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As it happened: New Zealand vs India, 1st Test, Day 1


Cricketnext Staff
Feb 06, 2014 at 11:23am IST

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After being thrashed 4-0 against all odds in the ODI series by hosts New Zealand, Team India will hope to make amends in the first Test of the two-Test series starting today at the Eden Park in Auckland.

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India have not won a Test match on the road since June 2011, having lost nine out of 12. On the other hand, in the last two years, the Black Caps have won just three out of the last 21 Tests they have played but keeping their ODI form in mind, NZ are a team on the rise and look a better outfit than India.

As it happened: New Zealand vs India, 1st Test, Day 1

Indian players celebrating the dismissal of Ross Taylor. (AFP)

India won the Test series 1-0 last time around in New Zealand in 2008 but this Kiwi outfit seems much more accomplished than five years ago and looks a bigger threat this time around.

Commentary (India 2nd Innings)

So that ends our coverage of this dramatic first Test, hope you all enjoyed it. New Zealand are leading the series 1-0, will India suffer yet another whitewash in Tests? Or will they salvage some pride by finally managing to win a Test overseas? Do join us for the second Test between these two teams starting from 14th of February 2014. Until then, it's goodbye and take care.

Brendon McCullum was adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant double ton. Says the team showed amazing character and spirit to come back and win the test. Says he is happy for Wagner to get the success that he did. Says partnerships were crucial, they helped them get to a good total. Calls it a great Test match. Says he is happy that his instincts of not enforcing the following-on worked for them on this occasion. Says Wagner has not been that lucky with wickets but he has been bowling really well. Says it's always nice to contribute to the team winning, and winning against India is always special.

MS Dhoni - Starts off saying that the bowlers really bowled well. Says the batsmen did not bat well overall, but the effort in second innings with the ball was terrific. Admits they lost wickets at crucial times, the match did not go all five days but was exciting throughout. Confesses that bowling the home team out cheaply brought them back into the game, and they will have to repeat it. Says it was important to take it session by session and then build on the chase, a few calls tough and unlucky but what matters is that they lost the game by 40 runs.

India did not start their chase well losing Vijay early in their innings in the final session on Day 3. This morning, Dhawan and Kohli played brilliantly to bring India in the game well with both scoring fifties. Dhawan went on to score his second Test hundred, but he and Rahane were dismissed in quick session at the stroke of Tea. Jadeja and Dhoni tried to resurrect the chase with a counter attack but failed to do so as Wagner and Boult bowled brilliantly to ensure the home side won the match by 40 runs.

India, in their reply were bowled out for a low score with Rohit Sharma being the only positive for them scoring a fifty. The New Zealand pace bowlers shared all the wickets amongst themselves as they really bowled brilliantly. India roared back into the match, thanks to some fine bowling from their pacers as they bundled out the home side for just 105. Shami Ahmed and Ishant Sharma were the destroyers-in-chief for the Kiwis.

What a Test match we've had! It started with India winning the toss, inserting the Kiwis in, getting them down to 30-3 only for a brilliant double century from the New Zealand skipper McCullum. He not only got them back into the match but along with a superb ton from the in-form Williamson got New Zealand past 500. Ishant took six wickets but was on the expensive side.

What a finish! New Zealand struck crucial blows at the stroke of Tea dismissing Dhawan and Rahane. India then came back hard with Jadeja and Dhoni but Wagner and Boult once again struck, picking up wickets at regular intervals to ensure the visitors never got away. Dhoni tried his best yet again to script something special but failed to do so. India yet again struggle to a win a Test overseas since 2011.

96.3 T Boult to Sharma, OUT! NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 40 RUNS! Shorter in length on middle, Ishant goes for the pull but gets an edge to the keeper, Watling. It's all over, what a change after Tea! 366/10

96.2 T Boult to Sharma, Bowls it on the pads, Sharma lets it go. 366/9

96.1 T Boult to Sharma, FOUR! Shot! Fuller outside off, Ishant drills it through covers for a boundary. 366/9

Shami Ahmed is the last man in.

95.6 N Wagner to Dhoni, OUT! Dragged on! Good length on off, Dhoni looks to work it to the leg side for a pull but only manages to get it onto his pads and to his pads. Wagner strikes again! They wait for the decision for cutting the back line of the crease. But the replay shows that he was fine, Dhoni has to go. 362/9

95.5 N Wagner to Dhoni, FOUR! Shot! Fuller on off, Dhoni hits it over mid off. The ball rolls towards the fence as the fielder dives to stop the ball but fails to do so. Dhoni needs a single here to get strike for the next over. 362/8

95.4 N Wagner to Dhoni, Pitched up outside off, Dhoni punches it to covers off his front foot. 358/8

95.3 N Wagner to Dhoni, Good length on middle, turned to the on side. 358/8

95.2 N Wagner to Dhoni, Shorter in length on middle, Dhoni lets it go over him. 358/8

95.1 N Wagner to MS Dhoni, Fullish on off, driven to mid off. 358/8

94.6 T Boult to Dhoni, Good length on middle, Dhoni works it to the leg side and takes a quick single. The fielder has a shy at the striker's end but does not hit as Ishant comes back in his crease rather hurriedly. 358/8

94.5 T Boult to Dhoni, Full on off, Dhoni drives it to mid off. 357/8

94.4 Boult to Dhoni, FOUR LEG BYES! Shorter in length on middle, Dhoni does not connect on his pull, the ball hits his helmet and goes away over the keeper's head for a boundary. 357/8

94.3 T Boult to Dhoni, Shorter in length on off, Dhoni pulls it to long on from the crease. 353/8

94.2 T Boult to Dhoni, Fuller on off, Dhoni defends it. 353/8

94.1 T Boult to Dhoni, FOUR! Fetch that! Fuller on off, Dhoni drills it hard through mid off for a powerful boundary. 353/8

93.6 N Wagner to I Sharma, Fuller outside off, Ishant drives it handsomely through covers and wants a single but Dhoni sends him back and rightly so. 349/8

Ishant Sharma comes out to bat.

