India declared the second innings at 234 for seven, taking the overall lead of the team to 283 runs on the fourth day of the match.
Poor light had to stump early on the fourth day, leaving only four overs in New Zealand’s second innings. In this, Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Will Young and then New Zealand’s score was one for four. Chasing this record target is impossible for the visiting team. Earlier in 1987, West Indies chased down the target by scoring 276 for five.
After the end of the day’s play, Iyer said, “To be honest, there was not much movement on the wicket. We needed a competitive score, probably closer to 275 to 280. ,
Iyer made his Test debut with a bang after scoring a century in the first innings, scoring 65 runs in the second innings.
“The talk was about making a competitive score and I think it’s a really good score. We have excellent spinners so hopefully we can finish the job tomorrow. We have ‘spin power’. ,
“We have to have faith in our spinners and we know they can keep them under pressure on the last day,” he said. ,
The Mumbai batsman, however, said that the team would have been satisfied with a score of more than 250 runs.
He said, “I think a lead of more than 250 would have been enough on this wicket. Lucky we got more edge than this. ,
With his innings, the team was able to take a good lead in the second innings with a score of 51 runs for five wickets.
He had to face similar situations seven years ago in the Ranji Trophy ‘do or die’ match against Uttar Pradesh at the same stadium. He had barely pulled out the team at that time and also on Sunday.
Iyer said, “I have been in these conditions before but not with the Indian team. I used to do this in Ranji matches. The idea was to play it session by session. I was aware that I was the first Indian to score a century and a half-century. ,
“In the end we have to win the match and that was the most important thing for me. Rahul sir had said that I will need to stay at the crease for as long as possible to increase the score. ,