win a game. We might as well rest the starters and try out the hopefuls, it doesnt seem to matter anyways.

  • 512fm on February 9, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Indian fans, please stop complaining about Rahane and Dhoni dismissals. Very convenient that you guys remember those two decisions but completely forget the LBW Anderson was given on and the Watling dismissal being a no-ball. The umpiring wasn't good but it was definitely fairly even at the end, with both teams receiving a few bad ones.

  • Cricket.Patron on February 9, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    End of the day India could not cross the line..No point in being content that we came this close..Either the bowling flops or batting flops..This is the maximum we can expect from this lot of players..Need to get used to it for sometime now .....No surprise India will loose 2-0..It will take time for batting & bowling to click in unison.. Back home all the players will perform in IPL.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Hahaha! I guess this is why India needs the " Big 3"...So that they can actually win matches outside their home ground...The hypocrisy of Indian fans is totally amazing because they're complaining about the umpires whereas just yesterday they were howling in support of creating a monopoly in the world of cricket..Anyways, just goes to show that India sucks when the pitches are not made to its instructions LOL! Yeah, you guys so totally need the big 3 xD

  • Ricky_IndCricFan on February 9, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    And how come such FTBs have the coveted No. #2 ranking..... really this dismal BCCI and MSD have drowned Indian Test cricket to new lows.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    India away from home in tests since June 2011:

    Played - 11 Won - 0 Drawn - 1 Lost - 10

    Since the Head of BCCI is confirmed to be the new ICC Chairman, Expecting the following to be granted test status so only they can have away tours to countries like Uganda, Nigeria and Mauritius soon.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    umpiring does matter, But end of the day the players are to be blamed for their performance! bt bad umpiring can really put out a great performance sometimes! huge respect for NZ, nd India should try Harder! good luck both teams for d Upcoming matches!

  • phaktaa_tikit on February 9, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    As an Indian i find it pathetic our captain & fellow countrymen complain about umpiring. No doubts some umpiring decisions were wrong but to say they lost because of those is completely wrong especially when they had three decisions going in their favor while only one was against them. They also conveniently forget about the tied ODI where jadeja was not given not out on a genuine catch.

  • HDG1978 on February 9, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Congrats to NZ for a thrilling win in a close finish. @ pommy80 England was the No.1 team for a year (2011-2012) but got thrashed 3-0 (Pak in UAE 2012) and in Aus in the just concluded Ashes (5-0) . India is having a horror run in away Tests. But this is a new-look Indian team with the Top 6 not even having the combined experience of 100 Tests. The skip was largely responsible for the sudden retirement of VVS (134 Tests) and the hurried one of SRT (200 Tests). India can expect another thrashing in Wellington and also in Eng and Aus later this year. BCCI cut short 3 Tests in SA and NZ resp to 2 for a drab home series against WI. Indian fans have suffered heartburn thanks to this short-sightedness of the BCCI. Eng already has 4 casualties (Trott, Swann, Flower and KP) from the Ashes. Hope more heads (Bell, Cook, Anderson) roll soon that would leave Eng short of match-winners before the WC. As for India, it has the talent. A change at the top in the team is what is required.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    really had enough of these indian fans you played superbly in second half of match but were beaten by the more consistent team. give credit where credit is due well done NZ

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    in 1st innings rahane was out on 10 lbw but was given not out..sometimes decision goes with u sometimes against u...fact is that we played poorly in 1st innings

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Sour Grapes India, you need to show a little more respect to the minnow nations of world cricket. Great and well deserved victory for the Black Caps. India is only good at home on dead pitches and nowhere else.

  • sergio11 on February 9, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    i've seen ind go down to AUS 5-0,to ENG 4-0,to SA 4-0 in odi and 1-0 in test..each game they lost without a fight,got to admit that...from the SA tour onward we strtd to see lot of fighting power frm ind...even in tough situatns....made me believe in the team..then the 4-0 odi lose to NZ...even though they lost every game and ofcoz a tie...they fough well..so as in this test..but is that enough??just a resistanc before failure,is that enough???if this were SA or even AUS..them it will be counted as an achievemnt but..its just NZ...yes ind came really close wining this test..but on that wicket giving away 503 runs on first inng was a poor poor poor bowling effort...right now m srry,bgn an ind..ind is a nothng team abroad...i wish they can get lot of confidenc from this game and atleat win the next...and the series in ENG and AUS...they've got players to do it....but inexperince may be the reason,they are not playing well as a team...anyways well played NZ and IND..

  • cyriacp on February 9, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    Good to see the way India came back. Should target to play like this more frequently and more importantly in every innings. India should be a bit alarmed that Rohit Sharma is unable to do well when it matters. Also, it's worth considering if Jadeja should now bat a bit higher up. His confidence is high now. Had he come in a bit earlier today, anything could have happened. It's important for India to shrug off disappointment, and recognize that there is still work to be done - and that they need to keep doing it - to be a top side for a longer period. NZ bowled well. But can they come back well if a couple of opposition batsmen get stuck? Not so sure. Good for them that today they had luck on their side. So that's a possible area for improvement for NZ. If these bowlers can remain injury free, they will improve for sure and NZ will need to worry only about their batting. Though NZ batters are doing well now, I am not all that convinced that they can sustain this for a long time.

  • AspiLfc on February 9, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    LOl. Did Dhoni really say about umpiring decisions in presetation. He must have run out of other excuses like green pitches, poor bowling and etc.. Why complain abt umpiring decisions when technology is there to help. Feel really happy India lost

  • NirajPawar on February 9, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    Well played to nz for keeping their nerve right till the end, and for getting wickets at timely intervals. India were right in the match for the past 5 sessions but could not see the team home. the shot selection of the batsmen needs to be questioned; it appeared as if india had completely forgotten about the 5th day and tried to finish the game off today itself. definitely rohit, kohli, jadeja could and should have stayed on to see india home. completely wrong approach by jadeja and the lower order to be over aggressive; instead they should have supported dhoni at the other end. it should never be left to the lower order to score the runs; but the tail-enders from all other teams are able to withstand the bowling and score runs, apart from india's tail-enders.

  • JimmyEnglish on February 9, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Get a life haters ! Please stop saying disgraceful things about BCCI paying NZ board to play badly. Is NZ such a money minded team ? Did NZ not put a strong effort to win this ? If BCCI could pay NZ then I think they can also pay umpires too (for not giving silly decisions)...Learn to appreciate good efforts...Thank You !

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    congratulations New Zealand . india is rubbish team .

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    A great test match and a timely win for the Blackcaps. It's a shame that a lot of the Indian fans are blaming the Umpires for the result. That is pathetic and takes away from a good New Zealand victory.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Once again the Indian die hard supporters grasping at excuses. UMPIRES CALL or DRS, NZ still would have won. India, just remember calls go both ways. Rahane was not the only 'unlucky' one. Thats just how the cookie crumbles. Bring on Wellington! A thriller no doubt!!!

  • sajumhdsa on February 9, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    enough with dhoni he must be sacked he is poor as a captian,as a wicket keeper and as a batsman. he let his team down and india down.he is very fortunate become an indian captian and to win a world cup.the time is already up for him

  • CricketisKing on February 9, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Congratulations New Zealand!!!

    Don't complain about umpiring. Both sides got reprieves and both sides got bad decisions against them. That is part and parcel of the game. Has to be accepted and move on. The one who kept their patience and their wits - New Zealand - won in the end. India didn't play according to the situation and lost.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Sure there was some bad decisions but NZ got at least 1 bad one with Williamson. So go your way some don't. so Umpires made mistakes what about the players who played bad shots or dropped catches? At least as much to blame.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Congrats KIWI's Very good test match and well played both sides

  • Sameeratennakoon on February 9, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    @truecric_fan - next WC in India?? It's in Aus and NZ bro. And how the hell India will peak in WC. With ishant Sharma? Aswin? Or Nohit? .. India won't make into super 8 in fact if they make a change in rules to enter big three in to super 8 automatically. Only Dhoni and Kohli perform in your team. And we really respect them. But others are just freaks which are overrated..all the best mate..

  • vkumar_086. on February 9, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Hope umpires always everyday make howlers NON STOP AGAINST INDIA as they DESERVE IT TO THE MAXIMUM!!

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    This game was lost only because of Bad Umpiring, Rahane and Sharma was starting to get a good partnership going until Rahane was given out.

    There is no point in blaming DRS. DRS is really not fool proof. The reviews are generally eaten up by the top order batsmen and the lower order batsman rarely have any reviews left, so DRS is not the best way

    What should be done here is to use computers and cameras for decisions. Technology has developed a lot and now practically there is no real use of umpires, especially when the bad decisions can turn the match entirely.

    Every decision should be taken by cameras, hotspot and technology. They are obviously fool proof and they lead to correct decisions.

    As for umpires you can use them for settling disputes, taking on field game decisions. Let them do everything they did, just let the LBW, Catch, Run Out be dealt using the technology.

    As a fan it hurts to see India lose a game which was what was actually a win had bad umpiring not been there.

  • Nero28 on February 9, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    India's lower middle order is really weak with batsmans like rahane, Dhoni ,jadeja like batsman. When india's no.4 falls then the 5th to 10th wicket begins to fall regularly. Looks like there are only 4 batsman playing in the team all the others are tail ender. Look at australia their match just begins after four wicket falldown. Clarke and haddin regularly score hundred double hundred. Then siddle, jhonson, starc, pattinson comes and give regularly hundred-fifty run partnership. Scores more than top order. Look at SA ,their no.5 ABD is a best player in the world, with strong no.6 duplesis, then vernon. Remember some months ago ENG. They had prior , Bell, Broady, Jimmy regular run maker. And this india, can we hope from the batsmans after virat's fall. From all the later are capable of scoring 50 run together when the above referring are easily capable of adding 300-350 runs more. Dhoni , rahane are never scoring more than a fifty at best. The thing is same ,be it test or odi. In odi india fields only 3 batsman with two of them out of form. I think Dhoni is never thinking about this issue for their failure. India need a really big score maker like wasim jaffer( he isn't the solution but an example) in the lower middle who can easily open the match again facing the second new ball. But sadly I don't see any that class of player in india home cricket who can bat at lower middle like Clarke, Haddin or De Veliers. All show promise like rohit rahane's 60 home average.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    Oh how original, Indian fans whinging about umpiring decisions instead of remarking about a fantastic game of test cricket on a superb pitch. Yawn. NZ won the game, both teams got bad calls. Get over it or don't watch it, simple. NZ deserve to win after being sent in to bat and making 500, India came back well with their second innings bowling and batting, was great to watch.

  • baranasai on February 9, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    Well played both teams. Congrats to KIWIS Indians fell short of target . It happens in a test cricket when poor decision of one or two .But in this atleast three to four important poor decisions at very crucial stages of the match. First Murali Vijay then Rahane , Dhoni finally Zaheer Khan. Umpiring at a domestic cricket level and not at test level. However as Indian supporters we accept the defeat gracefully as KIWIS were a better bowling team and also batted well.But we also gave a fight.It is an ignorant statement from LION 83 and few others. It shows you only hate the Indian team for your own reasons. What will you call the Indian team if they have scored that required runs. Again better team won and the difference was not much -except poor bowling in the first innings

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  • Iceman29 on February 9, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    pommy80 wrote "At least they can enjoy this series as no doubt they will get whitewashed in England (again) in a few months."...your team oh sorry your "world 11 team" just got creamed in Aus, I think its that fatigue caused by those loses that makes you comment in this forum to get some satisfaction...atleast we have an Ind team full of "Indian Players" you cant even say that abt your team can your team....

  • yogicoolboy on February 9, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    Time to give ashwin and pandey a go i feel. I think India missed ashwins batting today

  • ReluctantBlackCapsFan on February 9, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    @ARJa Are you suggesting a 3 Tier program..? by which Tier 2 and 3 teams play out games to find the no1 challenger, who then goes on the play India, in India, with Indian umpires and no DRS. To see if they have the right to challenge India to a 3 game series, the winner of which will decide whether a 5 game series will take place to challenge for India's position as Tier 1..? Only binding for 1 year, at whichi India retake Tier 1 irrelevant of results?

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    DRS! Well, why should BCCI rethink on it? Had it been there, Anderson would have been not out in 1st innings and 650+ was onfor NZ. A follow-on would have been safer and India would have perished long before. Still, terrible performance by NZ. Batting 300 in front and looking in a mood to save the match!

  • mensan on February 9, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Congrats to NZ team. They won despite a comback by India. They should have enforced follow-on though.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Why india playing at overseas its wrong they should only play at india

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    Actually Newzealnd showed their true colours. But it's alright the man of the match showed have been given to steve davis for his fantastic umpiring that cost india the match if he can't hear a nick or see where the bowler is stepping i think he should retire. Well played jad showed the intent, the fight was on and dhoni you are true captain. You should stick to your game of hitting the ball around. Good bowling ishant sharma and the mohmmad shami. alot of positives from the game.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on February 9, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    Get over the BCCI hangover, its getting really boring to include BCCI in these discussions. It was a great test match, India did a marvelous job to even get close, forget about tier 1 or 2, even the top ranked test side could not have come close .

    Atleast the Indian fans were much reserved in their comments during the Ashes, unlike some English fans who seem to be showing off their frustrations of a winless 3 month tour --in a India NZ series, WoW!

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    a strong India ....saviour of the cricket;)

  • nz88 on February 9, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    To the India fans complaining about a few rough calls... you should cut the bad sportsmanship and give credit where it's due. If you had watched the game you would have seen bad calls go both ways throughout. And it's the BCCI that vetoes the use of the DRS to eliminate howlers.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    Fantastic from Wagner and the boys, not surprised to see the Indian whingers about umpiring completely failed to notice that the majority of the poor calls went their way (Rahane lbw first innings, Anderson not out 2nd innings, Watling dismissed on a noball). Rahane got a roughy in the 2nd innings and Fulton had a life in the first innings so that's 3-2 in India's favour.

    Wagner's foot didn't touch the line as correctly judged by onfield and video umpires. As Richardson pointed out on the commentary the side of his foot bulged out over the line but at no stage did the base of his foot touch the line. Same old poor sportsmanship from Indian fans unfortunately.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    India losing a test overseas is still news? It was long decided they were losing. NZ just eased the pressure a bit at times to make the game more interesting. Well done NZ for putting India in their spot again.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Did I just watch test Cricket? Jadeja, the only player who made three triple centuries in Indian domestic cricket, plays a 20 20 style innings; with Dhoni, a batsman at the other end; with one whole day left; only three tailenders to follow; under 100 runs to get; and perishes going down the wicket and mishitting? Is this the test cricket? Don't we have IPL for this type of cricket? If ishant sharma, or Zaheer Khan plays like this, we can understand that they cann't survive for long so its better to get some runs before getting out. He is in the team as an alrounder right?

  • vkumar_086. on February 9, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Whatever umpiring howlers, INDIA DESERVES IT!! When umpires made errors in India's favor in the 3rd ODI due to BCCI pressure and avoided an ODI whitewash. So umpires helping NZ is perfectly fine. India won the CT 2013 finals why?? SIMPLY due to umpiring help indeed.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    Was thinking Macca's gamble (of not enforcing the follow-on) would have been costly... but has paid off against one of the top sides in Test cricket. I can't wait to see what results the Black Caps bring for the rest of the year - they have a good captain who takes calculated risks, a team that is growing in self-belief, and also a team with all the determination in the world. Well done on the win BlackCaps :).

  • StuL on February 9, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    There's no point in complaining to the readers here about the BCCI decision not to have the DRS. NZ would like it to be there as umpires do make bad calls, edges can be hard to pick up. You can't say it changed the game, the game is over- it's like saying "what if Corey Anderson hadn't been given out Nz would have got 600".

    I don't know what you need to do to pressure your board but please figure it out as every other country uses it.

  • Nero28 on February 9, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    India's lower middle order is really weak with batsmans like rahane, Dhoni ,jadeja like batsman. When india's no.4 falls then the 5th to 10th wicket begins to fall regularly. Looks like there are only 4 batsman playing in the team all the others are tail ender. Look at australia their match just begins after four wicket falldown. Clarke and haddin regularly score hundred double hundred. Then siddle, jhonson, starc, pattinson comes and give regularly hundred-fifty run partnership. Scores more than top order. Look at SA they are no.5 ABD is a best player in the world, with strong no.6 duplesis, then vernon. Remember some months ago ENG. They had prior , Bell, Broady, Jimmy regular run maker. And this india, can we hope from the batsmans after virat's fall. From all the letter are capable of scoring 50 run together when the above referring are easily capable of adding 300-350 runs more. Dhoni , rahane are never scoring more than a fifty at best. The thing is same be it test or odi. In odi india fields only 3 batsman with two of them out of form. I think Dhoni is never thinking about this issue for failure. India need a really big score maker like wasim jaffer( he isn't the solution but an example) in the lower middle who can easily open the match again facing the second new ball. But sadly I don't see any that class of player in india home cricket who can bat at lower middle like Clarke, Haddin or De Veliers. All show promise like rohit rahane's 60 home average.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Haha some one bring me laugh that Indian team show courage free advice for Indian team please take your pitch and crowed with you where ever you go or best for you not to play abroad stay home like good baby play I'm own garden and always win

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    4 very bad decisions by the umpires in second innings.Is it international Cricket or Under-9 Gully Cricket?This is some serious stuff.I hope BCCI muscle twists those umpires who often give some absolutely unfair decisions all time.I am not a whistle blower for DRS.As an Indian I say that BCCI's stance against DRS is correct.DRS is not 100 % fool proof.if umpires can check with the third umpire whether its a four or not then why can't they check the decision of unfair LBWs which they give against Indian batsman as pointed out by another fellow Indian?Absolutely negative stuff from umpires.Few went in a favour of India too,but still its the umpires which made us to loose the match.

