Ravichandran Ashwin made the most of a spin-friendly track in Kanpur, as India ended the Day 4 of the first Test in pole position. New Zealand, who have been set a target of 434, lost four wickets in no time before Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner stemmed the flow of wickets. Catch highlights of India vs New Zealand here. (SCORECARD | NEWS)
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16:54 hrs IST: And that's the end of the day. New Zealand finish on 93/4. They require 341 runs more to win.
16:50 hrs IST: New Zealand are 92/4 after 35 overs. Ronchi 37*, Santner 8*
16:36 hrs IST: Seven overs are remaining in the day.
16:22 hrs IST: New Zealand are 79/4 after 27 overs. Ronchi 26*, Santner 6*
16:10 hrs IST: FOUR! Length delivery from Umesh, Ronchi stays on backfoot and times it to extra cover.
16:00 hrs IST: RUN-OUT! Umesh Yadav, you beauty! New Zealand in all sorts of trouble now. Taylor departs for 17(36).
15:52 hrs IST: FOUR! Flighted delivery from Ashwin and Ronchi lofts it over mid-off for his first boundary of the innings.
15:45 hrs IST: OUT! Ashwin grabs this third scalp. Williamson goes for 25. New Zealand are 43/3 after 17.5 overs. Ashwin becomes the fastest Indian and the second fastest overall to pick 200 Test wickets. What an achievement!
15:36 hrs IST: A sweep shot from Taylor and Pujara is hit on his knee. Drinks break has been taken.
15:29 hrs IST: Maiden over from Jadeja. His figures have been impressive 6-3-7-0.
15:20 hrs IST: New Zealand are 21/1 after 12 overs. Williamson 14*, Taylor 4*
15:11 hrs IST: New Zealand are 15/2 after 10 overs. Williamson 8*, Taylor 4*
15:01 hrs IST: Williamson and Taylor finding it extremely hard handling Ashwin and Jadeja. Another wicket is surely around the corner.
14:49 hrs IST: OUT! Wow! Ashwin is on fire. Gets the in-form Latham 2(15). New Zealand are 3/2 after 3.5 overs. Just the kind of start India would have wanted.
14:45 hrs IST: WICKET! Ashwin strikes again as Vijay takes a simple catch at silly point. Guptill departs for a duck. New Zealand are 2/1 after 3.1 overs.
14:39 hrs IST: Turn and bounce for Ashwin. Troubles Latham on most occasions.
14:34 hrs IST: Tidy over from Shami. Just a run off it. New Zealand are 1/0 after first over. Ashwin to bowl the second over.
14:29 hrs IST: Indian players make their way out in the middle and so do the New Zealand openers Guptill and Latham. Shami to start the proceedings for the hosts.
14:09 hrs IST: Single and that's fifty for Jadeja. His 2nd in Tests. And India declare their innings. New Zealand require 434 runs to win the match. Early tea has been taken. We'll be back in 20 minutes time.
The timing of declaration is unlikely to have an affect on the outcome of this game. #INDvNZ— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 25, 2016
14:01 hrs IST: FOUR! Short ball from Wagner and Rohit hammers it overs covers for one bounce four.
13:54 hrs IST: SIX! Full and wide from Sodhi, Jadeja leans forward and smashes it straight over the bowler's head for a maximum.
13:44 hrs IST: SIX! Fullish delivery from Sodhi and Jadeja whacks it over long-on boundary for a maximum. India's lead crosses 400.
13:35 hrs IST: India are 341/5 after 101 overs, lead by 397 runs.
13:25 hrs IST: Single and that's fifty for Rohit. His fifth in Tests. India are 326/5 after 98 overs, lead by 382 runs.
13:23 hrs IST: FOUR! Low full-toss from Wagner and Rohit times it well to backward point region.
13:17 hrs IST: India are 318/5 after 97 overs. Rohit 44*, Jadeja 15*
13:09 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball from Wagner, Jadeja steps out and lofts it over mid-off for one bounce four.
13:02 hrs IST: India are 304/5 after 94 overs, lead by 360 runs.
12:54 hrs IST: FOUR! Half-volley from Boult and Rohit slaps it through covers off the front foot. What a shot!
12:49 hrs IST: Single and Rohit completes 1000 runs in Tests.
12:46 hrs IST: Jadeja at number seven. Good move by the management. India in desperate need of some quick runs.
12:40 hrs IST: WICKET! Rahane c Taylor b Santner 40(81). India are 277/5 after 88.5 overs, lead by 333 runs.
12:32 hrs IST: FOUR! Wide delivery from Santner and Rahane cuts it through cover point. Moves to 35 now.
12:26 hrs IST: Maiden over from Santner. Rahane and Rohit need to score fast with weather being a big concern.
12:20 hrs IST: Four runs off Santner's over. India are 261/4 after 83 overs, lead by 317 runs. Williamson into the attack.
12:14 hrs IST: FOUR! Too straight from Craig, Rahane gets down on one knee and sweeps it deep square leg boundary.
12:12 hrs IST: Welcome back! Craig to bowl the first over. Rahane to take strike.
11:32 hrs IST: And that's lunch. India now have an overall lead of 308 runs. We'll be back in a few minutes time.
India's batting in 2nd innings solid & purposeful. Kohli's missed out on again but most vital decision vests in him: when should he declare?— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 25, 2016
STAT ATTACK - 276: Highest fourth innings total by a visiting team in India. Windies did it in Feroz Shah Kotla in 1987-88.
11:13 hrs IST: Single and that brings up 300-run lead for India.
11:08 hrs IST: FOUR! Juicy full-toss from Sodhi and Rohit whacks it over mid-on for one bounce four. India are 242/4 after 75 overs.
11:02 hrs IST: Another 100 runs and New Zealand will find it tough to even draw the match.
10:54 hrs IST: WICKET! Pujara c Taylor b Sodhi 78(152). India are 228/4 in 70.3 overs, lead by 284 runs.
STAT ATTACK - Kohli has scored just 78 runs in Tests since his double hundred against Windies in first Test at Antigua.
10:40 hrs IST: FOUR! Slightly short from Craig and Rahane punches it through covers for his first boundary of the innings.
10:36 hrs IST: OUT! Kohli c Sodhi b Craig 18(40). India are 214/3 after 67.3 overs.
10:30 hrs IST: Two runs off Craig's over. India are 211/2 after 66 overs.
10:24 hrs IST: Number three is a tricky position to bat. If the openers get out early then you have to lay the foundation. If they score big then you have keep the scoreboard ticking fast. Pujara, with his technique and temperament, seems to be the ideal option for India. He'll hold the key for Kohli's side when they go overseas.
10:17 hrs IST: FOUR! Good use of the crease from Pujara. Marginally short from Craig and times it well through covers. India are 209/2 after 64 overs.
10:12 hrs IST: Just noticed: Vijay played same number of balls (170) in both innings.
10:05 hrs IST: FOUR! Shortish delivery from Craig and Kohli pulls it over short fine leg. India are 196/2 after 60 overs, lead by 252 runs.
09:59 hrs IST: After that 200 vs Windies, Kohli hasn't been able to score big. Ideal opportunity for him today to get some runs under his belt.
09:53 hrs IST: FOUR! And the crowd goes berserk. Too short from Sodhi, Kohli rocks back and pulls it to wide long-on region for his first boundary.
09:50 hrs IST: OUT! First of the innings for Santner. Vijay departs for a well-made 76.
09:47 hrs IST: FOUR! Extra bounce but Pujara cuts it well past the fielder at backward point. India are 185/1 after 56 overs.
09:44 hrs IST: Sharp single from Vijay. Flighted delivery from Sodhi, Vijay works it towards short mid-on and moves to 76.
09:39 hrs IST: Single of the last ball off Sodhi's over. India are 174/1 after 54 overs. Vijay 73*, Pujara 56*. Santner to continue.
09:36 hrs IST: FOUR! Too full from Sodhi, Vijay gets into position and smacks it right of the bowler's head. Moves to 72 now.
09:33 hrs IST: Solid defence both batsmen. If India can manage to bat two sessions, the visitors will be well and truly out of the game.
09:27 hrs IST: It's not that the Kiwis are bowling badly. It's the class of Vijay and Pujara that is making them look ordinary. Plus, there is no substitute for experience.
09:23 hrs IST: Spinners from both ends. It's simple, New Zealand need wickets.
09:20 am IST: India are 160/1 after 48 overs
09:15 am IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the fourth day's play of the first Test between India-New Zealand.
Jadeja picked up five wickets, while Ashwin bagged four, as the Kiwis' batting line-up suffered a collapse. Later in the day, Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara took charge in the crease and put together a 107-run stand as India closed the day at 159/1, with Vijay and Pujara unbeaten on 64 and 50, respectively.
However, it will be interesting to see how the batting duo counter the spin and reverse swing produced on the pitch. Ish Sodhi, who dismissed Indian opening batsman Lokesh Rahul for 38 on Day 3, will look to add more wickets to his name, while Indian batsmen will also be wary of spinners Mitchell Santner and Mark Craig.
While the hosts have already taken a lead of 215 runs, they will look to build up a winnable lead on Day 4, before putting the Kiwis to bat. However, both teams will hope that weather gods do not play spoilsport on what promises to be an exciting day of cricket on Sunday.