India tour of New Zealand, 1st Test: New Zealand v India at Auckland, Feb 6-9, 2014
New Zealand won by 40 runs
6,7,8,9 February 2014 (5-day match)
  New Zealand 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal PG Fulton lbw b Khan 13 54 35 2 0 37.14
12.1 and Zaheer gets a wicket first ball back. Has this pitched in line, though? Length ball, tight around middle and leg, just about holds its line. Just pitched on line, Fulton defends for the angle, but somehow misses it, and is somehow hit on the back leg 23/2
View dismissal HD Rutherford c Rahane b I Sharma 6 42 30 1 0 20.00
9.5 Ishant Sharma turns this morning around for India. Poor shot - not the first one - from Rutherford. Short of a length, outside off, Rutherford punches away from the body, can't control the bounce, and gets a thick edge. Rahane takes a diving catch at gully, flying to his right. Rotherford must be wondering he should be so lucky. He has seen Fulton survive two, and the first time he edges, there is a flying Indian to take the catch. And which bowler of all? The much-maligned Ishant Sharma. Rutherford shouldn't be blaming his luck, though. He has been going after wide deliveries as if they were going out of fashion 19/1
View dismissal KS Williamson c †Dhoni b Khan 113 250 172 10 2 65.69
68.1 that's an unfortunate way to get out. This is a poor delivery, going down leg, at gentle pace, asking to be glanced away for four, but he gets a thin edge through to Dhoni down the leg side 251/4
View dismissal LRPL Taylor c Jadeja b I Sharma 3 23 15 0 0 20.00
17.1 Ishant has two. This is No. 151. Taylor is gone. He drives at a length ball, plays just in front of his body, and fails to keep it down. Jadeja takes a safe catch at shortish wide mid-off. Taylor just didn't look settled in there. He was edgy throughout. This wasn't a half-volley by any stretch 30/3
View dismissal BB McCullum* c Jadeja b I Sharma 224 462 307 29 5 72.96
121.4 superb catch by Jadeja. India's fielding has been bleak, but this is outstanding. McCullum goes straight this time, nearly clears long-on where Jadeja leaps high to take the catch inches inside. He realises there is no way he can hold himself in, and almost backhands this back into the field of play. Goes over the rope, and comes back to claim it. One of the best catches of this variety ever 503/10
View dismissal CJ Anderson lbw b I Sharma 77 139 109 13 1 70.64
99.4 and Ishant produces a wicket from nowhere. Bowled from wide of the crease, angling in a long way, hits him in front of the stumps, but wouldn't it have gone down with the angle? Umpire Steve Davis says it wouldn't have, and raises his finger. Missing both on the line and the height. Brendon McCullum, the non-striker, is bemused. Shakes his head in surprise. Tell you what, Steve Davis doesn't quite look impressed with the NZ captain's reaction 384/5
View dismissal BJ Watling c Dhawan b I Sharma 1 18 6 0 0 16.66
103.1 and Ishant is one short of a five-for. Wide half-volley from Sharma, Watling drives away from the body, no attempt made to get close to the line of the ball. Edges it through to third slip 398/6
View dismissal TG Southee b Mohammed Shami 28 28 21 3 2 133.33
108.3 moves too far across. He has been doing this to get runs fine on the leg side, but this time he has gone too far, exposing his middle and leg stumps. Shami hits them, beating Southee's attempt to flick 434/7
View dismissal IS Sodhi c RG Sharma b I Sharma 23 39 27 3 0 85.18
117.2 Sharma gets a five-for. His first since July 2011. Sharma bowls on a length, just outside off, makes him poke at the ball. The edge goes low to second slip, and Rohit Sharma takes a good catch 490/8
View dismissal N Wagner c Kohli b Jadeja 0 6 7 0 0 0.00
118.5 Kohli for spin is a good slip fielder. He takes a low sharp one here. Wagner expects this to turn. It doesn't. Takes the edge. Kohli does the rest 495/9
TA Boult not out 1 12 4 0 0 25.00
Extras (b 1, lb 5, w 5, nb 3) 14
  Total (all out; 121.4 overs; 541 mins) 503 (4.13 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket Mohammed Shami 28 6 95 1 3.39 121 10 1 (2w)
108.3 to Southee, moves too far across. He has been doing this to get runs fine on the leg side, but this time he has gone too far, exposing his middle and leg stumps. Shami hits them, beating Southee's attempt to flick 434/7
View wickets Z Khan 30 2 132 2 4.40 128 20 2 (1w)
12.1 to Fulton, and Zaheer gets a wicket first ball back. Has this pitched in line, though? Length ball, tight around middle and leg, just about holds its line. Just pitched on line, Fulton defends for the angle, but somehow misses it, and is somehow hit on the back leg 23/2
68.1 to Williamson, that's an unfortunate way to get out. This is a poor delivery, going down leg, at gentle pace, asking to be glanced away for four, but he gets a thin edge through to Dhoni down the leg side 251/4
View wickets I Sharma 33.4 4 134 6 3.98 154 18 3 (3nb, 2w)
9.5 to Rutherford, Ishant Sharma turns this morning around for India. Poor shot - not the first one - from Rutherford. Short of a length, outside off, Rutherford punches away from the body, can't control the bounce, and gets a thick edge. Rahane takes a diving catch at gully, flying to his right. Rotherford must be wondering he should be so lucky. He has seen Fulton survive two, and the first time he edges, there is a flying Indian to take the catch. And which bowler of all? The much-maligned Ishant Sharma. Rutherford shouldn't be blaming his luck, though. He has been going after wide deliveries as if they were going out of fashion 19/1
17.1 to Taylor, Ishant has two. This is No. 151. Taylor is gone. He drives at a length ball, plays just in front of his body, and fails to keep it down. Jadeja takes a safe catch at shortish wide mid-off. Taylor just didn't look settled in there. He was edgy throughout. This wasn't a half-volley by any stretch 30/3
99.4 to Anderson, and Ishant produces a wicket from nowhere. Bowled from wide of the crease, angling in a long way, hits him in front of the stumps, but wouldn't it have gone down with the angle? Umpire Steve Davis says it wouldn't have, and raises his finger. Missing both on the line and the height. Brendon McCullum, the non-striker, is bemused. Shakes his head in surprise. Tell you what, Steve Davis doesn't quite look impressed with the NZ captain's reaction 384/5
103.1 to Watling, and Ishant is one short of a five-for. Wide half-volley from Sharma, Watling drives away from the body, no attempt made to get close to the line of the ball. Edges it through to third slip 398/6
117.2 to Sodhi, Sharma gets a five-for. His first since July 2011. Sharma bowls on a length, just outside off, makes him poke at the ball. The edge goes low to second slip, and Rohit Sharma takes a good catch 490/8
121.4 to McCullum, superb catch by Jadeja. India's fielding has been bleak, but this is outstanding. McCullum goes straight this time, nearly clears long-on where Jadeja leaps high to take the catch inches inside. He realises there is no way he can hold himself in, and almost backhands this back into the field of play. Goes over the rope, and comes back to claim it. One of the best catches of this variety ever 503/10
View wicket RA Jadeja 26 1 120 1 4.61 100 11 4
118.5 to Wagner, Kohli for spin is a good slip fielder. He takes a low sharp one here. Wagner expects this to turn. It doesn't. Takes the edge. Kohli does the rest 495/9
  V Kohli 1 0 4 0 4.00 5 1 0
  RG Sharma 3 0 12 0 4.00 9 1 0
  India 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal S Dhawan c Williamson b Boult 0 1 3 0 0 0.00
0.2 Welcome to New Zealand, Dhawan. Gone for a duck. Looking midwicket, edging to gully. This is superb bowling, but not sure it is great batting. Short of a length, into the pads, he is opened up, looks to play this to leg, with hard hands, and gets a leading edge thick enough to carry low to gully. Superb catch. This is a leading edge. You always see these late, and he has plucked this inches off the ground 1/1
View dismissal M Vijay b Wagner 26 79 60 5 0 43.33
19.4 Wagner, you beaut. Hits top of off from round the stumps against the angle. That is too good. Wasim Akram would be proud of this. He is flirting with the no-ball when he goes wide on the crease, and then angles this in. Vijay plays for an off stump line, but this one straightens ever so slightly to beat the outside edge and hit the top of off. Vijay is like he has seen a ghost. He has done almost everything right. Timbaaaaaaah. Even the bail is broken. Stunning delivery 51/4
View dismissal CA Pujara c †Watling b Boult 1 3 3 0 0 33.33
0.6 Pujara is gone. What a poor un-Pujara-like shot. Full and wide, he plays a nothing push at it. The ball does nothing. Goes straight through, takes the edge, and he is gone. He had to stretch to reach it. Nervous innings comes to an end 3/2
View dismissal V Kohli c Fulton b Southee 4 17 13 1 0 30.76
5.4 what a sharp bouncer. Kohli has been given. His reaction suggests it might have gone off the helmet. I am sure it went off the helmet, but did it touch the glove or the bat on the way? Forget that. We will check the replay later. For the moment, what a superb bouncer this is. Quick, not too short, but somehow rising towards the badge on the helmet. Indian bowlers, that's how you bowl a bouncer. Kohli is clearly surprised by how much this has risen, and fends at it uncomfortably. Second slip takes the catch. Many replays suggest that it kissed the thumb on the way. Possibly he didn't feel it. There is a slight Hot Spot mark on the thumb 10/3
View dismissal RG Sharma b Boult 72 167 120 8 1 60.00
45.1 another poor shot, another overnight batsman gone. India folding like a piece of paper. Not driving length at all, pitches around off, angling away. Rohit plays the push-drive, with hard hands, gets an inside edge. Onto the stumps 138/6
View dismissal AM Rahane c Taylor b Southee 26 105 70 2 0 37.14
44.1 poor shot from Rahane. No business playing at this ball. It is away from him, he is playing a defensive push. He won't get anything even if he middles it. Southee, though, gets swing to go with it, gets a healthy edge, and through to Taylor at first slip. You either go after these deliveries properly, or leave them alone. These in-between pushes are recipe for disaster. And disaster it is for Rahane 138/5
View dismissal MS Dhoni*† c †Watling b Wagner 10 44 28 1 0 35.71
53.4 Dhoni presents another opportunity, and this time Watling makes amends with a low catch. I know Dhoni has failed again, but this is a special delivery. Everything about its trajectory in the air suggests it will swing back in. It pitches on off, and Dhoni plays slightly inside its line, expecting it to swing. And then after pitching - don't know why, but sometimes balls do it - it goes the other way, enough to take the edge. And Watling takes the low one 167/7
RA Jadeja not out 30 74 44 2 1 68.18
View dismissal Z Khan c †Watling b Wagner 14 22 16 3 0 87.50
57.4 Zaheer's short swingathon is over. Bowled from round the wicket and wide of the crease, Wagner has dug this in short and also angled it in, Zaheer stands in the crease and has a heave at it, only to edge it through to the keeper 188/8
View dismissal I Sharma c Boult b Southee 0 3 3 0 0 0.00
58.2 Southee gets him. Length ball, Ishant wants to loft it, doesn't get all of it, and he has found mid-off. India won't be able to reach BMac's score by the looks of it. Sharma was backing away and swinging. That's completely unlike him 189/9
View dismissal Mohammed Shami c Fulton b Wagner 2 8 3 0 0 66.66
59.6 all over. Wagner too good for the tail. Wide of the crease, angling in, Shami is squared up to this shortish delivery, and edges it through to the slip cordon 202/10
Extras (b 5, lb 6, w 3, nb 3) 17
  Total (all out; 60 overs; 266 mins) 202 (3.36 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets TA Boult 17 2 38 3 2.23 84 4 0 (2nb)
0.2 to Dhawan, Welcome to New Zealand, Dhawan. Gone for a duck. Looking midwicket, edging to gully. This is superb bowling, but not sure it is great batting. Short of a length, into the pads, he is opened up, looks to play this to leg, with hard hands, and gets a leading edge thick enough to carry low to gully. Superb catch. This is a leading edge. You always see these late, and he has plucked this inches off the ground 1/1
0.6 to Pujara, Pujara is gone. What a poor un-Pujara-like shot. Full and wide, he plays a nothing push at it. The ball does nothing. Goes straight through, takes the edge, and he is gone. He had to stretch to reach it. Nervous innings comes to an end 3/2
45.1 to RG Sharma, another poor shot, another overnight batsman gone. India folding like a piece of paper. Not driving length at all, pitches around off, angling away. Rohit plays the push-drive, with hard hands, gets an inside edge. Onto the stumps 138/6
View wickets TG Southee 19 6 38 3 2.00 92 4 0
5.4 to Kohli, what a sharp bouncer. Kohli has been given. His reaction suggests it might have gone off the helmet. I am sure it went off the helmet, but did it touch the glove or the bat on the way? Forget that. We will check the replay later. For the moment, what a superb bouncer this is. Quick, not too short, but somehow rising towards the badge on the helmet. Indian bowlers, that's how you bowl a bouncer. Kohli is clearly surprised by how much this has risen, and fends at it uncomfortably. Second slip takes the catch. Many replays suggest that it kissed the thumb on the way. Possibly he didn't feel it. There is a slight Hot Spot mark on the thumb 10/3
44.1 to Rahane, poor shot from Rahane. No business playing at this ball. It is away from him, he is playing a defensive push. He won't get anything even if he middles it. Southee, though, gets swing to go with it, gets a healthy edge, and through to Taylor at first slip. You either go after these deliveries properly, or leave them alone. These in-between pushes are recipe for disaster. And disaster it is for Rahane 138/5
58.2 to I Sharma, Southee gets him. Length ball, Ishant wants to loft it, doesn't get all of it, and he has found mid-off. India won't be able to reach BMac's score by the looks of it. Sharma was backing away and swinging. That's completely unlike him 189/9
  CJ Anderson 5 0 29 0 5.80 20 5 0 (3w)
View wickets N Wagner 11 0 64 4 5.81 41 8 1 (1nb)
19.4 to Vijay, Wagner, you beaut. Hits top of off from round the stumps against the angle. That is too good. Wasim Akram would be proud of this. He is flirting with the no-ball when he goes wide on the crease, and then angles this in. Vijay plays for an off stump line, but this one straightens ever so slightly to beat the outside edge and hit the top of off. Vijay is like he has seen a ghost. He has done almost everything right. Timbaaaaaaah. Even the bail is broken. Stunning delivery 51/4
53.4 to Dhoni, Dhoni presents another opportunity, and this time Watling makes amends with a low catch. I know Dhoni has failed again, but this is a special delivery. Everything about its trajectory in the air suggests it will swing back in. It pitches on off, and Dhoni plays slightly inside its line, expecting it to swing. And then after pitching - don't know why, but sometimes balls do it - it goes the other way, enough to take the edge. And Watling takes the low one 167/7
57.4 to Khan, Zaheer's short swingathon is over. Bowled from round the wicket and wide of the crease, Wagner has dug this in short and also angled it in, Zaheer stands in the crease and has a heave at it, only to edge it through to the keeper 188/8
59.6 to Mohammed Shami, all over. Wagner too good for the tail. Wide of the crease, angling in, Shami is squared up to this shortish delivery, and edges it through to the slip cordon 202/10
  IS Sodhi 6 0 13 0 2.16 26 1 0
  KS Williamson 2 0 9 0 4.50 8 0 1
  New Zealand 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal PG Fulton c Jadeja b Mohammed Shami 5 14 11 0 0 45.45
2.6 and now New Zealand are two down. Soft dismissal. Half-volley just outside off, and he is not leaning forward into the drive. Fails to keep it down, and short cover takes the catch 9/2
View dismissal HD Rutherford lbw b Mohammed Shami 0 4 1 0 0 0.00
0.6 that's a superb delivery. It is plumb if he hasn't got an inside edge. A poor Test for Rutherford continues. Pitched up, middle and leg, swings back in, beats the inside edge, hits back pad. That is taking middle and leg flush. Awfully close to the inside edge, but there is no bat involved here 1/1
View dismissal KS Williamson c Jadeja b Khan 3 22 17 0 0 17.64
5.5 and they are three down for 11. Jadeja takes another screamer. Short of a length, hip high, Williamson turns the bat face, but the ball doesn't come on, and he fails to keep it down. Jadeja at short midwicket dives forward and to his right to take yet another blinder. Williamson's first sub-50 score this whole tour. Stop the damn press somebody 11/3
View dismissal LRPL Taylor c Rahane b Khan 41 116 73 4 1 56.16
29.4 Rahane takes a screamer. Zaheer gets a wicket off an ordinary delivery. This is Rahane's wicket. Zaheer goes wide on the crease, bowls short and wide, it is there for the cut, and Taylor goes in a full-blooded manner. Except that he fails to keep it down. Now, the cordon has come closer in the first innings, but that ball keeping low doesn't mean it is coming slower. So at full pace - off the outside half of the bat, not the edge - it goes to gully where Rahane gets hands around and delivers the wicket. Lower than waist high, and he has to go down with it too. Exceptional 63/6
View dismissal BB McCullum* run out (Jadeja/I Sharma) 1 9 2 0 0 50.00
7.4 Khan to Taylor, short of a length, on the pads, and McCullum has run himself out. Jadeja is everywhere, man. And Ishant has done superbly to break the wicket. This is pushed past short midwicket, McCullum thinks there is two in it, but he hasn't budgeted for Jadeja who gives it a gazelle-like chase, slides and throws in one motion, and what a powerful arm he has. Credit to Ishant, too, because he has come in from mid-on to take the throw, has collected this on the half-volley, and has broken the wicket 15/4
View dismissal CJ Anderson b Mohammed Shami 2 20 19 0 0 10.52
12.2 beauty from Shami. He has come back really well from a poor first innings. This is quick, skiddy and seams in. Short of a length, just outside off, and then it goes after pitching, through the gap, and hits the top of the stumps 25/5
View dismissal BJ Watling b I Sharma 11 97 72 0 0 15.27
35.2 Ishant gets a wicket. He has deserved one today. Short of a length, accurate, stays low a touch, takes the toe end onto the stumps. Watling falls after a valiant vigil 78/8
View dismissal TG Southee c Pujara b Jadeja 14 19 15 0 1 93.33
34.4 Jadeja does it with the ball too. Fullish and straight, Southee turns his wrists, fails to keep it down. Short midwicket takes the catch. The Test continues to amaze - it's 379 for 7. India will love a target of under 400 78/7
View dismissal IS Sodhi c RG Sharma b I Sharma 0 7 5 0 0 0.00
35.5 Ishant has two in one over. For once, an edge carries. Superb bowling. Length ball, upright seam, pitches off, holds its line, takes the edge, and Rohit takes it nicely at second slip 80/9
View dismissal N Wagner c Jadeja b I Sharma 14 28 21 2 0 66.66
41.2 down the wicket to pull now. Incredible. Top-edges the pull to be caught by that man Jadeja again. At deep square leg. India have turned the momentum in this match. What can they make of this, though? 105/10
TA Boult not out 7 23 13 1 0 53.84
Extras (b 4, w 1, nb 2) 7
  Total (all out; 41.2 overs; 183 mins) 105 (2.54 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets Mohammed Shami 12 1 37 3 3.08 54 4 0 (1w)
0.6 to Rutherford, that's a superb delivery. It is plumb if he hasn't got an inside edge. A poor Test for Rutherford continues. Pitched up, middle and leg, swings back in, beats the inside edge, hits back pad. That is taking middle and leg flush. Awfully close to the inside edge, but there is no bat involved here 1/1
2.6 to Fulton, and now New Zealand are two down. Soft dismissal. Half-volley just outside off, and he is not leaning forward into the drive. Fails to keep it down, and short cover takes the catch 9/2
12.2 to Anderson, beauty from Shami. He has come back really well from a poor first innings. This is quick, skiddy and seams in. Short of a length, just outside off, and then it goes after pitching, through the gap, and hits the top of the stumps 25/5
View wickets Z Khan 9 2 23 2 2.55 41 0 1
5.5 to Williamson, and they are three down for 11. Jadeja takes another screamer. Short of a length, hip high, Williamson turns the bat face, but the ball doesn't come on, and he fails to keep it down. Jadeja at short midwicket dives forward and to his right to take yet another blinder. Williamson's first sub-50 score this whole tour. Stop the damn press somebody 11/3
29.4 to Taylor, Rahane takes a screamer. Zaheer gets a wicket off an ordinary delivery. This is Rahane's wicket. Zaheer goes wide on the crease, bowls short and wide, it is there for the cut, and Taylor goes in a full-blooded manner. Except that he fails to keep it down. Now, the cordon has come closer in the first innings, but that ball keeping low doesn't mean it is coming slower. So at full pace - off the outside half of the bat, not the edge - it goes to gully where Rahane gets hands around and delivers the wicket. Lower than waist high, and he has to go down with it too. Exceptional 63/6
View wickets I Sharma 10.2 3 28 3 2.70 49 2 1 (1nb)
35.2 to Watling, Ishant gets a wicket. He has deserved one today. Short of a length, accurate, stays low a touch, takes the toe end onto the stumps. Watling falls after a valiant vigil 78/8
35.5 to Sodhi, Ishant has two in one over. For once, an edge carries. Superb bowling. Length ball, upright seam, pitches off, holds its line, takes the edge, and Rohit takes it nicely at second slip 80/9
41.2 to Wagner, down the wicket to pull now. Incredible. Top-edges the pull to be caught by that man Jadeja again. At deep square leg. India have turned the momentum in this match. What can they make of this, though? 105/10
View wicket RA Jadeja 9 4 10 1 1.11 47 1 0
34.4 to Southee, Jadeja does it with the ball too. Fullish and straight, Southee turns his wrists, fails to keep it down. Short midwicket takes the catch. The Test continues to amaze - it's 379 for 7. India will love a target of under 400 78/7
  RG Sharma 1 0 3 0 3.00 3 0 0
  India 2nd innings (target: 407 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal M Vijay c †Watling b Southee 13 37 21 2 0 61.90
7.6 lucky lucky breakthrough for New Zealand. This is a length ball well down leg, Vijay has been scoring fours off them easily, but he is caught down leg this time. He doesn't seem happy with the decision because he thinks it has gone off the pad. However, HotSpot shows a faint smidgeon on the bat too 36/1
View dismissal S Dhawan c †Watling b Wagner 115 322 211 12 1 54.50
74.1 Wagner has produced this wicket out of nowhere. What a luxury to have such a player on call. What heart, what spirit shown by Wagner. Goes round the wicket, produces a bouncer that is too difficult for Dhawan to leave. It is going across him, but has started just outside leg, and there is no room. As he weaves away, he fails to get his glove out of the harm's way. It kisses the glove. Wagner, what a beaut 248/4
View dismissal CA Pujara c †Watling b Southee 23 91 71 1 1 32.39
29.2 that;s a beaut from Southee. Cometh the hour, cometh the leader of the attack. Goes wide on the crease, bowls short of a length, Pujara has to play the angle, the ball swings away late, bounces too, takes the outside edge, and New Zealand have drawn first blood this Sunday 96/2
View dismissal V Kohli c †Watling b Wagner 67 131 102 12 0 65.68
60.3 is this the break New Zealand needed? Completely against the run of play. So not a wicket-taking delivery. This is short, this is wide, Kohli makes the mistake of pulling instead of cutting. The ball doesn't quite come on, and by the time it does, it is on its way down. Kohli gets a bottom edge. That is dying in between keeper and slip, but Watling takes it by his toes 222/3
View dismissal RG Sharma c †Watling b Southee 19 90 59 2 0 32.20
81.1 and here is Rohit Sharma gone first ball. New Zealand have sensed the moment and seized it by the scruff of its neck. Lovely outswinger first ball after tea. No looseners from Southee. Just short of driving length, Sharma caught neither back nor forward, and the swing does the rest. This is unravelling fast 270/6
View dismissal AM Rahane lbw b Boult 18 22 21 3 0 85.71
80.1 and what a beauty first ball. What a perfect ball. That has swung, but oh - hold on - Rahane has hit this one. What a time for a rough call. The game could change because if this. A lovely inswinger first of all. Starts around off, comes back in, hits him plumb in front, except that Rahane has hit it. Oh what drama at Eden Park. A Kallis-esque moment from Wanderers 268/5
View dismissal MS Dhoni*† b Wagner 39 81 41 6 0 95.12
95.6 Wagner, the Maestro. How does he do it? No No. Hold on. They are checking on the no-ball. Awfully close on the no-ball. I'll give you facts. Will let you decide on the basis of that. He goes wide on the crease, bowls the slower bouncer, does Dhoni in, the bottom edge brings the off bail off. They ask Dhoni to wait. They want to check if his back foot has cut the side crease. One angle says he hasn't. The other says he has. When landing, the side of the foot appears to have touched the crease. But there is no proof it landed there. It could be the bulge on the foot in the air. It could have been in the air. You can make your own minds up. Third umpire says it didn't touch. That's all that matters for now 362/9
View dismissal RA Jadeja c Sodhi b Boult 26 28 21 4 1 123.80
86.5 the party is over. Jadeja did what he knew. But he has fallen short. Goes down the wicket, looks to clear mid-on, but he has come too close to the pitch of the ball, and ends up hitting it off the inside half of the bat. Sodhi takes the pressure catch at mid-on. Advantage New Zealand now 324/7
View dismissal Z Khan c Taylor b Wagner 17 38 32 1 1 53.12
93.5 And Neil "Black Caviar" Wagner strikes again. This guy is willing New Zealand to win this Test. Short of a length, angling in, Zaheer - as with No. 9 batsmen - backs away a touch, presents the outside edge, and Taylor takes a good one at first slip 349/8
View dismissal I Sharma c †Watling b Boult 4 15 4 1 0 100.00
96.3 all over. New Zealand win. They celebrate. ishant backs away to swing at a short ball. Has nicked it through. Or is it the sleeve? It is both. Ishant is not happy with the call, but it is out 366/10
Mohammed Shami not out 0 5 0 0 0 -
Extras (b 12, lb 7, w 2, nb 4) 25
  Total (all out; 96.3 overs; 430 mins) 366 (3.79 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets TA Boult 23.3 2 86 3 3.65 101 8 1 (2nb)
80.1 to Rahane, and what a beauty first ball. What a perfect ball. That has swung, but oh - hold on - Rahane has hit this one. What a time for a rough call. The game could change because if this. A lovely inswinger first of all. Starts around off, comes back in, hits him plumb in front, except that Rahane has hit it. Oh what drama at Eden Park. A Kallis-esque moment from Wanderers 268/5
86.5 to Jadeja, the party is over. Jadeja did what he knew. But he has fallen short. Goes down the wicket, looks to clear mid-on, but he has come too close to the pitch of the ball, and ends up hitting it off the inside half of the bat. Sodhi takes the pressure catch at mid-on. Advantage New Zealand now 324/7
96.3 to I Sharma, all over. New Zealand win. They celebrate. ishant backs away to swing at a short ball. Has nicked it through. Or is it the sleeve? It is both. Ishant is not happy with the call, but it is out 366/10
View wickets TG Southee 23 4 81 3 3.52 101 10 1
7.6 to Vijay, lucky lucky breakthrough for New Zealand. This is a length ball well down leg, Vijay has been scoring fours off them easily, but he is caught down leg this time. He doesn't seem happy with the decision because he thinks it has gone off the pad. However, HotSpot shows a faint smidgeon on the bat too 36/1
29.2 to Pujara, that;s a beaut from Southee. Cometh the hour, cometh the leader of the attack. Goes wide on the crease, bowls short of a length, Pujara has to play the angle, the ball swings away late, bounces too, takes the outside edge, and New Zealand have drawn first blood this Sunday 96/2
81.1 to RG Sharma, and here is Rohit Sharma gone first ball. New Zealand have sensed the moment and seized it by the scruff of its neck. Lovely outswinger first ball after tea. No looseners from Southee. Just short of driving length, Sharma caught neither back nor forward, and the swing does the rest. This is unravelling fast 270/6
View wickets N Wagner 25 8 62 4 2.48 126 11 0 (2nb)
60.3 to Kohli, is this the break New Zealand needed? Completely against the run of play. So not a wicket-taking delivery. This is short, this is wide, Kohli makes the mistake of pulling instead of cutting. The ball doesn't quite come on, and by the time it does, it is on its way down. Kohli gets a bottom edge. That is dying in between keeper and slip, but Watling takes it by his toes 222/3
74.1 to Dhawan, Wagner has produced this wicket out of nowhere. What a luxury to have such a player on call. What heart, what spirit shown by Wagner. Goes round the wicket, produces a bouncer that is too difficult for Dhawan to leave. It is going across him, but has started just outside leg, and there is no room. As he weaves away, he fails to get his glove out of the harm's way. It kisses the glove. Wagner, what a beaut 248/4
93.5 to Khan, And Neil "Black Caviar" Wagner strikes again. This guy is willing New Zealand to win this Test. Short of a length, angling in, Zaheer - as with No. 9 batsmen - backs away a touch, presents the outside edge, and Taylor takes a good one at first slip 349/8
95.6 to Dhoni, Wagner, the Maestro. How does he do it? No No. Hold on. They are checking on the no-ball. Awfully close on the no-ball. I'll give you facts. Will let you decide on the basis of that. He goes wide on the crease, bowls the slower bouncer, does Dhoni in, the bottom edge brings the off bail off. They ask Dhoni to wait. They want to check if his back foot has cut the side crease. One angle says he hasn't. The other says he has. When landing, the side of the foot appears to have touched the crease. But there is no proof it landed there. It could be the bulge on the foot in the air. It could have been in the air. You can make your own minds up. Third umpire says it didn't touch. That's all that matters for now 362/9
  CJ Anderson 7 1 22 0 3.14 34 4 0 (2w)
  IS Sodhi 15 2 78 0 5.20 54 9 2
  KS Williamson 3 0 18 0 6.00 8 2 0

Match details


Toss - India, who chose to field
Series - New Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0
Player of the match - BB McCullum (New Zealand)
Umpires - SJ Davis (Australia) and RA Kettleborough (England)
TV umpire - GAV Baxter
Match referee - RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - BF Bowden
Close of play
  • Thu, 6 Feb - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 329/4 (BB McCullum 143*, CJ Anderson 42*, 90 ov)
  • Fri, 7 Feb - day 2 - India 1st innings 130/4 (RG Sharma 67*, AM Rahane 23*, 39 ov)
  • Sat, 8 Feb - day 3 - India 2nd innings 87/1 (S Dhawan 49*, CA Pujara 22*, 25 ov)
  • Sun, 9 Feb - day 4 - India 2nd innings 366 (96.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • New Zealand 1st innings
    • Bad Weather: New Zealand - 0/0
    • Drinks: New Zealand - 23/2 in 12.1 overs (KS Williamson 3)
    • New Zealand: 50 runs in 22.4 overs (136 balls), Extras 5
    • Lunch: New Zealand - 54/3 in 24.0 overs (KS Williamson 22, BB McCullum 5)
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 73 balls (KS Williamson 27, BB McCullum 20, Ex 5)
    • New Zealand: 100 runs in 32.1 overs (193 balls), Extras 6
    • Drinks: New Zealand - 118/3 in 37.0 overs (KS Williamson 46, BB McCullum 44)
    • KS Williamson: 50 off 79 balls (3 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • 4th Wicket: 100 runs in 144 balls (KS Williamson 50, BB McCullum 46, Ex 5)
    • BB McCullum: 50 off 86 balls (9 x 4)
    • New Zealand: 150 runs in 43.2 overs (260 balls), Extras 6
    • Tea: New Zealand - 179/3 in 51.0 overs (KS Williamson 79, BB McCullum 71)
    • 4th Wicket: 150 runs in 204 balls (KS Williamson 72, BB McCullum 72, Ex 6)
    • New Zealand: 200 runs in 55.2 overs (332 balls), Extras 7
    • BB McCullum: 100 off 135 balls (16 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • 4th Wicket: 200 runs in 252 balls (KS Williamson 92, BB McCullum 102, Ex 6)
    • KS Williamson: 100 off 138 balls (10 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • Drinks: New Zealand - 241/3 in 64.0 overs (KS Williamson 104, BB McCullum 108)
    • New Zealand: 250 runs in 66.6 overs (402 balls), Extras 7
    • Drinks: New Zealand - 282/4 in 77.0 overs (BB McCullum 127, CJ Anderson 13)
