New Zealand v India, 2nd Test, Wellington, 1st day February 14, 2014

India surge through impressive Ishant

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India 100 for 2 (Dhawan 71*) trail New Zealand 192 (Williamson 47, Ishant 6-51, Shami 4-70) by 92 runs
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The much-maligned Ishant Sharma continued to confound his critics by registering his personal best figures of 6 for 51 - also the best figures by an Indian quick not opening the bowling - to bowl New Zealand out for 192. Most crucial was his morning spell of 9-2-14-3 that helped India turn their morning around after the New Zealand openers had moved along to 23 without any incident. Despite New Zealand's lower-order counterattack from 86 for 6, the Indian batsmen played stodgily to make sure that didn't translate into any sort of momentum for the hosts.

India had to contend with the misfortune of having dismissed Kane Williamson twice off no-balls before eventually getting him for 47, but spare a thought for Brendon McCullum too. He has been at the receiving end of MS Dhoni's form at the toss, but this is where he needed Dhoni to call wrong more than ever. He had been delivered the green pitch he wanted, but he had to defend the series lead without the services of Ross Taylor who is away for his child's birth.

Dhoni, though, has now won 12 in a row in completed international matches. He has won every toss on this trip, but not a single match, and needed the best from his bowlers to correct that. They had the conditions to play with, which were even tougher than those on the first morning in Auckland. Almost every ball pitched up either swung or seamed or both. All you needed to do was bowl just short of half-volley length and watch the ball trouble the batsmen. Strangely, though, the bowler who flies in the face of such strategies began the slide for New Zealand.

Hamish Rutherford, batting old-style in his new old-fashioned mo', and Peter Fulton had negotiated seven overs without looking in trouble. In the eighth over came on Ishant, and he began to pitch short of a length. In his second, he bowled an accurate bouncer at Rutherford, who couldn't get out of the way in time. Fulton reprised his trademark dismissal: neither forward nor back, and plumb in front. Out walked debutant Tom Latham. Eight balls later he had nicked Ishant off, scoring exactly as many as Taylor had in the first innings in Auckland.

India's strategy until then had been clear: Zaheer was doing the holding job, bowling eight tight overs in his first spell for 18 runs to facilitate attack from the other end. However, now we were getting into the crucial partnership between Williamson and McCullum, the duo that had rescued New Zealand from a similar start in Auckland. The two batted with similar purpose here, and Mohammed Shami soon replaced Zaheer.

Despite a start here, McCullum soon found out his luck hadn't changed much. He had added 19 with Williamson when he got a half-volley from Shami, but his manner of walking after hitting it in the air to mid-off suggested the ball still had time to stop in the pitch a little. Williamson, though, is going through a prolonged spell of good fortune. In Auckland, he was dropped pretty early. Here he got a beauty from Zaheer last ball before lunch, edged it, was caught, but discovered after TV replays that Zaheer had nothing behind the crease when he landed. Williamson was 15 then. By the time he reached 23, Corey Anderson was fallen for 24 trying to counterattack and BJ Watling for a duck. When he reached 23, Williamson nearly made it 87 for 7 when he bat-padded Ishant to short leg.

Replays showed another act of over-stepping, Ishant had missed out on a sixth wicket, and New Zealand were on the cusp beginning a counterattack. The next 17.1 overs brought New Zealand 105 runs for four wickets. Williamson found freedom, debutant Jimmy Neesham struck 33 off 35, and Tim Southee struck three sixes in his run-a-ball 32. Southee carried that over into his bowling, dismissing M Vijay with a vicious incutter in his first over.

Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara, though, batted with discipline, and saw off the new ball. He covered Southee's swing towards him well, left Trent Boult's away swing alone, and swayed out of Neil Wagner's bouncers. Once settled, Dhawan unfurled some sensational shots to run away with the initiative. His cuts from just outside off, the body arching away to make room, were almost outrageous. One particular over of Wagner, when he whipped, cut and upper-cut successive deliveries for four, four and six, would have been a small measure of retribution for that screamer from Wagner that turned the Auckland chase around. In all, Dhawan accelerated from 29 off 54 to 71 off 87.

Just when it began to look easy for India, though, Boult came back and removed Pujara with a beautiful inswinger to suggest there was life in the pitch yet. However, the last act belonged, fittingly, to Ishant, who negotiated 16 awkward deliveries to protect Dhawan and Virat Kohli.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    THERE used to be a bowler from WB, whose major credential was he never bowled a noball, in his life; I think Ishant & Zaheer should do well to imitate him; as they say first learn to walk & then climb trees !

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | February 14, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Good points by many commenters on here. First, Ishant seems built to play away tests in England, Aus, SA and NZ only. And when he does he looks good. Second, with regards to Zaheer, he's getting old but I'm undecided whether he should really be dropped. Why? Because his on field leadership and in the dressing room is crucial for the team. When he's not in the team I've often seen Ishant and the younger bowlers look like lost sheep. However, when he's present, all the young bowlers look like they bowl with purpose. Third, I applaud Vijay's improved catching but I'm not happy with his batting. I think if his batting doesn't improve maybe we can use someone like Ashwin as an opener (after all, he used to open in first class cricket previously), while using him to bowl a bit of his off spin from time to time. Yes, I acknowledge his bowling in overseas conditions is less threatening but if he can give the seamers and Jadeja a rest, take 1-2 wickets while curtailing runs that will help.

  • POSTED BY afaleel on | February 15, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    well it was known that india would win as NZ have purposely let it happen. in short the mathc is fixed with BCCI now being the corrupt board running the show.it is not a suprise and cricket is no longer a gentlmens game thanks to the so called big three.

  • POSTED BY laptop123 on | February 15, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    Why does not icc ban test cricket & promote only t20? T20 is the real test of skill for cricket where you orwill get short balls, good balls, yorkers, etc & either you have to hit a six of them, or get out. So, isnt it the real test of skill for cricket. If I once become a member of icc, i will ban test cricket & promote only t20. Only lazy people play 5 days test cricket. One who knows value of time plays only t20 cricket.

  • POSTED BY truecric_fan on | February 15, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    India no has the lead, 5 wickets in hand and Kohli is well settled. New Zealand has a terrible batting line up so even a 175 run lead for India should be enough to seal an innings defeat for NZ.

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | February 14, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    India as usual after a bright start from Ishant Sharma& Dhawan ,is now again crumbling likeva cookie. In the last Test match( First Test) also Rohit Sharma's exit marked the ruin for India.Just lost for want of 40 runs. In this Test too the story does not appear to be different.an opportunity to take handsome lead lost now with the exit of awarding his wicket to a debutant Bowler as clean bowled .the Bowler lucky to get his Maiden wicket &India again Unlucky unless Kohli& Dhoni make up for this huge loss! At least a lead of 150 could ensure a close contest.Or else once again the efforts of Ishant& Dhawan would turn out to be a waste of time

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    Ishant Sharma scored the runs for Rohit Sharma..lol

  • POSTED BY KiwiPom on | February 14, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    Have to say that, not only are India making mincemeat out of the NZ cricket team, they are also making mincemeat out of the NZ TV cricket commentators.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | February 14, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    Well for once Dhoni should be praised for keeping his faith in Ishant Sharma inspite of all Indian fan's opposition to him. Finally Ishant has been paying back the trust of his captain has imposed in him.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | February 14, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    So the NZ batters could not handle weak Indian bowling on a grassy pitch. And we have been critical of Indian batsmen, who grew up playing on flat tracks, of not being able to play on bouncy pitches. How ironical?

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    THERE used to be a bowler from WB, whose major credential was he never bowled a noball, in his life; I think Ishant & Zaheer should do well to imitate him; as they say first learn to walk & then climb trees !

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | February 14, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Good points by many commenters on here. First, Ishant seems built to play away tests in England, Aus, SA and NZ only. And when he does he looks good. Second, with regards to Zaheer, he's getting old but I'm undecided whether he should really be dropped. Why? Because his on field leadership and in the dressing room is crucial for the team. When he's not in the team I've often seen Ishant and the younger bowlers look like lost sheep. However, when he's present, all the young bowlers look like they bowl with purpose. Third, I applaud Vijay's improved catching but I'm not happy with his batting. I think if his batting doesn't improve maybe we can use someone like Ashwin as an opener (after all, he used to open in first class cricket previously), while using him to bowl a bit of his off spin from time to time. Yes, I acknowledge his bowling in overseas conditions is less threatening but if he can give the seamers and Jadeja a rest, take 1-2 wickets while curtailing runs that will help.

  • POSTED BY afaleel on | February 15, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    well it was known that india would win as NZ have purposely let it happen. in short the mathc is fixed with BCCI now being the corrupt board running the show.it is not a suprise and cricket is no longer a gentlmens game thanks to the so called big three.

  • POSTED BY laptop123 on | February 15, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    Why does not icc ban test cricket & promote only t20? T20 is the real test of skill for cricket where you orwill get short balls, good balls, yorkers, etc & either you have to hit a six of them, or get out. So, isnt it the real test of skill for cricket. If I once become a member of icc, i will ban test cricket & promote only t20. Only lazy people play 5 days test cricket. One who knows value of time plays only t20 cricket.

  • POSTED BY truecric_fan on | February 15, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    India no has the lead, 5 wickets in hand and Kohli is well settled. New Zealand has a terrible batting line up so even a 175 run lead for India should be enough to seal an innings defeat for NZ.

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | February 14, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    India as usual after a bright start from Ishant Sharma& Dhawan ,is now again crumbling likeva cookie. In the last Test match( First Test) also Rohit Sharma's exit marked the ruin for India.Just lost for want of 40 runs. In this Test too the story does not appear to be different.an opportunity to take handsome lead lost now with the exit of awarding his wicket to a debutant Bowler as clean bowled .the Bowler lucky to get his Maiden wicket &India again Unlucky unless Kohli& Dhoni make up for this huge loss! At least a lead of 150 could ensure a close contest.Or else once again the efforts of Ishant& Dhawan would turn out to be a waste of time

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    Ishant Sharma scored the runs for Rohit Sharma..lol

  • POSTED BY KiwiPom on | February 14, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    Have to say that, not only are India making mincemeat out of the NZ cricket team, they are also making mincemeat out of the NZ TV cricket commentators.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | February 14, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    Well for once Dhoni should be praised for keeping his faith in Ishant Sharma inspite of all Indian fan's opposition to him. Finally Ishant has been paying back the trust of his captain has imposed in him.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | February 14, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    So the NZ batters could not handle weak Indian bowling on a grassy pitch. And we have been critical of Indian batsmen, who grew up playing on flat tracks, of not being able to play on bouncy pitches. How ironical?

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    chak de India for this time..if they score tomorrow decently they can defend and win the match...avidly waiting for the day 2..with fingers crossed..

