New Zealand in India, 2 Test Series, 2021

India vs New Zealand - 1st Test

Venue: Green Park, Kanpur

Date: 25 November-29 November, 2021

New Zealand 165/9

RR: 1.68 | India drew with New Zealand

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So, that is it from the first Test! It went down to the wire. In the end, there was no result possible and that was probably the right result. The action now moves to Mumbai for the second and the final Test. That game begins on the 3rd of December, it starts at 9:30 am local (4 am GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

Shreyas Iyer is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH! He says that if they had won the game, it would have been icing on the cake. Adds that his mindset was to face as many deliveries as possible and the situation demanded that he curb his attacking instincts. Credits Ashwin and Saha for the way they batted and that he is proud of getting out of a difficult situation to put a big total for New Zealand to chase. Mentions that New Zealand got off to a great start on Day 5 but once they got a sniff, the bowlers decided to attack.

The Indian skipper, Ajinkya Rahane, says they tried their best, it was a good game, New Zealand played well. Adds he is proud of how they came back in the second innings, especially the pacers, they bowled really well. Mentions they were looking to bowl 5 to 6 overs on Day 4, they needed that partnership between Saha and Axar as they lost a lot of wickets at the start. Adds the conversation with the umpires was about the lights and he feels the call made by the umpires was right. States he felt the spinners had a key role to play on this wicket and it was all about rotating the bowlers and they bowled really well. Credits Iyer for the way he played and he is really happy for him.

Kane Williamson, the skipper of New Zealand, says that with the light it has been touch and go throughout the game. Adds that his team hung in there and did not give up. Says that all three results were possible on the final day and India have a great bowling attack but his team hung in there. Adds that players like William Somerville and Rachin Ravindra had a great experience in this game. Mentions that the two pacers who played were outstanding and the batters too adjusted really well against the Indian attack. Says that it was a great experience and the batters would look to make more adjustments moving forward in the series.

Stay tuned for the presentation.

Ravichandran Ashwin says they were keeping things under control and were bowling in good areas, they knew if they got time, they would cause problems but the light was going to be an issue and they knew it. States Test cricket is really hard, you need to want it, there is a lot of hard work and he enjoys the format. States the runs, the wickets won't really matter, it is the memories that will and he wants to take some good memories. Adds the wicket was good and it played well, Ravindra played really well and so did Ajaz Patel and he hopes people enjoyed the game.

Entering Day 5, an Indian win looked most likely. The Kiwis too knew it was going to be an uphill task to chase this down. Their approach was to save the Test throughout the day and they managed to do by just. A hard-fought draw and probably the right result to a game that was a spectacle.

India had a decent lead of 49 runs but their second innings did not start as per plan and they found themselves at 51 for 5. But it was Shreyas Iyer once again who saved the team. He scored a fifty and bailed them out. Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel and Wriddhiman Saha, who also scored a fifty made sure that New Zealand had a pretty huge total to chase down in just over a day.

New Zealand started their reply brilliantly though. Will Young and Tom Latham were superb with their opening stand and both scored their fifties. They were unfortunate to miss out on their tons, but it was due to their efforts that New Zealand got close to India's total as the middle order did not contribute much. It was no surprise that the Indian spinners ruled the roost as they shared 9 wickets between them with Axar Patel getting a 5-wicket haul.

Earlier in the game, it was Shreyas Iyer who was the hero for India in the first innings. The rest of the batters did get starts but it was Iyer who bailed them out from a tough situation and got them to a respectable score. As far as the bowling is concerned, Tim Southee was the start as he took a 5-wicket haul and demolished the Indian middle order early on Day 2.

But the Indian spinners ruled the roost post Tea. Axar Patel started things off by taking the wicket of Henry Nicholls and that triggered a collapse. Ravindra Jadeja was the main bowler in the last session though as his 3 wickets in that session put India just 1 wicket away from a memorable victory. But nature had different plans and bad light denied them a victory.

The Kiwis did lose Will Young in their chase but William Somerville and Tom Latham were very impressive with the way they batted. New Zealand did not lose a single wicket in the first session of Day 5 and there would have been plenty of nerves in the Indian camp. But after Lunch, things turned around. Somerville fell and Latham too had to walk back to the hut. They received another big blow in the form of Ross Taylor just before Tea and Kane Williamson was the lone man standing.

Phew, what a finish! What a finish! New Zealand have saved the Test by the barest of margins here. It looked like India would seal this one but the light hasn't worked in their favour. Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel would have had their hearts in the mouth in the last half hour of play but they have managed to save this Test!

Stopped for bad light! Not called off yet. Not called off. But we have stopped for bad light. If the light improves, we can resume again. There are handshakes in the New Zealand camp already but there are another 11 minutes of play possible though! Well, well, I think they are calling it off! YUP, PLAY CALLED OFF! Kane Williamson walks out with his side and there are handshakes all around! What a nail-biting finish! THE FIRST TEST ENDS IN A DRAW!

97.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Patel has negotitaed the six balls well! This lands on off and turns back in. Defended.

Rahane has a word with Jadeja before the final ball.

97.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Changes to over the wicket and fires it on off, Patel does manage to keep it out.
97.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, From around the wicket now, lands it on middle, gets it to hold its line. Defended.
97.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, On middle, blocked. Slightly fuller and it is negotiated well.
97.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Really well played in the end! This lands outside off, stays low and turns back in. Ajaz does well to get his bat down in time and work it on the leg side.
97.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Flatter and on off, Patel blocks.

Another light reading here. This is the last of the minimum overs of the day. Needless to say, the batter is surrounded by fielders all around him.

96.6
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Full and on the middle stump. Rachin Ravindra blocks and survives!
96.5
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Full and on off. Rachin Ravindra blocks it.
96.4
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Loopy ball, on off. Blocked out.
96.3
4
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, FOUR! JUST WIDE! Flatter ball, on middle and leg. Rachin Ravindra works it just wide of leg slip and gets a boundary.
96.2
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Shorter ball, on off. Ravindra comes forward and blocks it.
96.1
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Flatter ball, around off. Blocked out.
95.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ajaz Patel, NOT OUT! That has pitched outside leg! It was a review more in hope! Patel looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal but turned down. A review is taken. Replays show that the on-field call is the right one.

Review time! India take a review for LBW! Pitching might be an issue here. PITCHING OUTSIDE LEG!

95.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ajaz Patel, Slower through the air and on middle, Ajaz negotiates it. One ball to go for him to play out.
95.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ajaz Patel, The carom ball now, it lands outside off and turns back in. Ajaz Patel somehow keeps it out.
95.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ajaz Patel, Flatter and on off, Patel lunges to defend, this lands and turns away a little. Goes off the outer half but lands safe on the off side.
95.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ajaz Patel, Floats it up on middle, Patel lunges and keeps it out.
95.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ajaz Patel, Loopy ball on middle, Patel defends it nicely.

Another chat between the umpires. The on-air commentators are saying that it has gotten a bit brighter now! The sun has now come out of the clouds and that has helped India in this situation.

94.6
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Floats it up on off, Rachin Ravindra prods forward and plays it to mid on.
94.5
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, On off, kept out.
94.4
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, BEATEN! This lands outside off and goes on with the arm. Rachin Ravindra looks to defend inside the line but is beaten.
94.3
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Quicker and on off, Rachin Ravindra hangs back and defends.
94.2
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Very full and on off, Rachin Ravindra plays it back to the bowler.
94.1
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Flatter and on off, defended.

The umpires are having a chat with Rahane. The Indian skipper was not happy about something but we seem to be okay to continue for now. They will definitely take a reading once this over ends.

93.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Could have been two but no run taken! On off, it turns back in. Patel looks to defend but it goes off the inner half through square leg.
93.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Two done, one to go in this over now. Outside off, he pushes it through covers. There is a single on offer but not taken.
93.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Does play one out! On off, Patel negotiates it well.
93.3
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Outside off, Rachin pushes it through point for one. Patel now has three balls to play out.
93.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Solid again! Flatter and on off, Ravindra stays back and blocks it out.
93.1
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Outside off, Patel looks to defend, he does so inside the line, it goes off the outer half towards third man for one.

These two batters are taking their time while having a chat between overs.

92.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Well played! Another over goes by! On the pads, Ravindra manages to keep it out.
92.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Comes from over the wicket now and lands it on the pads, RR once again blocks it nicely.
92.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Better! Drags his length back a little but this one goes on with the arm. Defended.
92.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, And again! Gives it a lot of flight but bowls it way too full, easily kept out.
92.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Ashwin just has not got it right! Once again, way too full, Ravindra defends it.
92.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Floats it up on off, blocked.

Umpires checking the light now. But we will continue. Anyway, Rahane is not going to throw the ball to any of the pacers.

91.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Patel keeps it out easily! On off, Patel is solid in defense.
91.5
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, A single! Patel has one ball to negotiate! On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
91.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Flatter and on off, Ravindra hangs back and keeps it out.
91.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, On off, blocked.
91.2
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Ajaz Patel gets off strike! Outside off, this is guided through point for one.
91.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, On middle, defended.
90.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Again, very full and on the pads, it is worked to square leg.
90.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Another one way too full, easily played onto the ground.
90.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Another one floated up on middle, Rachin blocks.
90.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Tosses it up on middle, Rachin Ravindra keeps it out.
90.2
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Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Flatter and on the pads, it is defended.
90.1
2
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Two! On the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for two.
89.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Flatter and on middle, it is kept out.
89.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, On off, defended.
89.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, On off, Patel pushes it to covers.
89.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, On off, blocked.

Ajaz Patel is the last batter.

Review. Tim Southee has reviewed this LBW decision. No bat and three reds on Ball Tracker!

89.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tim Southee, OUT! THREE REDS! Jadeja has his 4th and India are just the one wicket away now. Southee was halfway back towards the pavillion when he saw the replay. That was dead. This lands on middle and then straightens. Southee hangs back and looks to defend. It goes past the outside edge and hits the back pad. Jadeja is celebrating as he appeals. The finger is raised. Southee reviews and replays show that New Zealand lose yet another review. India can now sniff a win here.
89.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tim Southee, On middle, Southee manages to keep it out.

Tim Southee has a word with the umpire about the light.

88.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Another one which does not bounce! This lands on off and then turns away and also stays very low. Rachin Ravindra hangs back and looks to defend, it hits the pad and rolls towards the slip. He got outside the line of off.
88.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, This one drifts into the pads, Rachin works it to mid-wicket.
88.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, On middle, Rachin works it to the left of the bowler.
88.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Loopy ball on off, blocked.
88.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, On middle, Ravindra gets right behind the line and defends. Really solid from the debutant.
88.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Close! This one comes back in, like an inswinger from outside off. Rachin leaves it alone. It goes close past the off pole.
87.6
4
Ravindra Jadeja to Tim Southee, FOUR! This one is fired on the pads, Tim looks to defend but it goes off the inner half down to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
87.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tim Southee, Down the leg side, left alone.
87.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tim Southee, Quicker and on middle, kept out.
87.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tim Southee, On off, Southee guides it to point.
87.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tim Southee, Angled into the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.
87.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tim Southee, Very full and on middle, this is jammed out to the bowler.
86.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, On middle, blocked.
86.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, FOUR BYES! This one keeps really low! This lands on off and then turns away. It beats the outside edge of the bat as Rachin Ravindra tries to defend. Stays very low and goes between the legs of the keeper for a boundary in the third man region.
86.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Shorter and on off, this is pushed to covers.
86.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Flatter and on the stumps, Ravindra keeps it out.
86.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, On middle, defended.
86.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Floats it up on off, this is pushed to mid off.

Tim Southee walks out to bat.

85.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Jamieson, OUT! LBW! There goes another one. India just the two wickets away. The second new ball does the trick! This is flatter and on middle, it lands and then turns away. Kyle Jamieson lunges forward to defend but does so inside the line. It goes past the outside edge and hits the back pad. A huge appeal and the finger is raised. Kyle Jamieson knew he has out and he just started to walk back.
85.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Jamieson, Shortish and on off, it is pushed to covers.
85.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Jamieson, This one is angled into the pads, Kyle Jamieson looks to flick but misses.
85.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Jamieson, Fires it on middle, Kyle Jamieson keeps it out.
85.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Jamieson, Half an appeal but turned down! Fires it on the pads, Kyle Jamieson looks to defend, there are two noises but it seems like it is bat on pad.
85.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Jamieson, Flatter and on off, defended.
84.6
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Dropped! Loopy ball, on the pads. Kyle Jamieson looks to work it away but gets the inside edge on the pads. Pujara is late to react at short leg and the ball goes past him. A very, very tough chance to be honest.
84.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Loopy ball, on off. Blocked out.
84.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Shorter ball, on off. Blocked out.
84.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Carrom ball! It lands on off and goes away. Kyle Jamieson is stuck to his crease while looking to block. The ball goes past the outside edge.
84.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Shorter ball, on off. It keeps low but Kyle Jamieson gets his bat on it.
84.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Loopy ball, on the pads. Blocked out.

FINALLY! The second new ball has been taken!

83.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Fuller and on off. Rachin Ravindra goes back and blocks it.
83.5
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Jamieson, Full and on off. Kyle Jamieson pushes it past point for one.
83.4
2
Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Jamieson, Shorter ball, around off. Pushed past covers for a couple.
83.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Jamieson, Flatter ball, on off. It stays very low but Kyle Jamieson goes back and blocks.
83.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Jamieson, Past short leg! Kyle Jamieson gets forward to defend but gest the inside edge past short leg.
83.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kyle Jamieson, Loopy ball, on off. Blocked out.

DRINKS! This is turning out to be a nail-biting finish here! Just the three wickets needed and there are over 10 overs to go. The second new ball is available but not taken yet. The pitch has started to play tricks a lot more than we have seen in this game. The Indian bowlers are bowling well but Rachin Ravindra and Kyle Jamieson are up to the task so far. India though know another wicket here and they can surely get the remaining two quickly. For New Zealand, a lot depends on this pair. An exciting one hour or so remains.

82.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Beaten! Fuller ball, just outside off. Ravindra looks to block but the ball stays low and goes past the bat. Another over goes by.
82.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Nicely tossed up, outside off. Ravindra gets forward and then leaves it.
82.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Loopy ball, on leg. Ravindra gets forward to block it.
82.3
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Loopy ball, on the pads. Worked down to long on for one.
82.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Shorter ball, on off. Kyle Jamieson goes back and blocks it.
82.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Fuller ball, on middle. Kyle Jamieson gets the inside edge but to the right of short leg.
81.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Shorter ball, outside off. It comes in but not enough and is left alone.
81.5
4
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, FOUR! Past first slip! Tossed up, outside off. Ravindra gets forward to defend but gets the outside edge. The man at first slip dives but cannot get to the ball. It races to the fence.
81.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Fuller ball, on off. Pushed to covers.
81.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Shorter ball, lands outside off and comes back in. Rachin Ravindra goes back and blocks it.
81.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Loopy ball, around off. A solid front foot defence by Ravindra.
81.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Fuller ball, outside off. Ravindra gets forward to block it.
80.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Kyle Jamieson goes back and blocks this one. One more over negotiated.
80.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Tossed up, on the pads. Kyle Jamieson blocks it out.
80.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Shorter ball, outside off. Kyle Jamieson taps it to cover.
80.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Full ball, on off. Pushed back to the bowler.
80.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Shorter ball, on off. Blocked out.
80.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Tossed up, outside off. Kyle Jamieson leaves it alone.
79.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Floats it up on off, blocked.
79.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, On middle, defended.
79.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Vicious turn now! This lands outside off and spins back in a lot. Rachin Ravindra looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. HIgh on the pads we should say.
79.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Fires it on middle, defended.

Rachin Ravindra has reviewed this LBW decision. No bat on that. But the impact is outside off.

79.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, NOT OUT! THE IMPACT IS OUTSIDE OFF! The New Zealand will camp will breathe a huge sigh of releif. Ravindra survives. He is the last recognized batter. However, this is not a wicket which you should be playing back but the good thing is, he got his pads outside the line of off. This is flatter and outside off, spins back in sharply and also stays low. Ravnidra stays back and looks to defend but it sneaks under the bat and hits the pad. An appeal and the finger is raised. Rachin Ravindra reviews and replays show that the on-field call has to be overturned.
79.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, On off, Rachin keeps it out.
78.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, A dot to end! A wicket-maiden! On off, Kyle is solid in defense.
78.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Loopy ball on off, Kyle Jamieson stays back and pushes it to mid off.
78.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Another one tossed up on off, defended.
78.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kyle Jamieson, Floats it up on middle, blocked.

Kyle Jamieson is the next batter.

78.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Blundell, OUT! TIMBER! That is one of the strangest dismissals seen! Blundell can consider himself a tad unlucky. India won't care though as they are now in the bowling all-rounders. Just the three wickets away now with over 15 overs left. This is an off spinner. It lands on off and turns back in. Blundell looks to defend, it hits the inner half, lands beside him but on a footmark, it spins back onto the stumps and clips the leg bail. He can't believe what has just happened. Shakes his head as he walks back. Just like the first innings, he was looking solid but falls in an unfortunate manner.
78.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Blundell, On middle, it is worked to mid-wicket.
77.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, A maiden from Jadeja! On middle, defended.
77.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, On middle, Rachin Ravindra negotiates it.
77.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Again, darts it on the stumps, Ravindra gets his bat down in time.
77.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Fires it on middle, kept out.
77.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Flatter and quicker outside off, this one goes on with the arm. Rachindra looks to defend but does so inside the line, he is beaten.
77.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, On off, turns back in a little. Blocked.

Review time! India have taken the review for LBW. No bat on that but it is going down the leg stumps!

76.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Blundell, NOT OUT! It is spinning down leg! We felt that would be the case! This lands outside off and then turns back in. Blundell looks to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. A huge appeal but turned down. After a long chat, Rahane reviews. Replays show that India lose a review.
76.5
3
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Three more! Angled into the pads, this is worked through mid-wiket for three.
76.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Slightly fuller and on middle, Racin prods forward and keeps it out.
76.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Angled into the pads, RR works it to square leg.
76.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Gives it air and on middle, defended.
76.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Rachin Ravindra, Flatter and on middle, Rachin stands back and blocks.
75.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, A round-arm action this time, it is delivered on middle, defended.
75.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, Relentless stuff! Continues to attack the middle pole, Blundell is solid in defense.
75.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, Another one on the stumps, Blundell manages to block it.
75.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, On off, Blundell pushes it to covers.
75.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, Yet again on the stumps, blocked.
75.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, Darts it on middle, defended.
74.6
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Floats it up on off, Ravindra plays it to mid on.
74.5
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Quicker and fuller on middle, blocked.
74.4
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Another one on middle, Ravindra leans forward and keeps it out.
74.3
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, On the stumps, Rachin keeps it out with ease.
74.2
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.
74.1
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Gives it a little air and lands it on off, defended.
73.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, On off, Blundell gets right behind the line and defends.
73.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, Angled in on middle, Tom negotiates it with ease.
73.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, On the stumps, kept out.
73.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, Another one on middle, Blundell keeps it out.
73.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, Flatter and on middle, Tom hangs back and lets it be.
73.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, Outside off, left alone.
72.6
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, FOUR BYES! That has taken off! It lands in the rough outside off, pitches and then spins and bounces back in sharply. Ravindra leaves it. The keeper does not get his gloves high up in time and it goes to the fine leg fence.
72.5
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Shorter and on off, Ravindra pushes it to covers.

Patel has two short legs in place for Rachin Ravindra.

72.4
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Gives it air and lands it on middle, it is played back to the bowler.
72.3
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Floats it up on off, Ravindra defends.
72.2
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, On the stumps, yet another defensive stroke. The keeper in hindi says all they are doing is blocking and rightly so.
72.1
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Floats it up on off, Rachin blocks.
71.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, Solid again! On middle, Blundell leans forward and keeps it out.
71.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, On middle, Blundell blocks.
71.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, Good turn there! This lands around leg and then holds its line. Blundell looks to work it on the leg side but it goes off the leading edge, a soft one to gully.
71.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, On off, Blundell prods forward and keeps it out.

Slip, a kneeling gully and a silly point in place.

71.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, Angled into the pads, Blundell works it to square leg.
71.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Blundell, Flatter and on off, Blundell lunges and defends it solidly.
70.6
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, From around the wicket now, this is bowled on middle, Ravindra is solid in defense.
70.5
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Another one tossed up nicely, it lands on off, Ravindra pushes it to covers.
70.4
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Loopy delivery and on off, Rachin opens the face of the bat and guides it to point.
70.3
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Tosses it up on off, Ravindra defends it.
70.2
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Slightly shorter and on off, it is pushed to covers.
70.1
0
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Flatter and on off, RR goes back and blocks.
69.6
3
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Tossed up, outside off. Ravindra gets the outside edge while looking to block. The ball runs past first slip and the batters take three before the fielder cuts it off.
69.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Shorter ball, outside off. Left alone.
69.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Flatter ball, outside off. It goes straight with the angle. Ravindra gets across to block but gets beaten.
69.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Shorter again, outside off. Ravindra goes back and blocks it.
69.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Shorter ball, around off. Blocked out.

Rachin Ravindra walks out to bat! It is Jadeja who got him in the first innings and he will be facing him here first up.

69.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, OUT! LBW! SUPERSTAR JADEJA DOES IT! He gets the biggest wicket for India! Shorter ball, around off. It comes in with the angle. No spin whatsoever. The trick here is that it stays very, very low. Kane Williamson decides to go back and that proves his undoing. The ball hits him on the pads and Ravindra Jadeja brings out the celebrappeal! The umpire has no doubt and raises the finger.
68.6
0
Axar Patel to Tom Blundell, A solid defence off the front foot to end the over.
68.5
0
Axar Patel to Tom Blundell, Flatter ball, on off. Blocked out.
68.4
0
Axar Patel to Tom Blundell, Beaten again! Angled, just outside off. Blundell gets forward but the ball goes past the outside edge.
68.3
0
Axar Patel to Tom Blundell, Kept low! Tossed up, outside off. Blundell goes forward to block but the ball turns away and keeps low to beat the outside edge.
68.2
0
Axar Patel to Tom Blundell, Full and on off. Blundell puts in a good stride and blocks it.
68.1
0
Axar Patel to Tom Blundell, Loopy ball, around off. Blundell drives it to covers.
67.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Flatter ball, around off. Tapped to point.
67.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Fuller ball, on off. Kane Williamson pushes it straight to the newly-place silly point.

Silly point is in place now. 

67.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Fuller ball, on off. Blocked out.
67.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Back to defending it nicely is Kane Williamson.
67.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Beauty! Jadeja bowls this a bit shorter, on off. Williamson doesn't get the biggest stride as he looks to block. The ball turns sharply and goes past the outside edge.
67.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Flatter ball, on off. Blocked out.
66.6
0
Axar Patel to Tom Blundell, Flatter ball, on off. It stays low as Blundell goes back. But he gets low enough to block it.
66.5
0
Axar Patel to Tom Blundell, Fuller and on the pads. Blundell gets forward and taps it to short leg.
66.4
0
Axar Patel to Tom Blundell, Fuller ball, on off. Blocked out.
66.3
0
Axar Patel to Tom Blundell, Flatter ball, on off. Tom blocks it right under his eyes.
66.2
0
Axar Patel to Tom Blundell, Tom Blundell puts in a nice stride and blocks it well.
66.1
0
Axar Patel to Tom Blundell, Fuller and on the pads. Tapped to short leg.
65.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Shorter ball, around off. Kane goes back and works it to the off side.
65.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Fuller and a bit slower, on off. Kane Williamson blocks it.
65.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Shorter ball, outside off. Pushed to point.
65.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Angled on off. Kane taps it back to Jadeja.
65.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Shorter ball, around off. Kane Williamson stays in the crease and blocks it.
65.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Fuller ball, on off. Blocked out.
64.6
0
Axar Patel to Tom Blundell, Loopy ball, on middle. Blocked out.
64.5
2
Axar Patel to Tom Blundell, Darted on the pads. Tom Blundell works it past square leg for a couple.
64.4
0
Axar Patel to Tom Blundell, Short again, outside off. Pushed to mid on.
64.3
0
Axar Patel to Tom Blundell, Shorter ball, on off. Blundell blocks it from the crease.
64.2
0
Axar Patel to Tom Blundell, Fuller ball, on off. Blocked out.

Review time! Henry Nicholls has reviewed this but he looks out. No bat on that. OUT IT IS!

64.1
0
Axar Patel to Henry Nicholls, OUT! LBW! DEAD STRAIGHT! Patel starts the session with a big wicket! Tossed up, on off. The ball goes pretty much straight after landing. Nicholls plays for a bit of turn and blocks down the wrong line. The ball goes onto hit his pads right in front of the stumps and the finger goes up! The review is taken in hope but there is no bat on that the ball is crashing on the stumps. Tom Blundell walks out to bat.

Axar Patel to continue from the other end.

63.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Quicker and outside off. Kane Williamson watches as Srikar Bharat collects this.
63.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Tossed up, outside off. Kane Williamson gets forward and blocks it.
63.4
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Henry Nicholls, Shorter ball, on middle and leg. Worked to square leg for a single. Nicholls is off the mark.
63.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Henry Nicholls, Shorter ball, outside off. Henry Nicholls goes back and blocks it.
63.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Henry Nicholls, Fuller ball, on middle and leg. Nicholls blocks this with ease.

We are back for the final session! Henry Nicholls will join Kane Williamson in the middle. Ravindra Jadeja will finish his over. Here comes the last session...

... DAY 5, SESSION 3 ...

Three wickets is what New Zealand have lost in this session and they will be pretty disappointed. Somerville fell on the very first ball after the Lunch break. Latham and Williamson then fought hard but Ashwin got rid of the left-hander. Williamson and Taylor then began the blockathon and it seemed like the Kiwis would head into Tea three down but then Jadeja struck gold. A lot will depend on Williamson now, he needs to hang in there, probably till the end. Can the others handle the pressure? An exciting last session awaits so do join us at 2:30 pm Local (9 am GMT) for the same!

A wicket right at the stroke of Tea has changed things! A draw looked the most likely result when Williamson and Taylor were there but that has now changed, India are into the middle order of the Kiwis which can be termed as fragile and they have just over 30 overs. The hosts would surely fancy their chances especially with the new ball around the corner. The key is, they need to be patient and just hit the right lines and lengths.

63.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, OUT! LBW! Ravindra Jadeja strikes just at the stroke of Tea and it is Ross Taylor who walks back to the hut! He never looked comfortable out in the middle and his struggle against left-arm spinners continues. Jadeja bowls it quicker through the air and lands it around off, the ball goes on with the angle. Taylor gets forward to block but he misses and gets trapped in front. Jadeja puts in an appeal and the umpire raises his finger in no time! Huge wicket this for India as New Zealand lose their fourth wicket. That will be Tea on Day 5!
62.6
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Floated, around leg. Kane Williamson looks to sweep but gets the toe end towards mid-wicket.
62.5
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Tossed up, around leg. Kane Williamson gets to the pitch of the ball and blocks it out.
62.4
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Tossed up, down leg. Kane Williamson prods but does not offer any shot.
62.3
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Patel spills this one down leg. Kane Williamson misses his sweep.
62.2
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Floated, on a length, around leg. Williamson blocks it with ease.
62.1
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Tossed up, around middle. Kane Williamson defends it out.
61.6
2
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, Ross Taylor is off the mark! Darted on the pads, Taylor clips it behind square on the leg side and collects a couple.
61.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, Tossed up, on a length, around middle. Ross Taylor tucks it to mid-wicket.
61.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, Loopy ball, outside off. Taylor drives it straight back to the bowler.
61.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, Fuller in length, outside off. Ross Taylor drives it to mid off.
61.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, An appeal for LBW but the umpire is unmoved! Flatter ball, coming in with the angle from middle. Ross Taylor looks to defend but misses and gets hit on his pad. Probably it was going down leg.
61.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, Tossed up, around off. Ross Taylor presses forward to defend.
60.6
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Tossed up, outside off. Kane Williamson defends it off the front foot.
60.5
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Just a tad short, outside off. Kane Williamson punches it to cover. Ross Taylor wanted a single but was rightly sent back by Williamson.
60.4
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Tossed up, on a length, around off. Kane Williamson keeps it out.
60.3
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Flatter ball, around off. Kane Williamson dabs it into the deck.
60.2
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Slower through the air, on a length, outside off. Kane Williamson rocks back and defends this one.
60.1
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Tossed up, outside off. Kane Williamson blocks this one out.
59.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, Fuller in length, outside off. Ross Taylor prods and drives it to cover-point.
59.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, NO BALL! BEATEN! Nicely tossed up, outside off, turning away late. Taylor looks to defend but the ball spins past his outside edge.
59.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, Flatter ball, outside off. Ross Taylor punches it to cover.
59.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, On a length, outside off. Ross Taylor blocks this one out.
59.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, Loopy ball, fuller in length, around leg. Ross Taylor nudges it to mid-wicket.
59.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, Flatter ball, darted on the pads. Taylor turns it to mid-wicket.
59.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, Tossed up, around off. Ross Taylor defends it out.
58.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, Another maiden from Ashwin! A carrom ball, on a length, outside off. Kane Williamson comes forward to defend this one.
58.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, A half-tracker from Ashwin, around middle. Kane Williamson pulls but straight to the square leg fielder.
58.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, Tossed up, fuller in length, outside off. Kane Williamson pushes it to cover.
58.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, Loopy ball, around off. Kane Williamson presses forward to block.
58.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, Flatter ball, on middle. Kane Williamson turns it to square leg.
58.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, Tossed up, on a length, around off. Kane Williamson defends it out.
57.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, Darted on the pads. Taylor works it to the leg side.
57.5
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Loopy ball, outside off. Kane Williamson pushes it to deep cover for one.
57.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Fuller ball, on off. Kane gets to the pitch of the ball and blocks it.
57.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Shorter ball, outside off. Kane Williamson gets the inside edge back on the pads while looking to block.
57.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Darted on off. Kane Williamson stays in the crease and blocks it.
57.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Flatter ball, on off. Blocked out.
56.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ross Taylor, NOT OUT! Ross Taylor survives! Ashwin errs in line and sprays this one down leg. Taylor looks to flick but misses as the ball spins down leg. Srikar Bharat behind the sticks moves quickly to his left to grab the ball. He whips the bails off and Bharat puts in an appeal! The replays suggests that it was very close than it looked like in real-time but the TV umpire decides to go in the batter's favour as he thinks that Taylor had his back foot grounded and as a result, Taylor escapes!

The TV umpire has been called in. They are checking for stumping of Kane Williamson. No bat on that as they first check UltraEdge. Kane Williamson drags his back foot in but the issue is whether his foot is in the air. But the umpire decides that it is not out.

56.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ross Taylor, Tossed up, outside off. Ross Taylor hangs back and blocks it out.
56.4
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, Loopy ball, fuller in length, around leg. Kane Williamson tucks it to wide of mid-wicket and rotates the strike.
56.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, Nicely tossed up, outside off. Kane Williamson presses forward and dabs it into the deck.
56.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, Tossed up, on a length, around middle. Kane Williamson turns it to mid-wicket.
56.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, Flatter ball, around off. Kane Williamson blocks it off the back foot.
55.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, Fuller ball, on off. Taylor pushes it to mid off.
55.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, Shorter ball, around off. Pushed to covers. No ball called as Jadeja oversteps.
55.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, Loopy ball, on off. Taylor comes forward and blocks it.
55.4
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Shorter ball, outside off. Pushed to deep point for one.
55.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Tossed up, on off. Kane Williamson comes forward and blocks it.
55.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Shorter ball, outside off. Kane taps it towards point.
55.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Loopy ball, on off. Pushed to covers.
54.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ross Taylor, Shorter ball, outside off. Taylor pushes it to point.
54.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ross Taylor, Slips one down the leg side. Left alone.
54.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ross Taylor, Sharp turn! Lands outside off and comes back in sharply. Taylor gets hit on the pads and the ball lands short of first slip.
54.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ross Taylor, Loopy ball, around off. Blocked out.
54.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, OUT! BOWLED! CHOPPED ON! Shorter ball, outside off. Latham looks to push it with his feet glued to the crease. All he gets is the inside edge and the ball goes back onto the stumps! Is that the opening that gets India back in the game? We will see. We surely have an interesting phase of cricket coming up in the next couple of hours. Also, with that wicket, Ravichandran Ashwin has gone past Harbhajan Singh's tally of 417 wickets for India in Tests. Ross Taylor is the next batter.
54.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Flatter ball, on off. Blocked out by Latham.
53.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Full ball, on off. Kane Williamson puts in a nice stride to block it well.
53.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Darted on the pads. Blocked out.
53.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Tossed up, on off. Kane Williamson gets forward and blocks it.
53.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Flatter ball, around off. Tapped to first slip.
53.2
4
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, FOUR! Trademark shot of Kane Williamson! Shorter ball, outside off. He waits for it and then runs it past short third man for one.
53.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Loopy ball, on off. Blocked out.

Change. Ravindra Jadeja (6-0-11-0) is back on.

52.6
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, A single as this is pushed down to long on.
52.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, Loopy ball, on the pads. Blocked out.
52.4
2
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, Shorter ball, outside off. Pushed past covers. The man at cover chases it and keeps it to two.
52.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, Tossed up, going straight after landing on middle. Kane Williamson blocks it without any issues.
52.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, Full ball, on off. Blocked from the front foot.
52.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, Loopy ball, on the pads. Williamson works it to square leg.
51.6
0
Ishant Sharma to Tom Latham, Length ball, lands outside off and comes back in. Latham shoulders his arms to this.
51.5
0
Ishant Sharma to Tom Latham, Full ball, wide outside off. Latham won't chase this one.
51.4
0
Ishant Sharma to Tom Latham, Short of a length, outside off. Left alone.
51.3
0
Ishant Sharma to Tom Latham, Short of a length, outside off. Latham works it towards mid on.
51.2
0
Ishant Sharma to Tom Latham, On a length, outside off. Latham gets forward and blocks it.
51.1
0
Ishant Sharma to Tom Latham, Length ball, around off. Blocked out.
50.6
3
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, FIFTY FOR LATHAM! Darted on the pads. Latham works it past mid-wicket. The fielder chases it and the batters take three. What a knock by Latham though. He scored a fifty in the first innings too and has delivered yet again. The job is still not done.
50.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Shorter ball, on off. Pushed to mid on.
50.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Nicely tossed up, outside off. Latham blocks it off the front foot.
50.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Dot ball as this is pushed to covers.
50.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Tossed up, on off. Latham blocks it out.
50.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Loopy ball, on the pads. Tapped out.

Drinks! A really good show by New Zealand. Kane Williamson has joined Latham and both of them are looking quite good. It is quite clear that they are playing for a draw here so the Indian bowlers will have to work very hard for their wickets here. There is still plenty of time for them to take the remaining 8 wickets.

49.6
0
Ishant Sharma to Kane Williamson, Length ball, jagging back in from off. Williamson looks to defend but gets a bit squared up in doing so. The ball goes off the outer half of his blade towards cover.
49.5
0
Ishant Sharma to Kane Williamson, Ishant bowls it from wider of the crease and bangs it into the deck, around middle. Williamson ducks underneath.
49.4
0
Ishant Sharma to Kane Williamson, Good-length ball, angling in a bit from middle. Williamson gets behind the line of the ball to block this one.
49.3
0
Ishant Sharma to Kane Williamson, Back of a length, around off. Williamson stays back and opens the face of his bat to guide it towards backward point.
49.3
0
Ishant Sharma to Kane Williamson, NO BALL! Ishant Sharma oversteps yet again! Length ball, around off. Williamson defends it solidly off the front foot.
49.2
0
Ishant Sharma to Kane Williamson, Fuller in length, outside off, inviting the batter to drive. Kane Williamson shoulders arms to this one.
49.1
0
Ishant Sharma to Kane Williamson, Good-length ball, around off. Kane Williamson stays back to defend it from the crease.
48.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, A maiden from Ashwin! Nicely tossed up, around off. Tom Latham blocks this one solidly off the front foot.
48.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, On a length, around middle. Tom Latham blocks it watchfully off the back foot.
48.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, JAFFA! Drift, grip and turn! Tossed up, around off, turning away late. Tom Latham prods to defend but the ball spins past his blade.
48.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Tossed up, on a length, outside off. Tom Latham leaves it alone.
48.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Loopy ball, on off. Latham prods to defend it.
48.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Flatter ball, around off. Tom Latham stays back to block this one out.
47.6
0
Ishant Sharma to Kane Williamson, Length ball, around the fourth stump. Williamson defends it off the front foot.
47.5
2
Ishant Sharma to Kane Williamson, Good running! Length ball, on the pads. Williamson flicks it to wide of deep mid-wicket and comes back for the second run.
47.4
4
Ishant Sharma to Kane Williamson, FOUR! GLORIOUS! Fuller in length, outside off. Williamson presses forward and carves it past Ravindra Jadeja at mid off to collect a boundary.
47.3
0
Ishant Sharma to Kane Williamson, Good-length ball, outside off. Kane Williamson defends this one out.
47.2
0
Ishant Sharma to Kane Williamson, Length ball, sprayed down leg. Williamson misses his flick and Srikar Bharat behind the sticks moves across to his left to gather the ball.

Ishant Sharma (4-0-13-0) is back on.

47.1
0
Ishant Sharma to Kane Williamson, Good-length ball, around middle. Kane Williamson defends it solidly off the back foot.
46.6
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, Just short of the slip fielder! Ashwin tosses it up, outside off. Williamson presses forward to block yet again but it goes off the thick outside edge towards Ajinkya Rahane at first slip, on the bounce. Rahane fails to stop it cleanly and the ball goes past him. The batters take a run.
46.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, Loopy ball, on a length, outside off. KW blocks it off the front foot.
46.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Kane Williamson, Nicely tossed up, outside off. Williamson defends it out.
46.3
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Finds the gap this time! Flatter ball, darted on the pads. Latham flicks it past square leg and takes a run. New Zealand bring up their 100!
46.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Flatter ball, around middle and leg. Latham tucks it to square leg.
46.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Tossed up, on a length, on off. Latham blocks it off the front foot.
45.6
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, Another maiden over from Yadav! Fuller in length, around the fifth stump. Williamson defends it towards cover.
45.5
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, Good-length ball, around the fourth-stump channel. Williamson presses forward to block this one out.
45.4
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, Another ball, on a length, jagging back in from middle. Williamson turns it to mid-wicket.
45.3
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, Back of a length, just outside off. Williamson leaves it alone.
45.2
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, Length ball, angling in slightly from middle. Williamson stays back and looks to block but the ball stays a touch low and hits the bottom of his bat.
45.1
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, Good-length delivery, around off. Kane Williamson gets behind the line of the ball and blocks it back to the bowler.
44.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Unplayable! Can't do a lot there again. There are such deliveries which just manage to turn here and there and that was one of them. Just need to forget it and move ahead. It lands on off and spins away sharply. Latham looks to defend but is beaten.
44.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, On middle, Latham works it to mid-wicket.
44.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, On middle, Latham defends it with the full face of the bat.
44.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Loopy ball on off, Latham pushes it to covers.
44.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Floats it up on off, Latham leans forward and keeps it out.

Ravichandran Ashwin (12-2-19-1) is back on.

44.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Flatter and on off, Latham stays back and blocks.
43.6
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, A maiden! On off, blocked.
43.5
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, Just as I write that, he drifts one down the leg side. Almost gets a wicket. Williamson looks to flick but misses. The keeper dives to his left and takes it nicely.
43.4
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, On off, really good lines and lengths from Yadav. KW though is solid in defense.
43.3
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, This one stays low! On off, Williamson looks to hang back and defend, it hits the bottom of the bat.
43.2
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, On the stumps, Williamson defends it with ease again.
43.1
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, Another one on the stumps, Williamson plays it back to the bowler.
42.6
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Fuller and on middle, this is jammed back to the bowler.
42.5
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, On middle, kept out.
42.4
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Goes back to attacking the stumps, it is played back to the bowler.
42.3
2
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Really nicely played! He initially wanted to sweep but then sees, it is short and outside off, he guides it past point for two.
42.2
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, This time he plays a defensive stroke. On middle, blocked.
42.1
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Outside off, Latham looks to play the reverse sweep but misses. Latham has started to play a few shots now. Not sure if he is worried about the rough or has his approach changed.
41.6
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, On the pads, Williamson flicks but the man at square leg stops it.
41.5
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, On middle, Williamson gets right behind the line and defends.
41.4
1
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Angled into the pads, Latham works it through square leg for one.
41.3
1
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, Angled into the pads, it is worked down to fine leg for one.
41.2
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, On middle, Williamson manages to keep it out again.
41.1
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, Attacks the stumps again, makes the batter play, blocked.
40.6
1
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Shorter and into the pads, it is worked through square leg for one.
40.5
4
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, FOUR! That is a lovely shot! Williamson skips down the track, he gets to the pitch of it and lofts it over the bowler for a boundary.
40.4
1
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, This time he connects with the sweep, it goes through square leg for one.
40.3
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Outside off, Latham gets outside the line of off and then tries to sweep but misses to get hit on the pads.
40.2
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, BEATEN! Quite a strange way to defend there. Probably worried about the rough. This lands well outside off, Latham tries to defend it as he is shuffling across. This one goes on with the arm and just about misses the outside edge.
40.1
2
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Outside off, shortish. Latham pushes it through covers for two.
39.6
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, Another dot to end! On off, Williamson plays it onto the ground. He is on 1 run of 19 balls.
39.5
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, Another one on a length and around off, Williamson plays it nice and late and on the off side.
39.4
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, Length and on middle, Williamson stays back and defends.
39.3
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, Angled into middle, defended.
39.2
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, How do you play those? Jaffa! This angles into the off pole, pitches and moves away. Williamson is all squared up as he tries to block. It goes past the outside edge and the off pole.
39.1
1
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Outside off, this is pushed through covers for one.
38.6
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Floats it up on off, Williamson strokes it to mid off.
38.5
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Angled into the middle pole, this is worked to mid-wicket.
38.4
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, On middle, Axar continues to attack the stumps, Williamson plays it to covers.
38.3
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, And again! On middle, Williamson, with soft hands, blocks.
38.2
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, On middle, Williamson lunges forward and keeps it out nicely.
38.1
1
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, On off, this is pushed towards cover for one.
37.6
1
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Really nicely played! Fuller and on middle, Latham just pushes it past mid on for one.
37.5
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Another one on a length and around off, Latham lunges forward and blocks.
37.4
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Another one on a length and around off, Latham defends it solidly.
37.3
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Outside off and on a length. Left alone.
37.2
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, On middle, fuller again, Latham pushes it to mid on.
37.1
4
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, FOUR! Through the gap! Probably was all along the ground! Full and outside off, Latham leans and looks to drive, it goes off the outside edge between gully and widish first slip and into the fence.
36.6
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Angles it into the stumps, Williamson shows the full face of the bat and plays it back to the bowler.
36.5
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, On middle, KW plays yet another defensive stroke.
36.4
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Attacks the stumps yet again, Williamson comes forward and plays it back to the bowler.
36.3
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Floats it up on off, Williamson leans forward and keeps it out.
36.2
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Flatter yet again and on middle, this one stays a touch low. Williamson blocks it onto the ground.
36.1
0
Axar Patel to Kane Williamson, Angled into the pads, Williamson blocks it out.

Axar Patel will start from the other end.

35.6
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, A good over by Umesh Yadav to begin with! Outside off, Latham shoulders arms to this one.
35.5
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, On off, kept out.
35.4
1
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, Length and on off, this one holds its line. Williamson looks to defend, it goes off the outer half to point for one.
35.3
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, Again on middle, Williamson works it to mid-wicket.
35.2
0
Umesh Yadav to Kane Williamson, Right on the money to welcome Williamson! Length and on off, Kane blocks.

Kane Williamson walks out to bat.

35.1
0
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, OUT! TAKEN! What a catch that is! What a start that is for India after the break! Not sure what they had for lunch but whatever it was, has worked. Credit though to Gill. The wicket has been taken by Yadav but it is Gill who needs to be credited. First ball after a break, you probably would be on your heels as a fielder but that is not the case here, excellent effort and an excellent take. Yadav, from around the wicket, bangs it short and on the body. William Somerville takes on the challenge of pulling it, he hits it uppishly towards fine leg. Gill rushes in, dives forward and takes it inches above the ground. The Indians are delighted. William Somerville walks back after playing a gritty knock. The nightwatchman surely did his job. However, this will lift the Indian spirits.

The second session is set to get underway! The Indian players stride out to the middle. Tom Latham and William Somerville are at the crease. Umesh Yadav to start after Lunch.

... DAY 5, SESSION 2 ...

Now just the 59 overs left in the day's play! India need 9 wickets and New Zealand just over 200 runs. The latter result looks highly unlikely as the Kiwis themselves seem to be playing for a draw. Will we see a change in approach though by them or will India weave their magic after Lunch? We will find out at 12:10 pm Local (6:40 am GMT)!

India on the other hand, have to continue to be patient. They would know, a wicket here could change things as it is not easy to begin on this wicket. For now, though, the wicket seems to have eased out quite a lot. There is a delivery or two which has spun big but apart from that, it still looks a good one to bat on. The hosts though would hope things change after the break.

New Zealand's first task when they began today morning would be to get through the first session with minimal damage and they have passed that with flying colors! Really don't think they themselves would have expected to go unscathed into the Lunch break. Top, top stuff from Latham and William. They have looked solid, assured and have shown great character so far. Yes, the wicket probably does not have a lot of demons in it but the two have played brilliantly. They still can't rest on their laurels though as there is still a long way to go.

34.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Tossed up, outside off. Left alone and that is Lunch on Day 5!
34.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, This comes in with the angle and is blocked out.
34.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Sharp turn! Tossed up, outside off. It lands in the rough and turns away sharply. Latham gets forward to defend but is beaten. The keeper and the man at first slip fail to stop it. Two byes are taken.
34.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Shorter ball, outside off. Latham works it to mid on.
34.2
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Full and on the pads. Worked past square leg for one.
34.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Tossed up, on the pads. William Somerville blocks it out.
33.6
1
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, Shorter again, outside off. William Somerville pushes it past covers for one.
33.5
0
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, Short of a length, outside off. Left alone.

A run out decision has been sent upstairs! Looked like Tom Latham was home but the on-field umpires will confirm it. The replays suggest the same and Latham survives.

33.4
2
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, NOT OUT! Short of a length, on middle and leg. William Somerville works it towards square leg. The throw comes in and hits the stumps at the striker's end and then deflects. The batters take an overthrow. The TV umpire is called in but Latham is well inside.
33.3
3
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Length ball, on middle and leg. Latham works it past mid-wicket. Ravindra Jadeja chases it and dives to stop it. Three taken.
33.2
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Full ball, on off. Pushed to mid off.
33.1
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Length ball, on off. Blocked out.
32.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Another one staying low! Flatter ball, on a length, outside off. Somerville stays back to defend but the ball straightens, keeps low and goes past his blade.
32.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Fuller ball, on the pads. Blocked out.
32.4
4
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, FOUR! Lovely shot! Short and outside off. William Somerville rocks back and pushes it to the cover fence.
32.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, This turns back in but William Somerville keeps it out well.
32.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Loopy ball, outside off. William Somerville plays for the turn but the ball goes straight and goes past his attempted defence.
32.1
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Flatter ball, on the pads. Latham works it past square leg for one.
31.6
0
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, Short ball, around leg. William Somerville ducks under it.
31.5
1
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Length ball, on the pads. Latham works it to fine leg for a single now.
31.4
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, On a length, angling across off. Latham pushes it to the right of mid off.
31.3
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Full ball, on off. Pushed to mid off by Latham.
31.2
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Length ball, on off. Latham blocks it from the crease.
31.1
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Length ball, outside off. Pushed to covers.

Umesh Yadav (4-0-18-0) comes back to bowl.

30.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Fuller ball, on off. Blocked out.
30.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Tossed up, angling across off. William Somerville pushes it to the off side.
30.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Loopy ball, on off. Blocked out.
30.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Loopy ball, on off. Pushed to the off side. Ashwin goes after the ball and Latham wants a single but William Somerville sends him back.
30.2
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Shorter, on leg. Latham works it past mid-wicket for one.
30.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Shorter ball, on off. This stays really low but Latham gets his bat down in time and gets it from the toe end.

Ravichandran Ashwin (9-2-12-1) is back on.

29.6
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, That stayed low! Flatter ball, on a length, around off. William Somerville stays back to defend but the ball stays low and hits the toe end of his bat.
29.5
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Tossed up, on a length, around off. William Somerville defends it off the front foot.
29.4
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, On a length, around middle. William Somerville prods to block this one out.
29.3
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, A bit quicker and wider outside off. William Somerville punches it to cover-point.
29.2
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Flatter ball, on a length, around off. William Somerville defends it off the front foot.
29.1
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Tossed up, around off. William Somerville pushes it back to the bowler.
28.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Just a tad short, outside off, turning in late. Latham stays back and turns it to mid-wicket.
28.5
1
Ravindra Jadeja to William Somerville, Tossed up, around leg. William Somerville works it to wide of short fine leg and collects a run.
28.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to William Somerville, Flatter ball, on a length, around leg. William Somerville defends it out.
28.3
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Another ball, fuller in length, outside off. Latham gets to the pitch of the ball and sweeps it towards deep square leg for a single.
28.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Tossed up, on a length, outside off. Tom Latham blocks it off the front foot.
28.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Flatter ball, outside off. Latham hangs back and turns it to mid-wicket.
27.6
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Tossed up, on a length, around middle and leg. William Somerville presses forward and pushes it to mid on.
27.5
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Fuller in length, around leg. Somerville turns it behind square on the leg side.
27.4
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Loopy ball, around middle. Somerville defends it out.
27.3
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Flatter ball, around off. William Somerville blocks it solidly off the front foot.
27.2
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Flatter ball, coming in with the angle from middle. William Somerville turns it to short leg with soft hands.
27.1
1
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Tossed up, on a length, outside off. Latham defends it to the off side and takes off for a single.
26.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to William Somerville, Tossed up, on a length, around off. William Somerville gets to the pitch of the ball and blocks.
26.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to William Somerville, Flatter ball, around off. William Somerville rocks back and punches it to cover.
26.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to William Somerville, Tossed up, on a length, around middle. William Somerville turns it to the leg side.
26.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to William Somerville, On a length, around off. William Somerville defends it out.
26.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to William Somerville, Flatter ball, turning away a bit and staying low, around middle. William Somerville blocks it out.
26.1
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Just a tad short, outside off. Latham works it behind square on the off side and rotates the strike.
25.6
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Flatter ball, on a length, around off. William Somerville is solid in his defence yet again.
25.5
1
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Loopy ball, fuller in length, around middle. Latham moves across a bit and flicks it to deep square leg for a run.
25.4
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Tossed up, on a length, outside off. Tom Latham defends it out.
25.3
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Darted on the pads. Latham tucks it to square leg.
25.2
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Another ball, flatter and quicker, around off. Latham presses forward to defend this one.
25.1
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Flatter ball, on off. Latham blocks it off the front foot.
24.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to William Somerville, Fuller ball, on off. Blocked out.
24.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to William Somerville, Shorter ball, lands around off and turns away sharply. William Somerville goes back to block but gets beaten.
24.4
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Latham sweeps this behind square on the leg side for one.
24.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Fuller ball, on off. Blocked out.
24.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Is that a drop? Loopy ball, outside off. Latham looks to block but misses. There is a sound as the ball goes past the bat but Srikar Bharat does not gather it. There doesn't seem to be any bat on it. Maybe, the sound of bat hitting the ground or the pad.
24.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Fuller and on off. Blocked out.
23.6
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Full again, on off. But William Somerville is solid in his defence.
23.5
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Fuller ball, on off. Blocked out.
23.4
1
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Loopy ball, on middle. Latham taps it towards deep mid-wicket for one.
23.3
1
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Fuller and on the pads. William Somerville works it past square leg and picks up a single.
23.2
1
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Loopy ball, on leg. Latham sweeps it towards fine leg for one.
23.1
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Angled across off, blocked out.
22.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to William Somerville, Fuller ball, around off. William Somerville looks to block but due to the turn, he gets the thick outside edge to the off side.
22.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to William Somerville, Darted on the pads. William Somerville works it towards short leg.
22.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to William Somerville, Flatter ball, on off. Blocked out.
22.3
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Latham brings out the sweep and plays it to deep mid-wicket for one.
22.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Flatter ball, around off. Blocked out.
22.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Loopy ball, on off. Latham dances down the track and works it to mid on.
21.6
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, William Somerville is looking very solid in the middle now. He ends the over with a defensive push to the off side.
21.5
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Flatter ball, on middle. William Somerville blocks it with soft hands.
21.4
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Angled on off. William Somerville pushes it to mid off.
21.3
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Loopy ball, just outside off. Blocked out.
21.2
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Arm ball, comes in with the angle, on off. Blocked out.
21.1
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Fuller ball, on off. William Somerville gets forward and blocks it.

Axar Patel is into the attack now.

20.6
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Darted on middle and leg. Latham clips it to short leg.
20.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Full and on off. Latham gets forward to block it.
20.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Tossed up, outside off. Latham looks to sweep but gets hit on the pads.
20.3
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Loopy ball, around off. Blocked out.
20.2
1
Ravindra Jadeja to William Somerville, Full and on the pads. Worked past short leg for one. That brings up the 50-run stand between these two.
20.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to William Somerville, Fuller ball, around off. William Somerville gets to the pitch of the ball and blocks it.
19.6
1
Ishant Sharma to William Somerville, Back of a length, around middle and leg. William Somerville tucks it to the leg side and takes a single to keep the strike for the next over.
19.5
1
Ishant Sharma to Tom Latham, Short of a length, angling in from middle. Latham sits back and turns it towards fine leg for a run.
19.4
0
Ishant Sharma to Tom Latham, Good-length ball, jagging back in from off. Tom Latham blocks it off the front foot.
19.3
1
Ishant Sharma to William Somerville, Length ball, around off. William Somerville prods to defend but it goes off the outer half towards deep point for a single.
19.2
0
Ishant Sharma to William Somerville, A well-directed bumper, around off. William Somerville looks to poke at it at first but ducks underneath it awkwardly in the end.
19.2
0
Ishant Sharma to William Somerville, NO BALL! Good-length ball, on off. William Somerville blocks it off the back foot.
19.1
0
Ishant Sharma to William Somerville, Another appeal but for a caught behind this time and the umpire is unmoved! A bumper, just outside off. Somerville stays back and looks to poke at it but the ball whistles past his outside edge.

DRINKS! New Zealand have been brilliant this morning. William Somerville is growing in confidence while Tom Latham has been as solid as ever. They would want these two to bat as long as possible here. For India, patience is the name of the game as one wicket might be enough to turn the game on its head.

18.6
1
Ravindra Jadeja to William Somerville, Tossed up, around middle. William Somerville flicks it to wide of mid on and keeps the strike for the next over!
18.5
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, NOT OUT! Leg bye! Not a good review from the hosts and they lose one in the process! Jadeja lands it in the rough, outside off, turning in sharply. Latham stays back and looks to block but he misses and gets hit on his pad. Jadeja puts in an appeal but the umpire says no. Ajinkya Rahane opts for a review but the Ball Tracker suggests that the impact was way outside off so the on-field decision stays and Tom Latham survives!

Review time! India review this for LBW but the impact might be outside off. No bat on that. But the impact is at least two stumps outside off.

18.4
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Flatter ball, on a length, outside off. Tom Latham blocks it out watchfully.
18.3
4
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, FOUR! Tom Latham takes the attack to Jadeja! Tossed up, outside off. Latham slog-sweeps it to wide of Shreyas Iyer at deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
18.2
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Flatter ball, on a length, around off. Tom Latham blocks it off the back foot.

Ravindra Jadeja is brought on now.

18.1
0
Ravindra Jadeja to Tom Latham, Tossed up, outside off. Tom Latham defends it out.
17.6
1
Ishant Sharma to Tom Latham, Good-length ball, jagging back in from off. Latham gets an inside edge onto his pad as he tries to flick. The ball rolls away to the leg side and the batters sneak in a single.
17.5
0
Ishant Sharma to Tom Latham, Short of a length, just outside off. Tom Latham gets behind the line of the ball to defend this one out.
17.4
0
Ishant Sharma to Tom Latham, Length ball, around off. Tom Latham presses forward and blocks it solidly.
17.3
1
Ishant Sharma to William Somerville, Back of a length, around leg. William Somerville hangs back and clips it behind square on the leg side for a run.
17.2
1
Ishant Sharma to Tom Latham, Good-length ball, around leg. Tom Latham flicks it to deep square leg and rotates the strike.
17.1
0
Ishant Sharma to Tom Latham, An appeal for LBW but the umpire is not interested! Length ball, jagging back in from outside off. Tom Latham prods to defend it with his bat and pad close together. The impact was anyways outside off.
16.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Nicely tossed up, on a length, around middle. William Somerville presses forward and pushes it to mid on.
16.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, BEAUTY! Tossed up, on a length, outside off. William Somerville looks to block by playing for the turn but the ball straightens and goes past his outside edge.
16.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Loopy ball, around middle, turning in sharply. William Somerville flicks it towards square leg.
16.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Tossed up, on a length, around middle. William Somerville blocks it out.
16.2
2
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Flatter ball, outside off, going away with the angle. William Somerville works it past backward point and collects a couple.
16.1
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Flatter ball, darted on the pads. Tom Latham turns it behind square on the leg side and takes a run.
15.6
1
Ishant Sharma to Tom Latham, Length ball, darted on the pads. Tom Latham tucks it behind square on the leg side for a single.
15.5
1
Ishant Sharma to William Somerville, Good-length ball, around off. William Somerville looks to block but it goes off the outer half of the blade towards deep point for a run.
15.4
0
Ishant Sharma to William Somerville, Good-length ball, outside off. William Somerville lets it through to the keeper.
15.3
0
Ishant Sharma to William Somerville, Length ball, outside off. William Somerville prods and pushes it to mid off.
15.2
0
Ishant Sharma to William Somerville, AND AGAIN! Just short of the gully fielder! Back of a length, around off. William Somerville hangs back and pokes at it. It takes the outside edge and falls short of Ajinkya Rahane at gully, who does well to get low to his left to stop the ball.
15.1
0
Ishant Sharma to William Somerville, Length ball, way outside off. William Somerville leaves it alone.
14.6
2
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Darted on the pads. Latham goes back and works it past deep square leg for a couple of runs.
14.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Loopy ball, around off. Latham looks to block but the ball spins away and takes the thick outside edge.The ball goes past silly point.
14.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Tossed up, around off. Latham plays the reverse sweep but towards first slip. There is a huge 'catch it' shout but the ball bounces on its way to the fielder.
14.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Back to basics says Latham as he blocks this out.
14.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Tossed up nicely outside off. Latham gets low and looks to sweep but misses. Ashwin won't mind this.
14.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Shorter and on the pads. Latham goes back and blocks it.
13.6
0
Ishant Sharma to William Somerville, Sharma hurls a length ball, on off. Tapped to the off side.
13.5
0
Ishant Sharma to William Somerville, Full ball, on off. William Somerville defends it off the front foot.
13.4
4
Ishant Sharma to William Somerville, FOUR! Through the slips again! How many runs have been scored in this Test that way? Length ball, just outside off. William Somerville gets the outside edge but since he is playing with soft hands, the ball bounces on its way to the slip cordon. It runs between first and third slip to reach the fence.
13.3
0
Ishant Sharma to William Somerville, A bit fuller, just outside off. William Somerville is looking quite solid this morning and defends this well.
13.2
0
Ishant Sharma to William Somerville, On a length, a bit wide outside off. Left alone.
13.1
0
Ishant Sharma to William Somerville, Sharma serves a length ball, around off. William Somerville pushes it to cover.

Ishant Sharma comes to bowl now.

