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India vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 3 Highlights: India with 63-run lead at stumps

India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) 1st Test, Day 3 Highlights: India finish Day 3 with a lead of 63 runs and 9 wickets remaining

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: November 27, 2021 5:06:55 pm
India vs New Zealand 1st testIndia vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 3 LIVE: The match is being held in Kanpur.

India vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 3 Highlights: Axar Patel continued his golden run in favourable home conditions, grabbing another five-wicket haul to put India in the driver’s seat after New Zealand were bowled out for 296 despite an opening stand of 151 on the third day of the first Test in Kanpur on Saturday. The left-arm spinner had a couple of dream sessions when he finally found the ideal pace and turn off the surface to completely derail New Zealand’s steady first innings. His final figures read 34-6-62-5 as India got a crucial 49-run first innings lead, which increased to 63 at stumps.

India (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav

New Zealand (Playing XI): Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell(w), Rachin Ravindra, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Kyle Jamieson, William Somerville

Match EndedNew Zealand tour of India, 2021 - 1st Test


345 (111.1) u0026 234/7 dec (81.0)

New Zealand

296 (142.3) u0026 165/9 (98.0)
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 1st Test )
India drew with New Zealand

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India vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 3 Highlights

16:41 (IST)27 Nov 2021
STUMPS: India finish Day 3 with 64-run lead

Axar Patel's 5-fer puts India in commanding position with a lead of 63 runs at Stumps on Day 3.

Kyle Jamieson's 50th Test wicket gave New Zealand a boost before the close but the hosts have the edge after three days at Kanpur. The day belonged to Axar who picked up yet another Test fifer, while Ashwin contributed with 3 scalps as the duo led India's fightback. With 🇮🇳's lead at 6️⃣3️⃣, the game is now perfectly set up for an enthralling final 2⃣ days

16:22 (IST)27 Nov 2021

A fiery start for New Zealand in the second innings! Shubman Gill departs for 1, bowled by Jamieson, who becomes the fastest New Zealand bowler to 50 Test wickets. Jamieson gets a wicket off his first ball as he gets through Shubman's defence with a jaffa. 

Kyle Jamieson has taken his 50th Test wicket in just his ninth game - the fastest to 50 wickets of any Blackcaps player in Test history, eclipsing Shane Bond's record of 12 Tests. 

Cheteshwar Pujara comes to the crease in place of Gill, brings up a boundary at the end of the over as IND: 6/1 (2 overs)

16:15 (IST)27 Nov 2021
India begin second innings

Mayank and Shubman Gill start the second innings for India in the first Test. Tim Southee opens the attack. IND: 2/0 (1 over)

16:13 (IST)27 Nov 2021
ALL OUT: India take 49-run lead on first innings

Ravichandran Ashwin wraps up the innings, Axar Patel ends with 5-62 and India take a 49-run lead on first innings with New Zealand all-out at 296.

Ashwin gets rewarded for a splendid display of spin bowling as he finishes with three wickets, gets Somerville out bowled after the batter misses the slog sweep.

15:48 (IST)27 Nov 2021

Ravichandrann Ashwin picks up his second wicket. Kyle Jamieson departs as he sends one high into the sky. Axar Patel settles underneath and takes a comfortable catch. Jamieson departs for 23. Ajaz Patel comes in place of Jamieson. NZ: 284/9 (139 overs)

15:28 (IST)27 Nov 2021
Jamieson, Somerville fight on

With Axar's spin doing the trick, Rahane brings Ashwin back into the fold. But the batting pair of Jamieson (21*) and Somerville (1*) does well enough to deal with the two-pronged spin attack of India. The visitors are still trailing by 64 runs. NZ: 281/8 (135 overs)

15:07 (IST)27 Nov 2021
Axar completes his fifer!

Axar completes his fifer! Another delivery, another bowled! Southee walks back to the dressing room on 5. NZ: 270/8 (127.4 overs)

14:59 (IST)27 Nov 2021

Axar continues to cause damage as he removes Blundell (13) from the middle with an excellent delivery! The batter tries to play off his back foot but the ball ends up sneaking below his blade to rattle the stumps. On comes Southee. NZ: 258/7 (123.4 overs)

14:46 (IST)27 Nov 2021
Final session underway!

After Jadeja's maiden over, Axar comes back in and puts pressure on Blundell (10*) and Jamieson (3*). NZ: 250/6 (120 overs)

14:19 (IST)27 Nov 2021
Time for some tea!

After seven overs of simple blocking and digging deep, New Zealand find a respite with the umpires calling for the tea break. Blundell (10*) and Jamieson (2*) will resume the innings in the third session. The visitors trail by 96 runs. NZ: 249/6 (118 overs).

13:47 (IST)27 Nov 2021

Jadeja strikes! He sends Ravindra back to the hut on 13. The ball spins big and off goes the off stump! NZ: 241/6 (110.4 overs)

13:45 (IST)27 Nov 2021
Blundell, Ravindra rally on

India bring Ashwin and Jadeja back into the fold, hoping to bundle the opposition before the end of play. But both Blundell and Ravindra are holding their own quite well out there, with the latter hitting Ashwin for a measured boundary. NZ: 240/5 (110 overs)

13:20 (IST)27 Nov 2021

Axar is on a roll in the second session! He scalps his third wicket of the innings as he deprives Latham of his 12th Test century. The spinner drops it short, turns big and finds it way to the keeper. Bharat completes the dismissal with an easy stumping with Latham acres away from his crease. The New Zealand opener departs on after a 282-ball 95. On comes Ravindra. NZ: 227/5 (102.1 overs)

13:00 (IST)27 Nov 2021

Another one for Axar! Nicholls (2) misses the sweep and is given LBW! The batter goes for the review and the ball tracking shows impact... crashing into the stumps. India are fighting back strong either side of lunch. Next up? Blundell. NZ: 218/4 (97 overs)

12:49 (IST)27 Nov 2021

And the pressure finally pays off! The lack of boundaries finally bites New Zealand back as Taylor (11) is removed by Axar! The batter looks to defend, gets an edge and it's taken by Bharat behind the wickets. On comes Nicholls next. NZ: 214/3 (94.3 overs)

12:32 (IST)27 Nov 2021
Taylor, Latham hold fort for visitors

Taylor (9*) and Latham (85*) continue to frustrate the likes of Umesh and Axar with some calm and composed batting. The New Zealand pair take it slow, only dealing in ones and twos. India are hoping to build on their momentum soon. NZ: 209/2 (90 overs)

12:13 (IST)27 Nov 2021
Second session underway!

Taylor comes in next to partner Latham and he starts off positively. A cracking four to deep mid-wicket. NZ: 201/2 (86 overs)

11:45 (IST)27 Nov 2021
Why did Ashwin and umpire Menon argue over his round-the-stumps run-up?

A mini fracas broke out between the umpire Nitin Menon, the bowler R Ashwin and the captain Ajinkya Rahane. It was about the way Ashwin was bowling when he went around the stumps. He would run across the stumps, move across the umpire’s vision and deliver the ball almost beside the non-striker. He would them step away from the danger area, and veer away from the non-striker. 

An experienced first-class umpire, who wishes to remain anonymous, said it wasn’t about danger area or obstructing umpire’s vision but it was about obstructing the non-striker. 

“It comes under fair play and the umpire has every right to do that. It’s basically common sense. Twice, at least, we saw Ashwin sort of amble across after releasing the ball. He didn’t exactly hurry to get off the path. In case there was a single opportunity, there would have been a collision.”

Initially when Menon started to exchange words it seemed that he was objecting to the bowler running on to the danger area. But replays made it clear that Ashwin wasn’t doing that. 

Then the doubts were raised whether it was about obstructing the umpire’s vision, which again wasn’t the case. 

After the fourth ball of the 76th over, things heated up. Menon told Ashwin sternly and Rahane too joined in the crime scene. When Menon took Ashwin aside for a chat, he got furious, and the two seemingly exchanged heated verbals. So much so that the game paused, and  Rahane had to intervene and calm Ashwin down. 

Ashwin bowled that way again after chat

The umpire says that’s why the next time after the heated debates when Ashwin did it again, he ran all the way across and got away from the pitch strip itself. 

“That tells me that it wasn’t about danger area or umpire’s vision but about non-striker. The non striker can’t stand on the other side, as he then would be actually obstructing the vision of his partner on strike. As Ashwin’s run up would be from right behind him. He can of course go and stand near the square-leg but considering the green grass all around, it wouldn’t be sensible. 

“All Ashwin had to do was to get away from the strip, which he did later after Menon spoke to him,” the umpire told this newspaper.

What’s the punishment?

“It’s just a friendly chat, a gentle warning basically first. As this comes within Fair Play. Only if things escalate, the umpire would give an official warning and let the rules take it its own course.”

Outside the boundary, Rahul Dravid was seen rushing to have a word with the matchrefereer Javagal Srinath, who was then seen chatting on phone.

“Do you think he called me? Nope, he didn’t. It could be about what’s for lunch, you know!” says the umpire with a laugh.

11:45 (IST)27 Nov 2021
ICYMI | Will Young: A terror attack, injuries and a long wait to stardom

"Kane Williamson. Ross Taylor. Tom Latham. Or perhaps even Tom Blundell. If someone was quizzed which New Zealand batsman would be the first to get real close to getting a hundred against India with three spinners in Kanpur, not many would have picked Will Young. It wasn’t to be as he edged a floater from Ashwin that kept low and KS Bharat, standing in for the injured Wriddhiman Saha, plucked a superb catch. The wait for hundred might continue for now but this is a man who knows how to wait." | READ MORE |

11:32 (IST)27 Nov 2021
Williamson falls at stroke of lunch!

A body blow! Umesh does the trick for the hosts as he traps Williamson between the wickets. The visiting skipper fails to get any bat on the in-angler and the ball hits his back pad. A review follows but to no avail. He departs on 18... and that's lunch on the third day! A brilliant morning session for India... 68 runs and two wickets. Latham's still in the middle on 82*. NZ: 197/2 (85.3 overs)

India Squad: Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Suryakumar Yadav, Srikar Bharat, Jayant Yadav, Mohammed Siraj

New Zealand Squad: Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, William Somerville, Mitchell Santner, Neil Wagner, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell

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