New Zealand in India, 2 Test Series, 2021

India vs New Zealand - 1st Test

Venue: Green Park, Kanpur

Date: 25 November-29 November, 2021

New Zealand 165/9

RR: 1.68 | India drew with New Zealand


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Tom Latham bowled Ravichandran Ashwinbowled Ravichandran Ashwin5214630
Will Young lbw Ravichandran Ashwinlbw Ravichandran Ashwin2600
William Somerville c Shubman Gill & b Umesh Yadavc Shubman Gill & b Umesh Yadav3611050
Kane Williamson lbw Ravindra Jadejalbw Ravindra Jadeja2411230
Ross Taylor lbw Ravindra Jadejalbw Ravindra Jadeja22400
Henry Nicholls lbw Axar Patellbw Axar Patel1400
Tom Blundell bowled Ravichandran Ashwinbowled Ravichandran Ashwin23800
Rachin Ravindra not out not out 189120
Kyle Jamieson lbw Ravindra Jadejalbw Ravindra Jadeja53000
Tim Southee lbw Ravindra Jadejalbw Ravindra Jadeja4810
Ajaz Patel not out not out 22300
Extras 17 (b 12, lb 1, w 0, nb 4)
Total 165 (9 Wkts, 98.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
3-1 (Will Young,3), 79-2 (William Somerville,35.1), 118-3 (Tom Latham,54.2), 125-4 (Ross Taylor,63.1), 126-5 (Henry Nicholls,64.1), 128-6 (Kane Williamson,69.1), 138-7 (Tom Blundell,78.2), 147-8 (Kyle Jamieson,86), 155-9 (Tim Southee,89.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Ravichandran Ashwin30 12 35 3 1.17
Axar Patel21 12 23 1 1.10
Umesh Yadav12 2 34 1 2.83
Ishant Sharma7 1 20 0 2.86
Ravindra Jadeja28 10 40 4 1.43
Shubman Gill0 0 0 0 0
Mayank Agarwal0 0 0 0 0
Cheteshwar Pujara0 0 0 0 0
Ajinkya Rahane 0 0 0 0 0
Shreyas Iyer0 0 0 0 0
Wriddhiman Saha 0 0 0 0 0

So, that is it from the first Test! It went down to the wire. In the end, there was no result possible and that was probably the right result. The action now moves to Mumbai for the second and the final Test. That game begins on the 3rd of December, it starts at 9:30 am local (4 am GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

Shreyas Iyer is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH! He says that if they had won the game, it would have been icing on the cake. Adds that his mindset was to face as many deliveries as possible and the situation demanded that he curb his attacking instincts. Credits Ashwin and Saha for the way they batted and that he is proud of getting out of a difficult situation to put a big total for New Zealand to chase. Mentions that New Zealand got off to a great start on Day 5 but once they got a sniff, the bowlers decided to attack.

The Indian skipper, Ajinkya Rahane, says they tried their best, it was a good game, New Zealand played well. Adds he is proud of how they came back in the second innings, especially the pacers, they bowled really well. Mentions they were looking to bowl 5 to 6 overs on Day 4, they needed that partnership between Saha and Axar as they lost a lot of wickets at the start. Adds the conversation with the umpires was about the lights and he feels the call made by the umpires was right. States he felt the spinners had a key role to play on this wicket and it was all about rotating the bowlers and they bowled really well. Credits Iyer for the way he played and he is really happy for him.

Kane Williamson, the skipper of New Zealand, says that with the light it has been touch and go throughout the game. Adds that his team hung in there and did not give up. Says that all three results were possible on the final day and India have a great bowling attack but his team hung in there. Adds that players like William Somerville and Rachin Ravindra had a great experience in this game. Mentions that the two pacers who played were outstanding and the batters too adjusted really well against the Indian attack. Says that it was a great experience and the batters would look to make more adjustments moving forward in the series.

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Ravichandran Ashwin says they were keeping things under control and were bowling in good areas, they knew if they got time, they would cause problems but the light was going to be an issue and they knew it. States Test cricket is really hard, you need to want it, there is a lot of hard work and he enjoys the format. States the runs, the wickets won't really matter, it is the memories that will and he wants to take some good memories. Adds the wicket was good and it played well, Ravindra played really well and so did Ajaz Patel and he hopes people enjoyed the game.

Entering Day 5, an Indian win looked most likely. The Kiwis too knew it was going to be an uphill task to chase this down. Their approach was to save the Test throughout the day and they managed to do by just. A hard-fought draw and probably the right result to a game that was a spectacle.

India had a decent lead of 49 runs but their second innings did not start as per plan and they found themselves at 51 for 5. But it was Shreyas Iyer once again who saved the team. He scored a fifty and bailed them out. Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel and Wriddhiman Saha, who also scored a fifty made sure that New Zealand had a pretty huge total to chase down in just over a day.

New Zealand started their reply brilliantly though. Will Young and Tom Latham were superb with their opening stand and both scored their fifties. They were unfortunate to miss out on their tons, but it was due to their efforts that New Zealand got close to India's total as the middle order did not contribute much. It was no surprise that the Indian spinners ruled the roost as they shared 9 wickets between them with Axar Patel getting a 5-wicket haul.