93.5 N Wagner to Khan, OUT! Wagner strikes yet again! Good length outside off, Zaheer edges it to Taylor, at first slip. Zaheer was caught in his crease, no footwork. Wagner has been the best bowler for the Kiwis. 349/8

93.4 N Wagner to Khan, Good length outside off, Zaheer lets it go. 349/7

93.3 N Wagner to Dhoni, Good length on middle, worked to mid-wicket for a single. 349/7

93.2 N Wagner to Khan, Bowls it from wide of the crease, fuller outside off, Zaheer guides it to covers for a single. 348/7

93.1 N Wagner to Dhoni, Fuller on off, Dhoni plays it down the ground through mid off for a single. 347/7

Wagner back on.

Drinks break.

92.6 T Boult to Khan, Full on middle, Zaheer bunts it to mid on. 346/7

92.5 T Boult to Dhoni, Appeal for an LBW but given not out! Fuller on middle, going down, Dhoni walks down the wicket and gets outside the line for a leg bye. The players appeal but the umpire is not interested as it was going down leg. 346/7

92.4 T Boult to Z Khan, Fuller outside off, guided down to third man for a single. 345/7

92.3 T Boult to Khan, Good length on off, Zaheer defends it. 344/7

92.2 T Boult to Dhoni, Full on middle, Dhoni flicks it uppishly on one bounce to the fielder at square leg for a single. 344/7

92.1 T Boult to Dhoni, Drifts it on the pads, Dhoni turns it to long leg. Zaheer was way down the track and Dhoni sends him back. 343/7

91.6 Tim Southee to Khan, Good length on middle, Zaheer has a swing at it but does not connect. The ball just goes over the stumps. 343/7

91.5 Tim Southee to Khan, Bouncer! Shorter in length outside off, Zaheer backs away at first and then let's it go. 343/7

91.4 Tim Southee to Khan, Fuller on off, Zaheer mistimes his drive to the off side. 343/7

91.3 Tim Southee to Khan, Fuller on middle, Zaheer plays it through mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 343/7

91.2 Tim Southee to Khan, Fuller outside off, Zaheer drills it through covers for a couple of runs. 341/7

91.1 Tim Southee to Dhoni, Fuller on middle, Dhoni turns it towards square leg for a single. 339/7

90.6 T Boult to Khan, Good length on off, Zaheer defends it to the off side. 338/7

90.5 T Boult to Khan, Goes round the wicket, bangs it short on middle, Zaheer takes his eyes off that one but does well to defend it with his bat. 338/7

90.4 T Boult to Khan, Good length on middle, Zaheer defends it off his crease. 338/7

90.3 T Boult to Khan, Good length outside off, Zaheer leaves it all alone. 338/7

90.2 T Boult to Khan, Touch shorter outside off, Zaheer watches it closely and shoulders his arms to it. 338/7

90.1 T Boult to Khan, Fuller outside off, Zaheer lets it go. 338/7

89.6 Tim Southee to Khan, Touch fuller outside off, Zaheer hoicks it through point for a single to retain the strike. 338/7

89.5 Tim Southee to Khan, SIX! BOOM! Short and wide outside off, Zaheer carves it over point for a maximum. 337/7

89.4 Tim Southee to Khan, Zaheer has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 331/7

89.3 Tim Southee to Khan, Angles in a good length delivery on off, Zaheer defends it. 331/7

89.2 Tim Southee to Khan, Good length outside off, Zaheer is beaten as he has a poke at it. 331/7

89.1 Tim Southee to Dhoni, Fuller on off, Dhoni turns it with his wrists towards mid-wicket for a single. 331/7

88.6 T Boult to Khan, Good length outside off, Zaheer defends it to the slip region. 330/7

88.5 T Boult to Khan, Good length outside off, Zaheer is beaten as he looks to play at it. 330/7

88.4 T Boult to Khan, Bouncer! Shorter in length on middle, Zaheer ducks under it easily. 330/7

88.3 T Boult to Khan, Good length on off, Zaheer pats it to the off side. 330/7

88.2 T Boult to Dhoni, Good length outside off, Dhoni taps it to the off side for a single. 330/7

88.1 T Boult to Dhoni, Fuller outside off, Dhoni has a poke at it but misses it completely. 329/7

87.6 Tim Southee to Z Khan, Fuller on off, Zaheer keeps it out well. 329/7

87.5 Tim Southee to Khan, Shorter in length on middle, Zaheer sways out of the line of this one and lets it go. 329/7

87.4 Tim Southee to Khan, Good length on off, Zaheer defends it. 329/7

87.3 Tim Southee to Khan, FOUR! Shot! Short outside off, Zaheer backs away and cuts it high over point for a boundary. 329/7

87.2 Tim Southee to Khan, Bang! Shorter in length on middle, Zaheer gets up and fends it awkwardly off his bat to the off side. 325/7

87.1 Tim Southee to Dhoni, Good length on middle, Dhoni takes a single to square leg. Dhoni has taken a single, is it the right thing to do? To expose Zaheer so early in the over? 325/7

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