Live Cricket Score, New Zealand vs England, 1st Test, Day 1 Stumps at Auckland : New Zealand lead by 117 runs
New Zealand. Wow! What a day they've had. Kane Williamson, the skipper, has led from the front and is looking good for a triple figure mark. He stitched stands over fifty with Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls. The one with the latter is still undefeated. Looking at the way his skipper has batted, Latham would rue missing getting a significant score. That was evident from his reaction after he got dismissed.
The performance of India in the bilateral series is unsurprisingly that of the best team. Every area they look the better. Top order in sublime form, spinners taking wickets in regular intervals. There is no doubt that the Indian spinners and captain Virat Kohli have played a major role in India’s two victories. It is anticipated that spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal continue spinning the ball to mesmerize the South Africans. India will have their sights set on an unprecedented 3-0 lead when they take on a South African team, which has quite literally fallen apart due to injury blows, in the third ODI of the six-match series.
Starting in 1995 South Africa have played 22 Tests at Centurion, winning 17 and losing 2. The odds are heavily in stacked against India. For Asian teams, the corresponding figure is 0-8. The numbers don't make for pretty reading, if it is Virat Kohli & Co. reading them at this pivotal point in the series. If that's not enough to intimidate India, then all they need to think of is that the Wanderers is next on the schedule and although it is one of the two places where India have won a Test in South Africa before, between 2006 and now, Johannesburg has only become less hospitable.