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Hi there and welcome to the second Test between New Zealand and India.

Toss: Vettori has chosen to bat. And the other big news is Dhoni is not playing, as he is suffering from a back problem. It was Virender Sehwag who went out for the toss. Dinesh Kartik is the keeper. No other change for India. For NZ, Jeetan Patel has come in for Kyle Mills and Jamie How replaces Flynn.

Well .. well .. well.. dramatic start with Dhoni pulling off at the last minute. The game seems to have had quite a few mystical turns even before it has begun. First, they said it will be a seaming track, then some curious reports of hungry fungus and what not emerged, which was later denied by the curator. Later, New Zealand drafted in two spinners. And now Dhoni has pulled out. Oh well.

Vettori: Whenever you come to Napier you want to bat first. It looks a bit different wicket but you still want to bat first. Jamie How will bat at no 3. I think it will be a traditional Napier wicket- flat and you got to work for wickets. Franklin has been selected as a No 6 batsman and we want to give him the opportunity.

Sehwag: MS has hurt his back and that's why I am here. It looks a good hard track; there should be bounce for seamers. It's a good toss to lose!

Pitch and conditions: Weather looks fine, with some sea breeze expected to blow in the afternoon. There are a few bare shiny patches where grass has not grown. It looks a hard wicket, reckons Simon Doul, who does the pitch report. The first hour might do something before rolling out to be a batting tracks, says Simon before adding, "all in all a great track to bat and I am not surprised New Zealand have done that".

Jeetan Patel: It's a good sign to get a opportunity here and go well from there. It was really frustrating to be in the squad and not play. You just prepare as if you are going to play. This should be a good wicket; this should be a good long Test wicket.. if we can take it to fifth day we will in with a good chance.

I am Sriram Veera and will be bringing you all the action from this Test. Our scorers will be Raghav and Sanjay. Let's hope we get a good game.

0.1

Khan to McIntosh, no run, starts off with a full delivery moving down leg side, rolls off the pad and runs to right of the keeper

0.2

Khan to McIntosh, FOUR, Mac is up and running with a square drive. Really full, well up, outside off stump and he timed it sweetly through cover point

0.3

Khan to McIntosh, no run, outside the off stump and left alone for the DK to take it

0.4

Khan to McIntosh, no run, homing in on the off stump, again pretty full in length and McIntosh leans forward to tap it to the off side.

0.5

Khan to McIntosh, no run, well outside off stump, 130 kmph, left alone. He is slowly warming up, moving from 120's to 130 k now ..

0.6

Khan to McIntosh, 1 run, 128 kmph full length delivery around the off stump, pushed wide of mid-off

End of over 1 (5 runs) New Zealand 5/0
TG McIntosh    5* (6b 1x4)      Z Khan    1-0-5-0
MJ Guptill    0* (0b)     

1.1

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, 134 kmph length delivery angling away from the bat, Karthik shuffles to his left to collect that

1.2

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, 134 kmph again, length delivery on the middle and off and it appeared as the bat hit the ball there, as if the batsman thought it will leave him and made a last minute decision to push his bat out

1.3

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, No such doubts this time for McIntosh who covers his off stump before shouldering arms to a delivery leaving him

1.4

Sharma to McIntosh, 2 runs, Edged but doesn't carry to gully. It was fuller, around middle and off stump line, McIntosh doesn't quite lean forward, stabs it, without any balance, and the ball falls well short of the fielder and rushes through his fingers

1.5

Sharma to McIntosh, FOUR, Another thick fat profitable edge. Again, not leaning forward, the front foot landing on its heel rather than toes and the ball had arrived by then. He pushed the bat out and the ball flew off the edge between slip cordon and gully

1.6

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, gets behind the line this time to push it away to the off side

End of over 2 (6 runs) New Zealand 11/0
TG McIntosh    11* (12b 2x4)      I Sharma    1-0-6-0
MJ Guptill    0* (0b)      Z Khan    1-0-5-0

2.1

Khan to Guptill, no run, full pitched, 131 kmph, on the middle and leg, played in the V towards mid-on. Ryder, Vettori and a lot of subcontinental batsmen would have flicked it through the on side.

2.2

Khan to Guptill, no run, slanting away from Guptill who doesn't offer a shot

2.3

Khan to Guptill, no run, lands around off stump and moves away further, left alone again

2.4

Khan to Guptill, no run, 132 kmph, straightening around the middle and leg, Guptill tries to hold his balance, not wanting to play across the line and pushes it with the angle to the off side

2.5

Khan to Guptill, no run, full pitched and moving away outside off stump, Karthik moves to his right and collects it

2.6

Khan to Guptill, FOUR, fuller, overpitched on the legs and this time Guptill whips it past square leg. Easy pickings and well put away.

End of over 3 (4 runs) New Zealand 15/0
MJ Guptill    4* (6b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-0-9-0
TG McIntosh    11* (12b 2x4)      I Sharma    1-0-6-0

3.1

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, 138 kmph length delivery well wide outside off stump, left alone

3.2

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, lands around the off stump and veers away further, you don't want to be nibbling at those on the first morning of a Test and McIntosh too agrees. No shot from him.

3.3

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, beaten this time. Closer to that off stump, feet going nowhere but the bat is hung out to dry and the ball cuts past the outside edge ..

3.4

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, further away in that channel, left alone

3.5

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, beaten again 137 kmph full length delivery angling away from McIntosh who seems to be easily tempted. Again that front foot lands on its heel, no shift in balance and he has a lame poke .. Dangerous.

3.6

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, lands around leg stump line, moves towards off and middle, McIntosh comes forward to play a compact defensive stroke, bat and pad very close together

End of over 4 (maiden) New Zealand 15/0
TG McIntosh    11* (18b 2x4)      I Sharma    2-1-6-0
MJ Guptill    4* (6b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-0-9-0

4.1

Khan to Guptill, no run, 131 kmph, length delivery left alone by Guptill and good carry through to Karthik

4.2

Khan to Guptill, no run, full and lands outside off before angling away, easy decision to let that one go by

4.3

Khan to Guptill, no run, beaten. 132 kmph length delivery landing perfectly on the middle and off and moving away late, past the defensive poke

4.4

Khan to Guptill, 1 run, drifts to the legs, flicked away to Munaf at long leg

4.5

Khan to McIntosh, no run, moves this one in an attempt to get the lbw, McIntosh holds his balance, brings his bat around to turn the ball to the on side

4.6

Khan to McIntosh, 1 run, again moving in, at 134 kmph, on the middle, McIntosh takes a very tiny step forward, tickles the ball behind square leg

End of over 5 (2 runs) New Zealand 17/0
TG McIntosh    12* (20b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-0-11-0
MJ Guptill    5* (10b 1x4)      I Sharma    2-1-6-0

5.1

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, lands outside off stump and moves away towards Karthik

5.2

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, beaten again. It landed on a length around middle and off and cutting across McIntosh who shapes to defend before getting the bat away late. The ball had gone past the edge by then.

5.3

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, a tad wide to lure McIntosh into a poke. But you can see what Ishant is trying. McIntosh is not helping his own case by not leaning forward and not balanced well

5.4

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, beaten again Fuller in length, in the off stump corridor and Mcintosh's feet don't forward, he is caught at the crease and has a stab it . Play and a miss.

5.5

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, And again. McIntosh is being troubled by that channel which is exposing his technique.

5.6

Sharma to McIntosh, no run, lands outside off stump and that allows McIntosh to watch the ball sail by.

End of over 6 (maiden) New Zealand 17/0
TG McIntosh    12* (26b 2x4)      I Sharma    3-2-6-0
MJ Guptill    5* (10b 1x4)      Z Khan    3-0-11-0

6.1

Khan to Guptill, no run, 132 kmph length delivery just outside off stump, Guptil has no problem it letting that go past him

6.2

Khan to Guptill, no run, on the off stump line, Guptill gets across to push it away to the off side

6.3

Khan to Guptill, 2 runs, on the middle and leg, worked through the midwicket. He stands pretty tall and turns it through the on side

6.4

Khan to Guptill, no run, shuffles across to cover the off stump before shouldering arms

Zaheer switches to round the stumps

6.5

Khan to Guptill, no run, from that angle he takes it away from the off stump, Guptill is alert and makes a half-stop

6.6

Khan to Guptill, 2 byes, moving well down the leg side and D Karthik flies, parallel to the ground, but can't reach it.

End of over 7 (4 runs) New Zealand 21/0
MJ Guptill    7* (16b 1x4)      Z Khan    4-0-13-0
TG McIntosh    12* (26b 2x4)      I Sharma    3-2-6-0

7.1

Sharma to McIntosh, OUT, It seemed inevitable. And it was. McIntosh has been tortured outside off by Ishant, rather by his own technique and has succumbed now. It landed on a length around off and middle, sucking McIntosh into a forward prod. Again, he didn't shift forward his weight well, ended up pushing at the ball on a walk and got the edge. Got to see replays to confirm whether McIntosh edged it or not. ... Oh it was bat on the pad and not wood on leather. The bat was pushed inside the line and the ball went past the edge .. Oh dear ..

TG McIntosh c †Karthik b Sharma 12 (29m 27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

7.2

Sharma to How, no run, outside off stump, leans forward to defend to the off side

7.3

Sharma to How, no run

7.4

Sharma to How, no run, in the outside-off channel, left alone

7.5

Sharma to How, no run, Loud shout for lbw as the ball jags back in to hit the back thigh and he was not offering a shot. He didn't read it all, lunging forward to leave it but it cut back in to hit him high on the back leg. The height saved him there

7.6

Sharma to How, 1 run, cutting in again but towards the hips, tucked away behind square leg

End of over 8 (1 run) New Zealand 22/1
JM How    1* (5b)      I Sharma    4-2-7-1
MJ Guptill    7* (16b 1x4)      Z Khan    4-0-13-0

8.1

Khan to How, no run, full in length, testing him outside off but left alone

8.2

Khan to How, no run, hurls it full to get some swing but the radar is wrong - it was outside leg and thudded into the pad. Zaheer asks the question. Ah these bowlers I tell you ..!

8.3

Khan to How, no run, pushes this one across How who lets the keeper do the job

8.4

Khan to How, no run, full and further outside off, inviting the drive but How is not interested ...

8.5

Khan to How, no run, 130 kmph bouncer just outside off and ducked under .. you can't duck over . i guess ..

8.6

Khan to How, OUT, Oh boy .. he has cleaned him up by the change in length. Comprehensively. It was not the yorker but really well up, full delivery and How played all around it. The ball shot through to disturb the furniture. The bat came outside the line and he edged it back to his stumps

JM How b Khan 1 (8m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 9.09

End of over 9 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 22/2
     Z Khan    5-1-13-1
MJ Guptill    7* (16b 1x4)      I Sharma    4-2-7-1

9.1

Patel to Guptill, no run, 130 kmph length delivery on the middle, worked to the on side

9.2

Patel to Guptill, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

How got a bit of inside edge there. Fatal

9.3

Patel to Guptill, no run

9.4

Patel to Guptill, 1 run, moves forward to tap the full length ball towards extra cover for a single

9.5

Patel to Taylor, no run, 134 kmph length delivery outside off stump, Taylor takes his front leg out, sees it's better to let that delivery alone

9.6

Patel to Taylor, no run, closer to the off stump, 136 kmph, left alone again.

End of over 10 (1 run) New Zealand 23/2
LRPL Taylor    0* (2b)      MM Patel    1-0-1-0
MJ Guptill    8* (20b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-1-13-1

10.1

Khan to Guptill, OUT, Zaheer has bounced out Guptill. Done in by the surprise weapon. It kicked up at the face, a startled Guptill took his eyes off the ball, tried to fend it away by bringing up his gloves as a shield and the ball bobbed away, off the gloves, to gully where the fielder takes couple of steps before diving forward to take it. On a batting track, after chosing to bat first, New Zealand are wobbling.

MJ Guptill c Sehwag b Khan 8 (45m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.09

10.2

Khan to Ryder, no run, 135 kmph - the previous wicket taking delivery was around 137 kmph - cutting in towards the off stump, defended on the front foot

10.3

Khan to Ryder, no run, gets this to straighten outside off, nice variation, testing out the batsman early, left alone

10.4

Khan to Ryder, FOUR, slips down leg side and Ryder plays the leg glance to perfection.

10.5

Khan to Ryder, no run, full in length, just outside off stump, Ryder moves forward to check-drive it and the ball bobs away to the on side

10.6

Khan to Ryder, no run, Zaheer tests Ryder out with the bouncer but he ducks to evade it.

