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Monday, February 24, 2020

India vs New Zealand 1st Test


How Kiwi planning trumped Indian stroke-players

February 23, 2020 9:14 pm

Cheteshwar Pujara left a full-ish delivery, bowled from wider of the crease angling in and distorting his stumps. His judgment was affected by the unusual angles and the short-bowl barrage. On the other hand, Virat Kohli tried to pull a quick bouncer, but was late on the stroke.

Trent Boult torments India – first with bat, then with ball

February 23, 2020 11:54 pm

Trent Boult would move all over the place, sometimes back away to the edge of the crease, sometimes shuffle across, expose his stumps, sometimes shimmy down the track, sometimes move deep into the crease.

Trent Boult reveals he used short-ball strategy to keep Virat Kohli in check

February 23, 2020 5:52 pm

Virat Kohli made 19 off 43 balls before trying to hook a Trent Boult bouncer only to be caught by wicketkeeper BJ Watling, providing New Zealand with an opportunity to close the Test match on the fourth day.

'Setting target is still far away, we have to bat out Day 4 first session': Ravichandran Ashwin

February 23, 2020 5:51 pm

India ended the third day at 144/4 in their second innings and still trail New Zealand's first innings score by 39 runs. Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari will resume on Monday.

Ishant Sharma, easily the tallest against New Zealand attack

February 23, 2020 4:04 pm

India's most-experienced pacer, Ishant Sharma proves to the be sharpest with 3/31 on Day 2 in Wellington as Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami fail to make an impact.

Rishabh Pant run-out was crucial, says Tim Southee

February 22, 2020 3:15 pm

Rishabh Pant was called through for a single by Ajinkya Rahane in the fourth over on Day 2. A direct hit by Ajaz Patel from cover forced the Indian wicketkeeper to trudge back to the pavilion for 19.

Ajinkya Rahane holds fort as Kyle Jamieson torments India on rain-hit Day 1

February 21, 2020 3:46 pm

New Zealand's debutant Kyle Jamieson was the pick of the day with his brilliant 3/38. Apart from scalping the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari, he also dismissed Virat Kohli on 2.

World Test Championship points system unfair: Kane Williamson

February 20, 2020 12:17 pm

"I guess there's an element to it that isn't fair. But I guess there is an effort in bringing context to Test cricket which wasn't there." Kane Williamson makes a guarded criticism of the points system of the World Test Championship.

Matt Henry called into New Zealand's first Test squad as Neil Wagner's cover

February 19, 2020 12:37 pm

Wagner is among New Zealand's senior pacers alongside Trent Boult and Tim Southee. The left-arm fast bowler has an impressive record in Tests, having taken 204 wickets in 47 games at an average of 26.63.

'Kiwis' approach against Jasprit Bumrah will be adopted by other teams': Shane Bond

February 18, 2020 4:43 pm

"I thought New Zealand played him [Jasprit Bumrah] well. They have played him conservatively and obviously there was some inexperience around [Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur]," Shane Bond said.


Kyle Jamieson towers over India on Day 1 as visitors collapse in rain-hit Wellington

February 21, 2020 3:50 pm

India were reduced to 122/5 at the end of a rain-hit Day 1 as debutant Kyle Jamieson shined on a challenging track in Wellington, registering the figures of 3/38 and scalping the wickets of the likes of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara.