New Zealand quell India in a thriller

A dramatic fourth day sees India lose by 40 runs at Eden Park.

Scorecard | Match Pictures | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | NZ's problem pair

THE KEY WICKET: Replays showed that Wagner had trod on the side crease, but the decision stayed.

AUCKLAND:
A day of courage and controversy yielded a dramatic win for New Zealand in the first Test as the hosts ousted India by 40 runs at Eden Park, here. In keeping with what had gone past, Sunday was marked by serial shifts in momentum. The game first swung towards India, thanks to a big partnership between centurion Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, then shifted to the hosts, courtesy of left-arm fast bowler Neil Wagner and the second new ball, and then slithered India’s way again as skipper MS Dhoni and his protégé Ravindra Jadeja brought their immense limited-overs skills into the Test arena.

When it practically ended, on the back of an umpiring oversight that sent Dhoni packing, the match had seen it all: an attacking double-hundred, a heinous batting collapse, jaw-dropping fielding, a back-to-the-wall century, a fast bowler with a big heart, and a spate of poor decisions, which, if it may be added, doesn’t include Brendon McCullum’s call for not enforcing the follow on.

It was really New Zealand’s capitulation in their second innings on Saturday - when they were shot out for 105 - that opened up a Test that had appeared irrevocably shut to India after the visitors had conceded a first innings lead of 301. Wagner delivered four wickets to his side (including the big ones of Dhawan, Kohli and Dhoni) picking one up every time India seemed to be getting away.

INDIA ADVANCE

FIRST AWAY TON: Shikhar DhawanIn the sixth over of the morning, Tim Southee drew first blood by slanting in a bouncer at the overnight batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (23) that shaped away late to take the edge of the bat. Kohli joined his Delhi teammate, Dhawan, who was resuming a run away from his first fifty since his sensational debut hundred at Mohali last year. The pair added 126 in 31.3 overs in an intelligent partnership, first seeing off the threat of Southee and Trent Boult, then upping the scoring rate when the aging ball was thrown to leggie Ish Sodhi and part-timer Kane Williamson.

Kohli was not quite in his element. He shouldered arms to a Southee delivery that whistled dangerously past the off-stump. An aerial push off Wagner went right between the two specially placed short covers. It was Sodhi with his freebie full-tosses and half-volleys who allowed India to break free. He conceded three boundaries to Kohli in an over, and then, after lunch, 18 runs to Dhawan in another. A six lofted over long-on took the mustachioed opener to 99. A vicious cut later, Dhawan was on his second overall and first overseas Test century. With just 185 needed, India were in the ascendance.

AGAINST THE RUN OF PLAY

FINE EFFORT: Neil WagnerKohli got out against the run of play as a mini slide saw India lose four for 48. Having top-edged a Southee bouncer over the slip cordon in the previous over, he bottom-edged a Wagner wide ball to the wicket-keeper. With six more overs to go for the second new ball, Wagner excised Dhawan with a deadly bouncer that the batsman could only glove to wicket-keeper BJ Watling.

Ajinkya Rahane looked fluid in his 18 before he got a howler with the new ball. The Mumbai youngster was nailed in front by a gorgeous Boult inswinger, but his thick inside edge was not picked up by the umpire. Tea was taken with India requiring 137 more, five wickets intact, and two new batsmen – Rohit Sharma and Dhoni – in the middle. Sharma (19) nicked Southee to the ‘keeper on the first ball after tea, which brought out Jadeja. And then began the fireworks.

FINAL PUSH

The Chennai Super Kings followed their Chepauk modus operandi at Eden Park as they gathered 54 runs in a little above five overs. Jadeja was downright cruel as he moved about the crease and spanked Southee for boundaries. Boult was slapped for a six down the ground. Just when it appeared that the pair would see India home – the side needed 83 more – the southpaw holed out to mid-on.

Dhoni was now left with the tail. Zaheer Khan helped his skipper out with a couple of hefty blows, before perishing to a Wagner delivery that was too good for him. The Indian captain was ninth out, deceived by Wagner’s slow bouncer that he bottom-edged on to the stumps. Replays indicated that the bowler may have stepped on to the side crease before delivering, but that didn’t matter. The deed was done. Dhoni had marched off. Ishant Sharma had walked in. All the lanky No.11 could do was chop off four runs from India’s margin of defeat before Boult bounced him out.

ALSO SEE: MATCH PICTURES


New Zealand celebrate winning the first international test cricket match against India at Eden Park in Auckland February 9, 2014. New Zealand won the match by 40 runs.
1 / 30
Reuters | Photo by NIGEL MARPLE / Reuters
Sun 9 Feb, 2014 10:23 AM IST

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

On Now: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab

On Now: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab

GAME 7, SHARJAH—Punjab elect to bowl. More »

Royal test for Kings

Royal test for Kings

Preview — Clash of philosophies between Australia-centric teams More »

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

The Nawab of Najafgarh says a good run in IPL could help his chances of a comeback on India's tour to England in June. More »

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Some members stressed on the need for proposing names with an "impeccable record and clean image". More »

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Furious fifties by Duminy and Dinesh Karthik end a long losing streak for the Daredevils. More »

Five things England must do to bounce back

Five things England must do to bounce back

England have appointed a new head coach in Peter Moores. More »

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

Royal Challengers overcame a stutter to cruise to the small target they were set by Mumbai Indians. More »

‘Felt like helpless minority’

‘Felt like helpless minority’

Former BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke says emotions got the better of Srinivasan and he tried to oversimplify things by calling Meiyappan an “enthusiast.” More »

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

Kevin Pietersen's hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end Saturday when ECB managing director Paul Downton said there was 'no way back'… More »

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

His status as president of TNCA makes him eligible to attend the Working Committee meeting on Sunday. More »

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone … More »

The world record that nearly wasn't

The world record that nearly wasn't

Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it. More »

Moores gets second stint as coach

Moores gets second stint as coach

In a two-year spell from 2007 to 2009, the 51-year-old Moores led England in seven Test series. More »

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh's senior players will have three sessions with a psychological skill development coach later this month More »

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

Dalmiya feels that Srinivasan’s ‘power hungry’ attitude isn’t helping matters. More »

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

The 36-year-old believes the T20 format and rule changes in 50-over matches have made a real difference. More »

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

BCCI members want independent probe

BCCI members want independent probe

The board members are realising after the Supreme Court's observations that something has to be done — IS Bindra More »

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Preview — The threat of Sunil Narine looms large again. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Preview — Given the firepower in both line-ups, Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer More »

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »