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Cricket: Sharma's career best figures put India on top

A career-best six-wicket haul by Ishant Sharma put India firmly in charge at stumps on the opening day of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington on Friday. New Zealand were rolled for 192 in their first innings and at the close India were 100-2 with Shikhar Dhawan on 71 and Sharma, playing the nighwatchman role, on three. Murali Vijay was the first wicket to fall, caught behind by BJ Watling off Tim Southee for two. He tried to pull out of the way of a rising delivery but it cut back sharply to skim his gloves on the way to the keeper.

Cricket: Sharma's career best figures put India on top

A career-best six-wicket haul by Ishant Sharma put India firmly in charge at stumps on the opening day of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington on Friday. New Zealand were rolled for 192 in their first innings and at the close India were 100-2 with Shikhar Dhawan on 71 and Sharma, playing the nighwatchman role, on three. Murali Vijay was the first wicket to fall, caught behind by BJ Watling off Tim Southee for two. He tried to pull out of the way of a rising delivery but it cut back sharply to skim his gloves on the way to the keeper.

Cricket: New Zealand look to rub salt in India wounds

New Zealand will blood two new players in the second Test against India starting in Wellington Friday as they look to cap a golden summer without star performer Ross Taylor. Tom Latham replaces the high-scoring Taylor, who will remain at home with his wife due to give birth, while the green wicket has earned all-rounder Jimmy Neesham a start at the expense of leg-spinner Ish Sodhi. New Zealand, who won the first Test by 40 runs, will take five seamers into the match with Kane Williamson acting as the spin option.

Cricket: New Zealand team for 2nd Test against India

The New Zealand team named Tuesday for the second Test against India starting in Wellington on Friday. New Zealand: Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, BJ Watling, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult. Injury cover: Jimmy Neesham, Tom Latham. afp

Cricket: New Zealand snare 40-run win over India

Neil Wagner was the toast of New Zealand as they pulled off a dramatic 40-run win over India in the first Test at Eden Park on Sunday. Wagner, New Zealand's go-to man, twice turned the game with quick wickets to wrest control away from India. On a riveting fourth day of the David and Goliath clash between the eighth-ranked New Zealand and second-ranked India, the outcome was settled in the final session when India lost their last five wickets for 96 runs. India went into the session requiring 137 to reach their 407 target while New Zealand needed five wickets.

Cricket: New Zealand beat India by 40 in first Test

New Zealand beat India by 40 runs on the fourth day of the first Test at Eden Park here Sunday. India, facing a target of 407 to win, were all out for 366 in their second innings in the final session of the day. New Zealand had made 503 in their first innings and 105 in the second, and India were all out for 202 in their first innings. In India's second innings Shikhar Dhawan made 115 and Virat Kohli 67. For New Zealand, Neil Wagner took four for 62 while Tim Southee and Trent Boult took three wickets apiece. cf/ajc/st

Cricket: New Zealand strike back against India

New Zealand struck back with three crucial wickets including century-maker Shikhar Dhawan to keep the first Test against India evenly poised on the fourth day Sunday. At tea, India were 270-5 and requiring a further 137 runs to reach their 407 target while New Zealand need another five wickets. Rohit Sharma was not out 19 with Mahendra Singh Dhoni on two. Dhawan and Virat Kohli had appeared to be building a potentially match-winning third-wicket partnership when Neil Wagner snapped their 126-run stand.

Cricket: India 270-5 at tea

India, chasing a target of 407, were 270-5 at tea on the fourth day of the first Test against New Zealand Sunday. Rohit Sharma was not out 19 with Mahendra Singh Dhoni on two. For New Zealand, Neil Wagner and Tim Southee have two wickets apiece. India require a further 137 runs to win the Test and New Zealand need five more wickets. cf/ajc/st

Cricket: India 180-2 at lunch

India, chasing a target of 407 to win the first Test against New Zealand, were 180-2 at lunch on the fourth day at Eden Park on Sunday. Shikhar Dharwan was not out 81 with Virat Kohli on 55. For New Zealand, Tim Southee has two for 29. cf/ajc/st

Cricket: Steady India edge towards winning target

Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were calmly nibbling into the imposing 407 India need to win the first Test against New Zealand as they reached 180-2 at lunch on the fourth day Sunday. India added 93 for the loss of one wicket in the morning session, with Dhawan not out 81 and closing in on his second Test century while Kohli was on 55. New Zealand wanted at least two wickets before lunch to feel they still had some control, but were denied by a stubborn partnership that has so far produced 84 runs.
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