Cricket Live Score, India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 4: Umesh Strikes Early For India

A brilliant batting performance was followed up by a superlative effort in the field with Ravichandran Ashwin leading India’s charge for a clean sweep over New Zealand. Riding on Ashwin’s brilliant figures of 6/81, India bowled out the Kiwis for 299 thereby taking a healthy first-innings lead of 258 runs. India were 18 for no loss at stumps increasing their overall lead to 276 runs. Catch India vs New Zealand live cricket score here. (SCORECARD | CRICKET NEWS)

14:11 hrs IST: And that’s tea. New Zealand are 38/1 after 9 overs. We’ll be back in 20 minutes time. 

14:05 hrs IST: Virat Kohli-led India to receive this prestigious ICC honour after Indore Test.

13:58 hrs IST: New Zealand are 22/1 after 7 overs. Williamson 13*, Guptill 2*

13:49 hrs IST: FOUR! Straying down leg and Williamson times it well to long leg for his first boundary of the innings. 

13:46 hrs IST: New Zealand are 10/1 after 4 overs. 

13:37 hrs IST: OUT! Umesh gives India first breakthrough. And the Indore crowd goes berserk. Latham departs for six. New Zealand are 7/1 after 2 overs. 

13:32 hrs IST: SIX! What a way to get off the mark! Poor delivery from Shami (down leg) and Latham flicks over square leg for a maximum. 

13:27 hrs IST: Time for NZ’s innings. Latham to take strike. Shami to bowl the first over for India. 

13:20 hrs IST: We’ll be back with NZ’s chase in a few minutes. 

13:16 hrs IST: FOUR! And that’s hundred for Pujara. His first in the series and 8th overall in Tests. What an innings! India declare and set NZ a target of 475 runs. 

13:09 hrs IST: Single of the last ball off Henry’s over for Pujara. Time for drinks. 

13:03 hrs IST: Pujara has scored 350 runs aggregate in this series so far. 

12:56 hrs IST: FOUR! Too short again from Jeetan, Pujara rocks back and smashes it in the hap between deep mid-wicket and deep square leg boundary. Moves to 88 now. 

12:52 hrs IST: India are 185/3 after 45 overs, lead by 443 runs. 

12:43 hrs IST: India are 170/3 after 42 overs, lead by 428 runs.

12:39 hrs IST: FOUR! Slightly short from Jeetan and Pujara cuts it past the fielder at short third-man. 

12:33 hrs IST: WICKET! Kohli lbw b Jeetan 17. India are 158/3 after 40 overs, lead by 416 runs. 

12:27 hrs IST: India should look to declare after crossing 420-run mark. 

12:20 hrs IST: India are 143/2 after 37 overs, lead by 401 runs. 

12:13 hrs IST: FOUR! Too short from Santner, Pujara goes back and pulls it to deep mid-wicket boundary. 

12:10 hrs IST: Welcome back! Kohli to take strike. Santner to bowl the first over. 

11:32 hrs IST: And that’s lunch. India have an overall lead of 385 runs. We’ll be back in a few minutes time. 

11:29 hrs IST: Single and that’s fifty for Pujara. His 11th in Tests. Well played! 

11:23 hrs IST: India are 114/2 after 32 overs, lead by 372 runs. Seven minutes to go for lunch. 

11:17 hrs IST: OUT! Gambhir c Guptill b Jeetan 50. India are 110/2 after 30 overs, lead by 368 runs. What this means is if KL Rahul gets fit for England series, India might opt to drop Shikhar Dhawan because there seems no point in having 4 openers in the squad. 

11:14 hrs IST: Two runs and that’s fifty from Gambhir. His 22nd in Tests and first since 2012. Superb innings from the southpaw! Well deserved! 

11:07 hrs IST: India are 104/1 after 28 overs, lead by 362 runs. 

10:58 hrs IST: India’s lead crosses 350. Another 100 runs would be more than enough for them. 

10:52 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball from Boult, Pujara steps out and smacks it to long-off boundary. Moves to 28 now. 

10:51 hrs IST: Singles of the last ball for Pujara. India are 82/1 after 24 overs, lead by 340 runs. 

10:47 hrs IST: Jeetan Patel replaces Santner. 

10:45 hrs IST: India are 78/1 after 23 overs, lead by 336 runs. 

10:39 hrs IST: FOUR! Too full from Boult and Gambhir flicks it past mid-wicket for his fifth boundary. Moves to 33 now. 

10:29 hrs IST: Four runs off Santner’s eighth. Time for drinks. 

10:26 hrs IST: India are 54/1 after 19 overs, lead by 312 runs. 

10:19 hrs IST: FOUR! Flighted delivery from Santner and Pujara executes the paddle sweep well past Kane Williamson at short fine leg. 

10:15 hrs IST: Single and India’s lead reaches 300. 

10:09 hrs IST: FOUR! First boundary of the day for Gambhir and a much needed one. India are 41/1 after 15 overs. 

10:04 hrs IST: And here comes Gautam Gambhir.

10:02 hrs IST: WICKET! Vijay run out (Guptill) 19. India are 34/1, lead by 292 runs. 

09:55 hrs IST: Slight away movement for Henry, Pujara looks to defend but gets beaten. 

09:54 hrs IST: New Zealand will really have to dig deep to draw this Test, else a 3-0 whitewash is well on the cards. Didn’t expect this result before the start of the series. 

09:45 hrs IST: Two maidens in a row. India are 26/0 after 10 overs. 

Ravi Shastri: “Jayant Yadav is a promising off-spinner. I’m sure he’ll do well in the ODIs.”

09:38 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off from Santner. If both these batsmen can get through the first hour, the hosts will more than likely have a lead close to 450 till tea. 

09:35 hrs IST: Santner now. He bowled just one over yesterday. 

09:34 hrs IST: Four singles off the over. India are 22/0 after 7 overs, lead by 280 runs. 

09:32 hrs IST: First runs of the day for Vijay. Straying down leg and the opener flicks it off his pads to long leg for a single. 

09:30 hrs IST: Matt Henry to start the proceedings for visitors. Vijay to take strike. He is unbeaten on 11. 

09:29 hrs IST: New Zealand players make their way out in the middle and so do Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara. 

09:20 hrs IST: A warm welcome to our live coverage of the fourth day’s play of the third and the final Test between India-New Zealand. 

Murali Vijay opened the innings for India with Cheteshwar Pujara in the second innings.
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Veteran opener Gautam Gambhir was retired hurt on six after sustaining a shoulder injury while going for a second run. At stumps, Cheteshwar Pujara (1) and Murali Vijay (11) were at the crease for the hosts.

The day belonged to Ashwin, who used the bowlers’ rough brilliantly by operating from the pavilion end to get his 20th five-wicket haul in his 39th Test.

The off-spinner, who grabbed 10 wickets in the series opener at Kanpur and four in the second match at Kolkata, also ran out two batsmen off his own bowling.

His spin partner Ravindra Jadeja accounted for the other two wickets in the visitors’ innings.

With New Zealand already staring down the barrel, Virat Kohli-led India will look to inflict more pain on their wounded opponents on Day 4.

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