Player of the Match
Player of the Match

This is India's first Test win in New Zealand since the Auckland Test of 1976. They take a 1-0 lead in the series and have lived up to their billing at least in this game. The match headed in their direction at lunch on the opening day with NZ at 61 for 6. New Zealand mounted a fightback but their bowlers failed to back the efforts of Vettori and Ryder. India piled on the half-centuries, Tendulkar scored an exquisite 160 and there was no looking back. The adjudicators for the Man of the Match will have a tough choice between Tendulkar and Harbhajan, whose 6 for 63 happens to be his best Test figures away from home. MS Dhoni maintains his slick record as a Test captain. Stay with us for the presentation.

Vettori: "India outplayed us. The Indian top order thrives on boundaries and we fed them too many. We've seen teams bounce back from 0-1 and this will test the side."

Dhoni: "Fantastic effort by the bowlers. Our bowlers rely a lot on swing and we bowled a lot fuller compared to the NZ bowlers. Sachin was at his best when they bowled badly."

Tendulkar is the Man of the Match: "Once the new ball was taken I was middling the ball a lot better. I took some time to get adjusted to the wicket. The stomach is fine and the finger is sore but I should be fine."

We can expect some changes in the NZ lineup in Napier, I expect Jeetan Patel to walk in and maybe a spot for Tim Southee as well. That's up to Glenn Turner and co.

Thanks for your company and the mails. Do join us for the Napier Test on March 26. Remember it is a 10.30 am start (21.30 GMT) so set your alarms/reminders half an hour early. On behalf of Raghav and Sanjay, this is Kanishkaa signing off. Take care!

Mills to Gambhir, FOUR runs, and India's 33-year wait ends! Mills slides down the leg side and Gambhir moves across just a little and works it on its way to fine leg off the face of the bat
Mills to Gambhir, 2 runs, Mills drops it short and Gambhir stays there, swivels and pulls but doesn't get the desired elevation, he gets two anyway

Gambhir back on strike

5 | 4 Runs | INDIA: 33/0

  • Rahul Dravid8 (14b)
  • Gautam Gambhir24 (16b)
  • Chris Martin3-0-17-0
  • Kyle Mills2-0-15-0
Martin to Dravid, no run, sudden rush of blood as he lashes out at a wide delivery and meets thin air
Martin to Dravid, no run, Dravid's in no daring hurry, he lunges forward and defends solidly
Martin to Dravid, no run, lands outside off and he shoulders arms, the ball holds its line before reaching the keeper
Martin to Dravid, no run, gets nicely behind the line to a full ball and defends solidly
Martin to Dravid, no run, prods forward and the late away movement just beats the outside edge
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