India vs New Zealand First Test Day 5 Kanpur Match Report 2021

A resolute last wicket partnership between Rachin Ravindra (18*) and Ajaz Patel (2*) saw New Zealand escape with a stunning draw on the final day of the first Test against India in Kanpur.

Resuming at overnight score of 4/1, nightwatchman Will Somerville and Tom Latham kept the Indian bowlers at bay in the first session.

However Umesh Yadav finally broke the partnership by dismissing Somerville caught brilliantly by Shubman Gill, diving forward for 36.

After scoring a fine 52, Latham dragged at a Ravi Ashwin delivery on to his stumps. In the process the veteran off spinner went past Harbhajan Singh (417) and become the third-highest wicket-taker for India in Test matches.

Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls failed to get going leaving New Zealand in a spot of bother at 126/5.

Ravindra Jadeja struck a vital blow by dismissing skipper Kane Williamson LBW for a fighting 24.

Kyle Jamieson got a reprieve when Cheteshwar Pujara failed to latch on to a sharp chance at leg slip off Ashwin. However, Jadeja sent back the tall lanky pacer by trapping him lbw for 5.

The last wicket pair of Ravindra and Ajaz Patel batted 8.4 overs together to salvage a draw.

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