India vs New Zealand, 1st Test, Kanpur, Nov 25 – 29 2021, New Zealand tour of India
Toss Update : India won the toss and chose to Bat
Day 4 Report: The game is evenly poised at the end of the day. Just when you thought India are taking the game away, Southee struck the wicket of Iyer with the leg side bowling plan. The ball nicked Iyer’s gloves and Iyer knew it. As of the day, the first session was New Zealand’s overall. India’s top order batsmen performed poorly and kept losing wickets. At one stage India were 51-5, with Southee striking two wickets in the space of three balls. Some mature batting display by debutant Iyer and experienced Ashwin saw India’s ship sailing smoothly again. Ashwin was clean bowled on 32 but he had done a good job by then, stabilizing the innings.
Saha and Iyer had a wonderful partnership, with Saha playing some aggressive shots. Saha wasn’t fully in control of those shots but they came off. He was dropped on 7 by Henry Nicholls. Iyer scored a 50+ plus score and showed his mettle in the process.
Rahane’s poor form is a matter of concern. With the kind of depth that Indian cricket has, backing the same guy again and again after repeated failures doesn’t sit well with the fans. Trolls and memes have already started circulating, owing to the combination of strong statements but weak performances of Captain Rahane.
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Pitch report of Day 4: “If you see a Day 4 pitch in India, it generally shows a lot more wear and tear. This one doesn’t as much because it’s cooler (weather). The cracks haven’t opened as much as they would otherwise, but they certainly have. They are much wider. We saw yesterday, particularly from the Indian spinners through the course of the day. It got progressively worse. There was more spin and there were balls keeping low”
Shreyas Iyer: “I had been in this situation before as well, not with the Indian team but with my Ranji team. Mindset was to play the session and play as many balls as possible. I wasn’t thinking too far ahead, was just focusing on the present. (On being the first Indian to score a ton and a fifty in debut Test) Yeah, I knew about it. When I came back, one of my teammates told me about it. Yeah, many others have done it from other teams but I was told I am the first from India.
It feels good but the most important thing is to win the match. Rahul Sir had told me to bat as many balls as possible and I was determined to do that. We felt that 250 including the first innings lead would have been a good score, so we’re very happy with where we are now. Actually, not a lot was happening with the wicket today, the ball was keeping a bit low. The talk was to get to a competitive total and I feel that it’s a really good total. We have real spin power, so hopefully we can get the job done tomorrow.”
Axar Patel: It’s a dream start, in fact this is a dream within a dream start for me. No, it (Test cricket) isn’t that easy. Was a hard grind today. They didn’t lose any wickets yesterday and the talk was to keep it tight, don’t try for wickets every ball, just look to be patient. I was sticking to the basics and using the crease a bit. My round-arm deliveries were getting something out of the track and I was optimising that a lot. That’s what worked for me. The track is getting slower and there has been more turn now. Variable bounce is also increasing but still think that runs can be made if the batters apply themselves.
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Video of Day 4 Match Highlights : IND v NZ : 1st Test Kanpurhttps://t.co/2OqW8qI7rx— avishkar govardhane (@avishkargovardh) November 28, 2021