End of over 11 (4 runs) New Zealand 27/3
JD Ryder    4* (5b 1x4)      Z Khan    6-1-17-2
LRPL Taylor    0* (2b)      MM Patel    1-0-1-0

11.1

Patel to Taylor, FOUR, He went forward to a length delivery which moved away from him and opened the bat face to adjust to the movement and the ball ran away past the diving gully

11.2

Patel to Taylor, no run, on the pads, clipped away to the on side

11.3

Patel to Taylor, FOUR, dropped by Yuvraj at third slip. It kicked up from back of length outside off stump, Taylor pushed at it hard and the ball flew to the left of third slip. Yuvraj didn't show the technique needed for a slipper, was late in leaning to his left, not well-balanced too and got his fingers to it

11.4

Patel to Taylor, FOUR, Patel changes the length; sends down a full delivery and Taylor eases forward to off drive it away for a boundary

11.5

Patel to Taylor, FOUR, slashed over slips. Patel shortens the length and Taylor goes for the cut. The ball flies off the edge and over the cordon. Counterattack or unwise shot selection? Take your pick.

11.6

Patel to Taylor, no run, on a length this time outside off, left alone

End of over 12 (16 runs) New Zealand 43/3
LRPL Taylor    16* (8b 4x4)      MM Patel    2-0-17-0
JD Ryder    4* (5b 1x4)      Z Khan    6-1-17-2

12.1

Khan to Ryder, no run, leans forward to push a full length delivery homing in on the off stump to cover

12.2

Khan to Ryder, no run, pushes this to cover again. Zaheer has brought both the deliveries in so far, from a length and from just outside off stump.

12.3

Khan to Ryder, no run, bangs in a bouncer and Ryder gets down quickly.

12.4

Khan to Ryder, no run, full in length and holding its line outside off, Ryder moved across to tap it to the off side

12.5

Khan to Ryder, no run, this one shapes back in gently, from back of length, Ryder stays back to defend

12.6

Khan to Ryder, no run, slight change at the release. Zaheer does it now and then. He got his bowling arm really up, higher than normal, and sent a full delivery outside off, left alone

End of over 13 (maiden) New Zealand 43/3
JD Ryder    4* (11b 1x4)      Z Khan    7-2-17-2
LRPL Taylor    16* (8b 4x4)      MM Patel    2-0-17-0

Jeremy from NZ is not in a happy mood: ""NZ are wobbling?" Wobbling?!? Maybe choking, imploding, or even failing abysmally? What a way to stamp our authority on the test match..."

13.1

Patel to Taylor, no run, full in length and just outside off stump, left alone

13.2

Patel to Taylor, no run, edged but falls well short of gully. lovely bouncing delivery from back of length, Taylor is surprised by the extra bounce while leaning forward to defend. Bit like Nasser Hussain there, going very low with his hands and the ball bursts up to hit him high on the bat and bound away to the off side

13.3

Patel to Taylor, no run

13.4

Patel to Taylor, no run, full delivery, well up to Taylor who pushes to the off side of the pitch

13.5

Patel to Taylor, no run, outside off stump, left alone by Taylor

13.6

Patel to Taylor, no run, edged but short of slips. As they say, he played it with soft hands there. It was another sharp delivery, bouncing and cutting away, again Taylor is surprised by the bounce but pushes with soft hands and the ball doesn't carry to Laxman at second slip

End of over 14 (maiden) New Zealand 43/3
LRPL Taylor    16* (14b 4x4)      MM Patel    3-1-17-0
JD Ryder    4* (11b 1x4)      Z Khan    7-2-17-2

14.1

Khan to Ryder, FOUR, Shot! back of length outside off and Ryder stands up tall to punch it pleasingly through the off side. He pressed back, got on top of the bounce to play a lovely on-the-up shot

14.2

Khan to Ryder, FOUR, shorter and wider and Ryder crashes it past point

14.3

Khan to Ryder, 1 run, leans forward to drive a full delivery to sweeper cover. Yep, we got a man in the deep. New Zealand three down.

14.4

Khan to Taylor, no run, leans forward to push-drive a length delivery to mid-on

14.5

Khan to Taylor, no run, 132 kmph bouncer on middle stump line, Taylor stops his shuffle and ducks

14.6

Khan to Taylor, no run, short in length, Taylor rushes back to attempt to force it away through off, but finds no room and ends up jabbing it away

End of over 15 (9 runs) New Zealand 52/3
LRPL Taylor    16* (17b 4x4)      Z Khan    8-2-26-2
JD Ryder    13* (14b 3x4)      MM Patel    3-1-17-0

Sean from NZ: "Can someone rush out a message to Taylor that a) he has an IPL contract already (no need to impress anyone) and b) it doesn't start for another month!"

15.1

Patel to Ryder, no run, length delivery on the middle and leg, turned away to the on side

15.2

Patel to Ryder, no run, shapes in after landing on a length around the middle stump, Ryder is cautiously behind that to push it away to the leg side

15.3

Patel to Ryder, no run, short in length and Ryder is standing up, punching it away but can't beat covers

15.4

Patel to Ryder, no run, nice easy technique from Ryder. He watches the ball carefully, picks up the length early and this time chooses to defend a length delivery to the off side

15.5

Patel to Ryder, no run, gets forward to push it back down the pitch and Munaf stops

15.6

Patel to Ryder, FOUR, slightly short in length and a bit of width and Ryder uses the length to punch it away through covers.

End of over 16 (4 runs) New Zealand 56/3
JD Ryder    17* (20b 4x4)      MM Patel    4-1-21-0
LRPL Taylor    16* (17b 4x4)      Z Khan    8-2-26-2

16.1

Sharma to Taylor, no run, digs it short of length and down leg side

16.1

Sharma to Taylor, no run, digs it short of length and down leg side

16.1

Sharma to Taylor, no run, digs it short of length and down leg side

16.2

Sharma to Taylor, no run, pitches on off stump, cuts in and he tucks it to the on side

16.3

Sharma to Taylor, no run, a touch fuller, good shape back in, Taylor lunges at it and the ball nips back in late and he ends up stabbing it to the on side, in the end he did well to cover the movement

16.4

Sharma to Taylor, no run, now thats just too wide outside off and easily left alone

16.5

Sharma to Taylor, no run, a much better line and length, just outside off stump and forcing Taylor to get behind the ball and push it to the off side

16.6

Sharma to Taylor, no run, fuller to commit him onto the front foot, pushing straight to cover

Ishant's comeback over is a maiden.

End of over 17 (maiden) New Zealand 56/3
LRPL Taylor    16* (23b 4x4)      I Sharma    5-3-7-1
JD Ryder    17* (20b 4x4)      MM Patel    4-1-21-0

17.1

Patel to Ryder, no run, pitches on middle and leg and sits up, Ryder doesn't do much with his feet but does well to get as tall as can be and keep the short delivery down with soft hands

17.2

Patel to Ryder, FOUR, width offered and Ryder gets taller, punching it off the back foot and into the gap between cover and point and thats just a retrieve job for the fielder who gives chase

17.3

Patel to Ryder, no run, better ball, pitched up on off stump and Ryder defends solidly

17.4

Patel to Ryder, no run, pitches on middle and leg and straightens and he defends it back

17.5

Patel to Ryder, no run, tidy delivery again from Munaf, very wicket-to-wicket with no room to work with and Ryder eases onto the front foot gingerly to pat the ball back to the bowler

17.6

Patel to Ryder, no run, one more tidy delivery on the stumps and Ryder defends it back

End of over 18 (4 runs) New Zealand 60/3
JD Ryder    21* (26b 5x4)      MM Patel    5-1-25-0
LRPL Taylor    16* (23b 4x4)      I Sharma    5-3-7-1

Lovely day in Napier, by the way. Shame there's not much of a crowd in.

18.1

Sharma to Taylor, FOUR, uh, yeah .. forget about chasing that one ... short and wide and Taylor reaches out to slap it in the air, intentionally, up and over the man at gully

18.2

Sharma to Taylor, no run, change of pace, pitches it on a length and he defends to cover

18.3

Sharma to Taylor, FOUR, pitches on a length just outside off stump and starts to come in but Taylor meets it on the rise with a push that speeds past mid-off, a lovely defensive nudge for four. Classy. Superb piece of timing.

18.4

Sharma to Taylor, no run, gets forward, bat and pad close together and defends to the off side

18.5

Sharma to Taylor, no run, bouncer outside off stump, Ross Taylor almost loses the plot. He tries to fetch it from well outside off with a pull but checks the shot and the ball flies past the edge for DK to gather over his head

18.6

Sharma to Taylor, no run, fuller and Taylor drives down the track and Ishant crouches to intervene

End of over 19 (8 runs) New Zealand 68/3
LRPL Taylor    24* (29b 6x4)      I Sharma    6-3-15-1
JD Ryder    21* (26b 5x4)      MM Patel    5-1-25-0

19.1

Patel to Ryder, no run, full and driven crisply but again the bowler bends down to make the intervention.

19.2

Patel to Ryder, no run, changes his length, back of good length this time, around off, pushed away into covers

19.3

Patel to Ryder, 1 run, slightly short in length, on middle and leg, worked around to the on side

19.4

Patel to Taylor, 1 run, short in length around off, opens the bat face to push it to gap in covers for a single

19.5

Patel to Ryder, no run, full pitched outside off stump, checks his drive and the cover fielder moves to his left to stop

19.6

Patel to Ryder, 1 run, full in length and outside off stump, Ryder shapes to drive but edges it to his pad

End of over 20 (3 runs) New Zealand 71/3
JD Ryder    23* (31b 5x4)      MM Patel    6-1-28-0
LRPL Taylor    25* (30b 6x4)      I Sharma    6-3-15-1

20.1

Sharma to Ryder, no run, 131 kmph length delivery that landed on middle and off and cut away just outside off, Ryder judged the line and his off stump well to let it go by

20.2

Sharma to Ryder, no run, on the leg and middle line, Ryder tries to dab it to the on side but misses and it rolls off the pad. He then suggests he should have used his wrists more and whipped it around the corner ..

20.3

Sharma to Ryder, FOUR, edged but flies past the diving Sehwag at gully. Ryder was drawn forward by a length delivery and pushed, bat well in front of the body, and got the edge. Sehwag dived low to his right but couldn't reach. Ishant bowled from round the stumps this ball, forcing Ryder to play at it

20.4

Sharma to Ryder, 1 run, lets the ball to come to him from that round the stumps angle before pushing it wide of cover

20.5

Sharma to Taylor, no run, 138 kmph delivery holding its line outside off stump, left alone

Sachin drops back to deep backward square leg

20.6

Sharma to Taylor, no run, And Ishant hurls it fuller, Taylor gets forward to on drive to mid-on

End of over 21 (5 runs) New Zealand 76/3
LRPL Taylor    25* (32b 6x4)      I Sharma    7-3-20-1
JD Ryder    28* (35b 6x4)      MM Patel    6-1-28-0

A smiling Harbhajan Singh comes on to bowl.

Blair: "What's up with the lack of singles? it seems to generally be a problem with NZ batsmen of late which builds the pressure when the boundaries stop coming."

Mike: "im not surprised with the amount of boundries being hit or with the fact that NZ is 3 down. this is the effect of twenty20. why can the kiwis not rotate the strike regularly during the tests? this would not allow the indian bowlers to attack any one batsman for consecutive overs."

21.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 1 run, slip and short leg watch as Ryder leans across to drive a full delivery outside off to deep cover

21.2

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, Flighted full outside off, pretty full and not turning in much , Taylor ended up playing on the walk almost and pushing inside the line,. Karthik doesn't gather cleanly

21.3

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

21.4

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, flighted on the middle and off, holding its line , defended on the front foot

21.5

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, changes the pace suddenly, a quicker one, dabbed to the off side

21.6

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, FOUR, a low dipping full toss, Taylor seemed to stumble out but managed to hold his balance and whip it away past mid-on

End of over 22 (5 runs) New Zealand 81/3
LRPL Taylor    29* (37b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-5-0
JD Ryder    29* (36b 6x4)      I Sharma    7-3-20-1

22.1

Sharma to Ryder, no run, from round the stumps, getting it to straighten on the off and middle line, trying to square up Ryder who opens his stance to defend down the pitch

22.2

Sharma to Ryder, 1 run, on the off stump line, rotates the strike with a defensive push to extra cover

22.3

Sharma to Taylor, no run, nice delivery, shaping away, not his usual angle, but Taylor does well to get behind the line and drives to mid-on

22.4

Sharma to Taylor, no run, edged but it doesn't carry to the keeper. It was the slower one, full and outside off, Taylor was early into the drive and got the edge. Karthik lunged forward but couldn't get close. That was bowled at 106 kmph.

22.5

Sharma to Taylor, 1 run, turned behind square leg for a single

22.6

Sharma to Ryder, 2 runs, from round the stumps, drifting in with the angle, wristed past square leg

End of over 23 (4 runs) New Zealand 85/3
JD Ryder    32* (39b 6x4)      I Sharma    8-3-24-1
LRPL Taylor    30* (40b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-5-0

23.1

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, shuffles across to defend a ball, ends up well outside off and it doesn't turn in as he expects and squeezes it off the outer edge to gully

23.2

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, 1 run, again that shuffle to off and he works it past square leg

23.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, leans forward to defend a flighted delivery outside off

23.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, FOUR, edged but runs between keeper and slip. It was pushed through a tad quicker, Ryder got a thick edge and it flew very close past the extended glove of Karthik and to the right of Dravid. The slipper thought it was the keeper's catch. Karthik did go for it but couldn't move his hands in time to get behind it.

