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New Zealand secure a famous draw in Kanpur; bat out entire day 5

  • World Test champions New Zealand salvaged a draw in an absolute thriller on day 5 in the first test against India.

  • Tom Latham lead the way once again with the bat, scoring a gritty half-century and young Rachin Ravindra 18(91)* played brilliantly at the end to secure a draw.

  • The Indian spinners Axar, Ashwin and Jadeja toiled hard the entire day but couldn't pick up the last New Zealand wicket.

  • Shreyas Iyer was awarded the Man of the Match award for his 105 and 65 in the two innings of the test.

Starting with the overnight score of 4 for the loss of one wicket, New Zealand were expected to fold quickly. The pitch was starting to do some tricks with the oddball keeping low and with the spin trio of Axar, Ashwin and Jadeja, India fancied their chances.

But Latham stood tall once again for the Kiwis. He had excellent support in the form of nightwatchman William Somerville 36(110). Both batsmen applied themselves well and nullified the Indian spinners.

The Indian bowlers were a bit unlucky as well, as none of the edges carried to the slips because of the lack of bounce in the pitch. The Black Caps didn't lose a single wicket in the first session as they went in for lunch at 79/1.

Umesh Yadav struck first ball after lunch for India, bouncing out Somerville. Shreyas Iyer took a good catch diving forward at deep fine leg. Williamson came in and forged a good partnership with Latham as the pair batted for close to 20 overs.

Just as the partnership was starting to threaten, Ashwin clean bowled Latham 52(146) against the run of play. Ross Taylor never really looked comfortable in his stay at the crease. Jadeja got him leg before for 2(24) at the stroke of Tea.

The Taylor wicket opened the flood gates for India as New Zealand lost some quick wickets after Tea. Axar and Ashwin removed Nicholls and Blundell while Jadeja got the big wicket of Williamson. With the wicket of Blundell, Ashwin reached 418 test wickets making him the 3rd highest wicket-taker for India, surpassing Harbhajan Singh.

New Zealand lost these three wickets for just 13 runs in the space of 14 overs. Jamieson and Southee followed soon after as the Black Caps were reduced to 155/9, still needing to survive for 8 overs. But Rachin Ravindra, who is playing in his first test, showed incredible technique and character to keep the Indian spinners at bay. Spinner Ajaz Patel 2(28)* also hung in there to secure the draw for New Zealand.

The second test between India and New Zealand starts on Dec 3rd in Mumbai and India would hope for a change in fortunes as Virat Kohli returns to the side.

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