First test: Bad light spoils India’s victory, ends in draw
Kanpur: Bad light has spoiled the joys of the Indian team in the first test cricket against New Zealand in Kanpur which ended in a draw.
India has come to a very close for victory, taking night wickets of the opposition, but due to bad light umpire has reduced 8 overs out of 90 overs in the day’s quota. Meanwhile, New Zealand spinner Rachin Ravindra did not allow the home team to take one wicket they needed. Ravindra played faced 91 balls and spend two hours at the crease, scored 18 runs.
Ravindra Jadeja has removed Tim Southee to extend the home team's dominance in the fourth innings. New Zealand invited pressure back on them after a good first session where Tom Latham and William Somerville added 76 runs for the second wicket. Jadeja and Ravichandran picked 3 wickets while Axar Patel and Umesh Yadav scalped one wicket each that brought India back in the game. Coming back to Ashwin, after removing Latham, he has surpassed Harbhajan Singh to become India's third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket with his 418th scalps. Anil Kumble leads that tally with 619 wickets, followed by Kapil Dev's 434 scalps.
Indian batter Shreyas Iyer was declared as the man of the match for his magnificent century in his debut match. Even in the second innings, he scores half-century.
Scorecard: India first innings: 345 (all-out), Second innings- 234/7 (declared)New Zealand first innings: 296 all out, second innings – 169/9. Man of the match Shreyas Iyer. Ashwin has taken 619 wickets in test cricket and become the third Indian bowler to take the highest wickets in a test match after Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev. Second Innings Wickets: Ravindra Jadeja:-4 wickets, Ashwin -3, Akshar Patel, Umesh Yadav-1.