Highlights, India vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 4: India Win by 178 Runs, Reclaim World No.1 Spot
India earned an historic win in their 250th Test at home by thrashing New Zealand by 178 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series. India have also displaced Pakistan to be ranked as the No.1 side in Test cricket Catch all the highlights of India vs New Zealand here
India beat New Zealand by 178 runs on Day of the second Test at Eden Gardens to clinch the series 2-0 under captain Virat Kohli. Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets each to bowl out the Black Caps for 197 in their chase of 376. Catch all highlights of India vs New Zealand here. (SCORECARD | NEWS | VIDEOS)
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17:15 hrs IST: Losing skipper Ross Taylor lamented the result.
Ross Taylor: "Very impressive, the way the bowlers got stuck in in hot, humid conditions, we put India under pressure, but credit to them for withstanding it, Saha in both innings. To be honest, we thought the pitch would be different. A good cricket wicket, it's just been relaid, and is going to get better and better.
"I guess anytime you have a 112-run deficit, you're always under pressure. We got some early wickets, but the partnership between Saha and Rohit took it away from us. I thought Tom Latham was outstanding today. Never been to Indore before, it will be interesting to see what the wicket will be like. Good to see Kane Williamson at the ground today, still a bit pale, but knowing him, he'll be back in the nets tomorrow."
17:12 hrs IST: India captain Virat Kohli said: "Lovely Test match, a brilliant Test wicket, apart from the variable bounce here and there, it will get better and better. Those extra runs in the end, Saha, and Bhuvi and Shami contributing in the end, was crucial.
"Saha was brilliant, he's the best keeper in the country, he's doing a great job in Test cricket. That hundred in West Indies really improved his confidence, he understands how to bat with the tail now. First innings, we understood we threw it away with a few loose shots, second innings the New Zealand bowlers really put us under pressure.
"Really happy for Rohit as well, stuck it out, handled the pressure really well, and you know his love affair with Eden. More than anything, the crowd helped us pick up those wickets today. Especially someone like Shami, running in, it makes a big difference to a bowler's mindset. Our objective is to keep playing consistent cricket, having rankings and getting to number one and dropping it is not in our hands, but with this long season, it's in our control in my opinion," concluded Kohli.
17:08 hrs IST: "I'm very happy for winning the series and getting my first man of the match. My teammates and the crowd supported me a lot. Not much pressure. I'm just going in to bat, defending the good balls, rotating the strike, and putting the bad ball away to the boundary," said Saha.
"The West Indies hundred boosted my confidence, but I didn't score much in Kanpur, that's why I took my time in the initial few balls. I just did my job behind the stumps, nothing much. I just keep watching the ball till the last, and soft hands, that's it."
17:04 hrs IST: Wriddhiman Saha, on his home ground, is named the man of the match!
17:00 hrs IST: "In India we generally don't get these kinds of wickets. When you get one, you just try to make the most of it. When you contribute to a win, it's something special for you. Thanks to physio and trainer, they worked hard with me (on ankle injury). Shami is the most lazy person in the team, but when he's on the field he always gives it 100%. It's a sweet victory, because you don't generally get these sorts of wickets (in India) which help seamers," Bhuvneshwar said after the win.
16:58 hrs IST: From 104/1 New Zealand collapsed to 197 all out! Drastic collapse!
Boult the last man to go. All out for 197. India win 2nd Test by 178 runs & claim the series. Fair play to the better side. INDvNZ ^WN pic.twitter.com/h0NVjGf1BL— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 3, 2016
16:53 hrs IST: Jadeja, Ashwin and Shami clinched three wickets each while Bhuvneshwar, who picked up a five-wicket haul in the first innings, scalped one!
16:50 hrs IST: Trent Boult was caught in the slips by Murali Vijay off the bowling of Shami to end New Zealand's innings at 197! India won the match by a big margin of 178 runs!
16:48 hrs IST: India have also reclaimed the No.1 spot in Tests by displacing Pakistan with this victory!
16:45 hrs IST: OUT! And India have won the Test at Eden Gardens to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series!
16:40 hrs IST: The second new ball has been taken! And Bhuvneshwar is going to use that first!
