India vs New Zealand, Highlights, Kanpur Test: Williamson, Latham Put NZ On Top On Rain-Hit Day 2
Kane Williamson and Tom Latham put New Zealand in command of the first Test with Day 2 coming to an early end due to a downpour in Kanpur. Catch highlights of India vs New Zealand here.
Kane Williamson (65 not out) and Tom Latham (56 not out) strung together an unbeaten 117-run stand to take New Zealand to 152/1. The visitors were trailing India by 166 runs at tea before rain forced early stumps on Day 2. Catch highlights of India vs New Zealand here. (SCORECARD | VIDEOS | NEWS)
15:58 hrs IST: That's it from us today. Do join us for live action tomorrow morning.
15:54 hrs IST: Some bad news coming in! Play has been called off for the day. New Zealand are 152/1 and trail India by 166 runs. Play will begin a tad bit earlier than usual tomorrow with a 9:15 am start.
15:50 hrs IST: Still no updates from Kanpur yet.
15:46 hrs IST: Meanwhile, some other cricket news: Chris Morris has been ruled out of South Africa's home series against Australia due to a knee injury.
15:28 hrs IST: The BCCI has tweeted saying there will be an inspection at 15:45 hrs. That's about 15 minutes from now.
15:15 hrs IST: Latest from Kanpur is that it's still drizzling. Even when the rain stops the groundstaff will take some time to get the field ready.
14:40 hrs IST: Post Tea session has been delayed as it continues to pour in Kanpur.
14:30 hrs IST: Live pictures coming in. It's raining heavily in Kanpur and the entire ground has been covered up. Doesn't look good!!
14:10 hrs IST: Umpires call for Tea! Williamson 66 not out, Latham 56 not out. New Zealand are 152/1 at tea, trail India by 166 runs.
13:52 hrs IST: Ashwin is getting tremendous spin and the New Zealanders are suddenly finding the going hard. New Zealand are 143 for 1
13:51 hrs IST: The spinners are getting more help now from the pitch than they were in the first session. Ashwin and Jadeja need to take advantage of this.
13:50 hrs IST: Big appeal for a caught behind. There was some sound but again it has been turned down.
13:35 hrs IST: It's the turn of Williamson to reach his half-century. His 23rd fifty!
13:32 hrs IST: Half-century for Latham.Â His eighth Test fifty.
13:24 hrs IST: Latham gets an inside edge onto his boot and straight to the KL Rahul at short-leg. That looks out!! However, the third umpire has given it not out. Bit of a confusion there and the Indians also looked perplexed.
13:14 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Ashwin might not have taken a wicket today but he is currently the leading run-getter as well as wicket-taker in Tests in 2016.
13:13 hrs IST: Big big shout for LBW and yet again Richard Kettleborough shakes his head.
13:10 hrs IST: Surprise! Surprise! Kohli trying something new. Murali Vijay is into the attack.
13:08 hrs IST: Still no luck for the Indians. Spinners Ashwin and Jadeja are having no impact whatsoever. Williamson and Latham are going about their business clinically
12:40 hrs IST: New Zealand trail by 227 runs now and are going along strongly. Not too many chances on offer for India while the Kiwis are milking it for ones and twos
12:25 hrs IST: Four!! Latham punishes Latham to the backward square leg boundary.
12:20 hrs IST: Big shout from Jadeja and the team for a bat and pad but the umpire nods his head. Replays show that the ball struck the pad and was far from the pad.
12:19 hrs IST: Could have been a run out chance but Rohit failed to pick up the ball cleanly at mid on.
12:13 hrs IST: Williamson flicks the ball away to deep square for a double
12:11 hrs IST: The players are back out after lunch. Jadeja to start off the proceedings!
11:32 hrs IST: India will have to come up with a new game plan to get this duo out. They have looked at ease and have negotiated Ashwin and Jadeja without much trouble. New Zealand are 71/1 and trail by 247 runs
11:30 hrs IST: Lunch has been called!Â Umesh gave India the breakthrough by removing Guptill but Williamson and Latham have looked solid after that.
11:23 hrs IST: Williamson is tackling Ashwin without much fuss. A four then a double already of this over. He looks so much at ease.
11:17 hrs IST: Four!! Williamson gets that away to the midwicket boundary. New Zealand are 56/1 after 17 overs
11:15 hrs IST: LBW shout but it was going down the leg.
11:09 hrs IST: A flighted full-pitch delivery from Ashwin and there is a puff of dust from the pitch. The ball spun dramatically as well. Good signs for Ashwin and Jadeja!
11:03 hrs IST: Six runs from the Ashwin over. New Zealand don't look troubled at all against spin.
11:02 hrs IST: A little short from Ashwin and Williamson flicks it away to mid-wicket for a double.
10:58 hrs IST: Latham looks solid here. He's playing out the good balls and ticking away the scoreboard whenever the opportunity arises. Looks a compact player!
10:55 hrs IST: The Kiwis play him out cautiously.
10:52 hrs IST: Ashwin is into the attack. India will be relying heavily on him.
10:50 hrs IST: Kane Williamson is the next batsman in and Kohli will be hoping to dismiss him quickly. He's the big catch for India!
10:45 hrs IST: Out!! Guptill lbw b Umesh Yadav 21(31). Full pitch delivery and Guptill misses it. India have got the first breakthrough. NZ are 35/1
10:42 hrs IST: Both Guptill and Latham are batting solidly. Hardly giving the Indian bowlers a sniff.
10:33 hrs IST: New Zealand are 34/0 after 7 overs. Guptill 20*, Latham 10*
10:26 hrs IST: Four!! Guptill sweeps Jadeja to the square boundary. Authoritative shot!
10:20 hrs IST: New Zealand are going along nicely. No hiccups for them yet and the Indian bowlers are yet to create any real chances.
10:09 hrs IST: Four!! Full from Shami and Latham gets it away to the square boundary. Good shot from the left-hander!
10:08 hrs IST: Some swing and bounce for Shami from good length.
10:05 hrs IST: The players are walking out! Mohammed Shami has the ball with Guptill and Latham opening for the New Zealanders.
09:56 hrs IST: Out!! Umesh Yadav c Watling b Wagner 9. He tries to flick it off his pad but is caught behind. India are all out for 318.
09:51 hrs IST: Four!! Beautiful timing from Jadeja. A full toss from Boult and the left-hander caresses it through the covers. Lovely shot!
09:46 hrs IST: Six!! Jadeja again!! Comes down the track and smashes Santner over the long-on boundary. India are 312/9
09:42 hrs IST: Four!! Jadeja gets an under-edge and the ball runs away to the fine leg boundary.
09:41 hrs IST: Half-hearted shout for LBW but the ball was going down the leg.
09:39 hrs IST: Single from Jadeja and that brings about the 300 for India!
09:38 hrs IST: Short from Santner and Jadeja rocks on to his backfoot and punishes it that to the covers boundary. Second boundary for the left-hander.
09:36 hrs IST: Umesh survives and quite comfortably at that.
09:34 hrs IST: Boult to Umesh Yadav and the Kiwi pacer will be looking to finish it in this over. He has three balls remaining.
09:32 hrs IST: A little flight from Santner and Jadeja strides down the track to the lift the ball over mid-off for the first boundary of the day. India are 295/9
09:30 hrs IST: Jadeja flicks the ball to the leg side but refuses to take the single.
09:28 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav are walking out to bat. The duo will be looking to add whatever they can to the Indian score and look to frustrate the Kiwis.
09:20 hrs IST: A warm welcome to our live coverage of the second day's play of the first Test between India-New Zealand.Â
New Zealand gave India a taste of their own medicine on Day 1 of the Kanpur Test on Thursday. This was the sixth time that the Kiwis played three spinners in a Test match. Mitchell Santner (left-arm spin), Mark Craig (off-spin) and Ish Sodhi (leg-spin) bowled 59 overs among them and took five of the nine Indian wickets to fall at Green Park.
Virat Kohli has opted to play India's 500th Test match with four specialist bowlers. NDTV expert Sunil Gavaskar had said in his pre-match analysis that India must play three spinners (Amit Mishra being the third). Gavaskar feels Ashwin and Jadeja will have to take the initiative to deny the Kiwis big partnerships.
Both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have the credentials to keep India in the game. Since the start of 2013, Ashwin (72 wickets) has taken 50 per cent of India's wickets at home. Jadeja (47 wickets) is next best.
Friday should see a good contest between bat and ball. India start at their overnight score of 291/9. If they can cross the 300-mark, it will give them a slight psychological edge against Kane Williamson's side.