Day 3: Vijay and Pujara half-centuries put India on top

Published on: Sep 24, 2016

The century stand between Vijay and Pujara for the second wicket put India on top of the game in the first Test match at Kanpur. The pair have already added

At stumps 318 and 252 for 4 (Ajinkya Rahane *21, Rohit Sharma12) lead by 308 runs. New Zealand 262 (Williamson 75, Latham 58, Jadeja 5-73, Ashwin 4-93) by 108 runs

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Session 3:

The century stand between Vijay and Pujara for the second wicket put India on top of the game in the first Test match at Kanpur. The pair have already added 107* and they are still occupying the crease. After bowling out New Zealand for 262 runs in the first inning, India gain a lead of 56 runs in the first inning and they have scored 159 runs for one wicket in their second inning. So, the overall lead of India is now 215 runs and they have nine wickets left.
The rain in the post tea session on day 2 proved to be momentum breaker for India as New Zealand were crushing then and all luck were going in visitors favour. But new day brought new energy and new fortunes for Indian cricket team. India started of the day with three quick wickets. Ravi Ashwin broke the dangerous looking partnership between Latham and Williamson. Latham misread the slider from Ashwin and ball went through his defense. Then Ross Taylor miss the full delivery of Jadeja and trapped in front. Soon after this, Kane Williamson departed too, extra turn and bounce from Ashwin laid his dismissal.
The wicket were tumbling from both ends then Luke Ronchi and Santner provided much needed resistant to the middle order and added 49 runs for the fifth wicket. Santer looked good throughout his inning and played spinner with confidence. Once Jadeja get rid of Ronchi just before Lunch break, it was all easy for India in the post lunch session. Jadeja got three wickets in one over and completed his fifer. New Zealand were bowled out for mere 262 runs. So all they could add today is 120 runs at cost of their remaining nine wickets. Ashwin got 4 wickets.

Session 2:

India extended their lead beyond 100 by virtue of their openers giving them a solid start. First, India bowled out New Zealand for 262 runs to take a crucial lead of 56 runs and then scoring 52 runs at loss of one wicket in form of KL Rahul. So at Tea, India lead by 108 runs.

Though Kohli decided to start the post lunch session with seamers but soon he realized his mistake and brought back spinners from both ends. Ashwin strike on his first delivery after lunch and get rid of settled Santner. Santner edged one going away from him, where Saha held that one nicely. And then an over came from Jadeja where he struck thrice in an over and it turned the course of the inning. Jadeja trapped Mark Craig and Ish Sodhi in front of stumps and Rohit Sharma held a spectacular catch to dismiss Trent Boult in the same over. That's how Ravindra Jadeja completed his fifer and most important four of his five wickets are leg before. This show how straight he bowls. Ashwin took the wicket of BJ Watling to bundle out NZ for 262 runs. Watling looking to take single to keep strike edged one straight to the bowler. India took a first inning lead of 56 runs.

India started their cautiously and played sensibly. Murli Vijay continued from where he had left in first inning and looked to play with soft hands. On the other hand, Rahul tried to be little aggressive and keep the scoreboard ticking. He struck couple of boundaries off Santner and tried to break his rhythm. But just in the last over before tea, Rahul handed over an easy catch to Ross Taylor in first slip off Ish Sodhi.

Session 1:

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja showed why they are so vulnerable to face in the home conditions. India started the inning on a positive note with Ashwin striking Latham first with a beautiful slider and then in the very next over ex- Kiwi skipper falling on a straight delivery to be trapped in front of the stumps off Jadeja. New Zealand lost their three wickets in span of 11 runs. Then few overs later a big moment came for India when extra bounce and turn from Ashwin went through the gate of Williamson. Then Santner and Ronchi blocked for a while and frustrated home team but again full ball from Jadeja tempted Ronchi to play sweep and was adjudged leg before. They added 49 runs for the fifth wicket which brought back New Zealand in the game for some extent and reduced the deficit less than 100. Santner and BJ Watling are on the crease now and they would like to get near the Indian total of 318.

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