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India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test Match at Christchurch, Day 3 Highlights: As It Happened

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India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test Match at Christchurch, Day 3 Highlights: As It Happened
India vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 2 latest update: In an... interesting move, Virat Kohli has brought himself on to bowl his strictly part-time medium pace. Nicholls gets a boundary off him but he does manage 5 dots. The hosts need 3 to win.

Day 2 report: Trent Boult had New Zealand in firm control of the second Test after a ball-dominated day two in which Virat Kohli again fell cheaply and India clung to a 97-run lead with only four wickets remaining in Christchurch on Sunday. Sixteen wickets fell for 262 runs as India dismissed New Zealand for 235, to take a seven-run lead, and were then 90 for six at stumps with the Test destined to finish inside three days. Boult had the remarkable figures of three for 12 off nine overs.
Mar 02, 2020 08:20 (IST)

And that is the end of the Test series. New Zealand have sealed an emphatic series clean sweep and India have plenty to ponder. They started the tour with a 5-0 clean sweep in the T20Is but were swept in the ODI and Test series. 

Mar 02, 2020 08:10 (IST)

In an... interesting move, Virat Kohli has brought himself on to bowl his strictly part-time medium pace. Nicholls gets a boundary off him but he does manage 5 dots. The hosts need 3 to win. 

Mar 02, 2020 08:02 (IST)

FOUR AND OUT! Blundell blats Bumrah for a boundary through the covers and Bumrah follows up with an absolute peach of a delivery that sends the off stump flying. Replays suggest it was very close to being a no-ball but the delivery is deemed legal by the third umpire. 

Mar 02, 2020 07:56 (IST)

FOUR! Latham brings up his half-century by punching Umesh through the off side. Only 16 needed to win now for the Kiwis and it's only a matter of time before this Test - and series - is wrapped up. 

Mar 02, 2020 07:52 (IST)

Williamson begins the first over after drinks with a gentle nudge down to third man that runs away for a boundary. He plays out the next three balls but can do nothing about a well-directed bouncer from Bumrah and ends up edging one to Rahane in the slips! 

Mar 02, 2020 07:40 (IST)

FOUR! Stand and deliver stuff from Blundell. Bumrah pitches one full and wide, Blundell doesn't move but just slaps the ball through the covers and watches it run away. Only 25 needed to seal the win now. 

Mar 02, 2020 07:35 (IST)

OUT! Umesh gets a wicket with the short ball, forcing Latham to go for the pull but he only edges one to Pant who takes a good diving catch. Nothing more than just a consolation at this point for the visitors. 

Mar 02, 2020 07:34 (IST)

The hosts certainly made batting look very easy on this track, unlike India. 

Mar 02, 2020 07:30 (IST)

FOUR! Latham brings up his half-century with a boundary off Jadeja, pulling at a ball that was way too short. 100 is also up for New Zealand; they only need 29 runs to seal an emphatic win. 

Mar 02, 2020 07:27 (IST)

FOUR! Sublime from Blundell. He hops and plays a short one from Umesh square of the wicket and gets yet another boundary. He too is in the 40s now and will look to bring up his half-century sooner rather than later. The opener also survives an LBW review later in the over. 

Mar 02, 2020 07:18 (IST)

FOUR! Boundaries are coming at will now. Latham unleashes another one of his picture-perfect shots straight down the ground, leaving Umesh frustrated. Latham is 3 short of his half-century now. 

Mar 02, 2020 07:14 (IST)

SIX! Blundell going for broke now. He knows Jadeja won't spin the ball much so charges down and slams one back over the long-on boundary. Only 43 needed for the win now as 7 runs come off the over. 

Mar 02, 2020 07:07 (IST)

FOUR! Jadeja comes into the attack and his first ball is a real warm-up one, landing full and wide. With minimal turn on offer, Latham slashes at it and sends the ball beyond point and to the ropes. The openers are well-set and pouncing on anything that is loose. What's more, they're scoring at a swift rate. 

Mar 02, 2020 07:04 (IST)

FOUR! Bumrah once again goes a little too full and Blundell hits him down the ground towards long-off for another four. India look bereft of ideas at this point and the hosts are not being troubled in the slightest. 

Mar 02, 2020 06:59 (IST)

TWO FOURS! Umesh bangs it in too short and Latham rocks back and pulls him away for a boundary. He follows this with another pull off a short ball, this time beating Jadeja at fine leg. Runs coming thick and fast for the hosts now. Only a matter of time before this match ends. 

Mar 02, 2020 06:56 (IST)

Umesh bowls a relatively tidy over to start with but Bumrah comes back and concedes a four on the first ball of his second over in this spell as Latham outside edges one that runs away to third man. Meanwhile, India will be without Mohammed Shami for a bit as he is currently receiving treatment after getting struck on the shoulder while he was batting. 