  • InsideHedge on February 9, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    No doubt the haters will out in full force but I bet they were sweating buckets only a short while ago. I should add that the Dhoni dismissal had nothing to do with DRS. It was a 3rd umpire call, and off it went to the TV umpires. Unfortunately, we won't get an explanation from them.

    This was a great Test Match, full of twists and turns. Let's hope we get another good one in Wellington. From an Indian perspective, let's also hope that the 3rd and 4th inns of this match is an indication of an upwards move from India. We badly need to break our overseas travails. Perhaps, Wellington can provide it.

    Injury barring, I would think India will go in with the same team. NZ may field an even better team at Wellington if they bring in Guppers/Latham for Fulton/Rutherford. Guppers also improves the fielding immensely - as if it's not already World Class.

  • Noboundary on February 9, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    A great test match! Who are the people claiming that test cricket is on its way out! I think after NZ second innings collapse, India had more than a fair chance of winning this! Unfortunately the T20 culture is responsible for our batsmen trying to hit their way out of instead of grafting for runs. If you starve Indian batsmen of boundaries for a few overs they are bound to make a mistake. Thanks to T20 culture, patience is no longer a desirable virtue! India had two full days and more to make 400 on a good pitch! We have to praise NZ for their bowling and middle order batting.

  • sepultura.31 on February 9, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Congrats, well played Kiwi's u definitely deserved to win for playing better cricket over all. India had a chance to win but just couldn't cross over the line- better luck next time guys and hope u learn from your mistakes. Cheers

  • landl47 on February 9, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    It's unfortunate but predictable that a lot of complaining is being heard from Indian fans, who apparently didn't understand what the replay of Dhoni's dismissal showed. Wagner's foot landed inside the line, but because he lands on the edge of his foot his boot bulges out ABOVE THE LINE and appears to be touching the line when viewed from the high camera angle. As the replay goes on and his foot flattens out, it is clear that his foot was at all times inside the line. Rightly given out by the umpire and confirmed by the third umpire.

    Great effort by the Indian team, but what a win for New Zealand. Fascinating cricket to watch- a hundred times more exciting than the short-format stuff. Well done, both sides.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    I did not understand why Indian team started going wild and lost those crucial wickets where they had so much time in hand!!!!! Kohli shouldve batted sensibly rather than playing those unnecessary shots, jadeja and dhawan too.... Why? Were they trying to put nzl under more pressure? cze they were already under pressure by not picking wickets!!! aggressive cricket only made them hopeful!!! plus why was dhoni trying to give strike to Zaheer Khan too much ?Some of the things which are hard to understand!!!!!

  • Assertive-Indian on February 9, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    In terms of umpiring this test was even worse than Sydney 2008. But here the blame goes entirely to the umpires and not to the NZ players, unlike in 2008, when the entire Aussie team along with the umpire had a field day.

  • JimmyEnglish on February 9, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Congrats NZ ! Heck of a thriller ! Truly enjoyable, feels like a movie.... Everyone will agree, NZ played well...But everyone must also agree that India would have won, if it wasn't bad umpiring at least after we saw what Rahane did in SA.. Dhoni Should look to attack more while bowling, going defensive ain't doing any good. Bowlers will anyway concede 400+ if you defend. Zaheer can be replaced with Ishwar Pandey...Need to keep spirits high in the next game and make it a 1-1. That will be a boost before we tour ENG and AUS.

  • Iceman29 on February 9, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Congrats to NZ on their Victory...India should have hang in there especially the captain...Its all because of the poor fielding which costed India this match...anyways best of luck Ind for the next game hope you guys learn from the mistakes...

  • CricketisKing on February 9, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    @bradmansque : Checking for a no-ball after a wicket has been claimed is automatic. It has nothing to do with the DRS. Even in the Bangladesh - Sri Lanka Test series, they were checking whether it was a no-ball or not after a wicket has been claimed. There was no DRS for that series either.

    Why was India in such a rush to finish the match today? This was a match they could have won. If Bangladesh had done the same everyone would have been saying that BD is not good for Test cricket and they don't have the temperament for Test cricket and so on and so forth.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    What about andersone lbw in the first innings? nz would have got 600 and that was gameover. Stop harping on about umpiring decisions. The better team won, it was a great test match and move on

  • Hoyle27693 on February 9, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    If we can come back from a 300 lead to almost win a test, we can certainly pack the Kiwis in the second test. But we have to believe in ourselves first. Once that happened in the second innings, we showed our true class. Great test match. Well deserved win for NZ. Good fightback India. One of those rare test matches where I stayed glued to the television till the last over.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    its worst field set and game strategy cause india this loss

  • Assertive-Indian on February 9, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    I never realized that these English and Aussie umpires are so incompetent. Half the Indian team was given out to wrong decisions, starting yesterday with M. Vijay. When the bat touches the ball, people were given lbw. When the bat did not touch the ball, people were given out caught! And, perhaps, we can abolish the no ball rule, because otherwise how will a bowler like Wagner play international cricket, because he prefers to bowl 30-40 no balls in an innings. And in the end, everything is blamed on India's refusal to use DRS. But if we use DRS, then why have on-field umpires at all? Just use the DRS monitored by a panel of off-field umpires, and that's it.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    get ready for indian fans to blame the umpires.. 3..2...1...

  • dunger.bob on February 9, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    What a tremendous game of cricket. It was a case of oh so close and by the skin of our teeth.

    I thought the Indians would get there, right up until Dhoni got out. Great credit to the Kiwi's though, they just kept chipping away and eventually started to eat into the confidence of the Indians. Jadeja's onslaught was a calculated risk imo. MS probably said to him 'just see if you can get this over with quickly and have a slog'. When he got out it would have been a shoulder shrug but when Dhoni got out it was drop the head time. Absolute credit to Wagner . A critical wicket that won his team the game. Even despite their best efforts to lose it in their 2nd innings. 8 wickets for the match I see. He must have been close to MOM. .. anyway, that's brilliant from NZ. They just took a Test off the #2 side in the world. .. A note to the Indian's. The Kiwi's are tough characters and pound for pound heavily gifted. Reputations mean nothing to them. Your only recourse is to simply play better.

  • vkumar_086. on February 9, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Another game as usual finished with a PURE THRASHING SUFFERED BY INDIA! BCCI can rule cricket but India never deserves to ever win any match. Well played NZ who are miles better than India. Actually Bangladesh can easily thrash this Indian team.

  • MAYURESHmagic on February 9, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    Umpiring was issue since forever from 3 years. Umpires tends to give more bad decisions against India whether they are bowling or batting. It was happened in England, Australia, SA and now it is continue in NZ.

  • BRUTALANALYST on February 9, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    aND THIS IS WHY tEST CRICKET IS THE best FOLKS !

    As a neutral the foot looked clean to me the bulge from the shoe looked like it may have hovered over but the sole of the shoe wasn't touching definitely not enough to over call on field.

    Funny we didn't hear any outrage from Indians the other day when Anderson got a shocker lbw and Watling was given off a no ball without the umpire even checking . . .

    Would be nice to have some consistency form Indian fans the hypocrisy is ridiculous either way it's about time BCCI accept DRS.

  • ramli on February 9, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    You don't need a DRS to say whether it is a no-ball or not ... just one or two of the poor decisions umpires give out in every match anyway ... poor umpiring cannot be the reason for any defeat ... it is the combination of things happening ... India should take heart out this match to try and push some things like teaching the tail-enders to bat better, catching for sure, trying out different bowling combinations, etc. India can be proud that they competed in this match and showed gumption to fight among all adversity ... well played NZ

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    Cricketsunami, Ishant was out, he edged it with the bat. We had howlers too, for example BJ Watling was out on a no ball that the umpire shouldn't have missed. India's position could have been strengthened if they allowed the DRS, but as they continue to choose against it (it wouldn't have benefitted NZ quite as much as Watling was bowled, DRS isn't used for that) they deserve no sympathy.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    it wasnt a clear no ball for Dhoni's dismissal, its where the foot lands and landed inside. I hope this test victory says something to the ICC not to give all the power to Oz, India and England as there are other countries that do play the game. The game needs to be grown not just kept by an elite few. But in other news, well done Black caps!! One of the best test victories I've ever seen, up there with the Hobart victory. Neil wagner you stood up today and made sure you were surely counted. Our bowling stocks do look good indeed, probably thanks to Mr Bond bowling coach.. Think Rutherford and Fulton need to go, premote Williamson and bring in Guptil or Redmond and Ryder. Would try Guppy again soon. Fulton lacks technique and rutherford only good through the offside needs more dimension in his batting. But hey what do i know?

  • kamerryn on February 9, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    Reading some of the Indian fans' comments you'd think they had different umpires than the Kiwis. Yes the umpiring was rubbish throughout but it wasn't one way traffic. Ishant Sharma overstepped bowling Watling and that wasn't picked. Corey Anderson was given out LBW for 77 in the first innings when it was missing by a mile, and Trent Boult had a plumb LBW decision given not out vs Rahane in the first innings too.

    If you're going to complain about the umpiring instead of admitting that the team that played better cricket won, at least be consistent and acknowledge that it went both ways.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    What a fantastic test!! Indias bowling fight back in our second innings was awesome, and the same with the second new ball in the last innings, nearly took the result their way aswell. Big ups to all the players, NZs for nearly snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Indias from nearly being able to do so

    A great game, roll on the next one

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    always a treat to see india loose.. trying to control world cricket but cant win a single match away from india.. .. home champions!

  • lordofnelson on February 9, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Find the Indian "fans" comments laughable. Didn't hear you whining when Anderson was given out LBW & other very debatable decisions.

    Its your board that insists on no DRS, so to whine about it after the event is silly.

    Karma in the win on the day after the BCCI hijack of cricket. Will India win any of the games on this tour? Big 3 in money only outside the subcontinent.

  • JustIPL on February 9, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    As soon as NZ took the new ball it was over for india before Kohli, Dhawan thrived on the old ball and late evening session on day 3. There was no see saw NZ were the clear winner from the day one with 329 runs and then taking india into shades for 202, then by add another 100 runs to the agony and then thriving with the second new ball. India lived longer due to few dropped catches.

  • aks1987 on February 9, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Those who are saying it was a no ball are wrong. The foot touched the line before the heel landed. But when the heel landed it wasnt touching it. So NOT a no ball.

  • darwin2011 on February 9, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    The boys from Bharath can take heart: this won't happen again. With the new powers vested in he 'Big Three' yesterday, regulations will be changed so that the number of batsman allowed per innings will be proportionate to the global revenue each country brings to the game. And, even until then, Dhoni can take it easy: you won't be relegated even if you lose to Ireland! Long Live Mother India!

  • MiddleStump on February 9, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Like most games between two weak sides, this one was also settled on the final day by the umpires. Rahane and Dhoni were not out and even the Vijay decision on the previous day was marginal that could have gone the other way. In reality neither side deserved to win. India allowed NZ on a seaming track to post 503 after being 30/3. And NZ nearly lost the match even with a first innings lead of over 300. Except for Australia and South Africa, all the other sides are playing poor cricket now and it shows easily in Test cricket where it is difficult to hide glaring shortcomings over five days.

  • livebythesword... on February 9, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    great test match. to those crying about some of the decisions going against india anderson suffered a similarly bad one when well set in the first innings, as did wattling yesterday.

  • pt_pt on February 9, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    Great win New Zealand, now 3 tests wins in a row. Yes India has only themselves to blame not wanting the DRS, you still have not won anything on this New Zealand tour and dont really look like winning. I will be interesting to see if New Zealand make any changes in the next test, more so the opening batsman.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    Through out the world any serious match is playing DRS being used. BCCI we do not know does not want it in any bilateral series when India playing. Now we can curse our own board than putting the fingers against umpiring decisions. Why because you are in a position to challenge the decisions but you did not want it.

  • on February 9, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    India Away from Home in Tests Since June 2011:

    Played - 11 Won - 0 Drawn - 1 Lost - 10

    Home-track-bullies!

  • kalyug707 on February 9, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    congratulation NZ team. I hope team india will give more fight in next match

  • Sameeratennakoon on February 9, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    Another defeat.. India is the worst ever traveling cricket team.. Players are over confidence about themselves. They think there's nobody like them. And they are so poor on infield. But dhoni says it's the best fielding team in the world. Great performance by NZ ,they deserve their win. In following test NZ will kick India out of rankings for sure.

  • Smash42 on February 9, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    Yet another sport where NZ benefits from dodgy officiating. Better side lost.

  • Bringbackbuck on February 9, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    Funny how the Indian fans complaining about the umpiring have exaggerated some decisions - hard to tell with the Wagner no ball or not, Ishant definitely out, Rahane clearly robbed, Vijay also clearly out - and completely forgotten about the absolute shocker handed to Anderson in the first innings when he was well and truly set and NZ were easily looking at 600+. You play with the cards you get dealt and NZ did that better, if only just - still have the heart rate coming down from the decision not to enforce the follow on.

  • trumpoz on February 9, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    So India lost a test overseas..... what's new?

    Indian cricketers proving why they are not deserving of the number 1 place on any rankings....... Whats new?

    Indian supports blaming bad umpiring....... whats new?

    How long before the Indian supports start talking about doctored pitches?

  • InsideHedge on February 9, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    Congrats to NZ, overall they were the better team and it would have been cruel on them had they been beaten. I always thought 400+ was going to be too many. In over 2000+ Test Matches in the history of the game, it's only been done about 4 times. India gave it a good go, they were also a surprise with the ball in NZ's 2nd inns so somewhat redeemed themselves.

    The Rahane decision was a tough one for the umpire to spot, it's a pity that it was Steve Davies who tends to get quite a few wrong, I don't think he's one of the best but those inside edges onto the pad are always tough to spot.

    Dhoni's dismissal was the controversial one. It's not the 1st time that we've seen the 3rd umpire give bizarre ones. It'll be talked about for a while but even at that stage I think NZ were the favourites. At 222/2 just before Kohli was dismissed, I'd say India was ahead for the 1st time - only just ahead.

  • nk76 on February 9, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    Great win, well deserved NZ. Overall a very exciting match. While a few of the umpiring decisions were poor, remember it is India that doesn't want DRS. Umpiring decisions aside, NZ deserved the win.

  • yogicoolboy on February 9, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    Poor First Innings batting and a Couple of questionable decision cost India the match. Jadeja should have played responsibly. The way he go out it looked as if he wanted to win the match in 5 overs. Anyways good fight shown from India.

  • gladiatorgannicus on February 9, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    anyways congratulations to New Zealand.they played well.they have a very good middle order and an equally good pace attack.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    I believe India could have won the game but they were playing too fast. They should have planned it rather sensible way.

  • SanjivAwesome on February 9, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Congratualtions, NZ. This test was already won by the talented Team NZ - the follow on merely delayed the natural justice path. Wagner and Boult are amazing speedsters! Team Dhoni lost. As predicted. When will BCCI send out the "real" India team?

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    After this loss India have not won a single match for the last 11 games odi and tests combine.There is no way in which the team should be spared from criticism after putting a fight in this game.The team is expected to perform well , they are paid a huge booty of money for that , they are not doing a favor for the country by playing well.

  • Natx on February 9, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Worst umpiring. Still don't know how Dhoni could be given out. Rahane's decision at the crucial time is another blunder. Looks like all these old umpires are used to DRS and don't do their job. After Tauffel and Dhar, I don't see anyone capable of umpiring on their own without the help of DRS. Get the DRS and fire all the umpires! Job done. Long live the game.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    I see Indian supporters are falling over themselves to point out the poor decisions in their innings (Dhoni etc), but no one has mentioned Watling being given out off a CLEAR no-ball in NZ's 2nd innings. It would seem it goes both ways, and NZ still won.

  • michael.senthil on February 9, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    bcci still don't want drs- they should get a taste of their own music

  • BRUTALANALYST on February 9, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    aND THIS IS WHY tEST CRICKET IS THE best FOLKS !

    As a neutral the foot looked clean to me the bulge from the shoe looked like it may have hovered over but the sole of the shoe wasn't touching definitely not enough to over call on field.

    Funny we didn't hear any outrage from Indians the other day when Anderson got a shocker lbw and Watling was given off a no ball without the umpire even checking . . .

    Would be nice to have some consistency form Indian fans the hypocrisy is ridiculous either way it's about time BCCI accept DRS.

  • gladiatorgannicus on February 9, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    cant understand why bcci doesnt want drs,at the same time inspite of having technology the third umpire gives out

  • Imran707 on February 9, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    India, England and Australia might have secured the so called BIG 3 deal but have lost respect! Wishful thinking of me that one day, yeah one day ;) India will learn how to play outside their home. India along with England should immediately take advantage of being big 3 to play in Kenya, Afghanistan and Namibia in their home countries.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Well I'm watching it in the UK, and there presenters pointed out that the law states that it is where the foot lands. And have quickly pointed out that the camera angle we all saw was inconclusive, as the boldge that was sticking out was his little toe and is above the line, therefore not touching. They are saying that no part of the sole on his shoe touched the line! I'm just saying!

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    Indian fans quit your complaining, Rahane was given not out in the first innings when he was plum, Anderson was given out when he shouldn't have been and Watling was out off a no ball as well.

  • mensan on February 9, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    Poor poor record abroad by India. I doubt BCCI will ever let Indian team tour again. BCCI will play only home series from now on.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    @pitch_curator, that argument of yours is flawed, as it can be used both for and against your position if you happen to think the third umpire should make a call on a decision rather than implementing the DRS. If the third umpire still can't get it right, then you are still left with a howler aren't you?

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    hilarious, reading some of the excuses now being trotted out.....

    basically saying that if it weren't for those "bad" umpires, india would have won this test match.

    i guess if it weren't for the likes of kane williamson, ross taylor, the nz seamers etc. india would have won the ODI series!