23.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 1 run, leans forward to push it away for a single and gets off strike

23.6

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, turns in, defended to the on side

End of over 24 (6 runs) New Zealand 91/3
LRPL Taylor    31* (43b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-11-0
JD Ryder    37* (42b 7x4)      I Sharma    8-3-24-1

24.1

Sharma to Ryder, no run, from round the stumps, full and straight on the middle, 134 kmph, leans forward to defend to the off side

24.2

Sharma to Ryder, no run, moves in at 136 kmph, full and from the off stump line, tapped to the off side

24.3

Sharma to Ryder, no run, 135 kmph, again moving in from the off stump, from that round-the-stumps angle, Ryder check-drives it to the off side

24.4

Sharma to Ryder, no run, again moving in the air, coming in towards middle and off, Ryder gets forward to push it to mid-off. Will he take one away now? Or will there be a bouncer? Let's see. Two balls to go.

24.5

Sharma to Ryder, no run, again shaping in towards off and middle, patted to the off side

24.6

Sharma to Ryder, 2 runs, the last delivery too moves in, drifting towards the pads, rolls away to fine-leg region

End of over 25 (2 runs) New Zealand 93/3
JD Ryder    39* (48b 7x4)      I Sharma    9-3-26-1
LRPL Taylor    31* (43b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-11-0

25.1

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, 4 byes, Taylor shuffles across as ever. Harbhajan aims his leg stump and flights it down leg and Karthik can't get across in time.

25.2

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, leans forward to drive a really full delivery to mid-off

25.3

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, shufles across to defend a flatter trajectory delivery to cover

25.4

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, 1 run, shuffles across, the ball straightens on the middle, Taylor adjusts to tap it behind square leg

25.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, from round the stumps, leans forward to defend

25.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, just outside off, from a length, Ryder stays back to steer it to backward point

That's lunch. Wickets and runs. In that order. The top three combusted spontaneously on arrival before Ryder, with controlled aggression, and Ross Taylor, not so controlled but aggressive nevertheless, led the fight back. Join us in a while for the second session.

End of over 26 (5 runs) New Zealand 98/3
JD Ryder    39* (50b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-12-0
LRPL Taylor    32* (47b 7x4)      I Sharma    9-3-26-1

The players come back out for the post-lunch session.

26.1

Khan to Taylor, no run, full pitched on the middle, trying to trap him on the shuffle, Taylor stops his movement, gets his bat around the front pad to nudge it away

26.2

Khan to Taylor, no run, what a lazy waft. It was short in length and moving away outside off stump, Taylor went for a cut but too close to him and he is cramped up. The ball flies past the edge

26.3

Khan to Taylor, no run, walks across to defend a full length delivery to the off side

26.4

Khan to Taylor, no run, on a length, around that off stump, angling away, shuffles right across to get close to the line of the ball and pushes it away

Zaheer change to round the stumps

26.5

Khan to Taylor, no run, fires in a bouncer from that angle and Taylor ducks

26.6

Khan to Taylor, 1 no ball, moves in towards the off stump, Taylor defends, bat close to the body

26.6

Khan to Taylor, 1 run, on the middle and leg line, clipped to long leg and retains the strike

End of over 27 (2 runs) New Zealand 100/3
LRPL Taylor    33* (54b 7x4)      Z Khan    9-2-28-2
JD Ryder    39* (50b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-12-0

Onkar Walavalkar : "NZ have gotten their batting order wrong. Currently Ryder is the best batsman and he shouldn't bat any lower than 4. Ross Taylor and McCullum are the other 2 best batsmen and they should bat on either side of him, inside the top 5. They are making the same mistake that WI used to make with Dwayne Bravo, getting their better batters in, when all they can do is damage control."

27.1

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, from round the stumps - that Taylor shuffle has interested him in this line of attack - lands on leg and middle and moves towards middle, defended to the on side

27.2

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, 1 run, again drifting away from Taylor who squeezes it off the outer edge to point region

27.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 1 run, dropped short of length, cut away to point region

27.4

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, again breaking the other way, from round the stumps, leans forward to defend to the off side

27.5

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, yet again. Taylor has so far read him well this over

27.6

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, 1 run, stays back to work a delivery from middle stump line to backward square leg

End of over 28 (3 runs) New Zealand 103/3
LRPL Taylor    35* (59b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-15-0
JD Ryder    40* (51b 7x4)      Z Khan    9-2-28-2

28.1

Khan to Taylor, no run, from round the stumps, full in length and just outside off stump, carefully turned to the on side

28.2

Khan to Taylor, no run, this one cuts in more, Taylor quickly adjusts to crouch and clip it away to the leg side

28.3

Khan to Taylor, (no ball) FOUR, banged in short at 134 kmph and Taylor swivels off the front foot to pull it to deep square leg boundary.

28.3

Khan to Taylor, FOUR, Short in length and outside off stump, thrusts his front foot across and flashes it on the up and through backward point region. Zaheer was interested briefly when the ball left the bat but it raced away through the gap.

28.4

Khan to Taylor, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

28.5

Khan to Taylor, no run, cuts in from back of length, Taylor presses back to work it to the on side

28.6

Khan to Taylor, 2 runs, fuller, on the middle, Taylor quickly takes out the front leg out of the way, bring s his bat down to whip it past square leg

End of over 29 (11 runs) New Zealand 114/3
LRPL Taylor    45* (66b 9x4)      Z Khan    10-2-39-2
JD Ryder    40* (51b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-15-0

Brad Gibbons: "Jesse Ryder is proving that the shift from number 3 to number 5 in the order is the best decision the selectors have made in a while, with him scoring plenty of runs."

Ben: "... McCullum is a handy player, but in my opinion overrated as a test batsman. His conversion rate is worst than infamous non-century scorer Stephen Fleming and the 2 hundreds he has scored came against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Attempts to bat him up the order have generally been failures. He's better off where he is capitalising on good positions or (hopefully) counter-attacking us out of ones."

