2nd Test, Bengaluru, Aug 31 - Sep 3 2012, New Zealand tour of India
365 & 248
(63.2 ov, target 261)
353 & 262/5
India won by 5 wickets
Player Of The Match
INDIA 2nd Innings
Full commentary


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.

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
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 6312 runs
INDIA: 252/5CRR: 4 
Virat Kohli51 (82)
MS Dhoni38 (58)
Tim Southee18-3-68-1
Jeetan Patel15-3-58-3
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
Southee to Kohli, no run
good length on the off stump and he defends back to the bowler
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
Southee to Kohli, no run
short of a length and he tucks it down to square leg
Southee to Kohli, FOUR runs
bowls a half volley on the pads and he whips it away down to deep midwcket, bisected the gap in the infield