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    The chase was stupendous . only India had accepted DRS the story would have been different. Moize Ghadially

  • jhumon_sydney on February 9, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    Umpire,tight schedule,short ball,bounching pitch...anythingmore in the list for blaming of losing trail..India got a bunch of good cricketers but not good enough like Sachin,Dravid,Ganguly,kumble.Couple of good innings do not make a cricketer great.But current indian team looks like a great team.Thats the problem for them.They need to work out more about tactics.Stop blaming otherthing.BLAMING THE PLAYERS WHO ARE NOT GREAT.

  • cricketkhan on February 9, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    Poor Indians, they have adopted to the tricks and attitude of their captain, and now finding excuses in umpiring. take it India, you are not just good enough to compete in a cricket field why can you accept it.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    It's sad to see the umpire raising his hand to show ms the door. He could have consulted the 3rd umpire and could have checked it properly. Now people say we are poor at overseas. It is because of such decisions that actually make people talk. bad luck.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    Awesome Pitch - Curators well done GUYS . Whether its a NO Ball or not those are False Strokes . BUT i love the Game , NZ awesome Come back . i dont know about deserving or what but NZ played Better cricket and show Character and WILL.

  • looloogun on February 9, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    aus eng sa and nz wow! dhoni dont forget the wi please ...

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    MSD is worst in Test cricket means the real cricket. indians are just players of flat wickets nothing more.

  • amarnath79 on February 9, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    I don't think the ball on which Dhoni was out was a no-ball.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    cricketsunami - get real. Dhoni should have been out. Most commentators have agreed it did not hit popping crease.. close but NOT hitting. Only one player in that last innings was unlucky.. and that is INDIAS FAULY for not accepting DRS.

    I see you forgot to mention Anderson in the first innings for New Zealand that was the worst LBW I have EVER seen. It goes both ways, stop clutching at straws. It is India who decides to refuse DRS, live by the sword, die by the sword.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    it is proven again tht indian are very poor to perform out of home grounds. strong indian batting My Foot.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    To all those whinging about the No Balls and poor umpiring decisions, just remember there were terrible calls on both sides. Ajinkya's not out in the first innings, Andersons LBW decision in the first innings, the No Ball that Got Watling out. It's all Swings and roundabouts. At the end of the day, the best and deserving side won. Deal with it.

  • Chris_P on February 9, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    Last 11 away tests, 0-10 with the draw being 7 runs away from a record victory. And there are no problems with the team? No wins in their last 11 International matches? Not a bad effort from a Tier 2 test country, not too shabby at all.

  • MeijiMura on February 9, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    New Zealand can thank Murali Vijay for their victory. In addition to contributing a paltry 39 runs across the two innings he had, he dropped a straightforward chance at first slip off Kane Williamson which would have seen New Zealand slump to 4/76. Instead Kane Williamson made a ton and by the time he was dismissed New Zealand had moved along to 4/251. The 221 run partnership between Williamson and McCullum for the fourth wicket in the first innings which should have been nipped in the bud at 46 cost India the game. India fought really hard and really well to get back into the match but the damage had already been done in the first innings.

  • Simoc on February 9, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    Great result for NZ cricket. What a transformation this team has made under McCallum and Hesson. Seems they got it right. This is a strong Indian team maybe No 2 in the world and full of stars. Celebrate I reckon. These are good times for Kiwis.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    Good game. In the end NZ kept their nerve and pulled off a great win. India may have lost the game, but they came back very well. This is a young team, and are actually doing a lot better than expected. No Sachin/Dravid/Ganuly/Laxman/Kumble. Even they took a few tours to actually start winning away from home. Hopefully after a bit more experience, this young team will get better. Two important aspects: 1) Slip fielding- has to get better, India would be chasing 300 and not 407 if they had been taken. 2) Umpiring decisions: Why can't the third umpire reverse decisions that are clearly wrong? Like Rahane's LBW? Instead of having a debate about how good/bad the DRS is, simply have the third umpire reverse decisions that are 'howlers'. Why can't that happen?

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    if batsmen/bowler dont do there job properly, they are out of the team. so do umpires. doesnt matter drs or not. that is non of umpire business....

  • Bishop on February 9, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    Yes, the umpiring was of a poor standard, but it went both ways. Watling was also bowled from a no-ball in the third innings if you recall. At least they checked the Dhoni one, and by all accounts the replays were inconclusive. Rahane was stiffed, but then so was Anderson in the first innings.

    It was a fantastic test, and it would be an injustice both to India's remarkable fightback, and NZ's early dominance for us to focus only on the deficiencies in the umpiring. That is cricket. Enjoy it for what it was, and move on.

  • rocconabeel on February 9, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    alas!!indias badluck continues....

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 9, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    Irrespective of what happened, WELL DONE INDIA ! Only you could have chased it down. No other team would have come close. Falling short by a mere 40 runs. NZ celebrated like they won their first ever cricket match. Let them have fun. That shows the respect and fear they had on the Indian batting line up. Hold your heads high Indian Warriors ! You were beaten by the umpires, not NZ.

  • ReluctantBlackCapsFan on February 9, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    Rahane got a bad call, its tough, but its cricket; I'm not sure why people are bagging the decision on Dhoni though, Wagner landed inside the line. End of story. Walk away MS you're no longer allowed at the crease.

    Well done Neil Wagner!! Of all the bowlers, irrelevant of figures, you again showed that you have the biggest heart in this team

  • ARJa on February 9, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    This is why BCCI wanted the control over ICC. And now they have got it. Their team can't even beat a low-ranked team outside the subcontinent yet they are babbling they are the best team in the world. They have the most population among the major cricket playing nations and still can't find a team that can be consistent across all formats across all continents. The next step will be for them the declare themselves as winners without actually playing or play all games at home.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    Nz got some bad calls too, but no sympathy at all for Indians given out by bad decisions. The technology is available to limit those and they choose not to use it.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    Not a single complaint about the umpiring should be accepted on here if you don't want the DRS you roll the dice and today India you lost. Ask your cricket board to support DRS or take your medicine

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    A famous victory for NZ! Something to build on in Wellington.

  • punterricky on February 9, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Congrnts Black Caps!!! If ind would have win this...All nondeserving players like dhavan..both sharma..jaddu would have got lot f credit who are not long run player for indian cricket if indian cricket want dominance....They need to find hard working legends like kohli can be...offcourse one best perfomance with bowl does not mean they are lethal for long run...so again need to find real bowling talent for long run...and grew them ....still BCCI will say its good performance btu fact s we r playing against Rank No 7 team against whom Indian looking like Rank No 8... IF india give excuse of AUS ..SA dont play good in India on spin track...It might b case in one country..India's case in many coutries like AUS,SA,ENG and now NZ..So surely overall RANKING will go down even India can perform wel in Big tournament like Champian trophy Asia cup or few more.....WAKE UP CALL for indian cricket and BCCI and selectors...

  • Batsheba on February 9, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Congratulations to NZ. Nail biting stuff. I honestly thought that McCullums decision to not enforce the follow on was bizarre and almost cost us the game - but all's well that ends well. There were a couple of iffy umpiring decisions that didn't go in India's favor, and while I feel for the individual players, India will just have to live with that because they choose not to play under the DRS system. Hoping for another Blackcap win to send a message to the "Big Three".

  • ThemanID on February 9, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    When was the last time we won an away test match? How long will this continue? Surely we need changes . A better captain. Dhoni will always come late in the match and score some 40 runs and people will call him a great finisher. How many matches did he won for us in one dayers?40 odd is good in ODI not in tests. And our bowling is pathetic. Yeah maybe we bowled them out for 105 but really giving away 500 in first innings?ishant, zaheer will play next 10-20 games as usual. We have the worst away record currently of any team.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on February 9, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    While we are on umpire bashing, why does India not have any umpires on the elite panel ? maybe with all the money they have the BCCI can do something about the quality of umpiring, maybe technology may be the answer.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    India - say hello to DRS.... you would have still had like 8 wickets left if DRS was used....

  • mxnmxn on February 9, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Congrats NZ! This match was owned by Jadeja and Wagner. What a great performance by these two. Going forward, NZ should replace both openers and Sodhi. Eventually after this series, BM should be relieved from captainship.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    india can only play and win on dead pitches on front of his home crowd thats it

  • cricketloveruk on February 9, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    Indians really need think about their approach, they are very poor outside India. highly over rated team

  • prasdore on February 9, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    Absolutely SILLY!!! Having had the match well under control where was the necessity to go for airy shots when there was a whole day with 90 overs to come??? Again knowing how they are getting the stick from BAD umpiring everytime the team is playing abroad, why are they opposing DRS?? Even if they had scored two runs per over they could have won the match. Or did they want to take a holiday on Monday?? Well they can do it now.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    Wagner was bowling almost all time touching the crease. Poor umpiring incase of Rahane Match turning wicket. I don't know why people are pushing for DRS so much when on field umpiring can be improved in many ways ,certainly DRS is not the only solution.

  • SaranshKaul on February 9, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    I wish India could have won. However, let's give them credit for a brave fight. I fail to understand why is everyone critisizing the Indian team. Why is it said that they cant play outside their country. This is a fact with all the teams. England were brutally dismantled in Australia, Australia lost the ODI series in India. South Africa were beaten by Pakistan in Sharjah. Australia lost ashes twice/thrice in England. It happens to all the countries. The host country will always have an advantage. Everyone wants to see their team win but critisizing them won't help. Please support your team. They will shine bright.

  • choppa13 on February 9, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    What about watling been given out off a no ball and andersons dismissal in the first innings open your eyes people decisions went both ways for both teams its just the way cricket goes. And for the record ishant was clearly out. Great win blackcaps for you got your fair share off rough decisions too.

  • dinosaurus on February 9, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    When people want to blame the umpires they have to remember that the rest of the world uses DRS just to avoid this situation. Yes, there were initial problems with the DRS, but the system with DRS now is much better than without. For whatever reasons, India has decided not to use it, in effect to gamble on gaining more than it loses from not having the DRS.

  • doodle12 on February 9, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    I truly agree with the comments made by pommy80 and Lion83. Whats even more alarming is there is no sense of shame at all from the indian players having lost 10 away tests. They just seemed to be complacent and/or proud of the fact that they got close encounters..

  • Cricsnake on February 9, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    NZ bowlers are outstanding. It is unbelievable to see them go through the strongest batting line-up. Superb stuff. Anyway India fought very hard and it was very close. Thanks for team India for playing positive cricket and tried hard for winning rather than simply draw it away. Though you loose your hard fight and effort is admirable. Great match. Wanna see similar fights in the next two too. Hope India will comeback strongly in the next matches.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    It's always fun to watch the Indian fans bleat about umpiring, ignoring both the fact that those poor decisions went both ways and that their board is opposed to the best available mechanism to correct those howlers.

  • RoshJ on February 9, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    India lost an overseas match..what's that? 15 in a row? So no big deal..NO MATTER WHAT, they will remain one of the TOP 3! Well done Team India..or should I say BCCI??

  • Hoyle27693 on February 9, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Even though New Zealand played very well throughout this series, they are a super mediocre team and that fact is finally exposed. They needed three bad decisions (Rahane, Jadeja and Dhoni) to win the match. And, of course, BCCI facilitated all this by killing DRS again and again on frivolous reasons. BCCI will become richer by crushing all other boards, but Indian cricket is not the winner. Now everyone will be busy pumping more money to a useless tournament called IPL.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    The funny thing is that all of these poor umpiring decisions could have been avoided if India stopped being a spoiled brat and adopted the system that the rest of the cricket world use to mitigate the effect of such decisions on matches.

    As for the Dhoni no-ball - Here's the reasoning on why that wasn't a no-ball. Wagner's foot landed inside the crease, not touching the line. It was only after his foot landed that the weight of his foot caused the bulging of his shoe. His foot landed inside the crease. It's like landing a portion of your foot behind the popping crease and it sliding forward over the line - legal delivery

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Hurra we have won the match. India losing a match gifted to them by NZ by not enforcing the follow-on. BCCI must adopt the technology bcaz their best batsman walked to the pavillion without being out.

  • Cjg_NZ on February 9, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Has everyone forgotten Anderson's poor umpiring decision in NZ's first innings, it all evens out over the course of a game. NZ could have got 600+ if not for that, it broke a big partnership. Go NZ :) 1-0

  • ShanNachimuthu on February 9, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    NZ won the first innings and India won the 2nd innings. Very good Indian fight back but in the end the NZ got what they deserved for. Also Indian team has shown glimmer of hope for the future. Mixed batting effort by NZ but consistent in bowling which saved them. Lot needs to done for the next match. Vijay is totally out of sorts both in batting and fielding. We can drop Vijay and field Jadeja as opener. Also leave Zak and bring Ishwar in his place. With Bhuvi also in the bowling dept will be strengthened this way. So may team for next match would be Dhawan, Jadeja, Pujara, Kholi, Rhohit, Rahane, Dhoni, Shami, Ishant, Ishwar, Bhuvi. MSD, Please give a try to this combination. Also BCCI reconsider the decision of abstaining DRS. India team who suffers a lot because of poor umpiring . Had it been there today the result could be different. Overall mixed feeling for me. I like the way the team put up the fight and get closer to winning position. Atleast drop Vijay and bring Ishwar/Bhuvi.

  • Blackholesun on February 9, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Congratulation to New Zealand ! Their bowlers really bowled well. As for India well it was the case of "so near yet so far" all credit to BCCI.

    No point in blaming umpires, they are humans bound to make mistakes. To minimize those mistake, there is technology in the form of DRS, which we do not wish to use because BCCI is riding on it's EGO trip and gives irrational logic for not using the technology.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    @Francis Mel: Get over this. NZ played much better and deserved to win. These sorts of decisions are part of the game. In the end, India didn't even deserve to win. They just had a lucky bowling innings to get NZ 105. Great work and deserving win Black Caps!!!!

  • Karthik78 on February 9, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    India & Dhoni always feel they did not play well in one session and convince themselves by terming they were ahead in all other sessions. It is nothing but only one session, final session where matches are decided. If you played well in all but not final one means, it is always defeat.

  • zexmanoz on February 9, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    I see great fight back spirit of India.well done India!! Congratch Dhawan for your amazing play and a well deseved century..one suggestion for Dhoni plz plz plz give Iswar Pandey an oppurtunity for next test.He can shake the Newzealand squad..I dont think Ishant should be given chance

  • CurrentPresident on February 9, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    As soon as Kohli gout out, it was apparent how the rest of the chase would unfold and it followed the pattern very closely.

    You could predict with the score at 250, that India would lose by around 50. Just budget around 20 runs per remaining batsman (some will score 20-30, others will get out first over, there will be at least one freaky dismissal etc.)

    Where India really lost the chase was in the overs before the new ball when Rohit and Rahane batted the way they did and handed the initiative back to the NZ bowlers. You cannot be timid in a chase. You don't need to go wild, but you still need to keep pushing the score, otherwise the bowlers gain in confidence and start to dictate terms.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 9, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    Dhoni needs to go. He may be one of the best ODI finishers in the history of the game, but in Test Cricket he has not done anything. Even the centuries in Tests have been made on flat pitches where the team total is already 500+. His captaincy and field placings are ridiculous too. Think its time that Dinesh Karthik replaced him as a wicketkeeper and Kohli as a captain.... That said, props to Ishant Sharma for bowling India to an inch of victory (and many people say he shouldn't be on the team lol).... Jadeja, Kohli, and Dhawan should also receive credit for almost taking the game away

  • Antony_Lucas on February 9, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    If you choose not to use DRS. You lose the right to check no balls after the fact. I'm not sure why the umpires granted india the chance of a reprieve on replay. Just to please the BCCI no doubt. Benefit of the doubt to the bowler and rightly so

  • Deedee2013 on February 9, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    Another failure by the Indian Captain. When 7 down, there was no need to allow Jadeja to go berserk like limited overs cricket. Knowing, they were playing wioth literally 3 bowlers, few more overs would have tired them (which was obvious in the last over Southee bowled). With so much time left, a little more rational approach would have ensured the hard work put in by early batters don't go waste.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    Watling out on a no ball too. Suggest India consider DRS more seriously. If you don't like technology, don't complain about human error. There were several other decisions that would have possibly gone the other way as well. And if none of the technology was there (unable to be used by the umpire anyway), then you wouldn't know that anybody was given out on a no ball. Stop complaining, either use it or not, and take the consequences of your decision.

  • safiullah.asifi on February 9, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    The poor umpiring has sank the Indian's dream of winning the test. I dont know why DRS is not used ??????

  • tao585 on February 9, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Congratulations New Zealand. India has been beaten yet again. I hope they will take revenge when you visit them in India

  • Temuzin on February 9, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    All the boys for whom MSD is criticized came to the party in this match. Jaddu was pleasure to watch in fielding, batting and bowling in second innings. Dhawan made century, even Ishant bowled really well. I am happy MS has persisted with this core. Only Rohit needs to be smacked a bit before sending him on the pitch. His lazy attitude is not very inspiring.

  • greatshinwari on February 9, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    congrates to newzealand team...well played through out the game...only yesterday 2 sessions were not fine for them...those who are claiming that zaheer and dhoni were given out on no-balls so why not they claim that dhoni was not given out in the 93rd over when he was plumb lbw...the same with rahane in first innings when he was plumb and given notout...so india didn't deserve any win...best of luck newzealand in the next match as welll....

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    Couple of changes to the Indian Side please - Umesh for Ishant, Rayudu for Rahane.

  • delucricket on February 9, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    It is pathetic to find India in this situation; I think New Zealand finds India as an easy target to reciprocate for what Bangladesh did to them in their last tour to Bangladesh.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    SUPERB performance by the Indian Cricket team in the later half of the Match. Hard luck with the umpiring decisions though. Can say A Young Side in making!

