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IND vs NZ 1st Test drawn: Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra survive 52 balls to draw first Test as Ashwin, Jadeja & Axar fail to take one wicket

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IND vs NZ 1st Test Drawn: With 52 balls (8.4 overs) left after Tim Southee’s wicket, all India needed to take was one scalp to win the 1st Test in Kanpur. On the crease, Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel — two India born with no experience of playing in India — but Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel failed to get the wicket as the match ended in a draw due to bad light. Follow India vs New Zealand LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN

On a pitch that was keeping low in every odd-ball, it was a brave act of defiance from a Test debutant Rachin Ravindra (18 off 91) and a 10-Test old Ajaz Patel (2 off 23). Yet, their 10-run stand off 52 balls was the defining moment of the Test, not Jadeja’s 4/40 or Ashwin’s 3/35. At 4:26 PM, when umpires finally decided to end the game, the Shreyas Iyer’s dejected face was the most visible one while the Kiwi duo got the hero’s welcome back in their pavilion.

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Before Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel built up a late resistance to save the Test and their World No 1 spot in ICC rankings, it was Shreyas Iyer who stood tall. His historic feat on Test debut with a century and a half-century gave India a much-needed backup in the middle-order after stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane and vice-captain Cheteshwar Pujara failed to make any significant contribution yet again.

“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 have been bad light in every single day of this Test match so we did expect it, so no complaints. Couldn’t get the job done but we stuck together well,” R Ashwin said post-match.

The other Indian to shine was Axar Patel, who bagged his fifth five-wicket haul in just seven innings to show everyone, he is not just a second-fiddle option to Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja, he could lead the attack too.

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IND vs NZ 1st Test drawn: Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra survive 52 balls to draw first Test as Ashwin, Jadeja & Axar fail to take one wicket

On Day 5, Tom Latham slammed his consecutive half-century to keep New Zealand’s hopes alive. However, Kiwis crumbled like a pack of cards in the remaining sessions. Skipper Kane Williamson and experienced Ross Taylor managed just 24 and 2 runs respectively.

Only the third time India stranded one wicket away from a Test win:
vs West Indies, Kolkata 1978-79
vs West Indies, St John’s 2006

vs New Zealand, Kanpur 2021

“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,” Ashwin added.

Virat Kohli-led India will next face Kiwis in the Mumbai Test that kick starts at Wankhede Stadium on December 3. The full-time skipper will return after a break as India will look to win the Test series 1-0 and get to the top of ICC Test Rankings.

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New Zealand 2nd Innings 165/9 (98 ov)
Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Tom Latham b Ravichandran Ashwin 52 146 3 0 35.62
Will Young lbw b Ravichandran Ashwin 2 6 0 0 33.33
William Somerville c Shubman Gill b UT Yadav 36 110 5 0 32.73
Kane Williamson (C) lbw b RA Jadeja 24 112 3 0 21.43
Ross Taylor lbw b RA Jadeja 2 24 0 0 8.33
Henry Nicholls lbw b Axar Patel 1 4 0 0 25.00
Tom Blundell (WK) b Ravichandran Ashwin 2 38 0 0 5.26
Rachin Ravindra Not out 18 91 2 0 19.78
Kyle Jamieson lbw b RA Jadeja 5 30 0 0 16.67
Tim Southee lbw b RA Jadeja 4 8 1 0 50.00
Ajaz Patel Not out 2 23 0 0 8.70
Extra 17 (b 12, w 0, nb 4, lb 1)
Total 165/9 (98)
Yet To Bat
BOWLING O M R W ECON
Ravichandran Ashwin 30 12 35 3 1.17
Axar Patel 21 12 23 1 1.10
Umesh Yadav 12 2 34 1 2.83
Ishant Sharma 7 1 20 0 2.86
Ravindra Jadeja 28 10 40 4 1.43
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
WA Young 1-3 2.6
William Somerville 2-79 35.1
Tom Latham 3-118 54.2
R Taylor 4-125 63.1
HM Nicholls 5-126 64.1
KS Williamson 6-128 69.1
TA Blundell 7-138 78.2
KA Jamieson 8-147 85.6
TG Southee 9-155 89.2

Day 5 summary: 

Resuming the final session at 125/4, Indian bowlers clawed further deep as Axar Patel had Henry Nicholls adjudged LBW. Then after five overs, Ravindra Jadeja got the all-important wicket of Kane Williamson. The NZ skipper decided to go back and the ball skid on to trap him plumb in front. He departed for 24 off 112.

In the 79th over, Tom Blundell was bowled round his legs by Ashwin. India took the second new ball in the 84th over as the match reached the endgame. With the light fading and time running out for the hosts, Ravindra Jadeja struck in quick succession to send Kylie Jamieson and Tim Southee back into the dugout.

IND vs NZ 1st Test drawn: Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra survive 52 balls to draw first Test as Ashwin, Jadeja & Axar fail to take one wicket

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IND vs NZ 1st Test drawn: Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra survive 52 balls to draw first Test as Ashwin, Jadeja & Axar fail to take one wicket

One wicket short, Indian bowlers threw everything at the batters on the pitch, Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel. But Rachin who played 91 balls in the second innings ensured his side walked away with a draw.

Earlier, Team India managed to take three wickets in the second session on Day 5 of the ongoing first Test against New Zealand here at Green Park, Kanpur on Monday.
At the tea break, New Zealand’s score read 125/4. Will Somerville (36) was sent back to the pavilion by Umesh Yadav in the 36th over of the innings and this brought skipper Kane Williamson to the middle.

Latham however marched on and he brought up his half-century in the 51st over of the innings. Latham (52) was bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin in the 55th over and as a result, the off-spinner went past Harbhajan Singh’s tally of 417 Test wickets. Ross Taylor (2) also failed to score big, and New Zealand was quickly reduced to 125/4.
IND vs NZ 1st Test drawn: Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra survive 52 balls to draw first Test as Ashwin, Jadeja & Axar fail to take one wicket
  • India 2nd Innings 234/7 (81 ov)
Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Mayank Agarwal c Tom Latham b TG Southee 17 53 3 0 32.08
Shubman Gill b KA Jamieson 1 3 0 0 33.33
Cheteshwar Pujara c TA Blundell b KA Jamieson 22 33 3 0 66.67
Ajinkya Rahane (C) lbw b AY Patel 4 15 1 0 26.67
Shreyas Iyer c TA Blundell b TG Southee 65 125 8 1 52.00
Ravindra Jadeja lbw b TG Southee 0 2 0 0 0.00
Ravichandran Ashwin b KA Jamieson 32 62 5 0 51.61
Wriddhiman Saha (WK) Not out 61 126 4 1 48.41
Axar Patel Not out 28 67 2 1 41.79
Extra 4 (b 3, w 0, nb 0, lb 1)
Total 234/7 (81)
Yet To Bat UT YadavIshant Sharma
BOWLING O M R W ECON
Tim Southee 22 2 75 3 3.41
Kyle Jamieson 17 6 40 3 2.35
Ajaz Patel 17 3 60 1 3.53
Rachin Ravindra 9 3 17 0 1.89
William Somerville 16 2 38 0 2.38
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
Shubman Gill 1-2 1.1
CA Pujara 2-32 11.1
Ajinkya Rahane 3-41 14.5
MA Agarwal 4-51 19.2
RA Jadeja 5-51 19.4
Ravichandran Ashwin 6-103 39.2
SS Iyer 7-167 60.2

 

New Zealand 1st Innings 296/10 (142.3 ov)
Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Tom Latham st (sub KS Bharat) b Axar Patel 95 282 10 0 33.69
Will Young c (sub KS Bharat) b Ravichandran Ashwin 89 214 15 0 41.59
Kane Williamson (C) lbw b UT Yadav 18 64 2 0 28.13
Ross Taylor c (sub KS Bharat) b Axar Patel 11 28 1 0 39.29
Henry Nicholls lbw b Axar Patel 2 9 0 0 22.22
Tom Blundell (WK) b Axar Patel 13 94 0 0 13.83
Rachin Ravindra b RA Jadeja 13 23 2 0 56.52
Kyle Jamieson c Axar Patel b Ravichandran Ashwin 23 75 1 0 30.67
Tim Southee b Axar Patel 5 13 1 0 38.46
William Somerville b Ravichandran Ashwin 6 52 0 0 11.54
Ajaz Patel Not out 5 6 1 0 83.33
Extra 16 (b 6, w 1, nb 5, lb 4)
Total 296/10 (142.3)
BOWLING O M R W ECON
Ishant Sharma 15 5 35 0 2.33
Umesh Yadav 18 3 50 1 2.78
Ravichandran Ashwin 42.3 10 82 3 1.93
Ravindra Jadeja 33 10 57 1 1.73
Axar Patel 34 6 62 5 1.82
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
WA Young 1-151 66.1
KS Williamson 2-197 85.3
R Taylor 3-214 94.3
HM Nicholls 4-218 96.5
Tom Latham 5-227 102.1
R Ravindra 6-241 110.4
TA Blundell 7-258 123.4
TG Southee 8-270 127.4
KA Jamieson 9-284 138.6
William Somerville 10-296 142.3

 

India 1st Innings 345/10 (111.1 ov)
Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Mayank Agarwal c TA Blundell b KA Jamieson 13 28 2 0 46.43
Shubman Gill b KA Jamieson 52 93 5 1 55.91
Cheteshwar Pujara c TA Blundell b TG Southee 26 88 2 0 29.55
Ajinkya Rahane (C) b KA Jamieson 35 63 6 0 55.56
Shreyas Iyer c WA Young b TG Southee 105 171 13 2 61.40
Ravindra Jadeja b TG Southee 50 112 6 0 44.64
Wriddhiman Saha (WK) c TA Blundell b TG Southee 1 12 0 0 8.33
Ravichandran Ashwin b AY Patel 38 56 5 0 67.86
Axar Patel c TA Blundell b TG Southee 3 9 0 0 33.33
Umesh Yadav Not out 10 34 0 1 29.41
Ishant Sharma lbw b AY Patel 0 5 0 0 0.00
Extra 12 (b 5, w 1, nb 4, lb 2)
Total 345/10 (111.1)
BOWLING O M R W ECON
Tim Southee 27.4 6 69 5 2.49
Kyle Jamieson 23.2 6 91 3 3.90
Ajaz Patel 29.1 7 90 2 3.09
William Somerville 24 2 60 0 2.50
Rachin Ravindra 7 1 28 0 4.00
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
MA Agarwal 1-21 7.5
Shubman Gill 2-82 29.6
CA Pujara 3-106 37.4
Ajinkya Rahane 4-145 49.2
RA Jadeja 5-266 86.6
Wriddhiman Saha 6-288 92.2
SS Iyer 7-305 96.1
Axar Patel 8-313 98.6
Ravichandran Ashwin 9-339 109.2
Ishant Sharma 10-345 111.1

 

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