World No. 1 India aim to extend their unbeaten run at home when Virat Kohli’s young team takes on New Zealand in the third and final Test in Indore from Saturday. Catch cricket live score of India vs New Zealand here. (LIVE SCORECARD | CRICKET NEWS)
10:59 hrs IST: Maiden over from Henry. India are 54/1 after 19 overs.
10:50 hrs IST: Gambhir’s running between the wickets is as good as it was five years back. Still so swift! India are 53/1 after 17 overs.
10:41 hrs IST: Just one run in the last two overs. New Zealand in need of quick wickets.
10:32 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries for Pujara. India are 50/1 after 13 overs. Time for drinks.
10:29 hrs IST: Whatever happens in this Test may not be the hot topic for discussion but individual performances would surely be. So Gambhir will know that a 50-60 odd wouldn’t help him much but if he adds another hundred runs to it, England and Australian Cricket Team bowlers would more than likely have tough times ahead of them
STAT ATTACK – 0: Number of tosses lost by Kohli at home, in 7 Tests.
10:14 hrs IST: India are 37/1 after 9 overs. Gambhir 24*, Pujara 3*
10:06 hrs IST: FOUR! Turn for Jeetan, Gambhir makes slight room and cuts it late past the fielder at backward point region. Moves to 24 now.
first 50 inns: 2692 runs, ave 57.28, 100s/50: 9/10
last 50 inns: 1354 runs, ave 28.21, 100s/50s: 0/11#IndvNZ
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 8, 2016
10:04 hrs IST: Four runs off Santner’s first. India are 30/1 after 6 overs.
10:02 hrs IST: Santner comes in as the second change. Spin from both ends now.
09:59 hrs IST: OUT! Spin does the trick for the visitors. Kane Williamson – ‘Bloody Genius’. Vijay c Latham b Jeetan 10(18). India are 26/1 after 4.5 overs.
09:56 hrs IST: Brilliant start from India. In Ravi Shastri’s words, just what the doctor ordered for them! Jeetan Patel comes into the attack.
09:52 hrs IST: Consecutive sixes from Gambhir. Looks in fine form!
09:48 hrs IST: FOUR! Fullish delivery from Boult, Vijay leans forward and times it well through extra cover for his first boundary.
09:45 hrs IST: FOUR! What a shot to get off the mark! Short and wide from Henry, Gambhir goes back and cuts it to the point boundary. India are 6/0 after 2 overs.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 8, 2016
09:40 hrs IST: Good length delivery from Henry and Gambhir lets it go.
09:39 hrs IST: Single and Gambhir to face his first ball in international cricket after a gap of two years.
09:37 hrs IST: Excellent first over from Boult. Troubles Vijay on most occasions. Henry to share the new ball.
09:33 hrs IST: Straightaway some shape for Boult. And the seam has come off the new ball. Was it because of the pitch? The reserve umpire walks out with a replacement.
09:31 hrs IST: We’re all set. Gambhir and Vijay make their way out in the middle. Boult to bowl the first over for New Zealand.
09:28 hrs IST: Players are out for the national anthems.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 2016
09:25 hrs IST: A big call to drop Neil Wagner. He was visitors’ one of the best bowlers in the first two matches.
09:22 hrs IST: India have won 11 of their 13 Tests at home. Will Indore be their 12th?
09:07 hrs IST: Here are the playing XI of both teams:
India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi, Jimmy Neesham, BJ Watling (wk), Mitchell Santner, Jeetan Patel, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
Williamson: “It is important to put them under pressure, hope we can do that. I have recovered over the last two days and two changes for us as well – Neesham for Wagner and myself for Nicholls”.
Kohli: “We can’t be complacent and all the boys are eagerly awaiting this Test match as well. It is a historic day for Indore – first ever Test match. It is a hard surface and it will be an even contest. The bowlers will be there and batsmen if they get in, will score. Two changes – Gambhir for Dhawan and Umesh for Bhuvneshwar.”
09:02 hrs IST: Toss time! And he calls it right again. Indian skipper Virat Kohli wins the toss and opts to bat first.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 2016
08:55 hrs IST: As for India, Gautam Gambhir is all set to replace Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order. On the other hand, Kane Williamson, who missed the second Test with a bug, will most likely replace Henry Nicholls. Jimmy Neesham could also get a game in.
08:52 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Day 1 of the third Test between India-New Zealand.
Two-nil up in the three-Test series, India will look for their third sweep at home in the last four years. New Zealand have shown the ability to look India in the eye, but the hosts have played better and used the conditions far better to score big wins in Kanpur and Kolkata.
The return of the classy Kane Williamson should lift the Kiwis, who play for pride ahead of the five-match ODIs starting October 16 in Dharamsala. The young captain missed the Eden Gardens Test due to illness.
New Zealand’s batting has been inconsistent and the failure of Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill and BJ Watling has hurt the Blackcaps. The trio has averaged under 20 in this series and that explains why the Kiwis have never been able to put pressure on the Indians.
All eyes will be on Gautam Gambhir and pacer Shardul Thakur. Injuries to KL Rahul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have paved their return to the Test squad. Gambhir will open the innings in absence of the injured Shikhar Dhawan. This will be the first Test match at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.
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