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 9, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    Well played NZ. But don't forget that you were helped along courtesy of some ordinary umpiring against the Indian team. But then again, as Indian fans, we need to take such defeats in the right manner because it's our board that refuses to use DRS. India would have won this on a canter if there was DRS in place. If there is one team in the world that could chase down 400 it is India. So well played to team India as well. There is one more test match, so go for a win in that one.

  • avmd on February 9, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    India lost an overseas test, not really a news anymore.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    India may have lost the test, but won respect, shami, jadeja, kohli, dhawan, dhoni well done guys, team india showed courage...

  • tom120 on February 9, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    After early jubilation after winning single day of test cricket, normal service has been resumed. Any expectation of winning a game abroad from this Indian rabble is unthinkable. India ought to allow DRS to be used, so that there are fewer umpiring errors.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    India lost this match because of several dropped catches in the first innings. No bowler can do his job if the fielders do not provide the support.

  • Diaz54 on February 9, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    Well done NZ! Good effort by India though they we're let off by McCullum, by batting rather than enforcing the follow on. India must complain about umpiring, blame your own board for the stance it has taken on DRS. Whilst not perfect DRS is better than relying on umpires!! Big 1 has to look at itself, beaten by a country that has more sheep than population...and they are not playing rugby!

  • Cjg_NZ on February 9, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    A lot of comments about the possible no-ball by wagner, the real umpiring mistake was againest Rahane's LBW. Only one side to blame for that, India. Use the DRS, thats what it is for. Great Test Match, Better side won on the day

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Great game. Plenty of ups and downs for both teams. Fantastic to have India here in New Zealand. The result could have gone either way - which is what we love about cricket.

  • SANATP22 on February 9, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Bad umpiring cost india the match , DRS is important but what about no ball Wanger ball , below level standard of umpiring by both Umpire , ICC should look after it

  • gr8-cricket on February 9, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Guys, please quit blaming the umpires for not giving out no balls.

    Just answer this simple question. Who did not want the DRS. Definitely India.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Please don't complain about umpiring . 1) rahane was also out in the 1st innings but was given not out . Remember LBW 2)BCCI is the only one who has not approved DRS . So suffer

  • RajatMishra on February 9, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Please keep the game fair. Don't punish a country just because it does not choose to support DRS. Umpiring has to be fair. Otherwise, why bother watching these matches anyway!

  • shammini on February 9, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    New Zealand and the umpires have won the test match !. Anyone moaning about the no-ball with Watling has to explain the plumb lbw that was not given for Shami in the first innings. And Zak was out on a backfoot no ball too which was missed by the umpire.

  • Temuzin on February 9, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    Congrats to NZ. The first inning batting was crucial for them. But this test was marred by real bad umpiring. Vijay, Rahane, Dhoni and Ishant should not have been given out. Even then it was so close. too bad jaddu got out at wrong moment. he and Dhoni were really counter attacking. But this is cricket. Well played India but for umpiring you could have won it.

  • baskar_guha on February 9, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    That was an exciting test match -- New Zealand's big first innings ultimately saw them through. Indians hopefully have learnt their lessons and can build on it in the next test. It does rain a lot in Wellington so hopefully there will be enough cricket for a result.

  • pitch_curator on February 9, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    For all the technology backers, Dhoni dismissal is an eye opener. If the TV umpire can not see what is shown on the screen (a clear no-ball) then there is no hope. Two top order batsmen (Rahane and Dhoni) given out at crucial junctures. Pathetic umpiring. But there is no use blaming the umpires as India lost the game in the first innings.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 9, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Congrats to New Zealand on their victory. Having said that, I'm unable to forget the wrong decisions dished out to Rahane and Dhoni - two crucial wickets in a humongous chase. In fact, Wagner looked like he bowled at least 40 no-balls cutting that side crease. Shameful umpiring. But well played New Zealand. Excellent team effort. We needed this wake-up call. Pathetic captaincy of Dhoni is out there in full display. Pujara's failures and umpires largesse didn't help our cause either.

  • truecric_fan on February 9, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Ind came so close, well played Ind. Destroying NZ batting for 105 was memorable. This Ind team will peak by WC next year. I am glad MSD has persisted with some of the guys. Only Rohit Sharma is a concern now.

  • JustIPL on February 9, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    Wonderful win the NZ and fine decision by Mc Cullum not to impose followon and add 100 cruicial runs. Batting last in this test would have been a night mare for NZ. Dhawan remained successful as he got the best time on the pitch i.e. evening of the third day and was luck to be dropped couple of times. Wonderful welcome to the boss with iron hand shake.

  • gr8-cricket on February 9, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Well :) It was India who did not want DRS. Congrats NZ, you truely deserved it.

  • Lion83 on February 9, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    India is the worst travelling team in the world in last 5 years. In their last 11 test matches they have lost 10 and only 1 draw.Real flat track bullies.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    These Umpires are seriously questionable. Both MSD and Zaheer given out on no balls.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    same story with MSDs dismissal. Its a no ball.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Wagner has stepped on the outside crease in the Zaheer Khan dismissal. It should be a no ball. Another poor decision.

  • Dhanno on February 9, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    Dhoni is a disgrace to cricket. If this was a tight chase in ODI or a T20 he would have kept strike whole over and clean hitted few balls to boundary. In tests he can neither bank upon himself nor does he care for end result. He is allowing rank tailenders to swing around bat and not even trying to take responsibility. reason ? Because he has no technique to survive and score of actual decent bowlers. Dhoni is good enough to take singles of first ball (which NZL will offer him) and then stay not out on other end. so media can say dhoni tried, he stayed not out on 35 while rest folded. On other hand Rahane was got the stick when he exposed tailenders in SA in a game which was foregone. Here is a match which can be in balance but due to indifference of an IPL captain it will wash out.

  • Blackholesun on February 9, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    DAMN ! Jaddu what have you done? Your irrational shot might cost us the match. How can you do this when you know our tail is really very weak, highly prone to the sudden collapses

  • Desiboi80 on February 9, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    @Kaushik Patel - are you out of your mind? India has played much better than NZ. It's been a spirited performance by them and they deserve to win.

  • on February 9, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Not sure why NZ aint trying a yorker against Zaheer. The gate is wide open!

  • on February 9, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    Dhawan had already proved he is a phenominally capable batsman who can pull a 100 out of now here. He has shown that he can't play the Short ball well.

  • on February 9, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    it's just the matter of time... jadeja innings was good but not enough..another loss for India...Dhoni should be sacked as captain

  • on February 9, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Umpires can hear and see faintest of faint touches but cannot see inside edges thats deviating 100 times more in comparison.

  • on February 9, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    human error is inevitable bcci should go for technology.

  • on February 9, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    OMG! Sir Jadeja on fire!! He s just carting the bowlers around!!

  • on February 9, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    I wish Kohli, Dhawan and Rohit hadnt thrown their wicket away. Atleast Jadeja was taking a risk as per the situation.

  • black_bird on February 9, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    Well paid india, well paid.

  • truecric_fan on February 9, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    Man we are so close, only 77 needed. Cmon Dhoni, in IPL you can get 77 with your eyes closed. NZ bowlers are not Dale Steyn or Mitch Johnson so lets finish this off.

  • on February 9, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    NZ played better cricket than India.nz deserve to win this match

  • SydneyIndi on February 9, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    I have seen Michael Clarke quickly showing his bat to umpire when he nicks on to the pads many times. i just saw rahane given out LBW by Steve Davies when there was clearly an edge. Rahane didn't not quickly show his bat and indeed stood there sheepishly. Why is that? Where are the coaching staff? Isn't it their job to look at these issues allround the cricketing world and quickly advise our players? it is quite annoying really. Now Rohit also got out; Dhoni is there but can we depend on him this time or would his batting continue to fail O/S? Is he there for only captaincy and that too continue to selct non-performing bowlers who appear to be his men? Let's wait & see.

  • gladiatorgannicus on February 9, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    Rohit Sharma gone.into the last recognized batting pair.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on February 9, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    DRS or no DRS, we expect umpires at this LEVEL to pick those big inside EDGES! no? otherwise why have umpires at all, just use tech 4 everything. My only concern is, umpires should not be partial since india doesnot use drs. With those huge cost, drs not designed to eliminate howlers.

  • HDG1978 on February 9, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    Being Indian and a cricket fan, I guess India has been probably robbed of a chance to win another Test in NZ (after 2009) thanks to the powers-that-be in the BCCI. DRS may be flawed and not fool-proof. But technology wherever available needs to be utilized. Rahane's dismissal may very well hand back this Test to NZ. NZ seamers can win this Test for their country with the new ball. However, the good news is that BCCI prez TNS will be the new ICC boss from July '14. Good riddance from an Indian perspective. As mentioned by me yesterday, eagerly awaiting changes in the admin at the top in the BCCI for Indian cricket as a performing unit (not the one with the eyeballs and financial clout) take its next leap forward under Kohli. As for NZ, they seem to have found some exciting new talent in Williamson, Anderson, Boult and Wagner with the experience of Taylor, McCullum and Southee to add. Looks like they will have a good World Cup at home next yeat. All the best NZ.

