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2nd Test Live! Kohli's sixth Test ton takes Team India to safety

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February 18, 2014


India: 438 & 166-3 
New Zealand: 192 & 680-8 (decl)

A boundary off Wagner takes Kohli to 98 and reaches the same with another boundary of the next ball. 

It is his sixth Test hundred. 

Kohli (105) has taken maximum advantage of the umpiring blunder and taken India to safety, with a 112-run fourth wicket partnership with Rohit Sharma (31 not out).

Play is called off with 15 mandatory overs left to be played. Match ends in a draw.

New Zealand take the series 1-0, their first series win over India since 2002-03.

India: 438 & 152-3 
New Zealand: 192 & 680-8 (decl)

Kohli is hitting some delectable boundaries. He is making the most of his reprieve. 

Him and Sharma have added 100 runs for the fourth wicket now and taken India to safety. A boundary by the latter, off Anderson, helps the visitors get past the 150-run mark.

Kohli is inching close to a sixth Test hundred. 

India: 438 & 108-3 
New Zealand: 192 & 680-8 (decl)

Virat Kohli completes his 10th Test fifty soon after resumption. A single by him off Neesham helps India reach the 100-run mark, in the 36th over. 

Another boundary of his blade, off Boult, helps raise the 50-run partnership for the fourth wicket. These two have to continue batting like this to take India to safety. 

India: 438 & 90-3 
New Zealand: 192 & 680-8 (decl)

Rohit Sharma is the new batsman in. He failed to open his account in the first innings but avoids a pair.

Kohli eases the pressure with a massive six off Southee. Rohit settles down with a couple of boundaries of Wagner, on either side of the wicket. Rohit (on 9) though is fortunate as Southee puts him down on his follow through.

Jimmy Neesham replaces Wagner (8-3-21-0) in the attack in the 30th over. 

India go into the tea break at 90 for three (31 overs), with Kohli unbeaten 48, having hits seven boundaries and a six in his 71-ball knock.

India: 438 & 55-3 
New Zealand: 192 & 680-8 (decl)

Kohli celebrates his reprieve with successive boundaries off Boult. 

A boundary behind point by Pujara, off Wagner, helps India get past the 50-run mark in the 18th over. However, the batsman doesn't survive for long, Southee having him caught behind. 

It's been a forgettable series for Pujara. Unfortunately, he got out just when his partnership (44 runs) with Kohli seemed to blossom. Southee has struck twice now. 

India: 438 & 38-2 
New Zealand: 192 & 680-8 (decl)

Kohli hits two delectable boundaries in Southee's fifth over, one of the front foot and the other of the back foot. 

The Indian vice-captain is looking in great touch at the moment. He needs to last though. Pujara hasn't been in the best of form on this tour so far. 

He (on 15) appears to be caught behind off Boult but umpire Steve Davis was unmoved. Kohli survives.

Neil Wagner replaces Southee (6-0-19-1) in the attack in the 14th over. Pujara welcomes him with a boundary.

India: 438 & 20-2 
New Zealand: 192 & 680-8 (decl)

Trent Boult strikes in the fifth ball after resumption, having Shikhar Dhawan (2) out leg before. The ball seemed to be high - may have gone over the stumps - but the batsman was guilty of not offering a shot. And there is no DRS.

Cheteshwar Pujara is the new batsman in. However, in the next over, Southee ensures the home team a second success, having Vijay (7) caught by Corey Anderson in third slip.

Virat Kohli comes in to join Pujara. These two need to consolidate for India to save the Test.

India: 438 & 10-0 
New Zealand: 192 & 680-8 (decl)

So, Team India needs 435 to win in 67 overs. 

Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan open the batting for India and it will be Trent Boult first up for New Zealand. Vijay survives a loud caught behind appeal in the fifth ball. 

Tim Southee to bowl the second over. Vijay gets a boundary in the over. 

India manage 10 without loss in the four overs before lunch. 

New Zealand: 192 & 680-8 (decl)
India: 438

Shikhar Dhawan is handed the ball in the 209th over. A couple from Neesham in the over brings about New Zealand's highest ever Test score, best the 671 for four at the same ground in 1991. 

And New Zealand finally declare at 680-8, after batting for 210 overs. Jimmy Neesham remains unbeaten on 137. 

India need 435 to win the Test and square the series. Impossible ask this. 

A New Zealand win seems more likely. They have now won the series anyways.

New Zealand: 192 & 666-8
India: 438

Meanwhile, Zaheer Khan also reaches a personal milestone. In his 92 Test career it is for the first time he has bowled 50 overs. 

And it is a rewarding over for him as he has Tim Southee (11) caught by Cheteshwar Pujara to complete a five-wicket haul. 

A boundary by Neesham, off Zaheer, ensures New Zealand lead by over 400 runs now. Another boundary, two balls later, helps the home team get to the 650-run mark. 

It is the second highest total for New Zealand, behind the 671 for four vs Sri Lanka in 1991. In fact three of New Zealand's top five totals have come against India.

No declaration as yet.

New Zealand: 192 & 634-7
India: 438

McCullum pulls Zaheer to the fence in the next over to move to the 290s. The shot also helps raise the 150-run stand for the seventh wicket and stretched the lead past 350. 

A boundary by Neesham, off Ishant, helps New Zealand get past the 600-run mark, in the 197th over. In the same over, Ishant induces an edge off McCullum but it doesn't carry. What luck is he having?

Two boundaries off Zaheer takes Neesham close to a debut hundred. A boundary off Ishant takes McCullum to 297. Great shot this!

Neesham completes a 100 on debut in this over. A boundary off Zaheer helps McCullum complete a milestone triple hundred.

McCullum is the first New Zealand batsman, and 24th overall, to score a triple hundred in Tests. And he got there in style.

But he is dismissed in the same over, caught behind. McCullum's 559-ball 302 was inclusive of 32 hits to the fence and four over it. Zaheer gets a fourth wicket.

Tim Southee is the new batsman. 

New Zealand: 192 & 593-6
India: 438

A standing ovation for Brendon McCullum as he and and Jimmy Neesham walk out to bat. Zaheer and Ishant to bowl first up. 

Neesham starts the day with a few delectable boundaries. McCullum, as expected, has been circumspect. 

However, he does find the boundary in Ishant's third over. 

New Zealand: 192 & 571-6
India: 438

Good Morning!!!

Welcome to the coverage of the fifth and final day of the second Test between New Zealand and India at the Basin Reserve. 

Dogged batting batting by the home side has left the visitors in a lurch ahead of the fifth day's play. 

Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, is unbeaten on 281 and will attempt to become the first player from his country to score a triple hundred. 

Jimmy Neesham, batting on 67, won't mind a century on debut. Both have ensured New Zealand claw back to safety after a disastrous two-and-half days. In fact, the home team has turned the tables on India.

The two have so far added 125 runs for the seventh wicket, taking New Zealand's lead to 325. How much will they add?

What'll be the target for India?

Will India go for a win or a predictable draw?

These, and many other questions, will be answered, in about 45 minutes. Stay tuned!