India vs New Zealand
India win series 2-0
India were put under pressure in this test by New Zealand who really played well. India lost a few wickets after the rain delay which added pressure, the Kiwis bowling really well. Dhoni and Kohli ran well between the wickets and once they were comfortable, they let loose with some boundaries. India win by 5 wickets, creating history on this ground. This is the highest successful run chase in Bangalore, India breaking their previous record of scoring 207 to win against Australia in 2010. India win the series 2-0.
Over 64 - Patel 4-6
252/5 India dealing in boundaries now as Dhoni rocks back and puts that into the gap for four. The gets down on one knee and puts the ball into the crowd for a massive six! India, after being under pressure, win the test by 5 wickets, Dhoni and Kohli stay not out on 48 and 51 respectively.
Over 63 - Southee 0-4-0-4-0-4
240/5 The Kiwis have bowled really well today, if it was not for the initial burst from Sehwag and Gambhir, India would be really struggling now. Kohli flicks this off his pads for a square leg four, classy shot Laxman-esque. A wide one from Southee and Kohli dismisses it through the off side, just a commanding shot. He moves on to 47. Kohli gets his 50 with an exquisite straight drive, just pushes it part the tired bowler for four.
Over 62 - Patel 2-0-0-0-4-0
234/5 Dhoni picks up another comfortable two on the leg side, just pushing it past the fielder inside the circle, risk-free shot. Dhoni punches one through the off for four, he has played this shot well today. Just rocks back and places it to perfection in the gap. India 240 for 5.
Over 61 - Southee 0-2-1-1-0-0
230/5 Southee warms up and runs in to bowl. He looks tired, after bowling on and off in this long session. Slopping fielding and overthrows give them another run, so two for Kohli. Punches on to deep point for a single to bring Dhoni on strike. Dhoni pushing another one into the gap on the off side, there are many gaps because of the spread out field. Four from this over, India need another 27 to win.
Over 60 - Patel 0-1lb-0-0-0-1
228/5 Taylor has spread out the field, not sure if that is the right tactic at this stage. A single and a leg bye from the over, 230 for 5.
Over 59 - Boult 1-0-0-1-0-1
225/5 Dhoni cuts Boult to deep point for a single, the wrists coming into play. Taylor is not attacking anymore, there is no other way to win this test match for him. Three singles from the over, India 33 away from a victory.
Over 58 - Patel 1-0-4-0-0-0
220/5 Dhoni late cutting Patel for a single again, using that shot against the spinners well. Kohli plays his signature flick on the leg side for four, such a powerful shot. India need 36 to win.
Over 57 - Boult 0-0-1-1-1-4
213/5 After a drinks break, it is to Boult continue as India need 48 to win. Southee gets some treatment on his shoulder in the break. Boult looking to see if he can get some reverse swing from this old ball. Kohli times this one nicely for four through the covers.
Over 56 - Patel 0-1-2-2-0-0
208/5 Patel comes back as Taylor shuffles his bowlers again. Kohli plays it behind point and runs the first one hard, picking up two in the end. Another couple of runs for Kohli, bringing the target less than 50 now. These two have run well between the wickets, taking some risky singles.
Over 55 - Bracewell 0-0-4-0-0-0
204/5 Kohli plays a well balanced, beautiful cover drive for four. There was no stopping that one. These two batsmen have steadied the ship well for India, taken quick singles and twos when they are on offer. Just the boundary from it, India now 53 runs away.
Over 54 - Southee 0-0-0-0-0-2
202/5 A short ball from Southee that really climbed on Dhoni. It is getting a bit lighter and there are a few shadows. Dhoni takes a couple from the last ball. India now need 57 to win.
Over 53 - Bracewell 0-0-1-0-0-0
201/5 Dhoni takes a break, rubs his eyes, takes off his helmet and rubs them again. Then he pushes one through the cover region for a single. A good over from Bracewell, just a single from it.
Over 52 - Southee 1-0-0-1-0-0
199/5 The next psychological milestone for the Indians is needing 50 to win. Kohli plays a dangerous hook shot, it hits the glove then the helmet and goes to the boundary, they get a single. Southee is bowling well, causing problems for the batsmen. Kohli going for another hook shot and missing again.
Over 51 - Bracewell 0-0-0-0-0-0
199/5 Bracewell continues to bowl wide of off stump. He should look to bring one or two deliveries back into the batsmen, because they will then feel uncomfortable to leave balls alone. Good bowling now from Bracewell, Dhoni just having a nibble outside off. He tells himself, he should not be doing that. A maiden.
Over 50 - Southee 1-0-0-1-0-1
196/5 Southee into the attack now, another good move from Taylor. His field placings and tactics have been positive and attacking, which really helped his bowlers. Southee starts this spell with a good over, bowling straighter and fuller. Three singles from the over, India 199 for 5.
Over 49 - Bracewell 0-0-0-0-0-0
196/5 Taylor should consider pace from both ends as Bracewell replaces Boult. These two batsmen have looked comfortable against spin. Good bounce for Bracewell and good carry to the keeper. Nethula and Patel have another chat. Bracewell is bowling outside the off stump, trying to look for the edge, a maiden from him.
Over 48 - Patel 0-0-1-6-0-0
189/5 McCullum encouraging the bowler and the fielders from behind the stumps. Kohli takes a single just angling the ball to the leg side again. Dhoni sweeps, gets it on the shoulder of his bat and it goes for a six. The pressure slowly shifting now, but it was a risky shot.
Over 47 - Boult 0-2-0-4-4b-0
179/5 A convincing appeal for caught behind against Dhoni, the umpire does not think he hit it. Replays show that it was the bat hitting the pad that made the noise. Dhoni takes a couple on the off side. They are taking the singles and twos which is a positive sign, the bowlers are not allowed to settle into a rhythm. Dhoni opens the face of the bat again for a boundary. It was just a punch but the outfield does the rest. Boult bowls a wide down the leg side and it goes for a boundary beating everything. A good over for India, 10 from it.
Over 46 - Patel 2-0-0-1-1-1
174/5 India have lost half of their side, thanks to a couple of bad shots and some good seam and spin bowling. Kohli and Dhoni to continue after the drinks break. Dhoni cuts one hard, to the sweeper for a couple of runs. Then blocks a couple and cuts again, very close to his stumps though. Kohli is playing well through the leg side.
- 31st Aug - 4th Sep 2012
- New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.
- M.Chinnaswamy Stadium
- S J Davis, I J Gould
- TV Umpire
- S Asnani
- Match Referee
- B C Broad
- Reserve Umpire
- V Kulkarni
india BATTING CARD
|G. Gambhir||c Taylor b Boult||34|
|V. Sehwag||b Patel||38|
|C.A. Pujara||c Flynn b Patel||48|
|S.R. Tendulkar||b Southee||27|
|V. Kohli||Not out||51|
|S.K. Raina||b Patel||0|
|M.S. Dhoni||Not out||48|
|Extras||1nb, 5w, 4b, 6lb||16|
|Total||63.2 Overs||262 - 5|