  • POSTED BY thozar on | February 14, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    @Ameya Shinde, would this be the same England who got caned by Australia in tests, ODIs, and T20s? Did you follow the England tour to Australia? England's tactics and skills were so brutally exposed by the Aussies that they have nowhere to hide now. Now England are also without their best batsman KP. India will give them such a hiding that we will repeat our 1986 heroics again. England were the last team that India beat by a 2 test margin away from the sub-continent. And, they will be the team that India will again beat by at least a 2 test margin away. It is going to be a great tour for India and the first step towards the #1 ranking.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    How funny it seems, when India get bowled out for a low score on a green top, Indian batsmen are flat track bullies and can't handle pace on green tops. But when Eng/SA/Aus/NZ etc get out cheaply on a green top, it is a difficult pitch to bat. LOL

  • POSTED BY SaraJahanSeAchha on | February 14, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Most sides when India tour their country especially NZ, England, SA ask for green tops only to see their side fall apart. Indian seam and swing bowlers can do damage. Unfortunately they don't get these kind of wickets in the subcontinent. Toss did matter, but NZ looked comfortable for first 7-8 overs. It was only until Ishant came in. I was surprised to see NZ also cave in with the bounce when India is supposed to struggle with the bounce. This test is too early to call. India need to bat well and India need to bowl well especially in the second innings considering Zaheer not having a big impact.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    How funny it seems, when India get bowled out for a low score on a green top, Indian batsmen are flat track bullies and can't handle pace on green tops. But when Eng/SA/Aus/NZ etc get out cheaply on a green top, it is a difficult pitch to bat. LOL

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | February 14, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    the difference I would say is the sharp fielding. You can see the difference... between the last two innings India fielded and all previous 10 or so innings they did...

  • POSTED BY Jaganplus on | February 14, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    I think Indian team needs a new test captain. He was never good at tests, it's just when India plays in India or ODI,20-20 the perception becomes he a great leader. I think Dhoni has been wrong on so many things in tests:

    going with 3 fast bowlers, but still complains about bowling (really?) team selection - no fresh ideas (dude this is not a fraternity) too defensive, doesn't back up bowlers his own batting is suspect, stands too far when wicketkeeping usually lost 11 of 12 away (that has to be a record.. no!?)

    I don't even think he needs to be cap till WC. India will likely easily loose the WC, similar to what happened in 2007. The only difference was 2011 was in India.

    Having said that India actually does have talented players (50-60% of the current crew), it is not easy to play in fast pitches without any exposure but still compete. Just need to get rid of the sacred cows (includes rohit, ashvin). I think there is talent not getting chances...keep trying them.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    Ishant has bowled well. If Dhoni is a true leader, then he must recall Ishant as he had done his duty as "night watchman" and its needless for Ishant to face the hostile pace attack that may cause serious injury and put India's chances of bowling out kiwis in their next innings into jeopardy. Kohli and Dhawan must take a leaf out of the book of A B DeVilliers in the manner he faced the Aussie pacers and made the game look like two different games - one the "sublime" him against the aussies and the others who look like batting on a land-mine :).

  • POSTED BY johnhamilton on | February 14, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    @indiansrt fan

    You obviously didnt understand my post!

    I didnt say that Hesson didnt ask for green tops, because he obviously did before the test series

    Just that its silly to blame him for the CURRENT situation, where we have won the first test and a draw could win us the series.

    And to that poster that said Nz were lucky to win the first test... well you were lucky to win the toss and get the best bowling conditions yet again.

    If Nz had bowled first yesterday, the situation probably would have been reversed, that was a huge toss to win!

  • POSTED BY johnhamilton on | February 14, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    @indiansrt fan

    You obviously didnt understand my post!

    I didnt say that Hesson didnt ask for green tops, because he obviously did before the test series

    Just that its silly to blame him for the CURRENT situation, where we have won the first test and a draw could win us the series.

    And to that poster that said Nz were lucky to win the first test... well you were lucky to win the toss and get the best bowling conditions yet again.

    If Nz had bowled first yesterday, the situation probably would have been reversed, that was a huge toss to win!

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 14, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    As one of the commenter rightly said that NZ are not out of it by a long shot. True- Indian batting has to show up, NOW. So much criticism of the weak Indian bowling was answered by Shami & Ishant running thru' NZ batting. Dhoni is insensitive to possibility of injury to his over worked the bowlers. He has packed the team with 7 Batsmen + an all rounder =8 Batsmen. Just 2 Bowlers did a magnificient job of putting India in winning position. Can the 8 Batsmen & Dhoni, justify such a "Top heavy" batting XI by totalling at least 500? The match is wide open unless the Indian batting shows up strongly on remaining days of this Test. I do pray for Indian pacers coming out of the Test match injury free- no thanks to Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    New Zealand are not out of it by a long shot. It depends how the conditions shape up this morning. NZ had the worse of the conditions, courtesy of losing the toss yet again, but it is overcast here in Wellington. If the ball swings this morning NZ have every chance of coming out even by the end of the Indian innings. If the ball does not swing, then India will pound up a big lead no problem.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | February 14, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    Nz relying on williamson and taylor too much. Mccullum can bat in flat wicket only. Nz openers are club level not international level. NZ bowlers lacks teeth. its quiet clear nz is average team which got lucky because indians played badly. I think india have 90% chance to win this test. I do not see any chance for nz to win. They are struggling against ishant bounce.

  • POSTED BY fair_paly_1 on | February 14, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    "...he (Ishant) might be the next Johnson...". Very funny!!!

    The fact of the matter is, as I said before, in helpful conditions on a green juicy wicket, first up, any bowling unit could have done the same and may be even better.

    The psyche of the Indian camp is puzzling though. Whereas NZ brought in 5th pacer, India only has three on a wicket where both captains wanted to bowl first and Jadeja is more of a batting all-rounder than the bowling. Kiwi's attacking instincts are telling. It is clear India prefers to put pressure by piling up the runs instead. How it all pans out in the end only time will tell.

  • POSTED BY CurrentPresident on | February 14, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Until Zaheer can retire (having taught the current crop of bowlers), we don't have the luxury of including both Vijay and Rahane in the batting order. Pick one of them and pick a fast bowler from Umesh or Varun.

    One big reason of a wagging opposition tail is tiring bowlers. We need a fourth seamer in the team even if it comes at the cost of dropping one batsman (in any case the way things are going, the bowler may end up making as many runs as the batsman).

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Jokes aside Pujara is getting a bit of reality check.With low hands and tendency to follow ball with hands without feet is proving to be his downfall.In other words he is totally inept against swing bowling and is no Dravid. He is a sitting duck for England series and dangerous time for Virat who looks lets say a bit fascinated by world outside cricket for first time in his life.Would probably discipline Virat by handing over the captaincy because he would be the only guy scoring runs in England.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Ishant averages 33 at home 41 away , I think the case is made there itself.So one day of domination by no 2 side in the world over the team who cannot even beat Bangladesh and all that chats that how great Dhawan or Ishant or Shami is.Low Bar really.Frankly the pitch was lottery in morning session and once the sun came on it , it became hard ball came to bat and almost perfect to bat on.Too bad Kiwis were blown out by then.Guptill is the most automatic selection in the team, Bracewell too.Have seen though teams winning at Basin reserve after concedding 50-70 runs lead as it eases up nicely in 3rd and 4th days.And Indian fans,India was remarkably in similar situation at Trent Bridge in 2011.so Hold your Horses.Today is probably the worst day Indian cricket has ever had as Ishant has cemented his place for an eternity and 2moro might be even bleaker when he(Ishant Sharma) scores centuries and shames Sharma Kohli , Dhoni Sharma and Rahane.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | February 14, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Ishant is just born in wrong country where there is no expertise about fast bowling. Gavaskar, Ravi, Manjrekar , all batsmen, give our bowlers some useless and monotype advise "Pitch the ball up, pitch the ball up!" tell that to Mitchel Johnson and he will break your hand.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    But, Venkatesh Iyer, long, long ago, the creatures we have descended from, first climbed trees, and then learnt to walk.

  • POSTED BY Cricsnake on | February 14, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    As I expected India made a good & strong comeback and surprised many fans. Kudos to Ishant Sharma. If he continues this form and momentum, he might be the next Johnson and will be the spearhead of India for a long time after Zaheer. He has the talent and potential but lack of mental strength seems costs him for being inconsistent. Team India is more experienced than this young Kiwi side and they can use their experience wisely for the maiden victory in 2014. As SL used their experience against young BD team in T20I's, India can make use of it much better in a test. Good Luck both teams. Hope India to end the dearth of overseas victories & need to see a strong team in Asia Cup & T20 WC.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | February 14, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    errors apart... (50 runs expensive than it could ve been). Let batsmen make it up... Bowlers gave India an edge... lets see if they captialize on that

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    @Ottawarocks - Ashwin for Vijay would be a good deal - anywhere in the world for India since in the eyes of the media & reporters, Ashwin is a bowler. Ashwin therefore has to bat, bowl & field irrespective of his own moods. Vijay as a specialist batsman is not required to bowl OR field - when batting, well a man can make mistakes it's fine if he does not score either....You can't blame a man for not undoing his own mess (remember Vijay dropped Williamson in the 1st test, as a result of which Williamson beat our bowlers to death. Without using explicit words, Cricinfo's management have called our bowlers incompetent, bad & stupid. Interestingly, there was not a word against Vijay - whose sleeping in the slips lost the test for India. Does being a Specialist batsman merit such favors from the media....OR does the Chennai / Tamil Nadu link work for him ?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    jadega is very much an all rounder and India could have very well afforded to play an extra bowler by dropping rahane for this match

  • POSTED BY Born_Smart on | February 14, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    @Venkatesh Iyer It was Ranadeb Bose (RR Bose) of Bengal. Not only is his NO no-ball record is impressive his stats were impressive too. Not sure why he never got a chance to play for India.

  • POSTED BY rnarayan on | February 14, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Well done India! but I cannot understand no-balls..4 inches dont add so much to the batsman's reaction time, so why bowl on the edge of legality? How many tennis players foot fault? I'd shoot the coaches, personally, if their charges dont get the basics right! They get paid enough.. As for the bowlers, ..1% of your annual retainer for every run scored by a a batsman who u would have got out if you hadn't bowled a no ball

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    While Kane Williamson got two reprieves when he was caught of No-balls, it was suprising to see Umpire Kettleborough miss two no-balls from Wagner. Agree it did not cause any damage, but with the way Wagner bowls from Around the wicket, it always looks like he is very close to stepping over the sideline.

    It seems like the umpires would want to go to a 3rd umpire referral only when there is a wicket and not when they seem to feel the bowler might have overstepped or close to over-stepping. Since referalls take out a lot of time, probably umpires are worried about wasting time. But unless it is closely watched the no-balls (Which were not detected by Kettleborough) are very hard to detect in normal motion. Even during the first test Dhoni's dismissal went for a referrral for the same reason. It becomes imperative for the umpires to watch the side lines for no ball especially when a bowler is bowling from a un-natural angle.

  • POSTED BY Fan1969 on | February 14, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Ishant was a surprise, hope it is not a flash in the pan as against WI in 2011 in WI. After that he just went down.