Earlier in the game, it was Shreyas Iyer who was the hero for India in the first innings. The rest of the batters did get starts but it was Iyer who bailed them out from a tough situation and got them to a respectable score. As far as the bowling is concerned, Tim Southee was the start as he took a 5-wicket haul and demolished the Indian middle order early on Day 2.

But the Indian spinners ruled the roost post Tea. Axar Patel started things off by taking the wicket of Henry Nicholls and that triggered a collapse. Ravindra Jadeja was the main bowler in the last session though as his 3 wickets in that session put India just 1 wicket away from a memorable victory. But nature had different plans and bad light denied them a victory.

The Kiwis did lose Will Young in their chase but William Somerville and Tom Latham were very impressive with the way they batted. New Zealand did not lose a single wicket in the first session of Day 5 and there would have been plenty of nerves in the Indian camp. But after Lunch, things turned around. Somerville fell and Latham too had to walk back to the hut. They received another big blow in the form of Ross Taylor just before Tea and Kane Williamson was the lone man standing.

Phew, what a finish! What a finish! New Zealand have saved the Test by the barest of margins here. It looked like India would seal this one but the light hasn't worked in their favour. Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel would have had their hearts in the mouth in the last half hour of play but they have managed to save this Test!

Stopped for bad light! Not called off yet. Not called off. But we have stopped for bad light. If the light improves, we can resume again. There are handshakes in the New Zealand camp already but there are another 11 minutes of play possible though! Well, well, I think they are calling it off! YUP, PLAY CALLED OFF! Kane Williamson walks out with his side and there are handshakes all around! What a nail-biting finish! THE FIRST TEST ENDS IN A DRAW!

Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Patel has negotitaed the six balls well! This lands on off and turns back in. Defended.

Rahane has a word with Jadeja before the final ball.

Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Changes to over the wicket and fires it on off, Patel does manage to keep it out.
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, From around the wicket now, lands it on middle, gets it to hold its line. Defended.
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, On middle, blocked. Slightly fuller and it is negotiated well.
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Really well played in the end! This lands outside off, stays low and turns back in. Ajaz does well to get his bat down in time and work it on the leg side.
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Flatter and on off, Patel blocks.

Another light reading here. This is the last of the minimum overs of the day. Needless to say, the batter is surrounded by fielders all around him.

Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Full and on the middle stump. Rachin Ravindra blocks and survives!
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Full and on off. Rachin Ravindra blocks it.
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Loopy ball, on off. Blocked out.
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, FOUR! JUST WIDE! Flatter ball, on middle and leg. Rachin Ravindra works it just wide of leg slip and gets a boundary.
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Shorter ball, on off. Ravindra comes forward and blocks it.
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Flatter ball, around off. Blocked out.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ajaz Patel, NOT OUT! That has pitched outside leg! It was a review more in hope! Patel looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal but turned down. A review is taken. Replays show that the on-field call is the right one.

Review time! India take a review for LBW! Pitching might be an issue here. PITCHING OUTSIDE LEG!

Ravichandran Ashwin to Ajaz Patel, Slower through the air and on middle, Ajaz negotiates it. One ball to go for him to play out.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ajaz Patel, The carom ball now, it lands outside off and turns back in. Ajaz Patel somehow keeps it out.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ajaz Patel, Flatter and on off, Patel lunges to defend, this lands and turns away a little. Goes off the outer half but lands safe on the off side.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ajaz Patel, Floats it up on middle, Patel lunges and keeps it out.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Ajaz Patel, Loopy ball on middle, Patel defends it nicely.

Another chat between the umpires. The on-air commentators are saying that it has gotten a bit brighter now! The sun has now come out of the clouds and that has helped India in this situation.

Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Floats it up on off, Rachin Ravindra prods forward and plays it to mid on.
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, On off, kept out.
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, BEATEN! This lands outside off and goes on with the arm. Rachin Ravindra looks to defend inside the line but is beaten.
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Quicker and on off, Rachin Ravindra hangs back and defends.
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Very full and on off, Rachin Ravindra plays it back to the bowler.
Axar Patel to Rachin Ravindra, Flatter and on off, defended.

The umpires are having a chat with Rahane. The Indian skipper was not happy about something but we seem to be okay to continue for now. They will definitely take a reading once this over ends.

Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Could have been two but no run taken! On off, it turns back in. Patel looks to defend but it goes off the inner half through square leg.
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Two done, one to go in this over now. Outside off, he pushes it through covers. There is a single on offer but not taken.
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Does play one out! On off, Patel negotiates it well.
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Outside off, Rachin pushes it through point for one. Patel now has three balls to play out.
Ravindra Jadeja to Rachin Ravindra, Solid again! Flatter and on off, Ravindra stays back and blocks it out.
Ravindra Jadeja to Ajaz Patel, Outside off, Patel looks to defend, he does so inside the line, it goes off the outer half towards third man for one.

These two batters are taking their time while having a chat between overs.