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India vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 2 Highlights: Kane Williamson’s 89 puts Kiwis in driver’s seat

India vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 2 Highlights: New Zealand took a 51-run lead on Day 2 before bad light stopped play

By: Sports Desk | Updated: February 22, 2020 11:49:57 am
India vs New Zealand 1st Test is taking place in Wellington.

India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) 1st Test, Day 2 Highlights: At the end of Day 2’s play, Kiwis had taken a 51-run lead with five wickets in hand. The hosts dominated India with the bat despite early wicket of Tom Latham. Ross Taylor was dismissed by Ishant Sharma, for 44 in his 100th Test, but not before the Kiwis had gotten into the lead. Kane Williamson looked in sublime touch but was ensnared by Mohammed Shami for 89. R Ashwin followed it up with his first wicket of the day by removing Henry Nicholls. Before bad light stopped play, New Zealand had posted 216/5 on the board with BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme batting.

Earlier, India were all out for 165 within one hour on the morning of Day 2. Rishabh Pant was run out for 19 soon after he had hit the first six of the match. Ravichandran Ashwin was bowled for a first-ball duck by a Tim Southee outswinger in the very same over, leaving India’s tail exposed within 4 overs of the day. Ajinkya Rahane looked to give charge but was caught behind against the run of play for 46. Mohammed Shami’s 20-ball 21 gave some entertainment at the end of the innings, but Tim Southee (4/49) and Kylie Jamieson (4/39) ensured India’s collapse would not draw out too long. Ishant Sharma picked up the wickets of the Kiwi openers in the afternoon session but little else went India’s way.

India in New Zealand, 2 Test Series, 2020Basin Reserve, Wellington 01 April 2020

New Zealand  348 (100.2) & 9/0 (1.4)


India  165 (68.1) & 191 (81.0)

Match Ended ( Day 4 - 1st Test ) New Zealand beat India by 10 wickets

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India vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 2 Highlights:


    11:44 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    Day 2, Stumps

    The umpires have decided to stop the play. It's too dark to play as per the umpires. Virat Kohli is a little surprised though. New Zealand dominate the day's play as Colin de Grandhomme and BJ Watling walk off the field with a lead of 51 runs and five wickets in hand. NZ - 216/5 after 71.1 overs

    11:39 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    Grandhomme hits boundary

    Colin de Grandhomme recently gained form with a quickfire half-century in the last ODI against India. Grandhomme comes to the crease, rocks back and hits the loose delivery from Ishant Sharma for a boundary through the gap between point and cover. NZ - 212/5, lead by 47 runs

    11:32 (IST)22 Feb 2020

    R Ashwin finally picks up his first wicket of the match in his 21st over. Ashwin squares up Nicholls as he edges the ball to second-slip fielder Virat Kohli. The Kiwi batsman is out for 17. India will look to wrap up this innings quickly and minimise the lead. NZ - 207/5

    11:29 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    200 up!

    New partnership building. BJ Watling has been in good form in the Test format. Watling performed well against Australia in the Test series previous year. Meanwhile, Henry Nicholls hits a boundary off Mohammed Shami. Nicholls is doing the hard work to survive after struggling in the middle early on in his innings. NZ - 202/4 

    11:24 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    NZ 196/4 after 68 overs

    Ashwin bowls his 20th over. Watling pushes him away through the gaps as Ashwin strays on the overpitched side. Batsmen scamper through for two. Ashwin's figures 0/55 after 20 overs. NZ lead by 31 runs

    11:19 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    Long drinks break

    There is a considerable interruption for the drinks break as the players stretch their limbs a bit and India change their field around considerably. The light is starting to become a bit of an issue. The last half an hour of play coming up and this is the most tricky period that a batsman can be batting in. Nicholls starts off proceedins after the break by timing Shami beautifully on the leg side between mid on and mid wicket for four. He has been in the middle for a long time. This was his best shot yet. NZ 194/4 after 67 overs, lead by 29 runs

    11:13 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    NZ lead up to 25

    Singles coming a  bit more freely now. Nicholls and Watling seem to have overcome some initial pressure after the Williamson wicket. Drinks are called for.  Ashwin yet to take his first wicket in New Zealand. Bumrah also yet to register today. NZ 190/4 after 66 overs

    11:05 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    India sniff a window

    India look a bit more excited around the batsman after that Williamson wicket. Ashwin's deliveries are generating more excitement. BJ Watling and Henry Nicholls can be targeted now. India sniff a way back into the game. New Zealand are only 22 runs ahead right now. If India can claw their way back into this now, they will go into the second innings with a lot of hope. NZ 187/4 after 64 overs

    11:00 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    Shami gets Williamson!

    Williamson throws it away! A half volley by Shami and Williamson cannot resist throwing his bat at it. Short cover Ravindra Jadeja, on as a sub fielder, clutches on to the catch. New ealand lose their skipper. Williamson was looking set for a 100, he was looking in sublime touch, but he has to depart for 89. He walks off like he cannot believe how cheaply that end came about. NZ 185/4 after 62.4 overs

    10:58 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    Shami returns

    Shami returns to the bowling attack to replace Bumrah. Williamson cuts him for a double before third man cuts it off. Williamson then pulls Shami. Again, 2 runs. Shami is being attacked by Williamson. Maybe his line and length not the best at the moment. 

    10:54 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    NZ lead by 15 runs

    Bumrah bowls a maiden over. Nicholls plays six dot balls but there were som good shots in that over. All of them straight to the fielders inside the circle though. Kohli persisting with the Ashwin+pacer combination. We are reaching the normally scheduled close of play. But we are set to have play extended by an hour today to make up for the rained out third session yesterday. NZ 180/3 after 61 overs

    10:50 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    Nicholls looking more comfortable

    Again, just the one run from Ashwin's over. But this time it is Nicholls who gets the single. Nicholls looking a little more comfortable in the middle now than a few overs ago. 

    10:46 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    Four - Williamson breaks the shackles

    Nicholls hits only his third scoring shot in the half hour that he has been at the crease for. Pushes Bumrah down the leg side for a single. Williamson then breaks the shackles with a leg glance played very fine for four. After a period of pressure, it is Wiliamson again who comes up with the attacking shot. He moves to 84. New Zealand 179/3 after 59 overs, lead by 14 runs.

    10:39 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    Dip in scoring rate

    Bumrah gives just 1 run off his over too. One single by Williamson and five dot balls faced by Nicholls. Nicholls has evidently decided to listen to his partner and not worry about getting runs. When Ross Taylor was in there, him and Williamson were carting the runs along. Ever since Taylor's wicket, there has been a disturbance in the run rate. Williamson moves to 79 with a single in the 58th over. Nicholls still on 2. NZ 173/3 after 58 overs, lead by 8 runs.

    10:35 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    NZ lead by 6 runs

    Ashwin bowls another over without giving much away. This is the role Kohli wants him to play. To hold one end as Ishant attacks from the other end. Nicholls looking susceptible outside his off stump at the moment. Bumrah is brought back from the other end though. No bowler other than Ishant has taken a wicket in this innings so far. NZ 172/3, lead by 6 runs

    10:30 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    Ishant puts new man under pressure

    Henry Nicholls still having a nervous time out there. Williamson seen going up to him to have a chat with him. Ishant the man responsible for this mid-pitch chatter. He dug it in short, forcing Nicholls to tentatively poke at it. Lands short of the fielder but India sniff a window back into the game now. NZ 170/3 after 55 overs

    10:25 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    Ashwin replaces Bumrah

    Ashwin replaces Bumrah. 0/43 in his 12 overs so far. He has been required to play the conservative role today, Ashwin. he has extricated dangerous turn from time to time but he has been largely ineffectual today. His 13th over passes without much incident. Williamson, now on 75, surely holds the key. If India can get his wicket now, they could still say they have a fair hold on this game. New Zealand 167/3 after 54 overs

    10:22 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    Ishant bowls another great over

    Henry Nicholls, who has come in at No.5, is beaten by Ishant as he faces his first ball. His figures are 3/23 in his 13 overs today. Sensational shift put in by Ishant today. That was a wicket maiden over. NZ 166/3 after 53 overs

    10:15 (IST)22 Feb 2020

    Ross Taylor is gone. Ishant Sharma the man who strikes again. Taylor, who was looking so comfortable in the middle, is caught by Pujara. He walks off for 44. India, who have just gone behind in terms of runs in the match, finally have a wicket to celebrate. New Zealand 166/3 after 52.1 overs.

    10:12 (IST)22 Feb 2020
    NZ go into lead

    New Zealand cross India's score in the 52nd over. Williamson has mobved to his 70s while Taylor is approaching his 50. NZ 166/2 after 52 overs

    India's top-order batsmen performed woefully on a challenging track as the side crawled to 122 for 5 with New Zealand's towering pacer Kyle Jamieson rattling the visiting big guns on his debut on a rain-hit opening day of the first Test. Friday's play was called off after tea due to a heavy downpour, the gloomy conditions typifying India's batting blues with only Ajinkya Rahane (38 batting off 122 balls) matching wares when it came to winning the mental battle.