India take the second new ball with 1 NZ wicket remaining. 192-9. Kohli waves the ball to the crowd mimicking the umpire #classicgag ^WN— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 3, 2016
16:35 hrs IST: It is Boult and Wagner at the crease
16:34 hrs IST: Who will take the final wicket for India?
16:30 hrs IST: India just one wicket away from a historic victory!
16:27 hrs IST: OUT!!! Henry is caught by Kohli off the bowling of Jadeja for 18!
16:23 hrs IST: Edged and DROPPED!!! Rahane juggled and missed at slip after Henry went for a drive
16:20 hrs IST: Will New Zealand be able to play out the rest of the day
16:15 hrs IST: This is the 250th Test at home for India and the hosts are well poised for another landmark victory here too
16:10 hrs IST: India won their 500th Test match at Kanpur.
16:07 hrs IST: India need just 2 wickets to win the Test and become No.1 in the world
16:03 hrs IST: Matt Henry and Neil Wagner at the crease for New Zealand
15:59 hrs IST: Bowled! Bhuvneshwar gets his first wicket as Jeetan Patel goes back to the pavilion for 2!
15:52 hrs IST: OUT!!! And there goes Ronchi for 32! Jadeja gets his second wicket!
15:47 hrs IST: Luke Ronchi, at 32, is batting well for the Kiwis
15:44 hrs IST: Kohli is rotating his bowlers well. Now he has brought in Bhuvneshwar
15:38 hrs IST: New Zealand are 169/6
15:34 hrs IST: Matt Henry comes in to bat
15:32 hrs IST: New Zealand are 156/6, needing 220 more to win.
Shami bowls Watling with an absolute corker, lovely delivery which comes back in & removes the off stump. 156-6, #INDvNZ ^WN— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 3, 2016
15:30 hrs IST: Bowled!!!! What a delivery! BJ Watling went back to the pavilion for 1!
15:26 hrs IST: BJ Watling and Luke Ronchi at the crease right now
15:24 hrs IST: New Zealand have lost half their side now!
15:20 hrs IST: OUT!! Mitchell Santner is LBW for 4 by Shami! Beautiful delivery shaping into the pads
15:18 hrs IST: 150 comes up for New Zealand
Mitchell Santner brings up the BLACKCAPS 150 with a stylish cut to the cover boundary. 153-4, 223 more runs to win INDvNZ ^WN— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 3, 2016
15:15 hrs IST: Crowd attendance decent for a Monday, 12,068!
15:10 hrs IST: Mohammed Shami is back into the attack. If you want know about the pacer and his love for reverse swing, read here
15:07 hrs IST: This Eden wicket is unique. In the New Zealand first innings, eight wickets were taken together by Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar but in the second innings, all four wickets to fall have been taken by Ashwin and Jadeja
15:05 hrs IST: Santner gets off the mark with a boundary
15:03 hrs IST: Santner and Ronchi at the crease now
15:00 hrs IST: New Zealand are now, at 141/4, in trouble!
14:58 hrs IST: Latham played brilliantly for his 74!
Latham out after tea, ct behind off Ashwin for a well made 74. Gusty knock, deserved more. 141-4, Santner joins Ronchi 15* #INDvNZ ^WN— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 3, 2016
14:55 hrs IST: OUT!! Ashwin Strikes Again As Latham Falls! This was the prized wicket which India wanted
14:50 hrs IST: Welcome back!
14:40 hrs IST: Take a break. We will be back soon for the last session of Day 4
14:35 hrs IST: 22 overs on the trot for Ashwin!
14:34 hrs IST: Tea! New Zealand are 135/3 needing 241 more runs to win this Test. They lost three wickets in a pretty long session
Latham 74* and Ronchi 9* take the BLACKCAPS to tea on day four in Kolkata. Total 135-3, 241 more runs required to win INDvNZ ^WN— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 3, 2016
14:28 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK: 14 dismissals by LBW in this Test. Most in a Test match in India. Previous record was 13 in Ahmedabad between India and South Africa in 1996-97
14:26 hrs IST: New Zealand 132/3 after 50 overs!
