Ind v NZ 1st Test Day 5: Great escape by New Zealand at Kanpur
New Zealand pulled off a great escape at the Green Park as they snatched a draw in the first Test against India in the dying moments of the fifth and final day.
The two-match series now is at 0-0 with one more Test to go at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai from December 3.
Earlier, New Zealand began at their overnight score of four for one. The overnight pair of Tom Latham and William Somerville added 76 runs for the second wicket. The pair remained unseparated in the morning session as India started getting frustrated at the lack of wickets. But immediately after lunch, Somerville fell off the first ball as he pulled Umesh Yadav to Shubman Gill. Then India kept chipping away at the New Zealand line-up.
Right at the stroke of tea India snared Ross Taylor to leave New Zealand at 125 for four. Immediately after tea, India kept striking at regular intervals. The likes of Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson fell in quick succession. There was brief resistance from wicket-keeper Tom Blundell, but he fell soon after. India kept claiming wickets as New Zealand lost their ninth wicket in the 90th over.
The final pair of Rachin Ravindra (18 n.o.) and Ajaz Patel batted together for 52 balls amid failing light. The final wicket was denied to India as they tried everything possible before the umpires decided that the light was not good enough for the play to carry on any further.
For India the wicket-takers were Ravindra Jadeja (4-40) and Ravichandran Ashwin (3-35).
India 1st Innings: 345 (111.1)
New Zealand 1st Innings: 296 (142.3)
India 2nd Innings: 234-7 decl (81)
New Zealand 2nd Innings: 165-9 (98)
Fall of wickets: 2-79 (William Somerville-35.1 ov), 3-118 (Tom Latham-54.2 ov), 4-125 (Ross Taylor-63.1 ov), 5-126 (Henry Nicholls-64.1 ov), 6-128 (Kane Williamson-69.1 ov), 7-138 (Tom Blundell-78.2 ov), 8-147 (Kyle Jamieson-85.6 ov), 9-155 (Tim Southee-89.2 ov)
Result: Test ends in a draw, series at 0-0
India: Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wicket-keeper), Rachin Ravindra, Kyle Jamieson, Will Sommerville, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel
Toss: India, elected to field
Venue: Green Park, Kanpur
Start time: 0930 hrs India time
Match officials: Nitin Menon, Virender Sharma (On-field umpires); Anil Chaudhary (TV Umpire); KN Ananthapadmanabhan (Reserve Umpire); Javagal Srinath (Match-referee)