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India sniff win against NZ

AFP . Kanpur
29 Nov 2021 00:00:00 | Update: 29 Nov 2021 00:01:30
India sniff win against NZ

India set New Zealand 284 runs to win after a lower order fightback from the Kiwi demolition of the hosts’ top batters on the fourth day of the first Test on Sunday.

Ravichandran Ashwin then took the first Black Caps wicket in the day’s penultimate over when Will Young fell leg-before for 2 in unfortunate circumstances.

Young, who scored 89 in the first innings at Kanpur, failed to review an umpire’s call before the clock ran out -- and the Ashwin delivery was missing his stumps. 

The final day will resume with Tom Latham on 2, and spinner William Somerville yet to score.

Shreyas Iyer, the first Indian to score a century and a fifty on their debut, bolstered his side’s second innings with 65 after key partnerships with Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha, who was unbeaten on 61 runs when the hosts declared at 234-7 after tea.

Iyer, who scored his maiden Test century in the first innings, helped pull India out of 51-5 with partnerships with Ashwin and Saha.

“The idea was to play session by session. Rahul Dravid said that I need to stay out in the middle for as much as possible and build on the score,” Iyer said. 

Iyer said the hosts had the “spin power” to keep the visitors under pressure for the final day.