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India vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 4 Highlights: NZ need 280 to win on final day after Ashwin strikes late

India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) 1st Test, Day 4 Highlights: After posting a total of 345 in their first innings, India restricted New Zealand on 296 on the third day.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: November 28, 2021 10:38:13 pm
New Zealand's William Somerville bats during the day four of their first test cricket match with India in Kanpur, India, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) 1st Test, Day 4 Highlights:  India have the upper hand at the end of the final session of the fourth day of the first Test at Green Park, Kanpur on Sunday.

New Zealand will need 280 runs on the final day with 9 wickets in the hut. India declared their second innings at 234/7, leading by 283 runs, in the third session

Resuming at the overnight score of 14/1, India lost four wickets for the addition of 70 runs in the morning session. Shreyas Iyer (65) scored a crucial fifty before being dismissed by Tim Southee (3/48) at the stroke of tea. Wriddhiman Saha (61 not out) and Axar Patel (28 not out) steered India to the safer waters. Earlier, India had grabbed a 49-run first-innings lead after Axar Patel registered figures of 5/62. In reply to India’s total of 345, New Zealand were all out for 269.

Brief Scores:

India: 345 and 234/7 declared in 81 overs (Shreyas Iyer 65, Wriddhiman Saha 22 not out; Kyle Jamieson 3/740, Tim Southee 3/75).

New Zealand: 269 and 4/1 in 4 overs.

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 4 Highlights:

17:21 (IST)28 Nov 2021
More on the Will Young dismissal:

`Will Young, the New Zealand opener, was involved in a bizarre dismissal at the end of day 4 when he was late to go for a DRS call. The timer runs for 15 seconds within which he has to make the request to the umpire to seek assistance from the TV umpire. On this occasion, though, he was late to review a lbw decision off the bowling of R Ashwin. The replays showed that the ball had turned big and was comfortably missing the leg stump. 

Before we come to what took him so long, here is the relevant section from the ICC’s playing conditions. 

The relevant DRS section 3.2.2 states that "The total time elapsed between the ball becoming dead and the review request being made shall be no more than 15 seconds," and "If the on-field umpires believe that a request has not been made within the 15 second time limit, they shall decline the request for a Player Review.”

But there is also another interesting angle to it. 

Did the umpire Sharma alert the batsmen after 10 seconds? 

"The bowler's end umpire shall provide the relevant player with a prompt after 10 seconds if the request has not been made at that time and the player shall request the review immediately thereafter," read the playing conditions

Did the umpire Virender Sharma call it out after 10 seconds, and if he did,  the batsmen certainly didn't hear it. Young stood there shocked that he can’t take the DRS, and slowly turned around to trudge away. 

Now, to the delay in the time. Young first consulted his partner Tom Latham and wasted precious seconds there. The Indian fielders were adjacent to them, eagerly watching his move. Just as the clock ticked out, Young signalled for the DRS. Too late.

Has it happened before?

Yes. In 2019, in a Test in South Africa, Hashim Amla was ruled not out in an lbw appeal by the umpire Aleem Dar. Two errors of DRS timer followed.

First, according to the SuperSport broadcast, only 13 seconds had elapsed when the Sri Lankans asked for DRS to be taken but Dar refused, saying time was over.

Secondly, the cameras also revealed that Dar had made no visible prompt after 10 seconds had elapsed to the bowler Vishwa Fernando or the Sri Lankan players. 

According to the commentators on the SuperSport broadcast of the game, only 13 seconds had elapsed when Karunaratne asked for the review, and the TV umpire Ian Gould would have been in charge of timing the 15-second interval between the ball going dead and the review time limit.

How did the Indian players react?

Ajinkya Rahane was first to make a move in the Indian huddle, first telling the batsmen that time was out before rushing towards the umpire to stop him from going upstairs. Almost immediately, and unsurprisingly, R Ashwin too rushed towards the umpire. Umesh Yadav had a wry smile all along and Axar Patel, who had joined the huddle, kept an emotionless face. 

When the Indian players trooped into the dressing room, awaiting them just outside the entrance was the batting coach Vikram Rathour, who told each and every one of them how much the ball had turned and by how much it would have missed. Shubman Gill seemed shocked and stood there for a while. 

An instant later, cameras zoomed on to the utterly drained, dazed, sad, and seemingly a look of guiltiness on the face of Tom Latham, who sat slumped on the chair looking at a distance at nothing in particular.

16:36 (IST)28 Nov 2021
NZ 4/1 at stumps on Day 4

New Zealand are 4/1, they will need 280 runs on the final day. The Black Caps could have all wickets intact had Will Young taken the review in time. India will need 9 wickets to go 1-0 up in the series. NZ: 4/1 (4 overs)


16:31 (IST)28 Nov 2021
Ashwin strikes for India

R Ashwing gets the first wicket for India. He trapped Will Young (2). It was missing and Young delayed to go upstairs and he will have to walk down to the pavilion. An unfortunate way to get out. NZ: 3/1 (3 overs)

16:19 (IST)28 Nov 2021
New Zealand need 284 to win

New Zealand will need 284 runs to go 1-0 up in the two-match Test series, but it will be an uphill task for the Black Caps batters against a top quality Indian spinners. No visiting team has successfully chased down more than 276 in 4th innings in India. NZ: 0/0 (0 overs)

16:11 (IST)28 Nov 2021
India have declared

India have declared at 234/7. 13 overs are left in the day to be bowled. The target for New Zealand will be 284.  IND: 234/7 dec (81 overs)

15:54 (IST)28 Nov 2021
6th Test half-century for Saha

What a knock this is by Wriddhiman Saha. A stiff neck, changed his stance, place in the playing XI under scanner, and he has completed his sixth Test half-century. A gutsy knock from the India's wicketkeeper-batter. It is Saha's first 50 score in 11 Tests since making 67 vs Sri Lanka in Colombo in August 2017. IND: 221/7 (78.3 overs)

15:46 (IST)28 Nov 2021
Saha-Axar need to up the ante

On a detoriating pitch chasing down 250+ is not going to be easy for the Black Caps. Saha (47*) and Axar (16*) need to show some intent and get some quick runs as we have just 45 minutes of play left before the light fades. IND: 208/7 (76 overs)

15:25 (IST)28 Nov 2021
India lead by 250 runs

India's lead has gone past 250-run mark. The Indian camp is looking relaxed, a massive psychological boost for the hosts. Saha (43*) and Axar (14*) have put on unbeaten 35 runs for the eighth wicket. IND: 202/7 (72 overs)

15:15 (IST)28 Nov 2021
IND lead by 247 runs!

With the lead nearing 250, neither Saha (40*) nor Axar (13*) are opting for the so-called adventurous shots. New Zealand are still searching for wickets through Somerville and Southee but the batting pair are holding their own well. IND: 198/7 (69 overs)

14:58 (IST)28 Nov 2021
Saha, Axar rally on

Choosing their shots quite cautiously, Saha (31*) and Axar (9*) march steadily towards the 200-run mark. IND: 185/7 (65 overs)

14:42 (IST)28 Nov 2021
Final session underway!

After Southee completed his over, Saha (27*) takes on Jamieson and hits a boundary through the gap between slips and gully. Later on, Axar (4*) punishes the pacer with a pull shot through square leg. The lead stands at 225 runs. IND: 176/7 (62 overs)

14:12 (IST)28 Nov 2021
Shreyas falls on stroke of tea!

Is this the beginning of the end for India? Southee proves to be key for New Zealand yet again as he dismisses the settled Shreyas on 65. The batter tries to go for a pull but it gets gloved straight behind to Blundell. And that's tea break! IND: 167/7 (60.2 overs)

14:00 (IST)28 Nov 2021
STAT | Rahane's poor home record

Among Indian batters who have played at least 32 home Tests -- the same that Ajinkya Rahane has -- only Mansoor Ali Khan ‘Tiger’ Pataudi and Mohinder Amarnath have a home average worse than Rahane's 35.73. He got dismissed on 4 earlier today.

13:48 (IST)28 Nov 2021
Shreyas brings up his fifty!

What a gutsy knock by Shreyas! He reaches his deserved half-century with a single off Ajaz's bowling. In 109 deliveries, hitting five boundaries and a six. Upon reaching the personal milestone, India's lead touches 200. Saha's on 21*. IND: 151/6 (55.3 overs)

13:25 (IST)28 Nov 2021
Saha provides some respite

Saha finds some form at last! He takes on Somerville and hits him for a boundary over mid-wicket. On the very next ball, Saha (17*) clears the ropes for a maximum with a slog sweep. Afterwards, Shreyas (36*) takes a single in Ajaz's over. IND: 131/6 (50 overs)

13:03 (IST)28 Nov 2021
Shreyas holds the key to IND's innings

Despite the loss of Ashwin, Shreyas (34*) is looking solid in the middle. The first innings centurion now has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders since only he has the ability to guide the lead over 250. On the other end, Saha is batting on 7*. IND: 119/6 (45 overs)

12:41 (IST)28 Nov 2021

A bowling change from New Zealand and the visitors reap the rewards immediately! Ashwin (32) gets cleaned up by Jamieson in a rather unlucky fashion. The ball takes the inside edge and crashes into the sticks. On comes Saha next. IND: 103/6 (39.2 overs)

12:33 (IST)28 Nov 2021
Shreyas, Ashwin forge 50-run stand

With a single off Southee's bowling, Shreyas (25*) brings up the fifty-run partnership between him and Ashwin (31*). After the initial collapse which left India at 51/5, the pair's calm and composed display with the bat has proved to be crucial. IND: 102/5 (38 overs)

12:18 (IST)28 Nov 2021
Second session underway!

After Ashwin (25*) started off the second session with a boundary against Ravindra, Shreyas (24*) joins in on the act. The debutant takes on Southee and gets a thickish edge that rolls wide of slip to third man. A lot riding on the pair now! IND: 95/5 (34 overs)

11:27 (IST)28 Nov 2021
Time for some lunch!

Shreyas (18*) and Ashwin (20*) dig deep and try to rebuild the innings, keeping the spin attack of Ravindra and Somerville at bay. Although the hosts lead by 133 runs, the first session belonged to New Zealand as they scalped four wickets. IND: 84/5 (32 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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