14:25 hrs IST: Ashwin has bowled 21 overs on the trot. That is a commendable performance
14:22 hrs IST: Rahane being the honest cricketer he is
14:19 hrs IST: Shami is back into the attack
14:16 hrs IST: It has been a shared session so far but India have picked up three crucial wickets
14:12 hrs IST: Kohli doesn't look very happy about the missed chance, tells Ashwin "it was my catch"
14:08 hrs IST: Latham was almost out there! Leading edge, bowler Ashwin and captain Kohli both went for the catch and both had to slow down otherwise they would have run into each other. A missed opportunity
14:04 hrs IST: New Zealand 121/3
14:00 hrs IST: Luke Ronchi, who has just come in, could have been walking back. But still there as of now
13:59 hrs IST: Out again? Oh no. The ball bounced right in front of Rahane as the Indian players were celebrating
13:56 hrs IST: OUT!!! Ashwin gets the wicket of Taylor (4). Big wicket this, New Zealand 115/3!
13:50 hrs IST: New Zealand reach 115/2 in 42 overs
13:47 hrs IST: The umpire is unhappy with Jadeja for running across the wicket while appealing for LBW
13:43 hrs IST: At this moment, Tom Latham should be the key wicket for India. He is really settled and looks like that he is going to stick it out there
13:38 hrs IST: And captain Ross Taylor comes out to replace Nicholls
13:35 hrs IST: New Zealand are 104/2 in their chase of 376
13:30 hrs IST: No it won't be! Jadeja has picked up the wicket of Nicholls! Caught in slip by Rahane!
13:27 hrs IST: And it is going to be a 50-run partnership for Latham and Nicholls
13:23 hrs IST: And hundred comes up for New Zealand! This has been quite an innings for the Kiwi batsmen
13:20 hrs IST: Jadeja coming over the wicket to both the left-handers
13:13 hrs IST: Tom Latham has scored his 9th half-century! Great knock by him. Took him 88 balls
A half-century for Tom Latham off 88 balls. The BLACKCAPS opener fighting hard in tough conditions #indvnz ^CE— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 3, 2016
13:08 hrs IST: New Zealand are 92/1 after 30 overs of play in their second innings
13:03 hrs IST: Ashwin has changed his line now, coming around the wicket
12:58 hrs IST: Whether with the bat or out in the field, isn't he always entertaining?
12:53 hrs IST: A forward short leg, a silly point and a slip for Latham and Nicholls for Ashwin's bowling. India are in full out attack mode
12:47 hrs IST: New Zealand are 71/1 after 24 overs now. They are playing pretty well, Latham and Nicholls
12:43 hrs IST: Henry Nicholls is looking solid out there and why not?
12:35 hrs IST: Will this help the home team? Will they get another wicket soon?
Four men around the bat for Nicholls and Kohli trying to get the crowd involved. Hostile environment you could say #indvnz ^CE— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 3, 2016
12:30 hrs IST: On the other hand, South Africa have taken a 2-0 lead over Australia
12:28 hrs IST: Also, Pakistan have defeated West Indies to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series
12:26 hrs IST: But who will he replace? Shikhar Dhawan? Read more here
12:25 hrs IST: On another thought, will Gautam Gambhir get to play in the third and final Test. 376 is a big target and India are likely to defend the target and go 2-0 up. With the series secured will Gambhir be included in the playing XI?
12:24 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes in to bowl from the other end.
12:20 hrs IST: New Zealand now 55/1
12:18 hrs IST: OUT!!! Just on the fifth ball after lunch! And it is Ashwin once again who picks up Guptill for 24. That looked plumb in front of the wicket
12:15 hrs IST: And play has resumed!
11:47 hrs IST: Take a break, we will be back shortly with the second session of play on Day 4
11:45 hrs IST: Though it is a good, strong start, the target is still quite high
11:40 hrs IST: The Black Caps scored 55 runs in 16 overs and need 321 more to win
11:35 hrs IST: And it is lunch! What a brilliant batting display by New Zealand so far. They saw off the new ball from Shami and Bhuvi and also the spin of Ashwin and Jadeja this morning
11:30 hrs IST: A strong batting show by Guptill and Latham so far
11:24 hrs IST: India need a breakthrough but it is not going India's way
11:22 hrs IST: Spin from both ends now
11:20 hrs IST: Man of the Match in the first Test Ravindra Jadeja brought into the attack
11:16 hrs IST: 10 overs are up with the Black caps at 27 for no loss
11:15 hrs IST: Tom Latham and Martin Guptill have been pretty steady all morning so far
11:10 hrs IST: Sharp turn and bounce immediately for Ashwin
11:08 hrs IST: Kohli brings in Ashwin to roll his arm over
11:05 hrs IST: Virat Kohli is having a word with umpire Rod Tucker. Is it about the same appeal?
11:03 hrs IST: New Zealand are 16 for no loss after seven overs
11:00 hrs IST: Big shout! But umpire says no! That looked plumb though!
10:55 hrs IST: And this too happened at Eden on October 2
10:48 hrs IST: And this started the proceedings in the morning
10:45 hrs IST: New Zealand have started on a slow note. The task for them is to survive the wicket for 2 days with only 10 wickets. Runs will automatically. No side in the history of the Eden Gardens has ever scored 376 at the hallowed ground
10:38 hrs IST: It is Latham and Guptill out there to face Bhuvi and Shami
10:33 hrs IST: Ok New Zealand are out there to chase the target
10:31 hrs IST: 376 is how much V.V.S. Laxman and Rahul Dravid put on in that 2001 partnership against Australia at the same ground.
10:28 hrs IST: The highest fourth innings total at the Eden is 325/3 by India against the West Indies way back in 1948
10:23 hrs IST: India have been bowled out for 263, setting New Zealand a target of 376 runs!
10:20 hrs IST: Ok so the umpires have given Mohammed Shami out for 1.
10:15 hrs IST: Nicked and dropped or caught at gully? The umpires have gone upstairs. What will it be?
10:13 hrs IST: Shout for LBW by Boult! Umpire turns him down
10:10 hrs IST: A stat attack for you: Three India keepers before Wriddhiman Saha have got two fifty-plus scores in a Test. MS Dhoni (4 times), Farokh Engineer and Dilawar Hussain (also at Eden Gardens)
10:03 hrs IST: FOUR! And that's fifty for Saha. His second of the match and 4th overall. A well-compiled innings from him. India are 259/9 after 75 overs.
09:58 hrs IST: WICKET! Wagner gets his first of the innings. Bhuvneshwar departs for 23. India are 251/9 after 74 overs.
09:50 hrs IST: Saha is nearing his 4th Test half-century. He had also scored a half-century in the first innings
09:45 hrs IST: India reach 250! The way the home team recovered from the collapse yesterday is commendable.
09:41 hrs IST: Four! These are doing well at the crease
09:37 hrs IST: How do you reckon?
09:34 hrs IST: We had a pretty strong crowd yesterday because it was a Sunday but today as of now it is quite empty
09:30 hrs IST: Saha and Bhuvi have already hit a couple of boundaries this morning and India are batting at 239/8.
09:28 hrs IST: And we have Wriddhiman Saha and Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the crease with Matt Henry to complete his unfinished over from yesterday
09:25 hrs IST: India ended Day 3 being 339 runs ahead of the visitors, which is a challenging target already on this wicket
09:20 hrs IST: And it was BCCI president Anurag Thakur who rang the bell on Monday morning, marking the start of play.
09:15 hrs IST: Hell and welcome to Day 4 of the second Test between India and New Zealand. The match as you know is being played in Kolkata
At stumps, Wriddhiman Saha was on 39 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar on eight at the crease. New Zealand bowlers Matt Henry and Mitchell Santner took three wickets each.
"I think 340-odd lead is probably good enough on that kind of wicket, but we have two more wickets, and the remaining batters will hopefully get some more runs," Rohit said after the day's play.
A 300-plus total has never been successfully chased at Eden Gardens. With the pitch troubling the batsmen throughout the first three days and the Indian bowlers in terrific form, the match is for the hosts to win.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja would hope to take India to a second consecutive win over New Zealand to ensure India regain No. 1 Test ranking.