    If Taylor was around and McCullum had not hit in the air the final score could be very different.Good going Ishant but I still view this as an exception rather than hoping for a great new Ishant

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Wow. Ishant did a Jhonson today. I feel like this is the come back for Ishant similar to Jhonson to be consistent aggressive and be the pace spearhead. He was doing his own version of Jhonson with bat also. And all the Nay-Sayers of Dhoni and selection have also been shut up. India have proved their ability with bat multiple times and last match and here they have proved it with ball also. We will win by innings and our rightful place at Test No:1 will soon be with us. Also the mostly same Australian line up we thrashed in tests is thrashing SA in their home.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 14, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    I hope all Team India haters bury themselves in quick sand. What a brilliant performance by our young guns ! To bowl out NZ cheaply and then to come out and bat well on a GREEN top goes to show how much our team is learning with every game. In a few months time, this team will beat any side in world cricket. Well played Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma. I apologize for my harsh comments on Ishant. I still think he's a quality bowler in 'overseas' tests. Indian pitches are not suitable for his height because they don't have enough bounce and Ishant is a 'hit the pitch' kind of bowler. It was heartening to see his six-for. I also thought the fielding by India was brilliant. Tomorrow is an important day. If India can continue to bat well and build a lead of 100-150, NZ will be out of the contest. Without Ross Taylor, NZ don't have that middle order cushion and scoreboard pressure always plays with your mind.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | February 14, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    NZ would have been all out 80 if Pandey had played in place of Zaheer. Zaheer will not get better bowler-friendly condition than this and he cant get wickets. I wonder where else he will.

  • POSTED BY myStraightTalk on | February 14, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    McCullum no need to worry as far Dhoni is the captain. India failed to get NZ for around 100 after winning the toss with just 2 good good fast bowler! India gave away extras and failed to restrict them. NZ have to thank Dhoni for giving away runs which will help them to win again. Dhoni introduced Jadeja after Tea and gave NZ runs there by also does not trust the fast bowler. This is an another excellent example of Dhoni's poor captainship.. McCullum just do your normal thing you will win this match also.

  • POSTED BY HopefulIndianCricFan2 on | February 14, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Did umpires check for no-ball when New Zealand bowlers took wickets? If not why did they check for Indian bowlers only?

  • POSTED BY gladiatorgannicus on | February 14, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    some are complaining about the pitch.but got to congratulate NZ for going with it inspite of leading the series,they could have tried 2 go for one where they could draw and win the series 1-0 but instead have gone for one which will have a result.NZ were the favourites comin into the match and they might still win here,but still India has also been given a chance 2 win and square t series.there is no fun in flat pitches in test cricket.conditions should be conducive for swing/seam in NZ,Aus,SA and Eng.India should go for spin and turn,but at the same time we should have atleast 2 matches out of 4 which support pace bowlers.

  • POSTED BY gladiatorgannicus on | February 14, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    the best thing 2day was India's catching.Pujara's 2 catches(1 of a no ball) was superb.Ishant bowled well too.but still those extra 30-50 could have been denied if only we hadnt bowled no balls.as someone put out facts here that there are pace bowlers who rarely bowled no balls our bowlers need 2 work on it.this is not t 1st time we have been denied wickets 4 no balls.at t same time commentators showed some no balls bowled by NZ that umpire did not call.and he said that he had seen nearly a dozen and Ishanth too bowled 2 to 3.i think 3rd umpire needs 2 watch every ball,cant expect t umpire on t ground 2 keep a watch on every ball.Dhawan's batting was great and also scored at a good strike rate.anyways india on top at the moment but still could all change in 1 session.NZ has got an excellent pace attack and will make best use of morning session.still a long way to go in the match.India are ahead slightly.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    india wins sessions...not the matches ...I hope india does it this time...dhoni needs some presdure off...before the hectic calender year .. series in England and Australia...india needs to comr up with the strategy ...to play on overseas conditions .. it has been a long time now ... india needs to come out good.

  • POSTED BY Coolcapricorn on | February 14, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    @bismoy Totally agree with you - Pujara needs to saved for Tests only. When India were getting drubbed in all the ODI's recently, we had all these irate comments from fellow Indian fans complaining why Pujara was not in the team & coming up with all sinister reasons for it. The fact is that he has a well known problem with his knees & has known to have had atleast two operations on them - hence this perhaps is why his running between wickets is very poor as we have seen again today. It probably impacts on his fielding too. Therefore I think he needs to saved for Test cricket only as he is a special talent but he if has too much exposure by playing ODI's too, his weaknesses may also be found out by rival bowlers to the detriment of team India,

  • POSTED BY IndianSRTfan on | February 14, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Posted by johnhamilton on (February 14, 2014, 10:52 GMT): "Its a bit silly to be blaming the NZ coach for a green top" Lol! It's a whole load of silly not to read the news where the NZ coach, way before the ODI series began, went on record to say that he 'demands green tops'. The match is far from over but factually incorrect assertions are arrogant. You would think some arrogant NZ fans would learn to read the new carefully but...

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    t is very very difficult to win a 5-day Test Match, with just TWO (repeat: 2) regular bowlers. It was absolutely foolish NOT to include Bhuvi in the playing XI. I would have used a 4-pronged pace attack: Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant ,& Pandey. And would have requested Zak to be available at the boundary line, to guide the youngsters, the way McDermott does.

    The selectors (and India's Cricket Administrators) have to decide about Zak. Do they want a "bowler" definitely on the wane. Or, a decent "Bowling Coach" in the making. He, as a coach, can't be worse than the current one. The young bowlers respect Zak. And, to boot, language won't be a problem. That is very important for some of our newly emerging young talents, coming from the mofussil towns!

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Good game by young Indian side. Seems like Ishant has made a habit to not perform unless his selection on the side is at risk. He is bowling a 'beauty' for these two tests at least. Dhoni is overkilling his bowlers with just three seamers in those conditions and Zaheer at 35, you cannot expect him to bowl long spells. India has enough batting powe. If seven batsmen (including Jadeja)cannot do, I don't know who else can. Dhoni needs to seriously consider 4 fast bowlers in those conditions. Ridiculous that he is worried of fines to him due to slow over rate for a reason not to select four fast bowlers. How is Brendon Mcculum, Michael Clarke, Graeme Smitih managing without being fined then?

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    A very good satisfying day-1 for India. But still I can't help feeling the 1st test was very much in our hands till MSD departed, there were times when MSD is there in ODi or T20 or IPL he would 9/10 times he would guide the team to victory but not anymore especially in ODI (remember the recent performances vs Aus & NZL) & he never did this in tests. But a skipper is as good as a team only.

  • POSTED BY bismoy on | February 14, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Pujara should not have selected in ODI, he has same issue as VVS Laxman.The running between the wicket is pathetic to say the list.India should preserve him for test only, before he is completely expose by bowler like Michal Johnson.

  • POSTED BY ShanNachimuthu on | February 14, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Thank God! Today I have to praise our Indian team for their splendid bowling and fielding effort. This is what could have happened in the previous match 1st innings. Anyway. Ishant came out with a bang. And good to see Shami becoming a consistent performer. India should be very cautious tomorrow morning. A quick fall of two or three wickets will change the course of the match. India should plan to get just a lead of 150. Anything more than that would be bonus. India should aware of the fact NZ have enough bowling powerl to rattle the Indian batting at any stage of the game. But they are not having equally equipped batting line up. So, the lead of 150 would be good enough to apply pressure in their 2nd innings. Considering the fact that the pitch will be intact at least for first 3 days, India should aware that still it is anybody's game. Anyway..Goodluck guys!!!

  • POSTED BY USIndianFan on | February 14, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Good days play and good work by Ishant. For this to translate into results, Dhawan needs to wait out the morning first 1/2 hour and Ishant should make an attempt to last 4-5 overs. After that the team needs to spend time consolidating. Put up a good score with a 100-200 run lead. Then this match could get interesting.

    However, an early rush of blood and carelessness on the Indian part could be disastrous..

  • POSTED BY LIBRAN on | February 14, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Whats is with the commentators debating the back foot no ball, don't think they know the rules very well.

    It only applies to back foot and they have been going on all day about umpires missing out on no balls as boult's/wagner's front foot is cutting the return crease all day long.

    At least the guys in the commentary box should know the rules.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    The issue is not how well NZ can bowl from here onwards rather the issue is how well they can bat. The way NZ is batting except the first innings of the first test it looks like they cannot gather more than 200 runs against india anymore. If that is the case NZ cannot save this test at any cost. NZ winning this test is impossible the way things are going now. The only question is whether NZ can escape with a draw, but to draw NZ has to bat extremely well in their 2nd innings which is difficult to imagine with the way Indian bowlers are bowling and the way NZ batsmen are batting. If NZ can gather around 450 to 550 runs in their 2nd innings then they may escape with a draw, otherwise it is a sure win for India.

  • POSTED BY SaraJahanSeAchha on | February 14, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    For India Zaheer bowled good spells in SA taking wickets. Here in NZ neither is he quick, effective nor taking wickets. Seems like his role is as a leader of bowling attack. Ishant needs to step into his shoes and perform more consistently, that way India can bring in Umesh Yadav who has a good consistent pace in 140s that can trouble batsman. India need all the three bowlers in full gear if they need to win.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    It was a very satisfying Day 1 for India. But too early to predict for next 4 days. Very happy that,our young batsmen are learning fast and applying themselves. But...

    I am a little worried about tomorrow morning session, for many reasons.

    1. Conditions in the Morning Session are very different from the Post-Tea session. We saw that this morning, after putting in NZ to bat!

    2.Though Dhawan is doing well (also learnt the 'art of leaving'), he is tentative in the first few overs he faces. He fully settles down, normally by about the 10th over. See the data from today's innings:

    0.3 Leading Edge

    0.6 Leading Edge

    2.1 Feet Stuck; Loose Drive

    2.6 Thick Edge

    3.1 Inside Edge.

    Then he settled down. Next edges are only at 12.1 and 27.2 (after 12 & 15 overs)

    Of course, in between he does a "Gouti Poke" at 9.1 but gets a boundary though.

    So, I will be holding my heart in hand form 3 am to at least 3:30 am. If Dhawan survives that, I can relax a bit & have my morning coffee.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 14, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    Bravo Ishant Sharma for a splendid sustained spell of pace bowling to record the best bowling figures 6 for 51. It took him 55 tests but his back to back bowling effort should really boost his confidence after lot of Fan Criticism! It makes the success so much sweeter. However Dhoni's insane XI selection in going for just 3 specialist bowlers for a 5 day Test match defies logic. On this pitch had Dhoni one more seamer, NZ could have been bundled for <100 from 45 for 4 & again from 86 for 6. You cannot expect 3 Bowlers to bowl economically & take wkts after they have passed 12 overs each. He must recognize that ZAK at 35 is one of those 3 & he is playing with fire in terms of any of the 3 pacers going lame! The Selectors have given him 3 additional pace bowlers dying to go out & perform. This is an insult to the Selectors & other "Benched" pace bowlers! Dhawan played a second responsible innings to put India in a good position but Pujara failed again! Hopefully India build 500 total.

