3rd Test, Indore, October 08 - 11, 2016, New Zealand tour of India
557/5d & 216/3d
(T:475) 299 & 153

India won by 321 runs

Player Of The Match
6/81 & 7/59
Player Of The Series
71 runs • 27 wkts
India 1st Innings
New Zealand 1st Innings
India 2nd Innings
New Zealand 2nd Innings
Match Flow
India 1st Innings 
c Latham b Patel1018272055.55
lbw b Boult2953933254.71
b Santner411081326037.96
lbw b Patel21136653620057.65
c †Watling b Boult18838151318449.34
not out 5163903280.95
not out 1727461062.96
Extras(b 4, lb 3, nb 2, w 1)10
TOTAL169 Ov (RR: 3.29, 721 Mins)557/5d
Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Murali Vijay, 4.5 ov), 2-60 (Gautam Gambhir, 19.5 ov), 3-100 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 35.6 ov), 4-465 (Virat Kohli, 147.6 ov), 5-504 (Ajinkya Rahane, 159.1 ov)
19.5 to G Gambhir, lbw! Boult has his man after hitting the back pad. The ball was pitched on a good length just outside off and came into the left-hander with the angle from over the wicket, beating the inside edge as Gambhir pushed forward to defend with a short stride. The ball may have even grazed the front pad before hitting the back pad, the impact was in line with off stump and that looked pretty plumb. That ball kept a bit low too.. 60/2
159.1 to AM Rahane, that's the end of a superb Rahane knock. This was a nothing delivery. Length ball that had enough width, Rahane shapes to drive on the up, well away from the body, but can only get a thick edge that is taken by Watling, who dives low to his right to complete it. No sign of the declaration yet. Kohli is still in his blue training shirt, and munching away. 504/5
4.5 to M Vijay, what a catch that is at short leg! Latham the fielder! Vijay came forward and flicked the ball and got a good chunk of the bat on it, the ball flew quickly but straight at Latham, who was doing the right things in terms of getting into position for such a chance. The ball struck his arm, then bobbled along his body before he grasped it in his hands. 26/1
147.6 to V Kohli, that's the end of a monumental partnership. Rahane walks up to congratulate his skipper, most members of the New Zealand side are generous in their applause too. Wonder if cramps played a part in his dismissal. Coming back to the delivery, this was short and drifting in to middle and off, Kohli gets into a tangle as he looks to whip that past midwicket, but missed it altogether to make it a simple decision for umpire Bruce Oxenford.. 465/4
35.6 to CA Pujara, absolute ripper! You cannot prepare for this. Maybe you would want your front foot moving a little more. But Santner's trajectory is flat and it puts the batsman in two minds. Then comes the turn. The big, hooping turn. Angled in on middle and off - the pace is fairly quick - and it had Pujara playing the angle, very nervously, and dupes him. 100/3
New Zealand 1st Innings 
run out (Ashwin)7214419110250.00
c & b Ashwin531041367050.96
b Ashwin825331032.00
c Rahane b Ashwin049000.00
c Rahane b Ashwin0613000.00
lbw b Ashwin7111514411061.73
c Rahane b Jadeja2348604047.91
c Kohli b Jadeja2252474042.30
run out (Ashwin)1826413069.23
not out 15131521115.38
c Pujara b Ashwin056000.00
Extras(b 6, lb 5, w 1, pen 5)17
TOTAL90.2 Ov (RR: 3.30, 352 Mins)299
Fall of wickets: 1-118 (Tom Latham, 34.2 ov), 2-134 (Kane Williamson, 42.6 ov), 3-140 (Ross Taylor, 44.5 ov), 4-148 (Martin Guptill, 46.6 ov), 5-148 (Luke Ronchi, 48.1 ov), 6-201 (BJ Watling, 62.6 ov), 7-253 (Mitchell Santner, 78.6 ov), 8-276 (James Neesham, 86.2 ov), 9-294 (Jeetan Patel, 88.2 ov), 10-299 (Trent Boult, 90.2 ov)
34.2 to TWM Latham, teasing little offbreak. Worse, it had masqueraded as a half-volley on the pads. Poor Latham thought he had a single for the taking, bringing his bat across his front pad and playing with a closed face. But the ball - a lot slower in pace, that was the key to the wicket - lobs up off the leading edge and Ashwin takes an absolute dolly of a catch. 118/1
42.6 to KS Williamson, dragged on! He's played Ashwin's good-length balls off the back foot, not entirely a terrible ploy, but the problem arose when he went for the cut. A straight bat could have saved him, but the horizontal one simply made him feel more cramped and it presents the ball with the perfect opportunity to take the inside edge and trickle onto the stumps. Rare mistake from Williamson.. 134/2
44.5 to LRPL Taylor, it's the straight one! Oh, wait. It turned just a tiny bit. Taylor was just playing too far inside the line. And he has this technique as well where he doesn't push too far forward and the bat comes down at an angle from gully. Ashwin, by pulling his length back, gets the outside edge and Rahane mops things up. 140/3
