Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

V Kohli
51(82) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 16 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
0 1 0 2 11 8 0 6
JEC Franklin
41(90) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 2 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0

Best performances - Bowlers

R Ashwin
O22.0
M1
R69
W5
Eco3.13
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JS Patel
O15.2
M3
R68
W3
Eco4.43
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Presentation

Ross Taylor: "We had our chances, showed character to come back from a terrible Test in Hyderabad. They way Kohli and Dhoni batted was outstanding. You can't ask for more in a Test pitch. Tim Southee was fantastic. We came with some standards we wanted to maintain, which we did in patches."

Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match: It was a tricky situation when I went out to bat and me and MS took it ten runs at a time. I needed to be more patient and it worked. There was more turn today, it was a great cricket wicket. I always love this crowd."

R Ashwin is the Man of the Series: "This pitch was a bit more challenging. I tried to alter the pace on the third day, it was a bit more docile. I enjoy only bounce, that's one of the important ingredients I require from a pitch. Ojha compliments me well."

Dhoni: "It was more Napier than Bangalore. Virat's batting was superb. The spinners bowled brilliantly. This bowling attack hunts as a pack. We all knew that after 40-45 overs it would easier. Virat fought well and soaked up the pressure. Both were tough wickets, catching was good. The spinners bowled to attacking fields."

That's it from us here. Thanks for your company and the mails. The tour continues with the first T20 on Saturday in Vizag. Cheers!

End of match: Ends an absorbing Test, which could have gone either way. New Zealand had their chances but somehow lacked the firepower to close out the game. They should have attacked a lot more, too many easy singles on offer after India were struggling at 5 down. Credit to them for the fight they showed. They need their batsmen to cooperate better and compliment the efforts of their bowlers.

A good workout for India, given that things will get tougher once Australia and England get here. The openers put on a better show, and Kohli and Pujara have shown good temperament. The debate over the No.6 position will be debated for some more time I suspect.

63.2
6
Patel to Dhoni, SIX runs, the captain does the honours and India take the series 2-0! Patel tossed it up on middle and leg and Dhoni was down on his knee and slogged it over deep midwicket
63.1
4
Patel to Dhoni, FOUR runs, short and wide outside off and he makes room and slashes it past point for a boundary

END OF OVER:
63 | 12 Runs | INDIA: 252/5

  • V Kohli51 (82b)
  • MS Dhoni38 (58b)
  • TG Southee18-3-68-1
  • JS Patel15-3-58-3
62.6
4
Southee to Kohli, FOUR runs, brings up his fifty as well! Exquisite straight drive this time, Southee lands it too full on the stumps and Kohli merely pushes it through the line past the bowler
62.5
0
Southee to Kohli, no run, good length on the off stump and he defends back to the bowler
62.4
4
Southee to Kohli, FOUR runs, he doesn't want to come back tomorrow, short outside the off stump and he slams that with power past extra cover
62.3
0
Southee to Kohli, no run, short of a length and he tucks it down to square leg

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

V Kohli
51(82) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 16 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
0 1 0 2 11 8 0 6
JEC Franklin
41(90) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 2 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0

Best performances - Bowlers

R Ashwin
O22.0
M1
R69
W5
Eco3.13
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JS Patel
O15.2
M3
R68
W3
Eco4.43
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF