New Zealand survive 5th day onslaught from Indian spinners to salvage a draw

(Cricket news) The first Test match between India and New Zealand at Kanpur has ended in a draw after 5 spectacular days of classic Test match cricket. At the end it was the light meter which stopped India from taking the last wicket required for the win. New Zealand fell 119 short of the target but that didn't matter. 


 New Zealand were 4/1 at the start of day five with opener Tom Latham and night watchman Will Sommerville. New Zealand went through the first unscathed as Will Sommerville showed incredible grit as he scored 36 runs off 110 balls. His resilience came to an end in the very first ball after lunch as he hooked Umesh Yadav's short ball towards Shubman Gill who took a wonderful catch. Shortly after Tom Latham played on Ravichandran Ashwin's ball onto the stumps and was dismissed at 52. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson were all trapped in front by Ravindra Jadeja while Henry Nicholas was dismissed by Axar Patel in the space of 7 overs.  Ashwin inflicted a bizarre wicket of Tom Blundell. Jadeja then came back to dismiss Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee to put India 1 wicket away from victory. 


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In the end debutant Rachin Ravindra and number 11 batter Ajaz Patel managed to hold on before bad light called play off. It was very close at the end but it may have been the first session where India could've missed a trick. A night watchman batting an entire session is never a good thing for the bowling unit. Had the Indians managed to pick a wicket in the first session things could've been different.


Player of the match: Shreyas Iyer


Although it was his debut he played with utmost maturity in both the innings. Iyer came into bat when his team was in a precarious situation in both the innings. He scored a 171-ball 105 in the first innings to give India a very good first innings total. He bettered his debut with an excellent 65 off 125 balls which put a competitive target on the board for New Zealand to chase. He also became the only Indian to score a century and half century on debut. With Virat Kohli coming back in the second test match it is going to be a selection headache for Rahul Dravid as dropping Iyer will not be an easy decision.


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