48.1 to L Ronchi, off the thigh of the keeper to the first slip. Superb work from Rahane, diving to his right. Outstanding reflexes. The delivery wasn't too bad either. Drifted away from Ronchi, who had come forward expecting top block a good length ball and suddenly finding that he was playing inside the line. Fine edge, hitchhikes its way to India's vice-captain. 148/5
86.2 to JDS Neesham, hasn't it straightened too much? Umpire Dharmasena thinks not and raises the finger and Ashwin has his 20th five-wicket haul. He wrapped it up with a well flighted delivery that Neesham played all around with a sweep. Struck on the back thigh, but that back thigh was probably outside the line of off stump. Neesham went back to the dressing room, waited by the monitor to see the replay and then strode off disgusted. 276/8
90.2 to TA Boult, Ashwin has six! shimmes down, looks to heave it towards midwicket, gets a top edge and Pujara takes the catch. A superb one at that, because the ball went so high. Backtracked from midwicket and pulled it off serenely. 299/10
62.6 to BJ Watling, is there an argument that Watling was set up? He was made to lunge forward to a few slow, loopy deliveries. Now Jadeja gets one to land on a good length and the batsman, having cultivated a habit of pushing at the ball, does so again. This time he is nowhere near the pitch, feathers an edge. Rahane has to move to his left, does so quickly enough to get both hands to the ball and then controls it with a bit of a juggle. Brilliant that he wasn't distracted by Saha trying his best to grab at the ball; he was well within his right to, of course as the keeper.. 201/6
78.6 to MJ Santner, how about that for a catch? The batsman was shaping for a cover drive, and for a leg slip to be alert enough to pick that up is simply super. Jadeja looped the ball up, and a littler wider to tempt Santner, the ball takes the inside edge, sneaks through the gate and ends up in Kohli's hands. 253/7
India 2nd Innings 
run out (Guptill/†Watling)1942642045.23
c Guptill b Patel5056886089.28
not out 1011482029068.24
lbw b Patel1728361060.71
not out 23204430115.00
Extras(b 4, lb 1, w 1)6
TOTAL49 Ov (RR: 4.40, 219 Mins)216/3d
Fall of wickets: 0-11, 1-34 (Murali Vijay, 13.4 ov), 2-110 (Gautam Gambhir, 29.6 ov), 3-158 (Virat Kohli, 39.6 ov)
looking for quick runs, Gambhir goes for the inside out drive and he had nailed it. Only problem though was the lack of elevation. Made the room for the shot, got the pitch to make sure he can power it. But when Guptill is in that region, you better make sure to hit it over him. 11/0
29.6 to G Gambhir, looking for quick runs, Gambhir goes for the inside out drive and he had nailed it. Only problem though was the lack of elevation. Made the room for the shot, got the pitch to make sure he can power it. But when Guptill is in that region, you better make sure to hit it over him. 110/2
39.6 to V Kohli, was he struck in line? Umpire Oxenford says yes. It's a good length ball just outside off, Kohli opts to sweep because he wants runs. Misses the ball and is struck on the front pad. It's a very tight call. About half the ball is outside the line of off stump. But it's the shot again that may have tempted the decison. A bit like Neesham getting lbw to Ashwin with respect to impact, Patel's ball certainly would have hit the stumps. 158/3
New Zealand 2nd Innings (T: 475 runs)
lbw b Yadav61080160.00
lbw b Jadeja29601055048.33
lbw b Ashwin2733405081.81
b Ashwin32252551128.00
b Ashwin1518141083.33
c Kohli b Jadeja045000.00
not out 2364813035.93
b Ashwin1424282158.33
b Ashwin025000.00
c Mohammed Shami b Ashwin032000.00
c & b Ashwin427351014.81
Extras(b 2, nb 1)3
TOTAL44.5 Ov (RR: 3.41, 178 Mins)153
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Tom Latham, 1.4 ov), 2-42 (Kane Williamson, 10.6 ov), 3-80 (Ross Taylor, 18.3 ov), 4-102 (Luke Ronchi, 22.4 ov), 5-103 (James Neesham, 23.4 ov), 6-112 (Martin Guptill, 25.3 ov), 7-136 (Mitchell Santner, 32.5 ov), 8-138 (Jeetan Patel, 34.1 ov), 9-138 (Matt Henry, 34.4 ov), 10-153 (Trent Boult, 44.5 ov)
1.4 to TWM Latham, pinned in front of the stumps! A Yadav specialty. Pitched full, screams in, seems to almost pick up pace off the pitch. Actually, it only seems so because Latham was bringing his bat around the front pad. Makes him late on the shot. Makes the decision quite easy for umpire Dharmasena too. And Indore goes "Indiaaaaa, India. Indiaaaaaaa, India." Just magnify that by a factor of a million in your head. 7/1
