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Live: Ind vs NZ, Day 4 – Ashwin strikes after lunch, Guptill departs

Live: Ind vs NZ, Day 4 – Ashwin strikes after lunch, Guptill departs
India have set an improbable target for NZ. (Photo: AP)

NZ: 81/1 from 27 overs

Nicholls swept one for a four, Ashwin would not mind it. With uneven bounce on this surface there is always the danger of getting out.

NZ: 62/1 from 20 overs

Huge shout for LBW against Latham. The only thing that saved him there was that the ball had pitched outside off stump. The bowlers are now turning up the heat.

NZ: 55/1 from 17 overs

Out LBW! Offie Ashwin strikes straight after the lunch. The full delivery was crashing into the stumps and Guptill was trapped in front of the wickets. Probably lunch came at a wrong time for the Kiwi opener.

Mumbai: The NZ openers have made through to the lunch on Day 4 unscathed. Intriguing session of play. The pitch which behaved unpredictable till Day 3 seems to have settled down today. We still have a long way to go in this Test match, no need for Indian bowlers to panic. Hopefully, the upcoming session would be more fruitful for the hosts.

NZ: 55/0 from 16 overs

Lunch. The NZ dressing room would be really happy about their start in the 4th innings. The openers certainly have been lucky on few occasions but they have fought hard.

NZ: 49/0 from 15 overs

The Black Caps would have expected a hefty challenge from Indian bowlers. Ashwin and Jadeja are operating for India and the Kiwi batsmen have dealt with them comfortably.

NZ: 18/0 from 8 overs

Big shout for LBW against Guptill. The umpire, however, wasn’t impressed. The replay shows there was no inside edge there. The full delivery by Shami hit the pads of the batsmen in front of the wicket. Guptill must be feeling very lucky out there.

NZ: 7/0 from 4 overs

Kiwi openers are batting cautiously, leaving everything they can. Shami has just finished his second maiden over. Gautam Gambhir is on the field as a substitute for Shikhar Dhawan.

New Zealand have to defy history and the odds to chase the improbable target of 376. Martin Guptill and Tom Latham have a tough challenge in front of them.

India: 263-all out from 76.5 overs

Out! Bout to Mohammed Shami, out caught by Tom Latham. There was some confusion over whether Latham took it cleanly or not in the gully, umpires went upstairs. After much deliberation it was given out.

India: 259/9 from 75 overs

Fifty for Saha! Second fifty for the wicketkeeper-batsman in the Test. He is also the 4th Indian wicketkeeper to score two fifties in a Test. MS Dhoni scored two fifties in a Test on 4 occasions.

India: 251/9 from 74 overs

Out! Bhuvneshwar Kumar departs, short ball did the trick for New Zealand. Bhuvi didn’t look comfortable against that short ball by Neil Wagner, popping it to the short-leg. Henry Nicholls made no mistake there.

India: 249/8 from 70 overs

Solid start for India and they now lead by 361 runs. Kiwis would be looking to bring on a spinner as pacers have been unable to trouble Saha and Kumar.

India: 234/8 from 65 overs

Wriddhiman Saha is on strike and he is on 46. India have started off well here on the 4th day. The team would be looking to extend its lead.

Mumbai: Welcome back. India will continue its pursuit of the ICC Test Rankings top spot today. A victory in Eden Gardens would allow India to reclaim the top spot from Pakistan.

India were standing at 227/8 from 63.2 overs at the end of 3rd day’s play in Kolkata. The hosts have taken a lead of 339 runs and with Wriddhiman Saha (39) and  Bhuvneshwar Kumar (8) still on the pitch, India would be hoping to extend their lead.

On Day 3, New Zealand resumed play on 128/7. While Jeetan Patel and BJ Watling frustrated the hometeam, R Ashwin broke the 60-run partnership by dismissing Patel before Mohammed Shami cleaned up the New Zealand innings.

Kiwis came back strong, they bowled brilliantly on day 3 to reduce India to 43/4. Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Mitchell Santner were the pick of the bowlers for the visiting team.

India were four wickets down within the first 13 overs of their innings. Captain Virat Kohli led India’s revival with a good looking 45. The pair of Rohit Sharma and Saha did the maximum damage to NZ. Rohit made a stylish 82 on a  topsy-turvy  pitch.

Brief score: India 316 and 227/8 (Rohit Sharma 82, Virat Kohli 45; Matt Henry 3/44), lead New Zealand 204 all out by 339 runs.