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Day 2: Kiwi openers solid, India collapse



New Zealand dominated second day to put themselves back in contention in the first test match.

New Zealand is now looking good but India can still easily make comeback in this game.

After dismissing India on 345, the Kiwi openers played superbly and put an unbeaten stand of 129 runs before stumps on day 2.

India      111.1  overs     345 all out 

S. Iyer    105 (171)           Southee    5-69                                                                                                                 Gill          52 (93)              Jamieson   3-91                                                                                                           Jadeja    50 (112)            Ajaz Patel   2-90    

New Zealand    57 overs   129-0

W. Young   75* (180)                                                                                                                                                                                               T. Latham   50* (165)

India started day 2 with 258-4 on the scoreboard but the New Zealand bowlers were fully charged today.

Southee started brilliantly by dismissing the star of day 1, Jadeja without allowing him to score even a single run on day 2.

Saha also didn’t contribute much to the scorecard and he was dismissed on only  1(12) run courtesy an excellent delivery bowled by Tim Southee.

The Indian lower order failed to deliver and the wickets kept falling quickly.

Ashwin showed some character in the end and scored an important 38 runs.

The debutant Shreyas Iyer completed his century today and became only the 16th Indian batter to score a 100 on Test Debut.

India was all out on 345 runs and Southee was the star with the bowl for New Zealand as he picked up 5 wickets for just 69 runs.

Then the New Zealand openers gave a very good start to their  side and both the openers remained unbeaten till the end of day 2

Southee’s five-wicket haul

Tim Southee bowled one of the best Test-match spells by a visiting pace bowler in India to almost pull his side back into the test match singlehandedly.

Having medicated a hamstring strain that took him off the field on the first day’s play, Southee recovered adequately – or bowled through persistent pain – to pick up four important wickets.

He bowled continuously for 11 overs in the morning session of day 2 to complete his 13th five-wicket haul in the longest format and it was his second 5 wicket haul in India.

100 on debut for Iyer

Shreyas Iyer, who was unbeaten on 75 last night, completed his 100 today.

Iyer’s century was the only positive for team India today.

Shreyas Iyer continued his brilliant innings from where he left last night.

He was given the opportunity to announce himself in the test side and he grabbed this with both hands.

He was dismissed by Southee after scoring an excellent 105. 

Dream start by New Zealand’s openers

New Zealand started their first innings solidly with the bat.

The two openers, Latham and Young played magnificently to build an unbeaten 129 runs partnership.

Young is batting on 75 runs while Latham has scored 50 runs.

Both of them handled the spin bowling of team India very well.

If they stay unbeaten till lunch tomorrow, New Zealand will be eyeing a mammoth lead in the first innings.

Also note, that Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are fresh, after having not played the T20 series.

Right now, the match is evenly balanced but if the Kiwis play sensible cricket, they could hold the edge.

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No mercy from India! Jasprit Bumrah set to return for final Test against England in Dharamsala




Jasprit Bumrah

Team India have pocked the five-match Test series against England with a five-wicket win in the fourth match. With a 3-1 lead in the series, they will head into the final Test in Dharamsala as a confident unit. While it is crucial for Ben Stokes and Co. to leave the touring nation on a positive note, the home side is likely to experiment with their playing XI for the low-key fixture.

According to reports, the Indian cricket management is considering resting a few players for the final Test due to the workload. India were without some key players due to withdrawal and injuries throughout the series. However, the youngsters stepped up and gave the desired result, gaining the confidence of the management.

Meanwhile, the Men in Blue are not going to make it easy for the visitors when the two teams clash at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium from March 7. As per Cricbuzz, elite pacer and the team’s vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah is set to be recalled. This shows that India will go hard in the upcoming match and aim to settle the series 4-1.

Bumrah was rested for the fourth Test in Ranchi as he played three matches on a trot. The 30-year-old has been carefully managed by management since his return from a back injury last year after a nearly year-long absence. He made his comeback in the T20I series against Ireland and after that, he played only in crucial fixtures like the Asia Cup, ODI World Cup, and Test matches. With the 2024 T20 World Cup also around the corner, it will be important for the team to manage Bumrah’s workload.

