Ghulam Fatima* 6(3); | Diana Baig 2(3);
Ama Kanchana* 2.5-0-21-0; | Shashikala Siriwardene 3-0-19-1
Stuart Broad 1(19); | (19);
Todd Astle* 16.1-5-39-3; | Neil Wagner 32-11-77-3
It's all we've got for you in our coverage from Auckland. Now switch off the lights, colour the ball red and attrition your way to Christchurch. I was Vineet Anantharaman bringing you all the pink action in the company of Rishi Roy and our scorer Naga. Yea, some moments just can't be handled singlehandedly. Until next time, ta ta!!
Stats corner: - The 50th Test between England and New Zealand, and the Blackcaps have snaffled their 10th victory against England, and their first win with the pink marshmallow. - Moeen Ali didn't have the best 50th Test, being one of the 5 Englishmen to be dismissed for a duck in the first innings, and getting out for 28 in the second. No wickets or catches for him either. - Williamson topped the list of NZ's century-makers with a balanced and chanceless 18th hundred, going past the late Martin Crowe.- Boult's five-for before drinks on Day 1 wasn't a first, but certainly worth a mention. Mind-boggling!- 6 for 32 - Career best innings figures for Trent Boult- 58 all-out - Sixth lowest score for England in Tests, their lowest score against New Zealand, and 2nd lowest ever at Eden Park, right after NZ themselves capitulated against England at this ground 63 years ago. Some payback huh?- 93 minutes:The total duration of England's first innings :O. Approximately a football match + injury-time.- Special mention: And then, there are things that stats can't quite measure. Something beyond numbers. Two supercalifragilisticexpialidocious catches from Kane Williamson, the first one of Broad in the first innings, and the second (less athletic but more crucial) one of Bairstow this morning to break his partnership with Stokes.
(2/2): We knew that the new ball was coming and wanted to build up pressure from both ends. When we got wickets it was after periods of pressure. It was great to come out in the final session, under a great crowd and the guys were brilliant throughout, but we need to ensure that we back it up in the next game. Todd (Astle) got a bit of turn, he had to bide his time because with the pink ball you are bound to get some seam movement and he showed a lot of patience. Wagner kept telling me 'just one more' after every over and he showed tremendous energy. But it's important we recover well from this game and adapt to different conditions, especially with the red ball in the next match.
Kane Williamson, New Zealand skipper (1/2): It was a fantastic performance from us. If we go back to that first innings we were very good in the lengths we bowled. But we were also lucky to find the edges on all those occasions. Trent was fantastic with the lengths he bowled and so was Tim. We knew we had to work hard against a quality English attack and that showed in the second innings. They fought very hard and they showed how tough an opponent they are when they batted in the second innings. You try and make the best call you can at the toss but you need to make the most out of the opportunity. We were very good in executing things in that department. To see their determination with the bat, despite it be slow moving was a superb effort because the bowling was really good. To get the score we wanted on the board was a just what we were asking for. Henry Nicholls was just outstanding. His commitment to his plan, the way he thought through and executed it was world class. We knew we had to come out and play the long game; didn't want to get too ahead of ourselves.
Joe Root, England skipper: We weren't good enough on day one, as simple as that. It's never easy getting back into Test matches after a start like that; we have to learn some lessons quickly. It is difficult to single anything out, more than anything it is just that we have to adapt quicker. The character of the dressing room and the efforts today was a great example of the guys' determination and their desire to play for the country. [On his finger] It is good and should be fine for Christchurch. We need to make sure that we are better, we have a couple of days of practice as we go into it and need to make the most of it.
Trent Boult, MoM: Obviously a great finish to the match. I guess you feel great when we got the ball moving around like the way we did. We know how important it is to get twenty wickets, and the way the guys stuck around and got those wickets is what makes it all the more significant. The wicket was definitely slower today than I thought and the ball didn't do as much. At different times the ball moves around differently and if can see it consistently moving around from a bowling point of view it surely helps. To see a couple bounce more than expected definitely got my tail up. To get the job done with a bit of time surely feels good.
Neil Wagner, the Kiwi workhorse: Trying to not think too much about it. Very special feeling. Had to take it deep. Tried to get the game into the night under lights. The ball wasn't doing too much. But the boys did well. The catches were brilliant today. Catches win matches, I suppose. We've done a lot of practice catching pink balls under lights. I'd love to thank the crowd. There are a lot of variables with the pink ball, but we are accustomed to it by now. I summon my strength for the team and the country, and I'm happy that we have come out victorious today. We'd like to summon our energy with a good night's rest and get back to business (practice) tomorrow.
