India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 1: India 239/7 at stumps

India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 1 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Anil Kumble coached India are leading the Test series by 1-0 after winning the 1st Test match in Kanpur. Thus, Virat Kohli and company will look to continue their winning form against Ross Taylor led New Zealand at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in the 2nd Test match. India won the toss and elected to bat first. 

4:35 pm: End of day’s play. India are 239/7 in 86 overs.

4: 25 pm: FOUR! Straight drive from Saha India are 235/7.

4: 25 pm: Jadeja joins Saha in the middle.

4:24 pm: WICKET! Ashwin is LBW by Henry. He departs for 26 runs from 33 balls. India are 231/7.

India vs New Zealand, Rohit Sharma, Indian cricket

4:23 pm: FOUR! What a shot from Ashwin. Pure timing.

4:15 pm: New ball has been taken. Boult and Henry will start the proceedings.

4:09 pm: SIX! First of the innings. Saha hits a flighted delivery from Patel out of the ground.

India vs New Zealand, Wriddhiman Saha, Indian cricket

3:58 pm: WICKET! Rahane is given LBW on Patel’s bowling. He goes for a well played 77. India are 200/6.

India vs New Zealand, Ajinkya Rahane, Indian cricket

3:40 pm: Hopes on Ashwin to re-build the innings with Rahane.

3:39 pm: WICKET! Rohit Sharma is caught at short leg by Latham. Patel gets his first wicket. Maybe Sharma can treat himself in the dressing room now. India are 193/5.

India vs New Zealand, Rohit Sharma, Indian cricket

3:39 pm: That’s nasty. Rohit Sharma has injured himself. Dives to save his wicket but injures his shoulder in the process.

3:19 pm: WICKET! Pujara plays an uppish drive but is caught at short cover by Guptill. Pujara goes for 87, Wagner gets his man. India are 187/4.

India vs New Zealand, Cheteshwar Pujara, Indian cricket

3:11 pm: FOUR! Consecutive boundaries from Rahane. Wagner concedes eight runs in the over.

2:13 pm: India 136/3 at Tea. A good session for India. Pujara and Rahane put on a 90 run partnership.

2:08 pm: FOUR! Pujara cuts a short delivery from Santner. India are 133/3.

2:03 pm: FOUR! Rahane drives an uppish delivery from Patel through the extra-cover boundary. India are 127/3.

1:42 pm: Close call! Rahane comes down the track and mis-hits it completely. Substitute Bracewell is not able to hold on the ball, denying Patel his first wicket.

1:28 pm: FOUR! Pujara raises his bat. A fighting knock this. Pujara moves on to 50 from 146 balls.

1:27 pm: 100 up for India. Safe to say that India has recovered well but still a long way to go.

12:50 pm:  38 run partnership between Pujara and Rahane takes India’s score to 84/3.

11:30 am:  India are 57/3 at lunch. Pujara at 31* and Rahane at 2*.

11:21 am: FOUR! Pujara smashes Patel for a boundary and brings up the team Fifty. India are 50/3.

11:09 am: Rahane walks in the middle. India need Pujara-Rahane to consolidate.

11:08 am: A brilliant catch from Latham. Kohli goes for 9 runs after facing 28 balls. Boult gets his first wicket of the day. India are 46/3.

11:08 am: WICKET! Kohli departs. Over-pitched delivery and Kohli tries to smash it four. Unfortunately, he edges it and is caught at gully by Latham. Boult dismisses the India captain.

India vs New Zealand, Virat Kohli, Indian cricket

11:07 am: Four! What a shot from Kohli. That had four written all over it. India are 46/2.

10:45 am: Kohli and Pujara are both reading the ball well as Santner tries to dent India’s hopes. India 33/2.

10:35 am: Bowling change by Ross Taylor. Neil Wagner replaces Boult and Mitchell Santner replaces Henry. Virat Kohli must settle down and bat patiently alongside Pujara.

10:25 am: Captain Virat Kohli comes to the crease. India needs the skipper to perform as Kiwis look to dominate early on.

10:23 am: WICKET! Henry strikes again! He dismisses Indian opener Murali Vijay for just 9 runs off 29 balls. India 28/2.

10:10 am: Four! Pujara smashes Henry for consecutive boundaries. India 15/1.

9:55 am: Vijay hits Boult for a brilliant FOUR! First boundary for India in the 1st innings. India 7/1.

Cricket, Murali Vijay, India

9:49 am: Back-to-back maiden overs. Kiwis are enforcing early pressure on the Indian batsmen. India 1/1.

9:42 am: Cheteshwar Pujara is the next batsman for India. He will look to develop a partnership with Murali Vijay.

9:41 am: WICKET! Kiwi pacer Matt Henry strikes early for New Zealand much to the delight of standby captain Ross Taylor. He dismisses Indian opener Shikar Dhawan for just 1 run off 10 deliveries. India 1/1.

Cricket, India vs New Zealand

9:37 am: Ross Taylor has given the new ball to Trent Boult. While Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay will open the innings for India.

9:35 am: India vs New Zealand – 2nd Test – Day 1 – Eden Gardens – Kolkata

9:30 am: Indian legend Kapil Dev rings the bell for the first time at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly and Kapil Dev smile and shake hands soon after.

9:25 am: The players and the umpires are on the pitch for the national anthems.

9:09 am: New Zealand XI: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor(c), Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling(w), Jeetan Patel, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner

9:06 am: India XI: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami

9:00 am: Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first.

8:55 am: NEWS! New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the 2nd Test match due to illness. The Kiwis have selected veteran Ross Taylor as their skipper.

8:45 am: Kolkata’s Eden Gardens pitch looking good to bat on as always. Toss will be important!

8:30 am: Good Morning! Welcome to the live coverage of the 2nd Test match between India and New Zealand at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.