India vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 2 Highlights: Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of the second day of the opening Test between India and New Zealand at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. New Zealand have taken a 51-run lead at the end of the second day but the game remains evenly poised. Pretty tough to say what is enough on this deck. The ball is turning and the Kiwis would want to get a sizeable lead, somewhere close to 150, if possible, so that they do not get a big target while batting fourth. Having said that, India are just a wicket away from quickly wrapping this up in the morning. Ishant Sharma was the pick of the bowlers for India with 3 wickets while Kane Williamson scored 89 for New Zealand.. [Live Scorecard | Live Streaming]
India vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 2 Highlights: New Zealand 216/5 (71.1) against India (165); Watling 14*, De Grandhomme 4*
11.43 IST: STUMPS! India fought back strong in the last session and got the important wickets of Williamson, Taylor and Nicholls to stage a comeback in the game. Ishant was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets to his name while Williamson scored 89 before falling to Shami. NZ now lead by 51 runs at the end of day two. Join us tomorrow for day three's action from Basin Reserve.
11.40 IST: Bumrah to Watling, FOUR!
11.31 IST: Colin de Grandhoome is the new man in.
11.30 IST: Ashwin to de Grandhomme, OUT! Beautiful bowling from Ashwin. Hit the perfect length after coming round the wicket and it gets the edge of Nicholl's bat and goes straight to Kohli, who takes a fine low catch at first slip.
11.24 IST: Shami to Nicholls, FOUR! Overpitched in search of the swing but Nicholls plays it down the ground straight for a boundary.
11.01 IST: BJ Watling is the new man in.
11.00 IST: Shami to Williamson, OUT! What has Kane done here? He looked all set for a big score but has thrown his wicket away. A pitched up delivery and he looks to play the drive but all he manages is, hit it straight to Jadeja, who was fielding at short cover. New Zealand lose their captain and fourth wicket.
10.55 IST: Mohammed Shami back into the attack.
10.45 IST: Bumrah to Williamson, FOUR! Strays down the leg and Williamson nudges it past Pant for a boundary. Easy pickings for the New Zealand captain there.
10.17 IST: Henry Nicholls is the next man in
10.15 IST: Ishant to Taylor, OUT! Awkward bounce and it bounces of Taylor's gloves to backward short leg and that results in another wicket for Ishant Sharma, who has been the only Indian bowler, who has managed to trouble the NZ batters. New Zealand lose their third wicket.
10.12 IST: New Zealand has gone past India's lead and the worrying factor for the visitors is that the hosts have only lost two wickets so far.
10.05 IST: Ishant to Williamson, FOUR! Short and Williamson cuts it over point for a boundary. Moves into the 70s.
10.01 IST: Bumrah to Taylor, FOUR! A bit of an old 'French Cut' of sorts. Bumrah pitches one short, Taylor looks to cut but gets an inside edge and it goes past the stumps for a boundary.
09.52 IST: Bumrah to Williamson, FOUR! Overpitched outside off stump and Williamson pushes it through covers for a boundary.
09.46 IST: Shami to Taylor, FOUR! Pitched up and another boundary for Taylor.
09.39 IST: Shami to Taylor, FOUR! Strays down the leg and clipped off his pads for a boundary.
09.35 IST: Ashwin to Williamson, FOUR! Short and wide and cut away for a boundary. Easy pickings for the Kiwi captain.
09.30 IST: Shami to Williamson, FOUR! Full and outside off and slapped through covers for a boundary.
09.28 IST: Ashwin to Williamson, FOUR! FIFTY! Gives Ashwin the charge and hoiks it over the in-field for a boundary and with the four, Williamson also brings up his 32nd Test fifty.
09.20 IST: Players are back on for the final session. Ashwin to start for India, Williamson on strike for New Zealand.
08.59 IST: TEA! India didn't have a good session here. They did get two wickets but Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor made sure that there were no further casualties. They have looked solid and barring Ishant, nobody has looked dangerous for India. The visitors will have their work cut out to take wickets and get back into the game in the final session.
08.58 IST: Bumrah to Taylor, FOUR! Boundary with classy cover-drive and that's tea!
08.41 IST: Bumrah to Williamson, FOUR! Short and wide and cut away for a boundary. The 100 also comes up for New Zealand with the boundary.
08.25 IST: Ishant to Taylor, FOUR! Slow bouncer outside off and Taylor looks to upper cut but it takes a leading edge and goes over Pant's head for a boundary through fine leg.
08.22 IST: Ashwin to Taylor, SIX! Goes with the turn and slog sweeps it for a maximum over mid-wicket. This is his strength and he uses it to the full.
08.09 IST: Ross Taylor comes into the crease with a round of applause. His 100th Test match.
08.09 IST: Ishant to Blundell, OUT! Length ball with a little hint of inswing and it goes through Blundell's defense. He leaned forward but the ball leaked through the gap between the bat and pad to hit the timber. New Zealand lose their second wicket.
07.58 IST: Shami to Williamson, FOUR! Pitched up and he just covers the angle and slaps it past mid-off for a boundary.
07.43 IST: R Ashwin introduced into the attack now.
07.38 IST: Bumrah to Williamson, FOUR! Half-volley and Williamson dispatches it in style for another boundary.
07.35 IST: Bumrah to Williamson, FOUR! Punched off his backfoot for a boundary. Beautiful stroke from Kane. He has settled in nicely.
07.32 IST: Shami to Blundell, FOUR! Another short ball from Shami and Blundell beautifully pulls it down for a boundary through mid-wicket.
07.21 IST: Shami to Williamson, FOUR! Short and wide and Williamson cuts it away for a boundary but Ashwin, who was stationed at point, should have done better.
06.59 IST: Shami to Blundell, SURVIVES! Leading edge but once again for New Zealand, it falls in no man's land.
06.53 IST: Ishant to Williamson, OUCH! That must have hurt. Goes for the bouncer straight away and it hits Kane on the gloves and pop straight up in the air but thankfully for Kane, it falls in no man's land. But, it must have hurt and he will now be attended by a doctor.
06.53 IST: Kane Williamson is the new man in.
06.50 IST: Ishant to Latham, OUT! A very cheeky dismissal and Latham would be kicking himself for that. Ishant goes round the wicket and drags one leg side, Latham looks to flick off his hips and gets a fine edge and Rishabh Pant completes an easy catch down the leg. New Zealand lose their first wicket.
06.47 IST: Shami to Blunderll, SIX! Short but didn't get the desired amount of bounce and pulled away for a maximum.
06.45 IST: Mohammed Shami to bowl from the other end
06.40 IST: We are back for the second session. Ishant Sharma to begin for India, Latham to begin proceedings for New Zealand.
06:00 IST: And that's the end of session 1 of day 2 in Wellington. New Zealand dominated the proceedings with the ball and then got off to a cautious start.
05:57 IST: Shami to Blundell. FOUR! Tried to flick it through the leg side, but the edge of the willow carries the ball over the slip cordon for a boundary. Bit of luck and there is the first boundary for the hosts
05:54 IST: India lose a review after Kohli called for the third umpire to check on an lbw appeal off Bumrah's delivery
05:50 IST: Indian seamers looking at some movement off the pitch as the openers look to negate it with lunch just 10 minutes away now.
05:18 IST: New Zealand openers are out in the middle. Bumrah warms up with the new ball.
05:07 IST: Southee to Shami. OUT! Tom Blundell takes the catch and India have been dismissed for 165
05:01 IST: Jamieson to Ishant. OUT! Length ball, gets the extra bounce and Ishant hops and edges to the keeper behind. The debutant takes his fourth in the innings.
04:57 IST: Southee to Shami. FOUR! Length ball and he pulls it through midwicket for a four. ASTONISHING!
04:49 IST: Southee to Shami. FOUR! Straight drive and it's a four.
04:48 IST: Southee to Shami. FOUR! Uppish ball and Shami gets the edge that sends the ball over the gully fielder for a four.
04:41 IST: Southee to Ishant! HUGE APPEAL AND OUT! Wait! DRS from India. Was there a nick? NO says the third umpire. Ishant survives.
04:37 IST: Southee to Rahane. OUT! Length ball outside off. Rahane looks to leave and nicks the ball off the inside edge as Watling grabs the dying ball.
04:36 IST: The last four first innings score at the Basin Reserve - 268 (NZ), 134 (WI), 282 (SL), 211 (BAN). And India are presently struggling at 143 for 7
04:19 IST: Southee to Ashwin. OUT! Just like the one he dished out to Shaw. And Ashwin walks back for a duck. India in deep trouble.
04:17 IST: OOHHH DEAR!!! What just happened in the middle? Pant is dismissed. RUN OUT. A brilliant throw from Ajaz Patel at point.
04:02 IST: Ajaz to Pant. SIX! Shimmies down and sends the ball sailing high over the bowler for a six. Confident stroke from the youngster.
04:00 IST: Rahane and Pant make their way to the middle. Ajaz Patel begins the attack for New Zealand. Aaaaaaand...day 2 kicks off. Revised session timings - The second session will be extended to make up for the lost time on day 1. 98 overs will be bowled today.
03:40 IST: We are 20 minutes away from day 2 kick-off. Will New Zealand continue with their dominance or will India manage to see off the pressure and manage a respectable total?
03:05 IST: Jamieson after day 1 where he dismissed Kohli and Pujara: It’s still sinking in. The last couple of weeks have been pretty surreal as well. Pretty pleased and from a team perspective, we’re in a pretty good position as well. He’s a pretty good batter and such a key to their line-up. To get him early was massive for us. To get a couple (including Pujara) early was where the emotion came from, certainly pretty special.
02:51 IST: Mayank after day 1: I think it is quite tricky in Wellington since the wind blows at more than a decent speed here. And you just have to make adjustments right there on the field. As a batsman, it’s not easy, especially on the first day, on such a track.
02:35 IST: Hello, Wellington!
02:22 IST: Meanwhile, 299 is the average 1st innings total at Wellington since the start of 2013. If India can even reach 250 plus from this position, it will be considered good.
02:00 IST: However, Rahane laid the blueprint for India with his solid defence against anything thrown at him. He did get lucky at the start of his knock when he raced away to 17 off 28, but post lunch, as New Zealand looked to place the bait, Rahane remained unfazed and managed 17 more in the next 94 deliveries he faced.
01:45 IST: India's struggle on the overseas platform since the start of 20187 continue with Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal managing 16 and 34 respectively. Barring Mayank's back-to-back 70s in Australia and a half-century in West Indies, India have lost their openers on most occasions at around the hour mark away from home.
01:34 IST: Here is the playing XI for the two sides...