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10.55 am India are in a huddle at the boundary. Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford walk past them towards the pitch. Zaheer Khan has the brand new ball in his hands. Things just about being put in place for the first ball and he has four slips and a short leg in place.

As Toby noted, this is going to be a serious Test on the home side's top order. The openers are desperate for some runs and they don't have the luxury of Ross Taylor to bail them out should things go wrong. And with a green pitch ready to assist the bowlers, India's bowlers (however tired they might be) should be coming at them hard.

10.50 am An incredible first session lies in wait for us, one way or another. New Zealand did bat first in the last Test here and amassed a daunting 441 against a rather wayward West Indies. They dug in a bit too short to utilise the pitch as best as they could have and India's bowlers would do well to make not of that.

Toby: "All of a sudden our top order looks extremely weak and inexperienced. Big weight on Williamson's shoulders at 3. If he goes early I can't see us posting a decent total, in fact a collapse is on the cards...."

Nikhil kicks things off on the selection front: "Why is Umesh Yadav not playing, he would have been a better option than Ishant." and is followed by a very solid argument from Anoop: "And what about young Bhuvi, whilst he isn't express I don't think he's done enough damage to himself to merit a permanent bench warming spot in white clothing."

Rohit: "I wonder if Corey Anderson will go easy on his IPL captain - Rohit Sharma - in this game."

10.40 pm The New Zealand Prime Minister John Key was present at the toss, handing out the coin to McCullum to spin. It is one year until the World Cup 2015 hits these shores

Mastu: "I have exam in morning but can't sleep without watching first ten overs"

Muthu Saravanan: "Is this to say end of road to Ashwin outside Indian sub-continent?" Well, this certainly is no place for two spinners in an XI and as we know, Dhoni has recently preferred Jadeja's accuracy to Ashwin's ineffectiveness on helpless pitches for him

"Cricinfo brace yourself, all hell is about to break loose. Dhoni has picked the same team again." We're ready, Harkaran. Give us your best shot

10.35 am The pitch report has mixed news for the batsman. Life will be tough early on, there is a considerable and even covering of grass on this deck. But as the game wears on, in the second and third days with the sun beating down it will flatten out. The outfield is fantastic. It's a lovely day out there, with a maximum of 21 degrees celsius and a humidity of 87%

Mark: "So India take a clean sweep of the tosses. The actual matches is a different story. This will be make or break time for Fulton and Rutherford. It might not be the ideal scenario for them but if they perform in these conditions they just might have a future."

10.30 am India have won the toss and elect to bowl. "It will help the bowlers initially and it will get better on the second and third days," says MS Dhoni. We're playing with the same team and we need the lower order to get us some runs and we don't really have a seaming allrounder. We have to keep believing in the abilities of the player. If we chop and change everytime he might lose confidence."

Brendon McCullum says, "Experience might help them today along with doing a good job with the bat in. After losing every toss in the series and being unbeaten in the series is a big deal and hopefully we can keep the run going. Disappointing for Ross and Ish miss out. Great opportunity for Jimmy Neesham and Tom Latham who are making their debut. It is a risk going in without a spinner, but we think it is the right option on this pitch given how many wickets our seamers have taken this summer. No news yet on Rosco but we wish them well and look forward to another little Taylor running around"

10.25 am The last time the Basin hosted a Test match, chaos ruled. West Indies lost 16 wickets in a day to be comfortably routed by an innings! Anyone getting jittery about the toss yet? Well, hopefully your nerves are eased by the preview from Sidharth Monga

Sandy: "Both McCullum and Dhoni would be desprate to win but the difference is former is looking for toss whereas later should look for match."

Elkano: "Spiritual home is right. When I die, heaven will consist of me sitting on the embankment watching cricket under a gloriously blue windless Wellington sky (they do happen). Come on lads, let's two nil 'em."

10.15 am Test cricket has moved to its spiritual home in New Zealand, the Basin Reserve in Wellington. This is the last international of the New Zealand summer, and we welcome you all. The toss is in 15 minutes, and Brendon McCullum will be desperate to win one after having had no say in whether he bats or fields all tour long

0.1

Khan to Fulton, 1 run, get off the mark straight away, good quick single towards short cover. It was full with a hint of swing inward. Fulton moved forward nicely and defended with soft hands

four slips and short leg to the left-hander as well

0.2

Khan to Rutherford, no run, 130 kph, bit too wide with that fuller length ball which swung away. Rutherford treats himself to an easy leave

0.3

Khan to Rutherford, no run, ventures even fuller, in fact this is very teasing outside off but Rutherford reins himself in and doesn't play. Good call too, there was late away swing there as well

0.4

Khan to Rutherford, no run, good length ball just outside off stump watched through to the keeper

0.5

Khan to Rutherford, 1 run, full and straight this time and Rutherford checks a drive wide of mid-on to open his account

0.6

Khan to Fulton, no run, swerves in just a touch as he pitches this on a good length around middle and leg. Fulton tries to clip it away but gets it off the pad as it dribbles towards short leg

sri: "With so much talk and emphasis on the green pitch, Indian bowlers may end up being complacent! Let's see..."

End of over 1 (2 runs) New Zealand 2/0
PG Fulton    1* (2b)      Z Khan    1-0-2-0
HD Rutherford    1* (4b)     

Mohammed Shami enjoys four slips and a short leg as well

Rawan: "Dhoni needed to be bold with the selection. Should have played 4 fast bowlers. Attack and try to square the series rather then lower order runs for a draw."

1.1

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, starts off with a poor on, full on the pads. Should have been flicked away but Rutherford doesn't connect with the bat. Gets a bit of pad to the keeper. Early nerves, I suspect

1.2

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, better line as this is on a good length and pushed across him, Rutherford doesn't bite

1.3

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, goes back as this is a touch shorter on middle and leg and tucks it a little to the left of mid-on

1.4

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, (no ball) FOUR, invites the drive as he gifts Rutherford loads of room outside off and he climbs into a free-flowing cover drive. Shami has nicked the stumps during his bowling action and it is called a no-ball

1.4

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, fullish on and around off stump as Rutherford defends from the crease. Employed soft hands though as it fell short of the fourth slip

five slips in now

1.5

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, burrriliaant! Pitched on middle just short of a good length and jagged away appreciably! The defensive prod is just good enough for the ball to miss the edge, that's all one can say. Great carry through to the keeper as well

1.6

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, good length ball angled across him as this is left alone

End of over 2 (5 runs) New Zealand 7/0
HD Rutherford    5* (11b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    1-0-5-0
PG Fulton    1* (2b)      Z Khan    1-0-2-0

2.1

Khan to Fulton, no run, pushes this across the right-hander on a fuller length as Fulton shoulders arms

2.2

Khan to Fulton, no run, beaten outside off as he pokes at it with very little feet. Zaheer benefits from the ball moving away off the seam as he bowls this on a good length on off stump

2.3

Khan to Fulton, 2 runs, straying in line as he attempts the inswinger. Fulton clips it away to the right of mid-on

2.4

Khan to Fulton, no run, good length ball probing the off-stump channel as Fulton judges it early and leaves

2.5

Khan to Fulton, no run, fullish on off stump with just a bit of tail inward. Fulton strides forward and defends off more of an inside edge

2.6

Khan to Fulton, no run, the awayswinger to finish but Fulton is not interested as he sees this outside off

End of over 3 (2 runs) New Zealand 9/0
PG Fulton    3* (8b)      Z Khan    2-0-4-0
HD Rutherford    5* (11b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    1-0-5-0

Bis: "One already suspects a cunning strategem by NZ - all the talk of a seaming pitch and having to field first on winning the toss was designed to get Dhoni to field first if he won the toss - now NZ can tuck in to nice easy pickings!" Doesn't look like it in the early going, mate

3.1

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, more away movement, especially as it goes to the keeper as this is just short of a good length outside off. Rutherford doesn't bother with it

3.2

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, 3 runs, 142 kph, this time he goes squarer as Shami looks for a fuller length and angles it across the left-hander. He opens the face and slices it away, but there wasn't too much timing on that

3.3

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, 142 kph, two sounds as Shami goes up in appeal! Big inside edge before it clanged into the pads as Fulton was stuck on the crease. This was a fuller ball which skidded in at him. Almost

3.4

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, 142 kph, follows up with a fuller away swinger but he's started it just a bit wide of off stump and the batsman is happy not to play

3.5

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, 1 run, 140 kph, he rushes away to the other end after leaning forward to defend this full delivery on off stump. Nice soft hands between point and cover and he's off

3.6

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, pulled his bat inside the line of that, good on him. This was another quick away seamer, pitched short of a good length and probing in that off stump channel

End of over 4 (4 runs) New Zealand 13/0
HD Rutherford    8* (14b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    2-0-9-0
PG Fulton    4* (11b)      Z Khan    2-0-4-0

