Kanpur, Nov 27, : Axar Ptel’s remarkable run in Test Cricket at-home continued with his fifth five-wicket win in seven innings as India beat New Zealand for 296 in their first innings.India had a 49-run lead over New Zealand thanks to Patel’s efforts.
This lead was eventually increased to 63 at stumps on Saturday at the Green Park Stadium, despite the loss of Shubman Gill.Patel was a key figure in India’s bounce back from a disappointing day two to win the third day.Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Patel made a spin troika, taking nine wickets in total.
Patel’s show started in the post-lunch sessions, with Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls being taken out in quick succession.The left-arm spinner received a length delivery to turn and remove Taylor’s outer edge from Taylor’s bat on forward defense to KS Bharat (as Wriddhiman Sanha was neck stiff).He returned in his next over and took out Nicholls.
However, he missed the sweep and was rapped to the back pad.Nicholls reviewed the decision, but could not reverse it.
In the 103rd over, Latham, who was solid as a rock fell five short of his 12th Test hundred.The left-hander tried to defend, but the inner edge rolled towards Bharat, who held his balance to complete the stumping.Patel took his third wicket.Patel managed to sneak one past Tom Blundell’s defense to hit the stumps with low bounce in the final session.
He then surprised Tim Southee by hitting a angled-in delivery that spun past the bat, completing his fifth five-wicket haul of Test cricket.
India was able to see that Patel receiving the second ball from the opposite end was a great move.
He was a good crease hitter, managed his pace well, and used his round-arm deliveries well to extract some play from a slow pitch.Bharat was also a great help, taking two catches and stumping his bowling.
Ashwin was the first to give India the breakthrough.Will Young (89), edged an outside delivery that kept low.Bharat took a fantastic low catch in the 67th.If India had taken the review, Ashwin would have had his second wicket in the 72nd over.
The off-spinner was an ace and got one to turn from leg stump.He then rapped Latham’s pad before off-stump.
India was disappointed when replays showed three reds.
Kane Williamson was nervous against Ashwin, but came out in full force against Jadeja and smashed him for boundaries through point and cover.
India were immediately rewarded with Williamson’s wicket after lunch.Yadav received a length ball to nip in and rapped Yadav’s right-hander on the back pad.Williamson reviewed the replays, but the ball hit the middle stump.
While Rachin Ravindra, the debutant, looked good while hitting Ashwin for boundaries, Ravindra Jadeja took him out of the crease and New Zealand fell from 214/2 to 241/6.
After Patel had left the visitors reeling in their wake, Kyle Jamieson showed some resistance before slogging to Patel at deep middle-wicket off Ashwin.This was in the 139th over.
To end New Zealand’s innings, the off-spinner had William Somerville bowled clean in four overs.
India started the second innings with a lead of 49 runs.
However, India lost their first wicket when Gill was caught by Kyle Jamieson at the top of the off-stump.Jamieson became the fastest New Zealand pacer ever to take 50 Test wickets in nine innings.
This was a break from Shane Bond’s previous record of 12 innings.
Cheteshwar Pujara had some boundaries, while Mayank Agarwal was careful in taking India to safety until stumps were called.
This completed a day in India having their noses ahead New Zealand with two days remaining in the match.
Brief scores: India 345 (ShreyasIyer 105, Tim Southee 05/69) and 14/1 (Cheteshwar pujara 9 not out; Kyle Jamieson 1/8), against New Zealand 296 (Tom Latham 95.Will Young 89.Ravichandran Ashwin 3/82).
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