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
India 1st Innings
New Zealand 1st Innings
India 2nd Innings
New Zealand 2nd Innings
Match Flow
India 1st Innings 
c Latham b Jamieson5464888184.37
lbw b Boult711261063.63
c †Watling b Jamieson541402216038.57
lbw b Southee315230020.00
c Taylor b Southee727351025.92
c †Watling b Wagner55709210078.57
b Jamieson1214172085.71
c Boult b Jamieson910202090.00
c †Watling b Jamieson044000.00
b Boult16122412133.33
not out 1011171090.90
Extras(b 4, lb 6, w 5)15
TOTAL63 Ov (RR: 3.84, 286 Mins)242
Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Mayank Agarwal, 5.4 ov), 2-80 (Prithvi Shaw, 19.1 ov), 3-85 (Virat Kohli, 24.1 ov), 4-113 (Ajinkya Rahane, 32.1 ov), 5-194 (Hanuma Vihari, 53.4 ov), 6-197 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 55.2 ov), 7-207 (Rishabh Pant, 57.2 ov), 8-207 (Umesh Yadav, 57.6 ov), 9-216 (Ravindra Jadeja, 59.2 ov), 10-242 (Mohammed Shami, 62.6 ov)
24.1 to V Kohli, and he has got Kohli first up but Kohli reviews with one second to go. This is desperate reviewing, and he will be hoping there is an umpire's call on it because there is no way this is not out. This is just too good from Southee. Pitches it up for the outswinger, the ball seams back in after pitching, beats the inside edge on the drive, and he is hit plumb in front. Wastes the review. Will hate it for Rahane or Pujara to get a stinker from the umpire now. Back to the delivery: this is the classic plan to Kohli. Keep bowling outside off for swing, and if it seams, you expose the other edge too. Tood good on the day. A less attacking batsman would have probably got an inside edge on it, but that was one good nut. Swing and seam both. 85/3
32.1 to AM Rahane, and he draws another wicket. Lovely swing bowling. Goes wide on the crease, Rahane has been leaving these alone, but now he is dragged forward into defending it. The ball swings away nicely to take a healthy edge, which surprises Ross Taylor at first slip with the carry. Taylor does well to hang on to it. He has pent hours playing the ball late this series, but makes a mental error here and plays out in front of his body, and that too a defensive stroke. 113/4
5.4 to MA Agarwal, and he has got him. Out, in, out, in, and he has been given out lbw. Just like at Basin, Agarwal reviews with one second to go. This is really full, nearly a yorker, and pretty straight. Swinging back in. Agarwal's bat gets stuck in his front foot. As soon as the first replay shows there is no bat involved, Agarwal looks dead. He is hit in front of middle and leg, and the ball is taking out the leg stump. India lose their first wicket and one of their reviews. 30/1
62.6 to Mohammed Shami, and that's that. The old one-two trick. Bouncer followed by a full ball. Hits his pad plumb in front before ricocheting onto the off stump. 242/10
19.1 to PP Shaw, plucked out one handed by Latham at second slip! Shaw lives by the sword, dies by it. Looking to drive as this shapes away but he's late on the shot, gets a thick edge and Latham does the rest. This flew off the blade, absolutely flew, Latham flung himself high and happy, put his left hand out and plucked it at second slip.. 80/2
55.2 to CA Pujara, and Pujara - remember he had sworn never to hook? - is gone on the hook. Looks to drag this from well outside off, the short ball holds its line slightly, and the top edge goes straight up towards backward square leg. BJ Watling has enough time to call it and claim it. Uncharacteristic shot from Pujara after all that fight. 197/6
57.2 to RR Pant, and Pant refuses to take his chances. Reprieved twice in the last over, he has a loose waft at a length ball outside off, and gets an inside edge onto his pads and then onto the stumps. The two lapses in the last over have cost New Zealand nine runs, and have transferred a Boult wicket to Jamieson's account. 207/7
57.6 to UT Yadav, and Jamieson has four. Pitches this slightly fuller. Yadav stays back and looks to defend. The ball holds its line, takes the edge, easy as that. 207/8
59.2 to RA Jadeja, and that Jamieson bounce undoes Jadeja. And he has a maiden five-for in only his second Test. Jadeja knows he has to get on with it, but he could have chosen better. Hooks Jamieson, manages only a top edge, and Boult dives in front at fine leg to complete the catch. 216/9
53.4 to GH Vihari, he's gloved him down leg at the stroke of tea. Why on earth would he do that? It's a question Vihari would do well to answer. Looking to get inside the line to pull, only managed a feather. Wagner is pumped, he knows he's got his man. The walk back to the pavilion won't be a very pleasant one.. 194/5
New Zealand 1st Innings 
b Mohammed Shami521221975042.62
lbw b Yadav30771114038.96
c †Pant b Bumrah38120037.50
c Yadav b Jadeja1537501040.54
c Kohli b Mohammed Shami1427341051.85
c Jadeja b Bumrah01633000.00
b Jadeja2644634059.09
c †Pant b Bumrah022000.00
c †Pant b Mohammed Shami4963967077.77
c Jadeja b Mohammed Shami2141473051.21
not out 1290050.00
Extras(b 20, lb 4)24
TOTAL73.1 Ov (RR: 3.21, 330 Mins)235
Fall of wickets: 1-66 (Tom Blundell, 25.3 ov), 2-69 (Kane Williamson, 28.1 ov), 3-109 (Ross Taylor, 38.4 ov), 4-130 (Tom Latham, 43.6 ov), 5-133 (Henry Nicholls, 45.4 ov), 6-153 (BJ Watling, 50.3 ov), 7-153 (Tim Southee, 50.5 ov), 8-177 (Colin de Grandhomme, 60.2 ov), 9-228 (Neil Wagner, 71.6 ov), 10-235 (Kyle Jamieson, 73.1 ov)
28.1 to KS Williamson, and Bumrah has the big one. Kohli is pumped up. Mental error from Williamson. He defends at a widish length ball, expecting it to come back in. It does come back, but not as much as expected, and takes the outside edge through to Pant. 69/2
50.3 to BJ Watling, lose drive, and Jadeja pulls off a beauty at point. This is full and wide, and it calls for a drive. He has resisted two scoring opportunities earlier in the over, but goes after this one. He hasn't hit it up and over, it is a flat hit. Jadeja at point dives to his left, gets both hands to it, and makes this look way easier than it is. India are switched on right at this moment. 153/6
50.5 to TG Southee, and India are on absolute song here. A nothing shot from Southee, the kind of thing that happens when you are under incredible pressure. Short of a length, wide enough to be left alone, but he has a fend at it, and Pant gets an easy catch as the bounce is too much to handle for Southee. 153/7
25.3 to TA Blundell, given lbw and Blundell has reviewed it. Sounded like two noises to me, but the second noise was bat hitting the pad so it looks like they are going to waste the review. Well we get an umpire's call on height so they at least retain the review. It looks plumb live time. Yadav has produced a near repeat of the Ishant sharma delivery from the last Test. Full, just outside off, catching Blundell on the back foot and then seaming it back in. He was bowled last time, this time he is hit on the pad. Very little guesswork for Umpire Gough because he is so far in the crease. 66/1
43.6 to TWM Latham, that is a Shami special! Latham decides to leave and it's a horrendous decision as the ball jags back in a long way to crash into the stumps. You just saw this coming and India are chipping away. Latham trusted the bounce, expecting this to go over. But it didn't.. 130/4
45.4 to HM Nicholls, got him! Kohli pulls off a stunner diving to his right at second slip. He's claiming the catch but Nicholls isn't going anywhere. The soft signal is OUT. Will be close. Let's see. On first sighting of the replay, there appears to be some doubt. This is going to be an incredibly hard decision to make for Aleem Dar. But he's convinced the fingers are underneath so the onfield decision stays. Five wickets in the session for India and counting. Credit to Shami as much as it must be given to Kohli. That angle from around the wicket has been troubling the left-handers.. 133/5
71.6 to N Wagner, outstanding from Jadeja! You wouldn't have been wrong in looking at the boundary thinking it'd be six. But no, because there's a superman called Sir Jadeja. He was three-fourths to the rope at deep square, and so he had to leap high, which he did. Then he put his left hand out instinctively and it stuck. The balance after it got stuck was even better. At no stage did he try to juggle or lose control over the ball. Incredible.. 228/9
73.1 to KA Jamieson, straight up in the air, brilliant catch by Pant running back and then sideways as this swirled. Jamieson will have to wait for a maiden Test fifty. This was banged in short, Jamieson went for the pull, this went a long, long way up and Pant had to run a good 30 yards or so to his right. Then he put in the dive to complete the catch. Superb effort. India grab a very slender lead and that's tea on day two.. 235/10
38.4 to LRPL Taylor, leading edge, is it a chance? Yes, it is. Outstanding catch from Umesh running back from point. Deceived in flight as Jadeja shortened his length after seeing him advance, the ball spun away and Taylor couldn't resist. Looked to hoick to the leg side, got the leading edge and it was taken superbly.. 109/3
60.2 to C de Grandhomme, oh what a beauty. It was often repeated he is picked for his batting, but Jadeja is showing here he is no mug with the ball. He is a Test spinner of impeccable merit. Slows it down now, pitches it on middle, gets enough turn to go past the outside edge and hit the off stump. This is sensational stuff form India. 177/8
India 2nd Innings 
c Latham b Southee1424352058.33
lbw b Boult3670050.00
b Boult24881402027.27
lbw b de Grandhomme1430403046.66
b Wagner943591020.93
b Boult11221008.33
c †Watling b Southee918252050.00
c †Watling b Boult414210028.57
not out 1622341172.72
c Blundell b Southee511150045.45
run out (Boult/Williamson)48141050.00
Extras(b 9, lb 12)21
TOTAL46 Ov (RR: 2.69, 207 Mins)124
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Mayank Agarwal, 1.5 ov), 2-26 (Prithvi Shaw, 8.1 ov), 3-51 (Virat Kohli, 17.1 ov), 4-72 (Ajinkya Rahane, 30.3 ov), 5-84 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 33.1 ov), 6-89 (Umesh Yadav, 35.1 ov), 7-97 (Hanuma Vihari, 38.4 ov), 8-97 (Rishabh Pant, 39.3 ov), 9-108 (Mohammed Shami, 42.4 ov), 10-124 (Jasprit Bumrah, 45.6 ov)
8.1 to PP Shaw, and the short ball does it for Shaw. He has nowhere to go as Southee bowls the perfect short ball for him. This is at his throat, and angled in. He is late into the fend, and ends up lobbing it into the cordon. 26/2
38.4 to GH Vihari, and of all the ways to get out, Vihari tickles one down the leg side. Oh cricket, cruel cricket. You are watching out for the seam and swing just outside off, getting across to cover the line, mindful of the occasional bouncer, and then you get a plum offering on the pads that you can glance for four down leg, but what do you end up doing? Edging it to the wicketkeeper. Cricket, eh. 97/7
42.4 to Mohammed Shami, Shami does the right thing, but New Zealand have their field placements spot on. He slogs at a length ball, nearly middles it, but he has found deep forward square leg to perfection. At least the attitude is right. Not sure about Jadeja, though, who doesn't cross, and gives Bumrah two balls to survive. 108/9
1.5 to MA Agarwal, nips back in and given. Agarwal's nightmare of a Test is over, and he doesn't bother reviewing (rightly so!). Agarwal trapped on the crease as Boult gets this to swerve back in a long way, both feet were in the air as he was struck low on the pad. That was plumb.. 8/1
33.1 to CA Pujara, got him! What a peach. Breaches through Pujara's defense. Beauty from Boult. Hey, Wasim Akram? Did you watch? The legend would've been proud. He goes wide of the crease from around the wicket, floats it full. It starts from somewhere around the seventh stump, swerves in late, really late. The inward movement is towards the shiny side. Pujara plays half-forward, isn't fully committed to the defensive stroke and the ball sneaks through the gap between bat and pad to crash into the stumps.. 84/5
35.1 to UT Yadav, another one from Boult! Umesh leaves a big, big gap between bat and pad as he looks to play. Feet glued to the crease, the ball bends back in a long way to beat the inside edge and smash into the stumps.. 89/6
39.3 to RR Pant, and Pant does what he has been trying. A really disappointing innings. Pushing defensively. If he is going to play at balls outside off, might as well swing at them so that at least you have a chance of the edge flying over the cordon. Here he has been pushing at them, and the best you can do is middle them for a dot. The worst: the ball moves a touch, and takes the edge through as it has done just now. Really disappointing couple of efforts from Pant in this Test. These are the conditions where he is supposed to be aggressive and try to take conditions out of the picture. Or perish trying to do that. Does he have that confidence, though, after all the criticism and axes he has received for aggressive batting in the past?. 97/8
17.1 to V Kohli, oh de Grandgomme, what a beauty. He has teased, teased and trapped Kohli in front. This is excellent seam bowling, and I stand corrected for underestimating him. Sir Colin, as Bazid Khan likes to call him. On a length, just outside off, shaping up to swing, but it seams upon pitching and goes past the inside edge to trap Kohli in front. No DRS review wastage this time. 51/3
30.3 to AM Rahane, he's chopped this onto the stumps! That's the end of one of the most bizarre knocks Rahane would play. This is another short ball, came a lot slower off the surface. Rahane walks to the off side, looks to help it along to fine leg but is taken aback by the slowness of the delivery, nearly through with the shot as the ball arrived, got some bat on it and straight onto the stumps. Wagner has deserved this wicket.. 72/4
New Zealand 2nd Innings (T: 132 runs)
c †Pant b Yadav527411710070.27
b Bumrah551131438148.67
c Rahane b Bumrah58171062.50
not out 59221055.55
not out 513131038.46
Extras(b 1, lb 8, nb 1)10
TOTAL36 Ov (RR: 3.66, 157 Mins)132/3
Fall of wickets: 1-103 (Tom Latham, 27.6 ov), 2-112 (Kane Williamson, 30.6 ov), 3-121 (Tom Blundell, 32.5 ov)
30.6 to KS Williamson, gloves this gully. Ripper of a delivery from Bumrah! This took him by surprise. This one zipped through, Williamson looked to duck under it but this was so quick that he couldn't get his gloves out of the way. Jaffa. 112/2
32.5 to TA Blundell, the off-stump is flattened! What a ball from Bumrah. Now, now. Can only wonder what if they had another 80 runs to play with. This ball wickedly comes back in from outside off, skids through to beat Blundell's half-hearted forward push. This is very, very close to being a no-ball though. The umpire is having a look at the point of landing. Is the heel behind the line? I think there is nothing. Even if there is, I can't see it. Let's see what the third umpire thinks. Okay, he's been given out, millimetres.. 121/3
27.6 to TWM Latham, wicket finally for India as they avoid two back-to-back 10-wicket drubbings. Umesh digs this in short on middle and leg, gets big on Latham as he looks to pull, only manages to glove it through to Pant who puts his right hand out and takes an excellent catch. Latham didn't even bother looking at the umpire and started walking.. 103/1
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Sat, 29 Feb - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 63/0 (Tom Latham 27*, Tom Blundell 29*, 23 ov)
Sun, 01 Mar - day 2 - India 2nd innings 90/6 (Hanuma Vihari 5*, Rishabh Pant 1*, 36 ov)
Mon, 02 Mar - day 3 - New Zealand 2nd innings 132/3 (36 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
  • India: 100 runs in 40.1 overs (241 balls), Extras 19
  • New Zealand 2nd innings
  • Lunch: New Zealand - 46/0 in 15.0 overs (TWM Latham 16, TA Blundell 23)
  • New Zealand: 50 runs in 15.3 overs (93 balls), Extras 7
  • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 93 balls (TWM Latham 20, TA Blundell 24, Ex 7)
  • Over 25.5: Review by India (Bowling), Umpire - RA Kettleborough, Batsman - TA Blundell (Struck down - Umpires Call)
  • New Zealand: 100 runs in 26.1 overs (157 balls), Extras 8
  • TWM Latham: 50 off 67 balls (10 x 4)
  • 1st Wicket: 100 runs in 157 balls (TWM Latham 51, TA Blundell 43, Ex 8)
  • Drinks: New Zealand - 108/1 in 30.0 overs (TA Blundell 47, KS Williamson 1)
  • TA Blundell: 50 off 108 balls (7 x 4, 1 x 6)
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
TossNew Zealand, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultNew Zealand won the 2-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2387
Hours of play (local time)11:30 start, Lunch 13.30-14.10, Tea 16.10-16.30, Close 18.30
Match days29 February, 1,2 March 2020 - day (5-day match)
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Match Referee
PointsNew Zealand 60, India 0
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