    • New Ball Taken: New Zealand 288/4 after 80.1 overs (BB McCullum 130, CJ Anderson 16)
    • New Zealand: 300 runs in 81.4 overs (490 balls), Extras 8
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 82 balls (BB McCullum 24, CJ Anderson 28, Ex 1)
    • End Of Day: New Zealand - 329/4 in 90.0 overs (BB McCullum 143, CJ Anderson 42)
    • BB McCullum: 150 off 219 balls (20 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • CJ Anderson: 50 off 88 balls (7 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • New Zealand: 350 runs in 93.4 overs (562 balls), Extras 9
    • 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 153 balls (BB McCullum 42, CJ Anderson 56, Ex 2)
    • Drinks: New Zealand - 398/5 in 103.0 overs (BB McCullum 175, BJ Watling 1)
    • New Zealand: 400 runs in 103.4 overs (623 balls), Extras 10
    • New Zealand: 450 runs in 111.3 overs (671 balls), Extras 11
    • Lunch: New Zealand - 473/7 in 114.0 overs (BB McCullum 202, IS Sodhi 18)
    • BB McCullum: 200 off 280 balls (28 x 4, 3 x 6)
    • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 47 balls (BB McCullum 27, IS Sodhi 22, Ex 3)
    • New Zealand: 500 runs in 119.3 overs (720 balls), Extras 14
    • Innings Break: New Zealand - 503/10 in 121.4 overs (TA Boult 1)
    • India 1st innings
    • Tea: India - 45/3 in 18.0 overs (M Vijay 22, RG Sharma 16)
    • India: 50 runs in 19.3 overs (118 balls), Extras 2
    • Drinks: India - 96/4 in 29.0 overs (RG Sharma 46, AM Rahane 11)
    • India: 100 runs in 30.4 overs (187 balls), Extras 8
    • RG Sharma: 50 off 74 balls (7 x 4)
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 71 balls (RG Sharma 32, AM Rahane 12, Ex 6)
    • Bad Light: India - 130/4 in 39.0 overs (RG Sharma 67, AM Rahane 23)
    • End Of Day: India - 130/4 in 39.0 overs (RG Sharma 67, AM Rahane 23)
    • India: 150 runs in 49.3 overs (300 balls), Extras 9
    • Drinks: India - 177/7 in 56.0 overs (RA Jadeja 14, Z Khan 8)
    • India: 200 runs in 59.4 overs (361 balls), Extras 17
    • Innings Break: India - 202/10 in 60.0 overs (RA Jadeja 30)
    • New Zealand 2nd innings
    • Lunch: New Zealand - 15/4 in 7.4 overs (LRPL Taylor 5)
    • Drinks: New Zealand - 38/5 in 21.0 overs (LRPL Taylor 23, BJ Watling 3)
    • New Zealand: 50 runs in 23.6 overs (144 balls), Extras 1
    • Tea: New Zealand - 78/7 in 35.0 overs (BJ Watling 11, IS Sodhi 0)
    • New Zealand: 100 runs in 40.5 overs (246 balls), Extras 7
    • Innings Break: New Zealand - 105/10 in 41.2 overs (TA Boult 7)
    • India 2nd innings
    • Drinks: India - 41/1 in 10.0 overs (S Dhawan 26, CA Pujara 1)
    • India: 50 runs in 13.6 overs (85 balls), Extras 2
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 98 balls (S Dhawan 26, CA Pujara 22, Ex 2)
    • End Of Day: India - 87/1 in 25.0 overs (S Dhawan 49, CA Pujara 22)
    • S Dhawan: 50 off 75 balls (5 x 4)
    • India: 100 runs in 31.4 overs (192 balls), Extras 7
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 111 balls (S Dhawan 9, V Kohli 37, Ex 4)
    • India: 150 runs in 47.6 overs (290 balls), Extras 7
    • V Kohli: 50 off 80 balls (10 x 4)
    • Lunch: India - 180/2 in 54.0 overs (S Dhawan 81, V Kohli 55)
    • 3rd Wicket: 100 runs in 175 balls (S Dhawan 36, V Kohli 58, Ex 9)
    • India: 200 runs in 58.4 overs (354 balls), Extras 12
    • S Dhawan: 100 off 169 balls (11 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Drinks: India - 230/3 in 68.0 overs (S Dhawan 110, RG Sharma 5)
    • India: 250 runs in 74.3 overs (450 balls), Extras 13
    • New Ball Taken: India 268/4 after 80.1 overs (RG Sharma 19, AM Rahane 18)
    • Tea: India - 270/5 in 81.0 overs (RG Sharma 19, MS Dhoni 2)
    • India: 300 runs in 84.4 overs (511 balls), Extras 13
    • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 33 balls (MS Dhoni 21, RA Jadeja 26, Ex 7)
    • Drinks: India - 346/7 in 93.0 overs (MS Dhoni 28, Z Khan 16)
    • India: 350 runs in 94.1 overs (569 balls), Extras 21
 
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Hours of play (local time) 11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00

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Martin Crowe: NZ should have enforced follow-on

New Zealand chose to bat again despite taking a lead of 301 in the first innings, and their subsequent collapse for 105 has given India an outside chance of victory. Martin Crowe analyses a dramatic third day (06:34) | February 8, 2014

New Zealand chose to bat again despite taking a lead of 301 in the first innings, and their subsequent collapse for 105 has given India an outside chance of victory. Martin Crowe analyses a dramatic third day (06:34) | February 8, 2014


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