India vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 5 Highlights: Last wicket pair defies India as Kanpur Test ends in riveting draw
India vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 5 Highlights: The first Test between India and New Zealand in Kanpur ended in a draw after bad light forced umpires to call early stumps on Day 5. Debutant Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel were the last New Zealand pair out in the middle as the visitors managed 165-9 at stumps on the final day. The day started off with New Zealand requiring 280 runs to win and India needing nine wickets. The Kiwis kicked-off the action on a good note, forcing the hosts to return wicketless in the opening session. Opener Tom Latham along with night watchman William Somerville added 76 runs, helping their side reach 79/1 at Lunch on Day 5. However, India bounced back in the second session as Umesh Yadav dismissed Somerville on 36 in the first ball, courtesy to a brilliant effort by Shubman Gill in fine-leg. Williamson then joined Latham in the middle, who completed his fifty before getting out by Ashwin on 52. With the wicket, the carrom ball specialist overtook veteran cricketer Harbhajan Singh and now stands as the third-highest wicket-taker among the Indian bowlers in the red-ball format. India then started the final session picking wickets in quick succession. It all began with Ravindra Jadeja removing Ross Taylor in the final ball right before Tea. Soon after the break, New Zealand started losing wickets in clusters as Axar Patel removed Henry Nicholls on 1. Jadeja then dismissed New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson LBW on 24, handing India the much-needed advantage. Tom Blundell then lost his wicket in a rather unfortunate way after the batter played the ball off Ashwin back on the pitch but it hit one of the footmark and skid back on to the stumps. Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee were the last two New Zealand batters to be dismissed. Catch the Highlights of India vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 5
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Mon, 29 Nov 2021 04:52 PM
Shreyas Iyer, Player of the Match
“It's a great feeling, but would been the icing on the cake if we had one the game. You can see that the pitch is still intact. We bowled really well. Mindset was to play sessions and play as many balls as possible. People say I am a flamboyant player, don't curb my instintcs, but I was just looking to play as many balls. Enjoyed batting with Ashwin and Saha. Happy with the overall performance of the team. The pressure is always there. They got off to a great start. Once we got a sniff and got quick wickets, we made best use of the situation.”
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 04:47 PM
Ajinkya Rahane during post-match presentation ceremony
“Not really. I tried my best. Very good game of cricket, they played really well. We came back really well after the first session. We wanted to get that partnership going. We were looking to bowl 5-6 overs in the end, but we needed that partnership to carry on. I don't think we could have done anything different. The chat with the umps was about the light. The umps made the call and I think they were right. I thought on this wicket the spinners have to bowl long spells. It was all about rotating the bowlers. I am really happy for Shreyas. Had to wait a long time for his debut. The way he is batting, he is having great first class cricket. Virat is coming back for the next game. The management will make a call.”
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 04:44 PM
Kane Williamson during post-match presentation ceremony
“It has been touch and go around this time throughout the game. Terrific game overall. All three results were still at play. We showed a lot of heart to bat through the day. Some fantastic experiences for Rachin, Ajaz and Somerville. It was also nice to have a crowd here to see this game. The two fast bowlers that did play were outstanding. Bowling long overs was an unbelievable effort. We know this Indian side is a very strong one. Experience overall in this game was good to have. There are things to touch on. Getting the overs under the belt was good to have. We have to prepare for a different kind of pitch in Mumbai.”
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 04:40 PM
Ashwin after the match
“We were actually keeping things under control. We were bowling in good areas and we knew if we had the time to go on and put some pressure on them, we could get the job done but light was always going to come in the last session. There has been bad light in every single day of this Test match so we did expect it, so no complains. Couldn't get the job done but we stuck together well. The beauty of Test cricket is that you need to want it. It's really hard, it's not one of those formats where you turn up, have a good day, have a good four-over bowl or have a good 20-overs bat. There is a lot of pain, there is a lot of hard work, there's a lot of tenacity you need to bring into play. Definitely I am someone who wants to play this format and I enjoy it.”
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 04:25 PM
Match ends in draw
The first match ends in a draw as bad light stops play slightly early than the regular time. New Zealand batters Rachin Ravindra and Ajaj Patel have survived the final overs as players from both sides walk out in the middle to complete the post match rituals.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 04:19 PM
Just wide of Shreyas Iyer
Just wide of Shreyas Iyer at leg slip, who fails to hold on to the ball and it races for a four. It's not about the runs, but the light. Can New Zealand survive the twilight period as umpires once again take the light meter out. NZ: 165/9
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 04:16 PM
Nervy moments in the middle as India desperately decide to take their final review after a LBW appeal. However, TV replay confirms the ball was pitching outside the leg stump. NZ: 161/9
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 04:13 PM
Maiden over, match continues
A maiden over by Axar Patel but the discussion is now more about the light. Meanwhile, the action will continue as it has got a bit brighter.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 04:10 PM
Light factor comes into play
The pair of Ajaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra see off another over as players and umpire assemble to check the lights. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane has a discussion with the umpire and the play continues.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 04:07 PM
Rachin Ravindra keeps the fight
Rachin Ravindra has hold on to his nerves and brilliantly sees off the previous over bowled by Ashwin. NZ: 159/9
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 04:04 PM
Umpires check the lights
New Zealand are finding it hard here as Ajaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra rotate the strike. Two runs come off Jadeja's previous over as NZ reach 159/9. Meanwhile, the umpires are just checking the lights here, which seems good to continue.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:56 PM
Another one bites the dust!
Another one bites the dust and the man involved is Ravindra Jadeja once again. Tim Southee is trapped LBW on 4. India one wicket away from win.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:48 PM
New Zealand bring up their 150 as the ball by Ashwin keeps low and beats both the batter and the wicketkeeper for a four.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:46 PM
Ravindra Jadeja strikes with new ball
Ravindra Jadeja strikes with the new ball as he traps Kyle Jamieson LBW on 5. India are now two wickets away from win.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:40 PM
NZ continue the fight
Rachin Ravindra and Kyle Jamieson are not letting their guard down easily making the Indians fight. The pair have so far resisted 34 deliveries, adding eight runs in it. Meanwhile, India have taken the second new ball. NZ: 146/7
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:34 PM
There will a small pause and more importantly it will give some breathing space to New Zealand batters Rachin Ravindra and Kyle Jamieson. Both of them are being tested with some clinical spin bowling display as they fight for survival. NZ: 143/7
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:31 PM
Edge but four!
Ravindra Jadeja bowls at a good pace as the ball takes a thick outside edge of Rachin Ravindra's bat and races to the boundary. NZ: 142/7
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:25 PM
Good review by Rachin Ravindra
A good review by debutant Rachin Ravindra as the ball takes a sharp turn after pitching and hits the batter on the pads. However, the batter decides to take a review and TV replay confirms that the impact was outside the line.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:21 PM
Unfortunate for Tom Blundell
Unfortunate for Tom Blundell as the Indians rejoice. The batter punches the ball down on the pitch off Ashwin but it hits the footmark and skids back on the stumps. Wicket no 7 for New Zealand. NZ: 138/7
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:16 PM
Another review gone down
There's a review for LBW and R Ashwin, who seemed the most interested, has convinced his skipper to go for the review. Unfortunate for the spinner, despite no bat being involved and the impact being on the line, it not hitting the stumps. India lose their review. NZ: 138/6
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:12 PM
Good sign for NZ
Another maiden over, but the pair has so far consumed 41 balls together, which will be a good sign for Kiwis. After this they have Kyle Jamieson, who can bat, Tim Southee, and Ajaz Patel in the middle.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:09 PM
Meanwhile, claps for Ashwin
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:06 PM
Tom Blundell and Rachit Ravindra play to survive
Plenty of chatter in the middle as Tom Blundell and Rachit Ravindra play to survive. The maiden overs keep coming but at the moment it's all about saving wickets. NZ: 135/6
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:04 PM
New Zealand won't mind as long as the runs keep coming
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra and the ball beats everyone and races to the boundary ropes. The umpire signals it as bye and New Zealand won't mind as long as the runs keep coming for India. NZ: 135/6
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:00 PM
Tom Blundell and Rachin Ravindra find it difficult
A maiden over by Ravindra Jadeja as New Zealand batters Tom Blundell and Rachin Ravindra find it difficult to keep things moving in the middle. NZ: 131/6
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:54 PM
Brilliant over by Jadeja
A brilliant over by Jadeja as the big wicket of Kane Williamson come from it. It is highly unlikely for New Zealand to save the match from here. NZ: 131/6
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:51 PM
Jadeja gets the big fish
Ravindra Jadeja gets the big fish as Kane Williamson is trapped LBW on 24. India four wickets away from win
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:50 PM
IND vs NZ: Fielders crowd batter
Axar Patel continues from one end, while Jadeja bowls from the other. The batter is crowded and the ball is keeping low. Meanwhile, this is the fourth consecutive over which turns out to be a maiden. Great job by the Indian bowlers.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:48 PM
Can Williamson save the game for NZ?
Things are now shifting in India's favour as New Zealand are happy just pushing the ball back on the ground. However, Kane Williamson will be the key here.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:45 PM
Back to back maidens
After Jadeja, Axar Patel delivers a maiden over. New Zealand are struggling at the moment.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:41 PM
Maiden over by Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja follows it up with a maiden over as New Zealand go on defensive mode. NZ: 128/5
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:40 PM
Brilliant over by Axar
Brilliant over by Axar as a wicket and two runs come off it. Tom Blundell is the new man in as he joins Williamson in the middle.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:38 PM
Axar Patel strikes
Axar Patel strikes as New Zealand go five down. Henry Nicholls fails to make any impact as he is trapped LBW on 1. NZ: 126/5
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:33 PM
The action resumes after Tea as Henry Nicholls joins captain Kane Williamson in the middle. NZ: 126/4
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:19 PM
The session so far
It was a good session for India as they finally manage to get something out of the surface. Umesh Yadav provides the hosts with a strong start, removes night watchman William Somerville in the first delivery. Ashwin then completes a milestone by removing a resilient Tom Latham, while Ravindra Jadeja removes veteran Ross Taylor right at the stroke of Tea. New Zealand are batting at 125/4 and need 159 runs to win. India, on the other hand, will fancy their chances as they stand six wickets away from the win.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:14 PM
Ravindra Jadeja strikes
A brilliant ball by Ravindra Jadeja as it pitches and skids off the surface. Taylor is beaten by the pace as it hits his pads. The batter is out LBW as New Zealand go four down right before Tea. NZ: 125/4
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:07 PM
IND vs NZ: Huge appeal for LBW
A huge appeal for LBW but the bowler doesn't look that interested. TV replay shows the ball was going down the leg stump, good that the team didn't opt for a review. Meanwhile, New Zealand reach 125/3
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:03 PM
Just when we thought we had a maiden over here, the umpire signals it as a no ball.
Axar Patel is brought back in the attack and the bowlers starts off with a maiden over.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 01:58 PM
IND vs NZ: Maiden over
Ashwin delivers a maiden over as Jadeja continues from the other end.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 01:54 PM
Good piece of wicketkeeping by KS Bharat
Good piece of wicketkeeping by KS Bharat as Ross Taylor survives a stumping opportunity off R Ashwin. Taylor loses his balance slightly, enough for the wicket-keeper to whip off the bails. TV replay shows that Taylor had managed to put his foot down on the ground at the right moment.
Meanwhile, Jadeja follows it up with a quick one-run over as NZ reach 122-3.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 01:44 PM
All eyes on New Zealand's most decorated players
All eyes on New Zealand's most decorated players - Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson. Both are the senior most campaigners of the New Zealand camp. NZ: 120/3
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 01:40 PM
Ashwin overtakes Harbhajan Singh to achieve huge milestone
R Ashwin added another feather to his cap during the first India-New Zealand Test by picking up his 418th Test wicket to surpass Harbhajan Singh in the list of most-wicket takers in Test cricket for India.
Spin wizard and former India coach Anil Kumble tops the chart with 619 scalps and is followed by India's first World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, who has a total of 434 wickets under his name.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 01:36 PM
IND vs NZ: Ashwin strikes
R Ashwin cleans up Tom Latham. The batter chops the ball back onto his stumps as he departs on 52. NZ: 118/3
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 01:36 PM
Williamson is now making things look simple. He smashes Jadeja for a four as the bowler misses his length. NZ: 118/2
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 01:31 PM
IND vs NZ: Williamson-Latham stitch partnership
Williamson and Latham stitch another crucial partnership as the pair adds 34 runs for the third wicket. The New Zealand captain is batting on 17, while Latham is playing at 52. NZ: 114/2
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 01:22 PM
50 for Latham
Back to back fifties for Tom Latham. The batter finds the gap and runs three to bring up his half-century. What an incredible effort by the Kiwi opener!
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 01:20 PM
IND vs NZ: SRH lauds Umesh
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 01:16 PM
IND vs NZ: Ishant Sharma oversteps
Could have been a maiden over but Ishant Sharma overstepped in the third delivery to hand New Zealand the extra. NZ: 108/2
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 01:10 PM
Exceptional stuff by Tom Latham
Exceptional stuff by Tom Latham, the batter remains unfazed despite not being able to rotate the strike against Ashwin. The over is done and apart from one single delivery, Latham looked comfortable throughout. NZ: 107/2
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 01:07 PM
IND vs NZ: Class from Williamson
Ishant Sharma is introduced in the attack and Williamson drives an uppish delivery by the Indian seamer for a cracking boundary through the cover region. That will definitely lift the confidence of the Kiwi skipper. NZ: 107/2
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 01:02 PM
100 up for New Zealand
After a 20-ball halt, New Zealand finally manage to add a single and reach the triple digits here in Kanpur. Two runs come off the over as NZ reach 101-2
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:58 PM
IND vs NZ: Three consecutive maiden overs
This is the third maiden overs in a row. New Zealand although not losing wickets are finding it difficult to spot the gap and rotate the strike. So far, India doing the right thing, but the question remains, can they keep it up?
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:53 PM
Ashwin replaces Axar
Ashwin replaces Axar and starts off with a maiden over. The best part about it is the extra bounce the off-spinner generated in the final delivery. I believe India are fancying their chances here. Two maiden overs in a row.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:49 PM
IND vs NZ: Caught-behind appeal
Another maiden over by Umesh, which also saw an appeal for caught-behind. However, the bowler was not interested as Rahane didn't go for the review.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:44 PM
NZ switch gears
Following the dismissal of Somerville, New Zealand are playing cautiously but are not leaving any chances against the poor deliveries. Both Latham and Williamson have quickly added 20 runs as NZ stand one run short from reaching the triple digits.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:38 PM
IND vs NZ: Confident drive by Williamson
That's a confident drive by Williamson, comes down the track and lofts the ball over the bowler's head for a four. A total of eight runs come in the last over bowled by Axar as NZ reach 95/2.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:34 PM
Good over by Umesh
Another good over by Umesh comes to an end as just a single in the first delivery come off it. Meanwhile, Williamson is playing on 1 off 19 deliveries.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:32 PM
IND vs NZ: Hint of swing
Umesh Yadav is producing fire at the moment. The last delivery pitches on the line, little bit of swing and beats Williamson, almost knocking his off stump on the way. Good one so far as Williamson and Umesh share smiles. NZ: 87/2
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:30 PM
IND vs NZ: Spinners struggle
The spinners have failed to make an impact despite the odd turn. Another over by Axar, which New Zealand batters play comfortably, fetching one run from it. NZ: 86/2
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:27 PM
IND vs NZ: Edge results in a boundary
A boundary comes in the over bowled by Umesh but not in a very convincing manner. Takes the outside edge and flashes it little far from Rahane's reach, who is fielding at gully. He then finishes the over with a good straight drive and gets a double. NZ: 85/2
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:22 PM
Axar Patel follows it up with a maiden over as India fightback right at the start of the second session. Tom Latham is playing on 35 as skipper Kane Williamson joins the opener in the middle.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:18 PM
Strong start by Umesh Yadav
A strong start by Umesh Yadav right after lunch. Provides the team with the much important breakthrough and bowls the over at soaring pace, just the right tempo to put the team's morale up. NZ: 80/2
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:15 PM
IND vs NZ: Umesh Yadav strikes
Wicket off the first delivery, the start India were looking for. Umesh Yadav starts off with a short delivery and a confident Somerville tries to pull it towards the on-side, however, a brilliant effort in the deep by Shubman Gill brings an end to a brilliant innings. He departs on 36, India have their first wicket of the day. NZ: 79/2
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:07 PM
Claps for William Somerville
Who would have thought night watchman William Sommerville will return unbeaten after the opening session on a Day 5 track. The spinner has so far scored 36, one run more than Latham, and has stitched a key 76-run stand with the opener. Look at the reception he got after the end of first session.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:02 PM
‘Fingers-crossed’ says Neesham
Jimmy Neesham has his say after the opening session.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:55 AM
'Can they force a miracle'
RP Singh lauds the World Test Champion after a remarkable display in the opening session of the final day.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:39 AM
IND vs NZ: First session so far
New Zealand will be happier side returning after the first session as the pair Tom Latham and surprisingly night watchman William Sommerville have delivered well. The pair have added 76 runs so far, frustrating the Indian bowlers, who surely will be disappointed with how the way things have looked so far. The good news was the sharp turn Ashwin produced in his final over before lunch was called.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:32 AM
That's some turn
Ashwin generates extra turn off the surface, beats the batter, wicket-keeper, and the slip fielder as the pair take two byes from it. Meanwhile, the umpires have dropped the bails signaling for Lunch. NZ: 79/1 | need 205 runs to win
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:28 AM
IND vs NZ: Good running between the wickets
Some brilliant running between the wickets by Latham and Somerville as they fetch three runs off a rare misfield by Ravindra Jadeja. Meanwhile, there's another instance of extra runs as the ball takes a direct hit at the stumps and deflects enough to allow the Kiwi pair to get that additional advantage. Two runs come off it and a quick single to end the over. A total of six runs come from it as NZ reach 76/1.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:24 AM
IND vs NZ: Somerville makes batting look easy
Somerville hits a poor delivery, which pitched wide off the stumps, for a cracking four as five runs come off the last over. NZ have now reached 70/1 and need 214 runs to win. Can they do it?
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:20 AM
IND vs NZ: Back to how it began
Ajinkya Rahane switches back to the combination of Ashwin and Umesh as India desperately look for a wicket. The seamer starts off with a one-run over, ending it with a bouncer. NZ: 65/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:15 AM
IND vs NZ: Ashwin back in attack!
R Ashwin is back in the attack and the bowler makes a few changes in the field. We have three close fielders on the leg side, offside is slightly open. However, no impact as one run come off the over. NZ: 64/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:11 AM
IND vs NZ: Maiden over
Amidst all the chatter Axar Patel bowls a maiden over. Tight length but very little variation in speed, which make things easy for Kiwi batters. NZ 63/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:09 AM
IND vs NZ: Kiwi batters keep rotating strike
The New Zealand batters keep rotating the strike as the pair extend their partnership to 60 off 157 balls. Somerville is playing on 28, while Latham is batting on 29. Plenty of chats happening in the middle, which signals frustration among Indian fielders.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:05 AM
IND vs NZ: Ashwin-Jadeja chat
Just one run from the over as New Zealand reach 61/1, meanwhile, we see team senior pros Ashwin and Jadeja having a discussion in the middle. Probably plotting how to go about things from here.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:02 AM
IND vs NZ: Somerville displays confidence
A maiden over but we must respect the way Somerville has played so far. The last over, the night watchman respects the bowler and connects all the six deliveries from the middle of the blade. Good work so far and New Zealand will surely be proud of him. NZ: 60/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:56 AM
Ball keeping low
The ball is keeping a bit low as it was seen in the second delivery bowled by Jadeja, which even the wicket-keeper failed to collect. Meanwhile, one run come off it as NZ reach 58/1.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:52 AM
NZ keep moving
Three runs come off the previous over bowled by Axar as New Zealand reach 57/1.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:51 AM
India's hunt for the first wicket on Day 5 continues
India's hunt for the first wicket on Day 5 continues as Tom Lathama and William Somerville put up a resilient show against the Indian spinners. While Jadeja continues from one end, Axar Patel has replaced Ishant Sharma from the other. NZ: 54/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:43 AM
Latham, Somerville bring up 50-run partnership
A solid show by Tom Latham and William Somerville as the pair add 50 runs for the second wicket. Latham is playing on 21, while Somerville is playing on 26. NZ: 53/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:42 AM
Four runs come off the previous over bowled by Ishant as Jadeja continues from the other end.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:39 AM
NZ bring up 50
New Zealand bring up their 50 as William Somerville and Tom Latham keep the scoreboard ticking. The pair have so far added 47 runs.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:33 AM
India lose a review
After using Ashwin for almost an hour, the captain switches to his second spinner Ravindra Jadeja. Plenty happened in the first over as Latham hit the spinner for a boundary but the bowler bounces back right in the next delivery. Sharp turn after hitting the deck and hits Latham on the pads as India take the DRS at the last moment. TV replay shows the impact was way outside the line, India lose a review. NZ: 48/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:28 AM
NZ: 42/1, need 242 runs to win
Three runs come off Ishant Sharma's final over as New Zealand reach 42/1.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:25 AM
Huge LBW appeal!
A huge LBW appeal by Ishant Sharma as the ball hits Latham's front pad. He looks at the skipper, who after giving it a thought refuses to take a DRS. TV replay confirms the impact was outside the line. Good call by Rahane. NZ: 39/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:22 AM
Somerville, Latham build partnership
William Somerville along with Tom Latham add 36 runs for the second wicket as New Zealand reach 39/1. Somerville is playing on 21, while his partner is batting on 14.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:18 AM
Brilliant by Ishant
That was brilliant by Ishant, just hitting the deck and generating the extra bounce, which will trouble a night watchman. The ball is just inches wide off off stick coming towards Somerville, forcing him to play the shot. He somehow manages to keep it down as it bounces right in front of Ajinkya Rahane. The captain will be happy with the bowler's effort. NZ: 36/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:14 AM
Latham takes unnecessary risk against Ashwin
A huge shout of “catch it” by Ashwin as Tom Latham takes unnecessary risk against the Indian spinner. The Kiwi opener tries to reverse sweep but almost ends up throwing away his wicket. NZ: 34/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:09 AM
Ishant Sharma introduced in attack
After being out off the field for a while, Ishant Sharma returned a while ago and now the tall lanky seamer replaces Umesh Yadav from the other end. He starts off with a good over but ends up conceding a four after the ball takes the edge of Somerville's bat and beats the fielders at slips. NZ: 32/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:04 AM
Another maiden from Ashwin
Ashwin delivers another maiden but it is the wickets that India are looking for. So far Somerville has played Umesh well so we can see a change from the other end.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:02 AM
Back to back boundaries
William Somerville is displaying some confidence as he smashes Umesh Yadav for consecutive fours. The first one comes at the third man region and he plays the second one towards point. Good signs for Kiwis. NZ: 28/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:58 AM
Latham, Somerville keep scoreboard ticking
Latham and Somerville are keeping the scoreboard ticking as the pair has added 17 so far. NZ: 20/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:55 AM
Edge but falls way in front of Cheteshwar Pujara, who manages to stop the ball on the bounce. The slip fielders pat each other as one run come off the over. NZ: 18/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:51 AM
Tidy over by Ashwin
Another tidy over by Ashwin, maintaining the pressure on the Kiwi batters as no run come from it.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:49 AM
Somerville hits a boundary
Slightly uppish by Somerville straight towards Umesh Yadav, who fancy his chances but was well aware he won't be able to grab it. Anyways the ball races to the ropes after flying straight over the bowler's head. Five runs come off the last over. NZ: 17/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:44 AM
A tough stumping opportunity for KS Bharat. The ball turns wide of Somerville, who leans forward to push the ball towards the mid-on region. Fails to make any connection, loses his balance and comes out of his crease. However, the wicketkeeper fails to hold onto the ball and it goes past him and the leg slip as the batter runs a double. NZ: 12/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:40 AM
IND vs NZ: Latham starts off cautiously
Tom Latham maintains a cautious approach as Umesh starts off pitching the ball just outside the off stick. However, he tries to pitch it slightly inside and Latham knocks it towards the fine leg region for a four. NZ: 9/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:37 AM
Umesh Yadav starts attack from other end
Umesh Yadav starts the attack from the other end. So it is a spin-seam start by India captain Ajinkya Rahane.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:35 AM
Ashwin generates a bit of turn
Ashwin generates a bit of turn, something which the Indians will rejoice as first over of the morning is done. New Zealand too open their account. NZ: 5/1
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:33 AM
Ishant Sharma in some pain
First ball of the day and Ishant Sharma ends up hurting his finger will putting a diving effort to save the ball. He manages to stop the ball but ends up injuring himself a bit. Gets treated by the physio as play resumes after a brief pause.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:30 AM
Here we go!
Tom Latham and night watchman William Sommerville walk in to kick-off the proceedings. R Ahwin will lead India's attack.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:28 AM
Team India gear up
Snapshots from Team India's final warm-up session ahead of Day 5.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:23 AM
Action to begin shortly
The Day 5 action will begin shortly as Tom Latham and William Somerville will kick-off the proceedings on the final day. The equation before the start of the day stands as: NZ require 280 runs to win, India need 9 wickets to achieve the same. If neither happens the match will end in a draw.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:17 AM
IND vs NZ: Pitch report by Deep Dasgupta and Simon Doull
Both the ex-cricketers reckon that the pitch hasn't “deteriorated”. A good sign for the Kiwis, we must agree.
"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."
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:13 AM
IND vs NZ: Exciting day 5 at Green Park
Visuals from Green Park, Kanpur on Day 5. Looks sunny as the tourists warm up for another exciting day of Test cricket.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:03 AM
New Zealand batting coach
New Zealand confident to do well on Day 5 but aware of the Indian challenge, says Kiwi batting coach.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:58 AM
IND vs NZ: Huddle Talk
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:55 AM
Axar Patel in Test cricket so far:
India spinner Axar Patel, who made his Test debut earlier this year against England, has went on to create a new legacy for himself. The all-rounder has so far scalped 32 wickets in just seven innings, and will look to add some more in his tally on Day 5. A look at his clinical display with the ball:
2/40 vs England
5/60 vs England
6/38 vs England
5/32 vs England
4/68 vs England
5/48 vs England
5/62 vs New Zealand
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:50 AM
NZ legend suggests Rahane to ‘make way for Kohli’ in Mumbai Test
“I think it’s hard to drop someone [Iyer] who has scored a century on Test debut against a quality side. So, it will probably be Rahane who will make way [for Kohli]”: Daniel Vettori
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:43 AM
IND vs NZ: Ashwin's impeccable record in 4th innings
5-wicket hauls: 6
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:36 AM
IND vs NZ: A look at New Zealand's highest successful chases in Tests
324 vs Pak Christchurch 1993/94
317 vs Ban Chittagong 2008/09
278 vs Pak Dunedin 1984/85
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:28 AM
IND vs NZ: Visiting teams successfully chasing 200+ in 4th innings in India
There have been two occasions when a touring side has chased down a 200-plus target in India.