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | February 14, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    When Ishant burst into the scene he would bowl a length where ball would hit the top of off/middle stump with pitching it just outside off stump with ball coming in being his stock delivery. He had occasional bowl which not move away but at least straighten which was enough to trouble any batsman at abt 140kmh pace. This is how he troubled Ricky and few others. But then he shortened his length and also changed his line to well outside off. The best example of this is the SA 2nd innings when he kept on bowling well outside off and too short to well set ABVD and Faf.Thats why he was not able to pick up wickets though he beat them few times. But today if anyone saw his pitch map he got most wickets by bowling full which is a good sign meaning he is learning. But still as an Indian I dont want to see him in shorter format until he gets his pace back.

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | February 14, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    With India's tour of England coming up I really hope they can get their fast bowling problems all sorted out because Australia want to be the "BIG 1" on their own. and they are really hard to beat at home.... and away by the looks of things.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    World must see that Pujara has got a serious weakness of getting lbw similar to Dravid against serious pace.

    Just target his stumps with mid on straight deepish with 2 short mid wickets employed & leg side dominant field like Aus found out Dravid in latter part of his career

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    There are lot of non Indian supporters who don't see this performance of India as so great.But several points to be noted India is new generation team with only dhoni and zaheer khan are only been the experienced players and this team performance in overseas condition is just 4 tests(SA 2 and NZ 2) .If any one watches closely, this young Indian team has abundant talent to disturb any team in the near feature.All the 4 tests played were fought till the end(we are in good position in 4th test now) and i hope the momentum will be carried on.Also i see no Asian team has evolved as India.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    Why is it so difficult for people to maintain a sense of balance?

    India had a good first day but, there's still work left to be done. We've seen India have good days in the recent past only to fritter away the advantage. So, the overzealous Indian fans should be happy but patient and hope that their side keeps up today's good work.

    The India detractors on the other hand, have an incredible ability to deny credit to the indian side. If they do well, then this is only the 8th ranked side. If they don't, then they are the worst side in the world.

    It's quite conveniently forgotten that this is a very young Indian side playing against the kiwis in their own backyard.

    Honestly speaking, I'm very happy with the progress shown by this side over these two series in south africa and in new zealand. They are gradually improving and hopefully this improvement will be reflected in victories in the futurea

  • POSTED BY Coolcapricorn on | February 14, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    I have been as critical of Ishant's performances of late as many other Indian fans but I am staggered to be still reading some cynical comments here of his performances in this & the previous Test. Please show some humility & give the guy some credit! We would be in a terrible position without his 15 wickets in the series to date! I am sure he was fully aware of all the criticism he was getting & for him to come up with such performances on the field in answering his critics, it takes a really strong-willed guy with sound temperament to do so. So well done to him & as an Indian fan, I hope he sustains these good performances for as long as possible. Meanwhile, I still strongly believe we are one seamer short & this is why NZ more than doubled their score after being 86/6. This could still be a problem in NZ's 2nd innings but let's hope we build a sizeable 1st innings lead. Anyway well done today!

  • POSTED BY Zainnajam on | February 14, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Laugh as much as you want, but the new Morning shall darken for you again, India, and very soon. Why am i saying that? well, isnt it obvious? NZ only have to put them under pressure and India will help themselves towards Doom, Take the 4-0 Odi series as something. Who cares? prediction still makes it a 70 / 30 Game.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | February 14, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Agree with @satchander - Dhoni's stubborness is going to cost us another test match. No Bhuveneshwar kumar on a green pitch like this defies selection logic ! Bhuvi should have played this test instead of Jadeja or Rahane. When is Dhoni going to realise this?

    Anyway, if we lose this test, it will be due to incompetence of our batsmen. The bowlers did their job, in spite of being 1 bowler short. Even the first test loss was due to incompetence of our batsmen in the first innings - if they had just made half of what NZ made in first innings, we would have won that match.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    i think ishant is back in form but only for test

  • POSTED BY SaraJahanSeAchha on | February 14, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    NZ is a great ODI side but not in tests. The victory in first test was pure luck due two sitter catches dropped from batsman that went on to add 300 runs. But for that it was India that would have won. What is going on now is adjustment to conditions in NZ by india. In seaming conditions india is the most dangerous bowling side. Zaheer is being ineffective, given 2 bowlers taken all wickets is impressive. This is going to be an interesting test if NZ come back.

  • POSTED BY Prakmca on | February 14, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Don't get carried away by Ishant's performance. It's just couple of matches. Also, definitely he is not for ODI and T20I. If he pays shorter format. based on this performance if he enters ODI/T20! team, then india is gone. Also he is the worst fielder......How many matches he let India down.....suddenly couple of good performance.

    I think it is just a LUCK, not talent. He is not at all having any talent to stay consistent.

  • POSTED BY RTPbetterthanSRT on | February 14, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Rubbish bowler who for the most part of his career has been living of some of the bowling against Ponting way back in 2008. Hopefully now he will be on the tour of Australia in 14/15 so he can get wrecked once again by Warner and Co. Predicting 4-0 to Australia.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    Funny what one good performance after 12 or so matches against a mediocre team can do to Indian fans. They are on the top after ishant and dhawan performance, which tbh a school kid could also do if he is given this many chances. To get it straight, Indian fans this does not take anything away from the fact that Indian team is a big minnow Still their are 4 days left and who knows what this subpar NZ side has in surprise for home track bullies.

  • POSTED BY DJRNZ on | February 14, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Some of the comments from Indian supporters makes me laugh.

    A much lower ranked team bet you 4 - 0 in the ODIs and we bet you in the last test.

    As we saw in that test it ain't over until it's over. Who is the say India won't be rolled for less than 192?

    I'm shaking my head - you would think those supporters would learn some humility after India's tour to date.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    ishant is impressive in one out of twenty games. now he'll be a permanent eleven. Indian cricket going down down down.

  • POSTED BY praneshr on | February 14, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Indian Bowlers have done their job. Now it is up to Batsmen to give atleast 100 runs lead for the bowlers to work on.

  • POSTED BY ASK3 on | February 14, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    @rickyvoncanterbury, sure Ricky boy! Our bowlers need lifts in averages as well, just open the batting with Marsh/Smith/Haddin to save your openers.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    @modern umpires - ishant has gone down rapidly from tour to Australia in 2011-12 - yes where he was called unlucky. His pace is down by 10-15 ks. His natural in swinger no longer exists and even his control has gone down. The only thing he improved was his length, which was slightly fuller. Now on pitches that suit seam movement he might get wickets because of his height. But as soon as a pitch is a little flatter he becomes a 'run flowing machine'. Earlier he didn't take wickets but he had a very low economy. Now he doesn't do that (NZ is a talented but inexperienced batting side so not reading too much into that) but also leaks runs. Where the hell is yadav. He took wickets against a much stronger batting lineup in Melbourne and Perth - which were flatter pitches than this. He took wickets in first test in India against England as well.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    If we want to find openers find new one not Gambhir. He is unable to perform well in the recent Irani Trophy. Any how i cudn't see anyone talking about Dhawan,s performance. It was super only his performance gave India advantage. Personally i believe Dhawan along with Rahane sud open the bat in all format. Rohith sharma is a wonderfull Batsman in limited over cricket but he doesn't have the Technic to open the innings.

  • POSTED BY Sagarneel on | February 14, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Great bowling Ishant Sharma, however, it will be interesting to note if he can be consistent. We have seen how frustratingly bad he can be for a long, long time; and to silence his critics, he should continue to perform. A lot of credit goes to Shami and Zaheer as well....India bowled as a team and hunted in packs. @the poster of the first featured post - the bowler you are referring to is Ranadeb Bose. Interestingly, it was highly anticipated that Ranadeb would make it to the India squad for the Australia tour in 2008, courtesy some wonderful domestic performance. However, Ishant was chosen ahead of him and the spell to Ponting is history now.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | February 14, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Ishant again proved that he is better than shami. This leaves all eyes on NZ to fight back keeping the beauty of test cricket and challenge india tomorrow morning. Dhawan second time in a a row luckily got a chance to play on an afternoon pitch while Pujara could not impose his authority as all indian fans might have wanted so far in the series.

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | February 14, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Just thought I would pop over and make a comment on the Indian bowling as a lot of Indians were kind enough to comment on the Aus v SA game, If that's the best you have got well bring on the Aussie summer some of our batsman need a lift in the averages.

  • POSTED BY johnhamilton on | February 14, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Its a bit silly to be blaming the Nz coach for a green top, considering it would have been in preparation a lot earlier than the result of the first test

    It was certainly a risk worth taking before the test series started, especially in the context that Nz would need all the help they could get.

    Nz are not out of this game by any stretch of the imagination.

    A few arrogant comments on here from indian fans again, you would think they would learn after the last test...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    I just astonished about Ishant performance. How it is possible consecutive two test matches he is doing well. He got a very poor level of skill even all of the Indian baller got the same skill.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Best Performance for Mohammed Shami Ahmed

  • POSTED BY SRAMESH5 on | February 14, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Congrats, Ishant, at long last you have come good with helpful wickets in NZ. But I am not able to understand your loss of speed from 145 -150 kph TO 128-133 Kph while fast bowlers from other countries Australia, South Africa, England, WI and Pakistan do not loose pace so fast. Pace is very critical to be a great fast bowler unless you are a Kapil Dev or a Zaheer Khan or the old Alec Bedser. See the impact of Mitchel Johnson or Dale Steyn or Morne Morkel on a test match. Remember Ishant of 2007, when he was bowling fast in excess of 140 kph when he was repeatedly beating Ricky Ponting in Australia. I do not understand as to how Indian fast bowlers start with speeds of 140 kph and gradually decline to a medium pacer in three to 4 years. Examples are Munaf Patel, Ashish Nehra,Irfan Pthan etc. Is it because our Indian wickets kill fast bowling or the neglect of pace to a secondary role by the Indian Captains like Dhoni, in favor of too much spin bowling to take 20 wickets in Test Match

  • POSTED BY IJJANI on | February 14, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    India's performance on the tour of NZ continues to be pathetic and most dismal.Even though they have bowled out NZ for 192, I still feel that India will lose the Test Match by the end of 3rd day.The Indian batsmen look shaky against a moderate NZ attack. I fear that the Indians may concede 1st innings lead even though they have bowled out NZ for a low total. On current form I rank India as one of the poorest teams in the world, may be slightly better than Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Didnt watch the match in the morning, but extremely happy for Ishant Sharma, for too long he has been an unlucky bowler, but finally he seems to be getting among the wickets and hopefully this spell will give him the much needed confidence and hope this is the beginning of something special and a re-incarnation of sorts for Ishant. Hopefully he is a rejuvenated bowler and for team India's sake will be a consistent bowler for times to come. Shikhar Dhawan is looking good for another big score, hope he and all the batsman do well and get a good lead to put the match beyond Newzealand's reach and capitalize on the hard-work done by the bowlers.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    I think just like australia did with shaun marsh...india also should include gambhir to bat at 5.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    finally India's attacking with bowlers...it I'll lift the teams confidence..

  • POSTED BY BKMulmi on | February 14, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Poor Guy Murli, always bad luck.

  • POSTED BY vijai_madras on | February 14, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    I think we need to be kind to Vijay..That ball would have got any god batsman...

