Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin shared nine wickets between them to give India a crucial 56-run first innings lead. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara struck their second fifties of the match as their unbeaten 107-run stand put the hosts on top on Day 3 of the first Test at Kanpur. Catch highlights of IND vs NZ here. (SCORECARD | NEWS)
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04:40 hrs IST: And that's the end of the day. India finish on 159/1 (with a total lead of 215 runs). Vijay remains unbeaten on 64 while Pujara is on 50.
04:34 hrs IST: And that's fifty for Pujara. His 9th in Tests. Superb innings!
04:23 hrs IST: India are 147/1 after 43 overs, lead by 203 runs.
04:15 hrs IST: Both batsmen are handling spin without much fuss, especially Vijay, who looks so much at ease.
04:06 hrs IST: Eight overs left in the day. Can India get their lead past 250?
03:58 hrs IST: Four runs off Wagner's over. Nothing seems to be working for New Zealand!
03:49 hrs IST: India are 127/1 after 34 overs, lead by 183 runs. Vijay 52*, Pujara 37*.
03:42 hrs IST: FOUR! Half-volley from Wagner, Pujara gets into position and drives it through covers. Moves to 36 off just 39 balls.
03:35 hrs IST: FOUR! Flighted delivery from Guptill, Pujara dances down the track and hits it past the fielder at mid-off. India are 120/1 after 32 overs, lead by 176 runs.
03:26 hrs IST: Wagner now. He might look to attack both Pujara, Vijay with bouncers.
03:19 hrs IST: India are 103/1 after 27 overs, lead by 159 runs.
STAT ATTACK - 3: Number of five-fers taken by Jadeja in team's first innings in Tests.
03:05 hrs IST: From 52/1 in 18 overs, India have raced to 88/1 in 25 overs. With weather a concern over the next two days, India should look to keep up the momentum and score as fast as they can.
02:56 hrs IST: Four boundaries in eight balls after tea for India. They are 82/1 after 21 overs, lead by 138 runs.
02:52 hrs IST: Three boundaries in Craig's over. India cruising towards a big lead.
02:44 hrs IST: Welcome back!
02:22 hrs IST: OUT! Rahul c Taylor b Sodhi 38(50). And it's tea. We'll be back in 20 minutes time.
02:10 hrs IST: India are 51/0 after 16 overs, lead by 107 runs.
02:00 hrs IST: India are 41/0 after 13 overs, lead by 97 runs.
01:52 hrs IST: Excellent start from both Rahul and Vijay. India's lead nears 100-run mark.
01:40 hrs IST: FOUR! Rahul comes down the track and hoists it over mid-on. India are 23/0 after 7.1 overs, lead by 79 runs.
01:33 hrs IST: FOUR! Tossed up from Santner and Rahul lofts it over the fielder at mid-off for his first boundary for the innings.
01:24 hrs IST: India are 4/0 after 3 overs, lead by 60 runs.
01:17 hrs IST: Sharp turn for Santner. Vijay has no answer to it.
01:15 hrs IST: Tidy start from Boult. India are 2/0 after first over. Santner to share the new ball with Boult.
01:10 hrs IST: India's innings about to start. Boult to bowl the first over. Rahul to take strike.
01:00 hrs IST: WICKET! New Zealand have slumped from 255/5 to 262/10. What a spell from Jadeja! Giving India crucial 56-run lead.
How rapidly the pendulum has swung the other way in this Test today! India in strong position to call the shots from here #500thTest— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 24, 2016
12:56 hrs IST: OUT! And that's a five-fer for Jadeja. Three wickets in the over. Boult also goes for a duck. New Zealand have been rattled inside six balls. India on the brink of getting a healthy first innings lead.
12:53 hrs IST: And Jadeja misses a hat-trick. Straight delivery from him and Boult defends well.
12:52 hrs IST: WICKET! Wow! And Jadeja is on a hat-trick. Sodhi departs for a duck. New Zealand are 258/8 after 94.3 overs.
12:51 hrs IST: OUT! Craig lbw b Jadeja 2(8). New Zealand are 258/7 after 94.2 overs.
12:45 hrs IST: Another five-wicket haul on the cards for Ashwin. Unbelievable consistency!
12:40 hrs IST: WICKET! Third for Ashwin. Santner departs for 32. New Zealand are 255/6 after 91.1 overs.
12:36 hrs IST: FOUR! Full-toss from Jadeja and Watling sweeps it to deep square leg boundary. Looks in good form!
12:34 hrs IST: Maiden over from Umesh. New Zealand are 251/5 after 90 overs.
STAT ATTACK - 86.20: Kane Williamson's Test average as New Zealand's captain.
12:21 hrs IST: FOUR! Half-volley from Shami, Santner gets into position nicely and plays an impressive straight drive. New Zealand are 246/5 after 87 overs.
12:16 hrs IST: FOUR! Too straight from Umesh and Watling flicks it off his pads to fine-leg boundary. New Zealand are 242/5 after 86 overs.
12:11 hrs IST: Welcome back! Umesh to start the proceedings for India. Watling to take strike.
11:30 hrs IST: And that's lunch. New Zealand are 238/5 after 85 overs. Good session for the hosts. We'll be back in a few minutes time.
11:27 hrs IST: FOUR! Fighted delivery from Ashwin, Santner comes down the track and hits it to right of the fielder at mid-on for his fourth boundary. New Zealand are 235/5 after 84 overs.
Test tantalisingly poised. Big session for India tho NZ may feel hard done by with the decisions v Ronchi & perhaps Taylor too #500thTest— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 24, 2016
11:22 hrs IST: New Zealand are 229/5 after 82 overs. Santner 22*, Watling 0*. Eight minutes to go for lunch.
11:14 hrs IST: India have taken the new ball and Mohammed Shami will bowl the first over with it.
11:08 hrs IST: WICKET! And Jadeja gets rid of dangerous Ronchi (38). India clearly on front foot now. New Zealand are 219/5 after 79.1 overs.
11:02 hrs IST: FOUR! Shortish delivery from Ashwin and Santner slaps it over point for his second boundary. New Zealand are 211/4 after 77 overs.
10:57 hrs IST: Two maidens in a row for India. New Zealand are 207/4 after 75 overs.
10:53 hrs IST: Ashwin is back into the attack. Can he strike again?
10:48 hrs IST: Two runs off Umesh's over. New Zealand are 207/4 after 73 overs.
10:43 hrs IST: FOUR! Straight delivery from Jadeja, Ronchi makes room and cuts it through covers for a boundary. This is really good batting from Ronchi. Punishing all loose balls.
10:37 hrs IST: Both batsmen are defending well. Lovely contest between bat and ball.
10:31 hrs IST: New Zealand are 198/4 after 68 overs. Ronchi-Santner slowly but surely settling down.
10:27 hrs IST: Ronchi looks to be the key here. His attacking style of batting will definitely put pressure on Ashwin and Co.
10:20 hrs IST: FOUR! Flighted delivery from Ashwin, Ronchi gets forward and times it well past the fielder at mid-off. Moves to 20 now.
10:17 hrs IST: New Zealand are 187/4 after 65 overs. Ronchi 15*, Santner 8*.
10:07 hrs IST: Ten runs off Ashwin's over. New Zealand are 183/4 after 62 overs.
10:03 hrs IST: 14 overs bowled by the Indian team in just half an hour. New Zealand are 173/4 after 61 overs.
Indian spinners have put some more green chillies in their brew today. #INDvNZ— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) September 24, 2016
09:58 hrs IST: Ross Taylor has scored just one run in his last three innings in Tests in 2016. New Zealand are 172/4 after 59 overs.
09:54 hrs IST: So far, 19 runs in the first 10 overs with 3 wickets. We are in for a ripper of a session.
09:47 hrs IST: BOWLED! What a ball from Ashwin. Kane looks to play the cut shot but it turns sharply from outside off and takes the bails off. New Zealand are 170/4 after 55.4 overs.
09:42 hrs IST: This day that year, history was created by MS Dhoni-led India. A proud moment for all Indian fans. In the air and Sreesanth takes it. India win. Unbelievable scenes! Misbah-ul-Haq doesn't want to leave the field. What a match for a T20 final. India the world champions! - These words for Ravi Shastri just summed up everything.
STAT ATTACK - 6: Number of 100+ stands between Latham and Williamson in 24 innings in Tests.
09:36 hrs IST: OUT! And Jadeja strikes now. Ross Taylor departs for a duck. New Zealand have slumped from 159/1 to 160/3. Just the kind of start the hosts would have wanted.
09:31 hrs IST: WICKET! First of the match for Ashwin. Straight delivery, Latham plays for the turn but misses. New Zealand are 159/2 after 51.5 overs.
09:26 hrs IST: Excellent over from Ashwin. Beats Latham on most occasions. First maiden over of the day. New Zealand are 159/1 after 50 overs.
09:23 hrs IST: Three runs off the over. Some sharp turn and bounce for Jadeja. New Zealand are 159/1 after 49 overs.
09:20 hrs IST: Jadeja now. Expected combination from skipper Kohli! It's simple, he needs wickets.
09:19 hrs IST: Four runs off the first over. New Zealand are 156/1 after 48 overs.
09:16 hrs IST: First ball, slightly fullish from Ashwin, Kane leans forward and drives it through covers for a double.
09:14 hrs IST: Both teams make their way out in the middle. Kane Williamson to take strike. Ashwin to bowl the first over. Total of 98 overs are scheduled to be bowled today.
09:07 hrs IST: At the press conference on Friday, India's batting coach Sanjay Bangar seemed to suggest that the Kiwis' unscheduled drink breaks hampered the rhythm of R Ashwin and Co.
09:02 hrs IST: The sharp turn that was seen during the last 20 minutes before tea on Day 2 would have definitely excited them!
09:01 hrs IST: Good news. The weather looks fine. Bright sunshine now and we'll have a start at 09:15 hrs.
09:00 hrs IST: A warm welcome to our live coverage of the third day's play of the first Test between India-New Zealand at Kanpur.
A 117-run unbroken second wicket stand between Kane Williamson and Tom Latham at Green Park on Friday was testimony to the fact that New Zealand are prepared to fight India in fair playing conditions.
There were no devils in the wicket as Williamson and Latham applied themselves well to keep India's bowlers at bay. India, who were all out for 318, will rue the fact that several wickets went down due to poor shot selection.
Williamson and Latham will start on 56 and 65, respectively. The right-hand and left-hand combination has rotated the strike well and will look to consolidate. The ball is 47 overs old and it remains to be seen how the Kiwis counter spin and reverse swing.