Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    7.6 lucky lucky breakthrough for New Zealand. This is a length ball well down leg, Vijay has been scoring fours off them easily, but he is caught down leg this time. He doesn't seem happy with the decision because he thinks it has gone off the pad. However, HotSpot shows a faint smidgeon on the bat too 36/1
    74.1 Wagner has produced this wicket out of nowhere. What a luxury to have such a player on call. What heart, what spirit shown by Wagner. Goes round the wicket, produces a bouncer that is too difficult for Dhawan to leave. It is going across him, but has started just outside leg, and there is no room. As he weaves away, he fails to get his glove out of the harm's way. It kisses the glove. Wagner, what a beaut 248/4
    29.2 that;s a beaut from Southee. Cometh the hour, cometh the leader of the attack. Goes wide on the crease, bowls short of a length, Pujara has to play the angle, the ball swings away late, bounces too, takes the outside edge, and New Zealand have drawn first blood this Sunday 96/2
    60.3 is this the break New Zealand needed? Completely against the run of play. So not a wicket-taking delivery. This is short, this is wide, Kohli makes the mistake of pulling instead of cutting. The ball doesn't quite come on, and by the time it does, it is on its way down. Kohli gets a bottom edge. That is dying in between keeper and slip, but Watling takes it by his toes 222/3
    81.1 and here is Rohit Sharma gone first ball. New Zealand have sensed the moment and seized it by the scruff of its neck. Lovely outswinger first ball after tea. No looseners from Southee. Just short of driving length, Sharma caught neither back nor forward, and the swing does the rest. This is unravelling fast 270/6
    80.1 and what a beauty first ball. What a perfect ball. That has swung, but oh - hold on - Rahane has hit this one. What a time for a rough call. The game could change because if this. A lovely inswinger first of all. Starts around off, comes back in, hits him plumb in front, except that Rahane has hit it. Oh what drama at Eden Park. A Kallis-esque moment from Wanderers 268/5
    95.6 Wagner, the Maestro. How does he do it? No No. Hold on. They are checking on the no-ball. Awfully close on the no-ball. I'll give you facts. Will let you decide on the basis of that. He goes wide on the crease, bowls the slower bouncer, does Dhoni in, the bottom edge brings the off bail off. They ask Dhoni to wait. They want to check if his back foot has cut the side crease. One angle says he hasn't. The other says he has. When landing, the side of the foot appears to have touched the crease. But there is no proof it landed there. It could be the bulge on the foot in the air. It could have been in the air. You can make your own minds up. Third umpire says it didn't touch. That's all that matters for now 362/9
    86.5 the party is over. Jadeja did what he knew. But he has fallen short. Goes down the wicket, looks to clear mid-on, but he has come too close to the pitch of the ball, and ends up hitting it off the inside half of the bat. Sodhi takes the pressure catch at mid-on. Advantage New Zealand now 324/7
    93.5 And Neil "Black Caviar" Wagner strikes again. This guy is willing New Zealand to win this Test. Short of a length, angling in, Zaheer - as with No. 9 batsmen - backs away a touch, presents the outside edge, and Taylor takes a good one at first slip 349/8
    96.3 all over. New Zealand win. They celebrate. ishant backs away to swing at a short ball. Has nicked it through. Or is it the sleeve? It is both. Ishant is not happy with the call, but it is out 366/10
    not out
    25 (b 12, lb 7, nb 4, w 2)
    366 all out (96.3 Overs, RR: 3.79, 430 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-36 (M Vijay, 7.6 ov), 2-96 (CA Pujara, 29.2 ov), 3-222 (V Kohli, 60.3 ov), 4-248 (S Dhawan, 74.1 ov), 5-268 (AM Rahane, 80.1 ov), 6-270 (RG Sharma, 81.1 ov), 7-324 (RA Jadeja, 86.5 ov), 8-349 (Z Khan, 93.5 ov), 9-362 (MS Dhoni, 95.6 ov), 10-366 (I Sharma, 96.3 ov)
    TA Boult23.328633.6502
    TG Southee23.048133.5200
    N Wagner25.086242.4802
    CJ Anderson7.012203.1420
    IS Sodhi15.027805.2000
    KS Williamson3.001806.0000

Close of Play

  • Thu, 6 Feb - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 329/4 (BB McCullum 143*, CJ Anderson 42*, 90 ov)
  • Fri, 7 Feb - day 2 - India 1st innings 130/4 (RG Sharma 67*, AM Rahane 23*, 39 ov)
  • Sat, 8 Feb - day 3 - India 2nd innings 87/1 (S Dhawan 49*, CA Pujara 22*, 25 ov)
  • Sun, 9 Feb - day 4 - India 2nd innings 366 (96.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Pulled it off


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

On par with the best


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Partnership machines


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