India vs New Zealand, 1st Test, Day 4: As it happened...
India dominated Day 4 of the 1st Test thanks to Ashwin, Rohit and Jadeja's performances.
New Delhi: Ravichandran Ashwin become the fastest Indian to 200 Test wickets.
New Zealand 2nd innings
Over 37 | Score 93/4 | (Santner 8*, Ronchi 38*)
India continued to attack with the spinners but couldn't pick up another wicket. Day 4 ended with NZ needing another 341 runs for the win. Ashwin lead the team off the ground.
Over 30 | Score 85/4 | (Santner 6*, Ronchi 32*)
With only a few overs left in the day, Ronchi and Santner are have adopted a cautious approach. Virat will be delighted with the effort of his side here.
Over 26 | Score 77/4 | (Santner 5*, Ronchi 25*)
Poor play from the Kiwis cost them the wicket of Taylor. One cannot afford a run-out in such a situation. Santner walked out to the middle.
R Taylor run out 17 (36b)
Over 18 | Score 45/3 | (Taylor 14*, Ronchi 2*)
Ashwin trapped skipper Williams lbw with a classic off-spinner that turned viciously. He became the second fastest in Test history to enter the 200-wicket club.
Over 12 | Score 21/2 | (Taylor 4*, Williamson 14*)
Ashwin and Jadeja are virtually unplayable at the moment. Taylor and Williamson are doing their best but this is a tough track to bat on.
Over 4 | Score 3/2 (Williamson 1*, Taylor 0*)
R Ashwin struck early for India. Guptil, who attempted a sweep, was dismissed after his inside edge lobbed off his pads to silly point. Latham was adjudged LBW in the same over by umpire Kettleborough. It will be difficult for the Kiwis to handle Indian spinners on a turning track.
India 2nd innings
Over 107.2 | Score 377/5d (Jadeja 50*, Rohit 68*)
Virat Kohli declared as soon as Jadeja got to his fifty. This has been a solid effort from the home side. New Zealand need 434 runs to win the 1st Test.
Over 103 | Score 350/5 | (Rohit 60*, Jadeja 31*)
Jadeja's arrival helped ease off the pressure on Rohit. The right-hander appeared much more relaxed, as Jaddu went on the offensive. Sharma scored a fifty, which will boost his confidence.
Over 89 | Score 278/5 | (Rohit 18*, Jadeja 1*)
Rahane was caught at slip off Santner's bowling. The right-hander missed out of a fifty there. That wicket brought Jadeja to the crease.
A Rahane c Taylor b Santner 40 (81b)
Over 85 | Score 265/4 | (Rohit 16*, Rahane 30*)
Rohit and Rahane are looking solid at the moment. India need the Mumbai duo to continue what they are doing.
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Over 81 | Score 252/4 | (Rohit 12*, Rahane 21*)
Rohit and Rahane made sure India didn't lose another wicket after Pujara and Kohli's dismissals. The two Mumbai batsman continued to pick up runs and avoid any risks. They added 24 runs for the fifth wicket. At Lunch on Day 4, India lead by 308 runs.
Over 72 | Score 229/4 | (Rohit 0*, Rahane 16*)
India lost two quick wickets in the form of Kohli and Pujara. Now the onus is on Rohit and Rahane to propel India's lead past 400 runs.
C Pujara c Taylor b Sodhi 78 (152b)
V Kohli c Sodhi b Craig 18 (40b)
Over 63 | Score 204/2 | (Pujara 67*, Kohli 16*)
It is wonderful to see Kohli bat with positive intent and aggression. He knows the Kiwis are on the mat and is making sure he keeps the pressure firmly on them. Apart from Santner, no NZ bowler has looked threatening today. Big problems for Williamson!
Over 58 | Score 191/2 | (Pujara 64*, Kohli 6*)
In-form Vijay was trapped lbw by Santner. The right-hander was disappointed with himself for missing out on a ton. Skipper Virat Kohli walked out to the middle and made his intentions clear. The Delhi batsman picked up an early boundary off Sodhi and looked to attack the spinners from the word go.
M Vijay lbw b Santner 76 (170b)
Over 54 | Score 174/1 | (Pujara 56*, Vijay 73*)
To begin Day 4's 1st session, Vijay and Pujara continued from where they left off on Day 4. The duo played cautiously and picked up runs without taking risks. NZ skipper Kane Williamson brought on Sodhi to bowl the first over of the day.
Day 3 round up
The spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin exploited a turning track to the fullest to bundle out New Zealand for 262 as India took firm control of the first cricket Test by extending their overall lead to 215 here on Saturday.
Jadeja (5/73) dismissed three batsmen in one over for a five-wicket haul while R Ashwin (4/93) grabbed four wickets as the Indians spun out New Zealand early into the second session.
At draw of stumps, India were 159/1 in their second innings which gave them an overall lead of 215. India lost KL Rahul (38) before Murali Vijay (64) and Cheteshwar Pujara (50) scored briskly to put the hosts in command.