IND v NZ, First Test: Ravindra, Patel's stubborn resistance forces thrilling draw

29-11-2021 Mon 18:33 IST | IANS | Sports
IND v NZ, First Test: Ravindra, Patel's stubborn resistance forces thrilling draw

Kanpur, Nov 29:  Rachin Ravindra anod Ajaz Patel put up 52 balls of stubborn resistance to help New Zealand force a thrilling draw against India in the first Test of the two-match series at the Green Park Stadium here on Monday. From 155/9, Patel did a fine job of hanging in at the crease but it was the debutant Ravindra, who faced 91 balls and gave a great account of his temperament and composure to deny India a win.

After going wicketless in the opening session of day five, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, and Axar Patel picked eight wickets in the next two sessions. But a stonewalling effort from Ravindra and Patel defied the Indian bowling attack, which was in a race against time as lights began to fade in the final half-hour of the day.

Axar Patel struck on the seventh ball of the final session, trapping Henry Nicholls lbw with the one turning in a little and went past the outer edge to hit the back pad. Ravindra Jadeja got some help from the pitch, getting one to grip and turn past Kane Willia'son's bat, pretty similar to the jaffa from Umesh Yadav which squared up Williamson in the second session. In his next over, Jadeja trapped Williamson plumb lbw on the backfoot with a ball that came in and kept low.

Tom Blundell and Rachin Ravindra batted 54 balls together to try and save the match. Captain Ajinkya Rahane brought Ravichandran Ashwin in and immediately created a chance. But Blundell was saved by a sharp turn on an lbw appeal. India took the review but lost it as the ball was going down the leg-side.

In his next over, Ashwin claimed 'lundell's wicket in a very unusual fashion. Blundell came out to defend a turning delivery. But the ball hit the rough and rolled over to disturb the bails. Kyle Jamieson had some luck on his side as Cheteshwar Pujara was late to react to his left an' couldn't take the catch off Ashwin. But Jadeja ensured that the let-off on the second new 'all won't be costly as Jamieson was trapped lbw by one spinning past the outer edge to hit the back pad.

Jadeja scalped his fourth wicket of the innings by beating the outer edge of Tim Southee's bat and trapping him lbw in front of off-stump. Southee took the review 'ut couldn't change the decision. Ravindra and Patel were sturdy in defence as India were in a race against time to wrap the innings.

Ashwin 'truck Patel's pad but was given not out as the ball pitched outside leg. India took the review but were unable to change the decision, thereby losing all reviews. Ravindra and Patel survived 52 balls for just 10 runs as New Zealand managed to eke out an escape by the barest of margins.

Earlier, India picked up three crucial wickets, including one each on the first and last ball of the second session, to make a comeback in the match. After not getting a wicket in the first session, India got one on the very first ball post-lunch as William Somerville tried to pull a short ball from Umesh Yadav, but it flew to Shubman Gill running in from fine-leg and completing a superb forward diving catch.

Yadav continued to trouble Latham and Kane Williamson, getting a lot of deliveries to keep low and targeted towards the stumps. But the duo continued to put up a defiant show while hitting the occasional boundary. Latham brought up his second half-century of the match with three runs through mid-wicket.

But four overs later, Latham, in a bid to punch through the off-side, chopped on to his stumps off Ashwin. The dismissal also meant that Ashwin went past Harbhajan Singh's 417 wickets to become the third-highest wicket-taker for India (13th overall) in Test cricket.

Ross Taylor was nearly stumped on zero off Ashwin as there was no conclusive evidence to rule him out. His anxious stay at the crease ended on the stroke of tea as Jadeja trapped him plumb in front of the wicket.

Resuming from 4/1, Latham and William Somerville put up a show of stubborn resistance to keep India at bay in a wicketless first session. The duo showed great application in scoring 75 runs in 31 overs. They were rigid in defence, though Ashwin troubled them often while plucking boundaries against the pace of Yadav.

Latham was the first to take a boundary off Yadav, glancing through fine leg while Somerville struck a straight drive. Somerville then crunched delightful back-foot drives on consecutive deliveries off Yadav through off-side and was lucky in getting a boundary off the outer edge off Ishant Sharma.

India seemed to be a bit frustrated over not getting their first wicket of the day. Such was the desperation to get a wicket that they took a review for a Latham lbw despite the impact outside the off-stump, thereby wasting a review as New Zealand survived the rest of the session unscathed and eventually, the day.

Brief Scores: India 345 (Shreyas Iyer 105, Tim Southee 5/69) and 234/7d in 81 overs (Shreyas Iyer 65, Kyle Jamieson 3/40) drew with New Zealand 296 in 142.3 overs (Tom Latham 95, Axar Patel 5/62) and 165/9 in 98 overs (Tom Latham 52, William Somerville 36, Ravindra Jadeja 4/40, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/35).


More News
Vice Prez calls upon youth to take up rural service as mission
5 hours ago
R-Day: Security beefed up in Delhi after intel input of possible terror strike
5 hours ago
'Disturbing trend': SC on courts deciding rape, murder cases in haste
5 hours ago
Telangana scales up daily Covid tests to over a lakh
7 hours ago
India to host five BRICS S&T events through 2022
7 hours ago
Unmukt Chand becomes first Indian male cricketer to play in BBL
8 hours ago
Ram Gopal Varma praises Allu Arjun, then deletes tweets
9 hours ago
Covid spurt in Telangana police department, secretariat
10 hours ago
At 7,000, Andhra records big spike in daily Covid count
10 hours ago
KL Rahul to open for India in SA ODIs in Rohit's absence
10 hours ago
Controversial AP minister to attend 'Bangarraju' success bash
12 hours ago
For 2nd year in a row, no Chief Guest at R-Day parade
12 hours ago
Telangana for reducing interval between second, precautionary doses
12 hours ago
4 Maoists gunned down on Telangana-Chhattisgarh border
12 hours ago
R-Day celebrations begin from Jan 23, visitor numbers curtailed
12 hours ago
Taliban policies turning Afghan women into virtual prisoners in their homes
13 hours ago
Ram Gopal Varma on celeb divorces: 'Nothing murders love faster than marriage'
13 hours ago
K.V. Vijayendra Prasad to pen story, screenplay for Sri Vaari Films' third production
14 hours ago
Shikhar Dhawan plays flute, Prithvi Shaw raps on 'The Kapil Sharma Show'
14 hours ago
Meta appoints e-com director for India market
14 hours ago