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Home / Cricket / India vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 3, highlights: Rahane, Vihari take India to 144/4 at stumps, NZ ahead by 39 runs

India vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 3, highlights: Rahane, Vihari take India to 144/4 at stumps, NZ ahead by 39 runs

India vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 3, as it happened: Follow live cricket score and updates of India vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 3.

cricket Updated: Feb 23, 2020, 12:47 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
India vs New Zealand as it happened
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IND vs NZ 1st Test Day 3: Rahane and Vihari stood tall and resolute and weathered all the storm to take India to 144 for 4 at the end of the day 3. New Zealand are still ahead by 39 runs, and India need to bat well and bat long even on day 4. There is Rishabh Pant in the bunker and then there is R Ashwin. India will need all the batsmen to step up if they have to do put any pressure on New Zealand.

New Zealand bowled out for 348. Lead by 183 runs.Ishant Sharma gets the final wicket as Trent Boult’s cameo came to an end. Ishant completed his five-wicket haul, 11th of his Test career. Ashwin dismissed Colin de Grandhomme and Kyle Jamieson. While the former nicked one to Rishabh Pant behind the stumps, Jamieson slogged one straight to Hanuma Vihari. Ishant Sharma dismissed Tim Southee who flicked a straying delivery to Mohammed Shami at deep backward square leg region. At the start of the day, Jasprit Bumrah, who went wicketless yesterday, got the wicket of BJ Watling, prompting the Kiwi batsman to edge one to Rishabh Pant behind the stumps. 

Follow highlights of India vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 3:

12:08 hrs: Stumps - India end the day on 144 for 4, they are still behind by 39 runs. New Zealand are ahead here, but India live to fight another day.

11:52 hrs: Final few overs remain - Rahane and Vihari have remained watchful, the scoreboard has not chugged along at a rapid pace, but they would want to see off the day without any further jolts.

11:35 hrs: Rahane looking good - He has sussed the conditions pretty well. The upper cut over point and then a controlled dab through point gets him consecutive boundaries. India edge closer to New Zealand’s score.

11:25 hrs: The bouncer tactic - The New Zealand bowling attack has been relentless all day, they have tested all the batsmen. A bouncer and then a length ball on the off side, this has been a proper test for this batting order.

11:07 hrs: Watchful - India still trail by 57 runs and these two have to bat out the rest of the day and take their side as close as possible to New Zealand’s score.

11:00 hrs: This partnership holds key - Vihari has been a man in good form and Rahane is looking watchful at the other end. This partnership is the key for India as they look to wipe off this deficit.

10:36 hrs: Kohli has been bounced out - The plan and the relentless nature of this attack and finally given New Zealand the prized scalp of Virat Kohli. Boult bounced the ball from around the wicket, Kohli wanted to hook it away ended up feathering it to BJ Watling. Massive moment in this match.

10:27 hrs: Kohli has settled down - New Zealand have tested him out with the wide delivery on the fifth stump, he has allowed them to pass. They have tested him with the short delivery from around the wicket, he is content in sitting down and letting them pass too. Attrition and proper Test cricket.

10:14 hrs: Kohli being tested with the short ball - Tim Southee is around the wicket and he is banging the ball in short. There is a short leg and short square leg in position. Kohli is content in allowing the ball to sail through. This is a battle of attrition.

10:02 hrs: Mayank has been strangled down the leg side - What a filthy way to depart, a full ball down the leg side, Mayank wants to flick it away, the ball kisses the edge and Watling takes the catch. A top innings has come to an end!

9:48 hrs: Jittery start by Kohli - Tim Southee is troubling Kohli who looks rather jittery. He has got two boundaries but those strokes were not convincing. India need their captain to stand tall here, this promises to be a very interesting phase.

9:13 hrs: Pujara has been castled - Boult came from around the wicket and angled the ball in, Pujara lofted his bat in a bid to let the ball pass, the ball keeps coming back in and smashes the stumps.

9:02 hrs: 50 for Mayank - This has been a top effort by the opener. He was tested with the swinging ball, he was tested with the bouncing ball, he took blows on his body, but stayed put and has now a 50 to show for his efforts. Needs to take guard again and keep going.

8:55 hrs: Spin introduced and Mayank is on the charge - Ajaz Patel has the ball and Mayank is down the track. After soaking in all the pressure, he now has the chance to collect some runs. Down the track he comes and thumps the ball over long off for a six.

8:26 hrs: Excellent spell by the debutant Kyle Jamieson: He is keeping the Indian batsmen on their toes with some aggressive fast bowling. New Zealand are really applying a lot of pressure here. Both Mayank and Pujara are not getting too many freebies.

08:02 hrs: Huge appeal for caught behind, the umpire is not interested. New Zealand have reviewed it. It seems to be hitting Pujara’s arm guard. New Zealand lose the review as there was not conclusive evidence to support that the ball hit Pujara’s gloves.

08:00 hrs: What a debut this has been for Kyle Jamieson. He seems like a threat whenever he gets the ball. He is into the attack and suddenly, the mood has changed in the middle.

07:45 hrs: Mayank Agarwal was splendid in the first innings, and he needs to stick it out in the middle to help his side bounce back in the match.

07:35 hrs: Stats attack:

Prithvi Shaw dismissed for 14 by Trent Boult

· 3rd consecutive innings without a fifty for Shaw in Tests.

· 6th consecutive innings without a fifty for Shaw in international cricket (Tests + ODIs).

· 2nd time he has been caught by Tom Latham in international cricket (Tests + ODIs).

· Consecutive innings with a wicket of an opener for Boult.

o Mayank was dismissed by Boult in the first innings.

07:26 hrs: GONE! Fantastic catch from Tom Latham ends Prithvi Shaw’s innings. Short and straying delivery, and the batsman flicked it, but Latham grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Literally.

07:20 hrs: Crunched! Prithvi Shaw goes on the backfoot, wide and short from Southee, Shaw jumps on his feet, and slams it through midwicket for a boundary.

07:14 hrs: Steady start from Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal. There seems to be a change in Prithvi Shaw’s style of batting. He is setting himself in the middle, understanding the pitch.

07:04 hrs: Stats attack:

Boult dismissed for 38 (24) by Ishant Sharma

· SR of 158.33 by Boult — 3rd best by a no. 11 Kiwi batsman with 20+ runs in a Test innings.

o 171.42 – 24* off 14 by Ken Hough vs ENG, Auckland in 1959

o 160.00 – 24* off 15 by Boult vs ENG, Leeds in 2013

o 158.33 – 38 off 24 by Boult vs IND, Wellington, TODAY

· 11th five-wicket haul for Ishant Sharma in Tests & 9th in away Tests.

· 3rd five-wicket haul for Ishant against New Zealand (all of them in NZ)

o 2nd most among Indian pacers after Zaheer Khan (4).

· Five-wicket haul in consecutive Test for Ishant.

· 2nd 5-wicket haul for Ishant at Wellington — 2nd Indian pacer to do so after Zaheer Khan (3).

· Joint 2nd most 5-wicket haul among Indian pacers in Tests.

06:50 hrs: Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal came out to open for India. Tim Southee starts the attack with the ball for New Zealand.

06:15 hrs: New Zealand bowl out for 348. Lead by 183 runs.Ishant Sharma gets the final wicket and he has taken 5 wickets.

06:07 hrs: SIX! Boult steps forward to Ashwin and goes big. That has crossed the boundary ropes for a massive hit.

06:05 hrs: FOUR! Boult absolutely smoked it into Sharma’s hands. There was no the bowler could have taken the catch. It was rough. He follows it up with another boundary. Smart cameo, this from Boult.

05:50 hrs: GONE! Huge appeal from Ashwin and Pant for caught behind, and the umpire raises his finger. There was a glove on it. Colin de Grandhomme departs for 43. New Zealand 310/9

05:48 hrs: Stats attack:

300+ up for New Zealand

· 1st 300+ score conceded by India after 9 consecutive innings of bowing out opposition for below 300.

· 1st score of above 300 conceded by India in an away Test after 7 consecutive innings of bowing out opposition for 300 or below.

o The last time India conceded above 300 in away Test innings was at Perth (AUS 326) in 2018.

· 1st 300+ score conceded by India against New Zealand after 6 consecutive innings of bowing out NZ for below 300.

o NZ’s last 300+ score against India came at the same Wellington (680/8d) in 2014.

05:35 hrs: FOUR! A lucky boundary from Ajaz Patel, he chopped one which went between his pads and the stumps for a boundary. Brings up 300 for New Zealand.

05:31 hrs: WICKET! Ashwin finally breaks the partnership as Jamieson tries to slice across the ball, but Vihari made good ground to get underneath it and complete an easy catch. NZ 296/8 lead by 131 runs

05:21 hrs: Stats attack:

Fifty partnership for 8th wicket between Jamieson and Grandhomme

· 1st ever stand for 50 runs between Jamieson and Grandhomme in Tests.

· 1st fifty stand since March 2018 for 8th wicket by New Zealand in Tests.

o Their last 50+ stand for 8tnh wicket came at Auckland against England in March 2018 for 72 runs between Nicholls and Southee.

· 1st fifty stand since December 2006 at Wellington for 8th wicket by New Zealand in Tests.

o Their last 50+ stand for 8tnh wicket came at Wellington against Sri Lanka in December 2006 for 96 runs between Franklin and Vettori.

