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Jadeja kept chipping away to put India on top.
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cricketingview @cricketingview Terrific Test match. IND couldn't overcome the slowness of the pitch sufficiently to get 20 wickets. They managed 19. Not many Test attacks would have managed that on this. Jamieson, Southee, Latham, Ashwin, Jadeja, Iyer, Axar, all had a terrific game. 10:57 AM • Nov 11, 2021
Tim Wigmore @timwig Rachin Ravindra batting 91 balls undefeated in the fourth innings to save a Test in India on debut is a serious effort 10:56 AM • Nov 11, 2021
That's that …
The players are shaking hands and it's a draw. The last-wicket partnership for New Zealand played out 52 deliveries to deny India a win. Ajaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra will be exceptionally happy with this effort. New Zealand will now travel to Mumbai with the scoreline reading 0-0.
Harsha Bhogle @bhogleharsha On borrowed time……Need to latch onto those sharp chances. Pretty solid resistance though 10:49 AM • Nov 11, 2021
Glenn Maxwell @Gmaxi_32 Anyone else watching #INDvsNZ? How good's test cricket? 10:46 AM • Nov 11, 2021
In case you are wondering about the light, it's okay to continue for now …
Harsha Bhogle @bhogleharsha Skin of their teeth. Light will go anytime now. What a finish 10:36 AM • Nov 11, 2021
Plumb in front and Southee is lbw. Jadeja gets another and Southee missed a straight ball. Takes a review and losses that as well.
Two wickets away
India took the second new ball and immediately Ashwin extracted more bite. He also forced Jamieson to edge one to Pujara at leg-slip but he was late to react. India though didn't have to wait long as Jadeja trapped Jamieson in the very next over. Two wickets left in the shed. New Zealand have to survive another 40 odd minutes (11 overs) here.
Drama and action
More drama in the middle. Blundell was dismissed and it turned out to be a curious dismissal. He tried to defend off the front foot and it took the inside half of the bat and went on to clip the bail of the leg-stump. Initially, it seemed as if the ball would miss the leg-stump. He would consider himself unlucky. Ashwin was the successful bowler.
Ravindra then was given out LBW but the impact seemed outside off. He rightly reviewed the decision and got it reversed. Yet another poor decision in this game.
The Indian spin trio is racing through the overs. On the other hand, Blundell and Ravindra are intent on defending. In search of a wicket, India took a review against Blundell for an LBW. But it seemed quite clear that it was turning down leg. The ball-tracker confirmed the same.
The captain back in the hut
Now that is a huge blow for New Zealand. Williamson played back to a delivery that kept quite low and was trapped in front by Jadeja. The spinner pushed it through quicker and got the desired result.
Hari Krishnan R @imHarikrishnanR Something to hope for India, Credit to Ashwin who breaks a solid partnership & Jadeja who just got Taylor struck in front just before Tea! #INDvNZ #KanpurTest @Fancricket12 08:45 AM • Nov 11, 2021
Five down and in a spot of bother
In India, on slow turning wickets, it is about playing the patience game. One wicket could always lead to another two-three or even four wickets. India have played the patience game quite well so far. And they are now getting rewarded for it.
Right after the Tea break, Axar created a bit of randomness with the one that didn't didn't turn much as Nicholls played inside the line to be trapped in front.
New Zealand are five down now.
Window of opportunity for India?
India picked up wickets at regular intervals in the afternoon session to give themselves a window of opportunity of bowling New Zealand out on the final day of the opening Test. At Tea, the visitors were 125 for 4, still needing 159 for an unlikely win.
A couple of hours ago, when the second session commenced, there was excitement in the Indian camp after Umesh Yadav ended Will Someville's gritty knock (36 off 110 balls) with the short ball from round the wicket. During the course of his stay at the crease, the nightwatchman had shown some discomfort against the short ball, and he eventually fell to a bouncer from Umesh. Shubman Gill also had a part to play in the dismissal as he took a fine running catch from fine leg.
Kane Williamson, who replaced the nightwatchman, stuck to New Zealand's maxim of grinding out India's spin trio. There were a couple of moments when it felt as if the New Zealand skipper was looking to change the side's template – once he played a loft off Axar Patel and also showed a touch of finesse by cracking a sumptuous cover drive against Ishant Sharma. However, barring the fleeting moments of aggression, Williamson and Tom Latham were intent on offering their broad blades to stonewall India.
After a long vigil at the crease, Latham perhaps lost his concentration as he attempted the cut against Ashwin and chopped one onto the stumps. The feature of Latham's innings was the way he used the depth of the crease to play back against good length deliveries and his ability to crack the sweep while facing the spinners. Ross Taylor, batting at number five, wasn't as sure-footed. The veteran has a tendency to struggle against slow left-arm orthodox bowlers. So it wasn't a surprise that Ajinkya Rahane used both his left-arm spinners – R Jadeja and Axar Patel. At the stroke of Tea, Taylor missed the slider from Jadeja and was trapped in front. The wicket would have given India some hope of forcing a result in the last session.
And the breakthrough…
Ashwin this time has broken another stubborn stand. After composing a gritty fifty, Latham chopped one onto the stumps. With the deck keeping low, not the easiest of tracks to play the cut. Latham, though, tried one and paid the price. End of a gutsy innings.
With that wicket, Ashwin has also gone past Harbhajan's tally in Test cricket.
Latham has once again stonewalled India. He has shown good defence, temperament, twinned with the occasional sweep. Meanwhile, Williamson played a fine lofted shot versus Axar and then used the drive against Ishant. But barring those two shots, it has mostly been attritional brand of cricket on show from the visitors.
Wicket… first ball after the break!
Just like that Umesh has broken the stubborn stand right after the break! The plan was to dig it short and it has worked. Umesh banged one from round the wicket and Somerville's pull-without-much-conviction ended up in the hands of Gill at fine leg. Good running catch from the fielder.
Oh, India needed that wicket.
New Zealand and percentage cricket
Tom Latham and William Somerville stuck to playing an attritional brand of cricket as New Zealand went into Lunch on the final day of the opening Test against India without losing a single wicket in the morning session.
The key to the morning session was the first hour where India would have looked to make incisions. However, the nightwatchman Somerville (36*) and Latham (35*) were able to adjust to the slow nature of the track and waded through the first hour. In fact, Somerville was judicious in his shot selection and showcased watertight defence, juxtaposed by a couple of shots behind square on the off-side off Umesh Yadav. Meanwhile, the Indian pace duo couldn't match their New Zealand counterparts in relation to generating swing.
In desperation, India even took a review when it seemed as if Tom Latham was stuck outside the line of the off-stump while facing R Jadeja. The review confirmed the same. On the other hand, the southpaw employed his tried and tested sweep to keep the scorecard moving. In an attempt to break the stubborn stand, Rahane introduced his third spinner Axar Patel.
Axar, who picked up his fourth five-wicket haul in the first essay, stuck to to his plan of bowling mostly with a flatter trajectory and looking for lbws and bowleds. In the 30th over, he almost castled Somerville with a quicker delivery but Somerville stonewalled it at the ‘nth' moment. At the fag end of the session, R Ashwin replaced R Jadeja but despite the occasional delivery turning off the deck, he too couldn't find that elusive breakthrough as New Zealand reached 79/1 at the break.
On a slow track, New Zealand have frustrated the Indian spinners. The odd ball is keeping low but the cracks aren't in the line of the stumps. So a batter can still adjust to the slow nature of the pitch and play with a degree of confidence on the final day.
India seem to be getting frustrated as they haven't taken a wicket yet. As a result, they took the review against Latham for an lbw but it seemed quite clear to the naked eye that the impact was outside off. The review confirmed the same. Review lost.
New Zealand chip away
Nighwatchman Somerville is playing with positive intent and that is good for New Zealand. He played back to a couple of deliveries from Umesh and cracked a couple of shots behind square on the off-side. Barring a few hiccups, Latham and Somerville have started well. In fact, Somerville has used the crease nicely.
Meanwhile, Ishant is back on the field and bowling.
Saha is again off the field as he is still down with a neck problem. KS Bharat is acting as the substitute wicketkeeper. Meanwhile, Ishant seems to have injured his finger while making a stop – first ball off the day's play. He is off the field for now with Suryakumar coming on as a substitute. A few injury problems for India.
Pitch report: “It hasn't deteriorated as much as expected, it still looks alright. There are a few cracks but either they are too full or too wide. The areas where the spinners will mostly bowl looks alright. It'll still be lot of hard work.” reckon Deep Dasgupta and Simon Doull.
Rajeev Ranjan Jha @RajeevR29889644 It has been a proper quality test match so far. And quality of the players has shown all 4 days. NZ's pace has looked more lethal than that of India & vice versa for the spin department. @Fancricket12 03:42 AM • Nov 11, 2021
Ranveer Rathod @Ranveer06699368 New Zealand should've gone with Mitchell Santner in place of Rachin Ravindra and should've played Wagner over Somerville. Both of them could have provided handy runs for New Zealand in this test. @Fancricket12 #INDvsNZ @cricketwallah 03:21 AM • Nov 11, 2021
Nine wickets in hand. 280 more to get. Or is the draw a realistic option for New Zealand? After a day where the visitors seemed to have the opportunity to ram home the advantage, they now have the massive task of pursuing a substantial target on a wearing pitch against the spin trio. Or survive the day and eke out a draw.
What about the home side? At 51 for 5, India seemed to be in all kinds of trouble. However, the man of the moment – Shreyas Iyer – once again paddled through tricky phases and took India to pole position. It has been a memorable debut for Iyer as he also cracked a hundred in the first dig. Saha, who is battling a neck problem, also played his part with an undefeated fifty. Axar and Ashwin also made handy contributions.
New Zealand haven't won a Test in India for over three decades now. Going into the last day of the Kanpur Test, it doesn't seem as if they can repeat the historic feat at the Wankhede stadium in 1988-89. However, as the cliche goes that cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties.