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)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150

11.13am All right. We are ready to go. Umpires Richard Kettleborough and Steve Davis are heavily protected with many layers of clothing. Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton are in half sleeves. All Indians are in sleeveless jumpers over their shirts.

A surprise here. Mohammed Shami takes the first over. Peter Fulton on strike

Gareth Doull: "I'm glad to see play looking possible as its continuous drizzle with the odd rain shower this morning in the Far North, putting a dampener on Waitangi Day. At least I can tune into cricinfo all day -for once I hope the bad weather stays on us and doesn't move to Aucks."

James: "I'm sure McCullum will brush it off and say that's just the way he calls coins but Dhoni is a shining example of someone who has really matured into a very consistent coin caller. He is using his experience and McCullum is simply to stubborn to learn from what are unforgiveable mistakes. He will go the same way as KP if he doesn't sit down and reevaluate how much he is hurting the team."

11.10am "Am I right in saying the visiting captain calls the toss? McCullum hasn't lost the last 6, Dhoni has won them." I like the pedantic bend, Brendan, but if somebody is winning it, isn't somebody losing it too?

"Thanks the Lord for cable-knit! Those other things were/are rather vile." Amen, Lynton

"Pretty sure the home captain doesn't win or lose the toss. It's the opposition that does!!!! So Brendan has been unlucky" Drewy, as opposed to unskilled if he had called wrong?

11.05am "Sitting at work in Auckland keeping tabs and looking outside. "Game delayed due to spectator's latte froth being blown about" mentions a colleague. C'mon lets get this much anticipated game underway!" Cameron, truer words have hardly been spoken. Sit tight. We should be on in 10 minutes

11am Being told that MacBrend has won just five of the 14 tosses he has taken part in in Tests

James: "Anyone can do the coin toss? Well that's just straight arrogance from him then. He should go down the order..."

Dhoni, on the other hand, has won 10 of his last 11 tosses. The one time that he lost the toss a thunderstorm in Centurion didn't even allow us a game. Clearly it's BCCI's conspiracy

10.55am And here is a look at the old/new cable-knit jersey. Looks good. Much more crickety than those slippery things other teams wear

"Dhoni is not the luckiest..That should go to Ishant sharma..How he manages to be in the team after mediocre performance game after game will always remain a mystery.." Oh, Hitesh, it is that time, is it?

10.50am A slight passing shower on, which hopefully won't delay the match further. "A tremendous grass coverage," says Simon Doull of the pitch. He also says the pitch is not quite rock hard because it hasn't had the sun to dry out. So he expects tennis-ball bounce, a lot of movement, but not a lot of pace

"That's six straight tosses McCullum's lost. He's got to go. That's unacceptable from someone who is supposed to be the best coin tosser in the team. Taylor never lost six in a row and I bet Williamson wouldn't either!" And James, you don't even need to be the captain of the side to toss the coin. Anybody can go out for the toss

10.45am MS Dhoni has won his sixth toss of the tour. India are expectedly going to bowl. Dhoni says some of his team-mates have asked him to reserve a seat at the casino looking at his luck with the toss. Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma have been preffered to join Zaheer Khan and Mohammed Shami in the attack. No other surprises

First question from Mark Richardson to Brendon McCullum: "That shave was a waste of time, wasn't it?" Of course, all shaves are a waste of time

McCullum says these are tough batting conditions ahead of his side. "It's a big challenge, but it is a challenge we are looking forward to."

Good to see the cable-knit jerseys make a comeback. All for retro

10.40am Not confirmed yet, but expecting a 15-minute delay. So the match should start at 11.15am. Expecting lights to be used during the course of today

"Siddharth, I read the article (the link to which you just posted in reply to the whites query) and it is interesting how some predictions seem silly in hindsight. Two jumped out at me- the article mentioned interntional cricket might not return to Sharjah, and Australia's domination of the Ashes is a thing of the past" Ha ha, Abhimanyu, it's a funny game, bites you up the backside

10.35am Good news. Covers are coming off. We could have the toss in the next five minutes. It didn't quite rain much. Mostly gloomy light that seems to be the delay

10.30am As was feared, the toss has been delayed. Sorry about being the carrier of bad news

Diwakar: "Is that it? we wait a week for the test to start and it gets delayed? How cruel is this world"

"I'm curious, SkySport has just been showing a piece on a ODI game played in India in the early 90's yet both teams were wearing whites. When did the coloured clothing make its first appearance? I thought it was before this period in time!" Josh, worry not. I did research for it here. I think this might have been the last ODI in whites

10.25am Still waiting for a word on whether we will start on time, and whether the toss will happen in five minutes

"Finally the main course of the summer! Hugely disappointing that it isn't a 3 match series (as usual). We'll be giving up chasing round the yellow balls (see below) for the next 5 days for this one. Get up the Black Caps!" Thanks for the link, Seedy Marshall

"Got roped into working today, even though today is a public holiday here in NZ. Will have to be content following the action here. Hopefully make it home to see the evening session on TV." You are not alone, Chris

10.20am It's quite overcast at The Garden. Let's hope the rain stays away. The light isn't great at the moment. Not sure about the toss time now. Now as a precaution, covers are coming on

All this makes it a pitch where you would want to bowl first

Arunkumar: "Everyone in the hostel woke up..It's time to see some great cricket..."

Bhushan: "Reason why most people are sleeping is because such matches are still not forgotten? I remember getting up early to see that series and getting surprised that India was playing well, except that the test match was already over and they were showing a replay from some other match. "

10.10am The toss is in 20 minutes. I am being told Brendon McCullum has shaved off his beard, possibly looking for a change of luck after losing every toss during the ODIs. Not sure he has listened to these gentle folk from across the ditch

Akshay Kumar: "M awake, studyng for exams.. keeping left eye on cricinfo and right on my notebook ;) . Will surely be with my team till day end play. May the day be of Indians!!"

10am A cricket tragic from New Zealand once wrote to me, "Sidharth, I trust that you are not getting too bored with the continual world one-day tournaments played before spectators in overcoats on grounds sodden with dew. Cricket and sun go together like Fred Astair and Ginger Rodgers. Please advocate that cricket can only be played when people are comfortable watching in short sleeves."

Not so sure about half sleeves, but this is no one-day tournament. This is proper Test cricket. So get into these, and make your way to Eden Park if you are in Auckland. If it is not quite comfortable for half sleeves - I know there is a bit of rain around, not much - this might keep you warm. If you are not in Auckland, I am there with you to take you through, but if you are in Auckland and not going to the cricket, you better have a good excuse. Those in India must wake up and make up apocryphal stories to tell years later; not many are up at 2.30am. Welcome to the first Test of this two-match… I won't call it a series. Series have to be longer than two

0.1

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, swing first up, starts outside off, and is left alone without much trouble

0.2

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, 1 run, first runs of the match. Shami strays onto the pad, it straightens a little but it is too far down the leg, and Fulton helps it along to get off the mark

"To the person who complained about Brendan losing another toss, isn't this a good thing it's worked well for us so far? I too am stuck at work today on my own in Napier N.Z. but the good thing is I have cricinfo on and the radio set on radio sport ball by ball coverage." Carl, it worked in the ODIs because often the both captains looked to do the opposite of each other. Here both teams dearly wanted to bowl first

0.3

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, soft hands. Shami bowls a short delivery, at the chest, Rutherford is a little surprised, but his soft hands make sure the fend doesn't carry to slips. Was bowled at 138kmph

0.4

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, swinging down the leg side, Dhoni has to dive to save byes

0.5

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, massive seam movement. Short of a length, on off, hits him high on the thigh pad in front of leg. Bowlers need to be accurate on this pitch, and results will follow

0.6

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, wide outside off, left alone this time

End of over 1 (1 run) New Zealand 1/0

    • HD Rutherford 0 (4b)
    • PG Fulton 1 (2b)
    • Mohammed Shami 1-0-1-0

Anantha: "I remember my first comment getting posted on Cricinfo during India's last test tour to NZ. It said "I kept watching How I Met Your Mother to stay awake." Ironically, we still don't know how he met her, and here I am watching the same awaiting the first ball. ;)"

Zaheer has removed his sweater. He is ready for a bowl. Three slips and a gully

1.1

Khan to Fulton, no run, Dhawan has dropped him. And it's not even his catch. Full outside off, at 121ks, Futon pokes at it, gets an edge, the ball is carrying to Rohit Sharma at second slip, but Dhawan dives across to ruin it for Rohit. Really surprised neither Vijay nor Rahane is there in the slips

1.2

Khan to Fulton, FOUR, length ball on the pads, and Fulton rubs it in. It is actually a leading edge of sorts, but it goes for four through midwicket

1.3

Khan to Fulton, no run, full outside off, left alone

1.4

Khan to Fulton, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, Fulton stays back and defends

1.5

Khan to Fulton, no run, seam movement. Zaheer has been bowling in the early 120s, but there is seam to be hand. This one is on a length, just outside off, Fulton plays for the swing, which looks likely, but after pitching the ball goes away to beat him

1.6

Khan to Fulton, FOUR, this is a proper half-volley on the pads, at 124ks, and Fulton has clipped it away for four more. Two bad balls from India's talisman's first over

End of over 2 (8 runs) New Zealand 9/0

    • PG Fulton 9 (8b 2x4)
    • HD Rutherford 0 (4b)
    • Z Khan 1-0-8-0
    • Mohammed Shami 1-0-1-0
2.1

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, Shami is at 138ks, on a length, just outside off, angling away, and is left alone by Rutherford

Jez: "So so good to see the Kiwi' back in cable knit. Smart, stylish, professional."

2.2

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, full, outside off, Rutherford leaves it be

Don: "The difference in number of spectators for Tests and ODI's are strikingly different. You wouldn't think an International match of what is supposedly the second most popular sport played on this planet is taking place on that ground, if you judge it by the crowd. Hopefully it'll fill up as the day goes along."

2.3

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, short of a length, on off, this is left alone, but this is not a soft leave like the first two. He has to watch it all the way through

Arjuna: "Could have gotten a wicket of his first ball instead gives away 8 runs. Cruel game this. Ever since Shikhar made fun of limping watson everything has gone wrong for him."

2.4

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, seams back a little, hits him on the thigh pad

2.5

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, bouncer, outside off, at 140ks, he drops his wrists and lets it go

A short leg is in here

2.6

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, a good ball to end the over. Short of a length, on the stumps, getting it to straighten, keeping Rutherford watchful in defence

End of over 3 (maiden) New Zealand 9/0

    • HD Rutherford 0 (10b)
    • PG Fulton 9 (8b 2x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 2-1-1-0
    • Z Khan 1-0-8-0
3.1

Khan to Fulton, no run, this is a juicy pitch. This one looks like it will swing back, Fulton plays the off-stump line, but it seams away after pitching, and beats the edge

3.2

Khan to Fulton, no run, short of a length, on off, angling away, and left alone

Ben: "Several reasons why the crowd is so small - Eden Park is a concrete jungle, not well suited for tests. The weather is not great. And tickets are the same price as the ODIs ($45 for an adult). "

3.3

Khan to Fulton, 1 run, fuller, at the stumps, defended with soft hands, gets a single wide of point

Teja: "To Don: Second most popular sport? I too love cricket but this may be an exaggerated statement!"

3.4

Khan to Rutherford, no run, full, just outside off, Rutherford covers the stumps and leaves this alone

3.5

Khan to Rutherford, no run, too full this time, driven nicely, but mid-on is straight enough to deny them any runs

3.6

Khan to Rutherford, no run, nice swing, from middle and off, away from the left-hand batsman. Good on Rutherford in defending with a straight bat, and not getting opened up

End of over 4 (1 run) New Zealand 10/0

    • HD Rutherford 0 (13b)
    • PG Fulton 10 (11b 2x4)
    • Z Khan 2-0-9-0
    • Mohammed Shami 2-1-1-0
4.1

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, 1 run, too full, too straight, picked away for a single to long leg

Short leg comes in for Rutherford to go with the usual three slips and a gully

4.2

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, 1 run, Rutherford looks like he is trying to leave this shortish ball angling across him. Gets off the mark with a safe thick edge

4.3

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, short, Fulton wants to drop his wrists and sway away, but the ball stays low, and smacks him on the forearm

4.4

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, too full, too straight again, and this time Fulton misses out on free runs. India might be wasting this new ball. Spraying it all over

4.5

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, on a length, just outside off, takes a brave leave from Fulton who strides forward before doing so. Not enough such deliveries

4.6

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, short of a length, well outside off, left alone

End of over 5 (2 runs) New Zealand 12/0

    • PG Fulton 11 (16b 2x4)
    • HD Rutherford 1 (14b)
    • Mohammed Shami 3-1-3-0
    • Z Khan 2-0-9-0

Tyson Gray: "@Teja: It is the 2nd most watched sport in the world after football."

5.1

Khan to Rutherford, no run, Rutherford has a brain fade and goes driving at a wide ball. He would have done well to touch that one. He will be thanking his stars he hasn't

Tom: "Eden Park is an awful ground for test cricket. The stadium is far too big and always looks embarrassingly empty. The Basin Reserve in Wellington will be much better. I also miss the old embankment of Lancaster Park - great for watching test cricket!"

5.2

Khan to Rutherford, no run, full, just outside off, pushed back to him

"Just a reminder to people saying McCullum lost another toss, he never got the chance to win it. Dhoni as the visiting captain gets the call and called correctly so really he had no say in the chance event anyway. " Tim, he flipped it

5.3

Khan to Rutherford, FOUR, half-volley at 128ks. Can't be doing that in Tests. Driven nicely wide of mid-off for four

5.4

Khan to Rutherford, no run, short of a length, angling in to off, defended off the back foot

5.5

Khan to Rutherford, no run, on a length, just outside off, defended watchfully

5.6

Khan to Rutherford, no run, another half-volley, 130ks, driven handsomely, but straight to mid-off

End of over 6 (4 runs) New Zealand 16/0

    • HD Rutherford 5 (20b 1x4)
    • PG Fulton 11 (16b 2x4)
    • Z Khan 3-0-13-0
    • Mohammed Shami 3-1-3-0
6.1

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, angling into the pads, Fulton misses out again

6.2

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, fullish, not too wide, Fulton gets a stride forward, and then shoulders arms. This one seams away too

6.3

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, bouncer, 134ks, well down the leg side. India are wasting the first use of the conditions

6.4

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, first shout of the day. Seaming in from just short of a length, from just outside off, but it is seaming too much, and is going down

6.5

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, similar area of pitching, and this one holds its line. Fulton has to be alert. The first time India have bowled back-to-back good deliveries

6.6

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, slowness here. Bowled at 137ks, this is short of a length, widish, Fulton wants to punch it, but is through the shot early, and is hit on the inside half of it

End of over 7 (maiden) New Zealand 16/0

    • PG Fulton 11 (22b 2x4)
    • HD Rutherford 5 (20b 1x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 4-2-3-0
    • Z Khan 3-0-13-0
7.1

Khan to Rutherford, no run, it's a pitch of inside edges. Rutherford wants to drive this floater outside off, playing away from the body, gets an inside edge onto the pad

James: "Odds of losing a coin toss 6 times in a row? 1 in 64. Odds of winning 10 from 11? 1 in 186. If Chris Martin was still playing, he'd be due a hundred in this test."

7.2

Khan to Rutherford, 1 run, and he is driving at wide deliveries again. And again, this is not quite a half-volley. He middles it, though, and gets a single wide of cover where Pujara's dive takes off some of the sting

7.3

Khan to Fulton, 1 run, full, on off, 128ks, defended wide of cover for one

James: "The local council is pushing for Western Springs stadium a little further west and currently a speedway to be converted to the test venue so Eden Park's days as a test match venue may be numbered. "

7.4

Khan to Rutherford, no run, might be the best ball Zaheer has bowled. This is the one that casts doubts. On a length, outside off, swings away. Rutherford is beaten

7.5

Khan to Rutherford, no run, wide length ball, left alone easily

7.6

Khan to Rutherford, no run, and wide again, and has been allowed through to Dhoni

End of over 8 (2 runs) New Zealand 18/0

    • HD Rutherford 6 (25b 1x4)
    • PG Fulton 12 (23b 2x4)
    • Z Khan 4-0-15-0
    • Mohammed Shami 4-2-3-0
8.1

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, bouncer, down leg again, but this time it stays a little low to cause Fulton some discomfort

8.2

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, Fulton misses out again. The radar is all over from India. Well down the leg side, misses the bat, hits the pad

BHAMBRI: "@James - with the indian attach - Martin would anyway have scored a hundred.. No need to go to permutations, India has the reputation.."

8.3

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, length ball, well outside off, Fulton gets that two-metre stride in, and leaves it be

James (the coin: "Who's this other James your publishing? I want it clear that I only send in comments relating to coin toss related issues. None of this local council rubbish." James, James is the second-most common name after McLovin

8.4

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, shooter. Left alone outside off, jags back a little, and bounces well short of Dhoni

8.5

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, big lbw shout. I think there is an inside edge. Oh there is no inside edge. Second let-off for Fulton. Length ball, just outside off, seams in, beats his drive, hits him under the knee roll in front of off. That would have hit the middle of middle, but I think there was some late swing on the ball that might have made the umpire think of an inside edge. It fooled me at least

8.6

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, bouncer, but down the leg side. Left alone easily

End of over 9 (maiden) New Zealand 18/0

    • PG Fulton 12 (29b 2x4)
    • HD Rutherford 6 (25b 1x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 5-3-3-0
    • Z Khan 4-0-15-0

Zaheer, who has been disappointing this morning, has been taken off. Here is Ishant Sharma. This could well be an Ishant Sharma pitch with all the seam movement

9.1

I Sharma to Rutherford, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, jags back in, takes the inside edge onto the thigh pad

"To stop arguments I'll use my full name. " That's better, James Danger Mc. But hang on, you are the council man, right?

9.2

I Sharma to Rutherford, no run, short of a length, on off, defended from the crease

9.3

I Sharma to Rutherford, no run, seam movement, extra bounce. Clearly putting more into the ball than Zaheer did. Short of a length, middle and leg, beats him with the movement and the bounce

9.4

I Sharma to Rutherford, no run, fuller, Rutherford gets forward this time and defends

Sleepin' Hunter: "I'm willing to contribute some money towards hair grooming of Ishant Sharma."

9.5

I Sharma to Rutherford, 1 wide, Rutherford has tried to hit a wide. Ishant bowls one outside off, and it keeps on angling away. Beats his cut, and has been called a wide

Ben: "Putting aside who is to blame and who is unlucky for the coin toss - the fact is that it is a waste of good bowling conditions. The NZ bowlers would have made better use of it, purely because they know overcast NZ conditions so wel."

9.5

I Sharma to Rutherford, OUT, 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

HD Rutherford c Rahane b I Sharma 6 (42m 30b 1x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Enters Kane Williamson, whose sight India should be sick of by now

9.6

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, bouncer first up, and easily ducks under it

End of over 10 (1 run) New Zealand 19/1

    • KS Williamson 0 (1b)
    • PG Fulton 12 (29b 2x4)
    • I Sharma 1-0-1-1
    • Mohammed Shami 5-3-3-0
10.1

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, full, middle and leg, driven to mid-off

10.2

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, short of a length, into the thigh pad

10.3

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, short of a length, just outside off, seams back in, hits the inside half of the bat

Jude: "To Sleepin Hunter: I'm willing to do it myself ... free of charge"

10.4

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, 1 run, short of a length, seaming in again, runs off the inside half of the bat for a single

There is a backward short leg in for Williamson

10.5

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, 1 run, KW looks to punch this just outside off, the ball comes on a little too slow, hits the inside half of the bat, goes for one to leg

10.6

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, full, middle and leg, Fulton drives this to mid-on. Fulton likes the leg side, but he seems determined to not close the bat face early on in the session

End of over 11 (2 runs) New Zealand 21/1

    • PG Fulton 13 (34b 2x4)
    • KS Williamson 1 (2b)
    • Mohammed Shami 6-3-5-0
    • I Sharma 1-0-1-1
11.1

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, short of a length, wide, left alone

Campbell: "I used to hate watching NZ bowl. Now, I'd rather watch that than them batting. Such are the joys of having for the first time in yonks, a strong seam line up. On this pitch, Boult and co would be murdering batsmen left right and centre. We have been robbed!"

11.2

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, short of a length, angling in, beats the inside edge, hits the thigh pad

11.3

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, more seam movement into the pads, beats the inside edge again

"Ishant taking a wicket in his first over......Now those were odds tougher than BMac winning a toss these days. " Aniket, it always seemed to be an Ishant Sharma pitch to me. Two short legs in now

11.4

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, this time he pitches it up, and is defended properly back

11.5

I Sharma to Williamson, 2 runs, uppishy flicked away between the forward short leg and the backward short leg. Only to the right of that forward short leg, but this is not a chance, this has come off the middle of the bat

11.6

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, short of a length, too far down the leg side, left alone easily

End of over 12 (2 runs) New Zealand 23/1

    • KS Williamson 3 (8b)
    • PG Fulton 13 (34b 2x4)
    • I Sharma 2-0-3-1
    • Mohammed Shami 6-3-5-0

Dr.: "We proposed a ground down at the Tank Farm (Auckland waterfront) some time ago. An expensive landscaped park is proposed there anyway so a cricket ground would be achievable at similar cost to the proposed park and alternative option. It would be one of the most spectacular grounds in the world and able to double as a concert venue outside of the test schedule. The Minister of Sport made good noises but it all seemed to drift away without much traction."

Meanwhile, Zaheer is back for a second spell

12.1

Khan to Fulton, OUT, 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

PG Fulton lbw b Khan 13 (54m 35b 2x4 0x6) SR: 37.14

tonyp: "If you're going to have one short leg, you should have two - otherwise your team will be limping along"

Ross Taylor is the new man in, and I can report he is well balanced in his walk

12.2

Khan to Taylor, no run, short, 131ks, well down leg

Sleepin' Hunter: "Jude: With the amount of mane that he possesses, you might want to re-think your 'free of charge' comment. You could make a fortune out of it."

12.3

Khan to Taylor, no run, wide outside off, left alone

Gautam: "Williamson and Taylor in. Goodnight folks!"

12.4

Khan to Taylor, no run, Taylor moves across to try and cover the line of this full delivery, but it seams after pitching to beat the inside edge

12.5

Khan to Taylor, no run, full again, driven powerfully back at him, and Zaheer gets a hand to this in the follow-through

12.6

Khan to Taylor, no run, wide length ball, he covers the stumps, and leaves it alone

End of over 13 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 23/2

    • LRPL Taylor 0 (5b)
    • KS Williamson 3 (8b)
    • Z Khan 5-1-15-1
    • I Sharma 2-0-3-1

Charlie: "@ Dr, I always thought it was paramount to a crime that the Auckland Council never agreed to the waterfront stadium the Government wanted to build for the Rugby World Cup. Would have been absolutely magnificent."

13.1

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, short of a length, seaming in from outside off, and that's a brave leave. He hasn't even covered the stumps. The ball goes over off

13.2

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, moving in, moving out, Ishant has turned this morning India's way. He is testing them. This is similar length, similar line, and this one moves away to beat the outside edge. KW was playing at it

Meanwhile Zaheer has damaged his hand with that save in the last over

13.3

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, short of a length, wide, this time he has left it alone

13.4

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, angling into the pads, beats the inside edge to hit the pad

This field with a short leg and a leg gully reminds me of what India tried and almost succeeded with Graeme Smith in South Africa

13.5

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, on a length, just outside off, defended off the front foot

Selvan: "Predictable outcome for Rutherford and Fulton. Bet the selectors are regretting leaving out so many of the players that performed so well in the ODI series."

13.6

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, bouncer, 130ks, doesn't get up, KW still manages to get under it

End of over 14 (maiden) New Zealand 23/2

    • KS Williamson 3 (14b)
    • LRPL Taylor 0 (5b)
    • I Sharma 3-1-3-1
    • Z Khan 5-1-15-1
14.1

Khan to Taylor, 1 run, half-volley, just outside off, Taylor doesn't time it, gets a single off the inside half of the bat

14.2

Khan to Williamson, FOUR, soft hands from KW to get off the mark. Short of a length, on off, he is not sure which way it is going to go. He is tentative, but doesn't go at it. The edge falls well short of Rohit at second slip, and goes through his legs

Don't think India's cordon has moved up at all with the usual low bounce available

14.3

Khan to Williamson, no run, full outside off, left alone this time

14.4

Khan to Williamson, no run, full and wide again, left alone

johnthekiwi: "Brutal toss to um, "not win". At least it gives us some hope that we could see a revised top order for the second test. BM opens with Latham, JR comes back in and splits KW and RT to maximize the righty-lefty series with CA at 6. Nothing against Wagner but if Milne is healthy you start him and as much as I like the idea of Sodhi after he gets carted all around Eden Park it might be time to get Neeshams bat and average mf bowling into the line up. NZ will never spin a side from the sub continent out on any of its pitches. Ish needs a couple of years of FC cricket in England to really hone his craft on someone else' dime. NZ doesn't get to play enough tests to use them as a training tool. "

James Danger Mc: "The waterfront stadium would have been amazing but it wouldn't have helped in this case. New Zealand Cricket prefer boutique grounds like the Basin and Seddon for test matches due to low crowd numbers and a better TV look. I think Western Springs will be amazing. Imagine the shots looking over the lake, the giant embankment, and being able to go to the zoo during the lunch break. "

Zaheer goes round the stumps now. Now he is up to tricks

14.5

Khan to Williamson, no run, full, wide, no movement either way, left alone again

14.6

Khan to Williamson, no run, short of a length, at the stumps, holds its line, defended from the crease

End of over 15 (5 runs) New Zealand 28/2

    • KS Williamson 7 (19b 1x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 1 (6b)
    • Z Khan 6-1-20-1
    • I Sharma 3-1-3-1

Kim Sokolich: "In response to Selvan: I don't think playing Ryder & Guptill would have been wise. Ryder didn't score that many and doesn't move his feet and Guptill has not performed in the test arena for a while"

15.1

I Sharma to Taylor, no run, short and wide, but Taylor doesn't go after it

Avi: "Why is the slip cordon standing so far behind? Dhoni has been gathering everything below his knee. Don't they ever learn?"

15.2

I Sharma to Taylor, no run, short of a length, into the body, defended well

15.3

I Sharma to Taylor, no run, good bouncer. Just outside off, bounces more than Taylor expects it to, and beats the hook. Taylor has been really edgy so far

15.4

I Sharma to Taylor, no run, better from Taylor. Sees this is wide, lets it be after getting a stride in

15.5

I Sharma to Taylor, no run, short of a length, angling in to off, gets right behind it in defence

15.6

I Sharma to Taylor, 1 run, slower ball, 127ks, Taylor is early into the push, but manages it well by rolling his wrists and placing it wide of short leg for one

End of over 16 (1 run) New Zealand 29/2

    • LRPL Taylor 2 (12b)
    • KS Williamson 7 (19b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 4-1-4-1
    • Z Khan 6-1-20-1

"How is the ball that went well over the batsman head not a wide in test cricket ?" Barry, that's a good spot. Maybe touch and go?

16.1

Khan to Taylor, no run, length ball, angling in from round the stumps, defended to square leg

Back over the stumps now

16.2

Khan to Taylor, 1 run, full, on the pads, pushed wide of midwicket for one

16.3

Khan to Williamson, no run, short of a length, good bounce, KW drops his wrists and watches it go through to the keeper

16.4

Khan to Williamson, no run, slowness off the pitch again. This is the second time KW has looked to punch a ball and has inside-edged it because he is through the shot early

16.5

Khan to Williamson, no run, full, on off, defended solidly off the front foot

Zaheer goes back round the stumps

16.6

Khan to Williamson, no run, on a length, angling in, defended off the back foot

End of over 17 (1 run) New Zealand 30/2

    • KS Williamson 7 (23b 1x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 3 (14b)
    • Z Khan 7-1-21-1
    • I Sharma 4-1-4-1

shane-oh: "@Kim Sokolich - Ryder has been by far the best FC batsman in NZ for a year now. He also has an incredible test record by our standards, especially against India. Sometimes batsmen succeed with no footwork - fact."

17.1

I Sharma to Taylor, OUT, 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

LRPL Taylor c Jadeja b I Sharma 3 (23m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Brendon McCullum comes in. How he would have loved to win the toss as opposed to coming in at 30 for 3. Similar field: leg gully, short leg, three slips, a gully

17.2

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, widish, shortish, left alone

Jude: "@sleepin' Hunter : He's got 2 wickets! If we cut his hair now... we might jinx him"

17.3

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, this one slips down leg, misses everything

17.4

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, short of a length, wide outside off, left alone

17.5

I Sharma to McCullum, 4 leg byes, sliding down leg again, and concedes four leg-byes

Alex: "This is the perfect opportunity for McCullum to silence his critics by saving the innings here. "

17.6

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, length ball, outside off, he gets right forward to defend

End of over 18 (4 runs, wicket maiden) New Zealand 34/3

    • BB McCullum 0 (5b)
    • KS Williamson 7 (23b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 5-2-4-2
    • Z Khan 7-1-21-1

johngower: "shane-oh: if you look at ryders last 10 test innings he averages 20, and in the recent ODI's averaged about 20, so he struggling really isn't he, middle order yes, opener NO"

Here is Zaheer from round the stumps

18.1

Khan to Williamson, no run, angling in towards off, defended off the front foot

Aaron: "People forget so easily how Ishant got some wickets in SA 1st innings then after that did nothing. That's how he reserves his place. Plus, credit to the fielders please!"

18.2

Khan to Williamson, 2 runs, tucked away off the hip, square on the leg side, gets a couple

Harkaran Singh: "@shane-oh Not trying to discredit your statement about Ryder being the best FC batsmen in NZ but footwork, and even soft hands is more important on pitches such as this than hand-eye coordination. Ryder's best trait is his hand-eye coordination. You'll that through out the match. Dhawan will also find it very difficult to score in this pitch "

Over the stumps now. The sun is out in Auckland

18.3

Khan to Williamson, no run, length ball, middle and leg, defended back to him

18.4

Khan to Williamson, no run, half-volley, on off, driven, Kohli makes a diving save at mid-off

18.5

Khan to Williamson, no run, length ball, on the pads, pushed to mid-on

shane-oh: "@johngower - agreed, not an opener. But he must be in the team. McCullum needs to move up and apply himself."

18.6

Khan to Williamson, no run, this is pushed across him, and is left alone easily

End of over 19 (2 runs) New Zealand 36/3

    • KS Williamson 9 (29b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 0 (5b)
    • Z Khan 8-1-23-1
    • I Sharma 5-2-4-2

vikas: "@ James Danger Mc. There is no other sport in which you might contemplate going to the zoo during "lunch" break! I wish for a world in which that remains a possibility. "

19.1

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, right forward t0 defend a shortish delivery

19.2

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, bouncer, too short, and is McCullum ducks under it easily

19.3

I Sharma to McCullum, 2 runs, short, wide, 128ks, doesn't come on, McCullum ends up cutting it in front of square for two

Brendan: "For those new to Cricinfo, follow this basic formula when providing commentary feedback: [Current bowler/batsman] should be dropped immediately! Replace him with [list of potentially good but unproven bowlers/batsmen]."

19.4

I Sharma to McCullum, 2 runs, length ball, into the pads, nicely clipped through midwicket. I think the outfield is heavy. They get just two

"Observations so far...Great bowling India, good to see the old woollen jersey back for NZ, only two black stripes now, could this be because of a sponsorship thing with adidas ? Good to hear NZ being called NEW ZEALAND and not 'Black Caps' [what a crazy name for an international side] there's hope for us old traditionalists yet ! Oh, and Craig McMillan, sorry to be pedantic , but the reborn jersey is a sleeveless jersey, not a short sleeve sweater." And DAVID ANDERSEN, let's not get into what they named the New Zealand badminton team

19.5

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, short, wide, McCullum is full of intent, but gets an under edge towards the cordon

19.6

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, more positive intent from McCullum, but he looks sure of himself. Short of a length, outside off, punched to mid-off

End of over 20 (4 runs) New Zealand 40/3

    • BB McCullum 4 (11b)
    • KS Williamson 9 (29b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 6-2-8-2
    • Z Khan 8-1-23-1

Dan: "I don't think McCullum moving up is the answer, he and Ryder are both middle order batsmen in tests. The problem is we have a wealth of middle order players but no quality openers. At a stretch Williamson could open and Ryder bat three. McCullum is not a top three test batsman."

20.1

Khan to Williamson, no run, on a length, outside off, just holds its line, but left alone

20.2

Khan to Williamson, no run, angled across him, and left alone

Dan: "Williamson should be dropped immediately! Replace him with James McLovin or Sleepin' Hunter. Or even Sleepin' Beauty (who I think might be Jude?)"

20.3

Khan to Williamson, no run, another leave as this one angles across him

Shami loosening up 10 minutes before lunch

20.4

Khan to Williamson, no run, solid front-foot defensive as Zaheer gets closer to the stumps

"Well NZ were 29/3 in the last test played against India at Eden Park in 1990 and ended up scoring 391 thanks to 173 from Ian Smith and 87 from Hadlee so there is your inspiration lads." As I read this, Kim Sokolich, they show Hadlee sitting in the crowd

20.5

Khan to Williamson, FOUR, too full, on off, beautifully driven between the bowler and mid-off. No violence. Just extending his arms into this. Outfield not heavy enough to stop this

20.6

Khan to Williamson, 1 run, short of a length, on off, he goes deep into the crease and works this wide of mid-on for a single

End of over 21 (5 runs) New Zealand 45/3

    • KS Williamson 14 (35b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 4 (11b)
    • Z Khan 9-1-28-1
    • I Sharma 6-2-8-2

Shami is back

21.1

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, 3 runs, and he starts with a short and wide delivery, which KW climbs into and punches through cover for three

21.2

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, short of a length, on off, defended by BMac

21.3

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, short of a length, on off, good bounce and pace, McCullum is off his feet as he defends

21.4

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, stays at a similar length, at him, McCullum defends with the bottom hand off

Andrew G: "Dan: Have you looked at McCullum's test record as an opener? It is better than any NZ player since Mark Richardson. He also can take the game away from an opponent like Warner. Third, it actually suits McCullum to be coming in this early, being a good player of pace bowling. "

21.5

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, fuller, just outside off, McCullum is right forward to defend

21.6

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, fuller still, but just that little bit wider, and has been left alone

End of over 22 (3 runs) New Zealand 48/3

    • BB McCullum 4 (16b)
    • KS Williamson 17 (36b 2x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 7-3-8-0
    • Z Khan 9-1-28-1

This could be the last over before lunch. And Ravindra Jadeja will bowl it, in which case it might not be the last given how fast he goes through his deliveries

22.1

Jadeja to Williamson, no run, full, on the pads, defended

22.2

Jadeja to Williamson, no run, slows this one down, stays full on middle and leg, and is defended

22.3

Jadeja to Williamson, no run, more towards off this time, 87ks, defended off the front foot

22.4

Jadeja to Williamson, FOUR, KW tries to make sure this is the last over before lunch. He dances down the wicket, is right down to the pitch of the ball, and drives him over mid-on. KW has looked superb so far

22.5

Jadeja to Williamson, no run, right forward to defends this time

22.6

Jadeja to Williamson, no run, flighted on middle and leg. Defended. Thirty seconds before the clock ticks over. We might get another over in

End of over 23 (4 runs) New Zealand 52/3

    • KS Williamson 21 (42b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 4 (16b)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-4-0
    • Mohammed Shami 7-3-8-0

The umpires have made it to their ends, walking at regular pace, before the clock has ticked over, and so we get another over before lunch

23.1

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, full, just outside off, McCullum right forward to defend

23.2

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, short of a length, just outside off, McCullum is off his feet as he defends

23.3

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, stays short of a length, just outside off, McCullum is right behind it in defence

saikolappan san: "I have always wanted to see jadeja vs trot. The quickest to get through overs to the slowest to face."

23.4

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, 1 run, stays short of a length, pushed wide of point for one

23.5

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, length ball outside off, defended with soft hands

23.6

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, 1 run, tucked away off the hip to take a single to go into lunch

1.03pm Time for lunch then. After that 15-minute delay and winning the crucial toss, India have done well in this session. They began a little loose, providing too many soft leaves, until Ishant Sharma was brought on. Ishant removed Hamish Rutherford in his first over, and Ross Taylor soon after. His figures: 6-2-8-2. Taylor and Rutherford both played loose shots, Fulton got a good one from Zaheer. There is enough encouragement for the bowlers here with a lot of seam movement. Kane Williamson, though, has looked classy and comfortable in getting to 22 not out. Another exciting session will start in 40 minutes

Sleepin' Hunter: "Dan, I'm flattered and I guess, so are James Mclovin and Sleepin' Beauty(Jude). But only you can replace Ishant."

End of over 24 (2 runs) New Zealand 54/3

    • KS Williamson 22 (44b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 5 (20b)
    • Mohammed Shami 8-3-10-0
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-4-0

One of those Dhoni surprises now. Kohli to bowl his autumn leaves the first over after lunch. Is he here to change ends for somebody? Knowing Dhoni, he might even get a decent spell

11.40am Welcome back after lunch. We should be back on the field in about three minutes or so. It is nice and sunny out at Eden Park

g1: "@Dan: Imma let you finish, but Vinay Kumar is the best replacement of all time. Of. All. TIME!!!"

24.1

Kohli to Williamson, 1 bye, wide half-volley, KW goes after it, gets an inside edge towards fine leg for one

Keeper is up. A slip and a gully in

24.2

Kohli to McCullum, no run, full, outside off, pushed to mid-off

24.3

Kohli to McCullum, no run, some shape in, beats the inside edge, going down, though

Short midwicket in too

24.4

Kohli to McCullum, FOUR, short and wide, and McCullum tucks in. Cuts it in to the right of backward point for four

24.5

Kohli to McCullum, no run, short of a length, wide, this time McCullum lets it be

24.6

Kohli to McCullum, no run, tossed up outside off, defended off the front foot

End of over 25 (5 runs) New Zealand 59/3

    • BB McCullum 9 (25b 1x4)
    • KS Williamson 22 (45b 3x4)
    • V Kohli 1-0-4-0
    • Mohammed Shami 8-3-10-0

Ishant Sharma comes back. He bowled from the other end in the first session

25.1

I Sharma to Williamson, 3 runs, loosener, shortish, wide, KW cuts it through point

Arjuna: "Kohli looks dead serious when he is bolwing. Shows he cares about his bowling . Real intense cricketer. Rohit Sharma I think has more skills than kohli but lacks in intensity."

25.2

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, short of a length, outside of, McCullum wants to punch it through cover, but because of the slowness he ends up pushing this to mid-on

25.3

I Sharma to McCullum, 2 runs, a lot of intent from McCullum. Leans into a shortish delivery, pushes it through cover for two

25.4

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, wafts at a wide length ball, good job he doesn't reach it, because it was near impossible to time it from that far

25.5

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, short of a length, outside off, this time BMac lets it go

Paras: "I'm sorry, but bringing in a part timer when your front line bowlers are doing decently in a test match really kills the mood!"

25.6

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, wider, slightly fuller, left alone

So now we will know if Kohli came on to facilitate a change of ends or if it was one of Dhoni's punts

End of over 26 (5 runs) New Zealand 64/3

    • BB McCullum 11 (30b 1x4)
    • KS Williamson 25 (46b 3x4)
    • I Sharma 7-2-13-2
    • V Kohli 1-0-4-0

Shami to bowl. He has got the change of ends

26.1

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, 3 runs, short of a length, outside off, and KW has punched this beautifully between cover and point. This is one of the most difficult shots to play in the book. This back-foot drive. He plays it with great grace

26.2

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, shortish, widish, BMac wants to cut, but gets an under edge that ends up safely

Vimal: "Shami has been a little on the shorter side this morning"

26.3

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, wide length ball, left alone

Ken: "Exactly my thoughst Paras, as an NZer I was thinking, "Thank you Dhoni for easing the pressure right after lunch when you pacers had their boot on our throats.""

26.4

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, short of a length, widish, and he lets this go too. This one reaches Dhoni on a half-volley

26.5

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, worked to leg easily

26.6

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, 2 runs, fuller, but too straight, and is nicely clipped away for two

End of over 27 (6 runs) New Zealand 70/3

    • KS Williamson 30 (48b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 12 (34b 1x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 9-3-16-0
    • I Sharma 7-2-13-2
27.1

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, left alone outside off as Ishant pitches this wide

"Is BMac the only batsman to have a better t20 average that other formats?" Sudharsan, I would guess Raina might be in the same category, but McCullum is of course a much better batsman

27.2

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, short of a length, closer to off, defended off the back foot

27.3

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, another shortish delivery, and defended solidly

27.4

I Sharma to McCullum, FOUR, edged for four. Doesn't carry again. This is not even soft hands as he pushes at a widish length ball. It still falls well short of first slip and goes through Vijay's legs

27.5

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, good bouncer, just outside off, BMac has to take prompt action to get out of its way

27.6

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, presses forward to defend this shortish delivery outside off

End of over 28 (4 runs) New Zealand 74/3

    • BB McCullum 16 (40b 2x4)
    • KS Williamson 30 (48b 3x4)
    • I Sharma 8-2-17-2
    • Mohammed Shami 9-3-16-0
28.1

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, bouncer from Shami, and a good one. Higher than the shoulder, around off. Williamson shapes up to hook, but then sees it is too high and lets it go

28.2

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, 2 runs, beautiful back-foot drive. You can watch it all day. He rises with the ball, on hos toes, and punches this shortish delivery quite late through cover

28.3

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, full, middle and leg, pushed back to him

28.4

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, edged and not taken. Sitter by slip's standards. Almost knee high to Vijay at first slip. Nice length ball, seams away, takes the edge as KW defends, but Vijay doesn't hold on. Not sure if there was a very late movement as the ball approached him that put Vijay off

28.5

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run

28.6

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, 2 runs, this guy is classy or what? Beautiful push-drive. Slightly on the up, but with such finesse. Zaheer puts in a dive at mid-on to take some sting off it

End of over 29 (4 runs) New Zealand 78/3

    • KS Williamson 34 (54b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 16 (40b 2x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 10-3-20-0
    • I Sharma 8-2-17-2
29.1

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, widish length ball, left alone

Arjuna: "Both our openers have dropped catches. They don't seem to be in the right frame of mind"

29.2

I Sharma to McCullum, FOUR, bouncer, and Ishant might think he is unlucky he has got the edge but gone for four. However, the way McCullum pulled at it, really hard and viciously, there was no way this top edge was going to hand. Fifty for the stand

29.3

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, another bouncer, but this time he lets it be

29.4

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, dug in shortish again, and this one stops at him. BMac has fended this well in front of his body. Keeps it down, though

29.5

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended well

29.6

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, wide, shortish, no need to play at this

End of over 30 (4 runs) New Zealand 82/3

    • BB McCullum 20 (46b 3x4)
    • KS Williamson 34 (54b 3x4)
    • I Sharma 9-2-21-2
    • Mohammed Shami 10-3-20-0

Gocfe: "George Bailey has got a better average at T20 than his Test average, at a better strike rate than Chris Gayle..."

30.1

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, 1 run, dropped to leg with soft hands, and called through by BMac for a quick single

"Why is the slip so close to the keeper....that should of been Dhoni's catch with the gloves." Hayden, while you might be a wee harsh in this case, I agree Dhoni doesn;t like to dive to his right

30.2

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, 2 runs, full, there is some movement, but he plays with a straight bat, and gets a couple through mid-off

30.3

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, full again, this time he pushes it straight to mid-off

30.4

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, on a length, middle and leg, defended to leg

30.5

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, on a length, outside off, solidly defended. This one held its line a little

Kevin: "Dropping catches. That is the last thing India need. After questioning the abilities of the bowlers, when they produce edges, the fielders don't back them up."

30.6

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, another solid front-foot defensive

End of over 31 (3 runs) New Zealand 85/3

    • BB McCullum 22 (51b 3x4)
    • KS Williamson 35 (55b 3x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 11-3-23-0
    • I Sharma 9-2-21-2
31.1

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to cover

IndiaBarcelona: "Can someone tell Dhoni, its not Brett Lee firing thunderbolts @ 145 +, its Ishant at 125 -128 kph!, why do our slip-fielders stand at least 2 yards back and so close to each other?? Amazingly... this has been going on for the last 3-4 series! what is the main coach Fletcher doing? absolutely illogical, when you already have about 4 edges fall short and still stand back, here one wicket is the difference bet a win and a loss with our inconsistent bowling!"

31.2

I Sharma to Williamson, 1 run, length ball, angling in, played with soft hands, straight to Zaheer at mid-on. And they have picked their man to take the single. Good awareness

31.3

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, bouncer, well down the leg side, no need to play at it

Two slips, two gullies now

31.4

I Sharma to McCullum, FOUR, the ball is not coming on but BMac has managed to cut this this short in front of square. Well in front of square. Superbly timed still

31.5

I Sharma to McCullum, FOUR, short and wide again, and this time the ball does come on, and has been cut away just in front of point

31.6

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, fuller this time, and he pushes it to mid-off

End of over 32 (9 runs) New Zealand 94/3

    • BB McCullum 30 (55b 5x4)
    • KS Williamson 36 (57b 3x4)
    • I Sharma 10-2-30-2
    • Mohammed Shami 11-3-23-0
32.1

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, SIX, bouncer, at off, helmet high, but he hooks at it. Hasn't hit it smack off the middle, but with short fine leg and long leg boundaries at Eden Park, this is good enough

32.2

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, worked to leg for a single

32.3

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, 1 run, on a length, outside off, BMac pushes into it, past cover for one

32.4

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, full, middle and leg, can't beat short midwicket

32.5

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, on a length, hits the inside half of the bat as KW looks to play it towards mid-on. It goes to short midwicket

32.6

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, on a length, seams in slightly, hits the inside edge on the way through to the pad

End of over 33 (8 runs) New Zealand 102/3

    • KS Williamson 43 (62b 3x4 1x6)
    • BB McCullum 31 (56b 5x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 12-3-31-0
    • I Sharma 10-2-30-2

Ishant is taken off after a spell of 4-0-22-0 to go with his 6-2-8-2 in the morning

33.1

Khan to McCullum, FOUR, dismissed out of sight. This is poor from Zaheer. Short at 122ks. BMac has an eternity and a half to pull this over midwicket for four

33.2

Khan to McCullum, no run, short of a length, 127ks, defended from the crease

33.3

Khan to McCullum, FOUR, short and wide, at 124ks, and even though McCullum has got the edge, he has gone so hard at it no slip is going to take this catch. Poor bowling from Zaheer

New Zealand have doubled their lunch score in 40 minutes

33.4

Khan to McCullum, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended to cover

33.5

Khan to McCullum, no run, widish, shortish, left alone

Zaheer goes round the stumps

33.6

Khan to McCullum, no run, on a length, outside off, 133ks, BMac is right forward to defend it

End of over 34 (8 runs) New Zealand 110/3

    • BB McCullum 39 (62b 7x4)
    • KS Williamson 43 (62b 3x4 1x6)
    • Z Khan 10-1-36-1
    • Mohammed Shami 12-3-31-0

aaron: "Eoin Morgan another one with a higher T20 average than test"

34.1

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, length ball outside off, leans into a forward-defensive

Shouvik: "Dropped catches and short pitched bowling. This is more of the Indian team we know."

34.2

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended off the front foot. Nearly topspins onto the stumps

Brendon McCullum has gone past Nathan Astle on the list of Test runs scored

34.3

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended off the front foot

Ram: "Seeing the number of runs scored in the last half an hour, one can be forgiven for thinking that New Zealand are batting for a declaration!"

34.4

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, 1 run, flicked off the pads, and he thinks he has placed it much better than he has. Calls for a single immediately, which turns out to be really tight. McCullum looks comfortable, but his sliding bat gets stuck in the pitch and also the throw comes and hits him on the arm. Ends up toppled

34.5

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, short of a length, holds its line in front of off, and is defended

34.6

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, FOUR, ordinary delivery. Too full, too straight, and is clipped away off the toes, between mid-on and midwicket. This is almost an ODI field

End of over 35 (5 runs) New Zealand 115/3

    • BB McCullum 43 (64b 8x4)
    • KS Williamson 44 (66b 3x4 1x6)
    • Mohammed Shami 13-3-36-0
    • Z Khan 10-1-36-1

Ken: "NZ have come along way with their batting, even when they have a collapse of a few wickets, there will be one partnership that can anchor and rebuild, not folding like paper as they used to 1-2 years ago."

35.1

Khan to Williamson, no run, short of a length, angling in, 131ks, punched to mid-off

35.2

Khan to Williamson, no run, goes wide of the crease, angles this in towards off, defended from the crease

35.3

Khan to Williamson, no run, goes really wide this time, stays shortish, Williamson punches this to cover

Zaheer goes over the stumps now. Gets a short midwicket in

35.4

Khan to Williamson, no run, short of a length, 132ks, on off, no movement. Defended back to him

35.5

Khan to Williamson, 1 run, slightly fuller, allows KW to push forward. Drops this almost at his feet, and calls BMac through for one

Round the stumps again

35.6

Khan to McCullum, no run, bowls from wide of the crease, and is defended solidly as he pitches this up

End of over 36 (1 run) New Zealand 116/3

    • BB McCullum 43 (65b 8x4)
    • KS Williamson 45 (71b 3x4 1x6)
    • Z Khan 11-1-37-1
    • Mohammed Shami 13-3-36-0

Ishant Sharma replaces Shami

36.1

I Sharma to Williamson, 1 run, starts off with an ordinary delivery on the pads, and is clipped away for a single

Kenche: "Last 5 overs look like NZ have taken powr play"

36.2

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, more towards off, but still angling in a little to much. Pushed to midwicket

36.3

I Sharma to McCullum, 1 run, slightly short of a length, on and around off, McCullum presses forward, gets an inside edge for one

36.4

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, short of a length, on off, holds its line. Defended well by KW

36.5

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, on a length, just outside off, holds its line a little, still a solid defence from KW. Three good balls in a row

36.6

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, beautiful forward-defensive from KW as Ishant stays around that off stump

Time for a drink. Sixty-four runs have come in this hour

End of over 37 (2 runs) New Zealand 118/3

    • KS Williamson 46 (75b 3x4 1x6)
    • BB McCullum 44 (67b 8x4)
    • I Sharma 11-2-32-2
    • Z Khan 11-1-37-1

bhambri: "@kenche-the problem is that this power play is getting more then 5 overs.."

Zaheer is back over the stumps

37.1

Khan to McCullum, no run, short of a length, on off, defended back to him. Would have been touch and go had he hit

37.2

Khan to McCullum, 1 run, full, on the pads, they risk a tight single to Shami at mid-on

37.3

Khan to Williamson, no run, defended solidly off the front foot

37.4

Khan to Williamson, no run, short of a length, angling towards off stump after pitching middle and leg. Defended off the back foot

37.5

Khan to Williamson, no run, on a length, angling across him, defended solidly off the front foot

37.6

Khan to Williamson, SIX, KW reaches fifty with a top-edged six, but this is a risk-free shot with such a short fine-leg boundary. Zaheer tries the bouncer, down the leg, KW sees it and goes after it. The attempt is so full-blooded the top edge clears fine leg easily. Six fifties in six successive international innings now

End of over 38 (7 runs) New Zealand 125/3

    • KS Williamson 52 (79b 3x4 2x6)
    • BB McCullum 45 (69b 8x4)
    • Z Khan 12-1-44-1
    • I Sharma 11-2-32-2
38.1

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, length ball, angling in, defended off the front foot

38.2

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, looks to punch this through cover, but the ball doesn't quite come on, and he fails to time it

38.3

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, poor delivery, well down the leg side. Lucky that McCullum doesn't get a touch on it

38.4

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, on a length, middle and leg, holds its line a bit. Defended to mid-on

38.5

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, fullish, defended to mid-off

38.6

I Sharma to McCullum, 1 run, looks to push at this outside off, ends up slicing it through the vacant point region. Must have stopped at him a touch

End of over 39 (1 run) New Zealand 126/3

    • BB McCullum 46 (75b 8x4)
    • KS Williamson 52 (79b 3x4 2x6)
    • I Sharma 12-2-33-2
    • Z Khan 12-1-44-1

Shami gets a change of ends now. Out goes Zaheer, who has not looked as intense as he was in South Africa

39.1

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended back to him

39.2

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, short of a length, slightly outside off, defended off the front foot

39.3

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, slightly fuller than the previous two deliveries, 132ks, defended off the front foot

39.4

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, short of a length, a touch too wide, McCullum goes deep to manufacture a cut, but can't beat point

39.5

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, on a length, on off, angling in, defended off the front foot

39.6

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, looks to pull but this is not short enough. Just short of a length, and he looks to swivel-pull it over square leg. Doesn't succeed

End of over 40 (maiden) New Zealand 126/3

    • BB McCullum 46 (81b 8x4)
    • KS Williamson 52 (79b 3x4 2x6)
    • Mohammed Shami 14-4-36-0
    • I Sharma 12-2-33-2

Three slips and a gully for Ishant

40.1

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, widish length ball, left alone

40.2

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, well forward to defend a length ball

40.3

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, length ball, angling in, 127ks, pushed to mid-on

The pace of all three Indian quicks has been down today

40.4

I Sharma to Williamson, 1 run, short, angling too far, pulled away, not very convincingly, but safely, for one

"Actually, Zaheer hasn't looked intense since the end of the JoBurg Test. What did he achieve in the Durban Test?" I agree, SanjayN

40.5

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, short of a length, just outside off, McCullum defends solidly off the front foot

40.6

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, was that a chance? If it was, it was a really difficult one. Hit uppishly back at him, low to his left, Ishant goes down to try a catch

End of over 41 (1 run) New Zealand 127/3

    • BB McCullum 46 (83b 8x4)
    • KS Williamson 53 (83b 3x4 2x6)
    • I Sharma 13-2-34-2
    • Mohammed Shami 14-4-36-0
41.1

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, FOUR, off-drive. Beautiful. Williamson is class. How does he average in the 30s? Length ball, outside off, weight goes forward, the bat extends in a fluid motion. No power behind it. Just the timing to take this through mid-off. That's also 100 for the partnership

41.2

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, 3 runs, angling in this time, and he has got inside this to work this between midwicket and square leg

41.3

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, pushed wide of cover for one

41.4

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended from the crease

SanjayN: "Amazing how the pace of all our bowlers could be down on the 1st day of the 1st Test of a series! It's a good thing these "athletes" don't play 5 Test series like real men of yesteryear."

41.5

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, angling in, but still holds its line after pitching. KW recovers well and defends. There is something in the pitch still. Not much but there is a bit of wobble

41.6

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, angling into the pads, defended to midwicket

End of over 42 (8 runs) New Zealand 135/3

    • KS Williamson 60 (88b 4x4 2x6)
    • BB McCullum 47 (84b 8x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 15-4-44-0
    • I Sharma 13-2-34-2

"Don't worry, Kane's average will be well into the 40s by career's end. He's far too good not to have such numbers next to his name." BJ, I am sure he will be disappointed if he now around that 50 mark by the time he is done

Zaheer gets a change of ends now

42.1

Khan to McCullum, no run, full, on off, right forward in defence

42.2

Khan to McCullum, FOUR, now it is McCullum's turn. What a beautiful off drive to get to his fifty. Leans into a half-volley, and push-drives it between the bowler and mid-off

42.3

Khan to McCullum, FOUR, what a manufactured cut. This is incredible. Short, but no room. BMac, though, has somehow contrived room to late-cut it through gully for four

Goes round the stumps

42.4

Khan to McCullum, 2 runs, now BMac is doing as he wishes. He has pulled a ball that is not short enough, but has still got a couple to long leg

42.5

Khan to McCullum, no run, full outside off, BMac strides well forward to defend

42.6

Khan to McCullum, no run, angling in, hits the inside half of the bat as he defends

End of over 43 (10 runs) New Zealand 145/3

    • BB McCullum 57 (90b 10x4)
    • KS Williamson 60 (88b 4x4 2x6)
    • Z Khan 13-1-54-1
    • Mohammed Shami 15-4-44-0

McCullum has looked in some trouble. He has been stretching a little. Getting some treatment from the physio

Anyway, here is Jadeja

43.1

Jadeja to Williamson, FOUR, and Jadeja bowls a filthy long hop first ball, which is pulled away past fine leg

43.2

Jadeja to Williamson, FOUR, another long hop and well down leg, and KW has done well to get bat on this to take four more to fine leg

Short leg moves to leg gully

43.3

Jadeja to Williamson, no run, Jadeja finds his spot. On a length, on off, defended off the front foot

43.4

Jadeja to Williamson, no run, full, on off, pushed to mid-off

43.5

Jadeja to Williamson, no run, drifting into the pads, defended to leg

John: "If NZ could just have 2 batsman in the team at the same time with an average over 40 that would be an achievement. BMac might have too many innings under his belt to nudge his average up much but KW shouldn't have too much trouble. Every 100+ not out should add about 2 to his career average at this stage."

43.6

Jadeja to Williamson, no run, full, KW dances down the wicket to push this to mid-on. Called wide

End of over 44 (8 runs) New Zealand 153/3

    • KS Williamson 68 (94b 6x4 2x6)
    • BB McCullum 57 (90b 10x4)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-12-0
    • Z Khan 13-1-54-1

A slip, a gully and a short leg

44.1

Khan to McCullum, FOUR, bouncer from round the stumps, at 135ks, meat and drink for McCullum who hooks this straight into the ground and places it between square leg and fine leg. That's 100 in the session

44.2

Khan to McCullum, 1 wide, a better, higher bouncer, McCullum shapes up to hook again, but pulls out of it

44.2

Khan to McCullum, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

44.3

Khan to McCullum, no run, on a length, angling in, McCullum defends solidly

44.4

Khan to McCullum, 2 runs, angling in, too straight, guided to fine leg. McCullum is jogging for one, but he sees the fielder - Shami - ambling and Dhoni not even interested in coming up to the stumps. So he steals a second

44.5

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

44.6

Khan to McCullum, no run, another forward-defensive to end the over

End of over 45 (7 runs) New Zealand 160/3

    • BB McCullum 63 (96b 11x4)
    • KS Williamson 68 (94b 6x4 2x6)
    • Z Khan 14-1-61-1
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-12-0
45.1

Jadeja to Williamson, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, driven to mid-on

45.2

Jadeja to Williamson, no run, short of a length, into the pads, dabbed to short leg

45.3

Jadeja to Williamson, 3 runs, down the wicket to reach the pitch. And it's not just movement down the wicket. He has also moved across to get inside the line of the ball, and placed this through midwicket

45.4

Jadeja to McCullum, no run, length ball, middle and leg, defended back to him

45.5

Jadeja to McCullum, no run, darted in around off, pushed to cover

45.6

Jadeja to McCullum, no run, quicker, flatter, defended in front of middle and leg

End of over 46 (3 runs) New Zealand 163/3

    • BB McCullum 63 (99b 11x4)
    • KS Williamson 71 (97b 6x4 2x6)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-15-0
    • Z Khan 14-1-61-1

George Binoy says India have bowled only one maiden since the 14th over

46.1

Khan to Williamson, no run, length ball, angling in, defended off the front foot

46.2

Khan to Williamson, no run, too straight again, this time Pujara at short leg does well to deny them a run

46.3

Khan to Williamson, 1 run, short ball, hip high, too far down leg, pulled to fine leg for one

46.4

Khan to McCullum, no run, full, just outside off, defended off the front foot

46.5

Khan to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length, pushed just wide of Rohit at cover, and they steal another single. India looking listless overall

sam: "Williamson is easily the most professional New Zealand cricketer since Glenn Turner and Richard Hadlee. He spends countless hours practicing by all reports. Lets hope he continues his avoidance of the IPL so he can concentrate on becoming the best New Zealand test number 3 we have had in a very long time."

46.6

Khan to Williamson, FOUR, another tame short ball that has been dismissed out of sight. Zaheer is having one of his most ordinary days with the ball. Mercilessly pulled in front of square

End of over 47 (6 runs) New Zealand 169/3

    • KS Williamson 76 (101b 7x4 2x6)
    • BB McCullum 64 (101b 11x4)
    • Z Khan 15-1-67-1
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-15-0
47.1

Jadeja to McCullum, 1 run, half-volley outside leg, swept away, and a good effort from Ishant keeps them down to one

47.2

Jadeja to Williamson, no run, tossed up outside off, defended off the front foot

47.3

Jadeja to Williamson, no run, shimmies down, sees the ball is flat, defended back to him

47.4

Jadeja to Williamson, no run, short of a length, defended off the back foot

47.5

Jadeja to Williamson, no run, nearly a yorker, quite quick too, dug out

47.6

Jadeja to Williamson, no run, looks to drive this through cover, but the ball doesn't turn and hits the inside half of the bat

End of over 48 (1 run) New Zealand 170/3

    • KS Williamson 76 (106b 7x4 2x6)
    • BB McCullum 65 (102b 11x4)
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-16-0
    • Z Khan 15-1-67-1

Ishant Sharma is back for another spell

48.1

I Sharma to McCullum, 1 run, wide length ball, driven on the up, but India have a sweeper-cover now

48.2

I Sharma to Williamson, 2 runs, uppishly played, but wide of short midwicket. The ball has been stopping at the batsmen since morning

48.3

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, on a length, just outside off, defended off the front foot

48.4

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, another length ball, another solid defensive

48.5

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, stays on a length, but angles this in, and is defended back to mid-on

casca: "I believe bowlers needs to step up now. If they cannot simply take wickets, at least they can bowl at one side of the wicket. Be it the odis or tests, they have simply not been able to control the runrate."

48.6

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, wider, similar length, left alone

End of over 49 (3 runs) New Zealand 173/3

    • KS Williamson 78 (111b 7x4 2x6)
    • BB McCullum 66 (103b 11x4)
    • I Sharma 14-2-37-2
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-16-0
49.1

Jadeja to McCullum, no run, full, on the pads, defended to short leg

49.2

Jadeja to McCullum, no run, drifting in again, defended to short leg again

49.3

Jadeja to McCullum, FOUR, full, outside leg, McCullum sweeps it really fine for four. Even Jadeja has bowled profligately today. That pretty much sums it up for India

49.4

Jadeja to McCullum, no run, slows this down, but middle and leg again, and is defended

49.5

Jadeja to McCullum, no run, slight turn, but nothing that will bother the batsmen. Defended from the crease

49.6

Jadeja to McCullum, no run, tossed up outside off, smothers it after moving forward

End of over 50 (4 runs) New Zealand 177/3

    • BB McCullum 70 (109b 12x4)
    • KS Williamson 78 (111b 7x4 2x6)
    • RA Jadeja 5-0-20-0
    • I Sharma 14-2-37-2
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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