2nd Test Live: Rahane falls, India in trouble

LIVE BLOG | LIVE SCORECARDOVERS 35.5: DROPPED! Jamieson to Hanuma. Edge and dropped. Hanuma gets a thick edge. The ball was flying to first slip but wicketkeeper Watling dives and spills the catch. Taylor, who is fielding at first slip, isn't...

2nd Test Live: Rahane falls, India in trouble

OVERS 35.5: DROPPED! Jamieson to Hanuma. Edge and dropped. Hanuma gets a thick edge. The ball was flying to first slip but wicketkeeper Watling dives and spills the catch. Taylor, who is fielding at first slip, isn't happy with this. INDIA 134/4

OVERS 35.2: FOUR! Hanuma takes a stride and sends Jamieson towards deep extra cover for a boundary. Confident shot from the right-hander. INDIA 134/4

OVERS 34.4: FOUR! Pujara drives Southee beautifully towards long off. Brilliant shot from him. INDIA 128/4

OVERS 32.5: Southee to Pujara. FOUR. BYES.

Hanuma Vihari comes to the crease.

OVERS 32.1: WICKET! Tim Southee takes his second wicket, Ajinkya Rahane departs for 7. Big blow for India. Rahane gets a thick edge and Ross Taylor takes an easy catch at first slip. INDIA 113/4 in 32.1 overs

7:39 am: End of 30 overs. India 107/3. Pujara 29*, Rahane 3*.

7:31 am: India's 100 comes up with back-to-back boundaries from Pujara's (28) bat off Boult. India 105/3 in 28 overs.

7:25 am: Ajinkya Rahane (0* off 10) has joined Pujara (17* off 61) . The Kiwi pacers using the short ball with a bit more regularity now, keeping the batsmen guessing. India 91/3 in 27 overs.

7:15 am: OUT! Kohli (3) goes lbw to Southee, but the Indian skipper did ask for a review. No bat involved, pitched in line, hitting stumps. Decision stays OUT! India 85/3 in 24.1 overs.

6:30 am: And it's lunch. India 85/2 in 23 overs. Pujara 15*, Kohli 3*. Fair to say honours even in the first session of the Test, especially after Jamieson removed Shaw for 54. Considering the talk around the grass on the wicket, the wicket played better that expected and India did well to lose two wickets only.

6:22 am: End of the 21st over, a maiden by Southee. Virat (3*) isn't willing to take any risk with lunch around the corner. India 83/2.

6:13 am: What a catch! Shaw (54) went for a flashy drive but the edge was brilliantly caught in the slips by Latham, a one-handed stunner. Jamieson gets the wicket. India 80/2 in 19.1 overs.

Prithvi Shaw brings up his second Test half-century with a SIX over deep fine-leg, off just 61 balls. And it followed the fifty stand between Shaw and Pujara. India 80/1 in 19 overs.

6:08 am: End of 18 overs. India 73/1. Prithvi Shaw 47*, Cheteshwar Pujara 13*.

5:59 am: Pujara (7* off 30 balls) decides to shoulder arms to a relatively straight de Grandhomme delivery that goes on to hit his front pad, followed by shouts of lbw. Umpire shakes his head in disapproval, Williamson opts for a review. But the on-field decision stays, as the impact was outside off-stump and the ball was missing the stumps as well. NOT OUT!

5:56 am: Jamieson tries to bounce Shaw (44*) but the ball went well over his head, and even the wicketkeeper failed to stop it. The ball races behind the wicketkeeper to cross the boundary ropes - five wides. India 64/1 in 16 overs.

Kyle Jamieson introduced into the attack by Kane Williamson, and begins with a maiden.

5:46 am: Shaw began the de Grandhoome over with a four and ended it with a four as well to race to 43* off 46 balls. India 58/1 in 13 overs.

India's fifty comes up in 11.3 overs, with a crunchy off-drive off Boult by Pujara, who collects his first four.

5:35 am: Prithvi Shaw (35*) continues to deal in boundaries - his sixth four in 40 balls, as the Indian opener dispatches de Grandhomme to the extra-cover fence. India 46/1 in 11 overs.

Bowling change for New Zealand. Colin de Grandhomme replaces Trent Boult.

5:22 am: Pujara (0* off 8 balls) seems all at sea against Boult, who is pitching the ball up to give it more air-time to swing and more importantly the line is making the batsman play. Maiden over. India 32/1 in 8 overs.

5:12 am: OUT! Mayank lbw Boult for 7. It was too full to flick and the bat hit the boot instead, which probably confused Mayank for bat hitting the ball as well. He goes for a review but to no avail. India lose their first wicket - 30/1 in 6 overs.

5:06 am: Shaw (23* off 23) not holding himself back from playing strokes, even on the up, as he did off the penultimate ball of the fifth over to dispatch Southee through the covers for a four, and followed it up with a straight drive for his fourth boundary of the morning. India 26/0 in 5 overs.

4:58 am: Shaw (13* off 16) looking confident. Finishes Southee's second over with a guide behind point for four. India 15/0 in 3 overs.

4:54 am: India off the mark. Mayank takes a single to get the scorecard moving, and Shaw got five runs to his account in the over, courtesy a thick edge for four through the vacant third-man area, followed by a single. India 6/0 in 2 overs.

4:48 am: Tim Southee begins with a probing maiden over against Prithvi Shaw. Trent Boult to begin proceedings from the other end. India 0/0 in 1 over.

4:45 am: India's openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal walk out to the middle to begin against New Zealand's all-pace attack on a green-top wicket. This will be a test for the two Indian right-handed openers. Tim Southee to start for the Kiwis.

4:40 am: Both the teams line up for the National Anthems.


INDIA: Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wK), Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult


Virat Kohli: We would have bowled first. We are ready for doing the other thing, the difficult things in Tests, especially in conditions that are not your own. Umesh comes in for Ishant, Jadeja for Ashwin - gives us more with the bat, and his accuracy as well. As batsmen we need to figure out how to score runs. That's upto the individuals to score runs, and it's all about executing that out here. We aren't here to show that we can play in these conditions. We have done it before, and we just need to execute everything properly.

Kane Williamson: We'll have a bowl. Some similarities - the Basin has green tinge too. Wagner in for Ajaz Patel. We came here, looked at the surface, and its history and figured all-pace was the way to go. There should be pace and bounce, so there's opportunity to score as well.

4:15 am: Kane Williamson wins the toss and asks India to bat first.

4:05 am Calling the Hagley Oval strip 'green' will be an understatement.

3:43 am: Toss at 4:15 am and play to begin at 4:45 am.

3:37 am: Ground conditions looking pretty dry now as all the covers come off. Toss expected soon. Stay tuned.

3 :30 pm: Toss delayed due to wet conditions, but the good news is that it's not raining and the covers are being removed.

3:10 am: It was drizzling a while back in Christchurch, and a rainbow welcomed the two teams. Stay tuned for more updates on the weather and toss.

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