Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

RG Sharma
72(120) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 5 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 3 3 0 0 0 2
BB McCullum
224(307) 29x4 - 5x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 4 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 1 0 4 0 4

Best performances - Bowlers

I Sharma
O33.4
M4
R134
W6
Eco3.98
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
N Wagner
O11.0
M0
R64
W4
Eco5.81
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

5.40pm The captains have spoken, the Man of the Match has spoken, we will talk for weeks, this has been a great Test thanks to these two spirited sides. Thanks for joining us for this great Test. We will see you soon. On the 14th. Basin Reserve it will be. This is Sidharth Monga signing off

"Definitely nervous times," Brendon McCullum, who is also the Man of the Match, says. "That run chase. They put us under immense amount of pressure. Neil Wagner's spell today epitomised everything that is going well with the side. A great Test to be part of. One that we will remember. We had to overcome tough periods when batting. Managed partnerships. Got a big score, above par.

"After not enforcing the follow-on, we didn't play well, but their bowling was exceptional too. Would have loved to have a few more in the bank. One of those ones. Everyone has got their own opinion. You have to make that decision. You live and die by that decision. Thankfully we are living by it. You take all inputs from the bowlers, and then make the decision. At 220 for 3 it wasn't looking that great, but we showed enough fight.

"Neil is brilliant. He never wants an opportunity to pass him by. His role is to bowl a lot of overs, and hostile overs. Gives Tim and Trent opportunity to attack. He has thoroughly deserved his wickets. He has turned this game.

"One of my best innings in an NZ shirt. Delighted to make a significant contribution. A lot of credit must go to those who formed partnerships with me. A Test victory over this Indian team is no small achievement."

"The bowlers bowled fantastically well to get us back," says MS Dhoni "I don;t think we batted really well in the first innings. Second innings, quiet a few of our batmen batted really well. One of the best that I have seen our bowlers bowl. Especially on a good wicket. They kept it tight, bowled wicket-taking deliveries at the same time. They need to continue doing that. When you go and not look at what you want to achieve at the end, you can slowly graduate into bigger goals. A few unlucky wickets. Ajinkya's decision was a tough one at a very crucial time."

5.30pm This is an evening when you finish your work, grab a cold one, sit by the pitch, and look around and quietly thank the surroundings for providing us a great Test. The two teams too. Umpires, maybe. No need to talk to anybody for an hour at least

5.25pm Still coming to terms with what a great Test we have had. Just for that we need to thank McCullum for not enforcing the follow-on. What a spirited fight from India, though. They nearly became the first team ever to win a Test after conceding 300 deficit, Tests that ended naturally I mean

5.20pm What a finish. Catch your collective breaths everybody. This has been another epic Test match. New Zealand go on what seems like a lap of honour. How relieved he will be after they messed it up yesterday

Let's listen to Wagner: "Awesome. I am absolutely out of breath, to be honest. Amazing feeling. One of the best of my career. Honoured to be part of this. Plan was to be patient and execute well for long period of times. Boys always kept fighting. Kept running in. We all fought hard. The Dhawan wicket was crucial. Then with Boulty with the second new ball. He always does that. Timmy and Trent, a lot of credit to them. A lot of guys - a lot of Indians shouting stuff at me - so wanted to show how much it means [when he did a chest puff after taking the fourth wicket]"

96.3
W
Boult to Sharma, OUT, all over. New Zealand win. They celebrate. ishant backs away to swing at a short ball. Has nicked it through. Or is it the sleeve? It is both. Ishant is not happy with the call, but it is out
96.2
0
Boult to Sharma, no run
96.1
4
Boult to Sharma, FOUR runs, Ishant has smashed this down the ground for four through the vacant mid-off

END OF OVER:
96 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 362/9

  • I Sharma0 (1b)
  • N Wagner25-8-62-4
  • TA Boult23-2-82-2
95.6
W
Wagner to Dhoni, OUT, Wagner, the Maestro. How does he do it? No No. Hold on. They are checking on the no-ball. Awfully close on the no-ball. I'll give you facts. Will let you decide on the basis of that. He goes wide on the crease, bowls the slower bouncer, does Dhoni in, the bottom edge brings the off bail off. They ask Dhoni to wait. They want to check if his back foot has cut the side crease. One angle says he hasn't. The other says he has. When landing, the side of the foot appears to have touched the crease. But there is no proof it landed there. It could be the bulge on the foot in the air. It could have been in the air. You can make your own minds up. Third umpire says it didn't touch. That's all that matters for now

Dhoni has had a chat with Ishant. Asking him to stay ready for a single

95.5
4
Wagner to Dhoni, FOUR runs, Dhoni gets a full ball and goes after it. Off the outside half of the bat it flies, and clears the field. Sliced. Sodhi gives chase towards wide long-off. Gets four

Field stays back for the fifth ball. Asking Dhoni if he trusts Ishant with the last ball

No, hold on. Two of them come up

95.4
0
Wagner to Dhoni, no run, wide on the crease, angling in, pushed to short cover

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

RG Sharma
72(120) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 5 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 3 3 0 0 0 2
BB McCullum
224(307) 29x4 - 5x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 4 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 1 0 4 0 4

Best performances - Bowlers

I Sharma
O33.4
M4
R134
W6
Eco3.98
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
N Wagner
O11.0
M0
R64
W4
Eco5.81
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Pulled it off

5

The victory by 40 runs is the joint fifth closest, in terms of runs, in New Zealand's history

On par with the best

9

The match-winning catch by BJ Watling puts him equal with Brendon McCullum for the New Zealand record for most catches by a wicketkeeper in a Test

Revival

3

No. of fifty partnerships for the eighth wicket in fourth innings in India wins. Dhoni and Zaheer added 59 in Durban 2006

Not quite captain cool

31.75

MS Dhoni's batting average in the fourth innings, with a solitary fifty

Oops!

First ball with the new cherry gets a wicket. Boult gets it to swing in and hit Rahane's pads, but the umpire's not spotted a big inside edge!

Hot on the heels

7

Record for most catches in an innings by a New Zealand keeper. BJ Watling has four now. He'd taken five against West Indies in Hamilton last December

Got 'im

A screamer from Wagner ends Dhawan. Terrific bouncer from around the wicket, made him hop and takes the glove. Just rewards.

Precious solidity

2

There have been only two previous century stands for the third wicket in the fourth innings of an Indian away victory. Will Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan's 126 join them?

Probing spell

1-23

Neil Wagner's nine overs since this morning. He's getting the ball to curl into Shikhar Dhawan quite nicely

Ton up!

Six, four and four! Dhawan blitzes through the nineties and into his second century in Tests

Upping the ante

59-0

Scoreline for the second hour of play this morning. Ten fours and only two maidens in the 15 overs

Partnership machines

261

No. of 3rd-wicket fifty-partnerships for India, including this one between Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, 85 of those have ended up in winning causes