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New Zealand vs India, 2nd Test at Christchurch, NZ v IND, Feb 29 2020 - Ball by Ball Commentary

2nd Test, Christchurch, February 29 - March 02, 2020, India tour of New Zealand
242 & 124
(T:132) 235 & 132/3

New Zealand won by 7 wickets

Player Of The Match
5/45 & 49
Player Of The Series
14 wkts
NZ 2nd Innings
Full commentary
end of over 363 runs
NZ: 132/3CRR: 3.66 
Henry Nicholls5 (13b 1x4)
Ross Taylor5 (9b 1x4)
Ravindra Jadeja 5-0-24-0
Virat Kohli 1-0-4-0

Thanks for joining us. This has been a riveting series that well and truly justifies the scoreline. India have been thoroughly outplayed, but they had their moments. On that note, this is Shashank Kishore signing off on behalf of Sidharth Monga.

Kane Williamson: "Fairly supporting surfaces, you could create opportunities throughout. History suggests it does a bit initially and flattens out. 30s and 40-run partnership was huge on this surface. A fantastic series from out side, the way we stuck at it. It's a fine line, India are a world class side, a great effort. Jamieson an exciting talent, contributed very well in both games. The runs he scored towards the back end of both games were incredibly valuable. These two games are opportunities for us to try and take steps forward. Looking to finish off the season on a high.

Kyle Jamieson is Man of the Match "Surreal couple of weeks, just to be part of the group and win a couple of matches feels good. Pitch conditions obviously help and trying to find the fuller length and making decisions more often about the length and sometimes natural variations take over. It's certainly time that I work on a lot on my batting, especially batting lower down the order. In both Tests the partnerships down the order have made a difference. Having had a small taste of Test cricket, it's important to work on things and come back better."

Tim Southee is Man of the series for his 14 wickets.

Virat Kohli: "It was a matter of not having enough intent in the first game, and not closing out here. We didn't bowl in the right areas for long enough. They created a lot of pressure. It was a combination of us not executing well enough and New Zealand sticking to their plans. The batsmen didn't do enough for the bowlers to try and attack. The bowling was good, I thought even in Wellington we bowled well. Sometimes if you bowl well and things don't happen, you have to take it in your stride. Disappointing, have to go back to the drawing board and correct things going forward. Toss, you could think about it being a factor, but we don't complain. It did give extra advantage to the bowlers in each Test but as an international side, you're expected to understand that. We accept it upfront and if we have to win away from home, we have to do that. No excuses, just learning moving forward. In Tests, we weren't able to play the cricket we wanted to."

3.50pm India have been humbled inside three days, but victory didn't look so straightforward at this time yesterday. New Zealand had a significant chunk of the deficit to wipe out with the lower order, and Kyle Jamieson delivered with a counter-attacking 49 to restrict India's lead to just seven runs. Then Boult and Southee got into the thick of things to wrap up India's second innings early, before their openers struck half-centuries to seal the win.

New Zealand took 47 minutes to take the four remaining wickets and then their openers made the 132-run target look easier than it was in conditions that continued to be torturous for the batsmen. The depth in New Zealand's five-man seam attack outshone India's three-man party, which was missing Ishant Sharma and also had to do with an injured Mohammed Shami in the second innings.

Jadeja to Nicholls, 1 run

works this down to long-on. That's the Test and the series for New Zealand. 120 points into the kitty. They win the series 2-0. What a reversal from the T20I whitewash. New Zealand bounced back to take the ODIs 3-0 and now the Tests 2-0. The win also takes NZ to second in the ICC Test rankings

Jadeja to Nicholls, no run

works this off a length to midwicket

Jadeja to Nicholls, (no ball)

has he nicked this? Jadeja furiously signals for a review. Shaped to cut, this skidded through. Okay, looks like Jadeja has overstepped so whatever happens after that is immaterial

Jadeja to Nicholls, no run

punched to cover

Jadeja to Nicholls, no run

works this to midwicket

Jadeja to Nicholls, no run

gets well forward and smothers this

Jadeja to Taylor, 1 run

paddled to fine leg

end of over 354 runs
NZ: 129/3CRR: 3.68 
Henry Nicholls4 (7b 1x4)
Ross Taylor4 (8b 1x4)
Virat Kohli 1-0-4-0
Umesh Yadav 14-3-45-1
Kohli to Nicholls, no run

gentle swing away from outside off, left alone

Kohli to Nicholls, no run

gets well forward and blocks

Kohli to Nicholls, FOUR runs

floated full and wide, Nicholls goes after that and slices it over point

Kohli to Nicholls, no run

nice and full on off, pushed to mid-off

Kohli to Nicholls, no run

pulls this one bounce to midwicket. Looked to hit too hard

Pant standing up to the stumps

Kohli to Nicholls, no run

wayward, wayward. Left alone.

Kohli tp bowl his gentle seam-ups

end of over 344 runs
NZ: 125/3CRR: 3.67 
Ross Taylor4 (8b 1x4)
Henry Nicholls0 (1b)
Umesh Yadav 14-3-45-1
Jasprit Bumrah 13-2-39-2

Dave: "Cricinfo commentators are always subconsciously biased towards India. It's not unreasonable. One always would like to see one's country win. " -- Absolutely not true, Dave.

Umesh Yadav to Taylor, no run

right forward as he defends

praveengadugin: "By the way, I just came to watch, What happened to Shami? why isn't he bowling?" -- BCCI's line: "Mohammed Shami suffered a ball impact injury while batting. He is receiving treatment for the same and is currently off the field."

Umesh Yadav to Taylor, no run

pushes this firmly to mid-off

Umesh Yadav to Taylor, FOUR runs

pulled away, no one at deep square. Runs now down to single digits.

Umesh Yadav to Taylor, no run

straightens off the seam, defended back

Umesh Yadav to Taylor, no run

turns this full delivery on middle and leg to square leg

Umesh Yadav to Taylor, no run

pushed to cover

end of over 335 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 121/3CRR: 3.66 
Henry Nicholls0 (1b)
Ross Taylor0 (2b)
Jasprit Bumrah 13-2-39-2
Umesh Yadav 13-3-41-1
Bumrah to Nicholls, no run

angles in a full ball on the stumps, defended

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