This is how Jadeja and Ashwin scripted India’s victory in 500th Test

first_imgHello and welcome to our LIVE COVERAGE of the fifth day of the first Test between India and New Zealand in Kanpur. (SCORECARD)13.22 IST: Virat Kohli: The boys applied themselves really well. Initially we had the momentum with the bat, but a couple of soft dismissals put pressure. Jadeja and Ashwin added crucial runs. I am still pretty early in my captaincy career, I look forward to advice from others. There have been cases where we’ve gone on one mode and the runs were leaked. All the sides that are doing well around the world have strong lower-middle orders. That’s one area that we have improved and we need to keep working it because those 30-40 extra runs could prove crucial. It’s been a very good Test match.Kane Williamson: The boys were positive throughout the match, but credit to India. They outplayed us with bat and ball. Restricting India to 300 odd on a good batting surface was a good effort, but at the end of the day India were certainly the better team. The way Santner applied himself with both bat and ball was impressive and the way Luke Ronchi came back into the side was good to see. We look forward to another challenge in Kolkata.Ravindra Jadeja: I am very happy. Before the series started I was thinking that I should play my role as a batsman as well. Duleep Trophy helped me a lot because I was getting wickets there as well. It gave me confidence as well. The ball wasn’t turning from the stump line in the first innings, so we were trying to mix the pace. Obviously Ashwin is a very good bowler on slow turning wickets and I would like to congratulate him for 200 wickets. I enjoy bowling with him. advertisementCongratulations #TeamIndia on winning the Kanpur Test #500thTest @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) September 26, 201613.03 IST: Ajinkya Rahane: It feels really great to stand at slip to Jadeja and Ashwin. You have to concentrate hard and be at your best. It is important to switch off and on between balls. On this track, you have to be more alert as half chances matter a lot. We practice a lot with our slip fielding and it is working well. The pitch got slower, but credit to our bowlers. Those two wickets from Shami were very crucial and of course Ashwin was fantastic as well and Jadeja too contributed really well. Momentum is what we wanted and it’s a happy moment for all of us that we have won the first game. India’s……130th Test win88th at home7th at Kanpur3rd in 201619th vs New Zealand14th vs New Zealand (in Ind)#IndvNZ#500thTest Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 26, 201612.54 IST: That’s that! India clinch a massive 197-run win to go 1-0 up in the three-match series. Ashwin picked up 6 wickets while Shami got two. Ravindra Jadeja also bowled well for his 1/58. Luke Ronchi top scored with 80 while Mitchell Santner scored 71. The duo was involved in 102-run stand.Indian team celebrates victory (Reuters Photo)12.43 IST: WICKET! Ashwin completes his 19th five-wicket haul as he castles Ish Sodhi for 17. This is smart bowling, the offie bowls a seam-up delivery on middle and leg, Sodhi gets across to play this one but misses. The ball beats him and removes the leg stump. India need one more wicket to win. NZ 262, 236/9, chasing 434 12.30 IST: WICKET! Ashwin finally gets his first wicket today and it’s a big one of Mitchell Santner, who scored a valuable 71. New Zealand have lost their eight wicket and Ashwin strikes with a beauty! Pitched outside leg on the rough spinning viciously as Santner is squared up again. He looks to defend but gets a thick outside edge and it flies at a comfortable height towards Rohit Sharma at gully. NZ 262, 223/8, chasing 43412.17 IST: Ashwin starts proceedings in post lunch session. India need three wickets to go 1-0 up in the three-match series. NZ 262, 211/7, chasing 434. Santner 63*, Sodhi 2*11.32 IST: LUNCH! That’s the end of first session on the final day. 36 overs, 112 runs, three wickets. Pretty good session for India. It started with some positive batting by Ronchi and Santner but once the former was dismissed, the Kiwis lost quick wickets. Ronchi was batting beautifully but he was dismissed just after the drinks break. He looked all set for his maiden Test ton but Jadeja got the all important breakthrough.Watling couldn’t do much as Shami got him out LBW. Craig was Shami’s second victim as the pacer was bowling a beautiful spell. Mitchell Santner is batting extremely well though. The southpaw is using his aggression just at the right time with the bat as he’s hammering the poor balls. He is batting on 56 but losing partners now. So New Zealand have just three wickets left and have two sessions to battle it out. NZ 262, 205/7 at lunch, need 229 to beat India (318, 377/5d) advertisementMitchell Santner at KanpurBest bowling figures (3/94) in first innings & now has his highest Test score#IndvNZ#500thTest#India500 Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 26, 201611.13 IST: WICKET! Shami strikes again as he castles Mark Craig. Bowls a fuller length ball around the off stump line, Craig tries to drive but the ball nips back in and goes through. The ball hits the middle stump and Craig’s final innings of this series comes to an end as he’s ruled out of the series already. Two wickets in two balls for Shami. NZ 262, 196/7, need 238 to beat India (318, 377/5d)Shami in action (Reuters Photo) 11.06 IST: WICKET! Mohammed Shami gets BJ Watling for 18. Good length ball on off, angling in, Watling tries to defend but gets hit on the pads. There is a big appeal for a leg before and the umpire raises his finger. Replays confirm it was pad first and then bat. New Zealand lose their sixth wicket. NZ 262, 194/6, need 240 to beat India (318, 377/5d)11.01 IST: Another partnership is building up. Santner and BJ Watling have already added 35 runs for the sixth wicket. NZ 262, 193/5, need 241 to beat India (318, 377/5d)10.27 IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja strikes and that brings an end to Luke Ronchi’s gritty innings. The threatening Ronchi departs for 80 and India are jubilant. A bit quicker and fullish around off, Ronchi tries to play it inside out but gets it from the toe end of the bat and the ball lobs high into the air towards point. Ashwin circles around it and pouches it safely. NZ 262, 158/5, need 276 to beat India (318, 377/5d)Ronchi batted well for his 80 (Reuters Photo)10.21 IST: DRINKS! It has been a very good first hour for New Zealand. The NZ pair has added over 100 runs to their partnership for the fifth wicket. Ronchi is batting on 80 while Santner is on 31. NZ 262, 158/4, need 276 to beat India (318, 377/5d) 10.17 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner have added 102 runs for the fifth wicket. NZ 262, 158/4, need 276 to beat India (318, 377/5d) From the news desk: Jeetan Patel returns to BLACKCAPS as Mark Craig is ruled out of remaining Tests. Full story – BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 26, 201610.00 IST: BREAKING NEWS! New Zealand spinner Mark Craig ruled out of remaining two Tests vs India with side strain. Jeetan Patel has been named as his replacement.09.46 IST: FIFTY! Luke Ronchi continues to prove himself at the Test level as he brings up his second fifty in testing conditions. He took 83 balls to reach the landmark. NZ 262, 112/4, need 322 to beat India (318, 377/5d)09.39 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner have added 51 runs for the fifth wicket. While Ronchi has done the bulk of scoring, Santner has been absolute rock solid in defence. NZ 262, 107/4, need 327 to beat India (318, 377/5d)advertisement09.33 IST: It has been some dogged defence by the two New Zealand batsmen as R Ashwin and Jadeja bowl in tandem. NZ 262, 96/4, need 338 to beat India (318, 377/5d)09.27 IST: R Ashwin and Jadeja continue to exploit the helpful conditions as Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner fight. New Zealand 262, 94/4, need 340 to beat India (318, 377/5d)09.18 IST: Virat Kohli throws the ball to Ravindra Jadeja. He wants his spin twins to get into business straight away. New Zealand 262, 93/4, need 341 to beat India (318, 377/5d)09.15 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin starts proceedings on the final day of the 500th Test. New Zealand 262, 93/4, need 341 to beat India (318, 377/5d)09.02 IST: Luke Ronchi is the key for the visitors and he needs partners. BJ Watling has batted well under pressure in his career and it’s going to be another test for him in such conditions. It’s overcast as of now. 08.57 IST: The hosts are right on top in this game as New Zealand lost four wickets and are 341 runs away from the target. The Kiwis have three sessions to battle it out and it’s going to be really difficult for them as they have to face the likes of Ashwin and Jadeja on this Day 5 track. Spin clearly the need of the hour #INDvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm Test Cricket BCCI (@BCCI) September 26, 2016Overcast and muggy ahead of day five in Kanpur #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 26, 2016India set New Zealand an improbable 434-run victory target and then blew away the visitors’ top order in Sunday’s final session to close in on a resounding win in the first test.Resuming day four on 159 for one, India’s positive batting over two sessions yielded 218 runs before home captain Virat Kohli declared on 377 for five.Needing to pull off the biggest successful chase in the history of test cricket for an unlikely win, New Zealand wobbled early and were reeling at 93 for four at stumps, still trailing the massive target by 341.Luke Ronchi (38) and Mitchell Santner (eight) will return on Monday hoping to resist or at least delay India’s victory march in the first match of the three-test series.Ravichandran Ashwin (3/68), who dismissed four frontline Kiwi batsmen in the first innings, proved once again why he is considered India’s premier spinner.The off-spinner had Martin Guptill caught at silly point for a duck with the first ball of his second over and trapped Tom Latham (two) leg before with the fifth.Ashwin claimed his 200th test wicket when he dismissed New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (25) leg before.Ross Taylor (17) then ran himself out to compound the tourists’ misery.last_img

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