A responsible 82 from Rohit Sharma helped India end on 227/8 against New Zealand on the third day of the second Test in Kolkata. The hosts now lead the Blackcaps by 339 runs. Follow cricket live score of India vs New Zealand here. (LIVE SCORECARD | NEWS | VIDEOS)
10:15 hrs IST: Nicked and dropped or caught at gully? The umpires have gone upstairs. What will it be?
10:13 hrs IST: Shout for LBW by Boult! Umpire turns him down
10:10 hrs IST: A stat attack for you: Three India keepers before Wriddhiman Saha have got two fifty-plus scores in a Test. MS Dhoni (4 times), Farokh Engineer and Dilawar Hussain (also at Eden Gardens)
10:03 hrs IST: FOUR! And that’s fifty for Saha. His second of the match and 4th overall. A well-compiled innings from him. India are 259/9 after 75 overs.
09:58 hrs IST: WICKET! Wagner gets his first of the innings. Bhuvneshwar departs for 23. India are 251/9 after 74 overs.
09:50 hrs IST: Saha is nearing his 4th Test half-century. He had also scored a half-century in the first innings
09:45 hrs IST: India reach 250! The way the home team recovered from the collapse yesterday is commendable.
09:41 hrs IST: Four! These are doing well at the crease
09:37 hrs IST: How do you reckon?
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09:34 hrs IST: We had a pretty strong crowd yesterday because it was a Sunday but today as of now it is quite empty
09:30 hrs IST: Saha and Bhuvi have already hit a couple of boundaries this morning and India are batting at 239/8.
09:28 hrs IST: And we have Wriddhiman Saha and Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the crease with Matt Henry to complete his unfinished over from yesterday
09:25 hrs IST: India ended Day 3 being 339 runs ahead of the visitors, which is a challenging target already on this wicket
09:20 hrs IST: And it was BCCI president Anurag Thakur who rang the bell on Monday morning, marking the start of play.
09:15 hrs IST: Hell and welcome to Day 4 of the second Test between India and New Zealand. The match as you know is being played in Kolkata
At stumps, Wriddhiman Saha was on 39 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar on eight at the crease. New Zealand bowlers Matt Henry and Mitchell Santner took three wickets each.
“I think 340-odd lead is probably good enough on that kind of wicket, but we have two more wickets, and the remaining batters will hopefully get some more runs,” Rohit said after the day’s play.
A 300-plus total has never been successfully chased at Eden Gardens. With the pitch troubling the batsmen throughout the first three days and the Indian bowlers in terrific form, the match is for the hosts to win.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja would hope to take India to a second consecutive win over New Zealand to ensure India regain No. 1 Test ranking.
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