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India surge ahead with Pujara, Vijay fifties after Jadeja, Ashwin rattle New Zealand

Ravindra Jadeja (left) picked a five-wicket haul for India
Ravindra Jadeja (left) picked a five-wicket haul for India
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India 318 & 159-1 (Vijay 64no) v
New Zealand 262 (Williamson 75)
First Test, Kanpur, day three

Unbeaten fifties from Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara stretched India’s lead to 215 runs after Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin bundled New Zealand out for 262 runs in 95.5 overs on the third day of the first Test in Kanpur.

New Zealand resumed on the overnight score of 152 for one. Four overs into the day’s play, Ashwin (4-93) trapped Latham LBW while a few minutes later, Ross Taylor (0) suffered a same fate against Ravindra Jadeja (5-73) in the next over.

Two overs later, Ashwin castled Williamson (75), leaving New Zealand in a precarious condition at 170 for four.

Luke Ronchi (38) and Mitchell Santner (32) put on a defiant stand to rescue New Zealand. Five overs before the lunch interval, Ronchi was ruled LBW against Jadeja in the 80th over as New Zealand reached 238 for five at the end of the session.

The second session began with a careful approach from BJ Watling (21) and Santner. However, the partnership did not last long as Ashwin had Santner caught behind.

The game turned on its head in the 95th over as Jadeja struck thrice to remove Mark Craig (2), Ish Sodhi (0) and Trent Boult (0), leaving New Zealand at 258 for nine while completing his five-fer.

Four balls later, Ashwin took a return catch to remove Watling as India dismissed New Zealand for 262 runs and took a handy first innings lead of 56 runs.

The Indian openers began well in their second innings, adding a 52-run stand while stretching the lead past 100.

The fall of Lokesh Rahul (38) signalled the tea break as India reached 52 for one at the end of the second session.

The final session began with a flurry of boundaries from Pujara (50 not out) and Vijay (64 not out) as the pair got off to a good start in their partnership.

Vijay completed a 106-ball fifty in the 32nd over. The duo batted with a good intent and kept the scoreboard ticking as the lead stretched past 200.

Pujara reached his fifty off the last over of the day as India ended the third day with the score at 159 for one and a lead of 215 runs.

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