05:12 hrs: Good partnership building - this partnership between Jamieson and de Grandhomme. India, once again, are being frustrated by a building partnership.

05:05 hrs: SIX! Kyle Jamieson gets a bouncer from Shami and he pulls it for a six. This also take New Zealand’s lead past 100-run mark.  How good is this shot for a debutant.

04:53 hrs: CHANCE! Shami almost got rid of de Grandhomme, as the batsman tries to defend a straighter one, but the ball almost landed in Shami’s hands. Shami tried to dive, but it just dropped short.

04:51 hrs: Bumrah’s struggle with the new ball again on display as he gets hammered for two boundaries from Colin de Grandhomme with the new ball. New Zealand closing at 100-run lead.

04:45 hrs: The new ball is available after this over from Mohammed Shami. Will Virat Kohli go for a new ball straight away or will he wait for one more over? YES, HE IS!

04:35 hrs: SIX! Kyle Jamieson can bat! The right-hander hits Mohammed Shami for a massive hit. NZ lead is now 75.

04:28 hrs: India lose review - A caught behind appeal against Colin de Grandhomme was turned down by the umpire. But Ishant Sharma convinced Kohli to go for review as he believed there were two noises. Nope, no bat.

04:23 hrs: GONE! Jasprit Bumrah hits Colin de Grandhomme’s pads, huge appeal. Umpire Dar raises his fingers. De Grandhomme will review this. This looks to be missing leg stumps, maybe? Yes, it’s miles away from the stumps. De Grandhomme saved by the DRS.

04:16 hrs: GONE! Tim Southee tries to go for a big one on a bad delivery from Ishant, and gets himself caught at square leg. Mohammed Shami makes no mistake. NZ 225/7

04:13 hrs: Bumrah is breathing fire at the moment with the ball. The ball just went between Southee’s bat and stumps. PHEW! That could easily have been a wicket.

04:02 hrs: GONE! First ball of the day and Bumrah strikes! All the criticism and Bumrah comes off with a wicket on first day of the 2nd ball. Pace, bounce, and Watling edged it to Pant behind the stumps. NZ 216/6

04:00 hrs: So, here we go, BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme are out in the middle. Jasprit Bumrah starts with the ball. HERE WE GO!

03:55 hrs: Update on Kane Williamson’s injury: “An x-ray this morning has cleared BLACKCAPS captain Kane Williamson of any fracture to his right middle finger following a blow at the start of his innings yesterday. He will wear a light protective guard,” writes BlackCaps Twitter.

03:50 hrs: 10 minutes to go - the play will resume in 10 minutes. BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme will be out to bat. India might look for Ashwin to bring in some turn and Ishant to be his ruthless best. Exciting first session in store.

03:40 hrs: Weather Update from BCCI: “A windy and partly sunny morning welcomes us here on Day 3 at the Basin Reserve.” 

03:30 hrs: Tim Southee plays Ishant Sharma: “He’s been a world class bowler for a long time,” Southee said of the tall right hander’s performance. When you’re slightly underdone in terms of preparation and having an injury coming into the series you can call on previous experience. He has played 90-odd test matches and he knows what he needs to do to get himself right for a test match and when the preparation isn’t ideal he is able to find ways to perform like he has.”

03:20 hrs: How Ishant Sharma spent his days before the Test: “I am not happy because I have not slept for two days and I was struggling a lot today (with my body). The way I would have liked to bowl, it did not happen. They asked me to play and I played. Anything, for the team. Not that I wasn’t happy with my bowling. I wasn’t happy with my body as I could only sleep for 40 minutes last night and day before the Test match, I slept for three hours.” READ MORE

03:10 hrs: Ishant Sharma expresses displeasure at fans for criticising Jasprit Bumrah: “It’s funny that perceptions changed after one innings” Ishant told reporters after Day 2. “For two years, we have always taken 20 wickets, myself, Boom (Bumrah’s nickname in Indian dressing room) and Shami along with Ash or Jaddu (at home). How can people question on the basis of one innings (Test)?” I don’t think anyone doubts Boom’s ability. Since his debut, what he has achieved for India, I don’t think anyone should raise any questions.” READ MORE

03:00 hrs: What India need to do to save the match:

1) Bowl out NZ in the first session.

2) Bat through the final session tomorrow.

02:45 hrs: New Zealand’s game so far - Skipper Kane Williamson’s 89 has put the Kiwis on top after the bowlers did their job well of bowling out India for 165. This is New Zealand’s game to lose from here on.

02:30 hrs: Hello and welcome to our live blog of Day 3 of India vs New Zealand 1st Test. This match is going the Kiwis way at the moment, with the hosts taking a sold lead of 51 runs. India need to take quick wickets on Day 3 to restrict the lead and then come out with all guns blazing in the match.

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