10.6 to KS Williamson, big appeal for lbw, Williamson opened himself up for that by going deep in his crease and looks woeful when umpire Oxenford gives him out. It looked dicey. It was a tough decision, mostly in terms of adjudicating how much the ball was spinning. It ripped off a good length from outside off to pin Williamson in front of middle, and with him being so far back, there was not much distance to travel. All in all, a top decision. 42/2
18.3 to LRPL Taylor, sweeps the wrong ball, and Ashwin waves bye-bye to him. It's slower through the air. It's too full for the shot. He should be driving at those, but hitting across the line like that, he's sabotaged himself. 80/3
22.4 to L Ronchi, fooled him! And then messes up his stumps for good measure. It was pretty full delivery, but Ronchi was suckered into playing back because the trajectory was flat. Then just to make the batsman feel like the world is against him, it stays low too.. 102/4
32.5 to MJ Santner, goes straight on, and poor Santner throws a 'how do you do that?' and then an 'is there no mercy in the world?' stare at the celebrating Ashwin. It's the proper offspinner, not even the undercutter. So the batsman was well within his right to expect it to turn. And it does, just not that much. Takes the inside edge, then the pad and onto the stumps. That's 10 in the Test for Ashwin, his 6th time doing so. 136/7
34.1 to JS Patel, now he's got a five-for in each innings! That was all a bit too easy. Tossed it up. Patel plays right across the line, trying a sweep while standing up. In effect, he ushered the ball onto his stumps. 138/8
34.4 to MJ Henry, doesn't cost India much! Tossed up well wide of off stump, Henry goes for a slap over mid-off, but the ball dips. Henry can't reach the pitch and he mistimes the ball straight to mid-off instead. 138/9
44.5 to TA Boult, finishes it off, all by himself! Ashwin has a seventh - his best bowling in an innings, and in a Test match. Looped up to get him out of his crease and look for the drive. The ball dips on him though and it pops back. Watling throws his head down in disappointment. Coach Kumble is catching it all on camera, while the Indian dressing room explodes around him. 153/10
23.4 to JDS Neesham, chipped it straight to short midwicket. Trap set, trap sprung! There were plenty of men in the leg side, just for this shot. Short leg. Leg slip and then Kohli, who was diving low to his right to pull this off. 103/5
25.3 to MJ Guptill, the pace... he's been beaten for pace! Jaddu spears in one of his arm balls on middle and leg, Guptill's front foot was on middle stump, his bat comes down beside it. Then has to work around it. By then the ball hits the knee-roll and umpire Dharmasena sends him on his way. 112/6
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Sat, 08 Oct - day 1 - India 1st innings 267/3 (Virat Kohli 103*, Ajinkya Rahane 79*, 90 ov)
Sun, 09 Oct - day 2 - New Zealand 1st innings 28/0 (Martin Guptill 17*, Tom Latham 6*, 9 ov)
Mon, 10 Oct - day 3 - India 2nd innings 18/0 (Murali Vijay 11*, Cheteshwar Pujara 1*, 6 ov)
Tue, 11 Oct - day 4 - New Zealand 2nd innings 153 (44.5 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • G Gambhir (2) retired hurt on 6* from 11/0 to 34/1
  • India: 50 runs in 17.4 overs (106 balls), Extras 1
  • Drinks: India - 58/1 in 20.0 overs (G Gambhir 19, CA Pujara 19)
  • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 63 balls (G Gambhir 31, CA Pujara 20, Ex 1)
  • India: 100 runs in 26.6 overs (162 balls), Extras 2
  • G Gambhir: 50 off 54 balls (6 x 4)
  • CA Pujara: 50 off 96 balls (3 x 4)
  • Lunch: India - 127/2 in 34.0 overs (CA Pujara 50, V Kohli 2)
  • India: 150 runs in 38.4 overs (232 balls), Extras 6
  • India: 200 runs in 46.4 overs (280 balls), Extras 6
  • Drinks: India - 208/3 in 48.0 overs (CA Pujara 94, AM Rahane 22)
  • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 48 balls (CA Pujara 28, AM Rahane 22, Ex 0)
  • CA Pujara: 100 off 147 balls (9 x 4)
  • New Zealand 2nd innings
  • Tea: New Zealand - 38/1 in 9.0 overs (MJ Guptill 8, KS Williamson 23)
  • New Zealand: 50 runs in 12.3 overs (75 balls), Extras 1
  • New Zealand: 100 runs in 21.4 overs (130 balls), Extras 2
  • Drinks: New Zealand - 117/6 in 28.0 overs (BJ Watling 6, MJ Santner 0)
  • New Zealand: 150 runs in 43.6 overs (265 balls), Extras 3
Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
TossIndia, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultIndia won the 3-match series 3-0
Match numberTest no. 2223
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days8,9,10,11 October 2016 - day (5-day match)
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