Result
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
1y
• The Report by Sharda Ugra

Match in the balance after eventful day

A teetering third day had the second Test in Bangalore turn into a second innings shoot-out

Match centre 
Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Kanishkaa Balachandran
Scorecard summary
New Zealand365(90.1 overs)1st Innings
Ross Taylor113 (127)
Pragyan Ojha5/99(28.1)
Zaheer Khan2/83(22)
India353(96.5 overs)1st Innings
Virat Kohli*103 (193)
MS Dhoni*62 (94)
New Zealand248(73.2 overs)2nd Innings
India262/5(63.2 overs)2nd Innings
Virat Kohli*51 (82)
MS Dhoni*48 (60)
Jeetan Patel3/68(15.2)
Trent Boult1/64(16)

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 6312 runs
INDIA: 252/5CRR: 4 
Virat Kohli51 (82)
MS Dhoni38 (58)
Tim Southee18-3-68-1
Jeetan 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
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
Southee to Kohli, no run
short of a length and he tucks it down to square leg
62.2
4
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
62.1
Southee to Kohli, no run
drifts on middle and leg and he works it back to the bowler
end of over 626 runs
INDIA: 240/5CRR: 3.87 
MS Dhoni38 (58)
Virat Kohli39 (76)
Jeetan Patel15-3-58-3
Tim Southee17-3-56-1
61.6
Patel to Dhoni, no run
61.5
4
Patel to Dhoni, FOUR runs
short outside the off stump and he rocks back and he punches it down to deep extra cover
61.4
Patel to Dhoni, no run
doesn't offer a shot and the ball clips his pads and deflects to fine leg
61.3
Patel to Dhoni, no run
comes well forward and defends back to the bowler
61.2
Patel to Dhoni, no run
defended back to the bowler but the ball was in the air for a short while but dropped short of the bowler

First slip is a bit deep

61.1
2
Patel to Dhoni, 2 runs
fired on the pads and he whips it down to square leg

Long-on and deep midwicket for Patel. Still optimistic they will go for the big hit

end of over 614 runs
INDIA: 234/5CRR: 3.83 
Virat Kohli39 (76)
MS Dhoni32 (52)
Tim Southee17-3-56-1
Jeetan Patel14-3-52-3
60.6
Southee to Kohli, no run
pushes it towards cover, India coasting here
60.5
Southee to Kohli, no run
bit of awkward bounce again and he ends up stabbing it back to the bowler
60.4
1
Southee to Dhoni, 1 run
fuller delivery outside the off stump and he steers it square on the off side for a single
60.3
1
Southee to Kohli, 1 run
gives him width outside the off stump and he steers it to the off side
Best performances - batsmen
LRPL Taylor
113 runs (127)
16 fours
2 sixes
Control74%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
40 runs
7 fours
1 sixes
01419282910310
V Kohli
103 runs (193)
14 fours
1 sixes
Control90%
Productive shot
leg glance
51 runs
7 fours
0 sixes
4151961291325
Best performances - bowlers
TG Southee
O
24
M
6
R
64
W
7
Eco
2.66
R Ashwin
O
22
M
1
R
69
W
5
Eco
3.13
Match details
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
TossNew Zealand , elected to bat first
SeriesNew Zealand tour of India
Player Of The Match
Virat Kohli
Player Of The Series
Ravichandran Ashwin
Series resultIndia won the 2-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2055
Season2012
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days31 August, 1,2,3 September 2012 (5-day match)
Umpires
Ian Gould
Steve Davis
TV Umpire
Sudhir Asnani
Reserve Umpire
Vineet Kulkarni
Match Referee
Chris Broad