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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

India vs New Zealand 2nd Test Highlights: IND bowlers fail to find breakthrough

IND vs NZ 2nd Test Highlights: New Zealand have ended Day 1 at 63/0, trailing India by 179 runs at the close of play. India were bowled out for 242.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: February 29, 2020 12:28:30 pm
Prithvi Shaw’s 54 off 64 balls got India off to an attacking start in the first session (Twitter/ICC)

India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) 2nd Test Highlights: New Zealand have ended Day 1 at 63/0, trailing India by 179 runs at the close of play. India were bowled out for 242 with one hour’s play left. Tom Latham (27*) and Tom Blundell (29*) got New Zealand off to a good start in their first innings and frustrated the Indian pacers.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to field first with a green pitch on offer. Despite Prithvi Shaw’s (54 off 64 balls) attacking start, Mayank Agarwal was rattled on the pads to be lbw for 7 by Trent Boult, as NZ got the early wicket they wanted. Shaw got to his 50 off 61 balls. He was then caught in the slips on 54. Virat Kohli was lbw off Tim Southee soon after the Lunch break, as New Zealand gained the upper hand in the match for the first time. Southee got Rahane to edge to the slips for 7 soon after as well. Hanuma Vihari (55 off 70 balls) and Pujara built a good partnership after Tim Southee scalped Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane after the Lunch break. Vihari was caught behind off the last ball of the second session. Cheteshwar Pujara was gone for 54 at the beginning of the third session, leaving the Indian lower order exposed. There was a collapse from the Indian side thereon, and India were bowled out for 242. Kyle Jamieson (5/45) took a five-wicket haul in only his second Test.

India in New Zealand, 2 Test Series, 2020Hagley Oval, Christchurch 31 March 2020

New Zealand  235 (73.1) & 132/3 (36.0)


India  242 (63.0) & 124 (46.0)

Match Ended ( Day 3 - 2nd Test ) New Zealand beat India by 7 wickets

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India vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights:


    12:20 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    End of Day 1

    New Zealand finish Day 1 at the score of 63/0 after 23 overs, with Tom Latham (27) and Tom Blundell (29) frustrating the Indian pacers in the last session. They trail by 179 runs and have the decisive edge in the match at the end of Day 1.

    12:15 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    Last over

    Mohammed Shami brought back to bowl the last over of the day. He also goes to the short ball. Again, Blundell takes on the short delivery and pulls for three runs down to fine leg.

    12:14 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    Chance for Prithvi Shaw

    Bumrah bowls a short ball to Blundell. Blundell takes him on and pulls. The ball catches the bottom edge, hits his pad and loops up to forward short leg. Prithvi Shaw, however, had taken evasive action, and was not aware of the catching opportunity. Bumrah has been brought back to bowl what will be a 1-over spell and that has turned out to be a great over. No wickets though. 59/0 after 22 overs

    12:10 (IST)29 Feb 2020

    Ravindra jadeja is brought on to bowl for the first time and that is the first over of spin we have seen in the 2nd Test. And Jadeja starts with a typically tight maiden over. 57/0 after 21 overs

    12:03 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    Four, four for Latham

    Latham hits a classy punch to the covers for four off Shami to start the 20th over. 50 comes up for New Zealand, witout any loss of wickets. And the fourth ball of the over is also dispatched for four with class. This is New Zealand's first 50 plus opening partnership against India in home Tests in 20 innings across five series. 57/0 after 20 overs

    11:58 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    Blundell rolls on

    Neil Wagner has padded up inside the NZ dressing room in readiness to come on if a nightwatchman is required. But there is no need at the moment. Blundell starts off the 19th over with a pull off Umesh. A short ball pounced on. NZ 48/0 after 18.2 overs

    11:53 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    Latham cuts for four

    Latham cuts firmly for four to end the 17th over, bowled by Umesh Yadav. The fifth boundary of the Kiwi innings and the NZ score rolls on. 42/0 after 17 overs

    New Zealand trail by 200 runs.

    11:47 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    Don't lose heart, says McCullum

    One run off Umesh's over. We have had two hours of play in this session but the light is good enough to continue to make up for the delayed start. McCullum says in the comm box that India do not need to be disheartened with the lack of wickets. They have done enough to get some hope going, he says. 38/0 after 15.3 overs

    11:41 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    Search for wicket continues

    Latham and Blundell see out another over from Shami without much trouble. India's search for a wicket continues. This is the longest India have been wicketless with the first new ball since the SCG Test in Jan 2019. 37/0 after 14 overs

    11:34 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    Umesh gets movement

    Umesh yadav is back to bowl his 5th over. And he gets the India fielders excited in that over. Blundell beaten off one ball and then the ball jags in just to miss the top of off stump with the batsman having left it. Goes just past Latham's outside edge once in the over as well. 36/0 after 13 overs

    11:26 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    Approaching end of Day 1

    New Zealand are looking to play out the rest of Day 1 without any loss of wickets. Only a few overs remain. If they can head back in the hut with all 10 wickets intact, it can be said they will have convincingly won Day 1. Shami is bowling his 2nd over. Very impressive how Latham and Blundell have seen out the first few overs without taking any risks but still getting the runs flowing. More singles in that over. 35/0 after 12 overs

    11:21 (IST)29 Feb 2020

    Mohammed Shami comes on as the third seamer. And bowls a good first over to start off. Beats Blundell's bat on the off stump once in the over. Bumrah, continuing from the other end, bowls a maiden over. 33/0 after 11 overs

    11:16 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    Bumrah draws lbw appeals from the fielders

    Four for Latham now. Bumrah gets the edge but the edge stays low and runs away to the fence. Bumrah then raps Latham on the pad to draw loud appeals from the Indian fielders. Nothing given though. 32/0 after 9 overs

    11:13 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    Another 4 for Blundell

    Tom Blundell carries on from the last over in the same fashion. Driven for four through the covers again. The Indian bowlers are drawing Blundell into playing the drive but the batsman is winning the battle at the moment. 28/0 after 8 overs

    11:09 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    Edged but falls short of slips

    Blundell drives Bumrah for four. Leans into that shot. Umesh draws an edge off Latham but the edge does not carry to the slips. First real chance for India. 23/0 after 7 overs

    11:05 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    More control from Umesh

    Umesh, after being guilty of spraying it around a little bit in his first over, has gained more control over his line and length now. Again, Blundell tucked him away for a couple down to leg off the first ball of the over and was content to see the rest of the over out. 18/0 after 6 overs

    11:00 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    16/0 after 5 overs

    Another couple of runs with Latham tucking it down to the leg side. Bumrah and Umesh have both been on the money with the new ball but they have not unduly bothered Latham and Blundell. Anything on the pads has been pushed away for runs. 16/0 after 5 overs

    10:54 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    More runs

    Inside edge gets Blundell four runs and off the mark. Runs are coming quickly for the New Zealand side with India defending 242 in the first innings. Umesh bowls a maiden over. 14/0 after 4 overs

    10:47 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    Umesh takes the new ball

    Umesh Yadav given the new ball. He is in the side in the place of the veteran Ishant Sharma, who has reportedly aggravated his ankle injury. A leg bye off his over as well as he strays down Blundell's pads. And then there are four byes! No chance for the keeper to cut that off. Wide off Latham's leg stump. Early runs for New Zealand. 9/0 after 2 overs

    10:42 (IST)29 Feb 2020
    Bumrah starts off for India

    Bumrah bowls the first over. No Ishant Sharma today. Will be interesting to see if Shami is given the new ball or if Umesh is given new ball duties. New Zealand get their score off the mark with a leg bye run down to fine leg. Latham then tucks it away to the same area for the first runs off the bat. 4/0 after 1 over