Mar 02, 2020 06:47 (IST)

FOUR! Latham pounces on a half-volley from Bumrah and drives him straight down the ground for a boundary. The pacer responds with a bouncer that Pant had to make some effort to collect. 

Mar 02, 2020 06:45 (IST)

Hello and welcome back for the second session of Day 3. The hosts don't need to do much now to complete a 2-0 clean sweep over India and will be hoping to win the match by 10 wickets. 

Mar 02, 2020 06:04 (IST)

LUNCH: Excellent session for the hosts here as they are just 86 runs away from the target. They still have all their wickets intact.

Mar 02, 2020 05:55 (IST)

Umesh comes on for a second spell here. He delivers a maiden. And that's what India need, create pressure. The score remains at 41/0. 

Mar 02, 2020 05:46 (IST)

India's hunt for wickets continues. They are bowling well but aren't getting any rewards till now. They need a miracle to happen. It's 32/0.

Mar 02, 2020 05:37 (IST)

Nothing seems to be going India's way. They need wickets and luck is not with them. New Zealand are 26/0.

Mar 02, 2020 05:23 (IST)

looks like the Kiwis are batting on a different pitch from what the Indians did. India are just not able to swing the ball here. It's 19/0 now. 

Mar 02, 2020 05:17 (IST)

FOUR: New Zealand are showing how to bat on this pitch. Blundell rocks back into the crease and drives Yadav for a four. They are 12/0 now. 

Mar 02, 2020 05:08 (IST)

FOUR: New Zealand are away as Latham pulls Umesh for a four. India need to be wary of their lengths. It's  5/0.

Mar 02, 2020 05:03 (IST)

Bumrah comes up with an excellent over first up, a maiden. India would like to get some wickets here. New Zealand are 0/0.

Mar 02, 2020 04:57 (IST)

The last innings of the match gets underway now. All to the Indian bowlers now, if they can snatch a win here.

Mar 02, 2020 04:48 (IST)

OUT: Jadeja is doing his bit. He finds a four off Boult and these are valuable runs for India. The lead is over 130 now. And India suffer a run out here. There is confusion between Bumrah and Jadeja here. India are all out for 124. And New Zealand will need 132 runs to win. 

Mar 02, 2020 04:38 (IST)

SIX: Jadeja gets under the ball from Boult and gets valuable six runs. These are crucial runs for India as the lead moves to 121. India are 114/9.

Mar 02, 2020 04:32 (IST)

OUT: Ninth wicket falls for the Indians. Shami tries to go for a shot and picks out Blundell in the deep. India are in deep trouble at 108/9.

India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test Match at Christchurch, Day 3 Highlights: As It Happened
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The tourists would rue their ongoing problem with removing tailenders when New Zealand's last three wickets were able to put on 82, led by a polished 49 from Kyle Jamieson. India, needing to build a substantial total for New Zealand to chase on an easing wicket, then went off script from the start with Mayank Agarwal out for three in the second over. Prithvi Shaw followed for 14 when a bouncer from Tim Southee had him completely off balance and a one-handed wave of the bat popped the ball to Tom Latham at second slip.

At two for 26, and India needing to win to square the series, the opportunity was ripe for a captain's knock from Kohli. But on 14, a full delivery from Colin de Grandhomme cut back into his pads and he was gone. The 31-year-old who came to New Zealand as the world's top-ranked batsman returned scores of 2-19-3-14 in his four Test innings. Adding to India's woes, Ajinkya Rahane was bowled for nine, Cheteshwar Pujara went for 24 and Umesh Yadav (one) in the last six overs of the day.

After New Zealand resumed the day at 63 without loss the combined efforts of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja saw them slump to 153 for seven, before Jamieson, in his second Test, underscored his all-rounder credentials after taking five wickets in India's first innings. Jamieson also took four wickets and smashed a quickfire 44 on debut in the first innings of the first Test. Colin de Grandhomme with 26 and Neil Wagner (21) were the other key contributors in the late run spree with Wagner's dismissal the result of an exceptional one-handed catch by a leaping Jadeja at square leg.

The Indian pace bowlers, who struggled in the first Test and at the start of the second, opened up on Sunday having finally come to grips with the stock New Zealand conditions of a green-tinged pitch and a moderate breeze. They found that anything pitched up and close to the off stump would put pressure on the New Zealand batsmen and quickly picked off the top five before lunch. Tom Blundell, added one to his overnight 29 before he was removed and Kane Williamson (three), Ross Taylor (15), Henry Nicholls (14) quickly followed.

Tom Latham, who top scored with 52, was bowled when he miscalculated a Shami delivery and did not play a shot only to watch the ball angle into the stumps. Shami finished with figures of four for 81, Bumrah, who removed New Zealand talisman Williamson, took three for 52 while Jadeja had two for 22.

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