BLACKCAPS v India, First Test, Basin Reserve

Tim Southee claimed his tenth five-wicket Test haul as India were dismissed for 191 in their second innings, leaving just nine runs for the BLACKCAPS openers to knock off for victory on day four. PHOTOSPORT

Debut darling Jamieson puts BLACKCAPS on top

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Kyle Jamieson’s making a habit of dream debuts after bursting onto the Test scene against India in Wellington by snaring the big wickets of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara on a rain-shortened opening day at the Basin Reserve.

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The six foot eight right-armer was literally and figuratively head and shoulders above all others as his three wicket helped the BLACKCAPS made the most of an important toss win to reduce the visitors to 122-5 from the 55-overs available.

It was a special day for all in the attendance as BLACKCAPS legend Ross Taylor marked his 100th Test and became the first cricketer to play 100 games across all three formats.

Tim Southee got things going by clean bowling Prithvi Shaw with a trademark out-swinger, while Trent Boult removed Mayank Agarwal (38) after lunch with a short ball.

Experienced Indian maestro Ajinya Rahane (38*) and wicket-keeper Risbah Pant (10*) will carry Indian hopes into the second day on a lively pitch.

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Tim Southee claimed his tenth five-wicket Test haul as India were dismissed for 191 in their second innings, leaving just nine runs for the BLACKCAPS openers to knock off for victory on day four. PHOTOSPORT

Williamson and Taylor bat BLACKCAPS into box seat

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A 93-run stand between the captain and the Test centurion ensured the BLACKCAPS hold the cards after two days of the first Test against India at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

The pair looked a cut above as they pushed the hosts into the lead before tea, but some final session strikes by India left just five wickets remaining and a lead of 51 runs.

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Tim Southee (4-49) did the damage early on day two as he and Kyle Jamieson finished with four wickets a-piece as the India were bowled out for 165.

The morning got off to a rollicking start when Ajaz Patel was hit for a huge six in the first over of the day, but produced a moment of magic shortly after as he ran-out Risbah Pant with a direct hit at one stump from point.

Southee would make it two in two balls as he produced another superb out-swinger to clean bowl Ravi Ashwin for a duck.

The 31-year-old also removed danger-man Ajinkya Rahane for 33 before dismissing Mohammad Shami to help wrap the innings before lunch.

The reply would be anchored by batting linchpins Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor who put on a 93-run third wicket partnership to help overhaul the lead in the final session.

Ishant Sharma was the pick of the visiting bowlers as he returned from injury in style to claim the first three wickets of the innings.

Play will resume on day three at 11:30am.

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Tim Southee claimed his tenth five-wicket Test haul as India were dismissed for 191 in their second innings, leaving just nine runs for the BLACKCAPS openers to knock off for victory on day four. PHOTOSPORT

Boult thunder-strikes break back of Indian batting line-up

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Trent Boult wrote his name all over the third day of the first Test claiming the big scalps of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli either side of tea to the put the BLACKCAPS in a commanding position with two days remaining at the Basin Reserve.

The left-armer, who hadn’t played international cricket since breaking his hand in the Boxing Day Test bowled with pace and precision down wind to finish with 3-27 from 16 overs.

A thrilling spell around the wicket finally defeated the judgement of Pujara for 11 off 81, before a pin-point bouncer brushed the gloves of Kohli through to Watling for 19.

Tim Southee wrote his name into the history books with his 300th international wicket in New Zealand as he chipped out Mayank Agarwal for 58, while Colin de Grandhomme whirled down 14 overs for just 25 runs.

Earlier, a 71-run eighth wicket stand from de Grandhomme (43 off 74) and Kyle Jamieson (44 off 45) pushed the BLACKCAPS past 300, before Boult frustrated India further with a whirlwind and at times comical 38 from just 24 balls.

Ishant Sharma would claim the final wicket to finish with a five-wicket bag, but the damage had been done with the total at 348 and a formidable 183-run first innings lead.

The rear-guard action was extra valuable for the hosts who were earlier rocked by the wicket of BJ Watling on the first ball of day three.

Tim Southee claimed his tenth five-wicket Test haul as India were dismissed for 191 in their second innings, leaving just nine runs for the BLACKCAPS openers to knock off for victory on day four. PHOTOSPORT

BLACKCAPS seal 100th Test victory in style

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The BLACKCAPS completed their 100th Test victory by securing six wickets in the first session of day four to claim a resounding ten-wicket win over world number one's India in the first Test at the Basin Reserve.Β 

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Tim Southee claimed his tenth five-wicket Test haul as India were dismissed for 191 in their second innings, leaving just nine runs for the BLACKCAPS openers to knock off before lunch.

The BLACKCAPS claim all 60 World Test Championship points as the series now moves to Christchurch for the second Test at Hagley Oval starting Saturday.

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