4.1

Khan to Fulton, no run, excellent lines from Zaheer as he makes Fulton play at it. The late away movement off the pitch ensures this fuller delivery is too good for him

4.2

Khan to Fulton, 1 run, bit of indecision as Fulton hesitated before committing to the quick single into the covers. Fuller length ball on off stump defended into the covers before point swooped in

4.3

Khan to Rutherford, no run, good leave from Rutherford as the trusted his judgement of this good length ball to be outside off. Holds its line as it goes through to Dhoni nicely

4.4

Khan to Rutherford, no run, 134 kph, tucks him up as jags back in. Very late on that flick shot and he's struck on top of the pad. Would have sneaked down leg

4.5

Khan to Rutherford, no run, a bit too short and too wide to interest the batsman

4.6

Khan to Rutherford, no run, he's been drawn into a poor stroke but survives. This was a length ball outside off stump. The most he should have done, if he had to, was defend or better yet leave it. But he goes for an on-the-up drive through the off side and is beaten

End of over 5 (1 run) New Zealand 14/0
HD Rutherford    8* (18b 1x4)      Z Khan    3-0-5-0
PG Fulton    5* (13b)      Mohammed Shami    2-0-9-0

kiran: "So many close calls. This feels like its a matter of getting one guy out and the floodgates will open. NZ could easily be 30/3 if they lose one here"

5.1

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, no run, 139 kph, good length ball on outside off as Fulton shoulders arms

5.2

Mohammed Shami to Fulton, 1 run, 140 kph, goes on the back foot and towards the leg side as this is shorter. Dabbed into the point region for a quick single

5.3

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, 139 kph, cautiously left alone as this is full and just outside off. He'd poked at a similar length ball in the last over. Both bowlers are keeping to a very good line in the first half hour

5.4

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, 137 kph, goes a touch fuller as he probes away outside off stump. Rutherford is disciplined with his leave

5.5

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, no run, 139 kph, good shape away from the left-hander as he pitches this just back of a length and gets it to seam away late. Rutherford pokes and misses

5.6

Mohammed Shami to Rutherford, FOUR, 138 kph, excellent strike. Full face of the bat came down through the line and the timing was solid as well. Shami doesn't get the movement he wanted on one that is perhaps just a touch too full. Nicely put away

Pablo: "@Kiran -- Assuming India can hold their catches this time."

End of over 6 (5 runs) New Zealand 19/0
HD Rutherford    12* (22b 2x4)      Mohammed Shami    3-0-14-0
PG Fulton    6* (15b)      Z Khan    3-0-5-0

6.1

Khan to Fulton, 2 runs, very late decision to guide that through past gully. This was short and wide outside off, might well have been clattered away through point.

6.2

Khan to Fulton, 1 run, full on off stump as he strides forward and defends with soft hands towards point

6.3

Khan to Rutherford, no run, tails away but this 132 kph length ball began a bit too wide to interest the batsman

6.4

Khan to Rutherford, no run, considerable movement away as he pushes the ball full and just outside off. Rutherford is wary of it as he keeps his bat behind his shoulders

6.5

Khan to Rutherford, no run, 133 kph, and the very next ball it jags back sharply into him. Rutherford is in no position to negotiate this as he plays around his front pad and is struck on the thigh.

6.6

Khan to Rutherford, no run, goes wide of the crease and makes it swing away outside off from a fuller length. Left alone

End of over 7 (3 runs) New Zealand 22/0
HD Rutherford    12* (26b 2x4)      Z Khan    4-0-8-0
PG Fulton    9* (17b)      Mohammed Shami    3-0-14-0

First bowling change for India as Ishant Sharma comes into the attack. Four slips, a gully and short leg to assist him

Don: "So good to see a good crowd in today, really adds to the atmosphere, much better than the first test. "

7.1

I Sharma to Fulton, 1 run, back of a length on off stump at 130 kph as Fulton goes back and blocks just wide of gully

same field to the left-hander, minus short leg

7.2

I Sharma to Rutherford, no run, back of a length ball just outside off and Rutherford is mindful of it as he leaves.

7.3

I Sharma to Rutherford, no run, 132 kph, goes a bit fuller this time as he seeks the outside edge but Rutherford doesn't offer bat to this one angled across him either

short leg now in place

7.4

I Sharma to Rutherford, no run, fullish and on leg stump as he pushes the bat in front of his pads to defend down the ground

7.5

I Sharma to Rutherford, no run, full and pushed wide outside off, Rutherford needn't play at those

7.6

I Sharma to Rutherford, no run, 131 kph, this time he can't help himself. Has happened a couple of times already as Rutherford goes full-on against this full delivery pushed across him. The extravagant drive connects only with air though

End of over 8 (1 run) New Zealand 23/0
HD Rutherford    12* (31b 2x4)      I Sharma    1-0-1-0
PG Fulton    10* (18b)      Z Khan    4-0-8-0

Karan Sharma: "bhuvi's ability to control the line for an entire over and move the ball both ways from the same line could have been a real threat here... a rethink needed before the next away series"

8.1

Khan to Fulton, no run, 130 kph, fullish and seeking middle stump as Fulton gets in line and defends

8.2

Khan to Fulton, no run, there's a short midwicket in place this over and this one finds him as the ball is full and on middle. Defended off the front foot

8.3

Khan to Fulton, no run, lovely delivery again and Fulton exhibits good patience as he leaves. Good length ball only a shade outside off stump

8.4

Khan to Fulton, no run, worked away to short midwicket again as this is fullish and on middle and leg

8.5

Khan to Fulton, no run, he's on the front foot to meet this full length ball on off stump and defends with an open face towards point

8.6

Khan to Fulton, no run, full and just outside off as Fulton drives to the newly placed silly mid-off

Bowling coach: "I can never understand this "outside the off" channel line preached by one and all; you are expecting and hoping the batsman will nick to the slips. Why not bowl full and straight (especially when it is swinging) so that lbw, bowled and miscued catches also come into play?" Ideally one sets up the other, Mr Coach

End of over 9 (maiden) New Zealand 23/0
PG Fulton    10* (24b)      Z Khan    5-1-8-0
HD Rutherford    12* (31b 2x4)      I Sharma    1-0-1-0

Saravana: "To Indian Bowlers : Please do not bring Newzealand openers back to form. Please..."

9.1

I Sharma to Rutherford, no run, 134 kph, good length ball on the fifth-sixth stump line as Rutherford refrains from playing

9.2

I Sharma to Rutherford, no run, a bit too short this time as he pushes the ball across him. Easy leave

9.3

I Sharma to Rutherford, OUT, Vijay holds on at first slip! The short ball is directed much, much better this time! Rutherford could not evade the line of this and was committed into playing. Got his hands very high up and when he was looking to leave he just couldn't. The bounce was steeper than he expected and he gloves it to the cordon. India strike and it's that enigma Ishant again!

HD Rutherford c Vijay b I Sharma 12 (40m 34b 2x4 0x6) SR: 35.29

Kane Williamson touches gloves with Hamish Rutherford. He's been a veritable batting machine this tour. Takes his time surveying the field, which is four slips, gully and a short leg

9.4

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, back of a length and it jags back in at him. Williamson is late in judging the movement and can't put bat to ball as he wears it on the body

9.5

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, good length ball just outside off and Williamson leaves nicely

9.6

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, full and tailing down the leg side as he attempts to flick it through midwicket. It's a shot he plays almost with a straight bat on occasion, but this time he can't connect

Gokul: "@Bowling coach: The reason is that batsmen are more tentative outside off. Since you are playing away from the body, when you try to play the ball just outside off, your feet need to be moving well enough to counter the swing so that you can play the drive or defend. And at the start your feet don't move too well. Bowling full and straight is generally easier to handle since you are able to defend with minimal feet movement. Of course the ball needs to be just outside off so that the batsman is in doubt that if he doesn't play, he risks having his off stump hit if the ball does not swing away or even if it comes in marginally."

End of over 10 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 23/1
KS Williamson    0* (3b)      I Sharma    2-1-1-1
PG Fulton    10* (24b)      Z Khan    5-1-8-0

10.1

Khan to Fulton, no run, full and swinging away as well. Far too much incentive there to leave the ball than play and Fulton agrees. Dhoni had to dive to his right to take it

10.2

Khan to Fulton, 2 runs, too straight and Fulton picks it away square of short leg. Only looked to place that in the gap

10.3

Khan to Fulton, no run, 132 kph, strides forward to this good length ball on off stump and defends

10.4

Khan to Fulton, no run, fullish and just a bit too outside off stump to lure Fulton into a shot

10.5

Khan to Fulton, 1 run, fourth slip dives but he can't get his hands on it to prevent the single, fell well short of course. Fuller length ball but Fulton preferred to defend off the back foot. Opens the face and plays with soft hands

10.6

Khan to Williamson, no run, length ball just outside off stump as Williamson trusts the bounce and lets it go

End of over 11 (3 runs) New Zealand 26/1
KS Williamson    0* (4b)      Z Khan    6-1-11-0
PG Fulton    13* (29b)      I Sharma    2-1-1-1

11.1

I Sharma to Fulton, no run, 134 kph, strikes him on the back pad, but that might have been a little too high. More inward movement for Ishant to beat the front foot prod from Fulton. EagleEye confirms

11.2

I Sharma to Fulton, OUT, the finger goes up! Ishant has trapped Fulton leg before! Struck below the knee-roll as this fuller length ball secures some inward movement off the deck. He was slow on the shot and had to play around his front pad as well, which had been plonked right across his stumps. Straight forward decision for umpire Steve Davis. What a spell!

PG Fulton lbw b I Sharma 13 (49m 31b 0x4 0x6) SR: 41.93

Out walks Tom Latham on Test debut. Average of 41 in first-class cricket. This season though he averages 68. Six in the cordon, with short leg and short cover

11.3

I Sharma to Latham, no run, 131 kph, absolute peach and he might well have been out first ball! Short delivery on off stump and it jags away. Latham was rooted to the crease as he looked to defend and the ball sailed past his outside edge. May have flicked the shirt to cause the Indians to offer a mild appeal

11.4

I Sharma to Latham, no run, back of a good length outside off and this time he leaves it. Well judged. Rod Latham is watching his son

11.5

I Sharma to Latham, no run, 131 kph, good length ball just outside off as he lets this through as well

11.6

I Sharma to Latham, no run, 133 kph, another good length ball outside off seen through to the keeper

Kanu: "Has Ishant been on phone with comeback king Mitch fiery Johnson lately?"

End of over 12 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 26/2
TWM Latham    0* (4b)      I Sharma    3-2-1-2
KS Williamson    0* (4b)      Z Khan    6-1-11-0

Slaphead: "Probably the last we'll see of Peter Fulton - I wonder if T Latham will be given an opportunity to open in future. Some stickability here won't hurt his cause"

12.1

Khan to Williamson, no run, 130 kph, full and makes this to move away quite a bit. Williamson though is quite tight as judges it early and leaves

12.2

Khan to Williamson, no run, fullish on off stump as he comes forward, keeps bat and pad together and defends with very soft hands. Seeks a quick single, but point was in picture quickly

12.3

Khan to Williamson, no run, 132 kph, short delivery angled across him as he sways inside the line

12.4

Khan to Williamson, no run, silly-mid off comes in handy as this is pitched right up on off stump and Williamson essays a checked drive down the ground. Nice front-foot stride into that shot

12.5

Khan to Williamson, no run, too good! This seemed to be swinging in at him but once it pitched, the ball moved away just enough to beat the defensive poke

12.6

Khan to Williamson, no run, full on middle and leg to square Williamson up as this too seems to move in first and then jag away after pitching. Leading edge goes to ground though

End of over 13 (maiden) New Zealand 26/2
KS Williamson    0* (10b)      Z Khan    7-2-11-0
TWM Latham    0* (4b)      I Sharma    3-2-1-2

Andrew: "@Slaphead. Last we see of Peter Fulton? Bit early to be predicting an innings victory for NZ!"

13.1

I Sharma to Latham, no run, thought he had his first runs in Test cricket, but short leg denies him the pleasure. Shortish ball angled at the body as he jumps up and tucks it off his hips

13.2

I Sharma to Latham, no run, turned away to the man at short leg again as this is short and directed on leg stump as well

13.3

I Sharma to Latham, no run, shuffles across to the off stump and he defends it to short leg again. Ishant continues with the shortish length

13.4

I Sharma to Latham, OUT, gone for a duck on debut! Nicks off to the keeper and New Zealand in big trouble early again. Excellent line from Ishant as this is pitched just back of a length on middle and seams away. Latham had to play at it, only he pushed with hands that were a bit too hard. Simple catch to the keeper

TWM Latham c †Dhoni b I Sharma 0 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Kaushik: "Another wkt .. where is the guy who predicted 30/3 ... cmon now i need you to pick some stocks"

Ross Taylor tweeted "Feels strange watching the test from home." How New Zealand would love for him to be out there right now. But family comes first. He's expecting the birth of his second child. Here's the captain Brendon McCullum. He came in at a very similar score at Auckland and produced a magnificent double. Four slips in place for him too

13.5

I Sharma to McCullum, 1 run, good length ball which moves just a touch in on off stump, he goes forward and defends into the covers and sets off

The World Cup trophy is in the commentary box

13.6

I Sharma to Williamson, 1 run, fullish on middle stump as Williamson moves back and works it away through midwicket

End of over 14 (2 runs) New Zealand 28/3
KS Williamson    1* (11b)      I Sharma    4-2-3-3
BB McCullum    1* (1b)      Z Khan    7-2-11-0

David: "26/3? And before everyone dumps on NZ with the usual comments about inconsistency, patchy and average, lets remember the nature of the pitch and that india would likely be in the same strife had they been asked to bet. We need a skipper who can win a toss!"

14.1

Khan to Williamson, no run, 125 kph, fullish and outside off. Williamson has little trouble allowing it through to the keeper

14.2

Khan to Williamson, no run, fuller and he targets the fourth-fifth stump. Williamson exhibits a well-judged leave. Too close for me though

14.3

Khan to Williamson, 2 runs, gorgeous, all he did was tap the ball with the straight face of the bat and he picks up two. He's already begun to move well here. Too full from Zaheer and it's driven right back past him. Touch shabby running though

14.4

Khan to Williamson, 1 run, works it away off his pads and Williamson almost slips after playing the shot and then again at the non-strikers' end while looking for the second. Told you this pitch was grassy

silly mid-off and silly mid-on in place

14.5

Khan to McCullum, no run, fullish on off stump as he strides forward and drives off the front foot to silly mid-off. The umpire walks down and tends to the bowler's followthrough on the pitch

14.6

Khan to McCullum, FOUR, too full and just enough room for McCullum to free his arms. Solid front foot stride and he drives this through the covers all along the ground

Dave: "Inconsistency? Average? What Black Caps side are you talking about? 30/3 is traditional around here..."

End of over 15 (7 runs) New Zealand 35/3
BB McCullum    5* (3b 1x4)      Z Khan    8-2-18-0
KS Williamson    4* (15b)      I Sharma    4-2-3-3

SevereCriticUSA: "So, David - you will admit that batting in green tops isn't trivial for any team. It is not just the Achilles heel for the subcontinent players. Every batsman struggles with swing and movement on a green wicket. "

15.1

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, good length ball on and around off stump as he ventures forward and defends with soft hands. Might have been more of an outside edge

15.2

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, gets another thickish outside edge to gully as Ishant keeps to a good length on and around off stump again

15.3

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, 133 kph, changes it up with a short ball but he makes sure the batsman can't free his arms. So Williamson just stands up tall and blocks it down the pitch

15.4

I Sharma to Williamson, 2 runs, punched just in front of point. Gee, he looks good up on his toes. Just back of a length from Ishant and he was quick to employ the depth of his crease and concentrated on playing the ball in the gap

15.5

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, short cover sticks out his left hand to take care of this back-foot punch from Williamson. Ishant's had success with the shorter ball, but I wonder if he could sneak in a few fuller balls in the same line just outside off

15.6

I Sharma to Williamson, 1 run, there it is, but he pitches it up on middle and leg. McCullum is forward as he clips it into the midwicket region

End of over 16 (3 runs) New Zealand 38/3
KS Williamson    7* (21b)      I Sharma    5-2-6-3
BB McCullum    5* (3b 1x4)      Z Khan    8-2-18-0

Zak gets a rest, about time after his eight-over opening spell as Shami returns

16.1

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, swings it away as this is full and outside off. Williamson isn't interested though. Shami should try to get that closer to off stump

16.2

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, 2 runs, and he does, Full length ball holds its line on middle and off as Williamson was looking to eke it out to the leg side. A thick outside edge sneaks away past the diving gully fielder

16.3

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, short on middle and off as he rises to his full height and blocks

16.4

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, good stride forward and head right over this good length ball on off stump as he blocks

16.5

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, fullish and just outside off at 137 kph, left alone

16.6

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, 136 kph, stands up tall as he puches the shortish ball outside off into the covers

End of over 17 (2 runs) New Zealand 40/3
KS Williamson    9* (27b)      Mohammed Shami    4-0-16-0
BB McCullum    5* (3b 1x4)      I Sharma    5-2-6-3

Manasseh Anand: "Love is Watching Ishant bowl such a hostile spell. 4-2-3-3. Happy Valentine's day Folks !!!"

Two men on the hook behind square and there is a short leg in front of square as well. Plans being put in place for McCullum

17.1

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, short delivery on the stumps as McCullum evades it

17.2

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, full on middle and leg as he puts bat in front of pad and defends to forward short leg

Kohli seems to be enjoying his morning. Think he was doing a jig

17.3

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, lovely leave from McCullum. Just back of a length and on fourth or fifth stump but McCullum has such a good eye

17.4

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, too short and a bit too much outside off stump to draw McCullum into a stroke. Not the length to bowl on this pitch just yet

17.5

I Sharma to McCullum, 1 run, strays on the pads as this is shortish too and clipped away to a very fine long leg

17.6

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, fullish on middle and it holds its line as Williamson covers his stumps and blocks down the pitch

End of over 18 (1 run) New Zealand 41/3
KS Williamson    9* (28b)      I Sharma    6-2-7-3
BB McCullum    6* (8b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    4-0-16-0

18.1

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, 141 kph, full and outside off as he strides forward and drives quite fluently again. Can't beat mid-off though

18.2

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, dug in short, but it's outside off stump and McCullum sinks under it on on one knee

18.3

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, 141 kph, mich better short ball. McCullum was pressing forward, but the length and the pace on this pushes him back. There wasn't much room for him to escape either and he tries to get on top of the bounce and guide it down, but gloves it. Thankfully for him, it falls short of the cordon

18.4

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, 141 kph, bouncer outside off, left alone without much fuss

18.5

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, inside-edges it onto the box but McCullum doesn't display much weakeness. In fact, he doesn't waste any time getting ready for the next ball. Back of a length ball just outside off stump, he was looking to defend a bit away from the body and almost pays the price

18.6

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, fullish and outside off as he goes forward to defend down the pitch

End of over 19 (maiden) New Zealand 41/3
BB McCullum    6* (14b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    5-1-16-0
KS Williamson    9* (28b)      I Sharma    6-2-7-3

19.1

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, he was drawn into this. Back of a length and it seams away outside off. Williamson was poking at it a little bit and is beaten.

19.2

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, fuller, but this is too straight, as he works it to short leg

19.3

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, jags back in after pitching on a good length and beats his defences. Think that jammed him on the box too. Williamson uses the bat to steady himself and walks away in search of some composure.

19.4

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, full and tailing in on middle and leg. Looked for the clip through midwicket, but he can't connect this time either. Bit of an appeal, but that was clearly missing leg

19.5

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, bouncer on middle as he ducks under it

19.6

I Sharma to Williamson, 2 runs, this time he manages to connect and do so nicely. Beats short leg and picks up a couple off this full length ball on middle and leg

satya: "This is usually the passage of game where India lose their intensity and give away the advantage. Need to keep the intensity up guys... "

End of over 20 (2 runs) New Zealand 43/3
KS Williamson    11* (34b)      I Sharma    7-2-9-3
BB McCullum    6* (14b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    5-1-16-0

20.1

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, 138 kph, cuts him in half! Excellent length as it makes McCullum come forward. It was beginning to move away, so he was set up for that. But after pitching the ball jags back in and completely defeats the batsman

20.2

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, no run, full and a bit wide of off stump as he moves forward and drives strongly to mid-off

20.3

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, 1 run, 135 kph, short ball and he was into the shot a bit too early. Toe ends it well in front of square. Two fielders on the hook waiting

20.4

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, 135 kph, short of a good length and just a shade outside off. Top leave from Williamson

20.5

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, 136 kph, strays down the pads as he goes for a little glance down to long leg. Doesn't succeed in putting bat to ball

20.6

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, full and gets this to move away appreciably, but he's started it too far outside off to draw him into a shot

End of over 21 (1 run) New Zealand 44/3
KS Williamson    11* (37b)      Mohammed Shami    6-1-17-0
BB McCullum    7* (17b 1x4)      I Sharma    7-2-9-3

Akshay: "Good to see Ishant Sharma in a good rhythm after such a long time. Reminds me of that spell against Ricky Ponting."

21.1

I Sharma to McCullum, 1 run, 134 kph, seams in as he pitches this one fuller on off stump. McCullum looked a little awkward as he just about managed to work it away square on the leg side. Think that skidded off the deck

21.2

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, Ishant hardly appealed! That looked pretty good to me, but what do I know. Hot Spot reveals there was a big inside edge. Full length ball moves in at him as he went forward to defend

21.3

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, the search for inswing takes this full length ball well down the leg side. Williamson tried very hard to glance it away, but can't connect

21.4

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, full on off stump as he is forward and blocks. Ishant is also in his eighth over here

21.5

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, full and tails in a touch, but Williamson is solid on the front foot again

21.6

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, very full and tailing down leg. Williamson was looking for the clip through midwicket, but is struck on the pads. Would have slid down leg though. Strange to see him miss that stroke

Waseem: "Batsmen who will cross 14* today will definitely hit a 100..... Courtesy 14th Feb folks "Valentine Special" ..... As you can see both opener got out at 12 and 13.. Good going Ishanth 6-2-7-3"

End of over 22 (1 run) New Zealand 45/3
KS Williamson    11* (42b)      I Sharma    8-2-10-3
BB McCullum    8* (18b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    6-1-17-0

Prasanna S: "After these kind of starts India should try to wind up NZ (or any other opposition) under 200 to dictate the game overseas, if these two get see through the 100 mark, then we are looking for a repeat of the first test."

22.1

Mohammed Shami to McCullum, OUT, Jadeja looks a bit bemused as he clings to this at mid-off. How soft was that! Wasn't quite to the pitch of this full delivery on off stump but he's been driving quite well in this little innings and backed himself. But he could not keep the ball down and nor could he place it properly. Straight into the hands of the fielder, if a little above his head. Jaddu was actually worried about the backdrop of the crowd, but he was good enough to still catch it. McCullum stares at the pitch as he walks off. Is it a bit two-paced?

BB McCullum c Jadeja b Mohammed Shami 8 (43m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 42.10

In comes Corey Anderson, $750,000 richer. Shami switches around the wicket straight away. Five slips in.

22.2

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, 142 kph, yorker tailing in on off stump. Anderson was not at all ready for that length as he was late in bringing the bat down. Misses the stumps by a whisker

22.3

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, just back of a good length and outside off, easily left alone

22.4

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, fuller and just outside off. But the movement is what makes him look silly. He was playing the angle in but Shami gets it to seam away and beat the outside edge by a distance

22.5

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, fullish on off stump as he drives towards mid-off

22.6

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, another peach to end the over! Short ball directed in at him, but this too straightens off the deck. Anderson was rooted to the crease as he looked to defend and watches the ball sail past his outside edge

Karan: "its really good to see shami hitting above 140kph speeds regularly... he needs to be encouraged to bowl fast.... it gives the Indian attack the bite it lacked...."

End of over 23 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 45/4
CJ Anderson    0* (5b)      Mohammed Shami    7-2-17-1
KS Williamson    11* (42b)      I Sharma    8-2-10-3

Gautam Kunapuli: "I like all this talk of preparing fast and bouncy pitches when India shows up. Might work for Australia and South Africa, but New Zealand? Not really." Too early to judge, you don't think?

23.1

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, 133 kph, full length ball on off stump to start Ishant's ninth over of this morning spell

23.2

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, rises up on his toes as he defends towards point. Anderson scurries half-way down the pitch but hears a loud call of "no" and scurries right back

23.3

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, just a bit short of a good length and outside off as he defends off the back foot

23.4

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, two sounds and India go up in a big appeal. Ishant got this to jag back as he bowls it fuller. Williamson was looking to whip it away, but again that shot fails him. I thought it had been an inside edge, but it was actually the ball hitting both front and back pad. EagleEye says it would have only clipped leg stump and it would have stayed with Umpire's call

23.5

I Sharma to Williamson, no run

23.6

I Sharma to Williamson, FOUR, short ball, doesn't rise enough to offer any threat to the batsman. Williamson swivels around and pulls it with the greatest authority

End of over 24 (4 runs) New Zealand 49/4
KS Williamson    15* (48b 1x4)      I Sharma    9-2-14-3
CJ Anderson    0* (5b)      Mohammed Shami    7-2-17-1

David: "@Gautam - what are you saying? NZ aren't good enough? We've been doing alright so far this summer..."

24.1

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, seeks a cover drive through the line. Only a half a stride forward to this one and that means his balance isn't quite proper. Beaten

24.2

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, 142 kph, this rises off a length and moves in at him too. Anderson trusts the bounce as he lets it go just a shade outside off stump

24.3

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, full and a touch outside off. There is a bit of seam away to add to the threat of the line and length, but Anderson does well as he leaves

24.4

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, 139 kph, this time he pokes from the crease but still doesn't get much success. Shami angles it in and gets it to straighten. Beaten again. Those five slips would be licking their lips

24.5

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, good length ball just a touch outside off. That was the ball he poked at the last time but this one is left alone

24.6

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, goes fuller on off stump as he draws the batsman forward to defend. The open face and soft hands ensure the ball goes down in front of fourth slip

End of over 25 (maiden) New Zealand 49/4
CJ Anderson    0* (11b)      Mohammed Shami    8-3-17-1
KS Williamson    15* (48b 1x4)      I Sharma    9-2-14-3

Zaheer switches ends to bowl the last over before lunch

Thomson: "Whatever happens to NZ in this innings - and it might not be pretty - I'm just looking forward to Southee and Boult having a bowl. There has to be some positives!"

25.1

Khan to Williamson, no run, 125 kph, full on off stump as he draws Williamson forward into a defensive stroke

25.2

Khan to Williamson, no run, full and angled across him, with a bit of seam away. Left alone quite comfortably. Williamson has taken guard on off stump. Better be wary of the inswinger

25.3

Khan to Williamson, 1 no ball, oversteps this time as he bowls a good length ball outside off. Williamson isn't bothered with this either

25.3

Khan to Williamson, no run, eases forward and drives to mid-off as this is full and outside off stump

25.4

Khan to Williamson, no run, good length ball pushed across the right-hander, but it is just a bit too wide to bother the batsman

25.5

Khan to Williamson, no run, fuller and closer to off stump. Williamson has judged it quite well and leaves it

25.6

Khan to Williamson, 1 no ball, he's nicked off to Dhoni! But wait, the umpires are checking the no-ball and he has overstepped! The extra ball almost worked for India as Zak gets one to pitch on a fullish length and get it to hold its line. Williamson was forward and defends as he gets a regulation edge, but for naught. Cracking ball though, but it just wasn't legal

25.6

Khan to Williamson, no run, leaves the final ball, Dhoni takes it and tosses it to the cordon. Don't think he's too pleased there. India should have had five wickets had Zak not overstepped, but the head to lunch with Williamson still alive

1.05 pm The first half hour was negotiated well enough, but after that Ishant set the ball rolling. Three overs, three wickets and New Zealand were stuttering once again. Kane Williamson though has held firm, save for that incident in the last over where he was caught off a no-ball. MS Dhoni already seemed like he rued that straying in discipline from Zaheer Khan, his senior bowler. Williamson has looked the best of the batsmen on display and that life might just prove costly

Tapan: "@ Gautam, Have you considered the scenario where India would have lost the toss and batted first on this wicket..Probably not.. To be honest, India have had the luck of batting under relatively better conditions 1. due to winning the toss 2. Baz call to not enforce the follow on... Things could have been radically different.. And btw despite of all this, India haven't yet registered a win in this series" It's not been as bad as all that, at least since the second innings of the first Test. They chased 407 quite gamely and today they've begun very well.

Dave: "I agree with Thomson. While I'd love to see these two kick on and make big hundreds, given the state of the pitch, our best chance for a win might be to give Southee and Co. a crack at the Indian lineup while the pitch is providing an abundance of assistance. Being bowled out cheaply here may not be the worst thing that could happen."

End of over 26 (2 runs) New Zealand 51/4
KS Williamson    15* (56b 1x4)      Z Khan    9-2-20-0
CJ Anderson    0* (11b)      Mohammed Shami    8-3-17-1

1.35 pm New Zealand's top order have put them on the brink for the second time in two Tests. Can they find a saviour again? Shami to continue after the break. Five slips and a short leg as he stays around the wicket

sam: "I must say as a Black Caps fan I feel about 30% happy. I would be feeling quite comfortable if McCullum had of shelved that stupid drive and we were only 3 down, I think that would have been a victory. India's seam attack have bowled a lot of overs and if McCullum had of just waited until the part timer and spinner came on as in Eden Park the game could have easily turned in our favour. As it is it's really on a knife edge."

Neil: "Perhaps they should have sent Neesham in at 6. He came in at 6 in the latest Plunket Shield game with Otago at 20/4 and smashed 147 off 135 balls."

26.1

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, 138 kph, shuffles across to his off stump as this is full and tails in at him. Just enough outside off for Anderson to pull his hips back and leave it

26.2

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, fullish but well enough outside off again and Anderson doesn't bother

26.3

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, FOUR, off the mark with a thoroughly unconvincing hook. Anderson's had a torrid time in this little innings and he might well welcome this slice of luck as the bouncer from Sham, a well directed one at the head of the batsman, flies away over the keeper

26.4

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, fullish on middle and off as he blocks it down the pitch

Deep square leg is quite square. Should be finer for the top edged hook

26.5

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, fullish and outside off as he strides forward to defend

26.6

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, inside edge onto his back pad! Shami keeps this full and the invitation is not turned down as Anderson goes for a drive on the up. Absolutely no timing and he is lucky that didn't crash into the stumps

End of over 27 (4 runs) New Zealand 55/4
CJ Anderson    4* (17b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    9-3-21-1
KS Williamson    15* (56b 1x4)      Z Khan    9-2-20-0

Dhoni doesn't pull any wild cards. It's Zak now with three slips, a gully and short midwicket

Brendan: "We have seen Anderson score a brisk ODI hundred, now is the perfect platform to show us he also has the patience to play at Test level. Score a hundred in 200 balls Corey, and you'll earn [more of] my respect."

27.1

Khan to Williamson, 3 runs, back of a length and on the pads as this 126 kph delivery is tucked away off his hips. He's managed to time that quite well and well square of long leg as they pick up three. Terrific running

27.2

Khan to Anderson, no run, full and wide outside off. No point even if it swings away as Anderson is content to leave this, as he should

27.3

Khan to Anderson, 2 runs, full on off stump and Anderson was looking to threat this through the off side, but has to settle for a very thick inside edge that streaks off very wide of mid-on

27.4

Khan to Anderson, 1 wide, walks across outside off and Zak directs this further away. The umpire doesn't like the line of this good length ball though and extends his arms

27.4

Khan to Anderson, no run, has a whack at this after taking a couple of steps at the bowler. Full-blooded flay to a length ball outside off but there is tons of daylight between bat and ball

27.5

Khan to Anderson, no run, fullish and just outside off as he moves across to off stump and defends

27.6

Khan to Anderson, no run, beauty to end the over. The angle was bringing the ball in at him and Anderson was committed to negotiating that, but the ball pitches and moves away very late. Just inches away from the outside edge

End of over 28 (6 runs) New Zealand 61/4
CJ Anderson    6* (22b 1x4)      Z Khan    10-2-26-0
KS Williamson    18* (57b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    9-3-21-1

28.1

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, 3 runs, lovely, controlled drive from Williamson. All he looked to do was place this full length ball to the left of mid-off. And he succeeds and times it very well too as Jadeja has to run all the way to the boundary and slide to pull this back

28.2

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, back of a length and outside off, doesn't play

28.3

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, 2 runs, drops just in front of Kohli who was hurtling back from mid-off. It was a length ball on off stump and Anderson was looking to cart it over midwicket. The fielder made good ground as the ball was more than half-way to the boundary.

28.4

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, no run, back of a length and outside off, Anderson tightens his game and lets it go

28.5

Mohammed Shami to Anderson, 1 leg bye, looks to swing this away too, but wears it on the body. It was a length ball tailing in at him and he was looking towards midwicket but the ball wanders away to the cordon off the pads. Anderson was out of his crease so the fielder aims a throw at the stumps, but only ends up giving away an overthrow

28.6

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, good length ball on off stump as he goes forward to defend

End of over 29 (6 runs) New Zealand 67/4
KS Williamson    21* (59b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    10-3-26-1
CJ Anderson    8* (26b 1x4)      Z Khan    10-2-26-0

The Goat: "@Brendan. If we wanted Anderson to score a slow hundred we would of been better off picking Blair Hartland. Think we should just let Anderson play his natural game." Well, that's not working so well for him just yet

29.1

Khan to Anderson, no run, fullish and inviting the drive and Anderson bites. Times it quite well, but he finds mid-off

29.2

Khan to Anderson, no run, shuffles across to off stump as Zaheer keeps it full and makes it move away. Anderson lets it go

29.3

Khan to Anderson, no run, fullish and tailing in on middle as he defends towards midwicket. Compact shot

29.4

Khan to Anderson, FOUR, 137 kph, he's slammed that straight over the top! Fullish and on the stumps as he gets a solid stride forward and let his hands swing through the shot. Couple of bounces and it goes for four to the long-on boundary

Umpire Steve Davis has walked all the way to the boundary to flip the advertising ropes. Seems there's a bit of a glare coming off them. The fourth umpire takes over from him now and the advertising hoardings are now completely gone. It's just the ropes on the straight boundary

29.5

Khan to Anderson, no run, 135 kph, just short of a good length and outside off as Anderson is content to let the keeper worry about this

29.6

Khan to Anderson, 2 runs, full and tailing in at him, but Anderson is ready. Ventures forward and clips it away behind square leg

Biren Patel: "Dhoni need to try Jadeja now before they settle down!"

End of over 30 (6 runs) New Zealand 73/4
CJ Anderson    14* (32b 2x4)      Z Khan    11-2-32-0
KS Williamson    21* (59b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    10-3-26-1

Tushar: "shining advertising boards....What are the other interesting things that have hold up the play?" Oh, dogs, pigs, the odd streaker

30.1

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, 132 kph, bit short and outside off. Williamson will not play at those

30.2

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, comes forward to defend this good length ball on off stump. Very solid

30.3

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, 138 kph, pushes this length ball a bit outside off and Williamson lets it go again

30.4

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, 130 kph, dug in very short and Williamson again doesn't have any trouble evading

30.5

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, length ball on off stump as he goes forward to defend with an open face. Bat and pad very close together. Some valentine's day love

30.6

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, goes wide of the crease as this is on a good length and outside off, left alone

Brendan: "@The Goat: Did you ever wonder why Shahid Afridi never lasted in Test cricket? Because his natural game was more detrimental than helpful. Even Jacob Oram once played a five-hour 119* (in Hamilton no less). Natural game is all good and well, but if you're four-down by lunch, you need to pace yourself, for the benefit of the team."

End of over 31 (maiden) New Zealand 73/4
KS Williamson    21* (65b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    11-4-26-1
CJ Anderson    14* (32b 2x4)      Z Khan    11-2-32-0

The wrecker of the morning has returned. Ishant runs in, hair bouncing all over the place, from around the wicket

sateesh: "Since lunch, Williamson only faced one ball from Zak."

31.1

I Sharma to Anderson, SIX, calmly deposits him over long-on. Far too full on this occasion and he works the angle and plays through the line. Stand and deliver stuff from Anderson

31.2

I Sharma to Anderson, no run, back of a length outside off and he refrains from playing

31.3

I Sharma to Anderson, 1 no ball, Ishant oversteps now. Goes a touch wide of the crease and this length ball seemed there to be flayed through the off side, but Anderson cannot connect

31.3

I Sharma to Anderson, FOUR, 139 kph, creamed that through mid-off! Again too full from Ishant and he's offered some room there as well. Anderson tucks in as he gets a big stride forward and powers it away. He's overtaken Williamson now

31.4

I Sharma to Anderson, no run, back of a length on off stump as he moves deep in the crease and blocks with soft hands.

31.5

I Sharma to Anderson, no run, 137 kph, keeps it just a touch outside off and has reverted to a shorter length as Anderson doesn't bother with this either

31.6

I Sharma to Anderson, no run, shortish and outside off, left alone

Paras: "Aaaand.. there we go again - A great start slowly being frittered away! Usual stuff for India!"

Ashwin Kumar: "@Tushar There was a flock of Bees flying through the stadium, Flood lights failing in the middle of the match.. and list goes on !!!"

End of over 32 (11 runs) New Zealand 84/4
CJ Anderson    24* (39b 3x4 1x6)      I Sharma    10-2-25-3
KS Williamson    21* (65b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    11-4-26-1

Higgs: "Hold on Corey!! were not at Augusta!!"

32.1

Khan to Williamson, no run, chases at this length delivery which seams away from him. Very little feet movement this time from Williamson, perhaps looking to stay leg side of the ball, but that strategy doesn't work so well

32.2

Khan to Williamson, no run, fullish on off stump as he strides forward to defend

32.3

Khan to Williamson, no run, full and directed at middle and leg as he tucks it off the front foot to short midwicket. Think that moved in

32.4

Khan to Williamson, no run, fullish on and around off stump as he blocks off the front foot

32.5

Khan to Williamson, no run, great take from Dhoni down the leg side as this full length ball is poorly directed. Some inswing on offer too, but that only adds work to Dhoni as he drives full length and takes it

32.6

Khan to Williamson, no run, fullish and this one is wide down the off side. Easy leave for Williamson

End of over 33 (maiden) New Zealand 84/4
KS Williamson    21* (71b 1x4)      Z Khan    12-3-32-0
CJ Anderson    24* (39b 3x4 1x6)      I Sharma    10-2-25-3

Ishant to Corey and long-on is moving back

33.1

I Sharma to Anderson, no run, short of a good length and kept outside off, Anderson does not bite.

33.2

I Sharma to Anderson, no run, shortish and quite wide of off stump. Another straightforward leave Think those two big hits have completely rattled Ishant here

33.3

I Sharma to Anderson, no run, Gets closer to off stump as he keeps to his traditional back of a length. Anderson leaves again, but this was a much better ball

33.4

I Sharma to Anderson, OUT, inside edge balloons off his pads and goes through to gully! He was off his feet and cramped for room while playing the flick over the leg side field. Can't get his timing right and he has to walk back. Ishant has done it again!

CJ Anderson c Kohli b I Sharma 24 (57m 43b 3x4 1x6) SR: 55.81

BJ Watling, the wicketkeeper, comes in at No. 7

33.5

I Sharma to Watling, no run, 135 kph, short ball just outside off stump as he is quick to duck under it

33.6

I Sharma to Watling, no run, pushes the batsman back and makes him jump up as he defends this one just outside off stump

End of over 34 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 84/5
BJ Watling    0* (2b)      I Sharma    11-3-25-4
KS Williamson    21* (71b 1x4)      Z Khan    12-3-32-0

34.1

Khan to Williamson, no run, fullish on off stump as he strides forward to solidly defend

34.2

Khan to Williamson, no run, back of a length on middle and off as Williamson lets it come on and defends with soft hands towards gully

34.3

Khan to Williamson, 2 runs, turned away past the diving short midwicket. Length ball on the pads and he rides the inswing on that to pick up a couple

34.4

Khan to Williamson, no run, fullish and pushed across the right-hander who judges this to be no trouble to his stumps and leaves

34.5

Khan to Williamson, no run, full and just outside off, Williamson's bat is stationary after the the back lift

34.6

Khan to Williamson, no run, he's been quite good with that stroke, even if he hits it straight to point. Stands up tall and punches this back of a length ball outside off quite strongly

End of over 35 (2 runs) New Zealand 86/5
KS Williamson    23* (77b 1x4)      Z Khan    13-3-34-0
BJ Watling    0* (2b)      I Sharma    11-3-25-4

35.1

I Sharma to Watling, no run, 133 kph, short ball on middle and leg. Watling sinks under it

35.2

I Sharma to Watling, OUT, Ishant has five and over the moon about it. Lovely delivery, rose off a length as Watling came forward to block. Touch of away movement as well as the ball clips the shoulder of the bat and goes through to Rohit who clings to it above his head. Out for a duck

BJ Watling c RG Sharma b I Sharma 0 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Jimmy Neesham, who hit 147 last week in the Plunket Shield, is out there now on Test debut

35.3

I Sharma to Neesham, no run, good length ball on the pads as he clips it straight to short leg. Almost wandered out for the single and got himself run out

35.4

I Sharma to Neesham, 1 run, back of a length on middle and off as Neesham stays back and defends with an open face through behind point

35.5

I Sharma to Williamson, 1 no ball, two in the over as Williamson is caught at short leg! But wait, Umpire Steve Davis wants to check the no-ball and his doubts are proved right. It is another no-ball. Excellent effort by Pujara as he dove full length to his left and held this in one hand as Williamson inside edges a rising delivery. Another life for Williamson, who has a wry grin on his face

35.5

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, good length ball on off stump as he is forward and defends

35.6

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, full and tails in a touch on off stump. Nothing to trouble the batsman's defences though

Kiran: "Nine lives for Kane?" Not yet, but the way it's going...

