Ind vs NZ 2nd Test Live Blog; Live cricket scores and commentary

first_imgWelcome to India Today Online’s coverage of the fourth day of the second Test between India and New Zealand from the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Monday. Score | PhotosInd vs NZ second Test Day 4Ravichandran Ashwin is the Man of the Series. He took 18 wickets in 2 matchesKohli: The Kiwis came back strongly in this Test, but I and Mahendra Singh Dhoni decided to take it easily and stitch a partnership. My natural game is to attack, but I played cautiously in the second innings and it paid rich dividends. It was an awesome track and I really enjoyed playing here as the crowds are really supportive and I would love to come back here.Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match for his century in the first innings and a half-ton in the second innings.BRIEF SCORES: New Zealand 365 all out (Taylor 113, Ojha 5/99) and 232/9 (James Franklin 41; R Ashwin 5/69) lost to India 353 (Kohli 103; Southee 7/64) and 262/5 (Pujara 48, Kohli 51 n.o, Dhoni 48 n.o) by 5 wicketsMATCH SUMMARY: That seals the victory for India and it also makes Dhoni the most successful Indian captain at home, with 14 wins in Tests. India started off alright with a decent opening stand but Sehwag fell to a poor shot and Gambhir soon followed. Tendulkar and Pujara steadied the ship until rain stopped play. After the break though, New Zealand turned on the heat as they took three quick wickets to leave India stuttering at 166 for 5. India have won the series 2-0 now, but New Zealand can be happy about the way they fought in the second Test.advertisement4:48 pm | 63.2 overs: SIX and INDIA WIN! Jeetan Patel to Dhoni, SIX, trademark way to finish the game off! Flighted on middle and leg, Dhoni gets down on one knee and employs a powerful slog sweep to send the ball sailing into the stands at deep mid wicket.4:46 pm | 63.1 overs: Jeetan Patel to Dhoni, FOUR, poor delivery! Short and wide outside off, too easy for Dhoni who cuts it away off the back foot to the deep backward point fence4:45 pm | 62.6 overs: Southee to Virat Kohli, FOUR, this guy is class! Full on middle, Kohli leans forward and employs a straight drive to send the ball all along the ground, to the long off fence. That shot brings up his 5th Test half century! Just 9 required now.4:44 pm | 62.4 overs: Southee to Virat Kohli, FOUR, superb shot! Short and slightly wide outside off, Kohli latches onto it and cuts it away with some force, to send the ball to the deep extra cover boundary.4:42 pm | 61.6 overs: Jeetan Patel to Dhoni, no run, straighter one from Jeetan Patel, Dhoni had absolutely no clue as he tried to defend it off the front foot and was left completely beaten. India need 21 runs for victory.4:25 pm | 58 overs: India are 225/5 at the stage with skipper Dhoni batting on 29 and Kohli on 34. India need 36 runs for victory.4:04 pm | 53.6 overs: Southee to Dhoni, 2 runs, pitched up on the off stump, Dhoni pushes it off the front foot to sweeper cover and runs very well between the wickets to complete a couple. India need 57 runs with 5 wickets in hand. Skipper Dhoni is batting on 25 and Kohli on 17.3:34 pm | 47.4 overs: Massive SIX of Dhoni! Jeetan Patel to Dhoni, SIX, risky shot! Flighted on middle and leg, Dhoni gets down on one knee and goes for the sweep shot, the ball takes the top edge and still goes over the ropes at fine leg3:30 pm | 46.5 overs: Boult to Dhoni, byes, FOUR, poor delivery! Full and wide down the leg side, Dhoni tries to flick but the ball is beyond his reach, McCullum dives to his left but fails to stop the ball and it goes down to the fine leg fence3:28 pm | 46.4 overs: Boult to Dhoni, FOUR, nicely done! Dhoni uses the pace of this delivery, fuller length outside off, he opens the face of the bat and lets the ball run off it to deep backward point for a boundaryCaptain Mahendra Singh Dhoni comes into bat3:15 pm | 43.1 overs: WICKET! Bowled and Kiwis take control… Jeetan Patel to Raina, out Bowled!! Absurd shot! Quicker one on middle, just goes straight through, Raina comes down the track and has a wild swing across the line, he misses the ball completely and loses the middle stump in the process. There was really no need for that shot, questions will be asked of his temperament now. Raina b Jeetan Patel 0(10) (India 166/5 in 43.1 overs)3:06 pm | 41.6 overs: Jeetan Patel to Raina, no run, flatter outside off, Raina drives it rather uppishly off the front foot, towards mid-off. India are 158/4 at the stage with Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina in the middle. Both batsmen have yet to open their account. The weather conditions are definitely helping the Kiwi bowlers. India need 103 runs more to win.advertisement3:00 pm | Kiwi captain Ross Taylor is employing a paceman (Trent Boult) and spinner Jeetan Patel in tandem here. Suddenly the Kiwis have spring in their steps. Sachin Tendulkar and Cheteshwar Pujara’s wicket has brought New Zealand back into the game.Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease2:55 pm | 39.3 overs: Jeetan Patel to Pujara, out Caught by Flynn!! Huge wicket! Flighted on the off stump, pitches and turns in to the right hander, Pujara defends off the front foot but gets an inside edge that goes on to the pads and lobs up in the air, Flyn tracks back from forward short leg and dives to take the catch with his right hand. Pujara c Flynn b Jeetan Patel 48(104) [4s-7] (India 158/4 in 39.3 overs)Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease2:36 pm | 34.4 overs: WICKET! Bowled again… that’s third time in a row in this series. Southee to Tendulkar, out Bowled!! Sachin is bowled again, a poor shot by his standards, lands it full on middle, this one came back in sharply, Tendulkar was looking to play it through midwicket, missed it and the ball brushes his pads and crashes into the middle, third time in this series he’s got out bowled and NZ sense a comeback in this match. Tendulkar b Southee 27(34) [4s-5] (India 152/3 in 34.4 overs)2:30 pm | 32.6 overs: Southee to Pujara, 1 run, Southee finally completes this over, fuller length ball on the pads, Pujara flicks it to fine legThe players are all out in the middle. Play is all set to start.The latest update is that the rain has stopped and the covers have been removed. Hoping play starts soon. The news is that it might start at 2:30 pm with play extended till 5:30 pm in case there is a result possible.2:15: That should be the end of the rescheduled tea break, but it’s still drizzling and covers are still on.1:55 pm | TEA: The covers are back on and so early tea has been taken here at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.1:12 pm | RAIN HALTS PLAY! The umpires are checking the ball. It seems to have gone out of shape. In fact, the drizzle has gotten a bit heavier. The covers are coming onto the pitch. India are 147/2 at the stage with Cheteshwar Pujara batting on 41 and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar going strong on 23.1:09 pm | 32.2 overs: Southee to Tendulkar, FOUR, highest score for Tendulkar in this series. He is currently batting on 22.There is a slight drizzle at the moment, but the players are staying out on the field.1:06 pm| 32.1 overs: Southee to Tendulkar, FOUR,Classy shot from Tendulkar. Short and wide delivery outside off, Tendulkar frees his arms and belts it to the sweeper cover fence, he really spanked thatadvertisement1:00 pm | 31.3 overs: Jeetan Patel to Pujara, no run, McCullum misses a stumping chance, flighted delivery that goes straight on outside off, Pujara gets forward and plays inside the line of the delivery, he is drawn out of the crease as the ball goes past the bat, McCullum cannot collect it and Pujara survives, that is what happens when you have not kept behind the wickets for a long time12: 48 pm | 27.4 overs: Consecutive fours for Pujara. Doug Bracewell to Pujara, FOUR, short ball and this sits up nicely outside off, Pujara rolls his wrists over the ball and gets on top of the bounce, he swivels and thumps the pull to the deep square leg fence12:46 pm | 27.3 overs: Doug Bracewell to Pujara, FOUR, majestically done by Pujara, fuller length ball on the pads, Pujara flicks it into the vacant space at deep mid wicket for a classy boundary12:37 pm | 25.3 overs: FOUR! A first from Sachin today. Doug Bracewell to Tendulkar, FOUR, wonderfully done, good length ball and it is wide outside off, it sits up nicely for Tendulkar who stays on the front foot and creams it to the deep extra cover fence12:30 pm | 24.3 overs: A double there off Pujara and 100 up for India. Boult to Pujara, 2 runs, good length ball on the middle and leg stump, Pujara works it to deep square leg, Watling slides to his right but he cannot prevent a couple being taken  12:28 pm | 23.1 overs: Doug Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, loud appeal for an LBW but not given, fuller length ball angling in on the middle and leg stump, Tendulkar looks to flick it to the leg side but falls over as he plays that, the ball hits the pad and Bracewell appeals, that ball was going down the leg side12:20 pm | 22.1 overs: And Sachin Tendulkar opens his account. Boult to Tendulkar, 1 run, back of a length delivery and it rears up from the deck, it climbs up on Tendulkar as he works it to fine leg, the ball hit the glove12:10 pm | Welcome back to the second session. India need a further 173 runs for victory. However, New Zealand pulled things back by snapping up both the openers before lunch.SECOND SESSIONSESSION SUMMARY: Sehwag and Gambhir got India off to a flying start. The opening partnership got past fifty after 11 innings as New Zealand struggled to maintain consistency with the new ball. Jeetan Patel accounted for Sehwag while Boult sent back Gambhir to slow the scoring rate down. This match is evenly poised and a couple of quick wickets after the break could tilt the balance in favor of the Kiwis.India required another 173 runs for victory with eight wickets in hand. India are 88/2 at lunch with Cheteshwar Pujara (10*) and Sachin Tendulkar are at the crease.11:30 am | 19.6 overs: Doug Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, pitched up just outside off, Tendulkar gets forward and defends it to mid on, that will be LUNCH11:26 am | 18.3 overs: Boult to Tendulkar, no run, loud appeal for an LBW but not given. Guess it was the height that saved him and the ball may have been outside the line when it hit the Master Blaster’s pad.Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar comes into bat11:19 am | 16.6 overs: WICKET! Boult gets his man! Boult to Gambhir, out Caught by Ross Taylor!! Once again, the old falling of Gambhir and he trudges off. Short of a length delivery and it straightens outside off, it kicks up from the deck as Gambhir looks to dab it down to third man, he gets an outside edge to first slip and Taylor snaps it up, Boult is thrilled to bits. Gambhir c Ross Taylor b Boult 34(58) [4s-7] (India 83/2 in 16.6 overs)Cheteshwar Pujara, right handed bat, comes to the crease11:00 am | 11.5 overs: WICKET! A six, a for and then the wicket! Jeetan Patel to Sehwag, out Bowled!! Sehwag perishes. After some lusty blows, he perishes in attempting another big shot. Flighted delivery that goes straight on, Sehwag charges down the track and looks to loft it out of the stadium, he does not get to the pitch of the ball and it goes past the bat, it hits the top of off stump and Jeetan strikes in his first over. Sehwag b Jeetan Patel 38(33) [4s-7 6s-1] (India 77/1 in 11.5 overs)10: 58 am | 11.4 overs: Jeetan Patel to Sehwag, FOUR, flatter delivery and slightly short in length just outside off, Sehwag makes room and cracks the cut to the third man fence10:56 am | 11.2 overs: Jeetan Patel to Sehwag, SIX, Sehwag will go after the spinners, flighted delivery just outside off, Sehwag gets underneath the delivery and bashes it over long off10:45 am | 10 overs: India need just 196 runs for victory now. Seems easy with both batsmen well set and going after the Kiwi bowlers. Gambhir is batting on 32 and Sehwag is on 27.10:38 am | 9.1 overs: Doug Bracewell to Sehwag, FOUR, edged but just wide of the gully fielder, full ball angled in from wide of the crease and it straightens, Sehwag goes for the drive and the thick outside edge flies past Williamson at gully, flies away to the third man fence10:30 am | 7.4 overs: Doug Bracewell to Gambhir, FOUR. That brings up the 50-run partnership between Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. For the records this is the first one after 11 innings.10:20 am | 5 overs: India are 29/0 at the stage with openers Virender Sehwag (10 n.o.) and Gautam Gambhir (14 n.o.) at the crease against New Zealand.10:00 am | 0.1 overs: Boult to Gambhir, no run, fuller length ball speared in on the middle and leg stump, Gambhir clips it to mid onGambhir and Sehwag are at the crease. Gambhir is on strike. Boult will open the attackINDIA INNINGSNZ INNINGS SUMMARY: India will need 261 runs for victory. Jeetan Patel struck some lusty blows as New Zealand got the lead past 250. India will now attempt to chase down the highest fourth innings total in Bangalore to seal a 2-0 series victory. Join us in a bit for the Indian innings.9:48 am | 73.2 overs: WICKET! And that’s innings for NZ. Zaheer to Jeetan Patel, out Caught by Dhoni!! The innings has finally ended. Jeetan is not happy with the decision. Short delivery on the stumps and it veers away, Jeetan looks to fend it to the off side, the ball goes past the bat and Zaheer appeals for a catch, umpire Ian Gould gives it out, replays show that the ball was nowhere near the edge, 100 Test wickets for Zaheer in India. Jeetan Patel c Dhoni b Zaheer 22(27) [4s-3] (NZ 248 all out in 73.2 overs)9:37 am | 71 overs: New Zealand are 239/9 at the stage with with tail-enders Jeetan Patel batting on 16 and Trent Boult on 1. They are still frustrating the India bowlers. 9:36 am | 70.5 overs: Umesh Yadav to Jeetan Patel, FOUR, WHACK! Good length ball and drifting in on the middle and leg stump, Jeetan swings across the line and whippily hoicks it to the straightish mid wicket fence.9:30 am | Welcome to day 4 of this fascinating Test match between India and New Zealand from Bangalore. New Zealand have a 244 run lead with only one wicket in hand and they will look to get past 250. India will have to bat sensibly on a wicket that is favouring the bowlers. Ind vs NZ second Test Day 3ONE FOR THE RECORD: New Zealand’s lead is close to 250, and India will have to achieve the fifth-highest successful chase ever in the country if they want to win.DAY 3 SUMMARY: India have the edge at the end of the day. It was a day that had a lot of wickets in it, 14 to be precise. After getting bowled out, India did well to come back with the ball and really made New Zealand toil hard for their runs. Not a single Kiwi batsman was able to register a score of 50 or more and that resulted in New Zealand ending the day with the loss of 9 wickets. The spinners did the trick again for Dhoni and Umesh Yadav assisted the bowlers well with his pace and bounceBRIEF SCORES: New Zealand 365 all out (Taylor 113, Ojha 5/99) and 232/9 (James Franklin 41; R Ashwin 5/69) vs India 353 (Kohli 103; Southee 7/64)last_img