Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Tim Southee masterclass leaves match in balance. Southee dented India with two wickets.
Southee dented India with two wickets.
Tim Southee and to a lesser extent Kyle Jamieson gave a superb exhibition of swing and seam bowling to help New Zealand fight back in the Kanpur Test. At Lunch on Day 4, Shreyas Iyer and R Ashwin were looking to rebuild the innings, with India finishing on 84/5 in front by 133 at the break in their second innings.
On a track that is increasingly keeping low with the odd ball kicking up on the batter, India needed Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara to provide a solid platform. Pujara also began well by taking advantage of a few loose deliveries from Jamieson. However, the 6'8″ pace bowler soon found his mojo when he got one to kick up from a back of a length and induced a thick edge. Just that the edge once again died down.
Jamieson, though, didn't have to wait for long to pick up New Zealand's first wicket of the day when he extracted a little more kick on his short ball and induced Pujara to glove one behind. The line of the delivery wasn't great but that bit of extra bounce Jameson extracted helped him to pick up the scalp. Ajinkya Rahane, who has been in poor form, was then done in by the arm-ball from Ajaz Patel. At that stage, with India in a spot of bother, Tim Southee put on a masterclass of swing and seam bowling to leave the hosts in further trouble.
In the 20th over, he generated appreciable outswing and Mayank obliged by getting opened up in his defence and eked out a thick enough edge that carried to the slip cordon for once. He then trapped Ravindra Jadeja plumb in front with a delivery that darted in a bit to rap the all-rounder on his pads. Jadeja placed his belief in the review but couldn't overturn it.
The experienced pace bowler continued to play on the minds of the batters in that one-square window outside the off-stump. The point can be encapsulated by how he went wide of the crease and employed the short ball against Ashwin and followed it up with the dangled carrot in the corridor of uncertainty, only for Ashwin's outside edge bisecting the gap between the slips and gully. In between, Iyer and Ashwin collected a few boundaries to keep the scorecard moving. India would hope for Iyer and the lower order batters to add crucial runs and push the lead as much as they can. Meanwhile, New Zealand need early breakthroughs in the second session, as a target of 200-220 could be tough to chase on a wearing pitch.
Brief scores: India 345 (Shreyas Iyer 105, Shubman Gill 52, Ravindra Jadeja 50; Tim Southee 5-69) and 84/5 (Chestershwar Pujara 22*; Kyle Jamieson 2-21, Tim Southee 2-27) lead New Zealand 296 (Tom Latham 95, Will Young 89; Axar Patel 5-62) by 133 runs.