End of over 36 (2 runs) New Zealand 88/6
KS Williamson    23* (80b 1x4)      I Sharma    12-3-27-5
JDS Neesham    1* (2b)      Z Khan    13-3-34-0

Nick: "Kane Williamson should start doing the coin toss for NZ. "

36.1

Khan to Neesham, no run, 131 kph, slides this back of a length ball down the leg side. Neesham looks to work it away towards square leg, but can only get the pads to it

36.2

Khan to Neesham, no run, fullish and outside off as he lets it go

36.3

Khan to Neesham, FOUR, 133 kph, delicious strike. Strayed a bit too full and Neesham exploits it bring bringing down a very straight bat. Drilled to the long-on boundary

36.4

Khan to Neesham, no run, good length ball on off stump as he goes forward to block

36.5

Khan to Neesham, no run, wears it on the body as he attempts to evade this short ball. Good direction from Zak

36.6

Khan to Neesham, no run, good length ball outside off, swerves away as it goes through to the keeper, as Neesham lets it go

That's drinks

Arunachalam : "Ishant Sharma, it's like I don't even know you any more." Second five-for in the series. He hadn't had one of those since 2011 before tour began

End of over 37 (4 runs) New Zealand 92/6
JDS Neesham    5* (8b 1x4)      Z Khan    14-3-38-0
KS Williamson    23* (80b 1x4)      I Sharma    12-3-27-5

37.1

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, another crisp stroke from Williamson, but he finds mid-on. Full and swinging in a touch, but comfortably negotiated

37.2

I Sharma to Williamson, FOUR, take that! Overpitched and caressed down the ground. He's cashing in his chips here. Lovely straight bat comes through on the ball and his timing is sublime

37.3

I Sharma to Williamson, 2 runs, pulls his length back but Williamson picks it off middle stump and picks up a couple through the midwicket region

37.4

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, 130 kph, length ball on off stump as he waits for it and defends with soft hands as the ball runs down to gully

37.5

I Sharma to Williamson, no run, punched to point, but it isn't as strong as the previous ones. Hint of room on that, but he checks his stroke

37.6

I Sharma to Williamson, 1 run, gets a hand to it and saves a few runs, does Ishant. Attempts a fuller delivery on off stump as Williamson is forward and drives down the ground.

Amit: "This no-ball checking thing post the action is kind of weird...Umpire should watch the no-ball more consistently during the time of actual delivery, than going for a review after all the action. If all other decisions are given instantly, so should be this one. If the Umpire has erred, so be it. With these reviews, It kills all the excitement." Well, at least it leads to the right decisions being made

End of over 38 (7 runs) New Zealand 99/6
KS Williamson    30* (86b 2x4)      I Sharma    13-3-34-5
JDS Neesham    5* (8b 1x4)      Z Khan    14-3-38-0

Mohammed Shami is back

38.1

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, FOUR, gets on top of the bounce to exploit the width on this ball. Finds the gap through the covers, there's no one there, and tucks himself to another boundary. His second in two overs

38.2

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, back of a length and outside off as he pushes it square on the off side

38.3

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, 1 leg bye, wanted to pick it away off his hips, but he can't connect with bat. Short ball drifting down the leg side

38.4

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, 2 runs, opens the face as he waits for this length ball and runs it down past the gully fielder

38.5

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, FOUR, another eye-catching drive from Neesham, this one on the off side. Just a bit too full from Shami and the straight bat is unforgiving

38.6

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, 1 run, switches to a shorter length and I think he was expecting that. Was waiting on the back foot as he nudges it into the leg side for an easy single

Minhaal: "Ouch.. Bitter Indian fan right there! @Amit"

End of over 39 (12 runs) New Zealand 111/6
JDS Neesham    12* (11b 2x4)      Mohammed Shami    12-4-37-1
KS Williamson    34* (89b 3x4)      I Sharma    13-3-34-5

"Seven lives left, Kane" reads a sign in the crowd

Sarav: "Jeez, now Ishant is doing superb in this Test, who should we dig on? And by the way, if there are funds left over for Ishant's haircut, I am ready to take it." It never ends, eh?

39.1

I Sharma to Neesham, no run, length ball pushed across him outside off, he lets it go

39.2

I Sharma to Neesham, no run, strides forward to this length ball on off stump and defends quite solidly

39.3

I Sharma to Neesham, no run, bouncer from Ishant. Sails over a ducking Neesham

39.4

I Sharma to Neesham, 1 run, clipped away behind square leg rather neatly. Touch short and on the pads allows Neesham refuge at the non-strikers'. Not that he needs it, judging by how he's batted so far

39.5

I Sharma to Williamson, FOUR, high front elbow, glorious timing and he's hit it well in front of square too. Another top-class punch through the off side from Williamson as he puts this shortish ball outside off in its place

39.6

I Sharma to Williamson, FOUR, goes over the top and picks up a boundary through mid-off. He's started to motor ever since they lost Watling's wicket. Knew there was no one there and takes advantage of a length ball on off stump

End of over 40 (9 runs) New Zealand 120/6
KS Williamson    42* (91b 5x4)      I Sharma    14-3-43-5
JDS Neesham    13* (15b 2x4)      Mohammed Shami    12-4-37-1

40.1

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, FOUR, opens the face on impact to beat the man at point. Overpitched on off stump and this time Neesham displays his comfort square of the wicket. India are leaking runs here

40.2

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, no run, fullish and angled in at him at 141 kph, Neesham steps forward and works it just to the left of midwicket but not far enough away for a single

40.3

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, no run, 137 kph, shortish and angled in at the body. Neesham was looking to use the pace and work it away behind square leg, but cannot connect. It bounces off his thigh pad and towards the cordon

40.4

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, FOUR, 141 kph, drags it down and can't get enough height to it. Neesham pushes his weight back and pulls to the long leg boundary

Zak has his arm around Shami now

40.5

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, no run, 141 kph, full and a touch wide of off stump as he leans forward and drives quite fluently towards extra cover

40.6

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, no run, 139 kph, back of a length on off stump as he pushes this into point. Shami's two-over spell has cost India 19 runs

End of over 41 (8 runs) New Zealand 128/6
JDS Neesham    21* (21b 4x4)      Mohammed Shami    13-4-45-1
KS Williamson    42* (91b 5x4)      I Sharma    14-3-43-5

Ishant has been taken off. He gave away 29 runs in his five overs, but picked up two wickets

41.1

Khan to Williamson, no run, length ball on middle and off as Williamson defends with such soft hands that the ball bounces over the stumps

41.2

Khan to Williamson, no run, back of a length on middle and off as he defends quite easily

41.3

Khan to Williamson, FOUR, he's on song! He's taken this length ball on the up and drilled it to the long-off boundary. Looked the perfect picture of concentration while playing that shot. Eyes on the ball all the way onto the bat

41.4

Khan to Williamson, no run, length ball on off stump, defended

41.5

Khan to Williamson, 1 run, strays on the pads and Williamson works it behind square leg for an easy single. Looks like this pitch is already flattening out

41.6

Khan to Neesham, no run, fullish on off stump as he blocks off the front foot

Abhishek: "I think its High time, Sir Jaddu comes on..."

End of over 42 (5 runs) New Zealand 133/6
JDS Neesham    21* (22b 4x4)      Z Khan    15-3-43-0
KS Williamson    47* (96b 6x4)      Mohammed Shami    13-4-45-1

Kiran: "Kane Williamson has a very Michael Vaughan look about him when he is driving. Both high quality elegant batters"

Dags: "Hello - desperate fan whose hometown is Wgtn, tuning in from Shanghai China. Which direction is the wind blowing - southerly or northerly? It can make all the difference on a Basin pitch!" Actually, there is very little wind out there. Strange, isn't it?

42.1

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, dabs it to the right of gully as this is kept on a good length just outside off. Williamson did nothing more then let the ball thud into the bat and gave it direction

42.2

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, 138 kph, overpitched on the stumps but Williamson gets more of an inside edge than anything as he drives down the ground. Mid-on picks it up easily

42.3

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, no run, good length ball on and around off stump as he defends towards point

42.4

Mohammed Shami to Williamson, OUT, Rohit claims the catch at second slip and it was a good one too, diving low to his left! Not so lucky on the third time he gets an edge. Excellent line from Shami as he probes the off stump corridor and snares the outside edge as this back of a length ball straightens after pitching

KS Williamson c RG Sharma b Mohammed Shami 47 (167m 100b 6x4 0x6) SR: 47.00

Rakesh Misra: "Kane averaged 15.66 runs this innings. :P"

Tim Southe strides out at No. 9. Hold onto your seats folks. This Test just became a T20. Two slips and deep third man

42.5

Mohammed Shami to Southee, 1 run, slices this into the covers off the front foot and rushes through for the single

42.6

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, no run, back of a length and just outside off as he pushes towards point

Vatsala: "That's it. The next one to bowl a no ball gets shipped out to South Africa and forced to face Mitchell Johnson's deadly bouncers with a twig for a bat. That'll set 'em straight." At least they got him out in the end

End of over 43 (1 run) New Zealand 134/7
JDS Neesham    21* (23b 4x4)      Mohammed Shami    14-4-46-2
TG Southee    1* (1b)      Z Khan    15-3-43-0

43.1

Khan to Southee, no run, 133 kph, full on off stump as he drives lazily down the ground. Zak manages to get a hand to it though

43.2

Khan to Southee, 1 run, short ball on leg stump as he goes back, swivels on his back foot with the front in the air, and pulls to long leg.

43.3

Khan to Neesham, no run, good length ball on off stump, may have straightened a touch, keeps Neesham honest.

43.4

Khan to Neesham, no run, pushed to mid-off as this is fuller on off stump

43.5

Khan to Neesham, no run, fullish on off stump as he goes forward and defends quite solidly

43.6

Khan to Neesham, FOUR, pulls out a whip through midwicket as Zak strays a bit too straight. Magnificent wrist work which powers the ball all along the ground to the boundary

End of over 44 (5 runs) New Zealand 139/7
JDS Neesham    25* (27b 5x4)      Z Khan    16-3-48-0
TG Southee    2* (3b)      Mohammed Shami    14-4-46-2

44.1

Mohammed Shami to Southee, no run, 134 kph, bouncer puts Southee in an awkward spot. He was looking to pull it but was in no position to do so. Beaten, possibly by pace

44.2

Mohammed Shami to Southee, 3 runs, this time he drills the pull over the short midwicket fielder. Not as short this time and he's controlled the shot very well. Rahane is quick and keeps it to three

44.3

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, no run, good length ball tucking him up on off stump as Neesham defends off the back foot

44.4

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, no run, 137 kph, terrific delivery. Pitches it just short of a good length and finds some seam away. There is still something in this deck as Neesham's back-foot block is beaten

44.5

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, no run, goes fuller and draws the batsman into a forward defensive, but the angle takes it past the outside edge. Two pretty good balls

44.6

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, FOUR, overpitched outside off and he climbs into it. Pierces the gap between cover and mid-off, that is a beautiful strike

End of over 45 (7 runs) New Zealand 146/7
JDS Neesham    29* (31b 6x4)      Mohammed Shami    15-4-53-2
TG Southee    5* (5b)      Z Khan    16-3-48-0

45.1

Khan to Southee, no run, full and wide outside off and he was looking to flay it away but refrains himself

45.2

Khan to Southee, no run, another one angled across the right-hander who is content to let this go too

45.3

Khan to Southee, no run, full toss outside off, it was the knuckle ball from Zak, and he's beaten Southee. His top hand flies off the handle and he drags this through midwicket

45.4

Khan to Southee, 2 runs, short and on middle and leg, he goes for the pull and top edges it. Long leg rushes up to try and get under it, but the ball lands a few feet to his right and he has to back track

45.5

Khan to Southee, SIX, taken one-handed in the crowd! That was a monster blow from Southee as he takes full toll of a length ball on middle and leg. Planted his front leg out of the way and launched this over long-on

45.6

Khan to Southee, 1 run, full delivery, on and around off stump as he creams it down to long-off

End of over 46 (9 runs) New Zealand 155/7
TG Southee    14* (11b 1x6)      Z Khan    17-3-57-0
JDS Neesham    29* (31b 6x4)      Mohammed Shami    15-4-53-2

Deeps: "Top order NZ batsmen should learn from Neesham on how to counter-attack."

46.1

Mohammed Shami to Southee, FOUR, smacked away to the square leg boundary. Shami attempts a short ball, but he was ready for it. The front leg was put out of the way and he swung for all he was worth. Terrific hitting

46.2

Mohammed Shami to Southee, 2 wides, this is a bit too short. Southee was setting himself up to swat it away again, but saw he would never reach it and pulls out. Dhoni can only parry it as he leaps as high as he could

46.2

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, no run, good length ball pushed across Neesham who is content to leave it through to the keeper

46.3

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, FOUR, another very compact boundary, this in front of square leg. It was a length ball and he just picked it away. What timing! Moves to 33, with seven fours

46.4

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, no run, back of a length on off stump as Neesham is restricted to a back foot defence. An ungainly one at that

46.5

Mohammed Shami to Neesham, OUT, another ungainly shot, or rather no shot, and this one leads to his wicket! Was a little late in deciding to leave this length ball around the off stump corridor and it runs off the face of his bat to the keeper

JDS Neesham c †Dhoni b Mohammed Shami 33 (59m 35b 7x4 0x6) SR: 94.28

Neil Wagner, New Zealand's talisman in their victory in the first Test, comes out to bat

46.6

Mohammed Shami to Wagner, no run, short ball to greet the new batsman, but he ducks under it

End of over 47 (10 runs) New Zealand 165/8
N Wagner    0* (1b)      Mohammed Shami    16-4-63-3
TG Southee    18* (12b 1x4 1x6)      Z Khan    17-3-57-0

No slips for Southee as Ishant returns. Most of them out on the boundary

47.1

I Sharma to Southee, no run, short ball, not bothered with

47.2

I Sharma to Southee, no run, length ball with a bit of width outisde off as he goes for a wild swing and misses

47.3

I Sharma to Southee, no run, another back of a length delivery with lots of room outside off. He should look to flay those over the off side instead of swinging to cow corner

47.4

I Sharma to Southee, no run, shortish and just a touch outside off as he stays inside the line and leaves it

47.5

I Sharma to Southee, no run, short on off stump and he moves outside leg to swing it away over the leg side, no contact

47.6

I Sharma to Southee, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump and he turns it towards square leg for the only run of the over

Harshal: "I'm shocked to see zero yorkers at tailenders looking to club the ball out of the park."

End of over 48 (1 run) New Zealand 166/8
TG Southee    19* (18b 1x4 1x6)      I Sharma    15-3-44-5
N Wagner    0* (1b)      Mohammed Shami    16-4-63-3

Ravindra Jadeja to bowl the last over before tea. Slips nad short fine leg

vijay: "Indian bowlers back in form. Last 10 overs 67 runs" With two wickets though

48.1

Jadeja to Southee, no run, darted in full on off stump as he defends

48.2

Jadeja to Southee, no run, goes forward to defend this good length ball outside off

48.3

Jadeja to Southee, no run, tossed up on middle and leg as South defends towards midwicket

short leg in place now.

48.4

Jadeja to Southee, no run, full on middle with very little turn as he goes back to block

48.5

Jadeja to Southee, no run, strides forward to defend this full ball outside off

48.6

Jadeja to Southee, no run, pulls his length back and Southee tries to work it past short let but doesn't succeed

3.40 pm The no-ball plague continued as Kane Williamson was given another life and he looked quite set to capitalise on his luck. Along with James Neesham, New Zealand were chugging along quite nicely, if not for the fact they were already six down. But Mohammed Shami struck back for India and claimed both batsmen. But it has been Ishant Sharma's day, who picked up his fifth five-wicket haul in Tests. Join us in 20 minutes for the final session's play. Judging by how Tim Southee's batting, it's going to be an interesting one

Mark: "I expect the NZ innings to be over shortly. I'm sure our bowlers are keen to have a go at India on this pitch so will just slog and get whatever they can. Like most of these situations we won't really know how bad the NZ batting effort has been until we see how India does."

Paul: "It's amazing how Southee's reputation/gumption gets to fast bowlers. It's swinging it's seaming he has next to no technique, put it on off stump and watch him miss it. Instead they know he's going to have a wallop, so the field goes back the short ball comes out and he's got 20 off 20. "

Deva Ethirajulu: "Horrible over rate in post-lunch session @ 11.3 overs per hour! Heavy fine awaits the Indian team."

End of over 49 (maiden) New Zealand 166/8
TG Southee    19* (24b 1x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    1-1-0-0
N Wagner    0* (1b)      I Sharma    15-3-44-5

3.55 pm Ishant Sharma already has five. Will Mohammed Shami join him. There's two wickets left and New Zealand are looking to get some quick runs

MASIH: "Sir finally did it..it took Sir's effort to deliver a maiden after 15 overs"

Dinesh: "Have a feeling that the late runs leaked by India is going to bite their back. With NZ loaded with 4 pacers and 1 medium pacer going would be tough for India. I guess Pujara and Kohli are the big fish for India. "

49.1

I Sharma to Wagner, no run, starts off around the wicket and this is a good length ball just outside off stump. Wagner pokes and tries to bring his bat back inside the line. Beaten

only one slip in place now

49.2

I Sharma to Wagner, no run, back of a length on off stump as he defends off the back foot

49.3

I Sharma to Wagner, no run, bouncer on middle and leg stump as he ducks under it safely

Second slips comes in now

49.4

I Sharma to Wagner, 1 run, tucked away into the vacant midwicket region as this is shortish and direct at his body

49.5

I Sharma to Southee, 1 run, wanders away well outside off stump and manages to helps it to long leg, who is quite fine

49.6

I Sharma to Wagner, no run, full on middle and leg as he defends quite solidly

End of over 50 (2 runs) New Zealand 168/8
N Wagner    1* (6b)      I Sharma    16-3-46-5
TG Southee    20* (25b 1x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    1-1-0-0
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Series Results
New Zealand v India at Wellington - Feb 14-18, 2014
Match drawn
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