IND vs NZ 2021 Live Cricket Score, 2nd Test, Day 3: New Zealand were dealt an early blow by Ravichandran Ashwin who trapped their captain Tom Latham lw on 6. This was right after India declared their second innings on 276/7 and thus setting New Zealand a massive 540 runs to win the second Test. For India Mayank Agarwal top-scored with 62 while Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill struck 47 each. Ajaz Patel was again the pick of NZ bowlers with Read More
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That would be Stumps here in Wankhede. NZ survives as they end the day at 140/5. They still need 400 runs with five wickets remaining, looks impossible. Meanwhile India on top.
NZ 140/5—Rachin Ravindra against staging his defensive act just like Kanpur. He has scored 2 off 23 balls. This rear guard offensive is the need of the hour. Remember, India need five more wickets.
WICKET! RUN OUT. Tom Blundell is the fifth man out as he finds himself in middle of nowhere. Yes, he got run out. There was never a run there in the first place. Luckily for NZ, Nicholls survives.
129/4—Big big WICKET as Axar Gets his Man. Axar Patel gets India the breakthrough as Daryl Mitchell departs after scoring a well made 60. India are right back in this, and maybe they will pull this off today itself.
NZ 121/3—DRINKS. As Nichols reverse sweeps Axar Patel and with this Kiwi resistance just becomes a little strong. They have dealt with Yadav really well and that’s why he has been removed from the attack. Axar comes in from one end, and sure Ashwin will operate from the other. Ashwin has looked sharp in this innings, beating the batters on many occasions.
NZ 109/3—Daryl Mitchell gets a solid half century here. Great batting. He showing his team that if you can apply yourself, you can get runs here. The pitch is not unplayable. Also the partnership between him and Nicholls is FIFTY. Great work.
NZ 87-3—And great fight shown by the Kiwis so far. Unlike the first innings, where they just kept losing wickets, some of their batters have applied themselves. Daryl Mitchell is driving towards his fifty.
NZ 81/3—Earlier India tightened the screws on New Zealand with Ravi Ashwin already picking the wicket of Tom Latham in a mammoth 540-run chase by the time Tea was taken under ‘unusual circumstances’ at the Wankhede Stadium. A dysfunctional spider cam forced the umpires to call Tea early but all of this happened only after India had further strengthened their position in the second Test match in Mumbai.
NZ 78/3—India in complete control, but Kiwis are doing pretty well as Kohli brings in Umesh Yadav. So, some pace from the other end as well. While Ashwin continues to operate from the other end.
NZ 67/3: The Kiwis have managed to negotiate the first 20 overs of the innings. Daryl Mitchell is well into his twenties, and there are chances that NZ will defy India this evening.
NZ 55/3—WICKET! Absolutely shocking as Ross Taylor departs for six. But it is not the score, it is the way he was dismissed. Tried to sweep the spinner and skied it. The intent at this stage, when NZ are trying to save the Test match by the skin of their teeth, raises serious concerns on Taylor’s future.
NZ 45/2—New Zealand have lose their second wickey—that was Will Young. The batter had applied himself in Kanpur, but here it was a no show. Ashwin with the wicket and in comes an out of form Ross Taylor.
NZ 39/1—And for the very first time at Wankhede, it looks like the Kiwis are applying themselves in the middle. They had lost Latham early, but now Mitchell (17 off 26) and Young (20 off 38) are resisting the Indian spinners.
NZ 29/1–Axar Patel bowls a perfect line as NZ batters continue to play the waiting game at Wankhede. The target for them is huge, with spinners operating from both the ends, it is going to be stiff.
NZ 18/1—-And all of this after a bizarre situation forced the umpires to take an early Tea. In fact a spider cam malfunctioned and stopped right in the middle which meant it would have hindered the players’ movement. Usually Tea break happens at 2.30, today it was taken at around 2.20 pm IST.
India are already in driver’s seat at Wankhede as they have set a target of 540 runs to the Kiwis. In reply, they have lost their skipper Tom Latham. They are staring at a big big defeat here.
Well, the play was halted for some time due to some technical issues with the spider cam. The umpires waited for it to resume operations but it was stuck quite low and would have potentially interfered with the play. And so they have called for an early tea break. New Zealand have gone into the break having just lost their captain Tom Latham who unsuccessfully reviewed an lbw decision. New Zealand are 13/1 in four overs, chasing 540.
Mumbai Test Live Updates: OUT! Ravichandran Ashwin has trapped New Zealand captain and opener Tom Latham on 6. Latham challenges the on-field decision by going upstairs. This one didn’t turn as the NZ batter expected and thus played the wrong line. Ball trackers says three reds. New Zealand have been jolted early in chase of 540. Score 13/1 in 4.6 overs.
A positive start from the two New Zealand openers. Mohammed Siraj drifted onto the leg-stump and Will Young guided it to fine leg boundary. Seven runs came in the first over. Ravichandran Ashwin joined Siraj from the other end and Tom Latham swept his third delivery through backward square leg region for a four. Score 11/0, chasing 540.
Mohammed Siraj has the new ball. Tom Latham and Will Young are the two New Zealand openers as they start the chase of 540.
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But it was not before Agarwal and Pujara hit a flurry of boundaries in the morning session to put the pressure back on the bowlers. Pujara, in fact, made a statement as he twice stepped out to identical flighted deliveries and whipped them through mid-wicket. This was the delivery that got him yorked in the first innings but he looked very comfortable in the second. Agarwal was also in fine nick as he completed his second fifty plus score of the match with an effortless six over extra cover off Patel and then hit another boundary through the same area. For a bowler, who already has 12 wickets in the match, Patel would feel that it’s a trifle insulting that Agarwal hit him for a total of five sixes and even a defensive batter like Pujara lofted him for a maximum.
Agarwal was looking good for his second hundred of the game but in his bid to hit another six off Patel he could not reach to the pitch of the delivery and Will Young comfortably took the catch at long-off.
For Pujara this was the best chance to get a fifty and increase his confidence before the tour of South Africa. He survived a strong DRS appeal but then one delivery that was pitched slightly fuller and turned, got his outside edge in slip fielder Ross Taylor’s safe hands.