India vs New Zealand Live Score: A memorable second day for New Zealand who have produced excellent performance with the bowl and then the bat. Tim Southee took a five-wicket haul to help restrict India to 345 after a debut century from Shreyas Iyer. And then Will Young combined with Tom Latham to build a century partnership to put New Zealand on top before early stumps in Kanpur. The visitors now trail India by 216 runs with all 10 wickets Read More
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Umpires have deemed the light isn’t bright enough to continue the play and we have early stumps on the second day as well. New Zealand 129/0 with all 10 wickets intact after bowling India out for 345. Will Young unbeaten on 75 while Tom Latham is on 50. A memorable day for New Zealand this one. It was Tim Southee show in the morning who bowled one of the finest spells of fast bowling in India, taking a five-wicket haul. And then their openers – Young and Latham – went on to bat like it’s their home conditions. With not much help from the pitch either, India bowlers were left frustrated. New Zealand trail India by 216 runs. Cracks are starting to open up and India will hope they will have some luck going in their favour on this pitch.
Tom Latham takes a successful review after being given out caught behind off Ravichandran Ashwin. Ultra edge shows it was the bat hitting the pad that made the noise.
Tom Latham completes a patient half-century in Kanpur. A superb knock from the Kiwi opener – hasn’t given an inch and employed the sweep shot to good effect. 21st fifty of his Test career. Took 157 deliveries to reach there.
Ravichandran Ashwin is trying something different here. He’s almost coming in front of the umpire in his follow through delivering from very close to the stumps. This is more of a mind game as he hopes to disturb the rhythm. Two runs off his over. New Zealand 127/0 in 54 overs, trail by 218 runs.
So the runs haven’t been scored as quickly as they were during the second session but India aren’t worried about that. They want wickets. And so far, nobody has come close to providing that. An odd ball has kept low or turned prodigiously but barring that, The Kiwi pair has looked at home. Score 120/0 in 49 overs, trail by 225 runs.
The bowling has appeared to be toothless so far. Cannot remember the last time India bowlers had to struggle so much against a visiting team in a Test match at home. Meanwhile, the on-field umpire has a brief chat with Ravichandran Ashwin possibly about the shenanigans of Mayank Agarwal at gully as he kept switching from being on his knees to standing up regularly. India continue their hunt for the first breakthrough. New Zealand 117/0 in 47 overs. Will Young 71*, Tom Latham 42*.
Axar Patel is back into the attack. His first two overs were expensive – 12 runs came in them. His third results in just a single. So far, no success for the Indian bowlers. The pitch isn’t offering any assistance. That Tim Southee display in the morning session is now appearing at a different level. New Zealand cruising at the moment. Score 110/0, trail India by 235 runs. 17 overs remaining in the day.
Ajinkya Rahane slots spinners from both the ends now – Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin from one end, left-arm orthodox Ravindra Jadeja manning the other. New Zealand 103/0 in 41 overs.
With a sweep, Tom Latham takes New Zealand’s total in three figures. This has been some start by Latham and Will Young in Kanpur. New Zealand continue to have a strong hold over the proceedings today. This is the first every century partnership for the opening wicket by a visiting team since December 2016 (Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed of England was the last pair do to so).
The seasoned Ishant Sharma is back into the attack. Deliveries a maiden to start his second spell. He has bowled five overs of which three have been maiden. New Zealand 93/0 in 36 overs.
Will Young going for a sweep but misses the shot and his hit on the front thigh pad. India review but the umpire turns it down. In the meanwhile, Young has taken off for a quick single but is rightly sent back even as Wriddhiman Saha takes off the bails. India review and Hawk Eye shows the ball would have missed the stumps. India lose their review. New Zealand 93/0 in 35 overs, trail India by 252 runs.
Spin from one end in Ravindra Jadeja and pace in Umesh Yadav from the other. But New Zealand motoring along nicely with the partnership between Will Young and Tom Latham now 89 runs.
Tim Southee is relaxing in the dressing room wearing his sunglasses. He’s been outstanding for New Zealand so far – faced some fitness issues on Thursday but today, he was the sole reason why India were kept under 350. Now, he’s enjoying Will Young and Tom Latham making merry against India bowlers. Score 88/0, trail by 257 runs.
Will Young is in excellent touch. He collects back to back boundaries off Umesh Yadav who looks frustrated. The first four was a gentle push to the vacant third man region while the next driven to deep backward point region. Nine runs from the over of Umesh. Young is batting on 58 – 40 of them have come in boundaries. New Zealand 86/0, trail India by 259 runs on Day 2.
In his first ever Test innings on Indian soil, New Zealand opener Will Young impresses with a strokeful fifty – reaches the milestone with a four to third man region. He has been terrific so far, dealing with pace and spin with equal ease. Has struck eight fours as well.
We’re back for the third and final session. The Indian fielders are in a huddle for some last-minute pep talk. In walk New Zealand openers Will Young and Tom Latham who have done a terrific job so far having scored 72 runs so far together. India will be desperate for a couple of wickets early in this session.
Excellent batting from the New Zealand openers as they tackled the Indian pacers with grit in the initial phase and then played some counter-attacking shots against the spinners who struggled to get much turn. Will Young is looking in sublime touch and moving towards his half-century. While Latham looks solid with his approach. Join us soon for the final session of the day.
Will Young finishes the session in style with a magnificent boundary. A top class batting from the New Zealand openers so far as they didn’t give many chances for the Indian bowlers. The spinners are struggling to get the turn from the surface. India need to find a plan to break the stand after the Tea break as New Zealand are on top at the moment. NZ 72/0 in 26 overs vs IND (345)
Axar Patel has been introduced into the attack and seven runs came from his first over. Axar has to keep the focus on the line and length as the openers are well set now and they are going to punish every loose delivery coming their way. NZ 62/0 in 24 overs
A ‘second string’ Indian side punched above their weight as the home season kicked off against New Zealand in Kanpur. The team lacked top three in KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, but that didn’t make any difference as youngsters Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill stood up to the task, both slamming fifties. Besides, senior pro Ravindra Jadeja also came to the party (50* off 100) as he forged a 113-run partnership with Iyer to avert any further inroads at a stage when the hosts were reduced to 145/4.
When Jadeja walked in, India were in a spot with NZ frontline seamers Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee both looking good enough to make further inroads. Had India lost a wicket there, things could have changed quickly. Here credit must go to the all-rounder as he hunkered down for a long fight, and that rubbed off on Iyer as well. The Mumbaikar, who was on Test debut, was exceptional with his feet against the likes of Ajaz Patel and Will Somerville. And once he got his eye in, he started to assert himself, bringing up a well deserved fifty in very first Test. At stumps, he was unbeaten on 75 off 136 balls.
New Zealand were lucky that they had the likes of Jamieson in their ranks. The lanky pacer extracted bounce from a dead pitch and moved the ball around. He got rid of Mayank Agarwal with a perfect outswinger and then accounted for Shubman Gill (52 off 93) who had spent quite some time in the middle before chopping one back to the stumps. Meanwhile, Jamieson bowled three no balls, but remained impeccable with his length. Ajinkya Rahane (35 off 63) wicket was a case in point. It was an unfortunate end for India skipper who could have taken a higher score with both the hands, instead he repeated the same pattern—surviving the initial path and then losing the focus when it mattered. Meanwhile, vice captain Cheteshwar Pujara too made a painstaking 26 off 88 balls before he succumbed to a very good ball from Tim Southee.
Earlier Gill notched his fourth half-century as India reached 82-1 at lunch. Funnily, on a track that kept low and slow and didn’t offer much turn, New Zealand spinners Ajaz Patel (0/56 in 15 overs) and Will Somerville (0/28 in 13 overs) were disappointing. But Rahane would be gutted as he hit six lovely boundaries before dragging one in as he expected the ball to bounce more considering Jamieson’s height.