12.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Flatter ball, outside off, turning away sharply. Tom Latham lets it be.
12.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Tossed up, outside off, turning away late. Tom Latham presses forward but leaves it in the end.
12.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Tossed up, around off. Latham gets forward and blocks it to the off side.
12.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Loopy ball, around middle and leg. Latham looks to block but gets hit on the pads.
12.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Loopy ball, on off. Tom Latham gets on the front foot and blocks it.
12.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Loopy ball, around off. Latham blocks it from the crease.
11.6
0
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, Back of a length, outside off. Pushed straight to backward point this time.
11.5
0
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, Full and on the pads. Worked to mid-wicket.
11.4
4
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, FOUR! And again! That is a shot and a half! Short of a length, outside off again. William Somerville goes back and across and then punches it behind backward point for a boundary.
11.3
4
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, FOUR! Top shot! Short of a length, bit of width and William Somerville cuts it past the diving gully fielder for a boundary.
11.2
0
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, Just past the outside edge! Length ball, lands just outside off and nips away. William Somerville looks to drive it down the ground but the ball goes past the outside edge.
11.1
0
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, Length ball, on the pads. Worked to mid-wicket.
10.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, A solid front-foot defence to end the over.
10.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Nicely tossed up, around off. Latham gets to the pitch of the ball and blocks it well.
10.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Shorter ball, on off. Blocked out.
10.3
2
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Shorter and on the pads. Latham works it past square leg and picks up a couple of runs.
10.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Tossed up, around off. Latham blocks it well.
10.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Loopy ball, on middle. Blocked out.
9.6
0
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, Yadav serves a length ball, right on the off pole. William Somerville nicely pushes it to point.
9.5
0
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, On a length, on off. Blocked out.
9.4
0
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, Short of the fielder! Length ball, on off. William Somerville looks to block it from the crease but gets the outside edge. The ball drops short and goes to first slip.
9.3
1
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Full ball, around off. Latham goes for the drive but gets the inside edge past square leg for one.
9.2
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Well bowled! Yadav comes over the wicket and lands a length ball, on off. Latham plays for the angle but the ball holds its line and hits him on the pads.
9.1
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, On a length, around off. Blocked out.
8.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Well bowled! Ashwin bowls it shorter and a bit outside off. William Somerville looks to push it away but the ball turns in sharply and hits him on the body.
8.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Short and down the leg side. It stays low but William Somerville works it to square leg.
8.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Ashwin comes 'round the wicket and bowls it on the pads. William Somerville works it past short leg.
8.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Fuller ball, on the pads. William Somerville taps it to the leg side.
8.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Loopy ball, around off. Blocked out.
8.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Tossed up, on middle and leg. William Somerville puts in a good stride to block it.
7.6
1
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, Length ball, around off. Pushed past point for one.
7.5
0
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, Short of a length, outside off. William Somerville looks to push it away but is beaten.
7.4
0
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, Short of a length, on off. Blocked out.
7.3
4
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, FOUR! Uppish but nicely played! Length ball, on off. William Somerville drives it on the up and down the ground. Yadav gets low to his right but does not gather it. Boundary.
7.2
0
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, Length ball, on off. William Somerville gets the outside edge but the man at third slip dives to his left and stops it.
7.1
0
Umesh Yadav to William Somerville, Length and down the leg side. The ball clips the pads of William Somerville and goes back to the keeper.
6.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Loopy ball, on off. Blocked out.
6.5
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Full and on the pads. William Somerville works it past mid-wicket for one.
6.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Full and down the leg side. It turns a long way down the leg stump. Srikar Bharat fails to gather and so does the man at leg slip. Two byes are sneaked through.
6.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Loopy ball, on middle. William Somerville gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
6.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Full ball, on off. Blocked out to silly point.
6.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Shorter ball, on off. William Somerville goes back and blocks it.
5.6
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Full ball, outside off. Another leave to end the over.
5.5
4
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, FOUR! Easy pickings! Yadav bowls a full one, down the leg side. Latham helps it on its away to the fine leg fence.
5.4
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, A touch fuller and wider outside off. Latham offers a nice leave to this.
5.3
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Length ball, on off. Tapped out.
5.2
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, Good-length delivery, on the fifth stump. Latham gets across and then leaves it.
5.1
0
Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham, On a length, around off. Latham covers the stumps and then blocks it.

Who will start from the other end? Umesh Yadav it is.

4.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Length ball, on off. Blocked out.
4.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Flighted delivery, outside off. William Somerville puts in a stride and gets the inside edge back on the pads.
4.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Loopy ball, on leg. William Somerville gets the inside edge but the ball goes past short leg.
4.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Tossed up, around off. William Somerville gets forward and blocks it.
4.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to William Somerville, Fuller ball, on off. Blocked out.

Uh oh. Ishant Sharma is down in pain. He was at square leg and he put in a dive to stop the ball. But his little finger got jammed in the ground. The physio is out in the middle now.

4.1
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Ashwin angles this on the pads. Latham works it past square leg for one.

We are set to get the final day underway! Ajinkya Rahane has his team in a huddle before leading India out on the field. Seems like Srikar Bharat is still the man with gloves. Tom Latham and William Somerville walk out to bat. Ravichandran Ashwin is set to start with the ball.

PITCH REPORT - Simon Doull says that the pitch hasn't deteriorated as much as he expected at the start of the Test. Adds that New Zealand need to bat really well against spin and especially against Axar Patel. Deep Dasgupta says that the batters should look to use the feet against the spin. He adds that it still looks okay to bat on but it is going to be hard work for the visitors.

Have to say, an India win looks the most likely. We saw the pitch starting to play tricks towards the end of Day 4 and it is not going to get any easier. One thing is for sure, we are going to see a lot of spin from the Indians today. The Kiwis will need a spectacular effort from one of their stars if they are going to have any chance. Do they have a hero in their side?

Hello and welcome to the coverage of the last day of what has been an excellent first Test between India and New Zealand. The game is perfectly set up for a fascinating finish. All three results are highly likely. India need 9 wickets, the Kiwis require another 280 runs and both have 90 overs to complete their respective tasks. Will we see a side take a lead or is it going to remain 0-0 heading into the next game? Stay tuned...

... DAY 5, SESSION 1 ...

A lot will now depend on the New Zealand middle order, the likes of Latham, Williamson and Taylor will hold the key! They need to step up because that is probably the only chance the Kiwis have to save or win this game. India on the other hand, need to be patient, the wicket is worsening as the game progresses and if they bowl the right lines and lengths, it is not going to be easy for the visitors. What will the final result be then? We will find out on Day 5. The action begins at 9:30 am local (4 am GMT) so set your alarms accordingly. Till then, take care and goodbye!

Shreyas Iyer is down for a chat. He says that he has been in such situations before during his Ranji Trophy days so he was looking to spend time at the crease. Adds that he knew that he would be the first Indian to score a hundred and a fifty on his debut but winning is what matters. States that it was difficult to curb his attacking instincts but the instructions from Rahul Dravid were to bat as long as possible. Informs that there wasn't much happening on the wicket so they wanted to get to a competitive total before declaring the innings.

New Zealand will be mighty disappointed that they could not press home the advantage given by their pacers this morning. Iyer, Saha, Patel and Ashwin bailed India out of trouble. India declared with not many overs left in the day, they started with their spinners and that worked as they have broken the opening partnership which really troubled them in the first innings.

India's day without any doubt! We surely did not think we would be writing that after the first session but now, the visitors have their backs against the wall. They would have loved to enter Day 5 unscathed and that could have well been the case had they taken the review in time. But that is not the case and the hosts need 9 wickets to win the game whereas the visitors have to score 280 to take a 1-0 lead. A draw is also quite possible but a result seems on the cards.

3.6
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Angled on off. William Somerville plays it to silly point. That is Stumps on Day 4! Quite a bit of drama in the last few overs.
3.5
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Full again, on off. Pushed to the off side.
3.4
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Flatter ball, around off. Blocked out.
3.3
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Tossed up, on off. William Somerville blocks it well.
3.2
0
Axar Patel to William Somerville, Fuller ball, on off. Blocked out.
3.1
1
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Quick single! Loopy ball, on off. Latham works it to mid on and sets off for a single. Jadeja runs in and fires in a throw but the misses the stumps at Patel's end.

William Somerville, the nightwatchman, walks out to bat!

2.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Will Young, OUT! LBW! Will Young runs out of time to review it! Tossed up, this lands outside off. Stays low and comes back in. Young looks to block but gets hit on the pads. The finger is raised. Young has a chat with Latham and it is a long chat. The timer runs out and then Young shows the sign for a review. The Indian fielders immediately point that out and the umpire too, is aware of it and denies the review. OH MY, MY! The ball was spinning down the leg stumps! If only Young had been a bit quicker to review. Early wicket for India, they would love another one too.
2.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Will Young, Darted on the pads. Young taps it to leg slip.
2.4
2
Ravichandran Ashwin to Will Young, Tossed up, on off. Young gets the outside edge past point for a couple.
2.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Will Young, Fuller ball, on off. Blocked out.
2.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Will Young, Appeal for a catch! Tossed up, on off. Young gets hit on the pads and the ball lobs up to silly point. The fielder takes it and appeals but the umpire is unmoved.
2.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Will Young, Tossed up, lands outside off and comes back in. Young blocks it off the front foot.

So, Saha is seen going back into the dressing room! He was struggling with a neck issue, even while batting he never looked 100 percent. Bharat comes in place of him. He was very impressive in the first innings too.

1.6
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Shorter ball, outside off. Latham gets across and blocks it.
1.5
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Very full, on off. Latham taps it out.
1.4
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Full ball, on off. Blocked out.
1.3
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Darted on off. Latham defends it with soft hands.
1.2
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Full ball, on off. Latham covers the stumps and blocks it.
1.1
0
Axar Patel to Tom Latham, Full ball, down the leg side. Latham gets no bat on it.

Axar Patel from the other end! So India going for spin from both the ends now.

0.6
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Darted on the pads. Worked past square leg for one.
0.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Loopy ball, quite wide outside off. Latham gets to the pitch of the ball and blocks it.
0.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Loopy ball, on off. Blocked out well by Latham.
0.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Tossed up, on off. Pushed to the off side.
0.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Fuller ball, on middle and leg. Going with the angle. Latham gets hit on the pads and there is a big appeal for LBW but turned down.
0.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Tom Latham, Loopy ball, around off. Latham gets forward and blocks it.