New Zealand

  • Mohammad Shami is a 'match-winner' for Team India: Zaheer Khan February 8, 2014

    Auckland: Speedster Zaheer Khan on Saturday lauded his junior team-mate Mohammad Shami for his fiery spell on the third day of the first cricket Test against New Zealand, saying he is a "match-winner" for Team India. Shami put on display a fine exhibition of swing and seam bowling to take 3...
  • Dhawan, Pujara steady as India need 320 runs more to win first Test February 8, 2014

    A remarkable fightback from Team India saw them end day three at 87 for 1, needing 320 more runs to win the first Test against New Zealand, who suffered a dramatic batting collapse in the second innings to be skittled out for 105 at Auckland on Saturday. India will have...
  • 407 to win - can India make history in New Zealand? February 8, 2014

    It is never easy to chase down a target (fourth innings) batting last, be it a big or small score. The team batting last in a Test match always finds itself in a tricky situation going after a score with deteriorating pitch and tired bodies. India in the first Test against...
  • Indian bowlers finally click to keep Team India in hunt in first Test February 8, 2014

    Everyone seemed to have written them off after their consistently poor performance over the past few months, but Indian bowlers finally proved their worth in the second innings of ongoing Test between New Zealand and India at Eden Park in Auckland. Indian bowlers are under scrutiny at the moment as...
  • Ind vs NZ, 1st Test Day 3: as it happened February 8, 2014

    India managed to recover from early blows and were 130 for 4 in reply to New Zealand 503 when bad light forced the umpire's to call off the play early on day two of the second Test at Eden Park on Friday. Rohit Sharma (67*) and Ajinkya Rahane (23*), who...
  • Ryder, Bracewell suspended for late-night drinking session February 7, 2014

    Auckland: New Zealand cricketers Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracewell have been suspended by the country's cricket board after they were found hanging out for a late-night drinking session on the eve of the opening Test match against India here. Bracewell and Ryder, who were part of New Zealand's 13-member squad, have...
  • Brendon McCullum confident of beating India in first Test February 7, 2014

    Auckland: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said he has bowlers at his disposal to take 20 Indian wickets after the Kiwis rode on the skipper's unbeaten double century to take an upperhand in the ongoing first cricket Test, here on Friday. McCullum's sparkling 224 guided New Zealand to a commanding...
  • Murali Vijay blames new ball for batting failure - don't openers specialise in that? February 7, 2014

    Auckland: At a loss to explain India's poor batting in the ongoing first cricket Test against New Zealand, opener Murali Vijay on Friday said more than the pitch, it is the new ball which is hurting willow-wielders on both sides. The Kiwis piled on 503 runs in their first innings and...
  • 1st Test: India 130/4 on Day 2 in reply to NZ's 503 February 7, 2014

    Auckland: India managed to recover from early blows and were 130 for 4 in reply to New Zealand 503 when bad light forced the umpire's to call off the play early on day two of the second Test at Eden Park on Friday. Rohit Sharma (67*) and Ajinkya Rahane (23*),...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs India, 1st Test, Day 2 February 7, 2014

    Centuries by Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum helped New Zealand take control on day one of the first Test against India at Auckland on Thursday. The Kiwis were 329 for 4 at stumps with McCullum unbeaten on 143 and Corey Anderson on 43. Williamson and McCullum engineered a crucial fightback for...
  • India win deciding doubles to beat New Zealand in Fed Cup February 6, 2014

    Astana, Kazakhstan: Sania Mirza combined with Prarthana Thombare to win the deciding doubles rubber and help India beat New Zealand 2-1 in the last Pool D match in the Asia/Oceania Group II competition in Fed Cup here on Thursday. Playing her first live match, Sania and Prarthana beat Maria Erakovic and...
  • India players 'happy' and 'satisfied' in a winless run overseas February 6, 2014

    Wonder if it's okay for the players to comment they are 'happy' or 'satisfied' with their performances when the end result is a steady decline in the team's performance. Team India is in the exact position - winless in Tests on foreign soil since June 2011 but still players are happy...
  • India can bounce back in Tests, says Gambhir February 6, 2014

    Chandigarh: With Indian team suffering one of its worst ODI series defeat in New Zealand recently, out-of-favour batsman Gautam Gambhir on Thursday said it is important to start a tour well as it becomes difficult to get the momentum back once the chips are down. "One thing is certain when we...
  • The pitch eased out after lunch: Williamson February 6, 2014

    Auckland: New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson credited his team's fantastic turnaround on the opening day of the first Test against India to the pitch, saying that it eased out considerably after a "tough" opening session here on Thursday. The Kiwis recovered from 54 for 3 at lunch to be 329 for...
  • Ishant happy with his bowling as India end sloppy day on field February 6, 2014

    Auckland: He might have been under the scanner for a while now due to poor form, but India's pacer Ishant Sharma, who reached the milestone of 150 Test wickets, said he was happy with the way he has been bowling. Ishant took two for 62 on the opening day of...
  • 1st Test: McCullum, Williamson tons take New Zealand to 329/4 on Day 1 February 6, 2014

    Auckland: Centuries by Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum helped New Zealand take control on day one of the first Test against India at Auckland on Thursday. The Kiwis were 329 for 4 at stumps with McCullum unbeaten on 143 and Corey Anderson on 43. Williamson and McCullum engineered a crucial fightback...
  • Ishant Sharma reaches 150-wicket mark in Test cricket February 6, 2014

    Auckland: Pacer Ishant Sharma became the 11th Indian to take 150 Test wickets when he removed opener Hamish Rutherford on the opening day of the first cricket Test against New Zealand, here on Thursday. Ishant reached the milestone in his 54th Test. After Zaheer Khan, the lanky speedster is currently India's...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs India, 1st Test, Day 1 February 6, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) 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. India have not...
  • Team India can bounce back in the Test series: Kris Srikkanth February 5, 2014

    Kris Srikkanth told CNN-IBN that Test match is a different ball game compared to the ODIs and on paper India are a better team than New Zealand. ...
  • New Zealand unchanged for first Test against India February 5, 2014

    Auckland: New Zealand on Wednesday named an unchanged side for the first Test against India at Eden Park, with seamer Doug Bracewell and batsman Jesse Ryder missing out. Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford were retained as openers for the match in Auckland starting Thursday, with selectors opting to stick with the...
  • Who can overturn India's winless run in overseas Tests? February 5, 2014

    The last time India toured New Zealand, they created history - breaking a 40-year jinx to win the series 1-0 after winning the Hamilton Test. But after being blanked 0-4 in the ODI leg of the current tour, the Indians will go into two-Test series as the second-best team -...
  • McCullum resists four seamers temptation for India Test February 5, 2014

    Auckland: Hoping that Indian batsmen would be flummoxed by inform legspinner Ish Sodhi, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum on Wednesday resisted the "temptation" to have four seamers and named an unchanged team for the first Test of the two-match series starting here on Thursday. New Zealand named an unchanged XI from...
  • Daniel Vettori targets New Zealand Test return February 5, 2014

    Injured New Zealand cricket great Daniel Vettori has set a May target to resume his international career with captain Brendon McCullum saying he should be an automatic selection if fit. Vettori, one of the world's leading all rounders, has been plagued by Achilles and back injuries and last played Test cricket...
  • Need to play good cricket and capitalise on it: MS Dhoni February 5, 2014

    Auckland: Desperate to bring the Indian team's faltering tour of New Zealand back on track, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni asked his players to dictate terms by capitalising crucial situations in the two-match Test series starting here on Thursday. India were hammered 0-4 in the five-match ODI series which led to the...
  • India's away Test record in dire straits February 5, 2014

    It's been 31 months since India last won an away Test. It happened in Jamaica, where they beat hosts West Indies in June 2011. And their current streak of 12 back-to-back away Tests without a win is the worst for MS Dhoni & Co. since 1993-2001, when the number stood...
  • 1st Test: India's search for first win in 2014 resumes in New Zealand February 5, 2014

    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 Thursday at the Eden Park in Auckland. India have not won a Test match on the road since June 2011,...
  • Kiwi pacer Boult feels Indian batsmen crumble under pressure February 4, 2014

    Auckland: New Zealand pacer Trent Boult on Tuesday sought to play mind games ahead of the first Test against India, saying the visiting batsmen are too attacking and that sustained pressure can get them to commit errors. "The Indians are attacking batsmen. Everyone knows how they are going to play. I...