In the middle of the fourth day of the ongoing Test in Kanpur India And New Zealand saw some great performances from the Indian batsmen. The visitors tried to have the upper hand in the morning session as they managed to pick up some early wickets. But the resilience shown by India’s middle-order led their fight. The hosts have their 2. announcedRa Innings at 234/7, setting a target of 284 for New Zealand. In reply, New Zealand lost a wicket early and posted 4/1 at stumps. They will return to chase down the remaining 280 on the final day, but before that, let’s take a look at the talking points of the fourth day of the first Test.
History of Shreyas Iyer Scripts: 16. a day after beingth The Indian to score a century on Test debut, Shreyas Iyer scored a half-century in the second innings and became the first Indian batsman to do so. He came to the crease when the hosts were making 41 for 3 wickets. Iyer scored 65 runs in 125 balls with the help of eight fours and a maximum.
Wriddhiman Saha bats in pain: Defying all odds, Wriddhiman Saha delivered a class act to put the pressure on the Kiwi team. He batted with an open-chested stance compared to his usual side-on, which reduces apparent neck movement. He played his traditional game of dubs and flicks and occasionally hit sixes as his innings included four fours and a six. Saha made an unbeaten comeback scoring 61 off 126 as his heroics gave new life to his Test career.
New Zealand fast bowlers at work: If New Zealand are still in the match, credit should go to their relentless pace bowling duo of Tim Southee (22-2-75-3) and Kyle Jamieson (17-6-40-3), who showed an exhibition of top – Class bowling on unresponsive track. However, now it will depend on how long it takes for India’s spin troika to roll over to New Zealand.
Ashwin’s batting skills in display: When the top order was back in the hut early on, once again rose to the occasion and put their best foot forward to repair the damage. Batting for almost 10 overs, he saved 52 runs for the sixth wicket. He scored 32 runs and would have scored a half-century but unfortunately lost his wicket at the hands of Kyle Jamieson. He tried to press the over pitch ball but the ball bounced and went into the stumps.
Ashwin delivers early breakthrough: New Zealand lost opener Will Young minutes before stumps. Ashwin bowled a flying ball which was really short and hit the batsman on the front pad. The umpire dismissed it straight away and Young decided not to review it. In the replays, everyone was surprised that the ball was going away from the leg-stump.