  • jahbert58 on February 9, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    I'm very trouble with the tv commentary!! India chose not to used DRS on like all the other cricketing nations so why make a big fuss every time the umps make a human decision an era. 2014 used the technology then provide the best umpires.

  • on February 9, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    wow... test cricket at its best..... umpiring has been poor this match... both sides got wrong decisions, both side got decisions in favour...it's high time BCCI accept drs.....fingers crossed

  • sergio11 on February 9, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    another poor decisn,thats not an inside edge,thats from the face of the bat..... game gone...Dhoni expose against new ball..tough ask now....

  • on February 9, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    Amazing how these same umpires can hear the faint nicks down the leg side but cannot hear the big thud of Rahane's bat. I was always very impressed by the leg side calls. Now I know they are just guessing their way through.

  • gladiatorgannicus on February 9, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    no DRS.Rahane very unlucky.he was looking very good.there was a BIG INSIDE EDGE.hope it does not turn match defining.and only when you look at Vijay's dismissal you will understand you cannot describe certain things but have to view it.if at all Vijay had edged it it was visible only through a microscope.not even the hotspot could show it.

  • on February 9, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    It should be more like Umpire roars back with a new ball.... They may cost a match to India....

  • gr8-cricket on February 9, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    Guess what............... India did not want the DRS. Rahanae gone with bat and pad and this will can change the direction of the game.

  • SANATP22 on February 9, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    Poor umpiring both from Umpires SJ Davis (Australia) and RA Kettleborough (England), its time make decision whether both umpire enough to include Elite panel.

  • on February 9, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    Our spinner bit of a chump .

  • on February 9, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    At this point when India needs 150 runs with 6 wickets in hånd I can't help but feel optimistic. Ajinkya Rahane is the key.

  • on February 9, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    I believe when your oponent is down keephim down,nz aloud india to get back in to the game ,now they have a chance to win this test match very poor batting from nz ,conditions were good for bowling should have enforce the follow on india would. Have been done and dusted

  • on February 9, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    Typical of kholi, unwanted exit

  • Johnny_129 on February 9, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    I don't want to brag but, I for one, have always maintained that Dhawan would come good. While he was getting dismissed cheaply, he always looked capable. He never looked all at sea - got starts but kept getting out to lack of execution accuracy. He keeps the board ticking. I slow starts from Rohit in ODI's also added pressure on Dhawan. Hope Dhawan goes on to a huge century and silences his critics!!

  • on February 9, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    Come on Southee/Boult, keep up the pressure and these chumps will wilt. They're just riding their luck. All team BCCI fans please note - it's the bowlers that have hauled you back into this game. If team BCCI go on to win this game (I hope they don't or the necessary changes won't be made) I hope team BCCI fans will have the good sense to acknowledge that it wasn't Dhavan or Kohli that turned the tide - they just rode the wave that the bowlers created. Well done Ishant & co. I continue to hope (probably in vain) that your performance will give Capt Cool the confidence to play 4+1 bowlers to try and win test matches.

  • on February 9, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    NZ deserve to lose this match - McCullum proved that he is not captain material. He could have enforced follow on and put India on backfoot.

  • on February 9, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    The time the moment The Captain of NZ has decided to not enforce follow on India's Victory was eminent. All the pressure built on India Team since their arrival in NZ has vanished. NZ will loose not only this test Match but 2nd test too. All written on walls and one who knows the ABC of cricket will endorse my conclusion. Hard luck for NZ that they have such person in command.

    Aman Ullah Khan. Brooklyn.NY/USA

  • bobbo2 on February 9, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    Shocking second innings will cost NZ the game. Fulton has to go. He has done nothing since the England series. Bring Ryder of Guptill in. Well played India but very disappointed in NZ here. Even 200 in the second innings nay have been enough.

  • US_Indian on February 9, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    I thought Pujara would be the ideal person in this situation to hang in there and the rest will play around him much like Dravid of yore but that was not to be and if these guys virat and dhawan play till the third session and in the process add another 100 odd runs and the players to follow stick a victory is possible as there is plenty of time and no hurry if they have enough patience and can test the Kiwi bowlers patience that can prove to be good enough and if they pull a win that will one of the best surprises we could expect from this team and if they fail it is nothing new and we all knew the result on the second day when Kiwi' s scored 500 and bundled out india for a meager 200, let us hope for the best and keep our fingers crossed and pray .

  • on February 9, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    congratulations to Shikar. He has proved he belongs there. Fantastic construction of an innings. Kohli of course is no stranger to such scenario. Well done India!

  • somach on February 9, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    we all know on the execution level, Taking it session by session will do a world of good for the indian batsmen and that partnerships are key... but the self belief, which India displayed on the face of extreme adversity is the key ingredient to carry them over the line... GOINDIA!!

  • on February 9, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    the wheels are coming off fast for new zealand i would say the new ball will be key but the bowlers look knackered come on india make history

  • on February 9, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    So how exactly are NZ ahead>

  • Nampally on February 9, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Kohli & Dhawan batted very sensibly with a controlled discipline to carry India to 180 for 2 at Lunch. They need to continue in the same vein for the session 2 to bring India closer to the target of 407. Just like McCullum & Wilkinson built up a big partnership in the first innings, Kohli & Dhawan need to build the innings in a similar manner. The ball is turning but slowly & with even bounce. The NZ pace bowlers are trying their short stuff & outside the off stump bowling. Indian batsmen need to ignore all the short pitch rubbish as well as the wide outside the off stump bowling. By ignoring such balls you frustrate the bowlers. The approach should be to "Tire them & punish the bowlers when they are tired". This worked well against SA- Steyn, Morkel & Philander- who got tired of bowling similar stuff unsuccessfully. It will work against NZ bowlers too if Indian batting continues to be disciplined & patient. Good Luck guys!

  • pommy80 on February 9, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    Looks like India are on their way to an away test win! Who would of thought? At least they can enjoy this series as no doubt they will get whitewashed in England (again) in a few months.

  • Temuzin on February 9, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    Devashish: Shikhar Dhawan curbed his natural instincts to cross the 50-run mark first time since his debut. REALLY. I mean he crossed fifty first time since his debut!

  • Smash42 on February 9, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    NZ is no longer ahead in this game. They have no realistic chance of winning.

  • Smash42 on February 9, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    NZ is no longer ahead in this game. They have no realistic chance of winning.

  • Temuzin on February 9, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    Devashish: Shikhar Dhawan curbed his natural instincts to cross the 50-run mark first time since his debut. REALLY. I mean he crossed fifty first time since his debut!

  • pommy80 on February 9, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    Looks like India are on their way to an away test win! Who would of thought? At least they can enjoy this series as no doubt they will get whitewashed in England (again) in a few months.

  • Nampally on February 9, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Kohli & Dhawan batted very sensibly with a controlled discipline to carry India to 180 for 2 at Lunch. They need to continue in the same vein for the session 2 to bring India closer to the target of 407. Just like McCullum & Wilkinson built up a big partnership in the first innings, Kohli & Dhawan need to build the innings in a similar manner. The ball is turning but slowly & with even bounce. The NZ pace bowlers are trying their short stuff & outside the off stump bowling. Indian batsmen need to ignore all the short pitch rubbish as well as the wide outside the off stump bowling. By ignoring such balls you frustrate the bowlers. The approach should be to "Tire them & punish the bowlers when they are tired". This worked well against SA- Steyn, Morkel & Philander- who got tired of bowling similar stuff unsuccessfully. It will work against NZ bowlers too if Indian batting continues to be disciplined & patient. Good Luck guys!

  • on February 9, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    So how exactly are NZ ahead>

  • on February 9, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    the wheels are coming off fast for new zealand i would say the new ball will be key but the bowlers look knackered come on india make history

  • somach on February 9, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    we all know on the execution level, Taking it session by session will do a world of good for the indian batsmen and that partnerships are key... but the self belief, which India displayed on the face of extreme adversity is the key ingredient to carry them over the line... GOINDIA!!

  • on February 9, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    congratulations to Shikar. He has proved he belongs there. Fantastic construction of an innings. Kohli of course is no stranger to such scenario. Well done India!

  • US_Indian on February 9, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    I thought Pujara would be the ideal person in this situation to hang in there and the rest will play around him much like Dravid of yore but that was not to be and if these guys virat and dhawan play till the third session and in the process add another 100 odd runs and the players to follow stick a victory is possible as there is plenty of time and no hurry if they have enough patience and can test the Kiwi bowlers patience that can prove to be good enough and if they pull a win that will one of the best surprises we could expect from this team and if they fail it is nothing new and we all knew the result on the second day when Kiwi' s scored 500 and bundled out india for a meager 200, let us hope for the best and keep our fingers crossed and pray .

  • bobbo2 on February 9, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    Shocking second innings will cost NZ the game. Fulton has to go. He has done nothing since the England series. Bring Ryder of Guptill in. Well played India but very disappointed in NZ here. Even 200 in the second innings nay have been enough.