New Zealand

  • Brendon McCullum first NZ player to score Test triple century February 18, 2014

    Brendon McCullum became the first New Zealand batsman to score a Test match triple century on Tuesday during the fifth day of the second Test against India at the Basin Reserve. The 32-year-old McCullum had resumed on 281 and brought up the milestone with a late cut for his 32nd boundary...
  • As it happened: India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 5 February 18, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) After Brendon McCullum's historic triple century set India 435 to chase on Day 5, Virat Kohli struck his 6th Test hundred to earn India a draw. Day 4 round-up: Bowlers win you Test matches because you need 20 wickets to win...
  • Better for India to lose 2-0 than not take an outside chance to win February 17, 2014

    At the end of the first session on day three, India could hardly imagine the nightmare they would be starting at five sessions later in the second Test against New Zealand that has been turned on its head by the hosts' middle order. India led by 246 at the end of...
  • Milestone man McCullum on the brink of greatness February 17, 2014

    Wellington: An exhausted Brendon McCullum stood on the cusp of history on Monday after he had saved the second Test against India and set up his side up for a tilt at what would be an astounding victory on the fifth and final day. The 32-year-old captain ended the fourth day...
  • Proud BJ Watling relished grinding India with a century February 17, 2014

    Wellington: The cricketing cliche of taking each ball on its merits and then switching off to deal with the next was never more appropriate on Monday as Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling batted New Zealand into a strong position in the second Test against India. The hosts were 571 for six...
  • Shikhar Dhawan still hopeful of a win on Day 5 February 17, 2014

    Wellington: At a loss of words to explain India's poor performance, batsman Shikhar Dhawan on Monday conceded that New Zealand have turned the tables on his side in the ongoing second cricket Test but insisted that the visitors still have a chance to not just save but win the match. The...
  • 2nd Test: McCullum-led NZ stun India by taking a 325-run lead on Day 4 February 17, 2014

    Bowlers win you Test matches because you need 20 wickets to win one. India were once again taught that lesson by New Zealand on Monday when Brendon McCullum's second consecutive double century, BJ Watling's 124 and a world-record partnership of 352 for the sixth wicket between those two pushed the...
  • McCullum, Watling break world record for sixth-wicket stand February 17, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum and B J Watling broke the world record for the highest sixth-wicket partnership with a 352-run stand against India in the ongoing second cricket Test here on Monday. McCullum and Watling scored 229 (not out) and 124 runs respectively to break the previous record of...
  • Brendon McCullum scores third double ton against India February 17, 2014

    Wellington: Brendon McCullum became only the second New Zealander to score two double centuries in the same series when he passed the 200 mark Monday in a remarkable game-changing innings against India. Fighting off pain from back, knee and shoulder injuries, the New Zealand captain reached 200 midway through the afternoon...
  • Team India's frustration in New Zealand caught on microphone February 17, 2014

    Indian bowlers were once again put under pressure in New Zealand on Monday when a 300-plus partnership between Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling continued to pour cold water over India's hopes of winning the second Test. And the frustration of Team India was caught on microphone. New Zealand erased India's 246-run...
  • As it happened: India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 4 February 17, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Brendon McCullum (281*) struck his second double ton of the series in a world record stand with BJ Watling (124) as India could take just one wicket on Day 4 of the 2nd Test, which ended with NZ 325 runs...
  • One partnership was the key for us: NZ assistant coach February 16, 2014

    Wellington: Heaping praise on Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling for their spirited batting in the ongoing third Test against India, New Zealand's assistant coach Bob Carter on Sunday said their effort has given the home team "a lot of heart" to fight the tough battle of survival in the match. The...
  • Dropped catches delay India's win in New Zealand February 16, 2014

    India grassed crucial chances to let the chance of winning the second Test in New Zealand on the third day slip out of their hands, though the visitors still remain the favourites to level the series at 1-1. New Zealand won their first couple of sessions in the Test when they...
  • Brendon McCullum determined to soldier on to save Test February 16, 2014

    An exhausted Brendon McCullum looked wearily back at the Basin Reserve wicket as the sun that had beat down upon him for almost six hours on Sunday was slowly sinking and knew he would need to do the same again on Monday. The New Zealand captain had just slowly trudged off...
  • 2nd Test: McCullum ton erases India's lead on Day 3, NZ 6 runs ahead February 16, 2014

    New Zealand pressed the undo button on India's big 246-run lead on Saturday to move to 252 for 5, standing six runs ahead at close of play on day three of the second Test - thanks to Brendon McCullum's ninth Test century and his 158-run unbroken stand with BJ Watling. The...
  • Team India's current poor form won't hurt WC chances: Gavaskar February 16, 2014

    Wellington: India's poor form in the ongoing tour of New Zealand will count for nothing when the team comes here to defend the World Cup title as the current exposure to conditions would work to its advantage during the mega-event next year, feels former captain Sunil Gavaskar. India were thrashed 0-4...
  • Jesse Ryder dropped from NZ squad for World T20 February 16, 2014

    Wellington: Jesse Ryder's latest off-field indiscretion has predictably cost him a place in New Zealand's squad for the World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh next month. Ryder, 29, was dropped from New Zealand's squad for the second Test against India at the Basin Reserve after being involved in a late-night drinking session...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs India, 2nd Test, Day 3 February 16, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 2 round-up: India drove themselves into a position of control on day two of the second Test against New Zealand, thanks to Ajinkya Rahane's maiden Test century and his partnership with skipper MS Dhoni that gave India a 246-run...
  • We need to fight back to deny India a win in the 2nd Test: Watling February 15, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling admitted that a long, hard battle lies ahead of their batsmen in the second Test against India after the visitors took a formidable 246-run first innings lead, riding on Ajinkya Rahane's maiden Test ton on Saturday. "It was not really an ideal day for us....
  • Rahane thanks Dravid, Tendulkar after maiden Test ton February 15, 2014

    Wellington: Elated after scoring his maiden Test hundred, Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane on Saturday thanked retired legends Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid for inspiring him and helping him become a better player. Rahane hit 118 runs on Saturday in the ongoing second Test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve to...
  • 2nd Test: Rahane's ton gives India control; NZ 24/1, trailing by 222 February 15, 2014

    India drove themselves into a position of control on day two of the second Test against New Zealand, thanks to Ajinkya Rahane's maiden Test century and his partnership with skipper MS Dhoni that gave India a 246-run lead on Saturday. Rahane stroked 118 runs and in partnership with Dhoni (68) added...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs India, 2nd Test, Day 2 February 15, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 1 round-up: Hurt from being axed from India's limited-overs squad, Ishant Sharma once again breathed fire in New Zealand with a six-wicket haul that destroyed the visitors on the opening day of the second Test, which ended with India...
  • News 360: Kejriwal quits as CM after Assembly rejects Jan Lokpal Bill February 14, 2014

    Arvind Kejriwal's roller coaster ride as the Delhi Chief Minister came to an end on February 14, 2014 just 49 days after he assumed office along with his six colleagues as his government failed to table the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Assembly following a high-voltage clash with Congress and...
  • Back-in-form Ishant Sharma says he is ignored for important tours February 14, 2014

    Ishant Sharma chose to learn his lessons the hard way, but the good thing is that he has started the process. And to show for it, the Delhi pacer has five-wicket hauls in back-to-back Tests in New Zealand. But hurt from being axed for the Asia Cup and World T20,...
  • 2nd Test: Kane Williamson praises Indian bowling on day one February 14, 2014

    Wellington: Key New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson praises the Indian bowling attack after the Kiwis were shot out for 192 runs on the first day of the second and final Test . "They bowled very well. They sort of picked up from where they left off in Auckland (in first...
  • You only learn from experience, says Ishant Sharma February 14, 2014

    Wellington: After taking his career-best haul in Tests, Indian medium-pacer Ishant Sharma said that he has been bowling well consistently for some time but his performance was being noticed only now because he is among wickets these days. Ishant took 6 for 51 on the first day of the second Test...