  • POSTED BY fair_paly_1 on | February 14, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    On a very helpful green wicked it's a par bowling performance on a first day to get a team out for about 200. Both captains were dying to bowl first. In the other ongoing test SA put Australia first but couldn't get the desired result because the pitch was no way near as helpful. Hence, Smith was in two minds whether to bowl or bat first.

    What the Aussie bowlers have done on their turn is the laudable quality bowling performance and that too on second and third day when wicket gets somewhat easier for batting.

    Here the match is just into one day. So, anything can happen.

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | February 14, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    @ regofpicton, fantastic town by the way, you make alot of valid points but i wouldn't panic just yet, our bowlers got it horribly wrong today but were just finding their range by the close of play so i think india will still get a lead but thinking more along the lines of a 60 run lead, wouldn't think they would get much more than that so not too big of a problem, india have had pockets of good play this whole tour but havn't been able to win a thing yet, they played well today but from what we have seen so far on tour i doubt they can sustain it over the next four days, its their best chance for sure for all the reasons you pointed out but crickets a funny game and by stumps tomorrow i wouldn't rule us out in being in the box seat with the form india is in.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | February 14, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    All those criticzing Zak, while i agree to some extent he is past his best, his current role is to keep one end quite so Shami and Sharma can attack rather than contain. Zak also stands in that vital mid-on mid-off to keep talking to Shami and Ishant from time to time. SRT did that for a while now its Zak. Yes Bhuvi, Umesh are waiting for Zak to call it a day, but then you dont want a completely new attack (i know Ishant has 55 Tests, but he is stil not matured). Zak will go but i doubt before England. May be that is his last tour! Rishi Dhawan caould have been a very good understudy in ODIs and Test, he is the one to 2 medium pace allrounders in domestic circuit, so waiting for a Kapil Dev is even a Manoj Prabhakar is not going to happen. Was disappointed not to see Rishi in ROI game!

  • POSTED BY Sultan2007 on | February 14, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    I am sorry, while I am delighted at Ishant's success, I dont believe he has a long term future in Test Cricket. THis pitch and the environment was as good as it gets for seam bowling. And yes, to his credit he used length and line well. But his seam position is shocking. How will he ever succeed in normal conditions? Can anyone point out ANY seamer in the history of the game who has succeeded long term with such a scrambled seam bowling at 132 Kms? And please don't anyone tell me that Ishant's 160 wickets at 37 a piece is success. In the longer term interest of Indian cricket, he has to change or go. Of course, I'd feel much happier if he changed. Such a pity though. Had Srinath bowled just a tad fuller through his career, he would have been a great. The pity is that he must have known that. Similarly, who knows what Ishant could be if he gets the seam right. And again, surely he must know that! What is it that prevents these guys from fixing such obvious deficiencies?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    this is exactly like how England toured India in 2012 .... India asked for spin pitches.... England were in trouble for 1st innings and they showed good fight in 2nd inning of first match.... later the spin friendly pitches backfired India... only difference is this series is just 2 matches.... hope India wins this one.... and end the draught...

  • POSTED BY pardo on | February 14, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Not that it took genius to see it coming but I do have to point this out - was off by one run:

    Posted by pardo on (February 13, 2014, 14:00 GMT) Mmm - Taylor leaves a massive hole doesn't he? A top four that includes Fulton, Rutherford and Latham on a green wicket says 25/3 to me.

  • POSTED BY LongLiveTestCricket on | February 14, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Apart from Ishant, Dhawan's performance is commendable. It required a lot of skill and patience on this pitch to survive and he's done it scoring at a great strike rate. He hasn't looked to slog at all and just trying to play close to his body by cutting down those big drives. Must admit that I feared for his future after the 1st innings at Auckland but he has shown nerves of steel to score a 4th innings hundred(1st by Indian opener in 4th inng after 35 yers) in Auckland and a fine knock here on a greenish pitch. Think these knocks would redefine his career and he could be an asset with this learning on the next away tours to England & Aus.

  • POSTED BY dogandbone on | February 14, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Hesson wanted greentops ...he got what he wanted...

    You go one nil up, you would think you would be yelling for a flat track to close out for a draw and walk away with a series win.....I hope NZ bowl well tomorrow as I fear if they don't, the batting line up is not as strong as many have made it out to be , and we could be chasing plenty...ok against soft WI bowlers on flat tracks...different when you are up against some world class players ....gamblers don't win every time....last week lucky , this week ???

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    India should have rolled the kiwis for less than 150 if not 100....... these extra runs might cost India........

  • POSTED BY volmitius on | February 14, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Ishant u beauty...could watch the first 2 sessions...bt please please continue this same form..we need to win this test.. India gonna need u in 2nd innings too..the job is only half done and plenty if work still remains

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Once again Ishanth proves that he is only a test bowler. They should drop him from the ODI and T20 squad, so that he can continue to perform well in tests. This performance will do lot of wonders to his confidence.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Good..dhawan in good nick..vijay still getting chance unfare..poojar should open...or gambir or rahul gett in

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    This NZ side is an average side and this Indian side is very great. They are lucky to have won the first test, now they can at least draw the series, if they had lost the first test then India would have won it by 2 - 0.

    The way NZ bowlers are bowling shows they are not at all looking for wickets. They are bowling wide out side the off or on to the leg side or too much short pitch deliveries which can be comfortably left by the batsman. This approach by NZ bowlers with just 192 runs from their batsmen is suicidal. They should be bowling only good length and good line deliveries and making batsman play almost every ball but they are hardly doing it. India has a very strong chance to win this test, that too fairly easily. I hope NZ wins but I do not see how they can win if they play so pathetically.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | February 14, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    India's poor application during the ODI series made NZ team look much better than they actually are and the last 3 test innings have shown India as the better team by a mile.

  • POSTED BY RapidCommentsPlz on | February 14, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    @middlestump Good luck chap!!! your comments are pretty hilarious!!

  • POSTED BY India_Rules_Everybody on | February 14, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Don't dig graves for others, lest you fall in it yourself!! :)))) .. Loving it! :))

  • POSTED BY atuljain1969 on | February 14, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    After many Tests, Bowler have given , Batsmen an opportunity to prove themselves.

    I strongly believe that it is Indian batting which is weak, that is why we play with 8 batsmen and have only 3 full time bowlers. Otherwise how could one explain this kind of selection time and again.

    Therefor this talk of Indian bowling lacks depth is untrue. And if experts really believe that batting is strong then how come we keep on losing test matches abroad when batters could easily play out 5 days or they keep scoring in the vicinity of 150-250 range so many times. Certainly our experts and think tank have gone wrong somewhere.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    These days, both swing (in and out) and pace (minimum around 140 kmh) are must to be a successful fast bowler on decent patches; height of the bowler also makes a big difference. Of course, the capacity to bowl right length, occasional short balls and yorkers further help. Ishant Sharma is almost there; however, he should bowl a bit quicker to be more effective. Mohammed Shami is coming along well. The young Bhuvneshwar Kumar must work out the ways to increase his speed from around 130 kmh to 140 kmh to be more threatening. I rather have young Bhuvneshwar Kumar than aging Zaheer Khan, both bowling swing balls at similar speed. Zaheer can coach the young emerging Indian fast bowlers. India should get more expert coaching to develop the two fastest Indian bowlers we currently have , Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron; may be from McGrath or Brett Lee to make them more lethal.

  • POSTED BY .ramakuru on | February 14, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    not every one gets into like mitchel johnson to scare away opposition with mustache and without. it is known well to all - ishant is good only at away venues. on home ground there is no one who can give 80 runs in 4 overs in T20 match. with suh reputation dhoni is keeping him because most other available are not better than ishant.

  • POSTED BY IndianSRTfan on | February 14, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Posted by ModernUmpiresPlz on (February 14, 2014, 6:09 GMT): Well Said Sir! Ishant needs to be consistent though. He seems to be realizing his role in attack better now. Don't know if this is Zak's influence or Fletcher's or anyone else's. Ishant seems to be that guy who everybody loves to hate. He has performed badly at times, but maybe because he doesn't exactly have a flamboyant persona, his bad performances are criticized even more viciously. Maybe they need to lay him off from ODIs for a while. Test cricket with no field restrictions might just be the thing for him to get some rhythm and confidence back.

  • POSTED BY tickcric on | February 14, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    Now that we have criticised and made fun at Ishant's expense I think we should praise him for this fantastic display today. He was the "Man of the Day" with his personal best at 6-51.Quality stuff today. Congrats Ishant. By the way your hair's looking great now! Hope you continue to have a great time in the rest of the match and get what will be a well deserved Man of the Match award.

  • POSTED BY KishorKumar25 on | February 14, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    If Ishanth keeps bowling like this in away tours, then India can try Umesh/Aron as 3rd seamer in place of zaheer. Shami,Ishanth and Umesh could be the better pack away from home.

  • POSTED BY regofpicton on | February 14, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    When you're 1-up in a 2 match series against a good side like India, you should probably think twice before creating a seaming pitch & have to rely on winning the toss. This is especially so when the Indian seamers are coming into form, your best batsman is away, you have two debutants in your line-up, & your openers have been struggling for a while. And given that list of drawbacks, you could even start to think that winning the toss might not be enough!

    I guess its a question of trying to win the test versus trying to win the series. Before the series started most of us would have snatched at a 1-0 win. And there are usually more ways than one to win a game. On a reasonably placid pitch NZ could have played a waiting game, while India would have been obliged to press if they wanted to draw the series. We would then have a reasonable chance of winning the game & an excellent chance of winning the series. I fear it's a "no-brainer" because the brain was left in the other trousers.

  • POSTED BY JimmyEnglish on | February 14, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    I (also) used to call Dhawan a flat track bully..He has improved after he got the confidence. I take my words back....Hope he gets 3 in 10 !

  • POSTED BY prady5688 on | February 14, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    i was frustrated and broken by India's performance....but found a lot of relief after their performance against S.Africa and now Newzealand ....really gems u all r performing now....and hope so u all will make us proud again.we believe in u.just rock the basin reserve.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    I always believed Dhawan is a kinda player who likes pacy and bouncy wickets.. unfortunate he didn't perform in SA. hope he will demolish more attacks. And a romanticizing spell from Ishanth on V'day

  • POSTED BY Mindmaker on | February 14, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    I am really routing for the BCs but I have to admit India have done extremly well. Maybe all that is needed for the Indians to do is play more games out of the sub continent and they will be a true force to reckon with away from home. Is the BCCI watching and listening??

  • POSTED BY sergio11 on | February 14, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    Well played Ind..but Kiwis are not out of the game yet..just the first day..they have a 92 run lead..and with the quality of bowling they have got..they can very well restrict ind under 200..but Ishant bowled well...still believe he can be a better bowler if he can correct the seam position...which will naturally increase his pace..Dhawan Showing to everyone he is not a flat track bully..lets hope he can get another ton...a lead of 150-200 will be a more than enough for ind to win..even 100 run lead on that pitch will be very handy..and about Zak its a sorta pitch that help his kind of bowling but unfortutly he didnt took any wicket bt never mind,he dryd up one end and build pressure...advantage ind..bt still kiwis can even win this test..