29.1

Sharma to Ryder, 1 run, short in length and outside off stump, slashed away to deep point region

29.2

Sharma to Taylor, FOUR, fuller, moving in from just outside off stump, Taylor shuffles across to pick it from there and whip it through midwicket. That's his area. He got that from outside off and timed it well through the on side

29.3

Sharma to Taylor, FOUR, Ishant tries to ping him on the middle with another full delivery, trying to catch him on the shuffle, but it seemed Taylor was expecting it , didn't move to across, held his balance and flicked it away

29.4

Sharma to Taylor, no run, slips well down the leg side and Karthik flies, parallel to the ground, to take it

100 of the partnership up in quick time

29.5

Sharma to Taylor, no run, back of length, coming in, turned to the on side

29.6

Sharma to Taylor, FOUR, More runs for Taylor. He shuffles and that excites Ishant who keeps trying to trap him lbw but Taylor escapes in style every time. again he moved across to wrist a full delivery from the off stump through wide mid-on... escape is the wrong word, almost baiting Ishant to bowl full and on the stumps

End of over 30 (13 runs) New Zealand 127/3
LRPL Taylor    57* (71b 12x4)      I Sharma    10-3-39-1
JD Ryder    41* (52b 7x4)      Z Khan    10-2-39-2

30.1

Khan to Ryder, 1 run, tucked behind square leg for a run

30.2

Khan to Taylor, no run, from round the stumps for Taylor, hurls a full delivery across, driven sweetly to cover

30.3

Khan to Taylor, no run, shaping in towards off and middle, defended to the on side of the pitch and Zaheer gets across to stop

30.4

Khan to Taylor, no run, fires in a bouncer .. too high and easily evaded

30.5

Khan to Taylor, no run, another bouncer, much better this time, not climbing too high and Taylor ducks and has to move across to the off side to get away from that

30.6

Khan to Taylor, 1 no ball, ah .. yet another bouncer and flies over the left shoulder

30.6

Khan to Taylor, no run, full and outside off stump, checking whether Taylor wants to drive after those bouncers but he resists and lets DK collect it

End of over 31 (2 runs) New Zealand 129/3
LRPL Taylor    57* (77b 12x4)      Z Khan    11-2-41-2
JD Ryder    42* (53b 7x4)      I Sharma    10-3-39-1

31.1

Sharma to Ryder, no run, from round the stumps, full in length and moving away but it starts from outside off and hence Ryder has a easy decision to leave it

31.2

Sharma to Ryder, no run, and again, similar length and line, Ryder says no thank you, I am not falling for it

31.3

Sharma to Ryder, FOUR, Ishant hits the same line but pitches it further up and Ryder gets across to crash it through covers. Shot!

31.4

Sharma to Ryder, no run, back to the good length but sticks to the well outside off line, left alone

31.5

Sharma to Ryder, no run, from over the stumps this time but the release goes awry; he wanted to slant it across but ends up pushing it too far wide

31.6

Sharma to Ryder, 1 run, outside off again but fuller and Ryder reaches out to drive to deep cover

End of over 32 (5 runs) New Zealand 134/3
JD Ryder    47* (59b 8x4)      I Sharma    11-3-44-1
LRPL Taylor    57* (77b 12x4)      Z Khan    11-2-41-2

Steve: "Yea, i think the line up is about right, Brendon cant be any higher then 6 and Jesse at 4 or 5 is right with Taylor at 3 or 4. The problem isn't the line up its the incapabilities off our top 3. Although i do Rate Flynn as a 3, and Guptill just needs time."

32.1

Khan to Ryder, 1 run, full in length and well outside off, Ryder shifts his balance to the back foot by bending his knees and drives on the up sweetly to sweeper cover

32.2

Khan to Taylor, FOUR, overpitched from round the stumps and Taylor leans across to square drive it pleasingly through the off side. He can be a very attractive batsman when he is in the mood

32.3

Khan to Taylor, no run, beaten outside off. It came in from that angle, landed on a length, before suddenly, at the last minute, veering away past the outside edge and Karthik too seemed surprised by the sudden change in direction and didn't take it cleanly.

32.4

Khan to Taylor, no run, fuller and Taylor drives but Munaf, at mid-off, makes a diving stop

32.5

Khan to Taylor, 1 run, turned forward of square for a single

32.6

Khan to Ryder, FOUR, full pitched outside off and Ryder is not missing those. He leans forward and across to help himself to a cover boundary and what's more brings up his fifty. What a form he is in. Bravo.

End of over 33 (10 runs) New Zealand 144/3
JD Ryder    52* (61b 9x4)      Z Khan    12-2-51-2
LRPL Taylor    62* (81b 13x4)      I Sharma    11-3-44-1

33.1

Sharma to Taylor, 2 leg byes, drifts in towards and rolls away behind square leg.

33.2

Sharma to Taylor, 2 runs, lands on a length outside off and straightens, Taylor is sucked into the forward prod, pushes at it and gets the outside edge and it rolls past a diving Sehwag at gully

33.3

Sharma to Taylor, no run, cuts in with bounce, calmly pushed to the on side

Robert: "no mention of Taylors 50? It came up at the same time as the 100 partnership." Oops! I didn't? Sorry about that.

33.4

Sharma to Taylor, no run, lifting delivery outside off, left alone

33.5

Sharma to Taylor, 1 run, cuts in towards the pads, turned to Zaheer Khan at long leg

33.6

Sharma to Ryder, no run, pushed across Ryder who leaves the ball

End of over 34 (5 runs) New Zealand 149/3
JD Ryder    52* (62b 9x4)      I Sharma    12-3-47-1
LRPL Taylor    65* (86b 13x4)      Z Khan    12-2-51-2

Chris: "Did Ben check the stats before he decided to comment on McCullum? He hasn't played enough cricket up the order to make those kind of statements. In fact between opening and first drop he's scored 219 runs at an average of 44, add the 10 innings / 260 runs he's scored at number 5 and the average drops to 32, still higher than his overall average."

34.1

Patel to Taylor, 2 runs, Whack! Short and outside off, slapped away by Taylor and Yuvraj makes a tumbling stop at deep point. He gets up but can't find the ball, turns around to spot it rolling towards the boundary. He rusehs after it, picks it and throws and goes down to the ground as he finishes the throw! He checks the outfield as he walks away

34.2

Patel to Taylor, 1 run, leans forward to tap the ball away for a single

34.3

Patel to Ryder, no run, full delivery, driven to mid-off

34.4

Patel to Ryder, no run, from close to the stumps, full in length, straight, wicket to wicket as they say, pushed back to the bowler

34.5

Patel to Ryder, no run, in the zone outside off, Ryder thinks about going for a drive but decides to stay put , leaves it for DK

34.6

Patel to Ryder, 1 run, not all that short but Ryder brings out his swat-pull in to play and gets the ball to right of long leg

End of over 35 (4 runs) New Zealand 153/3
JD Ryder    53* (66b 9x4)      MM Patel    7-1-32-0
LRPL Taylor    68* (88b 13x4)      I Sharma    12-3-47-1

35.1

Sharma to Ryder, no run, short in length, bouncing , Ryder brings his bat down in an angle to defend and the ball bobs away in front of him

35.2

Sharma to Ryder, no run, cutting towards off stump line, Ryder pushes it back to Ishant

35.3

Sharma to Ryder, no run, fuller in length, on the middle and off, leans forward to defend down the pitch

35.4

Sharma to Ryder, 1 run, tries to swing this one back in, ends up on the middle and leg, nurdled away to the on side for a single

35.5

Sharma to Taylor, 1 run, leans forward to defend and squeezes it away off the outer edge through cover point. Some times, when Taylor comes forward to defend, he almost doesn't quite complete the shot. He sort of gets into position and seems to just waft his bat in front, not quite leaning into and completing it. I hope that makes sense to you!

35.6

Sharma to Ryder, no run, leans forward to defend a length delivery

End of over 36 (2 runs) New Zealand 155/3
JD Ryder    54* (71b 9x4)      I Sharma    13-3-49-1
LRPL Taylor    69* (89b 13x4)      MM Patel    7-1-32-0

36.1

Patel to Taylor, no run, short in length, holding its line outside off, Taylor defends with the full face of the bat

36.2

Patel to Taylor, 1 run, straightening on the middle and off line, Taylor nudges it to the on side for a single

36.3

Patel to Ryder, no run, full pitched outside off, driven well but straight to cover

36.4

Patel to Ryder, 2 runs, on a length, just outside off stump, gets forward to defend and partly steers, partly edges it wide of third man

36.5

Patel to Ryder, no run, back of length, around that off stump, holding its line, defended down the track

36.6

Patel to Ryder, no run, pushes the short-of-length delivery to covers

End of over 37 (3 runs) New Zealand 158/3
JD Ryder    56* (75b 9x4)      MM Patel    8-1-35-0
LRPL Taylor    70* (91b 13x4)      I Sharma    13-3-49-1

A banner goes up, "Bring Bhajji, we need wicket." And Harbhajan to bowl now

37.1

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, from round the stumps, flatter and outside off, defended on the front foot

37.2

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, 2 runs, again flat trajectory, drops slightly short of length and breaks away, moving outside off, Taylor goes back to punch it through cover point

37.3

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, pushes through quickly, defended to the off side

37.4

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, 96 kmph flat and quick, outside off, squeezed to point

37.5

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, 86 kmph, bit more, outside off, again turning away, defended to the off side

37.6

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, similar pace, fuller, just outside off stump, worked to the on side

End of over 38 (2 runs) New Zealand 160/3
LRPL Taylor    72* (97b 13x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-17-0
JD Ryder    56* (75b 9x4)      MM Patel    8-1-35-0

38.1

Patel to Ryder, no run, full in length outside off stump, pushed into covers with that bottom hand

38.2

Patel to Ryder, no run, hurls this outside off and Ryder lets it go by

38.3

Patel to Ryder, no run, full, around that off stump, driven to mid-off

38.4

Patel to Ryder, 1 run, short in length, cut away to Sachin at deep point region

38.5

Patel to Taylor, no run, short in length, just outside off, no room but hey who can stop our Taylor from trying. He goes for that on-the-up punch but can't quite free his arms and gets it down to covers

38.6

Patel to Taylor, 1 run, fuller, around off and middle, driven to mid-on

38.6

Patel to Taylor, 1 run, fuller, around off and middle, driven to mid-on

End of over 39 (2 runs) New Zealand 162/3
LRPL Taylor    73* (99b 13x4)      MM Patel    9-1-37-0
JD Ryder    57* (79b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-17-0

39.1

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, tosses it up real wide to get Taylor reaching out, and he plays the ball square on the off side

39.2

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, 2 runs, flat on leg stump and turned wide of midwicket for two

39.3

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, tossed up and defended

39.4

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, a touch flatter, outside leg stump, and patted back

39.5

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, oh Karthik has dropped him! It was short and a tad wide and Taylor went for a cramped cut, getting a thin underedge which Karthik fluffs standing up to the stumps ... it just went in and out .. what a clanger! Karthik has clearly not improved much since his travails in Sri Lanka last summer .. what will that cost India? Lets wait and see ...

39.6

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, flat down leg stump and it slips down even finer

End of over 40 (2 runs) New Zealand 164/3
LRPL Taylor    75* (105b 13x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-19-0
JD Ryder    57* (79b 9x4)      MM Patel    9-1-37-0

40.1

Patel to Ryder, no run, back of a length on off stump and he gets in line to defend

40.2

Patel to Ryder, 1 run, this one's wider and he forces it away square on the off side

40.3

Patel to Taylor, no run, pitches around off stump, back of a length, and cuts in and Taylor gets behind the ball to tuck it toward midwicket

40.4

Patel to Taylor, no run, full and wide down the pads, Taylor misses and Karthik collects

40.5

Patel to Taylor, 1 run, top shot that! Pitched up outside off stump and Taylor's onto it in a flash, lacing a fluent square drive out to the man patrolling the boundary

40.6

Patel to Ryder, FOUR, edged and thats away for four, Ryder pokes at one leaving him and picks out the gap safely where a fourth slip would have been and gets four to end the over

End of over 41 (6 runs) New Zealand 170/3
JD Ryder    62* (82b 10x4)      MM Patel    10-1-43-0
LRPL Taylor    76* (108b 13x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-19-0

41.1

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, goes back to work a ball from off to short leg

41.2

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, slower, bit more air, on the middle, from round the stumps, defended to the on side

41.3

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, fuller, on the middle, tilting away, flicked away

41.4

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, lands on middle, shapes towards middle and off , defended to the off side

41.5

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, again breaking away, outside off stump this time, defended back down the pitch

41.6

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, stretches across to push to cover

End of over 42 (maiden) New Zealand 170/3
LRPL Taylor    76* (114b 13x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-1-19-0
JD Ryder    62* (82b 10x4)      MM Patel    10-1-43-0

42.1

Patel to Ryder, no run, overpitched outside off, driven well but can't beat the packed off-side cordon. This one was intercepted at extra cover

42.2

Patel to Ryder, no run, wider, outside off, Ryder gets into position to drive but decides against it

42.3

Patel to Ryder, 1 run, slightly short, cut away to deep point region

42.4

Patel to Taylor, no run, just around the off stump, full in length and straightening, defended to the off side

42.5

Patel to Taylor, no run, teasing line just outside off, left alone.

42.6

Patel to Taylor, no run, lands on a good length, shapes away a bit, Taylor adjusts to the movement and pushes it down the track

End of over 43 (1 run) New Zealand 171/3
LRPL Taylor    76* (117b 13x4)      MM Patel    11-1-44-0
JD Ryder    63* (85b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-1-19-0

43.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, from round the stumps, slides down to hit him on the pad, going down leg. Karthik appeals and Harbhajan joins in. Missing leg, easily

43.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, leans forward to defend to mid-on

43.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, flighted full, driven to mid-off

43.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, slower, on the middle and off line, gets forward to offer the dead bat

43.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, drifting in to the middle and leg line, pushed to mid-on

43.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, outside off, turning away and Karthik gathers

End of over 44 (maiden) New Zealand 171/3
JD Ryder    63* (91b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-2-19-0
LRPL Taylor    76* (117b 13x4)      MM Patel    11-1-44-0

Ben: "Touche Chris, but having just looked them up, (thanks Statsguru) it looks like there's an important unspoken rule for MCCullum at first drop - he's only allowed to bat there against England, for some reason. Seriously though, his average in all innings in the top 6 postions is 28.32, (and he has no hundred) whereas he averages 35.25 at 7, 34.27 at 8 and 31.95 overall. What is it that people say about the same set of statistics being able to support two opposite views? :) "

Sehwag brings himself on

44.1

Sehwag to Taylor, no run, leans forward to nudge it past short-leg

44.2

Sehwag to Taylor, no run, flighted outside off stump, driven back to the bowler

44.3

Sehwag to Taylor, FOUR, classy extra-cover drive. It was tossed up full outside off and Taylor creamed it through the gap

44.4

Sehwag to Taylor, 1 run, slightly shorter in length, on the middle and leg, nudged behind square leg

44.5

Sehwag to Ryder, no run, 91 kmph, on the off stump line, pushed to the off side

44.6

Sehwag to Ryder, 1 leg bye, flatter, tries to clip it away, rolls of the pad past short leg to half-way to square leg. They go for the quick single and Sehwag says, "cmon yaar (mate)"; he reckons the short-leg should have been more alert

End of over 45 (6 runs) New Zealand 177/3
JD Ryder    63* (93b 10x4)      V Sehwag    1-0-5-0
LRPL Taylor    81* (121b 14x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-2-19-0

45.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, moves in to the middle, worked to short leg

45.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, flighted delivery, on a length, bit of loop there, checks his drive to the off side

45.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, a tad quicker, coming in from just outside off, stabbed to the pad

45.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 1 run, pretty full, driven to right of mid-off

45.5

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, leans well forward to defend to the on side

45.6

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, flighted doosra on the leg and middle line, shuffles across, sees it's a doosra, holds his balance to move the bat in line to jab it to the off side

End of over 46 (1 run) New Zealand 178/3
LRPL Taylor    81* (123b 14x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-2-20-0
JD Ryder    64* (97b 10x4)      V Sehwag    1-0-5-0

46.1

Sehwag to Ryder, no run, just outside off stump, dabbed to backward point

46.2

Sehwag to Ryder, no run, on the middle, leans forward to defend

46.3

Sehwag to Ryder, FOUR, floated on the middle and Ryder gets down on his back knee to play a hard sweep shot

46.4

Sehwag to Ryder, 2 runs, fuller, just outside leg, turned to fine leg

46.5

Sehwag to Ryder, no run, change of pace - the quicker one, sliding on straight on off and middle, Ryder checks his front foot movement to push it away to the off side

46.6

Sehwag to Ryder, no run, on the leg and middle, worked to the on side

End of over 47 (6 runs) New Zealand 184/3
JD Ryder    70* (103b 11x4)      V Sehwag    2-0-11-0
LRPL Taylor    81* (123b 14x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-2-20-0

47.1

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, tossed up down the leg side, misses the flick and Karthik moves quickly to take it well

47.2

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, from round the stumps, on the pads, turned to short leg

47.3

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, flighted across around off, driven to cover

47.4

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, 1 run, on the leg stump line, Taylor shuffles to work it past square leg

47.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, no run, shout for lbw but there was a edge there. It landed on a length around middle and off, straightened , Ryder came forward to defend and it ran off the inner edge to his pad

47.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 1 run, pushed to deep cover for a single

End of over 48 (2 runs) New Zealand 186/3
JD Ryder    71* (105b 11x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-2-22-0
LRPL Taylor    82* (127b 14x4)      V Sehwag    2-0-11-0

48.1

Sehwag to Ryder, FOUR, flighted outside leg and swept away to deep square leg boundary. It has been a profitable shot for him against Sehwag

48.2

Sehwag to Ryder, no run, from round the stumps this over, lands it outside off, defended on the front foot

48.3

Sehwag to Ryder, SIX, Wallop! He went down on his back knee to slog sweep it over deep square leg boundary. Nice clean wristy swing of the bat.

48.4

Sehwag to Ryder, no run, gets forward to defend to the off side

48.5

Sehwag to Ryder, 1 run, driven to sweeper cover for a single

48.6

Sehwag to Taylor, 1 run, gets on the front foot, nudges it behind square leg to retain the strike

End of over 49 (12 runs) New Zealand 198/3
LRPL Taylor    83* (128b 14x4)      V Sehwag    3-0-23-0
JD Ryder    82* (110b 12x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    10-2-22-0

49.1

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, gets forward to defend a flighted delivery ,, no turn as yet on this flat deck

49.2

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, looped across on the middle, dabbed past short leg

49.3

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, lands outside off, straightens, pushed to the covers

49.4

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, stretches forward to defend but the ball dips in rapidly and turns in slightly to thi the pad. Harbhajan holds his head.

49.5

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, 1 run, lands this on the off stump line, Taylor walks across to push it towards mid-on for a single

49.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ryder, 2 runs, nice .. he stretched across to lash a square drive to deep point region.

End of over 50 (3 runs) New Zealand 201/3
JD Ryder    84* (111b 12x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    11-2-25-0
LRPL Taylor    84* (133b 14x4)      V Sehwag    3-0-23-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200
Series Results
New Zealand v India at Wellington - Apr 3-7, 2009
Match drawn
New Zealand v India at Napier - Mar 26-30, 2009
Match drawn
New Zealand v India at Hamilton - Mar 18-21, 2009
India won by 10 wickets
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Mar 30, 2009

The New Zealand players shake hands after the match, New Zealand v India, 2nd Test, Napier, 5th day, March 30, 2009

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