Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - New Zealand edge ahead in another attritional session. Will Young missed out on a ton by 11 runs
Will Young missed out on a ton by 11 runs
Despite losing a couple of wickets, New Zealand found themselves in a relatively good position at Lunch on Day 3 of the opening Test in Kanpur. The visitors were 197 for 2, behind by 148 at the break.
New Zealand, who started the day at 129 for no loss, continued to play with heightened discipline and clarity of thought. The strategy from Will Young (89) and Tom Latham (82*) was clear – bat for long periods in the first innings. The pair also took advantage of any loose ball on offer. Young in particular looked in control of proceedings, capsulised by the way he skipped down the deck to R Ashwin and lofted him over the mid-on region.
Meanwhile, Ashwin was playing the game of cat and mouse by changing the angles against the right-handed Young – round and over the wicket. In the 59th over, from round the wicket, he induced Young to edge one towards slip. Just that the ball once again didn't carry to the fielder. Around seven overs later, from over the wicket, he bowled it with a flatter trajectory and this time Young's edge was pouched by KS Bharat. The wicketkeeper, who replaced the injured Wriddhiman Saha (neck problem), also deserves a fair share of the credit for breaking the threatening stand as he grabbed a low catch.
Ashwin could have picked up his second wicket, but India didn't opt to review a close LBW shout against Latham. Replays suggested that it would crash into the stumps. Kane Williamson, who joined Latham at the crease, was occasionally troubled by Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel. The New Zealand captain, though, stuck to the team's maxim of waiting for the loose delivery and collected a couple of boundaries.
In an attempt to break the stand, Ajinkya Rahane took the second new ball and went back to Umesh Yadav and that move bore fruit. At the stroke of lunch, Williamson played back to a skiddy delivery that seamed back into him and was trapped in front. The New Zealand skipper took the review but to no avail.
The morning session also saw a bit of controversy in relation to Ashwin running across in his followthrough and coming in line of the non-striker, obstructing him to take off for a single. Rahane too was summoned by the umpire Nitin Menon, and for a few minutes there was a heated discussion in the middle.
Brief scores: India 345 (Shreyas Iyer 105, Shubman Gill 52, Ravindra Jadeja 50; Tim Southee 5-69) lead New Zealand 197/2(Will Young 89, Tom Latham 82*; Umesh Yadav 1-30) by 148 runs.