Ravindra helps New Zealand pull off a dramatic draw in first India Test

Ravindra helps New Zealand pull off dramatic draw in first India Test
New Zealand's Tim Southee (R) plays a shot as India's wicketkeeper Srikar Bharat watches on the fifth and final day of the first Test cricket match between India and New Zealand at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on November 29, 2021. (Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP) / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE
Ravindra helps New Zealand pull off dramatic draw in first India Test
Ravindra helps New Zealand pull off a dramatic draw in first India Test

Debutant Rachin Ravindra helped New Zealand’s lower order pull off a dramatic draw against India in the first Test on Monday, ending day five on 165-9 while chasing 284.

Despite losing overnight batsman Tom Latham (52) and later skipper Kane Williamson (24), New Zealand denied India a win after a tense final session in Kanpur.

Ravindra, a left-handed all-rounder of Indian origin who was born in Wellington, put on crucial partnerships, including a 46-ball eighth-wicket stand with Kyle Jamieson.

He then held the fort for 52 balls with Ajaz Patel before the umpires called a halt to play due to poor lighting.

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin shared seven wickets between them to hurt New Zealand’s chase, but the 22-year-old Ravindra, who went wicketless with his left-arm spin, made the game his own.

“It’s been touch and go throughout the game around this time,” said Williamson, who led New Zealand to the inaugural world Test championship title in June after defeating India in the final.

“Overall, a fantastic game. All three outcomes were still in play. We put in a lot of effort to get through the day. Rachin, Ajaz, and (William) Somerville had some incredible experiences.”

The Kiwis were down to 138-7 in the 79th over when Ravindra resurrected the fight, aided by Jamieson.

Latham and nightwatchman Somerville combined for 76 runs for the second wicket in the first session, denying India a wicket.

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Somerville, who joined Latham after Will Young was bowled out by Ashwin in the final session on Sunday, scored 36 off 110 balls but was bowled out soon after lunch by fast bowler Umesh Yadav.

Latham, who scored 95 in New Zealand’s first innings total of 296 runs, advanced from his overnight two to a half-century before succumbing to Ashwin’s off-spin.

With this wicket, Ashwin surpassed veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh’s record of 417 wickets. Anil Kumble, a former spinner, leads the Indian wicket-takers list with 619, followed by Kapil Dev, who has 434.

Jadeja struck at the stroke of tea, sending Ross Taylor back for two and taking Williamson’s prized scalp for 24.

Shreyas Iyer, India’s debutant, stood out with 105 and 65 in India’s 345 and 237-4 declared totals.

Latham, who scored 95 in New Zealand’s first innings total of 296 runs, advanced from his overnight two to a half-century before succumbing to Ashwin’s off-spin.

With this wicket, Ashwin surpassed veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh’s record of 417 wickets. Anil Kumble, a former spinner, leads the Indian wicket-takers list with 619, followed by Kapil Dev, who has 434.

Jadeja struck at the stroke of tea, sending Ross Taylor back for two and taking Williamson’s prized scalp for 24.

Shreyas Iyer, India’s debutant, stood out with 105 and 65 in India’s 345 and 237-4 declared totals.

Iyer was named man of the match for his batting heroics after India won the toss and chose to bat first on a pitch that remained low and slow for five days.

“I am overjoyed for Shreyas. He had to wait a long time for his first Test appearance. “He batted really well,” Rahane said.

“The way he works, his first-class record is really good.”

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