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  • 5:00 PM IST

    Live, India vs New Zealand 1st Test | NZ 93/4: STUMPS Day 4 | So that is the end of day’s play and India need six wickets more to win the first Test. Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner remain unbeaten on 38 and 8 respectively. The duo will have a job to do tomorrow for now they can relax. Join us tomorrow for final day’s action

  • 4:55 PM IST

    Live, India vs New Zealand 1st Test | NZ 93/4: Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner have added 37 thus far for the fifth wicket. Not easy to face spinners as the ball is turning. These two are doing a fine job and Kiwi camp will want them to continue.

  • 4:19 PM IST

    Live, India vs New Zealand 1st Test | NZ 77/4: Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner making sure New Zealand do not lose any wicket before the end of day’s play. These two had a good partnership in the first innings and will be looking to better it this time round.

  • 4:06 PM IST

    Live, India vs New Zealand 1st Test | NZ 56/4: Out! Tragedy here for New Zealand. Ross Taylor is run out. Careless stuff from the experienced batsman. He made it to the crease, but did not drag his bat. His bat was well past the crease, but in air when the ball hit the stumps. Direct hit from Umesh Yadav at deep mid-wicket. Ross Taylor run out (U Yadav) 17(36)

  • 3:53 PM IST

    Live, India vs New Zealand 1st Test | NZ 43/3: Out! That is 200th wicket for Ravi Ashwin. Sharp turn their. Williamson misses the line of the ball and is trapped in front of the wickets. Williamson lbw b Ashwin 25(59)

  • 3:29 PM IST

    Live, India vs New Zealand 1st Test | NZ 33/2: Both Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor living dangerously. Ravi Ashwin is one wicket away from his 200th Test wicket. Williamson and Taylor have added 30 runs for the third wicket so far

  • 2:51 PM IST

    Live, India vs New Zealand 1st Test | NZ 3/2: Out! There you go another one for Ravi Ashwin. He traps Tom Latham in front of the wickets. Kiwis in trouble as both the openers are back in the hutch. Two wickets in one over for Ashwin. Latham lbw b Ashwin 2(15)

  • 2:47 PM IST

    Live, India vs New Zealand 1st Test | NZ 2/1: Out! India draw first blood. Martin Guptill departs. Looking to slog the ball, he gets inside edge which hits his shoe before going up in the air and Murali Vijay silly point takes the catch. Guptill c Vijay b Ashwin 0(5)

  • 2:41 PM IST

    Live, India vs New Zealand 1st Test | NZ 2/0: India straightaway attack with spin. After first over from Mohammad Shami, Ravi Ashwin bowled the second over. It is Tom Latham and Martin Guptill at the crease for New Zealand.

  • 2:19 PM IST

    Live, India vs New Zealand 1st Test | IND 350/5: So with Ravindra Jadeja’s half-century India declare their innings. Rohit Sharma and Jadeja remain unbeaten on 68 and 50 respectively. Target for New Zealand is 434. Tea has been taken, so after the break Kiwis will begin their chase.

Hello and welcome to India.com’s coverage of India vs New Zealand 1st Test day four. The penultimate day of the Kanpur Test has plenty of action in store as hosts India are in strong position. India will look to increase the lead and set a big target for New Zealand to chase in the fourth innings.  Murali Vijay (64 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (50 not out) struck half-centuries as India scored 159 for one, taking a hefty lead of 215. WATCH: India Vs New Zealand 2016 Live Streaming

Earlier in the day, spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja ran through New Zealand’s batting line-up that was bowled out for 262. Resuming the day at 153/1, the visitors were floored by left-armer Jadeja (5/73) and off-spinner Ashwin (4/93). After taking a 56-run first innings lead, India were further driven by the 107-run unbeaten partnership between Pujara and Vijay in a match that was fairly partial to the spinners.

However, credit needs to be given to the spinners who came back strongly on the third day, after a bad second day’s play. Skipper Virat Kohli’s decision of starting the day’s proceedings with spinners paid off well for the hosts. Resuming the day from 152 for one, Kiwi batters got off to a bad start as both the Indian spinners created problems for them with their turn and bounce. CATCH: India Vs New Zealand 2016 LIVE Score

The disciplined bowling of Ashwin got him a wicket at the start as he plumbed overnight batsman Tom Latham at 58 while Jadeja struck the new batsman Ross Taylor in the very next over via leg before. Just when the Kiwi batters seemed at ease at the crease, Ashwin produced another beauty to rip off dangerous Kane Williamson’s off stump. New Zealand were now reeling at 170/4 in just eight overs. The dismissals of Latham (58) and Kane Williamson (70) was crucial as the duo had put up an 135-run stand and was threatening to take the match away. The Kiwi’s middle order — Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner and B.J. Watling — somehow tried to hold their innings together but they only managed to score 38, 32 and 21 respectively.

After that there was no looking back for India as Jadeja ran through the visitor’s lower order, taking three wickets in an over to wrap up the innings. Jadeja finished with yet another five-for, while Ashwin scalped four wickets as both the spinners together accounted for nine wickets to give the hosts a 56 run lead in the first innings. India’s openers added 52 before opener Lokesh Rahul’s stay was cut short by leg-spinner Ish Sodhi for 38 runs. Also Check- India vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 3 Highlights

The ball glanced off the high part of the bat and Ross Taylor took an outstanding catch at slip to bring the second session to an end. Then Pujara and Vijay joined hands and a smooth partnership flourished. Their partnership began with a flurry of boundaries and that little spell of play dashed the Kiwi’s hopes. The spinners seemed lost in the middle and confused between which line to bowl or which pace to keep. At the end of the day, Vijay was unbeaten on 64 with seven fours, while Pujara had stroked eight fours during his stay.

Here is a look at the playing XIs of both the teams-

India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling, Mark Craig, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner.