New Delhi: New Zealand managed to pull off a draw against India in the first test match at Green Park, Kanpur on Monday. Kiwi batters Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel held their nerves in the last few overs of the final session on the last day to deny a victory to the hosts. Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel scored 18 and 2 runs respectively and saved the test match for their team.
Shreyas Iyer won the richly deserved Man of the Match award for his dream debut scoring 105 in the first innings followed by 65 in the second innings.
Ravindra Jadeja was the best bowler for India with his figures of 4/40 while Ravichandran Ashwin picked three wickets. Tom Latham top-scored for New Zealand with his 52-run knock, the opener also added 76 runs with William Somerville (36) for the second wicket.
At the tea break, New Zealand’s score read 125/4 with the visitors still needing 159 runs for the win. Kane Williamson (24*) is currently unbeaten at the crease.
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.
On Day 4, Team India declared their second innings at 234/7d, giving the visitors the target of 284 to win the match. For hosts, Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel remained unbeaten with innings of 61* and 28* respectively.
New Zealand’s score read 4/1 with Tom Lathan (2) and William Somerville (0) currently unbeaten at the crease. Ravichandran Ashwin scalped the lone wicket of Will Young in the last session of Day 4.
Earlier in the match, India had won the toss and elected to bat first.
Brief Scores: India 345 and 234/7d; New Zealand 296 and 165/9 (Tom Latham 52, Will Somerville 36, Ravindra Jadeja 4-40, Ravichandran Ashwin 3-35).
(With ANI Inputs)