Highlights, India vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 3: Rohit Sharma Puts India in Commanding Position
Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha helped India to take a commanding lead of 339 runs at stumps on Day 3 of the second Test vs New Zealand after being 106/6 in the second innings. Catch highlights of India vs New Zealand here
After India bowled out New Zealand for 204 to take a 112-run lead in the first innings, the hosts continued building on it thanks to Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha's century run partnership on Day 3 of the second Test at Eden Gardens. Follow highlights of India vs New Zealand here. (SCORECARD | NEWS | VIDEOS)
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17:15 hrs IST: That was quite an eventful day. India did take a big lead in the first innings but the way New Zealand fought back to pick six early wickets in India's second innings was commendable.
17:10 hrs IST: And that is stumps! India lead by 339 runs at the end of Day 3
17:05 hrs IST: Huge six by Bhuvneshwar down the ground
17:03 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar and Saha at the crease
16:59 hrs IST: This wasn't exactly a T20 Ravindra. Anyway, India are 217/8, ahead by 329 runs
Two quick wickets for the BLACKCAPS. Jadeja skies one off Santner & it's well taken by sub Neesham. India 215-8, lead 327 #INDvNZ ^WN— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 2, 2016
16:55 hrs IST: Jadeja departs too! After hitting a six, getting caught while trying to accelerate
16:50 hrs IST: 103 runs Saha and Rohit put together to rescue India from 106/6!
16:45 hrs IST: OUT!!! Rohit Sharma is caught behind for 82! But what a knock under pressure by the right-hander
16:40 hrs IST: The way these two have batted is really commendable
100 run partnership between Sharma and Saha. They've taken the Indian lead out to 320. Still four wickets in hand. #INDvNZ ^WN— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 2, 2016
16:35 hrs IST: This partnership is now 100 runs old! Great stand between Rohit and Saha!
16:30 hrs IST: And now India have crossed 200!
16:23 hrs IST: India's lead crosses 300! This is really comfortable for India
16:15 hrs IST: So Saha and Rohit's partnership has reached 79!
16:10 hrs IST: Even the Kiwis appreciate Rohit's effort!
50 for Rohit Sharma off 89 balls. Quality knock under pressure. India 170-6, lead 282 #INDvNZ ^WN— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 2, 2016
16:05 hrs IST: India have played 50 overs now and the score reads 171/6 with a lead of 283!
16:00 hrs IST: And he gets it with a half-century! A well earned one.
15:55 hrs IST: Rohit is nearing his 6th half-century!
15:50 hrs IST: An interesting stat for Indian fans: 233 is the highest fourth innings total by a visiting team at Eden Gardens, by England in 1961-62. India's lead is already 273!
15:45 hrs IST: Rohit and Saha bring up their 50-run partnership!
15:40 hrs IST: India's lead has gone up to 269
15:35 hrs IST: If India take a lead of 300 odd runs it could be quite a challenging target in the fourth innings on Day 4 and 5 on the Eden wicket
15:32 hrs IST: India's lead has gone up to 259! This partnership is really helping India.
15:28 hrs IST: Rohit has reached into his 40s!
15:24 hrs IST: This is the ground where Rohit hit the historic knock of 264!
15:20 hrs IST: Rohit is making the Eden Gardens come alive! A huge six over deep mid-wicket
15:15 hrs IST: New Zealand bowlers, who bowled really well throughout the day, have not been able to break this partnership.
15:07 hrs IST: Rohit and Saha are slowly taking India forward
15:00 hrs IST: This session could decide the consequence of the match
14:55 hrs IST: A lot rests of the shoulders of Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha, who played quite a gritty innings on Saturday.
14:50 hrs IST: And we're back!
14:35 hrs IST: Have your cup of tea. We will see you in a bit
14:32 hrs IST: It was a good session of play. Rohit (20 not out) and Saha (4) are at crease. Both can bat so expect India's lead to increase
14:30 hrs IST: And it is tea! India are at 110/6, leading New Zealand by 222 runs
14:25 hrs IST: India 106/6 with a lead of 218 runs
OUT! Santner strikes with the 6th wicket of the 2nd session. Traps Ashwin LBW for 5. India 106-6 now, a lead of 218 #INDvNZ ^WN— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 2, 2016
14:20 hrs IST: OUT!!! Ashwin falls for 5! LBW by Mitchell Santner, the first wicket for the left-armer!
14:15 hrs IST: Henry has been the bowler to watch out for on Sunday and he is into the attack before tea
14:10 hrs IST: Dark clouds gather above Eden Gardens but the sun is also out.... weird weather
14:03 hrs IST: 100 up for India with Rohit and Ashwin at the crease
13:58 hrs IST: This has been a very good bowling performance by New Zealand so far
13:53 hrs IST: Ravichandran Ashwin has come out to bat
13:48 hrs IST: India are 91/5! Rohit Sharma has a huge role to play now
13:45 hrs IST: OUT! Kohli is out 45! Inches above the shin. Boult gets his second wicket!
13:40 hrs IST: The game has slowed down a bit
13:35 hrs IST: And India's lead has crossed the 200-run mark!
13:30 hrs IST: Virat Kohli is into his 40s
13:28 hrs IST: Rohit and Kohli are playing well to revive this Indian innings
13:19 hrs IST: New Zealand bring on some spin with Jeetan Patel who batted really well earlier in the day
13:14 hrs IST: Kohli is pleasing the public at the Eden with some lusty blows
13:10 hrs IST: SIX! Fantastic hit by Rohit Sharma!
13:05 hrs IST: India have reached 50 runs in their second innings!
13:02 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma comes out to bat for India
13:00 hrs IST: Short ball, leading edge and Rahane goes for 1 as India are in real trouble at 43/4!
12:58 hrs IST: The partnership of the fast bowlers is going well which is why Ross Taylor is continuing with them
12:55 hrs IST: OUT!!! Another! This time it is Rahane who has been caught by Boult off Henry.
12:50 hrs IST: Kohli is on the attack now and has been joined by Ajinkya Rahane at the crease!
12:48 hrs IST: Boult hat some psychological advantage over Dhawan going into that over
12:45 hrs IST: Boult had troubled Dhawan all morning and eventually got his wicket
12:40 hrs IST: OUT!!! Dhawan is lbw by Trent Boult
12:33 hrs IST: Out comes Virat Kohli
12:32 hrs IST: Henry has picked up two wickets now! India 24/2!
12:30 hrs IST: OUT!!! This time it is Pujara who has departed for 4
12:22 hrs IST: Beautiful move of the wrists and the flick from Pujara goes for a boundary getting him off the mark. India at 24/1!
12:20 hrs IST: Lovely boundary from Dhawan as Cheteshwar Pujara joins him at the crease
12:18 hrs IST: The lunch break seems to have helped the Black Caps
12:15 hrs IST: OUT!!! There goes Murali Vijay for 7! Caught by Guptill and bowled by Matt Henry on only the fourth ball after lunch.
12:10 hrs IST: Welcome back, the match is about to resume with Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan out there and Matt Henry with the ball
11:40 hrs IST: Take a break. We will be back with live coverage in some time.
11:35 hrs IST: It was a tough morning session for India. First they struggled to get New Zealand bowled out and then Shikhar Dhawan had a testing five overs with the bat.
India survive a tough 5 overs before lunch - make it to 12-0, a lead of 124 runs. Boult looking dangerous with the new ball. #INDvNZ ^WN— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 2, 2016
11:30 hrs IST: It is lunch! And India are batting at 12 for no loss in their second innings.
11:24 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan is off the mark finally with a nice boundary. He has been hit on his thumb twice and has been under pressure. Good reply
11:22 hrs IST: The Black Caps are attacking Shikhar Dhawan left, right and centre.
11:20 hrs IST: Sharp one from Boult which hits Dhawan on his thumb and he is in pain!
11:15 hrs IST: FOUR! And the first runs for India!
11:05 hrs IST: When they come out to bat, India would want to take a big lead to put pressure on the visiting team
10:59 hrs IST: New Zealand have been bowled out for 204. India take a 112-run first innings lead!
Shami gets Wagner LBW & the BLACKCAPS all out for 204. India take a 112 run 1st innings lead. Back in 10 minutes with the ball #INDvNZ ^WN— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 2, 2016
10:55 hrs IST: Wagner is out! LBW for 10 as Shami picks up his third wicket and second of the morning!
10:51 hrs IST: Six from the willow of Neil Wagner and New Zealand bring up their 200!
10:48 hrs IST: Six to get off the mark for Trent Boult! Great shot!
10:42 hrs IST: That was plumb in front of the wickets!
10:40 hrs IST: OUT!!! And there goes BJ Watling. Shami gets another wicket
10:35 hrs IST: Kohli has brought in an attacking field with Wagner out there
10:32 hrs IST: But that was quite an impressive knock by Patel, the highest of the innings
10:30 hrs IST: Ashwin gets his first scalp of the match, been a long wait for him.
10:27 hrs IST: Patel skied the ball and gets caught by Shami at mid off
10:23 hrs IST: OUT! India finally get their breakthrough as Jeetan Patel is out
10:17 hrs IST: Out! Oh No! Wait! NO BALL from Jadeja and Jeetan Patel walks back to the crease
10:15 hrs IST: Patel is dealing in boundaries, has smashed 8 already. He is into his 40s
10:12 hrs IST: 11 overs and 41 runs this morning! No breakthroughs for India
10:07 hrs IST: It was a short delay and play resumes
10:05 hrs IST: But within five minutes the players are back on the field as the sun is out
10:00 hrs IST: There was a drizzle and play was halted
09:55 hrs IST: Patel and Watling are developing their partnership well
09:50 hrs IST: Jeetan Patel on 34 has reached his highest Test score. His previous best was 27. This is his 20th Test
09:45 hrs IST: Here is Sehwag beginning the proceedings this morning
09:40 hrs IST: And a Jeetan Patel boundary brings up the 150 for New Zealand
09:35 hrs IST: Patel and Watling are making use of the open areas, getting the odd boundary quite regularly now. Shami and yesterday's hero Bhuvneshwar into the attack
09:30 hrs IST: It is quite a warm day but rain is also expected later in the day
09:25 hrs IST: Today is October 2 - the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and a national holiday in India.
09:20 hrs IST: So what advice is the former India opener giving to current Test captain of the country?
09:19 hrs IST: First ball and Jeetan Patel drives it for a boundary down the ground
09:18 hrs IST: The sun is out and sound of the 'Dhaki' (drummers) marking Durga Puja in the ground!
09:17 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar will open the bowling
09:16 hrs IST: Former India opener Virender Sehwag has rung the bell to mark the start of play
09:15 hrs IST: Play will start 15 minutes earlier because of the rain delay
09:10 hrs IST: Good morning and welcome to the third day's play between India and New Zealand.
New Zealand trail India by 188 runs with just three wickets remaining. If India can take a big lead, they would aim to pile more misery on the visitors by giving them a big total to chase. India need a win to become world No. 1 in Test rankings.
At stumps after a rain-hit second day's play at Eden Gardens, the Black Caps were struggling against India, who posted 316 in their first innings, with BJ Watling on 12 and Jeetan Patel on 5 battling to survive.
Getting good support from new-ball partner Mohammed Shami, Kumar made life difficult for the visiting batsmen. He recorded his fourth five-wicket haul in 15th Test, but it was also his first on home soil.
It would be interesting how far can the the New Zealand batsmen restrict the Indian bowlers on the third day.