Cricket News sort by New Zealand tour of India 2012

New Zealand’s opening batsman Brendon McCullum has been fined for showing dissent in the First Test at Hyderabad. The Kiwi batsman was walking off furiously after being given out lbw during the second innings on the fourth day’s play...

When a Test match ends in four days in spite of the fact that wet weather has caused significant interruptions in the game, you can wonder the kind of domination the victorious side has had against their opponents.

R Ashwin claimed a match tally of 12 for 85 as New Zealand crashed to an innings and 115 run-defeat in the Hyderabad Test. It was all over very quickly for the Kiwis as they got bundled out in their second innings for 159 in 61.3 overs. The tourists lost their last seven wickets for just 26 runs!

Heavy downpour in the afternoon forced the third day’s play to be washed out with the Kiwis staring at a defeat. New Zealand need 238 more runs to avoid an innings defeat with 9 wickets in hand.

India are in the driver’s seat in the Hyderabad Test by the close of the second day’s play itself thanks to the spin duo of R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha. New Zealand had a terrible final session in which they quickly crumbled to 106 for 5 in the 42 overs

New Zealand fought back to keep India down to 307 for 5 by Stumps on Day 1. India managed to pull off yet another good partnership in the day’s play with Pujara and MS Dhoni adding 47 runs for the unbroken 6th wicket.

When the Indian team takes the field for the first Test against New Zealand at Hyderabad on Thursday, there will be a sense of hollowness among the fans. After all, this will be the first match India will be playing following the retirement of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.

The First Test between hosts India and New Zealand gets underway tomorrow at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. There is no contest between the two sides as India have been a former No.1 Test Team while New Zealand have been struggling abroad.

When the Test series between India and New Zealand kicks off on Thursday, it will mark the first occasion in a number of years that neither Rahul Dravid nor VVS Laxman will be a part of the Indian Test line-up.