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    I think the grass on the pitch backfired on NZ , Peter Fulton at age 35 should be on his way out , just 2 centuries in 21 test not good enough for an opening batsman. NZ captain needs to be more consistent. Good work from Ishant that just saved his place in the team , this now leaves Zaheer playing his last series and India will replace him with a young fast bowler. NZ is missing Taylor and what has happen to the rising star Pujara on this tour .

  • POSTED BY MiddleStump on | February 14, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    New Zealand is getting a reality check. Two consecutive scores of 105 and 192 only shows that even weak teams can go through a purple patch. It does not mean India is a strong side. Zaheer Khan resembles a race horse trying to run on a broken leg. And Pujara who came on this tour with an average of almost 70 will probably score fewer runs in all his innings combined. Ishant Sharma is now getting wickets. But like New Zealand it won't be long before he slides back to his real form.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Tbh India really need to push hard and start boosting their performances outside India in the next 364 days..We really gotta keep the World Cup trophy at our hands !

  • POSTED BY ramli on | February 14, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    @SJS1950 ... you are right ... getting out on a no-ball is not misfortune .. but, being correctly judged as no-ball based on TV screen replay is something of a misfortune for India in the light of inconsistent interpretation of MSD's dismissal in the first test!!!

  • POSTED BY goabnb94 on | February 14, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    In light of the fact India are probably going to win this test, I can't believe there isn't a third test. Every series should have at least three tests, so it won't come to a boring 1-1 scoreline where nobody wins.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    Zaheer is not in my team for England Tour. He's done and dusted. Even if he finds swing in England, he can't possibly trouble batsman with that sort of pace. Why not make Zaheer our bowling coach if the team feels he is needed around?

  • POSTED BY IndianSRTfan on | February 14, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Good performance by India. The bowling unit was disciplined and Ishant and Shami have bowled very well. It is easy to overlook Zak's contribution but he didn't allow NZ openers to get away with a brisk start. Though India would dearly love some early wickets from him, his influence on other two bowlers was there too see particularly with him walking up to Shami and Ishant whenever they bowled too many boundary balls.

    India has a hidden advantage here (at least in tests). Because it doesn't appear formidable at the first glance, the opposition batsmen are trying to dominate the Indian bowling attack almost from the word go. Indian bowlers have smartly used that to their advantage. In last 5-6 innings this has happened thrice. They are certainly far from consistent but there's a potential for a good pool of 5-6 fast medium bowlers all with different strengths. Batting is strong and with experience and a good varied bowling attack oversees wins will come. But we need to be patient here

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    This series, hopefully, will be the "redemption" series for both the Sharmas. The redemption for both started in the First Test. For Ishant, it continues. Hopefully, it will be so for Rohit too.

    Many of us had been maligning them, for quite some time. This is the best way to reply to our criticisms.

  • POSTED BY gundapps on | February 14, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Good day for India - well played. However can't help but think that the Indians could have got NZ all out well below 150 had they included either Pandey or Bhuvi in place of Zaheer (he was quite unimpressive in these most helpful conditions). India might yet rue this selection blunder before they see the last of this Test since the conditions are such it is quite possible they may not get much of a lead in the first innings and will have to bat last.

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | February 14, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Sorry.. from what I saw.. Ishant bowled the usual... 2-3 hit me to boundary balls every over..........initially the spice in the pitch got the wickets... and McCullum is a pitch wicket, another is a full toss... once the pitch is dry.. they did tear him apart... ... If anything.... he got a bit lucky...(has been the unlucky one for a good 5+ years)....

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | February 14, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    @ ModernUmpiresPlz: Agree with some of your comments buddy...but if you say a bowler will perform only when the pitch assist him means what about in non assisting pitches?? Look at Pakistan they have similar pitches like India do but they have a history of producing some lethal bowlers...take Mitchel Johnson as example he is intimidating batsmen even in subcontinent pitches....the selectors has to do something in this matter...they can't just blindly include Ishant in every test series...they should include him only in test matches that too in AUS, NZ, SA and ENG pitches...

  • POSTED BY SJS1950 on | February 14, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    To get Kane Williamson out twice on no-balls is NOT misfortune. It is lack of basic discipline amongst fast bowlers. Coaches have to stop them from bowling anything close to a no ball in practice if they are to avoid such spurious 'misfortune'.

    Kapil bowled only 23 no balls in his entire career in Test matches. That is less than one no ball in 500 deliveries ? 1 no ball every 6 Test matches. This has nothing to do with pace and all to do with discipline. Kapils 0.18% of no balls is among the best since these were credited to bowlers and therefore records available.

    Even Anil Kumble bowled 8 times more no balls than Kapul at 1.53 % and Warne five times more at 1.03% !!

    Brett Lee bowled 640 no balls while taking 310 test wickets while that terror of a toe crusher from Pakistan, Waqar Younis bowled only 45 while taking 373 !

    Richard Hadlee hardly EVER bowled a no ball.

    What misfortune are you talking about ?

  • POSTED BY hokeypokey on | February 14, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Nz asked for a green top through the media and they got one that looked bad but wasnt..very much like against the west indies..batsmen were hopeless..reverse the batting order,, some bad shot selections from the top order...we look weak without taylor..

  • POSTED BY ThemanID on | February 14, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Ishant bowling well.......... Next 5 series booked for him then. On another note Dhawan is now beginning to play very well in these conditions. Let's hope he keeps it up in Australia and England

  • POSTED BY Assertive-Indian on | February 14, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    @SamRoy, there is no mystery as to why Ishant will be a successful bowler on seaming pitches. He is a 'hit the deck hard', type of a bowler without any swing. So, when the pitch allows for lateral movement (seam movement), he will virtually become unplayable because he also gets extra bounce because of his height. However, on the dead Indian pitches, there is no lateral movement. So, without any kind of swing, he will be taken apart by batsmen on the subcontinent road-like pitches.

  • POSTED BY ultimatewarrior on | February 14, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Finally Goddess of Luck has shifted company of Pujara to Ishant Sharma, M Vijay to S Shawan & most importantly NZ to India....

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | February 14, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Over the years India hasve wasted Ishant sharma on dead docile wickets just to help likes of Rohit Sharma belive they are talented. And what wrong has shikhar dhawan done?? how many gets 3 hundreds in 9 innings, especially when first 4 away innings are against steyn and morkel.

  • POSTED BY LAKingsFan on | February 14, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    I think a lot of people are talking about India can't play swing and pace. But it's with every team, I mean every team. For example, Australia can't play Jimmy Anderson & co in England 2013 Summer. England can't play Johnson's pace in Australia. What matters is if you have bowlers who can swing and use pace on right lines and lengths. Just look at SA. They played Indian bowlers' erratic lines and lengths at ease but struggle against Johnson. It's with every team. When the ball swings and bounces, put it in the right area and you will come on top. No matter which team you're.

  • POSTED BY dakshinap on | February 14, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Indian Pacers are realy bowled well in today's match, particularly Ishant, he bowled pretty good, but he need to improve his Pace (around 140kmp) & Yorker deliveries.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Hi everyone. India not yet won. test cricket boss. lots do happen. still bright second innings of both ahead. kiwis will sure bounce back with bat..

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | February 14, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    Well finally I have been able to understand why Sharma bowls well when there is moisture in the pitch. See, he doesn't have good wrist position so unlike Shami, Bhuvi or Zaheer he doesn't swing the ball. But when there is moisture in the pitch even without swing there is seam movement. Ishant gets good seam movement if there is moisture in the pitch and generally seam movement is much more difficult to play compared to swing as it moves only after pitching. So Sharma becomes a very good bowler in conditions when there is moisture on the pitch. In any other condition he is a worthless bowler. So pick Ishant only when there is a lot of moisture in the pitch otherwise drop him. And Zaheer Khan, if you have any self-respect, please retire from test cricket. You are bowling at Sourav Ganguly's (ok slightly more may be at Sanjay Bangar's pace) pace!

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | February 14, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Good performance by Ishant. He steamed in. Bowled accurately. I have been critical of Ishant's selection. Today, he proved me wrong. But he needs to deliver consistent performance. For today, I salute his achievement. And note the great team work demonstrated by Shammi. Zaheer, well, that old man should not even be in the team.

  • POSTED BY vipinchirackal on | February 14, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    vijay doesnt have the international standard to play for india.vijay cant be considered as a dependable batsman.he is not at all consistant and dont have the ability to score according to the pace of the game.when he bats bowlers gain confidence and it affects the batsman at the other end.better bring some new opener as a dhawans partner.may be aparajith or karan nair would be a good option

  • POSTED BY jango_moh on | February 14, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    great work by ishant and dhawan.... ishant always had it in tests... i hope the selectors are selective with him in odis... his bowling is more suited to good fast bowling wickets.... go india!!!!

  • POSTED BY indiancricketfan12 on | February 14, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    By the way Indian Seam Bowlers perform on these fast bouncy tracks with movement, don't know why BCCI still prepare tabletop flat pitches back home in India. May be they think spectators only want to see big scores and chases, not balanced competition between bat and bowl . Have to say , the pitches back home make our bowlers handicap not their attitude or ability.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | February 14, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    DHAWAN has silenced some of his critics who not so long ago called him a FAT TRACK BULLY. These were mainly SL and Pak fans.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    @sammysam he has already been dropped for limited overs which is a good thing. I can't see any other Indian bowler doing better than Ishant in overseas tests. Yeah 50+ tests is a long rope but then if u go on current form basis he should not be dropped.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | February 14, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Agreed ME like many fans had been calling for Ishant to be dropped!!!! In the last two innings he has been rewarded bowling further up and this has paid dividends. He needs to keep this up. Shami and Khan can also be congratulated for bowling some beauties. India has a very small pool of pacers - the few sitting on the bench need to sharpen up their skills when not in the team. This is a HUGE problem for India. Pandey and Yadav are not playing both domestic or international cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    Complete domination from India on day one with the ball first and with the bat later. Newzealand batting frailty is exposed in tests. BM strategy failed..he thought his bowlers can steamroll India in green wicket. Good to see Indian bowlers capitalising on the conditions instead and steamrolling them. Ishant says die another day..difficult to keep you aside man.

    Dhoni has this habbit of doing things very careless at critical times , but he so bloody lucky that it actually works sometimes. Like the one he did in T20 finals. Giving final over to a practice bowler like Joginder..It actually worked.. Looks like Dhoni and Ishant are made for each other. Happy days India..

  • POSTED BY vipinchirackal on | February 14, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    please dont include zaheer as a player in the team.he can be included as a bowling mentor or bowling coach.no wickets even after 17 overs.both other pace bowlers got six and four wickets from the same quota of overs.they should have tried either bhuvi or umesh at that position.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    Mr.Editor I suppose this is a team game and not a captains game... He can win the toss which is luck or coincidence but it's responsibility of the team to play as a collective unit and bring a result...

  • POSTED BY satchander on | February 14, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    @ Vishwas Reddy: Zaheer was there throughout ishant's career and would have surely advised him to bowl fuller.....He never did that except during his first series against Aus.....It is just now after all these years he is bowling that length...I think more than anything else, the fact that he is no longer an automatic choice for ODI team must have made him work harder and ensure he does not lose his place in Test side as well. I think a kick like this should be given to all Indian cricketers who do not perform and only then you will find improvements as they wont then take their places for granted.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    No disrespect to Ishant, he bowled well today on a wicket with something for a bowlers. One of the commentators mentioned previous to NZ tour he just had three 5 wicket hauls over a period of nearly 50 test matches. That is too inconsistent. So on a basis of few test matches it is too early to say whether Ishant has improved or not. The key would be a better seam position and a pace of 140 K's, then I would say old Ishant is back

  • POSTED BY LAKingsFan on | February 14, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    India needs at least 150+ lead. Hope Kholi makes amends for the terrible shot he played in Auckland in the 2nd innings. If Kholi and Dhawan can't steer India past NZ's total it will be very difficult for a guy like Nohit Sharma to play a long innings.

  • POSTED BY hnlns on | February 14, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    This sort of day must open the eyes of people like Mike Hesson who talked of testing Indian batsmen on green surfaces. Now he has to explain how inept his own batsmen were on such a pitch. He also must know that Indian seamers do a fine job when they get some assistance from the pitch. As for Team India, they need to be patient tomorrow during the first hour and then try to build a healthy first innings total. A lead of 100-150 is what is needed if they want to put pressure on NZ. Our bowlers have delivered and now it is the batsmen who must stand up and put a good price on their wickets to enable Team India achieve the elusive test win.

  • POSTED BY Rick_T on | February 14, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Vivek MN - If you knew anything about cricket, you would know that you can't possibly compare how a team fares in the 1st 22 overs in the morning compared to 22 overs just before close of play. If you don't understand, just ask one of your friends. Surely, one of them can explain it to you.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Better late than never! But what about a haircut Ishant?

  • POSTED BY nischi on | February 14, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    yesterday i was watching star sports 3 where there was a team selection segment between Akash Chopra and Sanjay Manjerekar where Sanjay didn't want to select Ishant with no reason and Akash still wanted to put Ishant in the squad with reason of his last match performance, though both didn't select Zaheer, but I don't know why people including those experts yet to realize why Dhoni somehow wants to keep faith on players rather than and not much believe in changes may be that makes him successful leader and at the same time' most defeated captain away' but that doesn't mean he is failure the fact is the number of games you play, how close fight in those matches, winning chances, individual or team performance, margin of defeat, in those series you lost away.

  • POSTED BY sumit1982 on | February 14, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    First day Advantage India.

    If India can sniff 200 runs lead that would be bonus, seeing the condition India batsmen not used to play these sort of pitch.It gr8 test from they tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY switchmitch on | February 14, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Oh no...Now Ishant has a legitimate performance to quote about. This means he can justify his presence in the team for the next five years....

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Oh come on India.... You are playing "NewZealand". NZ who are 1 place above the minnows. The whipping boys for the last 100 years. The warm up team. They are embarrassing you with how close they are pushing you!

  • POSTED BY yuvi_gladiator on | February 14, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    yeppee the fellow indian fans are back from exile, now that we seem to be competing at least, common people lets fill this forum with comments while we are at it :P

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | February 14, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    It will be interesting to see what the wicket is like in the first hour tomorrow. NZ will be hoping to pick up about three wickets. I'm not saying it will happen, they will just hope it will.

  • POSTED BY Rick_T on | February 14, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Vivek MN - New Zealand does not have "tactics" against India regarding pitch preparation. The pitches in NZ do not change from tour to tour based on the opposition. The differences in the pitches are almost entirely down to temperature and rainfall.

    The same cannot be said of India. The pitches for the AUS v IND series last year looked worse than the cattle runs on my father's dairy farm that hundreds of cows walk down every day. Yes, I am exaggerating, but only just.

  • POSTED BY sundar1967 on | February 14, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Ishant Sharma has booked his place for next two seasons. no matter how well he bowls. Even though he has been dropped from the team for Asia cup & world T20, the selectors will pick him again for the rest of the season

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | February 14, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    I've said a few times that dropping Ishant would be the biggest waste for Indian test cricket, they do not have another bowler like him and they NEED a bowler like him abroad. Sometimes I get the feeling that people think he's old and past his prime or something but he's only barely going to start coming into his peak form now. He's so damn young. If he was Australian we'd be grooming him for test cricket still but he'd probably not have played a test match yet, or very few. India started with him when he was what? 18? Bowling 40+ overs a test match, often on pitches in India that are horribly unsuitable for his bowling at that age is pretty close to torturing a young man, but still he runs in for his country. Give the kid a break.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 14, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    If McCullum doesn't drop Dhawan in the last test he doesn't get his confidence and is probably out cheaply in this match too.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    who said ishant should be left out in test....now open ur eyes guys.

  • POSTED BY ramli on | February 14, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    So ... Ishant's detractors can now start arguing that if one gets more-than-deserved-chances, he is bound to succeed ... at least this performance seals his place in overseas test cricket if not in other formats ... well done Ishant Sharma

  • POSTED BY sammysam on | February 14, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    One match doesn't count for the other 50 or so that Ishant has been terrible in. He needs to be dropped fullstop.

  • POSTED BY Manu_reddy on | February 14, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Overall a great day for india but i really feel sorry for pujara, in all d innings(except d 1st one in d 1st test) he did all d hard work but then got cracking deliveries to get out (d ball which got him out today could have got any batsmen out)....hard luck but u ll get ur days.....wen it comes to zak it doesnt matter whether he is getting wickets r not but his presence on d field meant lot for d indian bowlers, shami was going for runs in d afternoon session n then zak had some words with him n in the very next over he got d wicket of kw, this is why india need him n he might not be getting wickets right now but am sure tat he ll get back his rhythm soon..love u zak....

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    @ lin comp, I'm watching the match from india and they show hot spot technique every claim NZ raised and they are displayed several times in tv..

  • POSTED BY yuvi_gladiator on | February 14, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    smart by Nz to prepare pitches with a lot of grass on them. it makes for entertaining cricket just like when the ball is spinning in india, more chances of getting a result, gives Nz the best chance to win even though it did not work today. but it will work more often than not against teams like india

  • POSTED BY yuvi_gladiator on | February 14, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    @Lin Comp it can be hard to be objective you know, but did you also notice that the umpires stopped checking for no balls when india was batting on fall of a wicket. i can see that because i am biased towards india. anyways back to reality they did show the hot spot for couple of dhawan's cut shots and when indian wickets fell bowlers were probably way behind the line so they didnot bother to check for no balls :D

  • POSTED BY YesKayR on | February 14, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    two star performers on the first day - ishant & dhawan - 2 guys most people wanted out (including me - I admit). Hope fully India can put up a score of 350 and be lethal with the ball in NZ 1st innings and 2nd innings of last test. chasing even 150 plus in the fourth innings could be very difficult. also watched Johnson ripping thru SA at Centurion. Those who scored centuries and fast easy runs against India (except AB De Villiers, who is a class act) were hopping and puffing and biting the dust against some serious pace bowling. Vinay Kumar taking 10 wkts where they themselves score 500 plus in the Irani trophy is baffling. Now people will say take Vinay Kumar in the INdian team. Also inclusion of Mohit Sharma in the T20 WC squad is no good. They are all good in domestic matches only.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Bad cricket by Dhawan giving strike to nightwatchman by taking single first ball India will be 3 down mostly

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | February 14, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    This was Ishant's day in test cricket. We've been waiting for him to show this kind of potential abroad and slowly over the SA and now NZ tours we're finally seeing rewards for persisting with him. Of course, good solid batting from Dhawan as well who curbed his wild stroke play and now has a good score to build on for tomorrow. Great job Ishant! Keep it going Dhawan!

  • POSTED BY thozar on | February 14, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Well bowled Ishant and Shami. Well batted Dhawan. Dhawan looks all set for back-to-back hundreds. Expecting a century from Kohli too and 50s from Rohit and Rahane and for Dhoni to provide the finishing touch. C'mon boys, let us win this one big and show NZ why we are ranked #2 in tests. With this win, the away jinx will be broken and hopefully India will be back to winning ways away from home.

    lol at the green pitch and NZ's all pace attack. Although, the all pace was ok as any spinner they played would be cannon fodder for Dhawan and co. As it was, Dhawan was smacking Wagner as if he were a spinner. Gonna be a big day tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    I think its time NZ realized they are not Australians and stop talking about the inability of Indians to play quality fast bowling. Before saying stuff like that they themselves should learn how to play quality fast - rather fast medium - bowling! And, unfortunately for them, they can't even play good spin bowling!

  • POSTED BY rajcl on | February 14, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    @ Hussain Kurawadwala , make sence when u r commenting its 2, 3 , 4 seamers not matter end of the day , how many overs bowled by seamers in that inngs out of 53 overs 51 overs bowled by seamers

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Vijay has been unlucky u can. say.For England tour I will not change top six.

  • POSTED BY AndrewsPraveen on | February 14, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    ishant is always a danger in pitches that has pace and bounce...... and he proves day in and out in those pitches that if he gets it right he is a tough bowler to face...... happy to watch him pick wickets like this.... now he need to concentrate on his consistency and also improve his yokers and wrist position.... if he does that he will be more lethal.... Zak needs to associated with the team somehow cause his exp will always come in handy... but its tym for him to leave way for young bowlers.... he looks fit but not able to find the wow factor in back to back games...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    happy valentine's day to both Indian and NZ teams :p

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    can we say ishant has hit the purple patch of his career....I know it's too early to say...but his length has improved... he is daring to pitch the ball up to the batsmen rather than sticking to his back of a length bowling length..... I can see a vast improvement in bowling lengths since zaheer's come back....zaheer is well experienced, and he surely is helping shami and ishant vastly.... well done zaheer.... and well done ishant for quickly learning.... shami is a very good prospect for India

  • POSTED BY AndrewsPraveen on | February 14, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    if zak doesnt pick any wickets in the 2nd innings... it would be better to replace him with aaron,umesh or pandey.... i dont think buvi will cause any damage unless he realizes that his strength is to swing the ball...... indian batsman have a point to prove if they get out to good deliveries let be it but dont get out playing foolish shots.......

    we saw raina perfoem well in WC2011 after he was dropped for several series they same has happened here with ishant he is always a great bowler wen he gets it right and today he proves it... now he needs to concentrate on dng this consistently in all formats....

  • POSTED BY Darkmanx12155 on | February 14, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    Ishanth is the best bowler india has in these coditions. Where are all those haters who said to drop him? and where are those haters who questioned dhoni's faith in him? Dhoni is the best captain india ever had. dhoni will take this team to the number 1 spot on the test rankings! give him some time.. Ishanth deserves the man of the match and man of the series award after this game. he will blow away this weakened NZ line up in no time in the second innings and I say india will go on to win this game with an inings margin as they have all the good batting days of this wicket with our best batters yet to come... Sorry Baz, your genius plan back fired! now your all seam attack can try to bat and save this game coz theres nothing they can do to save 192!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    India s over rate was so slow that now Dhoni will play 2 or maybe even 1 seamer :)

  • POSTED BY KBCA on | February 14, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    NZC looking pretty silly now after their dropping Jesse in their little tantrum

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    Zaheer has lost his ability to bowl awesome yorkers. Pity his time is up as in 2010-11 and in the world cup he was best fast bowler. Maybe they should make him fast bowling coach as under him ishant and co look completely different bowlers. But he really wasted 1 spot in this innings I felt

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 14, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    pity on players, they celebrating valentine day with bat and ball :D

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    It is strange to note that they suddenly stopped using the hot spot technique while NZ is bowling (India batting). There were 2 close calls and umpire turned down both the appeals and there were never any replays nor there was the use of hot spot technique. What is going on guys? When India was batting for each appeal there was replay and use of hot spot technique.

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | February 14, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Dean Indian fans: Ishant Sharma is not made for bowling in your homeland, but that does not make him a bad bowler. He is a seriously dangerous prospect in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Maybe if India stopped scheduling extra test series at home out of the blue and played the full set of test matches scheduled away he'd have some better figures.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    What a gem of a performance from Ishant Sharma. I like this young chap with all his insecurities and ups n downs. He's, perhaps, got himself to blame for his lack of performance. And I would not be able to argue with those who might say that he's got more chances than he deserved. But please nurture him, India. I think that will be fruitful in the long run. And, also, not to judge any bowler on the basis of performances in ODIs and T20s with the weighted rules.

  • POSTED BY JustAnObservation on | February 14, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Ishant is a perfect example of how complacency kills the fire in the belly. The selectors, the captain and the coach should note this and let this not happen with other players. A guaranteed place in the playing XI often leads to under-par performance. Dhoni recently made a statement that certain players are certain for the World Cup next year. Having been assured of a spot for the whole year, these players bother the least even if they fail for a series or two and not a match or two. Take the case of Ashwin. Irrespective of the performance, he continues to be picked. Let performance be the criteria for selection and let each Indian fight for a place in the playing XI and not just the captain's favourites.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    Ishant 6 Wickets :P

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    I think Ishant and shami bowled very well .Yes we leaked runs towards end but for us to finish the tail we need 4 seamers.Zaheer was too dissapointing .I think his time is up now.But they should use him as bowling consultant as Ishant and co look different bowlers when he is in the team.

  • POSTED BY t20-2007 on | February 14, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    Pls....Dont drop Ishant now :D !!

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | February 14, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Zak was responsible for India loosing the second test against SA and now against NZ he is just useless in the second test. He does not have the fitness to play back to back tests and cannot recover in time. Either let him go or play him in every other Test.

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | February 14, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    well the green pitch trick has backfired a bit but it doesn't look as bad as nz are making it look, be interesting to see how india go on it, neesham looked the best in my opinion, the rest looked really scratchy, one thing is for sure there will be a result now. even though i like these sort of pitches, i think nz believe they are better players in these conditions than they actually are, maybe they are just banking on india being worse but its my experience that when the ball moves around alot we generally flop and don't do well at all, in recent seasons we have gone away from the green seemers and results have been much better for us, so why i like a pitch that gives the bowlers a fair go i was surprised to see such a green top, giving indias pretty average seemers a gift really, credit to india though they got the ball in the right areas and now we are under the pump, gona be a good contest.

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | February 14, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    Well India made 2 mistakes with the double no-ball wicket taking deliveries. However, as a fielding side its better than the 4 catches dropped in the first innings of the first test match.

  • POSTED BY KeepitHonest on | February 14, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    McCullum said it's a no brainer to go in with an all-seam attack at the Basin Reserve. Where is Dhoni's brains. India just gave away 80 extra runs because of bad selection. Aaron and Pandey would have been better than Zaheer on this pitch. Valuable exposure opportunity lost.

  • POSTED BY Blackholesun on | February 14, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    Good bowling performance by India, I wonder why can't we play like this all the time? Axed Ishant suddenly seems to have woken up from slumber, perhaps he saw his future blank ! Irrespective of his performance today, my opinion about him has not changed even a bit. He still is a lousy bowler, bad fielder and can't bat.

    I am infact more worried about the fact the in India all you need to do is to perform in one or two matches and then you can cash on it for the next 10-15 matches ! Today even the regular catch droppers wants to dive forward !

    I hope this tiime our batsmen will back up the good work done by the bowlers

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | February 14, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    One thing is clear, Ishant Sharma has become a key player for India for the World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand - as these are the two places where his bowling appears to be effective.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    Its been good going for the Indian pacers at last. They found good line and length which they carried on from last match 2nd innings. Bowlers done their job, hope to see Indian batters go out all guns blazing and prove that we are not dead pitch bullies. Come on India.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 14, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    great bowling by indian bowlers & well supported by pitch

  • POSTED BY dinom on | February 14, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    well done brendon mccullum! you have given india the boost of confidence by not forcing the follow-on in the first test.

  • POSTED BY mxnmxn on | February 14, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    Guptill would have been right choice as opener. Actually he played like test batsman in one day matches. B Mc is as careless as he could be. But hey! its paying good for him in this series. Hmmm ... all bets are on how bad team BCCI plays. I am staying awake in a hope to see good spells from Wagner and Southee.

  • POSTED BY kapilesh23 on | February 14, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    Can't believe my ears, eyes or any other senses. Ishant Sharma 5 wickets, ohh my God. My head is spinning, seaming and swinging right now. Not sure if it should be called a comeback from Ishant. Providing India a green top a very very good idea indeed.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | February 14, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    As I said before the match started, a green pitch will be best for India as we all saw how the Kiwis were rolled over for 100 in the previous test once our bowlers kept the length up. The curator was just too brave and we need to appreciate his 'guts'.

  • POSTED BY SachinRao on | February 14, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    Our defensive tactics are robbing us of a chance to win. We needed to play a ectra seamer in place of a batsmen. When a spinner doesnt bowl till 40 overs is a apt reflection of the wicket and confidence in his ability. Tired bowlers squandering the early charge. Bhuvi wd have been a terror on this wicket. Needed pandey / yadav in place of zak. How teams like NZ, Aus and SA bowl within the stipulated time but dhni can't is a mystery that only he can explain.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 2:17 GMT

    where are the ishanth haters now.. Only mistake that he did is to born on wrong part of the world... Cheers lambu..

  • POSTED BY Yuosufahmed on | February 14, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    great. Weldone Ishant! Weldone India! You are the best....

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 14, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    Seems like Ishant Sharma is back in business with five for back to back

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    just 3 regular bowlers might cost India

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    We have the skill n talent... prove yourself Ishant... good catching n after a long time we see an Indian bowler exploiting the available conditions properly...kudos

  • POSTED BY dogandbone on | February 14, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    don't think Taylor scored zero in the first innings of the first test and watching the replay of McCullums dismissal, it was just a poor shot. didn't stop at all....going at it to hard.

  • POSTED BY iceaxe on | February 14, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    get rid of Fulton, Rutherford and Watling.

    Guptil should come back, along with Ronchi.

    Find someone else who can win tosses!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    All of India wanted his head on a stick now he will be their golden child. Fickle supporters.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    Its Very Nice to see Ishant getting his bowling form...

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    The same story happened today also.

    India won the toss elected to field by Captain cool and Ishanth bowled well got 50 for 4 wickets. Hope it continues not as it happened in previous test where NZ where 30/3 and piled upto 500 runs.

    All the best India...

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | February 14, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    I wonder how the Indian fans can blame Ishant. Maybe he should have got 5 before lunch not just 3. The Indian seamers are bowling really well. I hope it encourages them to have a little bit of faith it them and produce wickets that at least give them assistance for an hour or so. I think this Indian side is much improved than it was a few years ago. I don't think they have the right spinner in the side but i think they will beat us comfortably in England later this year.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    looking the behavior of pitch so far , will be low scoring game .most probably game will not last till to 4th day .

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    What is a trundler like Zaheer bowling two no balls in a over.

  • POSTED BY sunnysigara on | February 13, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    What?! India could have picked Yadav or Aron. They can absolutely lethal in this condition.

  • POSTED BY Pindia on | February 13, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    45/4 Impressive from India but they should now roll New Zealand over for less than 100. If they do they should win, if they don't they probably won't. Top 6 batsmen from India all need to step up...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 13, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    Indian bowlers had always got a good start in this series and they have ended good in only one innings.. Will the second innings performance of the first test repeat? or Brendon and Cane will repeat their first innings performance? Lets wait and see..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 13, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    i wonder how india is going to lose this time now.

  • POSTED BY WILAD on | February 13, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    Im thinking that this is the last straw for both NZ openers.

  • POSTED BY jahbert58 on | February 13, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    Martin Guptill is not going score a century every time at bat but he's sure gonna save 100 runs every time in the field.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 13, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    Ohhh no.... Ishant Sharma again. After 8 years of international cricket, he can't put the seam upright. I do not why Dhoni keeps on playing Ishant Sharma. Zaheer is over the hill. They should have played Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    I predict another big total from nz. If nz can see out the new ball the pitch will get easier to bat on.

  • POSTED BY satchander on | February 13, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    Dhoni's stubborness is going to cost us another test match. No Bhuveneshwar kumar on a green pitch like this defies selection logic ! Ishant had one good test match after 3 years. He is not due for another good test match until 2017 ! When is Dhoni going to realise this?

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    let india show their real power and dominate them right from the begining. always with u msd

  • POSTED BY CurrentPresident on | February 13, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    Dhoni is using up all his luck on the toss. Or maybe - the luck, upon realizing that it can't do help out given Dhoni's selection and approach, focuses on the toss instead.

  • POSTED BY CricketMatrix on | February 13, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    At least we're winning the toss... not so sure about the match though!

  • POSTED BY CricketMatrix on | February 13, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    At least we're winning the toss... not so sure about the match though!

  • POSTED BY CurrentPresident on | February 13, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    Dhoni is using up all his luck on the toss. Or maybe - the luck, upon realizing that it can't do help out given Dhoni's selection and approach, focuses on the toss instead.

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    let india show their real power and dominate them right from the begining. always with u msd

  • POSTED BY satchander on | February 13, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    Dhoni's stubborness is going to cost us another test match. No Bhuveneshwar kumar on a green pitch like this defies selection logic ! Ishant had one good test match after 3 years. He is not due for another good test match until 2017 ! When is Dhoni going to realise this?

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    I predict another big total from nz. If nz can see out the new ball the pitch will get easier to bat on.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 13, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    Ohhh no.... Ishant Sharma again. After 8 years of international cricket, he can't put the seam upright. I do not why Dhoni keeps on playing Ishant Sharma. Zaheer is over the hill. They should have played Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron

  • POSTED BY jahbert58 on | February 13, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    Martin Guptill is not going score a century every time at bat but he's sure gonna save 100 runs every time in the field.

  • POSTED BY WILAD on | February 13, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    Im thinking that this is the last straw for both NZ openers.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 13, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    i wonder how india is going to lose this time now.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 13, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    Indian bowlers had always got a good start in this series and they have ended good in only one innings.. Will the second innings performance of the first test repeat? or Brendon and Cane will repeat their first innings performance? Lets wait and see..