KL Rahul doubtful for Dharamsala Test 

KL Rahul, who was deemed 90% fit before the third Test in Rajkot, has not fully recovered and is unlikely to play in the final match. Rahul suffered a quadriceps strain in the series opener and missed the next two matches. The report states that the Karnataka cricketer has been sent overseas for treatment.

It remains to be seen whether the under-fire Rajat Patidar will get another chance to prove his mettle in Rahul’s absence. Patidar looked promising in the first innings of the Hyderabad Test, but then lost his rhythm and suffered a series of low scores, including two ducks.

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‘Ye toh Mohammad Kaif 2.0 nikla’ – Fans react as Brendon McCullum accepts series defeat against India and claim themselves to be better than they were in 2022




Brendon McCullum has reacted to England’s performance in the ongoing series against India. The visiting side are currently trailing 1-3 in the series after the conclusion of the 4th Test in Ranchi. With the fifth Test set to happen in Dharamshala, England have lost the series by all means. They do have a chance to end the series on a high note by winning the last Test.

After the loss against India in the 4th Test, McCullum was in the press conference. He claimed that they are a better side than they were 18 months ago. Brendon acknowledged the fact that they lost the series against India and could not win in the Ashes. He felt that given the way England is playing, there is a good chance of them doing special things in the next 18 months in Test cricket.

“We’ve lost this series and we didn’t win the Ashes, but we’re a better cricket team than we were 18 months ago and we’ve got an opportunity in the next 18 months to do some pretty special shitz. I’m fizzing for it, to be honest,” said McCullum as he was hopeful of a bright future for England in Tests. It is true that England were not as competitive under Joe Root as they are under Ben Stokes.

Improved competitiveness of England

While Root’s tenure was good before the pandemic, the team struggled under his captaincy. 2021 and early 2020 were the years when England was demoralised. They lost in India 1-3 and trailed 1-2 at home against the same opponent. For the first time in over 20 years, NZ beat England in Tests in their own backyard. In 2022, England lost the Ashes 0-4 away from home.

They also lost to the West Indies 0-1 which acted as a final nail in the coffin of Root’s leadership. However, things have changed drastically under Stokes and McCullum. They won the series against New Zealand at home and clean-swept Pakistan in their own backyard. They drew the Ashes 2-2 and drew the series against NZ 1-1 before losing the series against India.

Here’s how the fans reacted to the statement of Brendon McCullum –


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WATCH: IShowSpeed reacts to Virat Kohli becoming father for 2nd time





IShowSpeed took to his YouTube channel and reacted to Virat Kohli becoming the father for the 2nd time in his life. The popular YouTuber is known to be a fan of Virat in cricket. He claimed that the Indian batter got twins. In the video which has gone viral on the internet, Speed was seen reacting to the announcement of the star couple. He was visibly excited about seeing the good news.

Speed claimed that Akaay and Vamika are twins. The fan of the Indian batter claimed that the son of Virat should have been named as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’. He went on to add that Akaay could become a young GOAT. Seeing the announcement video, the popular YouTuber claimed that he would still call Akaay as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’.

Watch the viral video of Speed here –


He got twins!! Virat Kohli got twins!! Vamika and Akaay! Akaay about to be a young GOAT. He should have been named to Virat Kohli Jr, I’m still going to call him Kohli Jr bro,” said I Show Speed in his video. The fans are in bits after seeing the video of the YouTuber and said that he is too funny. The way Speed calls Virat was mocked by the fans on social media.

The family of Virat Kohli

Virat has a big family. While his father died when he was playing a Ranji Trophy game in the 2000s, he has a brother and mother. In 2017, Virat married Anushka which became a sensation. The star couple has been the talk of the town since then. In 2021, Virat and Anushka were blessed with their first child. The duo named her as ‘Vamika‘.

Earlier this year, Virat took a leave during the series against England. The fans were not sure of the reason behind the move of the batter that he even could not attend the Ram Mandir inaugural ceremony. Earlier this month, the fans got to know that the couple became the parents for the 2nd time. Anushka and Virat posted a joint statement where they declared to be parents and announced ‘Akaay’ to the world.

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