Ishant Sharma led the way for India with career-best figures of 6/51 while Mohammed Shami claimed 4/70 as the Kiwis were bowled out for 192 in the first innings on Day 1 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. In reply, India finished on 100/1 at the close of play with Shikhar Dhawan (71 not out) leading the visitor's charge. Follow highlights here. (Live Scorecard | Text Commentary | Match Report | Stats )
11.08 (IST): Day 1 wrap:
- Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won yet another toss and opted to field first on a lush green wicket.
- Zaheer Khan and Mohammed Shami started well, using the conditions to generate a lot of movement both ways.
- First-change bowler Ishant Sharma brought about the breakthrough when he dismissed Hamish Rutherford. Ishant bowled at tight line and lengths throughout and soon got rid of the other opener Peter Fulton.
- Kiwi debutant Tom Latham came out next but struggled to get his eye in. He failed to cope with the coditions and couldn't stay away from a well-directed short delivery from Ishant and was caught behind in the process.
- From the other end, Mohammed Shami dismissed Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum as Ravindra Jadeja took a sharp catch at covers. At lunch, the Kiwis were 45/4. The only respite for them was the fact that Kane Williamson was still at the wicket and was lucky to be out there after being dismissed twice on a no ball.
- Post-lunch, Ishant's form continued as he got the prized wicket of Corey Anderson, who was looking to play his shots. Ishant, then, claimed his fifer when he got the wicket of BJ Watling in the second session. At this stage the Kiwis were struggling at 86/6
- Williamson's luck ran out soon as Shami dismissed him, when an outside edge carried to Rohit Sharma at slips. Shami followed that up with the wicket of James Neesham. At tea, the Kiwis were 166/8.
- In the final session, Ishant brought an end to Southee's cameo and finished with career-best figures of 6/51 as the Kiwis were bowled out for 192.
- In reply, India lost Murali Vijay early but Shikhar Dhawan looked solid.
- Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara added a 50-run stand before Trent Boult trapped the latter in front of the stumps. At this stage, India were 89/2.
- Ishant Sharma walked out next and did well to hold on to his wicket as India finished exactly on 100/2. Dhawan was unbeaten on 71 and Ishant on 3, trailing Kiwis by 92 runs.
11.01 (IST): End of day's play! India reach at stumps, in reply to New Zealand's 192. Shikhar Dhawan is unbeaten on 71 and has nightwatchman Ishant Sharma, unbeaten on 3, for company.
10.57 (IST): FACTOID: Cheteshwar Pujara has struggled in overseas conditions in Tests. His Test average at home (75.23) is far superior to what he has in foreign conditions (35.40).
10.52 (IST): Debutant James Neesham comes into the attack now. He has two five-wicket hauls in first class cricket. India 89/2.
10.48 (IST): Ishant Sharma walks out as the nightwatchman and survives a huge LBW appeal first up. India 89/2.
10.46 (IST): GONE! Trent Boult has struck to trap Cheteshwar Pujara in front of the stumps. The ball pitched on leg and straightened a bit. It went through Pujara's bat-pad gap to strike him on the back pad in line. He departs for 19. India 89/2.
10.38 (IST): FIFTY for Shikhar Dhawan! He gets it with two back-to-back fours of Neil Wagner. India 78/1.
10.35 (IST): Lovely straight drive from Cheteshwar Pujara, opening full face of the bat. India 63/1, trail the Kiwis by 129 runs.
10.27 (IST): A good start from Anderson. He varies his length very well to test Dhawan. The latter sees him out. India 59/1, need 133 runs to win.
10.24 (IST): Corey Anderson comes into the attack now.
10.18 (IST): Another boundary! A short ball from Wagner and Dhawan pulls is well to the fence behind square. That also brought up the fifty-run partnership between him and Pujara for the second wicket. India 55/1.
10.16 (IST): Fifty is up for India! Wagner provides a little room outside the offstump and Dhawan cuts it well in front of point. India 51/1.
10.02 (IST): FACTOID: The highest individual score at the Basin Reserve in Wellington belongs to former Kiwi skipper Martin Crowe. He slammed 299 against Sri Lanka in 1991.
09.52 (IST): Dhawan has slowly but steadily settled down here. Pujara still looking a bit rusty. This duo is going very slowly in building the Indian innings.
09.39 (IST): FACTOID: First time since November 1983, two Indian pacers have claimed all ten wickets in an innings.
09.37 (IST): Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum throws the ball to Neil Wagner in a bid to get another breakthrough. India 31/1.
09.32 (IST) Both Dhawan and Pujara are playing close to the body and keeping the good balls away. Both players watching the ball closely to negotiate early movement. India 26/1. in reply to NZ's 192.
09.20 (IST): The sun is out but the ball is still doing a bit. Shikhar Dhawan has looked confident so far, playing his drives.
09.07 (IST): GONE! Murali Vijay is gone! He was looking to leave the ball but it swung back into him after pitching and took a faint edge off the glove before wicketkeeper BJ Watling took the catch. Tim Southee strikes in the first over. India 2/1.
09.03 (IST): Tim Southee begins the bowling from the other end.
09.01 (IST): FACTOID: The last time the Kiwis played at the Basin Reserve, Trent Boult finished with a ten-wicket haul.
08.58 (IST): The Indian openers are out in the middle. Trent Boult has the ball in his hand.
08.52 (IST): The Indian bowlers have done well to utilise the bowler-friendly conditions to their advantage. NDTV expert Sunil Gavaskar was right on the money yesterday.
08.50 (IST): Kiwis bowled out for 192! Shami dismisses Trent Boult to wrap up the Kiwi innings and finish with figures of four for 70. Ishant Sharma, meanwhile, finished with career-best figures of 6/51.
08.44 (IST): Just one over for Jadeja as Shami comes back into the attack. NZ 185/9.
08.41 (IST): OUT! Sixth wicket for Ishant Sharma! He brings an end to Tim Southee's cameo as Murali Vijay takes a good catch at midwicket. NZ 184/9.
08.37 (IST): Back-to-back Sixes! Tim Southee slams two sixes off Ravindra Jadeja -- first he steps down the track and hits one over long on and then he slog sweeps one over deep square leg. NZ 180/8.
08.34 (IST): Spin introduced for the first time. Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack.
08.32 (IST): The final session begins. Ishant Sharma has the ball in his hand. NZ 168/8.
08.16 (IST):End of second session! The Kiwis have now reached 166/8 at tea on Day 1. Tim Southee (19 not out) and Neil Wagner ( 0 not out) were at the wicket. It has been a session when Ishant and Shami have continued to chip away at the wickets with Ishant bagging his fifth five-wicket haul in Tests and his second consecutive one. Shami picked up three wickets.
08.02 (IST): GONE! Debutant James Neesham is dismissed for 33. He is a bit unfortunate there as he was looking to let the ball go but it clips his bat on the way and goes to MS Dhoni. Shami gets his third. NZ 165/8.
07.56 (IST): SIX! Tim Southee slams a biggie of Zaheer Khan over long on to take the Kiwi total past 150. NZ 154/7
07.42 (IST): Kane Williamson's luck runs out as Mohammed Shami gets rid of him. An outside edge carries to Rohit Sharma in the slip cordon. Williamson goes for 47. NZ 133/7.
07.31 (IST): Boundaries are coming thick and fast here. James Neesham gets a couple of fours off Shami. Zaheer walks back with him with an arm around his shoulder to encourage him. NZ 128/6.
07.29 (IST): Back-to-back boundaries for Williamson! He slowly moves into the 40s. NZ 120/6.
07.21 (IST): Another boundary from Williamson! This time, he punches Shami in front of point. That also brings up the 100 for the Kiwis. NZ 103/6.
07.19 (IST): FOUR! A glorious straight drive from Kane Williamson. Amid all the wreckage, Williamson continues to keep his calm and dispatch the loose deliverieswith a lot of calm. NZ 96/6.
07.07 (IST): Lucky once again! Ishant gets rid of Williamson as Pujara takes a sharp catch at forward short leg. But replays suggest Ishant overstepped a little and Williamson survives. NZ 88/6.
07.04 (IST): Fifer for Ishant Sharma! He gets rid of BJ Watling for a duck, caught by Rohit Sharma. NZ 86/6.
06.55 (IST): OUT! Ishant Sharma again. He accounts for the fall of Anderson this time. The left-hander was looking to flick the ball on the on side but the inside-edge hit the pad and flew to Virat Kohli in the slips. NZ 84/5.
06.42 (IST): Tonked! Anderson slams Ishant for a six over long on.
06.41 (IST): With figures of three for 14, Ishant Sharma comes back into the attack.
06.32 (IST):FOUR! It's a half-volley from Zaheer and Anderson picks it well to hit it over the in-field to the long on fence. NZ 71/4.
06.28 (IST): Anderson seems to be losing his patience here. He takes the aerial route but the balls goes high in the air off a leading edge. Luckily for him, Jadeja can't reach it. NZ 67/4.
06.14 (IST): Mohammed Shami starts the proceedings for India in the second session.
05.36 (IST): Lunch time! That's the end of the first session. The Kiwis have managed just 51 runs in 26 overs for the lost of four wickets.
05.34 (IST): Oh dear! Drama towards the end of the first session. The final ball of the session and Zaheer gets Williamson to edge a delivery to MS Dhoni but they check for no ball and find Zaheer guilty of overstepping by the smallest possible margin. Williamson survives.
05.27 (IST): Shami is testing Corey from round the stumps.
05.20 (IST): Here's the bowling map of India's best bowler so far, Ishant Sharma.
05.16 (IST): That wicket has come against the run of play. Corey Anderson walks out to bat.
05.14 (IST)WICKET! Brendon McCullum c Jadeja b Shami 8 (19 balls). NZ 45/4 (22.1 overs)
05:13 (IST) Ishant Sharma has outstanding figures of 8-3-10-3.
05.05 (IST): What a ripper from Shami! Still some hint of swing on the wicket here. He gets a length ball to pitch and move sharply into the Kiwi skipper who is beaten all ends up. The ball went through his defence to Dhoni behind the stumps.
04.56 (IST): The partnership between McCullum and Williamson is starting to build as the sun comes out. NZ 41/3.
04.34 (IST): Brendon McCullum walks out with his side reeling at the moment.
04.31 (IST): GONE! Tom Latham is gone! It's Ishant Sharma again! An outside edge off Latham's bat carried to MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Latham is gone for a duck, NZ 26/3.
04.25 (IST): Debutant Tom Latham has the highest score of 241 not out in first class cricket.
04.22 (IST): Debutant Tom Latham walks out to bat at No. 4. He is welcome by Ishant Sharma with a good, short delivery that beats Latham's outside edge.
04.21 (IST): WICKET! Ishant Sharma again! He traps Peter Fulton in front of the stumps. New Zealand 26/2
04.11 (IST): WICKET! Hamish Rutherford is gone! Ishant Sharma provides India the first breakthrough. It was a well-directed bouncer and Rutherford couldn't get out of the way. An edge off the glove is well taken by Murali Vijay at first slip. NZ 23/1
04.07 (IST): In-form middle-order batsman Ross Taylor is missing from the side today as his wife is expecting their child. Here's what his current mood is:
Feels strange watching the test from home.— Ross Taylor (@RossLTaylor) February 13, 2014
04.02 (IST): Ishant Sharma comes into the attack.
03.46 (IST): LBW appeal! Shami manages to strangle Fulton on the crease but there is a thick inside edge that saves him from what could have been a straightforward decision. NZ 12/0.
03.44 (IST): A full delivery from Shami and Rutherford drives the ball once again. Three runs taken. NZ 12/0.
03.39 (IST): What a beauty! Shami squares up Rutherford with a ripper. The length delivery was pitched on middle-and-leg stump and swung away from the left-hander, squaring up him in the process. NZ 7/0.
03.37 (IST): FOUR! Width on offer from Shami and Rutherford cover drives it to four. NZ 7/0.
03.31 (IST): Zaheer Khan starts the proceedings for India with four slips in place.
03.29 (IST): The teams have made their way out to the middle. Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton have walked out for the Kiwis.
03.21 (IST): FACTOID: In the last Test played at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, the Kiwis registered a massive victory by an innings and 73 runs. Fast bowler Trent Boult finished with the man-of-the-match award for 10 wickets in the game.
03.12 (IST): India XI : ShikharDhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami
03.05 (IST): MS Dhoni wins another toss and elects to field at Wellington. The Indian side is unchanged.
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