The first Test between India and New Zealand ended in a tie, with the Blackcaps saving the game with one wicket remaining, as debutant Rachin Ravindra batted 91 deliveries and remained unbeaten on 18, partnering last man Ajaz Patel.
Rachin Ravindra batted 91 deliveries and finished unbeaten on 18 to help New Zealand draw their first Test in Kanpur. Last man Ajaz Patel kept the Blackcaps in the game with two wickets in 23 deliveries. The series is tied at 0-0, hence the second Test in Mumbai will be a decider. Shreyas Iyer’s century in the first innings and his gutsy 65-run knock in the second will be remembered by India. Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill both scored half-centuries, but the hosts couldn’t win.
On a pitch that didn’t vary much, their bats frustrated the Indian spinners. To get eight of the nine crucial wickets, the Indian tweakers had to dig deep. . The tourists were kept in the game by overnight batters Tom Latham (52) and William Sommerville (36).
After the lunch break, the plot changed.
The plot took an unexpected turn after the lunch break, when Umesh Yadav fired Sommerville. Captain Kane Williamson (24) joined Latham in the middle for the ‘blockathon,’ which won Latham a well-deserved half-century.
But Ashwin got one past his defences to pass Harbhajan Singh as India’s all-time leading Test bowler. He is now ranked third in the world, after only Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev.
This gave the Kiwis a chance to tie. Taylor, on the other hand, was caught in front by Jadeja for two, leaving New Zealand on 125/4 with six wickets to win.
Following the break, Axar Patel introduced Henry Nicholls, and Jadeja played a sensational performance to overcome Kane Williamson. The wicket-keeper batsman, Tom Blundell, scored 38 runs before being removed by Ashwin.
Rookie Rachin Ravindra pursued a draw with patience, talent, and willpower.
The Indians faced rookie Rachin Ravindra, who displayed remarkable patience, talent, and willpower in his quest of a drake.
Then Jadeja bowled a wicked turner that left Kyle Jamieson stranded for 5 off 30 deliveries.
They combined for 9 overs to keep their team in it. The final pair scored 52 runs to deny India victory.
India had already led by 49 runs in the first inning. In both innings, Shreyas Iyer scored 105 and 65 runs. Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, the stand-in skipper, both failed to deliver.
For New Zealand, Tom Latham hit half-centuries in both innings, while Tim Southee took five wickets in the first.