Christchurch Test: New Zealand on top after yet another India collapse

Catch all the highlights, updates and commentary of Day two of the second Test between India and New Zealand played at the Hagley Oval,Christchurch.

Jasprit Bumrah celebrates with his teammates after taking a wicket.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of Day two of the second Test match between India and New Zealand played at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch. This is V.S. Aravind and I will take you through the entire Test.



  • New Zealand is well and truly on top after running through the Indian top-order. India started the day on a brilliant note as it bundled out the host for 235. However, the batting imploded once again with most batsmen falling to poor shots. Virat Kohli's dismal run continued to haunt India and the dismissal of Rahane and Pujara further dented the visitor's hopes. Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari will resume on Day three with Jadeja being the last recognised batsman. Can India stage a fightback? We will get to know on Monday. Till then, it's goodbye!
  • Stumps Day Two: New Zealand 235 India 242, 90/6 Leads by 97 runs.
  • Rishabh Pant walks in  and he survives.
  • WICKET - Unplayable from Boult and Umesh Yadav can only see his stumps clatter. Coming wide of the crease, bowls a big in-swinger and Umesh had no answer to that.
  • WICKET - Huge wicket and that's the end of Cheteshwar Pujara. It was a peach of a delivery from Boult, who comes wide of the crease, gets the ball to come in, Pujara goes with a straight bat, but the ball sneaks in between bat and bat and knocks the off stump. The incoming delivery and Pujara's troubles continues. India in dire straits.
  • Umesh is not holding back as he is swinging his bat and is helping India build on the lead.
  • Nightwatchman Umesh Yadav walks in.
  • WICKET - What has Ajinkya Rahane done here! Wagner strikes and he removes the India vice-captain.. The short pitched ploy worked as Rahane shuffles across and tries to hoick it towards leg side but ends up playing on to the stumps. Wagner lets out a roar and Rahane takes the long walk back. You don't want to see the dismissal.
  • With 10 overs remaining, India would want the pair of Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara to carry their bat through. Lead of 78
  • Ajinkya Rahane is living dangerously and is playing high risk cricket. The India vice-captain has already been handed a life by Colin de Grandhomme and now nearly flashes hard behind point.
  • Ajinkya Rahane is out there in the middle.
  • WICKET - De Grandhomme picks the big fish as he traps Virat Kohli.  Similar kind of a dismissal as Kohli fails to read the incoming delivery, plants his frontfoot with the head falling over and that's plumb. Huge blow for India.
  • Kohli is looking composed and in great balance as he flicks a full delivery through the mid-wicket for a lovely boundary.
  • India skipper Virat Kohli walks out and would like to make an impression.
  • WICKET - Tim Southee strikes and he bounces out Prithvi Shaw. Short delivery and Shaw was caught in a tangle as he gets a top edge and Latham takes a simple catch at second slip.
  • WICKET - Trent Boult gets the early breakthrough! Mayank Agarwal makes the long walk back to the pavilion after being out LBW. He was caught plumb in front there and hence didn't go for the review.
  • Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal walk out to the middle and it will be Tim Southee with the new ball.
  • It has been an excellent day for India, so far and they did well to bounce back and take a slender 7-run lead. Mohammed Shami took four, while Jasprit Bumrah took three. Ravindra Jadeja took two important wickets and Umesh Yadav provided an early breakthrough.
  • WICKET - Excellent running catch from Rishabh Pant as India bowls out New Zealand for 235. Jamieson dismissed for 49.
  • WICKET - A stunner from Ravindra Jadeja packs off Wagner and what a sensational catch that it. You just can't keep the 'Rockstar' out of the game! Short ball. Wagner goes for the pull but Jadeja leaps to take a one-handed stunner at square leg.
  • Frustrating for Indian bowlers as Wagner and Jamieson bring their 50-run partnership.
  • Important from India's point of view to not allow New Zealand erase the deficit. Vihari would be kicking himself after the drop catch. 
  • Dropped - Terrible misjudgement by Hanuma Vihari as he drops Wagner behind square and Shami is not happy. Short ball, Wagner pulls and Vihari fails to latch on to it.
  • WICKET - Top of off! What a fantastic delivery from Jadeja as he knocks out de Grandhomme. Gets the ball to turn, the batsman looks to defend but the ball beats him to hit timber.
  • Ravindra Jadeja is back into the attack and it's important India doesn't let the tail wag. This has been an issue for a while now.
  • Double Blow - Bumrah strikes immediately after Lunch to remove Watling and immediately strikes once again to remove Tim Southee. It has been incredible how India has fought back. Terrific bowling and they have been relentless.
  • And that will be Lunch. It's India's session undoubtedly and they are right back in this game. New Zealand trail exactly by 100 runs with five wickets in hand.
  • BJ Walting and  de Grandhomme have a job in their hands are the Indians would like to take one more before Lunch.
  • WICKET - Shami strikes again and this time he removes Henry Nicholls. Good low catch by Kohlli and the India skipper is oumped up.
  • WICKET - Wow! What a peach of a delivery from Shami and he has removed the well-set Latham. India dictating terms on Day two. Error of judgement from Latham as Shami gets one to nip back in, the batsman shoulders his arms and the ball cannons into the top of off stump. Top stuff!
  • Fifty for Latham - Excellent from Latham and this has been an innings of substance with absolute control. He holds the ley.
  • Henry Nicholls joins Tom Latham
  • WICKET - Guess what! Ravindra Jadeja strikes to remove Ross Taylor and India has crawled back into the game. Wonderful catch by Umesh Yadav and the danger man departs.
  • Taylor and Latham have forged a stand but India has dried up runs with Shami and Bumrah bowling in tandem.
  • Excellent over by Bumrah and the Indians are pumped up. If they manage to get Taylor, they are right back in this game.
  • Ross Taylor is the new man in.
  • WICKET - Huge, huge wicket as Jasprit Bumrah removes Kane Williamson. Beautiful delivery from Bumrah as he draws Williamson for a false stroke, induces an outside edge and Rishabh Pant makes no mistake. It's the angle that did trouble Williamson and Kohli is all pumped up and so as the Indian unit.
  • It was an excellent ploy from Kohli to start with Umesh and he has provided the breakthrough. Bumrah, meanwhile, has been relentless with his line and length and is constantly beating the outsode edge of the batsmen.
  • Kane Williamson is the new man in and the New Zealand skipper is off the mark straightaway.
  • WICKET - Umesh Yadav strikes and this is exactly what India wanted. He traps Blundell, New Zealand have taken the review but the on-field decision stay. Slightly shorter in length, gets the ball to nip back in and Blundell tries to block it but the ball hit him flush on the knee roll.
  • Jasprit Bumrah to partner Umesh from the other end.
  • First ball, Day two Umesh Yadav to Tom Latham. Two slips and a gully in place. Here we go!
  • A very warm good morning and Sunday will be a make or break day for Virat Kohli and company. They need to make early breakthroughs as New Zealand aims to wipe the deficit and take the lead.


A small recap of Day one

New Zealand's five-man seam attack pegged India back at crucial junctures on day one of the second Test at Christchurch on Friday and bowled the visitor out for 242. Kiwi openers Tom Latham and Tom Blundell looked comfortable at the crease as they took the score of 63/0 by stumps. Kyle Jamieson starred for the home side with a maiden five-for, while Trent Boult and Neil Wagner claimed a wicket each. Tim Southee took out Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.

There were three fifties in the Indian innings -  Prithvi Shaw slammed eight boundaries and a six for his 64-ball 54 while Cheteshwar Pujara (54) and Hanuma Vihari (55) offered some resistance by adding 81 for the fourth wicket. However, Wagner's dismissal of Vihari triggered India's collapse as the visitor lost its remaining six wickets in the space of 48 runs.

  • Stumps Day One - India 242 all out New Zealand 63/0

  • Playing XI

    India: Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

    New Zealand: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson(C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(WK), Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult

  • TOSS: New Zealand opts to bowl first against India on a green carpet.

Hanuma Vihari rues not converting fifty into century

Hanuma Vihari is efficient in his own way. He is not one of those modern high bat-speed batsmen who demolish attacks.

Vihari’s strength is solidity in the Indian middle-order. He gets behind the line, into good positions and can construct an innings. By his standards, Vihari’s 70-ball 55 with 10 boundaries - he was the top scorer for India - was an unusually brisk innings here on Saturday.

Vihari said, “It was a personal decision to play positively, score runs when the ball was short. And the pitch too had more pace. The ball was coming on to the bat.”

About his own dismissal at the stroke of tea, Vihari said, “Perhaps, it was one shot too many.”



India: Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Prithvi Shaw, Wriddhiman Saha, Navdeep Saini

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell.

Umpires - Michael Gough, Richard Illingworth

Third Umpire - Aleem DarMatch

Referee - Ranjan Madugalle

Start Time: 04:00 AM