If it was Boult in the first innings, today was Neil Wagner. There are somethings that make you fear for your life, his bouncers are one such thing. In a tireless spell, he started off with Stokes, right at the stroke of dinner and then went on to get Woakes with the stuff of dreams. Not to forget his brute to Joe Root yesterday that triggered everything. But all said and done, take that 58-run collapse out of the equation and we could have been staring at a dull drag. Stay on, the presentations coming up.
19:55 local: Raw emotional scenes .. so not Kiwi-like. They exhult, jump around in the huddle and celebrate their moment of history - the first ever D-N Test match on New Zealand soil. Thank England though for almost dragging it into the final hour. Who'd have imagined the fightback, from batsmen with reputations of aggression to nearly three sessions, against the old ball, against the new one, against practically everyone. They eventually ended up ninety minutes short. If only a rain break had been longer ..
Todd Astle to Anderson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
James Anderson, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Two slips, gully, leg-gully, silly point, short leg
Wagner to Woakes, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Shin pads and a helmet come out. Silly point in now.
So the 'leadership group' is out there. What's the plan .. a change from the bouncer strategy? The over-rates aren't being helped either.
Change in angle - round the wicket
Two men on the hook. Apart from a short leg, a slip and a gully
A slip and a short leg
The dive from Broad to get back in the crease off the first ball of this over appears to have sliced his finger. Tablets, band aids, spray, a drink, bring them all.
The sun is going down here .. going down on England. The outfield spreads out.
Stuart Broad, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Todd Astle to Craig Overton, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Another ball change. Chunks flying off it everywhere. No, don't use any sort of tape - change it instead.
From round the wicket now
Craig Overton, right-handed bat, comes to the crease
Right, a slip, a gully and a short leg. Thee bouncers?
18.55 local: Just the perfect recipe for things to get threatening for a heart patient. If only Stokes had been around .. Given how the final overs of the last three sessions have been, with each of Root, Moeen and Stokes falling, history asks us to believe in another.
18:24 Local Time, 10:54 IST: New Zealand go into dinner with a renewed confidence. Just 3 wickets away now, and Wagner, the workhorse has opened up the tail by dismissing Stokes, England's main man. After some good resistance by Stokes and Woakes (pity there's no Foakes :P), the former just threw it away so close to a break. That wicket makes it NZ's session. We'll back back in 40 minutes. Don't go anywhere; the final session under lights promises to be a nailbiter. I'm gonna go have a coffee. See ya soon!
Wagner to Stokes, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Reviews left: New Zealand 1 - 2 England
Todd Astle [6.0-1-21-1] is back into the attack
17:52 Local Time, 10:22 IST: Some spin, finally. Text and audio commentators, both, get their wish. Astle is back.
Stokes does seem to fear coming forward to Wagner.
Neil Wagner [20.0-6-50-1] is back into the attack
So the umpires finally listen to the complaints about the ball going out of shape. And the ball change warrants a drink.
Trent Boult [23.0-8-52-3] is back into the attack
Colin de Grandhomme [16.0-6-33-0] is back into the attack
A good deal of cloud cover seems to have settled in. A matter of time now.
Three slips and a gully
Chris Woakes, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Off we go then .. phew, twenty minutes haven't looked shorter.
16:00 Local Time, 08:30 IST: So, wickets at the stroke of breaks seem to have become the new trend in Test cricket! After being three down last night, England lost Malan to a beaut from Southee this morning. Stokes and Bairstow got stuck in and started a mini-blockathon, helped by an appalling drop by Trent Boult. However, Todd Astle, brought on after 68 overs in the innings, finally provided the breakthrough with a drag-down, courtesy another acrobatic catch by Williamson! Someone give that man a medal for being the most aerodynamic man in cricket. Finally, just as runs had started to flow after a dull first half of the session, Moeen Ali was trapped in front by a beaut by Boult and it took a fantastic review by NZ to get rid of him. We'll catch you on the flip side of tea while you get some refills on your snacks. See ya soon!
Boult to Moeen Ali, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Tim Southee [19.0-3-59-1] is back into the attack
Southee will take the cherry along with Boult.
Trent Boult [18.0-7-34-2] is back into the attack
Kane Williamson, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Slip and forward short leg in
Two left-handers out there, so not too much of a surprise that KW, the skipper, has brought himself on for some off-break.
A yorker here please! Mo is hanging on the back foot...
Slip, forward short leg and leg-slip in.
Moeen still on a pair. Wagner round the wicket now, 2nd slip now comes across to leg-slip.
Moeen Ali, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Moeen in his 50th Test: On a pair, and no wickets. Not exactly a dream!
Todd Astle to Bairstow, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Still can't believe Boult dropped that :O. Boult!
Fly slip and wide leg-slip in
Wagner, round the wicket to Stokes.
Slip and backward short leg for Bairstow
Todd Astle, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Todd Astle! Finally, after 68 overs, some leg-break. Slip and forward short leg in.
Last 10 overs: 4 runs, 8 maidens.
And they're done rehydrating. Back to the blockathon. This promises to be a bore. Hope Astle is brought on soon. For now CdG continues from round the wicket.
And drinks with that. So these two have been impressive. Leaving, ducking, blocking with ease. Another two and a half sessions of the same would do.
Neil Wagner [10.0-2-32-1] is back into the attack
Colin de Grandhomme [10.0-1-31-0] is back into the attack
A fly slip, a fly leg-slip
Jonny Bairstow, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Southee to Malan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
A silly mid-on is in
A chunk of the outfield, right where Boult gets into his jump has appeared to have become loose. The medicine - the massive sledge-hammer
Tim Southee [13.0-1-40-0] is back into the attack
The Kiwis have it simpler. Given the form Boult and Southee are in, and the pitch that's started to misbehave, they should fancy those seven wickets. "Todd Astle could come into play later on in the day, there are a few footmarks outside the left-hander's off-stump and he could be the threat," reckons Mark Richardon in his pitch report. We're minutes away.
13.10 local: It started with a record collapse. It went into a regulation fab-four member century. Rain took over. And stayed for longer. Root came out on a mission - to survive elegantly. He almost ticked the first box, until that brute from Boult. Right then .. in another afternoon where the rains have stayed away, England have a mountain to climb. These two-match series never help, a loss here would mean the series can't be theirs. They need to bring out a gear the earlier generation was famed to possess.
20:32 local -- Stumps: Oh this spell. To imagine something to top his fiery six-fer in the first innings, but this end of the day burst is something else. Root, stayed dodgy, he stayed firm, but was never comfortable facing these bouncers. And in the process he's ensured that his century conversion ratio gets further staggered. To be fair, batting out four and a half sessions against this bowling attack was never going to be easy. It looks all the more improbable now without perhaps their best bet. A rewind of that 2013 reguard could be the best thing they watch before coming out tomorrow. We'll see you then, half an hour earlier than usual. On behalf of all of us out here, ta ta!!
Boult to Root, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
The physio comes out. The magic spray ain't working either. The ice pack is a couple of balls away. So two bouncers are coming.
Neil Wagner [9.0-2-30-1] is back into the attack
Starts round the wicket. A short leg, leg-gully, a fly slip and a regular gully in place.
Root gets a belt of sorts. Some sort of cramps perhaps. He has 26 minutes of defences to play out tonight.
Two slips. One gully.
Tim Southee [10.0-0-31-0] is back into the attack
Trent Boult [8.0-4-18-1] is back into the attack
Dawid Malan, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Drinks! A wicket just at the stroke of drinks and Kiwis will be pumped up again. For the last hour or so, the crowd will be behind the hosts and that makes this contest even more interesting and captivating.
Wagner to Stoneman, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
17 overs have been bowled in the final session of the day and both batsmen have looked untroubled. Still 21 overs left in the day, but can Root and Stoneman continue with their grit?
Neil Wagner, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Colin de Grandhomme [1.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack
Looking solid, are these two batsmen since the break. Skipper Root especially!
We're back for the third and final session of day 4 folks. Playing under lights wouldn't be easy at all, especially against the swing kings. It'll seam, it'll swing. How long will England last? Not for long, if Boult and Southee find their rhythm right. Here we go!
18:21 Local Time, 10:51 IST: Time for dinner! So a fairly quick-moving session. Some quick scoring by the versatile and adaptible Nicholls towards the end to get NZ a lead of 369. When England were sent in to bat, the pitch seemed to contain the devils that were asleep when Nicholls was ramping and maneuvering his way to 145*. Cook lost his wicket to a terrible delivery down leg side, and the two batsmen out there have been beaten multiple times. They've managed to stay out there though, and in the cold air of the night, it'll be fun to watch the ball swing around. Go have your respective meals, and join us in 40 minutes. See ya soon :)!
Colin de Grandhomme, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Joe Root, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Root on a pair! As are four other Englishmen. Here we go...
Boult to Cook, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Cook and Stoneman are at the crease. Cook is on strike. Boult will open the attack