276 WI vs IND Delhi 1987/88
207 Eng vs IND Delhi 1972/73
Overall 66 instances | Won 2 | Lost 33 | Drawn 31
However, no touring si has successfully chased down more than 276 in 4th innings in India
Can New Zealand pull off a spectacular in Kanpur?
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:24 AM
IND vs NZ: Rahane draws flak after yet another poor display
Ajinkya Rahane has received a lot of flak for his show with the bat. The stand-in skipper scored 35 in the first inning and could only manage 4 in the second. Assessing Rahane's show, former New Zealand international Simon Doull said:
“He’s a better player than that. His dismissals against spin since 2019, you look at those, outside the line of off-stump, a lot of full deliveries. So, he’s getting lbw with the one that’s skidding on, he’s nicked off, or he’s chipping one to cover, mid-off and those areas. So, those are the dismissals against spin he would be worried about.”
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:15 AM
IND vs NZ: Ashwin, Harbhajan on level terms
India's star spinner R Ashwin currently stands on level terms with Harbhajan Singh and a wicket today will see the carrom-ball specialist achieve a new feat. Both the spinners have scalped 417 wickets in the red-ball format and Ashwin now stands a chance to overtake the veteran spinner.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:09 AM
Batting coach hails India's 'ideal team man' for gritty knock
Wicketkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha drew praises from many for his valiant display as he battled through his pain and scored an unbeaten 61 to help India impose a stiff 284-run target for the visitors. Here is what Team India's batting coach Vikram Rathour had to say about the 37-year-old.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:01 AM
‘We have real spin power’
"Rahul Sir had told me to bat as many balls as possible and I was determined to do that. We felt that 250 including the first innings lead would have been a good score, so we're very happy with where we are now. Actually, not a lot was happening with the wicket today, the ball was keeping a bit low. The talk was to get to a competitive total and I feel that it's a really good total. We have real spin power, so hopefully we can get the job done tomorrow." - Shreyas Iyer after stumps on Day 4
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 07:56 AM
What contributes to India's phenomenal record at home
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 07:51 AM
Simon Doull rates Rahane & co against spin
“Normally you’d think Indian players, Indian conditions, better players of spin. I don’t think by any stretch the current crop of Indian players are anywhere near the quality of players of spin of years gone by. The Laxmans, the Dravids, the Sachins, and Gautam Gambhir. Players like that who were just brilliant players of spin. I don’t think the current crop are as good,” the former Kiwi international said on Star Sports during the lunch break on Day 4.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 07:44 AM
Shreyas Iyer: India's debutant makes an instant impact
India middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer scripted history on Sunday afternoon in the ongoing Test between India and New Zealand in Kanpur. The right-handed batter, who scored 65 off 125 balls, became the first Indian to score a century and a half-century in the same Test on debut. He is overall the tenth cricketer to achieve this big feat.
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 07:34 AM
What happened on Day 4
India rode on fifty-run partnerships for the sixth, seventh and eighth wickets— only the second occasion in Indian cricket history—after the top and middle-order batters failed again.
The hosts set an improbable 284-run target and Ashwin dismissed Will Young (2) before the Kiwis ended the day on 4/1. TV replays suggested the ball would have missed the stumps. Young contemplated a review, and by the time he made his request, the 15-second DRS window had elapsed. With that dismissal, Ashwin became the joint third highest wicket-taker for India, equalling Harbhajan Singh’s haul (417 wickets).
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 07:27 AM
Hello and welcome!
Hello and welcome to the LIVE coverage of Day 5 of the 1st Test between India and New Zealand. While India are placed in the driver's seat and are nine wickets away from win, New Zealand require 280 more in a track, which has been producing sharp turn as witnessed in the previous day. The hosts, despite having three spinners in their playing XI, will not look to take things lightly. Stay tuned for further updates!